DON’T: Start too early. Baby should be able to hold her […]
DON’T: Start too early.
Baby should be able to hold her head up, open her mouth when food is near and move food from a spoon to her throat. She should weigh twice as much as her birth weight (or about 13 pounds).
DO: Choose safe foods.
Jennifer Shu, MD, medical editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren.org and co-author of Food Fights, recommends parents serve foods that fit the three S’s criteria: soft, smooth and small. Hard, slippery or thick foods like nuts, whole grapes and marshmallows are off-limits.
Make sure your wee one is swallowing without a problem. Shu instructs parents to watch for a lack of breathing, cough-ing or talking. If baby begins to turn blue, she is probably choking. To check for responsiveness, flick the bottom of her foot.
DON’T: Be unprepared.
Accidents happen. Sign up for a first aid class to learn how to respond should baby begin choking.