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Babyled Weaning/Self-Feeding Information

Posted by Sandra on July 24, 2008

Won’t he choke?

Many parents worry about babies choking. However, there is good reason to believe that babies are at less risk of choking if they are in control of what goes into their mouth than if they are spoon fed. This is because babies are not capable of intentionally moving food to the back of their throats until after they have developed the ability to chew. And they do not develop the ability to chew until after they have developed the ability to reach out and grab things. The ability to pick up very small things develops later still. Thus, a very young baby cannot easily put himself at risk because he cannot get small pieces of food into his mouth. Spoon feeding, by contrast, encourages the baby to suck the food straight to the back of his mouth, potentially making choking more likely.


3 Responses to “Babyled Weaning/Self-Feeding Information”

  1. Kristin said

    Thanks for posting this! I’m currently trying to wean my 6.5 month old off of purees and onto table food. I have a question though, if you get a second. About 50% of the time, he “remembers” how to pick up the chunks, and the other half he forgets and gets really fussy. I’m not sure whether to let him fuss until he “re-remembers” or give him the food myself. Do you have any thoughts on this? Thanks! I love reading this by the way!!!

  2. Kristin said

    Thanks for the advice Sandra, it’s working well! My pedi encouraged me to continue to offer my son food from our plates, which is awesome. Although I think my mom crapped her pants when I told her he shared my tuna and crackers! Thanks again!

  3. Hi Geriatric Mama,
    I found you through a Google alert and am delighted to see that you have a link to the guidelines I wrote a few years ago about baby-led weaning/self-feeding. Did you know that I have recently co-authored a book on the subject (Baby-led weaning, by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett)? It was published in the UK on Nov 6th. As yet there is no US publisher – but there’s always Amazon! Please pass the word to all who may be interested.
    Best wishes,

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