It's not at all unusual to be afraid at first. I get messages every day from people who are scared. The biggest fear is that the child might choke.
I can understand the fear, I was nervous myself at first. I think part of the problem is that we do not know what children are capable of at, say, 6 months of age. For many decades, purees have dominated baby food recommendations and baby food shelves. Of course, it can then feel scary to eat something different.
What's good to know is that children have chewing reflexes when it's time to start eating, and they chew well with their gums. It is a process to learn to eat, but they know it very well from the beginning.
There are also studies on the number of choking cases comparing children who receive only baby food with children who receive more "conventional" baby food. No increased risk was found with complementary foods (read my earlier post here where I write more about this). This was very reassuring to me. It also helped me to read up on what I would do if an accident happened.
For those of you who are scared, I have put together a few tips. I hope they can help you.
Here are my top 4 tips if you are afraid to serve your child finger foods:
- Gnawing on food
- Loaded spoons
- Soft food pieces
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