Squishing blueberries, etc

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Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby Frey&TabsMummy » 12 Mar 2013, 15:17

This has probably been asked before, so sorry in advance! But, at what age do you stop squishing blueberries a bit, and what about things like large raisins? My daughter is 16 months old, and not sure whether I should be letting her eat these things as they are now??
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby sabrina fair » 12 Mar 2013, 17:23

I think we stopped squishing around 16 months...I could've probably before but I'd got into the habit! He hardly ever got raisins until quite recently when he became far more consistent about letting us clean his teeth well, so can't help with that one...although I wouldn't have thought that their shape made them much of a choking risk anyway.

Still halving grapes, though may stop soon because he's really objecting to not getting them whole and he's always sitting down when eating them.
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby emzit » 12 Mar 2013, 17:45

We never squished blueberries, and muncher has has raisins as is since he was maybe nine months. We haven't had any problems with him eating things like that.
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby Kanga » 12 Mar 2013, 18:45

I don't remember squishing blueberries for dd & she was definitely eating raisins by a year old, not sure how much before that!
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby Lioncub's mama » 12 Mar 2013, 19:19

We only squished blueberries once - the first time he had them - and never bothered again - DS has always been a pretty good chewer and so we weren't too worried. And he has been eating raisins for ages, definitely since before he was one.
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby BigFlower » 12 Mar 2013, 19:42

I don't think we ever squished blueberries but I will probably be halving grapes until she's about 18!
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby StJuniper » 13 Mar 2013, 12:01

Now that P has got front teeth, I just make sure he bites into blueberries/grapes before they go in. So, we're still squishing/halving them, just using a different tool. Are raisins bad :oops: P's been getting on with them himself since her got a pincer grip, I didn't know of any issues with teeth.
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby Gizmo » 13 Mar 2013, 14:22

Mine don't have blueberries, the only time they have ever puked it was after eating blueberries, both of them, both times :( Shame because I love making stuff with them.

Raisins I used to halve until they were about 14 months, part of that was because here they are massive and if you halve them they don't inflate in their poo and I always found that really weird.

I still quarter grapes and break olives a bit, only because they shove them in their mouths so quickly and I think it's habit now.

I read somewhere that grapes & cherry tomatos should be halved for ages, I can't remember how long but I was surprised.
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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby Gizmo » 13 Mar 2013, 14:25

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories ... -children/

Common choking hazards include:
1. Grapes – whole grapes are a choking hazard. Children should not eat whole grapes until they are well over the age of 5. Grapes should be cut when served to children.

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Re: Squishing blueberries, etc

Postby Frey&TabsMummy » 14 Mar 2013, 18:20

Thanks all, she;s already got 16 teeth so probably not a problem chewing, lol! Just reassuring to know I'm not doing something dangerous by giving her them whole. Funnily enough she won't touch grapes, strange child! So I'm not in the habit of halving stuff right now x
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