Whole grapes?

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Whole grapes?

Postby Kate888 » 10 Feb 2014, 19:50

Nipper is nearly two now. Do you think I'm being too cautious worrying about the possibility of him choking on whole grapes? We've been to several parties where whole ones have been on offer and I'm kind of figuring he's going to get hold of them anyway so he should be "practicing" at home. We bought some recently and DH fed him them whole and he was fine. When I dished them up though I cut them in two. Is it time I stopped fretting about it?
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby mamapup » 10 Feb 2014, 20:26

No. I know several stories of primary aged kids choking on grapes. That said, I am a bit hit and miss myself. If the puppy is in my arms or sitting still I let him have whole grapes otherwise we still cut them. He clearly finds biting in to a whole one extremely satisfying so if he's as calm and as safe as he can be I let him but I watch like a hawk. He's 20 months.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Kitcameron » 11 Feb 2014, 21:30

I let G eat grapes whole but I do keep a close eye on her.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby weasley » 11 Feb 2014, 21:50

I stopped cutting them once they started nicking whole bunches out of the fruit bowl :wink: They just have to sit down but we have that rule for all food.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Kate888 » 11 Feb 2014, 21:57

Thanks for your thoughts and sharing your experiences. I like the view about giving them to him when he's sat down at home in a calm environment and in fact did just that this afternoon. I'm not sure it makes sense but I have this idea that if he's used to eating them then he's less likely to end up shoving one into his mouth at a party and not know how to manage it.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 11 Feb 2014, 22:01

I think you're right, and I also think the main issue with toddlers is that they run around with food in their mouths. I don't have many rules but "sit down when you're eating" is rigidly enforced.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Kate888 » 11 Feb 2014, 22:11

Thanks. I'm pretty careful about making sure he's sat down to eat and would never leave him unsupervised with food. But, yes, I agree that it should be a none negotiable rule.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Kate888 » 11 Feb 2014, 22:13

Oh and i've done a child first aid course and have just had a discussion with DH to ensure we're both still up to speed on how to deal with a choke.
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 11 Feb 2014, 22:17

Sorry! That wasn't aimed at you, I may have had lots of people at playgroup being skeptical about BLW at me while letting their kids wander around while eating toast :?

It sounds like you have it sussed. :D
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Re: Whole grapes?

Postby Kate888 » 11 Feb 2014, 22:31

Don't worry, you honestly didn't say anything to offend me! We've been in the toddler tantrum stage for a while now and I've been thinking about what the none negotiable limits need to be. Toothbrushing is one of them (this does nothing for my popularity with him!) and your post was a reminder that sitting down to eat, even though that generally happens anyway, definitely needs to be on the list too. I love this forum.
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