Baby Led Weaning

Growing healthy babies with healthy appetites


Article first published when my first child was seven months old.

You know, I had a bad feeling about apples…

I just thought that, as adept and talented as my daughter undoubtedly is, the apple might prove her undoing… and it did.

The poor wee thing gagged and choked and I was forced to do the old slappy-back thing (at the same time hopelessly aware that she was sitting in a restaurant high chair that we had practically lashed her into and that if we were ultimately required to tip her upside down we would probably have to do so by turning the entire chair over…)

I had cut it into segments, and she was really enjoying the taste and the sensation of it, but a piece broke off that was too tricky for her to handle and there were tears… (mostly mine).

Think we’ll give the apples a miss until she has some top teeth and I can just hand her the whole thing to scrape on.

Post Script

Still no sign of the top teeth but at nine months old Babybear now enjoys eating her apples whole. I wouldn’t have started her any earlier, thanks to our choking experience, but what I do is bite a good chunk out of and hand it to her so that she can use her bottom teeth to grate away at the open part of the apple. Very, very handy to take out with you as it is a huge time-waster, and it is rather sociable, I find, to share an apple with your child. Especially when I get to eat 90% of it.

Post Post Script, or What I Have Learned about Apples.

Some people grate them, and let children wreak havoc with piles of increasingly brown fruit or stick it in some yoghurt and let them have their way with that. I’ve also heard tell of microwaving segments of apple to soften it, or just serving waaaaaffer-thin slices. Whatever. Use your noodles, basically. You know that it’s a choke hazard, you know to be careful and take precautions. Let’s be careful (with apple) out there.

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