Want to know the difference between gagging vs choking?
Are you prepared what to do in the unlikely situation where your baby or toddler may choke?
Are you about to begin BLW & are nervous?
Have already started and are still nervous about offering solids?
My Husband & I before we began BLW both did a first aid course for babies just in case so we were both prepared with what to do in an unlikely situation of choking. Babies or adults can choke on anything at anytime, so it was best to be prepared. Can I just say, this was the BEST thing we ever did in our preparation of BLW. People ask how we prepared ourselves for BLW, my answer is -read the #gillrapley blw book & do a first aid course for babies (A MUST). It boost our confidence in offering food to bub, we were a lot more relaxed and calm at meal times & because we were more relaxed, bub was more relaxed with accepting solid foods ? we also ALWAYS ensured bub was sitting up in a highchair or an inclined seat pram at meal times or upright on my lap, we also ensured she remained in control of her food at all times, I would never push food into her mouth, I would only offer by placing food on her tray or handing her a pieces of food.
Please don’t feed your baby laying down or in a car seat that reclines or a bouncer, would you eat laying down? This could lead to choking. We also always watch our baby when she eats at all times, especially if we hand her a piece of fruit or veg that has skin left on it for grip ie banana skin or avocado skin. We also downloaded this amazing first aid app called “baby and child first aid by british red cross”it’s free and always accessible on your phone in cause you forget what to do in case of any baby or toddler incident. Australia also follow the UK recommendations for choking, if you are from the US or other countries u may have different guidelines, there may be another app for you to be able to download & local first aid course you can go on!
Foods that are choking hazards: grapes,cherries (remove stone) cherry tomatoes should be cut in half or quarters (longways), whole nuts (avoided til at least 3yo),bony fish,gristle on meats or anything that may contain hard pieces #babyledweaning #babyledweaningideas#firstaid #myblwertip #myblwer
Let us all help educate those around us, choking deaths can be preventable. Here is a chart on the difference between gagging vs choking (please feel free to share this post):