#52: When to stop modifying foods that are choking risks

Episode art for episode: "#52: When to stop modifying foods that are choking risks". Pictured is a piece of celery, a carrot, a spinach leaf, a wedge of apple, and a snap pea in the palm of a hand.

In this episode, I chat about choking hazards – this is a hugely terrifying topic for many parents, and I really want you to feel confident that you’re offering food in a safe way for your babies and toddlers! One of the most common questions I get about choking hazards is when certain foods are considered safe….when are the suggested modifications no longer necessary?

Today, I dive into this for you, and explain everything from what the current recommendations are, and how foods made the top choking hazards list, to when I recommend reducing modifications, why you should, and how to actually do this in a safe way. I even provide you with numerous examples of a step-by-step process for how to do this, using specific choking hazards.

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Additional Resources:

BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/

FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/

SAFE BEGINNINGS ONLINE COURSE (USE CODE MYLITTLEEATER): https://safebeginnings.thinkific.com/courses/infant-child-cpr-choking-and-injury-prevention?ref=db040c

CHOKING PREVENTION: https://mylittleeater.com/choking-prevention/

MORE ON CHOKING HAZARDS: https://mylittleeater.com/choking-hazards-for-babies-and-toddlers/

Skip To…

What are the current recommendations? (1:16)

Factors to consider before stopping modifications (5:03)

How to gradually let go of modifications (8:56)

How are things chosen as choking hazards anyways? (18:46)


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