01 May

More on Baby Eating

I'm a mom. I worry. Josh makes fun of me sometimes. "What would you do if you didn't worry?" he wonders. I don't know the answer. One of my current worries involves Artemis and food. The baby books say that she should be able to eat finger food, but our early experiments with self-feeding haven't been entirely successful. I give her tiny pieces of potato, cooked very soft. She picks them up, puts them into her mouth and gums away. So far so good. And then she chokes. She breathes potato into her windpipe, I hit her on her back, out comes the offending spud and then she vomits. It's not fun for either of us. I have talked to our pediatrician about it. She says to hold off on chunky food until Artemis is eighteen months old. I think this might be a cultural difference between the U.S. and China. Americans teach self-feeding very early, Chinese hold off until a year and a half. I will opt for the Chinese method on this one. I don't mind pureeing all of Artemis's food. It beats the alternative. And even though I can't completely stop worrying, I try to keep things in perspective. I found a website from the Texas Health Department that lists all of the causes of infant mortality. For all the fuss over choke hazards, deaths by choking are exceedingly rare. Turns out, little babies are pretty good at keeping themselves alive.

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