Starting Solids: 5 Things to Know About Gagging

Your baby’s gag reflex is a built-in safety mechanism, but it’s not fool-proof. To prevent choking, follow these important tips.

Baby on Highchair with Bowl on Head Priscilla Gragg

Baby-led weaning requires extra vigilance. Your baby’s gag reflex is a built-in safety mechanism, but it’s not fool-proof. To prevent choking: 

1. Always stay with your baby while he eats.

2. Serve foods that aren’t hard. (Raw apples are one of the biggest choking hazards.)

3. Make sure your baby sits up straight.

4. If she gags excessively, wait a week before continuing with BLW. Or switch to purees and move to finger foods when your baby is a bit older.

5. Take an infant first-aid class to prepare for choking.  

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