Apple for breakfast today – cut into large sticks/slabs by slicing around the core. Daniel seemed to enjoy the taste and stayed interested in them for quite a while. All five pieces eventually met with the floor though, and had to be removed from proceedings.
He did manage to bite the end off a couple of pieces. It seems that one of these small ends was swallowed, and he looked slightly uncertain of what was going on as it went down his throat – a slightly worried expression and a bit of mild gagging/coughing. And we discovered about 5 minutes after his explorations were over (apple removed from his reach) that he’d retained a small bit of peel in his mouth, which he then spat out – possibly inadvertently.
Like the pepper last night, the raw apple was probably too tough to let him attempt to swallow at this stage (still only 5 months 4 days). If he was already at six months, and I was ‘intending’ him to actually ingest stuff, then I’d be softening things a bit so that if he swallowed them they’d slip down easier. So I think I need to be a bit careful for the next few weeks and continue to let him explore things, but keep to things that are unlikely to break off in hard small pieces in his mouth. Maybe something like mango or melon would be okay.
At tea time today we gave him celery again. He reached out, picked it up and put it in his mouth immediately and with impressive precision. However, he didn’t stay interested in it for long. I guess it doesn’t taste very appealing once you’ve tried apple and sweet peppers!
Oh, and the while the BLW books warn you about the mess, the other thing I’ve realised is that it also creates a fair bit of waste – that is if you’re bothered about ‘floor germs’. With the apple this morning, once a slice had fallen on the kitchen floor, I took it out of circulation. And given that Daniel is only really gumming and licking at the moment, I ultimately threw pretty much a whole apple in the compost. I think it’s worth it, but it’s something to bear in mind! Maybe investing in a wipe-clean plastic sheet for the floor, or washing the pieces and then eating them myself would be a solution!