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How small do you cut pu food

Postby babyhelstrup » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:11 am

I cut hot dogs in half and then slice pieces. LO got sick last night and threw up chunks of hot dog. So she is not chewing her food. DH got upset that she can chocke on those pc's that are coming up (I did not sleep well worrying abt it). Should I cut the pc's in 1/4's or if 1/2 okay?

getting sick did not seem to phase her. She got sick again at night and slept in it. I found it this am.. I felt so bad. But weard that she still slept in that spot.. euuuu
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Postby meg1492 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:12 am

TBH, DS hasn't had hot dogs. They are a huge choking hazard and as much as I love a good hot dog, they really aren't the best of foods for a child their age. There are better more nutritiously dense foods.

ANYWAY, off my soapbox right? Sorry!

We don't really cut up DS's food. I just feed him whatever we are eating. He'll bite the food and if it's too big he'll spit it out.
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Postby babyhelstrup » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:20 am

I am not a big fan of Hot dogs... If I give them to her they are the organic ones that are only beef (none of the lips and ass, lol) Normally we give her chunks bc she likes to pick up/ fork her food. But she takes huge bites. Maybe she was just so hungry that she swolled them. But she does this to edimami (sp) also. I find whole ones in her #2.

Re: your soap box.. what would you give in place (that is still easy to cook) And what does TBH mean....
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Postby MomTo2Boys » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:49 am

I do about an 1/8" slice, and then cut that circle into a half. When he first started eating I cut the circle slice into fourths.

I think hot dogs come up as chunks anyway, so I wouldn't worry. I worked at a petting zoo in the country, and I remember a boy came with his parents and they had just ate lunch. The second he stepped into the door :puke: There were large chunks.
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Postby meg1492 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:13 am

TBH = To be Honest.

There are loads of things you could give. Assuming you giving them to her as the protein source you could do:

Beans and rice
Fish
Steak
Chicken
Pork

Basically whatever you and DH are eating for dinner, she can have for dinner.
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Postby babyhelstrup » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:19 am

95% of the time she will eat what we eat (or our leftovers from the night before since she eats at 6). Hot dogs are more of a thing I do when she is HUNGRY and I need to make something quick. Have not tried steak yet. I worry abt her chewing.. obv since she swollows food whole. lol
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Postby meg1492 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:32 am

having ready to eat snacks on hand is good to do. Hummus is a great snack and good for her. Fruits are always good too, to sortof hold her off for a little bit while you get dinner ready.

For the beans and rice, cook up some rice earlier in the week and pop it in the fridge. Open a can of black beans. ta- da. No time at all.

Do the same with some noodles. Ore cook them earlier in the week and save without sauce. Add some good fats to them and wham..easy filling meal.

Hmm you could also pre cook some chicken and cut it up into strips. Especially as the weather gets warmer this would be good to do with a chicken Cesar salad.

Do a cold plate of cheeses, veg and some crackers.

Planning ahead to have things easily grab-able will help during the week.
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Postby NicoleK03 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:54 am

I usually cut a hot dog into forths the long way and then into pieces, DS has had steak too we usually cut it up pretty tiny for him so it is easier to chew, he seems to really like it. I do the same with pork chops.
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Postby MominMD » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:59 am

I cut the hot dogs pretty small. We do give hot dogs, we just try not to do it too often. He loves veggie dogs too, but they have such a high sodium content. You can also get good hot dogs that are all natural without most of the bad stuff, they just cost more.

As for edamame, DS LOVES it, and it often comes through whole in his diaper. I think it can just be hard to digest. It is really good for them though. Green veggie that also has protein in it.

Have you tried cutting up tofu? DS has loved tofu, cut up straight out of the fridge too. No prep time at all, and really healthy.
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Postby Egray » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:03 pm

I would cut them in slices and then 1/4 them from there. Thats one food I worry about them chocking on so they've only had them once.
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Postby babyhelstrup » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:10 pm

I was worrying more on steak then a hot dog.... Never even thought abt it being a choking haz. I guess bc they are soft and can mush them.
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Postby wifeymaeg » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:01 pm

I'll be the weirdo. :D

I don't cut them in half or quarters, just round slices. If I cut his food TOO small, he won't chew. If I make it big chunks, he'll chew cuz he has to if he wants to swallow it. He rarely chokes. I can only think of 2 times that he's gagged and one of those was because he drank his water too fast.

And for whatever my 2cents is worth, give her hot dogs. They may not be super nutritious, but not everything has to be all the time. Heck, I even give DS Easy Mac. :wink:
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Postby bailie » Sun May 01, 2011 2:59 pm

wifeymaeg wrote:I'll be the weirdo. :D

I don't cut them in half or quarters, just round slices. If I cut his food TOO small, he won't chew. If I make it big chunks, he'll chew cuz he has to if he wants to swallow it. He rarely chokes. I can only think of 2 times that he's gagged and one of those was because he drank his water too fast.

And for whatever my 2cents is worth, give her hot dogs. They may not be super nutritious, but not everything has to be all the time. Heck, I even give DS Easy Mac. :wink:


I *gasp* give my girls cut up hot dogs IN easy mac every now and then! CALL CPS! :) LOL.

But yeah, I slice the hotdog up and then cut the slices in half for my almost 2 year old. She's a piggy and shoves a lot in her mouth at once or else I wouldn't. My almost 3 year old likes them sliced longways in half so she can bite them but she's a much slower, neater eater than her little sister.
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Postby NotBarbaraBush » Mon May 02, 2011 6:35 am

DD has had one hotdog. I cut it into small discs and then peeled the skin off (even though they were Nathan's gluten free and were supposedly skinless, they still had a skin *head scratch*).

I don't worry too much about the size of her food. If it something she can't easily shred or pull apart then she really shouldn't be eating it. Like the hotdog she had practically melt in your mouth and tastes more like sausage. We've not had an issue with the size of her food chunks.
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Postby luvin » Mon May 02, 2011 7:20 am

Jackson is 2.5 and I still cut his hotdogs (when he's willing to eat one, lol) in half length wise and then across. I'm a nut about choking, especially after reading about the 3 or 4 year old that choked to death on a hotdog at a birthday party. (I read it here, maybe someone else remembers) They are supposedly the number one choking hazard for children under 6.
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