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It's called 'baby led weaning' educate yourself on the subject
I did a mix of purees and BLW with my babies and had no issues with it. I think each parent needs to do what is best for them and their baby, and use their common sense. In that peice was listed a list of foods that are a high choking risk, like popcorn and cheese cubes. These are things you wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) give a 5 month old baby if you had some common sense!
Speak to the director and get some advice on how to handle the situation. At least if the mum complains at least the director knows you've asked her first.
Your centre should have standards and guidelines about this. There are charts and posters available about what to feed at what ages. Your manager or director should be all over this. My sister runs a preschool and has often dealt with this sort of thing, yours will have dealt with this sort of thing before. Ask a colleague how to proceed.
At 5 months milk is the source of nutrition, other foods are just to get baby to try out taste and texture. So, offer small bits to the baby and watch it closely. If it doesnt 'eat' the food, no matter. Its not like the mum is missing out on sending other, more appropriate food, because that would be milk.
Well I must be a bad mum. I've never pureed or mashed food for my now 1 year old and I think I did it for like a week with my 3 year old when she was a baby. Screw mashing food lol. I just let them chew on it and get a feel of it. Only had 1 choking incident and that was because she tried to swallow 4 bits of meat at once. It was scary but we laughed at her after we got them out and she started breathing again because she threw herself out of my arms straight back to the plate. Although I'm a nurse and hubby is a rescue officer so neither of us panic when it comes to the kids which helps
Baby won’t be eating it. Baby will be sucking it. I used to give my baby’s strips of meat, raw fruit and vegetables to suck at that age. So Lo g as they weren’t prices that could be easily broken off, there was no risk. And I was always present of course. I would t give a 5 month old Jatz bickies though.
I would be giving my kids mashed mixed vegies until they are 18 if I had my way😂 But my children have caused me to call 000 on 3 occasions due to choking so thats probably why. If I didn't have kids I would have clean undies. Could you send all the food back with a note- "Unfortunately we can't feed young babies these food textures at daycare as they are a choking hazard." And just feed the baby mashed potato or weetbix until she gets her act together.