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Lil Tip: Cutting Down

Children eat lots of circle shaped foods – hot dogs, carrots, bananas, squash, zucchini, etc. While it's easy enough to dice them into disc sized bites (as shown), it's not always the safest thing to do. Choking can happen easily if the chunk of food gets lodged in the esophagus the wrong way.

A quick and simple way to avoid this is to always cut the food down the middle – making two long halves, and then dicing it up so you'll have half circles instead of full ones. And for neurotic moms like myself, take the extra step and cut them into quarters.
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JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
I am always amazed at the number of people too lazy to do the safe thing for their kids. I still cut grapes into quarters for my nearly 4 yo, as well as my 1 1/2 yo. I had friends ask me, when their baby was just about a year, if I thought it was safe for them to start giving him whole grapes, becuase they are such a PITA to cut up!!! WTF? NO! I'll give up a little bit of my time and effort for my child's safety, thank you. And why do little ones need hot dogs anyway? They're gross, unhealthy, unsafe - just don't give them. Ick!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
yeah...easy, VERY important safety precaution
Moms Moms 9 years
Great tip - I cut everything in quarters too! Better safe than sorry!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Add grapes to the list. I know a lot of people who don't realize grapes are the perfect size and shape for being lodged in the throat.
JoelleDolceBebe JoelleDolceBebe 9 years
Such a simple tip yet such a important one. Some people get so busy they forget that even though it may be small... it can still be a hazard. always cut in half to be safe.
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