Sometimes we call Anjali 'Munchie Munchie.' Today Munchie Munchie munched on some veggies (and Sofie) while Papa ate his lunch.
The Baby Led Weaning book we are reading points out the difference between gagging and choking. When a baby gags it is a reflexive action in which the baby is learning and developing the proper muscular skills to eat safely. Gagging will usually happen with larger foods, and the baby will make a recognizable sound. Although probably a bit frightening to a parent, gagging is all part of the baby's learning and development. Choking will more often occur with smaller foods (a raisin for example) and the baby will be unable to breath, thus making no sound. This is why we feed Anjali larger pieces of food, like veggie sticks, in order to avoid choking hazards.
Still, Mama and Papa have to review their infant CPR. Today while Anjali gummed a piece of zucchini, got some smaller pieces in her mouth which were difficult to navigate (eating is a skill we adults take for granted!). Papa got scared when he saw her struggling, but she was fine. As you can see, Anjali enjoys this activity, although ultimately Sofie is her teether of choice.