Introducing new foods to a baby is exciting and nerve racking at the same time – there are new tastes to try, but there’s also the worry of choking.

But there is a really simple way to test if a new food is safe for your little foodie – and it’s called the Squish Test.

Paramedic Nikki Jurcutz and her sister Rach Waia head up Tiny Hearts Education, which runs online baby first aid courses. And they’ve shared this useful tip to check a whether a food is safe for your little one to eat.

“This easy trick is a quick way for you to test if a food is safe to give to your little one,” they explain. “Pinch the food between your pointer finger and thumb to mimic the pressure of a toothless gum chewing it. If the food squishes easily, it’s likely safe to give to bub.

“If it doesn’t easily squish, you need to modify, substitute or avoid it to minimise the risk of choking. In saying that, anyone can choke on anything, so knowing what to do is so, so important.

Squish Test

“If bub is choking, remember; ‘5 to stay alive’. 5 back blows, followed by 5 chest thrusts over and over until the obstruction is cleared, the ambulance arrives and takes over, or bub goes unconscious and needs CPR.”

How did you introduce foods safely to your baby? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • This is some helpful information


  • We did baby led weaning so my bubba was eating solids at quite a young age, never the less this is fantastic for mums to know about.


  • This is great advice for all parents starting their child on solids.


  • This is a simple and practical test. But I also recommend never leaving babies or toddlers unsupervised when eating.


  • This may still need to be applied to toddlers too ! I remember well when my daughter was little, a toddler died of choking on a piece of apple at the childcare center.


  • This is something I do without thinking.


  • We always start our babies with purées, then they get spoon fed meals from our plates, such as pastas, rice, veg and soft meat in very small pieces. When they are starting to feed themselves we begin with biscuits as we know they will dissolve to mush


  • I think I’ve been doing this without realizing to be honest!!


  • Very helpful for mammas feeding their babies! You can never be too careful


  • Very clever idea indeed. A extremely handy tip for first time Mums.


  • Thank you, this is timely information :)


  • Fantastic post to help raise awareness to appropriate foods


  • This is a great tip and demo and something that would have been handy many years ago.


  • This makes sense and I think most of us know this, but good to have it spelled out…especially for those who just start parenthood


  • Very good points to know both about feeding and choking. Thanks for the post.


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