We all know we're supposed to cut food up into really small pieces to reduce the risk of choking. But How small is small?
To make meal time safer, Midwest Monkeys researched this question and found that leading pediatrician organization in North America, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend, to reduce the risk of choking, firm foods should be cut into bite sizes no larger than 1/2 inch in any direction for children under the age of 4, because they lack a full set of teeth. This recommendation is also recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Safe Sizer™ plate was invented to be a permanent reminder. This unique plate is a food test gauge for parents, grandparents, babysitters, daycare providers, or any caregiver, to cut up firm foods within the 1/2 inch bite size.
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What is the Safe Sizer™?
The Safe Sizer™ is a toddler plate with a molded 1/2 in. inner diameter ring that parents, grandparents, and caregivers can use as a guideline when cutting up food for children under the age of 4 years. The 1/2 in. is based on the recommended size limit for firm foods from the American Academy of Pediatrics and is recognized by the USFDA. They are BPA free and exceed the new, tougher US government standards for phthlates and lead.
How does it work?
Simply cut up the food for the child on the plate. Make sure that each piece fits inside of the ring in all directions. Once you have cut it, and sized it, it’s ready to serve. Always supervise your child while they are eating and make sure they are sitting down while chewing their food. See it in action here.