Ashley Scott, 33, was arrested after police were called to the couple's home in the 400 block of Avalon Drive at about 2:45 p.m., San Francisco police Sgt. Bruce McPhillips said.
Police believe Scott and his 31-year-old wife were arguing when Scott grabbed her and started to choke her, according to McPhillips.
The victim, who was allegedly holding the couple's 14-month-old baby at the time, was able to free herself and call police, he said.
Paramedics treated the woman at the scene for minor injuries.
Scott was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and was booked into San Mateo County Jail without bail, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
He was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon, she said.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.