As your little one grows, one of the biggest challenges is preparing to introduce new, solid foods into their diet. The key to success is to remember that children eat foods far easier if they’re mashed up, pureed or smooth in texture. Most of all, there will always be an adjustment period, so it’s crucial to stay patient throughout this period of transition.
During this time, your little one might experience some coughing or spit-up accidents, but this is completely normal. Your baby’s oral-based skills are under development, so while they learn to use these abilities, thicker and more dense foods can slowly be incorporated into their diet.
The best way to tackle this is to feed small portions to your baby and encourage them to eat as slowly as possible. Make sure you keep an eye on them very closely while they do this.
With that in mind, here are some other simple tips to help you get started on this exciting part of their developmental journey.
Easy tips to transition to solid foods
- Create a combination of mashed cereals or grains into a bowl with breast milk or the formula that they are used to. You can also use water; the aim is to make it smooth and very easy for your bub to swallow.
- Grab all of your spare veggies or fruits and mash them together so that they become a smooth consistency.
- Cook all food until it’s soft enough to mash up using a fork or spoon.
- Make sure you remove any fat or skin from food items like meat, poultry and fish before you head into cooking them.
- Cut up food into small slices or pieces. Try to cut them into thin slices instead of round pieces to prevent choking hazards.
- Any cylindrical items should be cut into smaller pieces.
- Grind any grains and cook well.
Making feeding time easier
Of course, there are always ways to make feeding time easier to deal with, including items like waterproof bibs for a mess-free situation, or replay tableware to make it all more exciting. Remember that making this time a more fun activity for your little one will eliminate the need to keep them focused during feeding and eliminate the potential of them becoming unsettled. You can even get creative about the way you introduce new foods into their life, or use their favourite shapes and colours to encourage them to feed themselves (depending on their age).
Hint: Sometimes the easiest way to incorporate new foods into their diet is by offering up as much as possible. When they’re spoiled for choice (initially), they’re exposed to more senses for their taste buds, which can prevent them from refusing foods when they hit the age of two. Toddlers are prone to being finicky, so letting them experiment early can sometimes reduce the hassle of this period in their life.
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