Age and how to introduce solid food to the baby is a controversial issue. In general pediatricians recommend the introduction of solid food in pieces between 7 and 9 months of age , since it promotes chewing and with it the development of speech, but always depending on the child and their abilities.
How to feed solid food to baby?
Introduce Solid Food to Baby
It is normal for babies to like to try new flavors and textures, but some like it very soon, and others need more time. About nine months babies develop exceptional motor skills, which will be able to take small pieces of food and take them to the mouth.
The way to introduce the food in pieces to the baby is to offer them food in pieces and to encourage them to make the clamp (grab the pieces with the index and the thumb) we will be stimulating their psychomotricity. Also by inviting him to eat with his fingers,, we will be helping the child to be independent. Also, he will regulate himself the amount he eats and by recognizing these signs of satiety he will be able to respond to them adequately, which could diminish the cases of obesity in the future.
Introducing food to babies
The ideal food to offer the baby in pieces is one that melts well in the mouth, is soft, and has a lower risk of choking, for example :
- Cookies and puff pastries (sweet or salty, taking care of excess salt and sugar)
- Cooked fruits and vegetables (which can be crushed with the fork)
- Fresh cheese, ripe banana and cooked pasta that can be crushed with gums
- Well-cooked minced meat
Even so the food should be broken into small pieces. The chicken, for example, should be split into pieces so small that the gums and tongue of a baby can crush it.
It is essential that the child is watched at all times while eating. We should also avoid putting food that you can choke on , such as:
- pieces of raw vegetables or hard fruit
- Raisins, whole grapes or cherry tomatoes
- Whole sausages (must be peeled and cut into pieces)
- White bread (large pieces of crumb are dangerous)
- pieces of hard cheese
- Nuts (due to the risk of choking and its allergenic potential, it is recommended to delay the introduction of nuts up to 3 years)
We should try to avoid also giving him sweets or cakes . The child needs to eat nutritious foods, but not so much fat or sugar. Chocolate, for example, can also cause allergy if it is introduced at an early age (before 2 years).
If the child does not like a meal, do not insist on it at the time, you can offer it again after a while. Sometimes children reject certain flavors and textures, but then accept them after a while.