Free taster re: how to progress through weaning after first tastes
- Introducing lumps, bumps and texture is a really important weaning milestone
- Within a few weeks of weaning, start to make meals less smooth, and more textured
- Myth: Babies need teeth to chew. Not true!
- Baby-led weaning? Let them experience smooth foods like yoghurt or a puree as they need to accept this texture too
- Finger foods are a great way of getting baby to try new textures. Try not to over-cook finger foods as they are less easy to handle if they are particularly mushy
A gradual approach to introducing texture:
- At first make a slightly thicker, less blended version
- Once they’ve accepted this, try mashing whilst ensuring the food is still fairly chunk-free. This gradual increase will encourage your baby to adopt a more lateral tongue movement, which is another key learning step in mastering the art of eating
- Once they’re open to this, you’ve opened the door to chunkier, lumpier meals
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