Learning to Chew Stage - Infant (7-9 months)

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Learning to Chew Stage – Infant (7-9 months)

Learning to Chew Stage – Infant (7-9 months)

Soon after starting solid foods, most of the babies are able to manage thicker textures and soft lumps. Once your baby is able to sit without support and has started chewing movements, further can be encouraged to bite and chew, even without teeth. That is why this stage is also recognized as the learning to chew stage.

While introducing lumpier texture initially your baby may spit out or even can gag few times. Gagging is a normal process; it’s just a practice game, so continue to offer pieces of soft food. The chewing action helps to build up baby’s muscles for eating and talking.

Offer your little one a variety of foods from all food groups. Here is a list for you:

  1. Grains including-Porridge, wholegrain biscuits, iron fortified baby cereals in thicker texture, pasta, rice and other grains.
  2. Minced or finely chopped meat, poultry, flaked fish, mashed tofu, well-cooked whole egg (scrambled or hard boiled and mashed).
  3. Soft, chopped or mashed fruits (like banana, avocado, peach) or grated apple.
  4. Mashed, diced and cooked vegetables. Mashed legumes (like baked beans, chickpeas, kidney beans) and lentils.
  5. Dairy products like Yoghurt with soft lumps or grated cheese.
  6. For drinks offer breast milk (or infant formula) in your baby’s diet.  Allow your baby to drink from a cup. Also offer water, expressed breast milk or infant formula or small quantity of cow’s milk.

Remember, Gagging is a normal process. So keep offering lumpy food 3 times each day. You can start with a meal pattern of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eat with your baby as babies learn by watching what you do.

Offer food to your baby in a separate plate and do not eat from their plate, neither allow them to eat from your plate. In addition, continue giving breast milk or infant formula as it is still important for baby’s growth.

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