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As babies grow, so do their appetites. Introducing first foods is an exciting (but also scary!) time. Therefore, we want to help parents introduce foods in safe ways, especially during the holidays.
According to the CDC, it’s easier to start with foods that are mashed, pureed, or strained and very smooth in texture. When introducing new textures, a child may spit up, cough, or gag. These gestures are normal because they are developing their oral skills. It is highly recommended that you start with foods that dissolve with saliva and don’t require much chewing.
Is your baby ready for solid foods?
What type of food should baby eat first?
Avoid giving your baby any foods that require chewing or any foods that can be choking hazards!
Baby Led Weaning (BLW)
Choose foods that are rich in nutrients and healthy for baby. Overtime your baby will develop the oral skills to eat more solid foods. Remember to feed baby in small portions and slowly.
If you have any questions about your child’s nutrition talk with your child’s doctor.