Taking the world by both hands

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  • Your baby’s hands and mouth are his tools for learning about his world.
  • More solid food means more chewing, so his tongue, gums and jaw are developing.

Typically by the eight-month mark, he’s crawling with his tummy lifted off the ground and pulling himself up to stand. His way of exploring the world is to get his hands on anything and everything in sight. He may struggle to reach stuff, but once it’s in his hand, it probably goes straight into his mouth. And that’s how he learns about textures, size and of course tastes. His fingers are mastering finer skills, like holding cups and spoons. And though he’s picking up foods with his thumb and forefinger more often, he hasn’t mastered self-feeding just yet. 

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Babies use their mouth and hands to explore the world. So look out—whatever’s in reach will go straight into his mouth!

The world as seen through his mouth

Your baby’s tongue is getting a work-out, moving side-to-side to push food onto his gums for mashing. Many varieties of baby food made for the Crawler stage have lumpy bits in it or have a thick texture, so he can feel it in his mouth, but doesn’t need to chew it too much. Though he’s getting better at mashing and controlling food, it’s still too early for him to have anything sticky, small or round like such as nuts, cherry tomatoes, grapes, or raisins.
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