Learning how to eat

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  • Wait to start solid foods until at least four months of age and only if baby seems developmentally ready.
  • A more mature digestive tract means the time is right to start solid foods.
  • Baby is gaining more head and neck control and getting more experience with knowing how to move his tongue back and forth.

Before now, your baby’s digestive system wasn’t mature enough to properly digest anything other than breastmilk or formula. But now, his stomach can hold a little more and the digestive tract is a little more developed. He is growing rapidly and by the middle of the first year, his natural stores of Iron may begin to deplete. The time may be right to introduce Iron-rich infant cereal, but check with your pediatrician before doing so.

Did you know?

Never introduce infant cereal from a bottle, only from a spoon.

Wanting in on the fun
Mealtime looks like fun to your baby and he wants to join in. But, first, he must learn how to maneuver his tongue to move food around in his mouth while keeping the food in his mouth. No small task for a beginning eater.

His learning curve includes:

  • Controlling his head and neck so food can safely go down the throat.
  • Coordinating his tongue to move food from the front to the back of his mouth for swallowing.
  • Exploring new foods.
  • Learning how to eat is a big job, so be patient as he gradually improves his skills.

 

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