Sometimes solids that dissolve easily, such as baby crackers, can also ease the transition to textured food. If your baby is sensitive to the texture of finger foods, let him experience different textures in other ways – give him feathers, a bumpy ball, or cooked noodles to play with.
How can I help my baby with texture problems?
More Tips for Helping Kids with Texture Aversions
- Remember that it takes time for kids to learn to eat all of the various textures available to us.
- Serve very small portions to reduce mealtime stress.
- Allow kids to touch, taste, nibble, spit out, and explore their food as needed.
How do I transition my baby to lumpy food?
Make lumpy food by mashing the food but stopping before it becomes a smooth mash. Offer sips of water from a cup with the meals as your baby will be more thirsty with thicker food. Coughing back lumps that need more chewing, or gagging, is a normal part of learning how to eat and manage lumpy food.
When do babies stop eating purees?
Once your baby has reached about 10 months of age, he or she will likely be ready to move past baby purees and into the exciting world of self-feeding.
What do you feed a baby with texture issues?
If your baby has trouble eating textured or lumpy food without gagging, sticking to pureed food isn’t the answer – that will only take him longer to learn how to chew. To help your child tolerate lumpy food, start adding things with a uniform texture – like wheat germ or graham cracker crumbs – to pureed food.
How do you fix food texture problems?
Behavior therapy is the primary method of managing most symptoms of autism, including feeding problems like rejecting food based on texture. If there is no underlying physical reason for the issue, applied behavior analyst (ABA) therapy can help your child develop positive behaviors related to trying new foods.
What is the difference between stage 1 and 2 baby food?
Texture: Stage 1 baby foods are very smoothly pureed and are soupy enough to drip off of a spoon, while Stage 2 foods may be roughly pureed, blended or strained. They maintain a thicker, denser consistency and may include small chunks for your baby to gum around in their mouth.