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The evolution of textures during diversification

Dietary diversification is an incredible discovery for baby. He marvels at the variety of tastes of different foods, but also at the many possible textures! Little by little, the textures that you’ll offer him will evolve according to his needs, as well as his rhythm.


An evolution in 4 stages


  1.      Right at the start of dietary diversification (4-6 months), offer your baby smooth textures, by blending his foods simply to make them easier to swallow.

 


  1.      At around 8 months, you may begin to offer him slightly coarser textures. How? Prepare purees that are less smooth and a little thicker. Another trick consists of adding semolina into his purees. Since each baby is different, yours will familiarize himself more or less rapidly with these changes and will adapt his swallowing to this new consistency.

 


  1.      The next stage: soft pieces. At about 9 months, you can let baby become familiar with soft pieces of food by serving him purees that have been mashed with a fork, or well-cooked small pasta. 

 


  1.      One year! This is the moment to offer him real pieces: little bits of meats and vegetables, but also in their grated versions, and why not little cubes of cheese …

Eating with the fingers, a step toward autonomy


As soon as your baby begins eating real pieces of foods, he’ll instinctively eat with his fingers. This contact with his hands is a true discovery. In fact, did you know that eating with the hands is a trend generally known as “finger food” which enables the development of autonomy in babies? So let him experiment, even if he gets food everywhere (well, not literally!), because that’s how he’ll grow and learn to do things for himself! Pay attention, agree to follow your baby’s rhythm, and don’t hesitate to take a step backward if necessary.


A little tip to help baby succeed?


Prepare the same dish for the whole family, remembering not to add salt while cooking. Serve baby a portion adapted to his age, finely chopped or mashed, and show him that he’s eating the same thing as you are. He’ll be delighted and will finally be able to share precious moments at the table with the other members of the family. Conviviality and imitation will be of great aid to you to awaken baby’s culinary curiosity!






Sources:


- Fewtrell, M. Bronsky, J. Campoy, C. “et col.” Complementary Feeding: A Position Paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 2017


- OMS, Principes directeurs pour l’alimentation complémentaire de l’enfant allaité au sein, 2003


 


- PNNS: Le guide nutrition des enfants et ados pour tous les parents, Edition 2015

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