The change from puree to solid in infant feeding

After several months of having started with complementary feeding, many parents find ourselves with another of the small and / or big questions that accompany motherhood / fatherhood: how to make the change of puree to solid it is done gradually and without stress.

There is no exact date when the child has to stop eating purees and go solid, since it depends on the development of the child, the appearance of the teeth and, even, how this introduction of solids has been by the parents. Do I choose to feed my child mashed foods (purees) or do I let him feed himself by choosing what he wants to taste from the raw foods that I offer him (baby-guided feeding)?

On the one hand, crushed foods are easier and cleaner, contain substantial amounts of fruits and / or vegetables accompanied by meat or fish, and furthermore, it is the adult who feeds the baby. On the other hand, feeding guided by the baby is generally slow, scanty and, above all, very messy. However, it is much more respectful with the baby and allows him to learn to understand the signals of his body, something essential to establish habits adequate food.

If we have chosen to feed our child based on shredded foodThere comes a time when the child has to start eating something other than puree, something that can be relatively easy or it can become an impossible task and take months of fighting. To make this step a little more bearable, we can take advantage of these little tips and try start with the change as soon as possible:

- Can progressively increase the texture of the purees, adding more potato or removing more water when using the mixer. With this step we get the child to become familiar with thicker textures and practice the movements that he will later need to chew.

- Interspersing purees with dishes containing "tropezones" soft in texture and easy to handle, like noodles or grains of rice in a broth, pieces of cooked apple in a fruit puree or oatmeal flakes with warm milk so that they fall apart well. This step allows the baby to get used to noticing different textures in the same bite.

- The next step would be avoid mashing the puree with the blender and simply help us with a fork. However, not all children accept this step and tend to reject mashed vegetable puree. On the contrary, they are usually open to trying other mashed foods, such as mashed potatoes / sweet potatoes and carrots or zucchini.

- The ketchup It is usually widely accepted, and we can take advantage of it to offer rice or pasta, first very old and little by little according to what the rest of the family consumes. Made at home, and with plenty of veggies in addition to tomato, it can be a good way to increase your veggie intake.

- Let him manage The food itself can also be a good idea, offering French omelette strips or potato omelette cubes, pieces of fresh cheese or relatively soft fruits, such as strawberries.

As we go through the process from puree to solid, the child will feel more confident and will try other foods that require chewing, but unfortunately, it is a slow and exhausting process, so you have to arm yourself with patience and persist.

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