Purees are the traditional way of feeding babies when starting complementary feeding. Foods with an almost liquid consistency that babies can consume without chewing, even in some cases, cereal porridges - milk thickened with a couple of scoops of cereals - administered in a bottle, following the recommendations of some pediatricians.
Nevertheless, one good day we have to start giving non-crushed food to the baby. In this process we are assailed by doubts about how and when to carry out this step. On our site we clarify it for you.
While it is true that the beginning of complementary feeding is a challenge for our children, the truth is that it is rather a challenge for parents, since children are trained to adapt to changes as long as they are done carefully.
Concern about the amount of food that the baby eats is one of the reasons why parents are inclined towards feeding based on purees. The basis of a baby's diet must be milk, maternal or formula, at least up to 12 months, so it is not necessary for them to consume large amounts of other types of food.
Although at present the recommendations are changing towards more respectful methods when feeding the little ones in the house, some families decide to offer purees when starting with complementary feeding, but until when should they offer the ground food? The most appropriate time for the introduction of complementary feeding is around 6 months. Why shouldn't it be put off too long?
- Obviously, to avoid that the feeding of shredded food becomes a problem, it is better introduce uncrushed food as soon as possible, allowing the baby to evolve on its own terms.
- Crushed food does not offer the baby the possibility of learning to chew, something of vital importance for its development. The movement of the jaw when chewing helps the optimal functioning of the muscles, the correct development of the teeth and also favors the progress of speech, facilitating the ability to pronounce. If you are scared by the fact that your baby does not have teeth and you think that without them he cannot chew - although they can do it perfectly - you can wait until he has some to start offering him other more solid textures.
- Another reason why parents choose crushed food is the risk of choking. However, far from decreasing, with crushed food the risk of choking increases, since the baby gets used to swallowing without chewing, being any small change in the texture of his food a danger. Gradually and progressively increasing the texture of the crushed material can facilitate transit.
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