Between the age of 7 to nine months you may introduce finger foods to your child to give more texture and colours to their diet
Finger foods for babies should have certain characteristics so the baby can eat it easily. It is preferable that the food is softer. Whatever the food is it is a good idea to chop it up into small chunks so it is not a choking hazard.
Don’t worry too much if your baby doesn’t have too much of the finger food. At the start of this process, they are getting used to the different textures and the feel of the foods between their fingers. it is good practice for them. But do keep offering it as it will help them get better and beter at this and their chewing technique which in turn helps speech development and strengthens their face and jaw muscles.
Be wary of just giving your child whatever you are eating. Some foods are choking hazards. Keep a close eye on you baby as they start eating finger foods so you are on hand to scoop it out if the child gets a bigger lump than they can manage –
Dry sugar free biscuits are usually a good choice for babies because they melt in the mouth but you need to make sure they are indeed sugar free to guard against the problem of feeding your children sugar in life. Once a baby has had something sweet like a cookie or piece of cake then he or she has basically developed a desire for sugar that will make it difficult for you to then introduce savoury foods. Babies and children do not need sugar of any sort as this will be the introduction of the so called ‘sweet tooth’ which will potentially mean that your child will have great difficulties giving this up as they grow up. To prevent this from happening you should delay feeding your baby sugar and sweets for as long as you can.
There is always the worry of your baby gagging, but be reassured that they are naturally born with a gag reflex – which is Baby’s who are given new lumps in their foods will use their natural defence of gagging to protect themselves The food gets to the back of the throat behind the baby’s tongue, and the child will cough to bring the food forward to prevent the food from going down the airways.
This can be absolutely terrifying for parents – BUT this type of gagging is very common and perfectly normal. It will disappear as your child gets more used to food. It is important that you watch your baby carefully to make sure that nothing gets stuck. Get more information from the British Red Cross – they give you clear help and instructions on ways of dealing with a chocking baby.
Some babies are just so darned determined not to accept lumps of any kind, and they will refuse lumpy food which ever way you give it to them, and they will even pick out the soft foods and spit out any hidden lumps. Its so important for you as the parent to stay calm and be patient – this is not so easy especially when you’ve taken such good time cooking, and you’ve wanted your baby to have your special creations. But try not to force the issue, to help keep mealtimes relaxed and easy going.
They will get through it in the end they will thank you for it.