Is It Time To Transit Baby From Baby Food To Table Food?
You may be wondering if your baby is ready to make the transition to ‘table foods’ but you’re not sure how to go about and if they’re ready. After all, it will be much easier during mealtimes if everyone eats the same thing – no more needing to puree or prepare an additional side of baby porridge!
What is table food?
As straight forward as it sounds, table food is any food that your baby is already eating, just not pureed. Is it also foods that are age appropriate for your baby that the whole family eats.
How old should baby be to make the switch?
In fact, many babies do not even need to eat baby food from the start! This is when parents decide to opt for a baby-led weaning approach to introduce solid foods.
There is no magic age here, just follow your baby’s cues and pay attention to her ability to gum and chew her food. One more thing to take note of is her ability to pick up food with her fingers. A good pincher grip is needed here.
A few signs to tell if she’s ready:
Doesn’t want to be spoon fed. She shows interest to pick up her food and self-feed
Rejects or spits out thin purees
Mashes lumps and textures easily
Pincher grip is developed, and baby can shift food around her mouth easily
Can they eat table food if she does not have any teeth?
Babies do not need teeth to chew! As long as the food is soft enough, they can mash it with their gums.
Can baby eat table food made from the family dinner?
Of course they can! You might just need to be more aware of the ingredients you use. Probably cut down on the salt and oil used. If needed, take out baby’s portion before seasoning. But dice the food into small manageable bits and pieces when serving baby and ensure that the foods are easily gummed and mashed.
You’ll also tend to be more mindful of what you prepare, ensuring that you’ve prepared a balanced meal. Everyone gets to eat healthy!
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