April to June is the sensitive period of baby's taste development, and they will begin to express interest in various foods during this time. When they see Mom and Dad eating, they will be very excited, even desperately grabbing food with their little hands and putting food that can be eaten into their mouths to show their strong interest in adult food.
However, babies are often unable to adapt to the spoon feeding at the beginning and will refuse to use it. Sometimes parents like to chew food and feed it to the baby for convenience.
In fact, this is a completely wrong way of feeding.
It’s not good to feed it to the baby after chewing it up
● Food after being chewed will not only destroy the color, taste, and fragrance, but also affect the baby's desire for food.
● Adults have strong resistance, even if they carry germs in their mouths, they will not get sick, but babies are young and have weak resistance. Once the germs are transmitted to babies, it will lead to the risk of infection of upper respiratory tract disease or digestive tract disease.
● Parents chewing food for the baby will exercise the baby's chance of chewing food, thereby affecting the baby's oral digestive juice secretion function.
● The process of chewing is precisely to promote facial bone development, language development, stimulate tooth growth, increase food digestion and absorption, and increase appetite. Doing so will affect the baby's chewing function.
In short, when feeding your baby, you must abandon the unscientific feeding method of "mouth-to-mouth".
Baby is interested in food for the first time, you can do this
New parents can spoon rice porridge and other odorless porridge foods on their babies’ mouths and let them lick them to satisfy their curiosity.
It should be remembered that the food for the baby at this time is only a simple taste, and is to prepare for the baby to add supplementary food in the future, so don't give too much, and there should be no salty, spicy and other irritating foods. baby food maker
When tasting food for the baby for the first time, it is better to use white rice porridge, and carefully observe whether the baby is uncomfortable with the new food. When the baby is 6 months old, you can add real complementary food to the baby according to the principle of adding complementary food.
However, what needs to be reminded is that babies eat different levels of food at different ages. How can we avoid baby's digestive problems? That is, in accordance with the World Health Organization, starting to add complementary foods from 6 months, and according to the principle of gradual and orderly progress from less to more, from thin to thick, from coarse to fine, one to many, with cereals (rice noodles) →Add vegetable puree→fruit puree→egg yolk→meat puree.
Exercise your baby's chewing ability, adding supplementary food is the best way
Foraging and sucking are inherent instincts of babies, but chewing and swallowing require constant training. Chewing is done by the cooperation of the tongue, mouth, cheek muscles and teeth. Chewing is very helpful for the development of the baby's teeth, head and facial bones and muscles. It can also enhance the coordination of the baby's mouth, tongue, and lips, and is good for future language development.
Adding complementary foods at the right time is the best way to exercise your baby's chewing and swallowing.
When adding supplementary food at the beginning, new parents should not help the baby chew up the food or feed the baby rice noodles directly from a bottle because they are anxious or troublesome. This will make the baby miss the opportunity to chew the food.
If the baby is not used to the complementary food and crying, the new parents should show enough patience and try a few more times instead of giving up, because the baby needs a gradual process to adapt to new foods and new ways of eating.
7~9 months is the key month for the baby's chewing development
7-9 months are the key months for the baby's chewing development. If you miss it, your baby may have abnormal eating behaviors, weaning difficulties, and even malnutrition. Therefore, especially when the baby is 7 to 9 months old, family members should consciously exercise the baby's ability to chew food.
With the growth of the baby, the desire to take the initiative to eat is also increasing. Family members can chop up the food for the baby to grab and eat, or give the baby some teething snacks. It can also teach the baby how to move the food in the mouth. And make a demonstration to cultivate the baby's interest in eating.
In addition, when the family feeds the baby, they can do their own mouth opening and chewing movements, so that the baby can imitate, and then guide and teach the baby to chew.