Ease the Transition to Table Foods with Homemade Baby Food
Margaret Meade
Published on October 28, 2017
Home & Family / Babies

So you think your baby is ready for more textured foods; he doesn't want to be spoon fed anymore and he, not so politely, turns his head or even spits out those thin purees. Chances are, your baby is just about ready for more texture and possibly ready for foods straight from the table! This turning of the head and spitting of the food may also mean that he just wants to assert independance and try to feed himself. Chunky and more textured foods will help baby begin to master self-feeding and help satisfy the growing need to test independance.

Changing to more textured foods depends on each individual baby and there is no "set" age for feeding a baby more textured or chunky foods. Some infants who have started solid foods at 6 months or older may begin with more texture while many others just jump straight to "table" foods without ever tasting a thin purée.

One of the best things about making homemade baby food is that the transition from "Stage 1" thin purees, to more thick and textured foods is often easier and more quickly tolerated. With homemade baby food, your baby is exposed to a greater variety of tastes and textures making the transition to table foods less stressful. This is due to the fact that your homemade baby food has more texture and thickness to begin with. Homemade baby food that is more textured is more than the jarred baby food.

So how do you prepare more textured foods? It's very easy to make your homemade baby foods more textured. Break out your fork and a bowl and mash whatever food you have cooked. You may also simply select a different setting on your blender or food processor. You may always continue using the puree setting and just carefully watch how the texture is being created; stop when you find you have achieved a lumpier or more chunky texture.

A good way to introduce these more textured offerings is to use some of your baby's favorite foods. Using his favorite foods may make the new textures more palatable to him. By using these foods, your baby is only being offered a new texture and not a completely new and foreign array of cuisine all at once. Remember to take it slow and let baby's cues guide you.

If you find that your baby is simply not taking to the new texture, mix in some of the thinner purees so that the texture is more familiar. Another thing you may want to try is to simply give baby a spoon. Put the foods on his tray and let him dig in. The thicker textures will help the foods cling to the spoon and some food may just make it into his mouth!

Take note! Your baby may also opt for finger-painting with the foods but again, let him experiment and get to know the new feel, texture and taste of the food. What fun he will have and after all, having fun with an experience makes us want to repeat that experience over and over again!

Take the time to enjoy these times of discovery with your baby. You'll help him to build a future of healthy eating habits and a good relationship with food. As hard as it may be, resist the temptation to worry about the mess, if only for the moment. Before you know it, your baby will be eating all of your "grown-up" meals and you'll be putting away your pureeing machine for ever!

Margaret Meade is the Owner/Editor of http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com. She continues to make baby and toddler food, study nutrition and expand the website weekly. The goal of the website and her articles is to get parents to disengage from the myth that commercial baby foods are superior and magical. In doing so, parents may become less reliant on not-so-healthy pre-packaged foods as their children grow! It is so easy to make your own baby food and once you begin, good healthy eating habits will automatically flow!

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