Solid food in infants is generally given at 6 months of age, at 6 months of digestion the baby is ready so that it is able to digest food with a gradual texture. Feeding at 6 months of age starts with a texture that has a higher proportion of water and then continues on the family diet.
In general, babies have the skills to suck and swallow starting when your baby receives breast milk for the first time. Meanwhile, at the age of 6 months, your baby’s skills must increase, namely by chew to adapt to solid food. This is what is often a challenge for you when feeding babies. To reduce your difficulty in training the baby to eat, you can use a simple method.
Here are ways you can train your baby to eat:
1. Introducing the Texture of Food
The first time your baby is given solid food, what you should introduce is food with a gradual texture. You can introduce a liquid texture such as milk porridge or filtered porridge to your baby for the first time. By getting used to the sensation of solid food in your baby’s mouth, it will be easier to train your baby to eat. The sensation of food will teach your baby to move the tongue from front to back, besides that the food will be crushed and given additional food for your baby.
2. Teach Chewing with Different Textures
When your baby is first introduced to a diet that has a texture that has a lot of water content. Then you can also introduce baby food with a gradual texture so that it helps your baby to chew. With a different texture, your baby has the ability to move food with his tongue. Your baby’s tongue is more flexible to the left and right then after that it can swallow it.
3. Forms of Food Pieces
Furthermore, in training your baby to eat is to form pieces of food, pieces of food here are given to babies aged 6 months and over. You can provide fruit pieces in medium size so that it makes it easier for your baby to hold them, which must be considered is the texture and taste try not to trouble the baby and the taste is not sour.
4. Pay attention to nutritional value
Training your baby to eat is not just knowing to feed and make him swallow food but has nutritional value that can meet his daily needs. Introduce a diverse diet, maybe for the first time your child often refuses and only likes one food. You can give it in stages by choosing interesting fruit and garnishes added by making garnishes in your baby’s dish menu.