Chewing food is one of the food skills that toddlers must have. Children’s skills consist of chewing and swallowing. Of course, the skills in chewing and swallowing in toddlers take time to get used to it. Chewing and swallowing skills are not automatically available to your child as they get older. Skills in chewing and swallowing food can be taught gradually to your child by doing the appropriate stimulation.
1. Gradual feeding
Feeding in stages is one of the stimulations you can do to practice children’s eating skills. By providing food to babies in a timely manner, namely at the age of 6 months, it is able to train their ability to suck and swallow. So that the right food at 6 months of age is food with a soft texture and has a greater proportion of water.
2. The texture of the food given to the baby
Giving stimulation for the first time at 6 months of age to babies can be given by practicing chewing and providing stimulation with food texture. You can provide stimulation from soft to coarse foods. Of course this requires some adaptation time for your baby, so baby food can be classified according to age. You can adjust the texture accordingly, besides that, food ingredients for babies must be adjusted to the age of your baby to avoid digestive problems or allergies in babies.
3. Granting in stages
Food for babies for the first time is required to be in the form of a soft texture like milk porridge then gradually on coarse foods such as team or you can present your family menu. In gradual giving, sometimes your child vomits. Throwing up food that is done on babies can be classified into several conditions, including the baby is not getting enough stimulation so that it is not good at chewing and is swallowed immediately.
4. Give an example at the age of a baby who is good at imitating
Did you know that your child has the ability to record and imitate your family habits. So that the ability that can be stimulated in your child is by giving examples to children how your eating habits are. At that time your child will record all the habits so that it can become a learning process in telling you how to chew and swallow.
From all the conclusions when practicing food skills in your child, one of them is by providing stimulation according to the age of the baby. Providing appropriate food can be one way to stimulate your child. If your child has difficulty in food skills, chewing and swallowing at the age of your child over nine months, then you can provide food that he can receive, but that does not mean that you are constantly given soft-textured foods such as porridge, introduce interesting variations on the menu. according to his age.