Food tricks

Proper feeding a child is quite an art. Many mothers remember what tricks she had to use to make her child want to eat soup or a sandwich.

Food tricks

Therefore, a toddler must be taught to eat from the first days of its life so that later it does not cause problems.

A baby is born having a sucking and swallowing reflex. Therefore, its first food is mother’s milk. After the birth, the midwife lays the newborn on the mother’s stomach. The baby approaches the nipple, touches it with his mouth and starts to suck. The baby loves to suck. It can be not only the mother’s breast, but also her own finger, a plush toy. It is a reflex, which after a few weeks turns into a conscious activity. The baby perceives the connection between sucking and satisfying hunger. At the beginning, the baby has to be fed liquid food; only after four months can he cope with semi-liquid food – porridge, gruel. Then, during teething, it starts to secrete more saliva. This dilutes the food and the toddler has no problem swallowing it.

Little hamsters

Why, when we give a baby a spoonful of grated apple, does he keep it in his mouth for a while? Because he first has to mix it with saliva. This partially dissolves the portion of food and it is easier to swallow. In the fourth month of life the child learns to eat from a spoon. The sucking reflex slowly disappears. At the beginning it is very difficult to do without a bib. Part of what the mother gives the child, flows back out of the mouth. However, after some time, our child will learn to open his mouth when he sees a spoon.

A bit of baby, a bit of bear

A six-month-old baby doesn’t like to be bored. Even during a meal his hands must be occupied with something. So don’t take away his favourite toy when it’s time to feed him. He may perceive it as a punishment, associate it with food and after some time react to the very sight of a bowl with dinner by crying.

The child likes to have something to chew on. On a walk or at home you can give him a small snack – a crisp, a stick, a wafer. Although it will be very crumbly and more food will land on the floor than in the tummy, you can’t deny a toddler this. With time, he will learn to eat “properly”. It is important that he does not treat meals as a punishment.

The next stage is independent eating with a spoon or fork. The child already knows that food goes to the mouth, so it will be easier to show the way with a spoon. This stage comes around 12 months of age. We no longer need to puree the food, it’s enough if we mash it a little. Babies like to take pieces of boiled carrots, potatoes or beans in their fingers and put them in their mouths. It may not be very hygienic, but it’s a good learning experience for your little one.

Be patient

The difficult art of learning to eat requires a lot of patience from both parents. The child may stubbornly reject the spoon or the food, but the breastfeeder must be even more persistent. He cannot shout at the child. Feed the child with a smile on your lips, but do not praise him for his antics. The child’s aversion to solid food cannot be explained by the lack of teeth. To crush vegetables, biscuits, fruits, he uses his gums and tongue.

Rules to remember:
Don’t put too much food in your baby’s mouth;
First, teach him to eat liquid food, then semi-liquid, and when he gets used to it, gradually give him lunches that are less chunky;
Don’t start teaching him to eat solid foods with meat. Meat won’t dissolve in saliva as easily as vegetables, and the toddler may get discouraged;
When playing, give the child a spoon or an empty cup, so that he gets used to it and learns to hold it in his hand.

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