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Theeat with your hands It can be a wonderful experience for the baby and, in addition, very beneficial. Taking a piece of food and putting it in the mouth is a stimulating learning for the little ones.
Many parents do not allow or do not agree with that, however, they do not know what they are missing. Not only is it good for babies to feel the texture of food, but they will also be stimulating other learning. On our site we tell you which ones.
Green peas! when I told my daughter we were going to eat peas, it was a party at my house. Today, she can't even see them, but when she was still a baby and began to taste the bits of food, using her little hands, she loved it.
Babies usually start to eat solids in the form of porridges and purees, between 7 and 9 months of age. At this age, I felt that my daughter asked to eat with her hands, that is, that she was ready for it. Each child is different and only parents can know when the time has come for their baby to learn something more.
Be that as it may, letting babies eat with their hands has multiple benefits:
- Develop and practice skills such as the grip reflex (take something between the index finger and thumb
- Be more independent and autonomous when it comes to eating.
- Stimulate the coordination between your hands and eyes.
- It is important to enhance language acquisition.
When the baby starts with solids, it would be nice if you gave him a light spoon so that learn to put food in your mouth. Getting started is not easy, but let him have fun with his spoon, even if he doesn't know how to use it. When you see that your little one eats purees and porridges well, start to introduce pieces of bread, chicken, vegetables (zucchini, peas, potatoes ...), fruits (banana, pear, apple), fish (white), etc., to his meals, and invite him to take them with his hands and bring them to his mouth.
It is important that the baby never eats alone, that you taste his food before offering him, and that the texture of the pieces is soft to prevent him from choking. Remember that the baby does not have all the teeth yet. Eating with your hands should be a fun and rewarding experience for him.
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