Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 1

Real Meals with Sophia

Your baby is holding their head up independently and sitting up upright with some support, propping up on their elbows while lying on their tummy, no longer sticking out their tongue when something is put in their mouth, and is at least 4 months old. It’s time. It’s time to start introducing real meals. Real Meals with Sophia follows the milestones of our very own Feeding Therapist, OT, and Lactation Counselor, Bianca Lane’s daughter, Sophia as she travels down the road of real meals.
When starting the real meal process, it is important to remember a few things:
  • All babies develop at different rates
  • The decision to introduce foods should be a mutual one between caregivers and your pediatrician
  • Concerns regarding your child’s development should be brought to the attention of your pediatrician
  • Goal of initial food introduction is for exploration, not calorie intake
  • Pace should be determined by child and not forced
  • Common cues to watch for before presenting spoon: open eyes, leaning forward, opening mouth, reach for food
  • Keep flavors simple
  • Don’t presume your child has a specific taste preference, offer a wide variety of tastes
  • Frequent reintroductions of flavors are important to establish variety in repertoire
This first milestone is the first taste of solids. The developmental age range is 4-7 months.
You can see in this video:
The spoon is held right at the lips to allow Sophia to control level of exploration.
Tongue control is limited as spoon requires different coordination than bottle nipple or breast.
Her facial expression is unsure and she is pushing the cereal out.
This video is 6 days later.
Sophia is trying her first taste of pureed carrots.
The spoon is held at her lips while waiting for her mouth to open before inserting.
Note the increased lip contact to spoon and closure.
She is actively opening her mouth upon seeing the spoon and reaching towards it.
Body language is eager.

This series will follow Sophia’s journey of Real Meals from introduction to adventurous eater; giving tips, tricks and ideas to get your little one on the right path. To continue driving down Sophia’s Real Meal Milestone’s with us, check back on our Facebook bi-weekly for updates!

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