Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 6


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 mealsReal 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

Soft Cubes 10 Months: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Soft cubes are foods that hold their shape but are easily mashed with tongue only
  • Other examples are avocado, cooked carrot pieces, and banana cubes
  • Texture should be easily picked up to self finger feed and soft enough to mash/chew easily
  • If food is slippery, roll in baby cereal to make it easier to pick up
  • In this video the size of the sweet potato is not an ideal cube that can be easily picked up but roasted sweet potatoes are the targeted texture

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!

Click below for previous chapters!

Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 5
Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 4
Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 3
Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 2
Real Meals with Sophia: Chapter 1

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