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Infant Feeding Series: How to Transition Your Child from Purees to More Advanced Textures

It is generally recommended to feed infants pureed foods starting at 6 months old. After a few months of sampling a variety of pureed introducing finger foodsfoods, your child will be ready for other textures. Around 9 months old, your child will develop a “pincer grasp” where they can pick up small objects with their thumb and forefinger. This fine motor skill is acquired around the same time that babies develop the oral motor skill of up-and-down chewing motions. These two skills are both very important and necessary when you think about what your baby needs to do in order to accomplish eating foods that are not pureed.
Therefore, around 9 months is a good time to introduce little finger foods and other soft textured foods. Here are some tips to make the transition:

First and foremost, a few feeding basics:

  •  Always feed your infant in high chair or other belted seat that is pulled up to the kitchen table. Read more