There’s no reason your baby can’t eat table food from 6 months of age.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that parents don’t start solids before the age of 6 months and before 12 months, their main source of nutrition should be breast milk or formula.
Offering table food and skipping the puree is known as baby led weaning (in the UK, the term weaning means starting solids.)
Although rice cereal is a common first food, there are at least 15 reasons NOT to feed your baby this highly processed junk food.
But what if my baby has no teeth?
Babies can bite with their gums (as you’ll know if your baby has ever bitten you.) Purees and mush are a modern addition to baby’s diet and they’re not really needed.
Purees teach your baby to swallow before they learn to chew.
Starting with table foods lets baby learn to chew first, then swallow when they’re ready (which may not be straight away.)
But what about choking?
There is a big difference between choking and gagging. Babies may gag on food but choking is much rarer and can happen with anything put in the mouth.
Gagging is a safety response for food which is further back in the mouth than it should be. Gagging is not a problem and babies can gag just as easily on purees and even milk – in fact they often do so more than with table foods.
What table food should I offer?
Pieces cut into a size that a baby can grip are perfect. As they develop their skills, you can give them smaller food which will allow them to test out their pincer grip.
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