I’m pretty sure, that when our kids start achieving some things like walking, eating by themselves, or going to the bathroom by themselves. While some of these things, they can actually achieve by themselves, some others definitely need some outside help, especially from the parents, and maybe, also the help of some custom silicone products.
One of these achievements is for them to start eating by themselves. But for them to do so, they will definitely need your help. And for that, I will give you some tips so you teach your baby to chew, which will lead them to eat safely by themselves.
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Have in mind that the tips I’m going to share will you will be setting the foundation and help your baby to learn to chew. They won’t only help you to help them to transition to eating by themselves, but also if you have any concerns if your kid isn’t chewing yet.
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One of the first tips is to use teethers and toys. They can be made out of wholesale silicone beads, which are safe for them. Your kid will practice a lot while chewing on their teethers and it’s basically the groundwork for them to start eating food. There are some babies that will totally skip this step. It can be, because of how some toys might feel in their mouths, some others because it’s difficult and tires them so much, and some others are just simply not interested.
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But no matter their reason, it is important that you actually encourage them and to chew on their teethers often, as well as demonstrate to them how to do it. If they let you A great idea to achieve this is, if they allow you to bring their teether to their mouths and if they like baby food, you can dip their teether into it and let them lick it off. And don’t worry because there are a lot of options and styles when it comes to those teethers and toys.
Another important thing is to let them practice on large foods. If your kid won’t use the teether, then another good option is for you to try and use large pieces of food (ones that they can’t eat but totally can mouth on). Some examples can be peeled carrot or celery). If you do this, make sure you do it when they are seated in their high chairs and especially when you are eating too. If possible, dip them in their baby food and let them explore.
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The next tip is that you demonstrate. Like I’ve said before, try to be ahead of the game, and try to synchronize both your baby’s eating time with yours. As tempting as it can be to feed them separately, while you’re sharing a meal, they are also learning, and will actually help you build them a mealtime routine. Believe it or not, when you are eating together, they are watching you and will want to imitate you. You can always put a piece of food in your mouth and chew it dramatically with your mouth open so they learn.
Another of our tips is that you brush their teeth or gums. A great way to encourage chewing is for you to start brushing their gums using an infant toothbrush, which can be made of silicone rubber so it’s way softer, at least 2 times a day.
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This will help them get used to having something in their mouth and stimulate movement in their tongues, as this is critical for chewing. Most likely if your kid is struggling to chew, they’re probably not moving their tongue well. The brushing will also be prepared them to accept more textures and desensitize their gag reflex.
And the last tip is to give them the right foods. At around 8 months old, it will be time to start feeding them with real foods.
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