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when does your baby starts to chew her food instead of swallowing? any way we can encourage chewing? should we give them harder food so that they can chew? so far ive only given my girl porridge, cereals, n small diced cooked veg n fruits.. she only swallow them..
Last edited by CanCanMum; 11-08-2009 at 11:52 PM.
my girl loves the normal rice which adults eat.. i gave her before for her meal! so she took alot! but then.. she swallow them.. not chew..so i stopped giving her that n stick to porridge instead..
have you given her baby bites or those baby biscuits? Once you start finger foods they will associate with chewing coz its human nature to take and chew.....lols~~~
but once the full set of milk teeth has spouted they will start chewing coz their gums will get itchy lols~~~
hmm ive never given her baby biskuits cos i worry she allergy to the ingredients inside (sometimes got egg, milk, wheat etc) and also its snack .. im trying not to give her any snack yet hehe
finger food.. so it can be fruits as well?? maybe i try to give her bigger chunks of fruits n see if she chew..
You can try:
1. Large pieces of SOFT fruits like papaya first. At least it's soft so if they dont chew properly, it's still ok for them to swallow. Once you notice they are able to bite/chew, try apples (cut into wedges, skin removed) or pears (can buy the soft pears as it's gentler on the gums & sweeter).
2. Bake your own rusk/biscuits. It's very easy to DIY rusks. It's basically rice cooked in milk & baked till dry/crispy. I used to make alot of this for my boy. Use brown rice & ikan bilis (for taste).
3. Soft pasta (cook longer to make it soft so it's safe to swallow if they did not chew).
Empty vessels make the most noise
yah, agree with stonston.
i also let pin take soft fruits.
or you can try cereal?
there's this brand of cereal, comes in banana flavour, cant rmb the brand(but i think is gerber?). bt is quite ex , the cereal comes in a bottle instead of packets.
the cereal is very soft. almost just melt in your mouth, maybe can let your girl try that.
n its not very sweet, just mild banana taste.
hmm stonston, i gave her papaya just now in bigger chunks. she swallow lol.
milk is also an allergent right? her pediatrician advise to give her after 1yr old cos she is diagnose with an allergy constituition when born(though we dont know what she is allergy to. might not be food also). i got allergy constituition also but not food related. mine is nose, eyes n asthma hehe. my youngest sis has seafood allergy...
pasta is made from wheat right? im also advise to refrain from giving wheat..
the cereal needs to bite ?
actually the cereal no need eh..
cos it melts in your mouth within 1-2 secs due to the saliva.
oh got wheat free types ? i wanna let her try macaroni hehe. shall look out for wheat free types of pasta!
annie babe, why dont you try stonstons suggestion that is to bake yr own baby rusks??? Coz its soft and "melts" with baby saliva, isn't it safer that way?
my own opinions only, dont *biSh* me
When I make any food for my boy before he was 1yo, I always always always use BREASTMILK. I've never used any other milk until he was 1yo. Even for yogurt, I make breastmilk yogurt for him.
That's why I suggested home made rusks. You can control the ingredients. Use the FM that your child is used to or use breast milk.
You can find wheat-free pasta very easily in supermarkets now. Just go to the organic section. Or you can make your own pasta if you want. I prefer making my own pasta cos I like to hide carrots & green leafy vegetables inside the pasta
Empty vessels make the most noise
whahah sounds fun to make own pasta! hehe.
oh breastmilk... never thought of it! hehe. hmm.. any online recipe to share?
Not too sure if got online recipe for this. But it's quite simple. Just cook the rice until like thick cereal, mix in the milk. If you are using FM, can cook the milk with the porridge. Then just spoon it into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Loosely cover with aluminium foil it does not burn. Then bake until it is dry.
hmm do i need to grind up the rice before cooking? same as cooking oatmeal or brown rice cereal? just that i add milk and then bake them? if dont add milk, can simply bake the cereals itself? hw long n what temp to bake it? also, after that, its very hard right? if they cant bite it off then choke how?
2. You can do the same with oatmeal & brown rice but the texture comes out harder.
3. Length & temperature depends largely on how much water you used to cook and how long you cook it. I dont follow recipe cos I base it on the thickness of the cooked rice cereal before I decide on the temperature & length of baking.
4. If you cooked the rice till it's like cereal, it should not be hard until they cannot bite. It's the same as rice cereals outside. It'll melt when you bite. Since it MELTS, it won't choke.
Empty vessels make the most noise
melt.. ooh.. ok.. so... rice as in normal white rice ? so just cook like how we cook porridge ? dont add milk can ?
stonston, i found some recipes online.. stating that we can use rice flour then just mix in enough water to make into a hard dough, roll it out on a floured board n cut into slices then bake for 20mins in a 150-160c oven. is that similar to what you did? those rice cereal(using normal rice grains) you made no need to roll out on the board n cut into shapes? if i dont add breast milk, jsut make the rice into cereal consistency(pasty?) then shape it myself n bake can or not? i tried making it just now using my brown rice flour and water but i think i put too much water or what.. fail. lol. the final pdt before putting into the oven should be a hard dough??
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hai~ i remade it again n this time it became hard but then its as hard as a rock! even i have problem biting it lol. wonder where the problem lies...
I dont like to use rice flour because the texture comes out very hard. As mentioned before, you need to spoon it onto the baking tray. Meaning the texture before baking is not a dough but more of a thick batter. Like pancake batter type of consistency. & it needs to be low heat (150 - 170 degrees C).
If I'm not wrong, my maid still bakes the oatmeal version in the day for my mum as snacks. I try to ask her what temperature she use.
ooh.. ok.. shall try it again using just plain rice cereal then. i also use 150-160c for oven.. no need to preheat right? but then if the batter like those pan cake ones.. when baking wont spread out n become very big n messy? shall experiment it again! thanks stonston!
fail again.. very hard like rock again though i use rice grains.. can it be cos i never add milk?? hmm...i cook the rice till like congee consistency then spoon into the tray n bake at 150c for about 40mins...
for my oven, cakes need biskuit no need(read from the instruction manual)