This is one of the reasons why I dislike spoon feeding purees, it bypasses all the baby's safety mechanisms and gag reflexes so that it takes them so much longer usually (not always) to learn their limits and to pratice tongue manipulation because they suck food off the spoon when they are spoon fed.
Start with fork mashable foods like avocado, ripe pear, baked sweet potato, and butternut squash. These things are naturally soft and a baby can squeeze them into oblivion. Put some on the tray and just let the baby play. Eventually they learn that its food especially if you don't have separate isolated meal time, but mealshare with your baby. Watch your baby's mouth...you want to see the tongue moving the food around and chewing motions. Does your baby have a good pincer grip? If so you can experiment with small soft peices of food that can be picked up with thumb and forfinger. Gerber puffs aren't good for...
at 9:35 PM on Jul. 19, 2010