Although I usually wouldn’t use bananas as one of the foods that I feed early on I only had bananas in the house and wanted to continue feeding him. I usually like to add bananas later on and cut them up in to 5 or so sections so that the baby can use them as a great finger food however this time I again used a fork to slightly mash the banana. Over the course of the first meal with the bananas I was able to increase the consistency to leave bigger pieces although the banana was still fork mashed.
It seems that moving onto foods that have a thicker consistency such as the yams and the bananas made a difference for helping this little one to learn how to swallow. This is something I commonly see and is yet another reason I really encourage people to avoid using pureed foods. Like I have mentioned in a previous post, it almost seems backwards but the thicker consistency does actually help the baby swallow. This is why I encourage parents and caregivers to look for signs that their baby is displaying and to follow their intuition. You know your child best. This is a process and working together in this feeding relationship you can succeed.
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Watch a baby self feeding banana: