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Offering your son/daughter solid foods that are harder to chew is a nutritious way to add healthy foods to his or her diet. It can also help your son/daughter learn to like and want to try new foods. This handout will explain when your son/daughter is ready to try solids that are harder to chew and provide tips on how you can successfully offer solids to your son/daughter. It will also explain normal behaviors while your son/daughter is trying solids and when you should ask for help when offering solids.
Your son/daughter is ready to try solids that are harder to chew when:
It’s important to offer foods from all major food groups, like proteins, grains, vegetables and fruits. You can also offer food that combines ingredients from these food groups. You can now offer your son/daughter the following foods from each food group:
You can successfully offer your son/daughter solids that are harder to chew by following these tips:
Your son/daughter might show different behaviors while you are offering solids that are harder to chew. The following behaviors are normal while offering solids that are harder to chew:
You should call your son/daughter’s pediatrician if he/she shows any of these signs while trying solids that are harder to chew:
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