Feeding, new tastes and textures

As Orson begins to experience food for the first time, we look at how best to introduce process of weaning, from a practical, emotional and social point of view.

Good for looking at

  • Weaning
  • Power struggles at meal times
  • Personal, social & emotional development
  • Babies
  • Parents
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Now he's about to start trying new foods
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with different textures.
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He's already shown an interest in what other people
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are eating, as he sits watching family meals.
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See a little toast.
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He wants a toast.
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First, he has to learn to use his tongue
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to swallow differently.
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Is it just stuck on your lip?
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Hasn't gone in.
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Should we try another bit?
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Oh, there we go.
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You're just gonna spit it out?
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The success of enjoyable meal times,
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both now and in the future, will depend a lot
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on the approach to feeding.
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Work out what to do.
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Happily for Austin, it is a relaxed time,
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where he has the opportunity to feel and taste
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the food in his mouth.
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It's fun though, isn't it?
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Bit of fun.
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Babies are born with likes and dislikes
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when it comes to taste.
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This can be from being exposed to certain tastes in the
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womb, but also because the number of taste buds can vary
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from person to person.
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Some people will happily eat anything,
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while others are very sensitive to strong tastes
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and certain textures.
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Maybe he can spit it out.
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Did a little bit
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go in then?
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Well, I think you got it there.
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Babies can't be forced to eat.
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But a relaxed approach to feeding,
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introducing new tastes and textures sensitively,
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will help enjoyable meal times.
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Spit it out.
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I think it's going to turn to spit out.
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A month later, and Austin's getting used
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to eating solid food.
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He grasps the spoon.
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I can do it myself.
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Feeding time can often become a power struggle
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when the parent can't contain their anxiety
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about mess or stress about the length of time
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feeding can take the little baby.
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When you're finished, will you take
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your plate through?
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I'm not quite done.
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We've seen how important feeding has been
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to Austin for social interactions.
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It's much more involved than just being fed.
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It involves eye contact,
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talking and communication in general.
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Are you hungry?
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Boy, you're hungry today.
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Have you seen how he sticks his little tongue out?
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Isn't it cute?
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Being sensitive to the baby's signals
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when feeding will make it easier to work out
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when they're full.
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He says, "Go away, I'm eating."
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Mealtime will continue to be
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a rich and powerful source of experience
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for his emotional and social well-being,
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as well as for his senses and levels of nutrition.