How do you stimulate a baby to chew?
First off, don’t give him more than a couple of small pieces of food at a time on his high chair tray; rather than place a plate of portioned food in front of him, give him 2-3 pieces of what he’s eating. Or, you can start even smaller, and only give him one piece at a time to make him really consider each piece.
Why does my child not chew his food?
The most common reason is simply lacking the sensory awareness and/or tongue coordination to fully chew and swallow certain foods. Instead, they chew or suck on the food, and pocket it. Some babies may accidentally pocket food, or the food moves to a place in the mouth where the baby can’t quite get it back out.
What do I do if my 10 month old won’t eat?
Although it can be frustrating when your baby won’t eat, try to avoid pressuring, coaxing or forcing him to eat. This can turn mealtimes into a stressful experience for you both, and make him less likely to eat well. Instead, just keep offering food and letting him eat what he wants.
How do I teach my baby not to put things in his mouth?
Don’t stop them from mouthing everything. Instead gently discourage them from putting things into their mouth that they shouldn’t. For example, you can say “Dirt isn’t food” or “Dog food and doggy chew toys are for Rover only!” or “That’s yucky — we don’t put it in our mouth.” Vacuum regularly.