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Picking Up New Food

When your child reaches 8 months of age, your child will be able to pick up small finger foods with their improved motor skills.

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By Danial Ahmad , Author
Oct 19, 2015

When your child reaches 8 months of age, your child may be picking up new foods with their improved motor skills. In what is known as the pincer grasp, your child will have the ability to grab a small object with the thumb and finger. Eventually, this will lead to independent feeding for your child. With an increased number of teeth, your child will also be able to chew on chunkier textures. This means that you can introduce food that’s easily picked up.

During this stage, it is important to encourage your child’s developing grip, as it will help improve their motor skills throughout their growth. You can do this by introducing small finger foods such as finely diced fruits or even soft pasteurised cheese. Your child will find picking up these foods easy. Your child will also be able to chew on an increased texture of baby food and very small chunks of cooked meat from poultry or fish in their infant cereal. However, it is important to ensure that there are no adult-sized bites in their meal that can cause choking. Do be careful around the house, as your child’s natural curiosity will lead to him picking up other small harmful objects from anywhere around him.

To ensure that big nutrition is absorbed by your child’s small tummies, you can try CERELAC® Infant Cereals for 8 months which is specially formulated using CHE (Cereals Hydrolysed Enzymatically) technology. This ensures that carbohydrates such as rice or wheat are broken down to smaller components for ease of digestion. They are also developed with BIFIDUS BL probiotics which help improve beneficial intestinal microflora in your child’s digestive system and reduce the incidence of diarrhoea. CERELAC® for 8 months contains multigrain with increased taste and texture to help encourage your child’s palate for a wider variety of flavours.

When in doubt, introduce new foods in small portions so you can look out for any potential allergies. Let your child enjoy the goodness of new textures as you grow together!

To find out more about how you can mix and match these ingredients with delicious infant cereal, visit our Recipe Section for a variety of great dishes you can prepare for your child.

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