From the Start
From the Start
Introducing the first 100 Flavors
We at Tiny focus on your toddler’s personalized nutrition ensuring that they taste their first 100 flavors before the age of two to help build an adventurous eater for life. We're grounded in the science of food to give your child the most nutritious start possible. In collaboration with Tufts School of Nutrition, our organic, nutrient-rich meals were created with your little one in mind. We're here to help them foster a lifelong positive and healthy relationship with food, cultivate healthy eating patterns and create a willingness to try new things. Our fresh-chopped baby and toddler meals are made with real ingredients and they're real delicious too. Tiny Organics is food that's better for your baby and toddler and easier for you. Plus, we're following recent research and focus on finger foods. If you start with purees, try Tiny when your little one outgrows purees. Tiny is also a great choice for those who forego purees and practice baby-led weaning. So give your baby and toddler a solid start by serving them something that's grabbably good.
The Tiny Approach to Baby & Toddler Food
We at Tiny believe that finger foods are a great way to build smart eaters for the future. We recommend introducing soft finger foods to your baby to complement a breastmilk/formula diet. It's all about creating a healthy relationship with food and reducing picky eating later in life. Mealtime becomes an enjoyable, stress-free experience instead of a battlefield and helps create a greater bond with your child. Finger foods allow for your baby to self-feed, teaches them dexterity and encourages them to explore new flavors, textures, and smells. Exposure to different flavors and coarser textures early on in life makes your baby a more adventurous eater and encourages your baby and toddler to adjust portion sizes to match their hunger.
When do I start?
When to start finger foods with your baby is completely up to you. Every baby is different, follow their cues. Most parents start their baby on finger foods from their first bite (roughly 4-6 months of age). Your baby can start learning to chew even if they don't have teeth yet. Many parents start by feeding their baby purees and some parents forego purees and start with soft finger foods (also known as baby-led weaning) - the choice is yours!
Is my baby ready?
Up until about 4-6 months, the best source of nutrition for your baby is breastmilk or formula. From then on, we recommend introducing soft finger foods to supplement breastmilk or formula. When your baby starts showing interest in food we encourage you to include them in mealtimes. Great foods to start with are mushed avocado, sweet potato and banana. Try one or two new foods a week. After the first phase of experimenting, offer your baby a variety of different foods, flavors and consistencies.
Some good signs they're ready.
- Your baby sits up independently and has complete head and neck control
- They bring their hands and toys to their mouth
- They lean forward in the highchair and show interest in food
NEED TO KNOW
Gagging and choking
Let's face it - this has been on your mind the moment you thought about introducing solids. It's important to know the difference between gagging and choking. Babies who are younger than 7 months have their gag reflex closer to the front of their mouth. Your baby may start gagging and coughing, even though the food is still safely far away from the airway and this is what they have to do in order to be able to learn how to eat. Coughing in the beginning is normal and becomes less frequent within a couple of weeks after starting solids.
On the other hand, choking is something very serious that should not be taken lightly. A choking baby will not be able to make any sound (crying or coughing) and will turn a shade of blue. Here is an official guide on how to stop choking.
We know this all sounds scary. But here's the thing, gagging happens, but choking is extremely rare. As long as you stick to the size of foods Priscilla, our neonatal nutritionist, recommends, warm your finger foods until they're soft and mushy and are present with your child when they are eating, then chances are that serving soft finger foods will be a pleasant event for both you and your little one.
Keys to a Successful Mealtime
1. Your baby is the pilot, you're the co-pilot: Let your baby set the pace and respect your baby's feeling of fullness.
2. Create a relaxed environment: Create a positive mealtime experience so that your baby will associate food with happiness and will look forward to mealtimes.
3. It's All About Variety: After the first phase of experimenting, offer your baby a variety of different foods, different flavors and consistencies at the same time.
4. Embrace the Mess: Learning to eat is all about exploring and play — and it will be messy! Don't worry if all the food hasn't been successfully eaten during the first few times.
5. Repetition, repetition, repetition: Experts say that it takes up to a dozen times for your baby to accept a new flavor; don't give up!
6. Find Your Inner Peas: Don't rush your baby or distract them while they are getting to know the food. Encourage them to learn in their own pace and savor the food.
7. Patience is key: Give your baby breastmilk or formula before trying out finger foods so your baby is not hungry and has the patience to focus on learning to eat.
8. Support your baby (in more ways than one): Make sure your baby is able to sit upright without assistance. Practice sitting in a highchair before mealtime.
9. Spread the love: If your baby has siblings, don't be afraid to share those new flavors and cuisines with the rest of the family.
Great Soft Finger Foods for Babies and Toddlers
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Quartered, Wedged, or Squished Fruits: