How to teach a 1 year 9 months toddler to chew food as he like to feed himself... but don't know how to chew ... He like to eat something which melt itself in the mouth... Also suggest some mouth melting finger food which I can feed him.

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Updated on Dec 11, 2015

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If the child is preferring soft, mushy food only, give only that for the time being. You can gradually introduce solid foods in diet, by giving one or two bites of it. Give soft foods like porridge ( dalia, suji, sago, rice flakes etc). You may also give vegetable upma of suji, ragi etc. Try and make your child have meals with family. This would encourage them to start with solids. Show them chewing your foods. Give gaps between meals so that they are hungry enough to eat. Children also follow each other. Seeing other children eat solid food would also encourage them to eat. Few finger foods which you may try could be french toast cut into long stripes, cutlets of potatoes, veggies and some cheese, small idlis etc. Hope it helps

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