Yvette is not someone who doesn’t love porridge. I started to give Yvette soft rice when she is 8mths old. (At 8mths, Yvette got 4 teeth le.) And I guess because of this I don’t have “chewing problem”. (Some baby doesn’t like lumpy food.) Now, Yvette chews every single food that is given to her. (Even porridge.) -.-
According to this site (Homemade baby Food Recipes),
As a general rule, though, it’s a good idea to introduce some texture into your baby’s food once he has been enjoying pureed foods for around 3 weeks – this will usually be at around 7 months of age.
Cereal and Porridge were introduced to Yvette at 5mths and 6mths old respectively. Purees were also given to her at the same time. But after eating those food for about 1 plus, Yvette started to give me sign that she don’t like her food. I started to read up from books, parenting sites, and even forum to find out why. I realised some babies like Yvette don’t like food that is too soft. So I started to change my cooking method from purees to finely chopped those vegetables and change porridge to soft rice. I also thicken her cereal as well.
How I prepare soft rice?
1. Cook rice with half a cup of water more than the normal water you used for your rice you cook every day.
2. Cook soup. Pour the soup with normal rice. Wait for 15mins to soften the rice. Try to introduce some adult soup to your child.
a. lotus root (I gave when Yvette is more than 10 mths old)
b. vegetable soup (carrot, onion, celery, potato, corn, etc and boil with chicken bones) (This is a good choice.)
c. raddish soup (I gave when Yvette is more than 10 mths old)
d. Peanut soup (only give when you sure your child not allergic to peanut) (To be given to baby over 1 year old.)
e. Black bean soup (I gave when Yvette is more than 10 mths old)
3. Lastly give “Mui fan”. Use gravy from the normal dishes you cook. Eg like fish, vegetable, meat, etc. (This for older babies that can take salt in their diet.)
Probably because she is teething at the same time, chewing those food is making sense to her. She started to eat more after all these changes were made to her diet.