Calamondin is a locally produced lemon in the Philippines. It is said to be an acquired taste, so when this baby took a bite into one, her facial expressions are enough to tell you that maybe that one should be at the end of your “new foods to try” list.
As you offer your baby new tastes and textures to try out, you will learn quickly the how a baby says “yes I like this” or “no! what was that?!” No language skills necessary. All babies have preferences, but understand that they will change over time. Some babies need a small taste of specific foods on several different days before they learn to like it. Practicing with new textures is always a good idea as well. That too can find a babies palette leaning one way on a Monday, and the opposite way on Tuesday. Even when your baby seems reluctant, you should make a habit out of allowing your baby to decide what they like or dislike.
You should always include your baby in family meals and sit together when eating this will create a positive food and dining environment and is also a great way to bond with your baby. Babies will also be better eaters since they trust their parents and eat what others around them eat. Between the 4th and 6th months, smooth mash or puree are a perfect texture for a baby. They will learn how to move the food from the front to the back of the mouth to swallow it. This can take several days, so be patient. They may push their tongue forward, just like what babies do when sucking a nipple.
Let’s not do that sour one again, ok? Thanks mom.
After they’ve mastered the art of swallowing their food, you can move on to thicker mash or well-mashed food – and they may be ready to do that from a spoon. You can then begin to offer some very soft finger foods, too. That’s how a baby begins to learn how to eat “normally.” Your baby can play with them and may suck them.