When is a child ready to begin soft cubes?
Examples of soft cubes include diced avocado pieces, overcooked squashes, vegetable soup ingredients without the broth, Gerber Pick-Ups (Ravioli, Carrots, Apples) boiled potatoes, bananas, and mandarin oranges. We typically recommend introducing these foods around 10 months. When introducing soft cubes, you want to see the baby doing the following:
- Developing pincer grasp patterns
- Poking foods with fingers (typically around 9-12 months)
- Manipulating foods with both hands to begin physically exploration their food (i.e., pulling soft foods apart with hands)
- Moving the meltable foods to the side of their mouth (i.e., gum surfaces where molars will be)
- Showing an up and down munching pattern on the meltables
Keep reading other posts in this series:
- When is a child ready to begin purees?
- When is a child ready to begin meltable foods?
- When is a child ready to begin finger foods?
- When is a child ready for mixed textures or family foods?
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