One of the many benefits of BLW is the development of those fine motor skills, including dexterity! Yes, as your little one navigates solid foods by smooshing it through their fingers, squeezing it, flicking it, and flinging it, you may notice an index finger poking at things, or a thumb curling under. A ha! Those little digits start to move more independently of one another, instead of moving all together.
We’re talking about the pincer grasp! During their 9 month check-ups, our pediatricians were so pleased to hear that our daughters were grasping foods with their index finger and thumb. This means they were great at picking up smaller items like peas, petite diced carrots, and beans!
It really unlocks a whole new world of foods at meal times and snacks. Berries, pieces of orange segments, cucumber cubes, pieces of cheese, pasta, chickpeas… the list goes on. This means that mixed dishes, like pasta salads, casseroles and stews are options now!
The pincer grasp also helps babies regulate how much food they put in their mouths. Instead of smashing a big wad of food in with their palm, which can be hard to maneuver around the mouth, they are able to put one piece in at a time. This leads to more mindfulness at meals and snacks, associating the taste with that particular food, and listening to those satiety cues.
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