How do you know when they're ready to move on to foods that have lumps and chunks? LO is 8 mos and so far has only had pureed foods which he does fine with. Sometimes I do make his organic rice cereal a little thicker so it is almost a tiny bit lumpy, but still does not really have to be chewed.
Today I decided to try mashed up banana and it was pretty mashed but had some larger lumps, about the size of a small pea, mixed in with the liquidy mashed stuff. Well, LO didn't seem to realize that chewing was an option when this was in his mouth and seemed to struggle a little with swallowing it! Now I am scared to try this again!
At some point you just have to try the lumpier stuff and see what happens, right? They won't know chewing food is an option until they have food in there that needs chewing, it seems. But it's scary! Is there another food that would be better to try next? I wanted to do small pieces of chicken but for some reason he just doesn't seem ready.