Introducing solid foods to baby

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Introducing solids to your baby typically happens when their digestive tract has matured, which is around six months. Parents should focus on going slowly, exposing their baby to new tastes, new texture, allowing for exploration, allowing for a mess as that is all part of the experience as well as allowing the baby to have a level of control in the experience. Letting them hold the spoon, letting them lick the solids off of their fingers, as this is all part of the learning. And also, I think it is important for parents to be reading the baby´s cues of interest and disinterest, respecting the amount of volume that they want or don´t want and trusting that this in term will help to develop a healthy relationship to food where the child is able to read their own cues of hunger and satiation.

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Allison LaTona, MFT

Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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