Going from bottle to spoon can be a difficult step for children. In fact, on the one hand, it implies the diversification of your diet. Thus, the child discovers other flavors besides milk, but also other textures. Also, spoon feeding does not require the sucking mechanism like bottle feeding. To help your child accept this new tool, but also to progressively guide him towards autonomy, we present you with materials that develop essential skills.
By diversifying the baby’s diet, we introduce new flavors and textures. So that it is not too great a shock for him and so that he accepts this new food more easily, it is important to first accustom all his other senses. Textures that you have already tamed by touch will seem less alien to you when you touch them with your tongue.
To do this, use sensory balls, toys and games to explore textures and non-food materials with the child: dry materials (plastic toys, hard and smooth balls, etc.), fluid materials (pom-pom ball, kinetic sand, etc.) , wet materials (paint, etc.) and sticky materials (chipboard, wet Fisher Tips, etc.). All these materials have food correspondences: dry like raw pasta, fluid like flour, moist like yogurt, sticky like honey…
Maxi kit of 9 sensory balls: Each of these 9 balls has a different shape, color and feel. Some round, others pyramidal; some even make noise. Different textures: peaks, grooves… Plastic. Diam. from 8 to 16 cm. Since 3 years..
Mad Matt’r: A magical and light sand in which to introduce our hands. A plasticine that we can model lightly with a little pressure, mix and cut…Mad Matt’r is all this at the same time. Absolutely fun! The new generation of ultra-sensory clays to try quickly. Wheat, gluten and casein free. It never dries out. 6 colors, sold individually. 280 grams From 3 years.
Round tray: Mini worlds, sensory discovery, manipulations and fine motor skills… This round exploration tray allows for a multitude of activities to develop children’s skills through experimentation. It provides a framework to structure the activity and offers points of reference for the child. You can use it on a stand (sold separately) or on the ground, indoors or out. The edges are high enough to prevent any spillage of material, while still being accessible to little ones
With hand-mouth coordination, the child can orally explore objects and discover their surroundings. We offer many tools to develop this skill at www.hoptoys.es. You will find a selection of these tools in the following presentation. These games are perfect for working on oculomotor coordination.
Miniature car board: With the help of magnets we move the cars along the roads to park them in the right place. We learn to hold the pen as such and develop the precision of gestures: two essential skills to prepare for writing! In wood covered with a layer of plexiglass. 5 rest-verse model cards. Dimensions 35 cm. From 3 years.
Stackable Suction Cups x 6: These 6 colored silicone cups have a suction cup on their base that allows them to be attached to any smooth surface. They can also be stacked or used in the bathroom! An excellent game that encourages manipulation and experimentation. Size: 7cm. 100% BPA free food grade silicone. From 1 year.
At the level of practice
With first non-nutritive and nutritive swallowing, then spoon handling, early in the mouth, then progressively more in the mouth with textures evolving from smooth to small pieces. The introduction of the spoon is an important stage: that is why it is necessary to choose the right utensils so as not to rush the child. We have listed here the specific spoons useful for the professional management of oral and eating disorders.
The z-vibe can be used to accompany the gestures of eating: closing the mouth, chewing, using the tongue to move food in the mouth, swallowing… The z-vibe can be used both in cases of hypersensitivity and hypersensitivity. In one case, we try to make the patient aware of the problem. In the other case, we will gradually work on accepting sensations.
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