Ages listed for each texture are a guide and should be judged on baby’s individual developmental level.

Texture transition:

It is important to keep increasing the texture as fussy eaters develop when the texture doesn’t change.  The optimal time to introduce changing textures is between seven to nine months even if they have no teeth.

A gag reflex is a baby’s safety mechanism to avoid choking. When a new texture is introduced it is normal for your baby to show this reflex. It tells the baby that this is not nice and smooth to swallow and I need to chew this with my gums more before moving it to the back of the mouth to swallow. Continue to offer the next texture and they will get better with swallowing and the gagging will settle.


To prevent choking, always supervise your baby when eating and only offer foods when baby is sitting upright.