IS YOUR child still insisting on you spoon-feeding them their dinner?
Is your child making a mess while they eat?
Many babies are eager to feed themselves and will be reaching for the spoon when you are feeding them, while others will insist you continue to feed them.
When they’re first transitioning onto solid foods, you should feed them, but there is a point where you want your child to gain independence. INTRODUCING UTENSILS While you are feeding your little one with a spoon or fork, it’s often a good idea to have a second one handy for them to hold onto as you feed them.
About 18 months is a great time to introduce children to utensils.
If your child shows less interest, try playtime with toy spoons and forks.
If your child is struggling with the spoon, introduce finger foods first. Small pieces of fruit or potato or pumpkin are good options.
Place these foods in front of your child but don’t pressure them.
Curiosity will often lead them to pick up the food. MY CHILD MAKES A MESS While it can take effort to clean up and be annoying, it is a normal part of a child’s development to make a mess while eating.
Learning to eat is about developing an understanding of taste, texture and temperature of food. That involves both their mouth and their hands.
They might pick up a piece of stew and drop it when they realise it’s not meant as finger food. Try the following tips: Ensure your baby wears a bib to protect their clothes; Let your baby use their hands, as use of the spoon tends to involve more spills; Cut food into small pieces so it is easier to pick up and eat; Line the area under your baby’s high chair with newspaper or a plastic sheet.
From about six months old your child is ready to try a cup to drink.
This can also be a messy and long process, but again there are some simple steps you can take to help your baby.
Try to ensure the cup is a child’s cup so they can easily handle it and only fill it to halfway to reduce spills. CONTACT US Contact the WBHHS child health team for further advice: Gayndah – 4161 3571, Mundubbera – 4165 5222 Monto – 4166 9300 Biggenden – 4127 6400 Eidsvold – 4165 7100.