Even when we begin to introduce a variety of products to the child’s menu, he is still too small and parents have to feed him with a spoon. But the older the child is, the more he wants to imitate mom and dad and eat with his cutlery. Young mothers may wonder when it is better to start teaching the child to self-feeding. The answer is simple – when the child himself reaches for the spoon.
Some children do this at the age of ten months, others do not show interest in self-service even at the end of the second year of life. But most often, a child who turns one year, is already trying to take matters into his own hands and take the initiative, including in the matter of food. He takes a teaspoon, tries to hit it in the mouth or just waves happily throwing food around.
Do not get upset because of the increasing disorder. On the contrary, take it as an opportunity, use this willingness to experiment and enthusiasm for learning to soon relax while the baby eats without your help.
Of course, it will take time, nerves and constant cleaning the area where the baby eats. But the result and a sense of pride for your baby worth it.
Buying a special plastic spoon will be the first step to teach your child to self-feeding. What else do we need? Below are the rules that will help to teach the little man necessary skills.
How to teach to self-feeding
In fact, it is not necessary to start training of self-feeding with cutlery. With children it is generally better not to hurry but definitely encourage the desire to be independent.
A child from eight months can be given pieces of soft fruit and boiled vegetables, corn chips or soft waffles that melt in the mouth. One-year-old child can eat sandwiches cut into cubes, lick the wafer from the ice cream or drink a sip of mineral water.
How to teach baby to use the cutlery
But for the beginning of training of self-feeding with cutlery you need to prepare special dishes for children. You will need a few small spoons of plastic. They are light, so the child will easily hold them in his hands. They will not irritate the gums and their probability of damaging the mouth or growing baby teeth is much lower.
In the beginning, you’ll probably have to use two spoons at the same time. The baby starts to maneuver his spoon, and you’ll feed him with another.
Take care of appropriate clothing. Put away your smart clothes for another occasion, no matter how beautiful it may be. While teaching the child to wield dining cutlery, dress yourself and the child in easy-to-wash comfortable clothes, so as not to be nervous once again because of spoiled things.
To make porridge, cheese, yogurt and soup reach the correct destination without parents’ help, it takes a lot of practice. Until then … they will be everywhere, so the bib is not enough.
Give your child food that has the right consistency and is tasty for the baby. It is important that it is well kept in a spoon – do not fall out or poured.
Remember how in school among other contests at various events, there was one on the run with a spoon. It was difficult to get it to the finish line keeping the contents in full. A small child is 10 times more difficult, because he only learns the strength of his hands, hones accuracy, trains coordination.
Therefore, the choice of product for training self-deeding is important. In addition, such self-feeding exercises are another reason to study new flavors and tastes. Some parents use baby’s teaspoon for their food because it is convenient to hold or it’s just at hand. The aroma of “adult” food will interest the child, because he didn’t know it before. Although not the fact that he will like it.
You can also add new vegetables of bright color to draw baby’s attention while self-feeding training.
Cheese would be a good option. Due to its structure and lightness, it adheres well to the spoon.
Well, the child’s on the chair, the food in a spoon, it only remains to wait patiently for the results of self-feeding training and praise you for your patience and for perseverance.
Teaching to self-feeding takes a lot of effort – especially from parents, who then have to clean up the kitchen and wash the child (and most likely themselves). But the satisfaction of the child’s learning new skills is huge – both for the parent and for the baby.