Parenting is not easy, but every time your child reaches a new milestone, the feeling is inexplicable! Self-feeding is one such milestone. Babies are moody eaters! Getting them to eat is a task most parents dread, let alone self-feeding.
But don’t stress, parents! You’ll eventually get to celebrate this milestone too!
Here are few tips to encourage self-feeding in your child:
Patience Is Key
It’s important to understand that the transition from spoon to fingers will take some time. Each child has their own pace, so don’t rush this, or your baby might give up before they even start!
The transition from mushy spoon fed paste to finger foods is going to make your child curious and more eager to eat. Use this opportunity to grow their love for food by making meals that they’d love! Veggies that are easy to chew like Avocado, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potato, etc with a nice dip can be great for starters! They are not only easy to eat, but dipping the veggies can be a fun activity for the child to keep him engaged and is also great for developing fine motor skills!
Choose your baby’s meal time wisely! Pick a time when he’s active and in a good mood. This is when you have his full attention and will be ready for some self-feeding lessons!
Bribing Is A Big No-No!
We understand meal-time with your child can be a mammoth task, but avoid bribing them with sweets, mobile or anything just to keep them distracted. This will make the self-feeding process slower and will also make your baby a fussy eater eventually
Keep Them Engaged
Turn off the Television, keep your phone away! It’s time for an interactive meal session. Try to keep your baby away from all distractions to make sure their focus remains solely on All Things Food! Play games with them, like asking them to grab a food item from your hand, asking them to try giving you a small bite, a countdown for every bite can be fun too!
Don’t Force Feed
Let your child get hungry enough before mealtime. Teaching them not to waste food is a great habit to inculcate, but avoid pressurizing them to eat or finish the meal if they are full. This will make them grumpy and your mission will take a back seat!
Designate Them As Your Sous-Chef
It’s never too early to start cooking! While this may take some time, ask your little one to assist you during meal prep. Take their help for small tasks..This will build their love and curiosity for food and will be more willing to eat something they have helped in making