How to teach your baby spoon-feeding

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Psychologists affirm that it`s a mother, who determines an age when her child begins to eat with a spoon independently, as all matters of upbringing fall on her shoulders. Some babies could eat with a spoon even before 1 year old, whereas a baby of a too anxious mother couldn`t eat by himself even at 2 years old. The result depends on the fact when parents allow their child to try eating at the table. And the earlier this happens, the better result will be for child.


Psychologists affirm that it`s a mother, who determines an age when her child
begins to eat with a spoon independently, as all matters of upbringing fall on
her shoulders. Some babies could eat with a spoon even before 1 year old, whereas
a baby of a too anxious mother couldn`t eat by himself even at 2 years old. The
result depends on the fact when parents allow their child to try eating at the
table. And the earlier this happens, the better result will be for child.

Parental task is to support their baby`s pleasure while eating.

A majority of children show a wish to eat with a spoon at 9-11 months, and, if
parents encourage such independence of children, then, by 1,5 years the most persistent
ones will be able to “wield a spoon” perfectly without any help.

Training for independent spoon-feeding begins at 6 months already, when a child
tries to eat by himself, holding a cookie or cracker in his hand. Then at 8 months,
when a baby can already sit confidently, you can seat him at the table in a children`s
seat and give him a spoon. If you don`t do this in time, then sometimes you can
see a baby snatching a spoon from a mother`s hand by himself, as he feels a necessity
to learn eating by himself. A mother can miss this opportunity in time or treat
it as whims during a meal. However, if such thing happens during next spoon-feeding,
it`s better to give this spoon to a baby, and take another one for yourself. The
main is to keep a baby`s pleasure while the process of eating.

Some useful advices

Before each spoon-feeding fulfill a ritual of hands washing. Firstly, like any
other adult member of a family, a baby also needs to wash his hands before having
a meal. Secondly, this will dispose a baby to the process of eating.

It`s better to buy unbreakable crockery with bright colored pictures for your
baby. Put your baby`s food in a special plate. On no account put all food at once
on the table, as you may distract your baby`s attention and he`ll begin requiring
only what he wants.

Be ready that your baby will smear food firstly, after you give him a spoon,
and then he`ll begin flapping the table and plate with a spoon. So, put a small
apron on your baby for sure, and cover the floor with a bog oil-cloth.

If a baby throws a spoon on the floor, trying to eat with his hands - don`t rail
at him. Probably, he wants to eat by himself, but a “mate-spoon” seems to be a
“wrecker” for him - it fails to bring food to the mouth, or throws food down the
floor, or smears the food on the wallsa



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