Finger foods and spoons
Your baby needs hand-to-mouth coordination before using utensils-
Let your baby experience finger foods before using spoons.
Hand-to-mouth coordination is needed for the messy but fun task of self feeding. Your baby has been practicing this skill, putting all kinds of things in his mouth. This mouthing has helped him to use his tongue, lips, and jaws in different ways.
Balancing in a sitting position is needed to have his hands free to pick up food. A highchair tray will lend some support. You can also use a towel or cushion on each side to help support your baby.
After your baby develops the coordination for grasping, he must then learn how to let go. This is not as easy as it seems.
Concerned about the mess? Put a sheet, shower curtain, or newspapers under the high chair for a splat mat.
Your baby is now ready to learn about tastes and textures.
Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN
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