When should your baby start using a spoon
Expect a Mess
- Babies need to touch and feel food to learn about it.
- Expect squishing, mashing, tossing, and pouring. It's exciting to see what can be done with food.
- HOWEVER, if you see too much playing and not enough eating, then your baby is not hungry and can be taken out of the highchair.
- Practicing with a spoon
- Give your baby her own spoon as soon as she can sit up well and is interested in your spoon when you feed her.
- Let her practice, but expect a mess until she get good at this skill between 9 and 14 months.
- Notice how she chews, swallows, and how she holds her finger food to tell when she needs your help, when she doesn't, and when she's ready for chunkier foods.
- Cut back on smooth baby food, give her plenty of sticky foods (like veggies in mashed potatoes), and load the spoon for her.
Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN
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