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Guide Happy parents

infant

number of advice: 20

toddler

number of advice: 18

junior

number of advice: 15

Unassisted eating

advice in category: toddler

Teaching the baby to eat is a test of patients for the parents. On the one hand, you want your baby to eat without your help as soon as possible, but on the other hand you don’t want the meals to last for hours and the kitchen to look like a mess in need of a thorough cleaning. Is it possible to find a way?

First of all, do not expect your baby to learn to eat within a week. Be patient and let your baby eat on its own. Before you put a plate of soup in front of it, prepare the baby gradually - give it pieces of fruit to eat, cut sandwiches into small pieces and place them on the table in front of the baby.

Then start to eat with two spoons, one for you and one for the baby - this way you’ll avoid fighting for the spoon and both of you will be happy. You, because the baby is full, and your baby because it can eat unattended.

The most important thing in teaching is to let your baby eat without help. Don’t rush it, let it eat with its hands, don’t be mad if the baby gets dirty all over. For several months you will have to clean more and the meals will be longer, but rest assured that if you let your baby eat unassisted, it will significantly speed up the whole process.

Make it pleasant by getting some colourful cutlery and plates specially for the baby. You can place a colourful mat around the chair and the bib can have a picture of your baby’s favourite teddy bear - you will see how eager your baby will be about meals. Praise your baby even for the first awkward attempts. Do not discourage it; don’t say that the baby can’t eat itself so you will feed it. Remember that learning to eat is not easy, so give your baby some time.

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