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Encouraging self feeding in your Toddler How

Seeing your little one attempting to self feed is a joyful moment. Self-feeding is one of the important milestones in your baby’s development.

Understanding the importance of self-feeding in your child will give you confidence to encourage self-feeding.

Be with your child while he or she is self-feeding. Your child is still at the learning stage and leaving him or her alone at the table is not a good idea.

Here are some tips to help you encourage self-feeding in your
child:

  • Always encourage your child whenever he or she wants to hold his or her own spoon and try to feed himself or herself. Don’t worry about the mess.
  • Be calm and patient. Let your child to get messy with the food served. It is better not to teach them table manners now. This is the time to learn about different foods as well
    as explore different techniques of eating, and it can happen if you allow him or her to play with it. You can deal with your messy toddler once he or she gets hang of the basic self-feeding.
  • Initially, your child might experience choking while trying to swallow bites that are big in size. If it happens, don’t panic; just stroke his or her back lightly.
  • Avoid foods that may cause choking.
  • Offer finger foods as these are great for toddlers learning to self-feed.
  • Ensure that your toddler does not over stuff his mouth and chews his food properly.

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