Take a stroll on this section of fun facts and practical tips that you may or may not know yet! Learn from our list of helpful insights for your little one’s life full of firsts.
It is an exhilarating experience to notice the subtle changes in your toddler -- from baby steps to stubborn no-bathy-time-please, everything is worth remembering. What you might look forward to be is your baby’s cute glances on spoon as you eat meals together or to your fork while swirling some home made pasta on the dining table.
If you’re a first-time parent, it will be an uneasy thing to consider your baby to use utensils especially when she is yet to reach a month from birth. Since there are probable hazards over the fact that your baby will have to eat with a spoon and a fork, which you unlikely to introduce soon enough as it is apparent that most of the utensils are in metal forms and not to mention your uneasiness of letting your baby use plastic utensils either as they contain highly toxic BPAs (Bisphenol A)thatsurehasan effects to her health in the long-run. Thus, there’s no other choice for you but to resort to metal utensils and introduce them to your toddler.
There are some eating hints that you might want to stay monitoring for.
Baby Eating Hint 1: If your baby starts losing their “tongue-thrust reflex” or the inclination to sucking reflex when they reach the ages 4 and 6 months. This is the stage when they show an interest in the foods while you are eating. This is the perfect time to venture in eating with utensils.
Baby Eating Hint 2: Transition from Puree to Chunks. Although you have introduced solids to your toddler, you don’t want to have them eat chunks of solids. Instead, you have introduced purees and cereals that are very easy to digest. But this time, you can already look forward to serving small amounts of raisin bran or steamed cut potatoes. This is the time when you can see that your toddler is ‘teething’. Although ‘teething’ at around 9 months is common, this does not necessarily mean that all babies will have it at the same period. Remember that every baby development is unique.
Baby Hint 3: When your baby shows signs of interest in feeding by herself much so when she stubbornly using fingers to eat what’s on the plate. This can be your go signal to actually teach your toddler to use utensils.
You can actually start teaching your toddler when she hit the 18 to 24 months mark. First thing you take into mind is to choose some safe ‘toddler spoon’. Consider using small spoon with rubberized handle first. In this way, your baby will not have a hard time using longer and heavy spoons
Your presence and guidance will surely and absolutely help her all throughout the introductory stage of using eating utensils. Start off with gentle and easy movements from handling the spoon to lowering it and effectively scooping a small amount of food from the bowl. After that, you can let her use the spoon by her own. Observe how your baby is progressing.
After some time, you have to introduce then the use of forks. Choose the safest fork for your baby. Look for toddler forks with rubberized handle and wide and rounded metal prongs to avoid hurting your baby’s mouth.
With all the preparatory stages you have to look forward to in introducing utensils to your toddler, you should stay active all throughout the progress in his/her eating habits. This stage will help you in introducing healthy meals to help her be accustomed in the long-run.