Eating is one of human basic needs. Since in pregnancy period, the embrio needs foods supply through mother. It is continued by giving mother’s milk after the baby was born. After that the baby will be introduced several kinds of food from foods that have soft texture until foods that have solid texture.
When your child was still a baby, spoon feeding is an usual activity. But there will be time when your child must eat by herself without your help anymore or other people’s help in your house.
Learning to eat by herself is one important step for baby history in her first year period. Besides rolling, sitting, walking, and speaking, learning to eat alone has a role in developing her independency and her confidence. You can take the break time at eating time by not spoon feed her anymore.
Generally when baby has been 7-9 months, she has developed her soft motorik capability and she is ready to learn eating by herself. She has been capable to use her hands and fingers and she also has good coordination between her eyes, hands, and her brain.
In this age, child can reach things that you give to her hands. She will take it by her thumb and her point finger. She also has capability to move that thing from one hand to another hand. If your child has comprehended this skill, it means that your child is ready to learn eating by herself.
Another sign is your child likes to put anything to her mouth and she likes to point any foods that you eat. Because her teeth growing process, she likes to chew or bite something in her mouth. This time is the right time because your child may consume solid foods.
Every child has different process in their growing process. Mostly, children can’t use spoon in a right way until they are 1 year old. Because of that, introducing child with finger food is the best way to teach her eat by herself.
Finger food is a kind of foods that has small size and can be eaten without using knife, fork, or spoon. In other words, the food will be easy to be taken and held by your child.
Teach her of eating healthy food since she was kid by giving her option of foods that contain important nutrition for her developing and growing process. Introduce her new taste and texture through vegetables, fruits, and foods that contain carbohydrate and protein. Read the rest of this entry »