Allowing your baby to begin feeding him/herself may seem like a giant step. Take a deep breath and be assured that both you and your baby can confidently dive into the world of mealtime together with these tips on knowing when your little one is ready for baby cutlery, baby plates and dishes.
One rule of thumb many parents like to use is if the baby can sit up on their own and has mastered tongue movement, they may be ready for solid food. Another way to gauge your baby’s capacity for solid food is if the normal amount of breast feeding or formula becomes insufficient. At this point, you may want to use a baby feeding bowl set twice a day with small meals of about two to four tablespoons. After some months of feeding your baby, they may show some interest in feeding themselves. Perhaps the most telltale sign that your baby is ready for a full-fledged cutlery set is if they have started to show interest in holding their own utensil. Until that point, baby feeding spoons are the most practical cutlery choice.
Every baby is different, so between seven months and one year, you might experiment with solid meals multiple times a day. The BÉABA ellipse bowl for feeding is a great tool for this stage because of its non-slip base and easy scooping high walls. Initially, your baby might react awkwardly to being fed because the sensations of digesting solid foods are completely new to them. They may reject feeding one moment, then cry out for more the next. Play around with different utensils and feeding styles. Eventually, your baby can grow to enjoy the sensations and may try to feed themselves. Keep your food containers for babies handy, because soon enough your baby might want to pick their own meals.