How to Help Baby with Not Dropping Food

Dropping food is pretty common for babies just starting to self-feed. But here are a few tips to make slippery foods a little easier for tiny hands to hold on to!


1️⃣ Use a crinkle cutter to add texture. This is a super simple way to add ridges to a piece of food- making it easier for baby to hold on to


2️⃣ Add texture (AND additional nutrients 🙌) by rolling in

  • ground flaxseed
  • nutritional yeast
  • crushed cereal/infant cereal
  • bread crumbs
  • crushed coconut

3️⃣ Create more of a grip by leaving a portion of the skin/peel.

As baby continues to eat you can pull this back & take it away. I love to do this for avo & banana


4️⃣ Offer on a utensil!

Even adults use spoons to eat so it’s absolutely okay to offer your baby preloaded utensils when letting them learn to self-feed!

Pro tip: it’s best to have 2-3 spoons out per feeding when just starting. Baby is MUCH more likely to give up that first spoon when they see the next is already loaded and ready for eating!


Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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