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!