Question: Mommies with self-feeding babies…?
…how do you help feed your baby “slippery foods” like avocados and peaches without actually picking up the food and feeding them yourself? My 8 month old is generally really good at feeding herself, but she gets so frustrated at picking up things that are cut up small to prevent choking and are naturally very slippery. Avocados especially, since she loves them so much. I’ve been cutting them lengthwise into “fingers” and letting her take bites while I hold it, but I hate doing this as I want her to be completely independent with feeding. So how do you help them learn how to deal with slippery foods without hindering their independence?
The peaches are a fear of choking…the avocado not so much because it’s so soft. That’s why she’s not successful at picking up the avocado. No matter what size it is, if she tries picking it up herself, it’s too mooshy and slippery and she ends up just smashing it and making herself really mad.
She doesn’t like using a spoon. Everything I give her, and always have, is in finger food form.
K: I know! Who would like an avocado straight up?! My husband eats it straight out of the skin. My daughter goes berserk for it! It gags me, but if she likes it, I’m not going to deny her, it’s just so good for her!
Answer by rainwriterm
Can you cut them into “fingers” and just let her pick them up and take bites off of them? She’d hold most of it in her fist, gnaw on and take bites from what’s sticking out, get down to her fist, then drop it for a better one. Don’t worry about her choking if she happens to shove the whole thing into her mouth at once. Her body is designed to realize “wait, I can’t chew this; it’s too big!” and to spit it out.
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