This post is sponsored by Chicco. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It seems like since our little one turned 9 months, he is becoming more independent each and every day. He is crawling, pulling up, and now is starting to feed himself. While I am sad that he is growing so fast, I love watching him learn new things and explore the world. Teaching your baby to feed himself can be somewhat scary. “Is it really worth the trouble?”, “what if they make a mess?”-those are the two questions that came to mind when we first started letting our little one feed himself. I know, it is so much easier to just feed your little one and move on, but we want our children to grow up and be independent-these small things teach them to be independent…and of course, there have been a lot of messes involved!
We are teaching our little one to self feed with a few of the below tips:
Reminder: Never leave baby unaccompanied while you are teaching self feeding…not even for a minute!
Pouches. We recently started giving him pouches a couple of times a day. These are not only easy to take on the go, but our little one is able to hold them and feed himself. We still feed him containers of baby food during the day using a spoon, but he hasn’t quite mastered using a spoon yet. Pouches also give him a sense of independence, he can eat his food while we are eating ours. Spoons. This is a grandma tip (thanks, mom!). My mom told me several weeks ago to give our little one a spoon and even a bowl to hold while we are feeding him. I have been giving him a spoon to hold while we are feeding him or even if he is just sitting in his high chair while we are eating. He is learning that the spoon goes in his mouth and even tries to scoop up some of his puffs with it sometimes. While he probably won’t be able to feed himself with a spoon for several months, he is learning the association between the spoon and his food. Finger Foods. This is probably the messiest part of teaching our little one to self feed. We give him puffs, macaroni and even small pieces of veggies (carrots, etc.). The first few times we did this, we would put one in his mouth and then one in his hand. Then, after he ate the piece in his mouth, we would put his hand to his mouth with the other piece in it. He learned quickly to pick the pieces on his tray up and put them in his mouth. Multichair. Our little one gets so excited when we put him in his Chicco Polly Progress Multichair. He knows that it is meal time and he will get to sit at the table with mom and dad. This multichair has been wonderful in helping our little one learn to self feed. There is a removable tray liner (which is nice for those huge messes that come with self feeding, it reclines, has a footrest and the height is also adjustable. Those are just a few of the amazing features of this multichair. I love the fact that this chair will grow with our little one and he will be able to use it as he gets older–it converts from a newborn recliner all the way up to a youth stool! We are all about baby gear that we can use as our little one grows and the Chicco Polly Progress Multichair is at the top of our list of favorites!