Picky eaters are familiar to day care workers in Vic Park or any other Perth suburb. At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we care for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, so we have seen plenty of children who are very particular about what they eat. Sometimes, though, your baby may not be as much of a picky eater as you think.
Somewhere between the seventh and ninth month, babies learn to use the pincer grasp: touching their forefinger to their thumb. While this may not seem like much of an accomplishment to parents, it is a life-changer for the baby. The baby now has a new way to interact with the world.
Opposable thumbs are one of the two main physical characteristics that separates man from ape. They allow us to grasp objects in our hands. When babies first learn to do this, they want to do it all the time. It gives them a new way to learn and explore.
At this point, babies would rather feed themselves than have you feed them. If you insist on trying to feed them, they may not be interested. If this happens, the child will resist your efforts to feed them.
To feed a baby who has just learned to grasp objects, you may be able to give them a spoon to grasp in each hand while feeding. However, your child will still be a lot more interested in self-feeding.
The best way to get a child from 7-9 months to eat is to put one or two small pieces of food on a plate or tray and let them pick it up and eat it themselves.
Even if this works, it often requires patience. Children learn best through repetition. A lot of food may end up on the floor and you may have to start the feeding process over as many as fifteen times. The silver lining: your child will work through this and gain coordination.
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