Your baby’s 46th week
Your little one has been enjoying solid foods for some time now. She is now able to pick up small, snack-like foods such as Cheerios and diced, soft fruits and vegetables. You’re probably amazed at how she gets excited to feed herself each time you offer such a snack. She’s now ready to take self-feeding to another level. Allow her to feed herself with a spoon. Offer her a toddler-sized spoon and carefully cut or mashed foods and step back. She’ll likely make quite a mess at first. Plan for this by donning an appropriate bib and placing her high chair on an easily mopped kitchen floor. Eating on a carpeted floor? Consider employing a drop cloth beneath her chair.
Keep your camera handy for classic shots of her “first” meal and when the meal is complete, head toward the tub for a refreshing and relaxing head-to-toe rinse.
As she grows and learns to chew foods properly, you’ll be able to introduce increasingly chunky foods. And, as she masters the necessary hand-eye coordination she’ll enjoy trying a fork just like Mommy and Daddy. Although she’ll begin using utensils now, expect that she’ll also continue to eat with her fingers for many months to come.