Spoon Feeding Your Baby

spoon feeding baby

If your baby’s feeding journey starts with spoon feeding, it’s important to start with foods that are easy to digest. When starting with spoon feeding their baby, parents should keep the following things in mind:

  1. Introduce foods one at a time: Introduce new foods gradually, one at a time, and wait for a few days before introducing another new food. This helps to identify any possible allergies or intolerances.

  2. Start with smooth purees: Start with smooth purees and gradually increase the texture as the baby becomes more comfortable with swallowing.

  3. Sit the baby upright: Make sure the baby is sitting upright in a high chair or a feeding chair to prevent choking and to make feeding easier.

  4. Use appropriate utensils: Use small spoons that are soft and shallow to prevent hurting the baby's gums and mouth. Tiny Teethers® mini utensils make a great starter set!

  5. Follow the baby's cues: Follow the baby's cues, such as turning away, closing the mouth or crying, which may indicate that they have had enough or are not interested in eating.

  6. Offer water: Offer a small amount of water after feeding to prevent dehydration and to help with digestion.

  7. Avoid added salt and sugar: Avoid adding salt and sugar to the baby's food as this can lead to health problems in the long run.

  8. Be patient: Be patient as babies can take time to get used to new foods and textures, and may need several attempts before accepting them.

  9. Seek professional help: If you have any concerns about your baby's feeding or development, seek professional help from a pediatrician or a licensed dietitian.

  10. Enjoy the process: Most importantly, enjoy the process of introducing your baby to new flavors and textures, and make mealtime a fun and positive experience for both you and your baby.

As your baby gets older and more comfortable with purees, you can gradually introduce a wider variety of flavors and textures. Most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself and have fun! It can take babies 20 times of trying a food before they decide they like it. Allow your baby to hold their spoon and navigate feeding themselves. It's messy fun!