At around 8 months old, your baby will be able to grasp and pick up small pieces of food. They may not have mastered this yet and may start out using their entire hand and all her fingers, but let them experiment. With practice, they'll refine their finger movements and develop the ability to skilfully pick up one piece of food with just their thumb and forefinger!
Nov 4, 2016
Set the scene
Children should be seated and supervised when eating. Stable plates and bowls with large openings make picking up foods with fingers even easier. Don’t worry about how messy finger-feeding can be. It helps develop motor skills, particularly hand-eye coordination, and it makes him feel more independent.
Putting knowledge into action:
Offer small bite-sized pieces of soft-cooked vegetables or soft fruits, like ripe banana pieces.
Choose textures that dissolve quickly in the mouth, like grain snacks or yoghurt
Select foods that are easy to pick up, like well-cooked pasta pieces
Avoid foods that could be swallowed whole that put your child at risk for choking
Babies still have small tummies, so mini-meals or small meals and snacks can work well. Snacks play an important role in a healthy diet, and with all sorts of different shapes and sizes to choose from, can help him master self-feeding. Since this is when your baby learns to mash and chew, start with snacks that dissolve easily. When he starts to get the hang of them, try more textured snacks.
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies.
During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.
We recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for some parents. No matter your feeding choice, Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest information to help you feel supported and confident on your parenthood journey.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with your health care professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.
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