Tips for Self-Feeding
Self-feeding is a wonderful milestone for both parent and baby. Babies get to show off their independence by raking food with their fists to learning how to pick up pieces of food between the thumb and forefinger (known as the “pincer grasp!”)
For every feeding occasion, your baby should be safely seated and supervised. Small, bite-sized pieces of soft-cooked pasta, vegetables and fruits, or well-chopped pieces of cooked chicken are perfect for self-feeding. Scrambled eggs and crackers, such as saltines, are also appropriate for finger feeding. Keep the pieces small and soft to avoid any risk of choking.
The following foods should not be offered as they are potential choking hazards.
- Whole grapes
- Hot dogs
- Chunks of cheese (or meat)
- Raw vegetables
- Fruit chunks, such as pear or apples
- Chunks of peanut butter
- Nuts or seeds
- Any type of hard, sticky candy