Learning to Self Feed Stage - Infants ( 8/9 - 12 Months)

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Learning to Self Feed Stage – Infants ( 8/9 – 12 Months)

Learning to Self Feed Stage – Infants ( 8/9 – 12 Months)

At about age of 8–9 months, mostly babies like to self feed. Encourage them by offering finger foods so that they can hold, bite and chew it. Babies usually learn by watching what and how you do. Demonstrate your baby how to bite and chew. Learning to self-feed is essential but also messy stage in your baby’s growth.

Be patient and let your baby start practicing with a spoon, playing with food is also a part of the way babies learn about different types of foods.

Here are some tips about the texture of foods which are good for your baby at this stage.

  1. Offer grains in the form of bread or toast sandwiches or soft chapatti along with avocado, peanut butter or cream cheese, cooked pasta and savory biscuits.
  2. Offer your baby boiled eggs, strips of well cooked chicken and fish, pieces of well cooked meats, cubes of tofu, cooked meat or fish can be finely chopped and mixed with mashed potato.
  3. Fruits in the form of chopped banana and strawberries, large sticks of watermelon (after seeds removed). Orange or mandarin segments diced and mixed fruit or peach slices. Also include grated or soft stewed apple or peered grapes.
  4. Soft, cooked, cubed or sticks of vegetables including pumpkin, zucchini, potato, and broccoli. Thick and mashed potato (prefer rolling into balls). Offer legumes like baked beans and cooked beans like kidney beans, cannellini beans.
  5. In dairy products, offer your baby cubed or grated cheese along with milk and yogurt.

Remember, at about 9 months of age; give your baby 3 meals a day along with breastfeeds or infant formula feeds. You can also add 1–2 snacks each day.

This will help in gradually building a schedule for your baby’s food and organizing it in regular meals required for your baby’ proper growth. In addition, continue with breast milk or infant formula as it is still important for your baby.

Do you have questions regarding your infant’s growth and health? Ask anonymously to verified doctors at MediMetry.

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