Sam will eat just about anything in a spoon (except avacado or bananas!) but spoon feeding isn’t really the most fun, and it’s hard to eat while also feeding Sam, and I like it when we can all eat together. (Plus, if you are eating and Sam is not he is very unhappy) So I am trying a bit of baby-lead weaning. I steamed up some butternut squash and made sure it was very, very soft and let him have at it. He seemed a little confused and needed a little bit of guidance, but seemed to like it ok.
He’s also very fond of grabbing a big handful of it and throwing it on the floor. Hm.. we’re trying to discourage that.
Also, the kid has discovered his feet.
And he is in love with them.
Awww, what a nice smile!
How do you discourage him from throwing food on the floor? Do tell!
Oh, Autumn, I don’t really know. We are just firmly telling him no. And then putting it back on the tray. If he throws it off twice I take it away. Then he gets sad. So I wait a minute then give it back, then he’ll usually eat it. I have figured out that if I put more than 1 or two pieces on there he will tend to play with them (and smash them with his hands) instead of eat them, so now we are just doing 2 pieces or food at a time.
Hmm. We’ve been experimenting with taking things away (and ignoring certain behaviors) too. It doesn’t work consistently yet. And incrementally dishing out portions too. I should probably start smaller. But sometimes it’s so tempting to dump a ton of food on his tray so that I can fold clothes or whatever, without replenishing his supply every two minutes.
Getting Sam used to what “no” means can’t start too soon, I suppose. Man, I hate, hate, hate disciplining!
Ezra just discovered that he can squish a whole banana in his hands so suddenly his favorite food is now his favorite toy. Stinker.
I would say take it away and also get him out of his chair after two firm NO’s. then try again in 15 min or so…also a tap of the hand is a pretty good reminder, I know it’s a lot of work, but after a few times they usually figure out the corilation. Kinda the same for when they start biting at nursing time…only takes a few times to figure out for them.