I discovered a great trick when my oldest daughter was a baby. One day after grinding up oatmeal to make hot cereal for her I had an idea –“I wonder if putting this oatmeal powder on her steamed peaches would help her pick them up more easily?” It worked like a charm! Not only did it allow her to feed herself (while working on eye-hand coordination and independence as a bonus) I also noticed she wasn’t gagging/choking as often because the pieces were less slippery. I have passed this tip on to many friends and they all rave about it as well. My favorite food items to roll in the oatmeal dust are peaches, avocado, pears, and banana. B. devours them, which makes both of us happy!