What age did your baby start feeding themselves...

Danielle - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I was wondering what age you allowed you baby to feed themselves, as well as transitioning into sippy cups?

My son is almost 8 months old and am unsure what step to take next. Should I start substituting a sippy cup instead of a bottle?



Also at what age has you children started eating table food (spagetti, cherrios, ect)

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Carys - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hi Danielle.

Every child starts when it suits them. One thing we did was work at using an open beaker when he was in the bath, This meant that any spillages disappeared into his bath water, and not all over our parquet flooring!. We bought some called 'doidy' cups, which are slanted, and make early drinking skills much easier to aquire.

My son loathes pasta, and spits it out, but he's been enjoying Cheerios since he was around 7 or 8 months.

Good luck, and remember to put a clean shower curtain under your high chair, so that spillages are easier to clean!

Annette - posted on 04/25/2009

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ask the doctor, the doctor have the chart when child should be doing at those cycles... Do not be afriad to ask the doctor on every child visit. Doctor will listen to you and give you ideas.

Dawn - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi Danielle, Depends on the kid :). Mine started feeding themselves between 7 and 8 months old. And, by 8 months cheerios are definitely in. But, go slow...give it a try, make sure he can handle it...some kids can't yet. You can also start giving him a sippie cup at mealtimes. Really, there's no reason to substitute it for the bottle at liquid feedings though. You can if you want...but no need to push.



As far as table foods, as soon as the food had been introduced to them with no reaction, they started getting it from the table, so to speak. If it was too big or hard I simply used a baby mill to grind it, formed it into little balls (about the size of cheerios) and they could pick them up and eat them that way. If it was too liquidy for them to feed themselves, I would add some rice cereal to it to make it thick enough to form into chunks--once mine started feeding themselves there was NO WAY mom was getting that spoon near their mouths, they wanted to do it all by themselves!



Happy transitioning!

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