Once your child has become accustomed to eating solid foods, allow them to feed themself finger foods. Most babies are ready to begin finger foods around the age of 9 months. In order for your child to be able to grasp and pick up small pieces of food, they will need to have a pincer grasp developed. This is part of your child's fine motor skill development, which will improve with practice.
Once you begin to let your child feed themself, encourage it as often as possible. Provide a child-sized fork and spoon at mealtimes and allow your child to eat finger foods at snack time.
FInger foods can become a healthy snack for your child. When selecting finger foods for your child, make sure that the food is cooked enough so that it mushes easily and/or melts in your child's mouth. Make sure that the pieces are small enough so that your child does not get choked. Offer your child a large variety of foods to try, even if you do not like the food. If your child does not eat the food at first, offer it again at another time. Research shows that it can take up to 10 attempts before a child will like a new type of food.
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