SETTING THE STAGE AT MEALTIMES

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Mealtimes can be an enriching experience, as babies constantly try new things and aim to assert their independence. On the other hand, young babies have to use their muscles for long periods of time to be able to sit still, have to coordinate swallowing and breathing at the right moment, interact with the person feeding them, and deal with new textures, tastes, and smells.

For younger infants, meals may be easier to handle in a peaceful, quiet environment. A quiet setting may also be helpful for the child who fusses, cries or gets easily upset.

Tips:

  • Give the child a spoon to play with
  • Let the child touch the food, even if it makes a mess!
  • Feed the baby/toddler together with other children or at the same time as the rest of the family eats
  • Let the baby hold the bottle or finger the breast
  • Remove distractions
  • Praise efforts

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