Helping Children eat food on their own

Contributed by : Palak Vyas, Dr Aliraza Khunt   
Helping Children eat food on their own

When a child is ready to eat food on its own, (s)he will give you signals. Look for the signals and you will know how to help your baby.

  • When a grownup child of 4 or 5 years does not eat food on their own, it is a matter of concern. Actually, the training of a child eating on their own should begin in early years. When a child in of 6th or 7th month, (s)he tries to put everything in the mouth and that is the age when the child is eager to eat on his/her own.
  • At this time, the parent doesn’t allow thinking that the child is too young to eat on his/her own and will create mess like making their clothes dirty or floor and because the child will take longer time. So the child is being spoon fed and later when they get habituated to be fed by the parent, the parent starts complaining.
  • So the whole approach towards feeding needs to be changed. Child should be allowed to eat on his/her own even when (s)he creates mess or takes time.
  • Finger food which can be put on their fingers like fryums, cucumber or toast sticks, fruits are the kinds of food children like to eat on their own. Make food interesting for them and gradually they will develop the habit.
  • Of course developing a new habit is going to take time and you will need to be patient with your child.

Bee Suggestions

Signs that indicate babies are hungry

Irritability is probably the most common signs among babies that indicates a child is hungry.

Diet for babies from 0 to 12 months

Gradual introduction of different foods leads to proper development in children.

Underweight child

Underweight children require foods and diet that can provide them with enough nutrition and sufficient calories.

Fussy eaters and giving food to them

You can gradually make your fussy eater child accustomed with all kinds of food.

Developing healthy food habits

Children learn from your behaviour. Changing your eating habits will help them develop healthy eating habits as well.

Helping child to chew food properly

Kids tend to skip chewing and try to swallow the food directly. Do not get angry, try to be patient and address the problem.

Gluten free diet for children or not

It is very important to maintain a balanced diet for the proper growth and development of the baby. Going gluten free or not is an individual's choice. It is better to look into the pros and cons before taking the decision.

Dealing with a child’s sugar eating habits

Sugar is a very tempting food item. Keep the sugar intake in check since the first day a child learns to eat; this way things will not out of hand.

What to do if child does not drink milk?

If your child does not like milk or takes time to have a glass of milk every morning, do not get impatient.

Food at the right age

Introducing food at the right age will make your child habituated with eating all kinds of food.

Overweight Child

For overweight children, you cannot just take away interesting food altogether. It needs to happen gradually over the time.

Child being choosy about food

It is not right to completely put the blame on kids for their disinterest in healthy food. As parents, we need to reflect on ourselves and take necessary measures for the same.

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