Here are some tips to help find the balance between encouraging independent feeding skills and making sure that your child actually eats something! 

The Perfect Balance at Mealtime
For many moms, mealtime with an older baby or toddler means finding the balance between encouraging independent feeding skills and making sure that your child actually eats something! Below are some ideas for finding that balance and maybe even having a little fun along the way. 

Take it slow. Life can be hectic, but try and set aside some time for meals. Remember that food is a whole new area of exploration for your little one. When you can, have the family eat together. It’s an opportunity for your child to model your eating habits and table manners, and a nice way to spend time together.

Offer one menu. Offer your child the same food you’re eating only in smaller pieces so he grows accustomed to the food that your family eats. Easy-to-grip toddler forks and spoons will provide the perfect introduction to eating utensil as well.

Applaud exploration. Offer your child a variety of foods, you may be surprised at what he likes, especially if he sees you enjoying it!

Expect messiness. Remember this whole getting-food-into-the-mouth idea is new to your child and things can get messy. Use bibs and placemats and get some children’s plates and bowls with non-slip bottoms so that meals end up in little stomachs, not on the floor.

Encourage cups. Letting your child drink from a cup is a wonderful way to promote independence. But to be on the safe side, choose cups custom designed for babies and toddlers — that is, cups that are Spill-Proof, Break-Proof and Leak-Proof Guaranteed*.

Invite friends. Why not start a dinner club where you get together and eat with your friends and their kids? It will be fun to have some company, plus you’ll get to check out some mom-tested recipes and feeding techniques.

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