Amberlynn shares her tips for mealtimes with babies who are just starting to eat solid food:
My little boy still loves nursing, so eating is still an entertaining novelty to him. However, so far (six months of solid foods, and they’re still just a game to him) he’s been a fantastic eater. Here are some of our mealtime hacks (some of which are obvious):
*We pull his highchair up to the table during every meal, so he’s eating WITH us, even if he’s not eating.
*We give him a spoon (sometimes two) of his own which keeps his hands out of the way while we spoon feed him.
*(This one’s my favorite) You know the fantastic all-purpose linking toys? I have some linked to the tray of his high chair, and use an elastic to attach his spoon to it, and sometimes his sippy cup (the kind with handles) gets attached to a chain. That way, when he throws them overboard, they don’t hit the floor, and I don’t have to go get a new spoon.
*Extra bibs live right on the back of the high chair, so there’s always a clean one handy.
*I’ve never actually purchased canned/jarred baby food. We just make sure something in the meal is ok to share with him.
We’ve been using the hack someone sent last year about getting a ton of spoons for him to play with when we go out to eat, and it’s always worked wonders. Another favorite "out-to-eat" toy is a straw. We’ll feed him sips of water with it by sticking it in the glass, covering the end with our finger, lifting it to his mouth, and then releasing the finger cover. He LOVES it.