Some small, practical precautions based on knowledge of the child can help a mother deal calmly with mealtimes. It is advisable, for example, to set the table with colourful and fun dishes especially designed for weaning that the child can grasp and use without fear, for him to become a real partner in this new experience.
The high chair
An ideal place for feeding and with a specific, important role. We suggest a model that can be transformed to follow the growth of your child, from 5-6 months to 3 years. It must be comfortable place where your child can safely spend time between games and small activities, while his parents are busy preparing a meal.
The infant, accustomed to feeding by sucking milk, may find it difficult to adapt to a spoon. It is advisable to leave the spoon available for the child to examine away from meals, to make him familiar with the object, allowing them to bring it to his mouth and suck it at will. You can sometimes even administer water or other drinks from the same spoon, to help the little one understand this new way of eating.
Spoons for young children should be soft to ensure maximum gentleness on the gums, and have an anatomic handle for easy grip. The ideal size should be that of a teaspoon. It should never be full and must be brought to the baby’s mouth after he has swallowed the previous bite. To help him, especially in the early phases of weaning, is should be inserted in the mouth to about the middle of the tongue.
These help children in achieving their complete autonomy, accompanied along the stages of transition with functions from that of “sucking” to that of “drinking”.
In the first phases of weaning, you can still give the child a first cup equipped with a teat, with a shape and size especially for him and which will help him learn to drink by himself. The autonomy of drinking, at the dinner table as well as during the day, can be facilitated by small size cups with an easy-grip design. And, of course, pleasant colours and shapes to help him identify the cup as “his.”
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