||Give the child the opportunity to
use the newly developed skill of plucking things by giving them small bits of soft table
food. The food on your plate seems much more appetizing to them, so take advantage of this
to introduce table foods.
||The milk intake decreases
considerably and the child will either want to feed themselves or still want you to do it.
||Give your child a spoon to hold to
get used to it. As much as possible let the toddler feed himself.
||Feed your toddler 3 meals a day
eaten with the family and a mid- morning and mid-afternoon snack.
||Develop a "Take it" or
"Leave it" attitude and do not get into the habit of substituting bribing or
begging your child to eat. Children will determine the amount of food they need, therefore
never overload their plate.
||Avoid foods that cause choking like
peanuts, popcorn, whole grapes, and large pieces of raw vegetables or fruits.
||Always supervise your child while
they are eating.
||Your baby's appetite is going to
take a nose dive in the next 6 months. They have been experiencing very rapid growth for a
while, doubling their birth weight at 5 - 6 months and tripling it only at a year.