Babies Solid Foods and Neatness

Does your baby enjoy squishing and smearing food as much as eating it? Does the food that makes it to his or her mouth seem to come out as quickly as it goes in?

Babies must practice their new skills of reaching and grabbing, and food is an irresistible target. For example, a baby may try to feed himself by sticking some mashed banana in his mouth.

Let your little one participate in mealtime in his or her own way, even if that means wiping down the baby, the high chair, the floor and even yourself afterward. Your baby will get the hang of it all eventually.

See also ...

•  Signs of solid food readiness 

•  How to introduce solid foods 

•  Introducing cups and spoons 

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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