Time to stop the spoon feeding, he should start feeding himself small bits of your food cut-up and in a dish with a child sized spoon available. It's OK if he doesn't use it right away.gonzales wrote:Hi All,
we usually spoon feed our boy in his high chair with Barney on the TV & this works well.
Of course it is, you are in charge, not him. You are the parent. Turn off the TV. What happens? He cries? Oh well... Kids cry all the time. It's OK, he'll learn his boundaries sooner than you think.gonzales wrote:We are trying to teach him to feed himself & also break the TV during feeding habit, as it's not always possible when travelling or away from home for example.
He's not hungry then. He'll eat when he is hungry.gonzales wrote:When we try to feed him with the Tv off he just shakes his head from side to side to avoid the spoon of food or pushes it away. I don't think he is associating hunger pangs with food yet (not sure about this)
That happens, but he'll figure it out. Let him feed himself with textures he does like and let him make a mess doing it.gonzales wrote:When we encourage him to take a snack in his hand he refuses it, it looks like he views the food as dirty & does'nt like to get it on his hands. He does seem to have a thing about certain textures in his hand that he does'nt like.
The habit is yours, not his. Just do it. And you can't teach someone to associate hunger pangs with hunger other than feeding him good food ON YOUR TERMS when he is hungry.gonzales wrote:So basically I'm looking for advice from parents with sililar experience on :
1) how to break the TV habit & get him to associate hunger pangs with food.
He will find a snack and a texture he likes, but while you are trying to figure it out ~ limit his options as much as possible, for example: cut-up grapes or cheerios. That's it. This is a tough age, but stand your ground and you'll set yourselves up to avoid a lot of pitfalls down the road. Good luck!gonzales wrote:how to get him to take a snack in hand & later to feed himself with plastic cutlery.
All advice from experienced parents much appreciated - thanks.
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