TIPS THAT HELP IN ACTIVE FEEDING BY THE CHILD
- Sit with your child and feed, interact actively and enjoy feeding your child.
- You should understand your baby’s signals and needs of hunger ( as well as satiety) and respond appropriately.
- Talking and naming the food being given and describing its texture, taste and smell stimulates the child to stay interested.
- Do not threaten, show anger or force meals at children who refuse to eat.
- Give your child a separate bowl to easily monitor the food intake.
- Children over 1 year of age should be assisted in feeding and supervised while eating.
- Maintain strict personal hygiene.
- Wash all utensils; cooking area/chopping board.
- Food should be fresh and prepared immediately before they are eaten.
- Opened containers of baby’s food should be covered and stored in a refrigerator for no longer than two days.
- Use a small spoon to feed the baby.
- A baby put to bed with a bottle (milk, fruit juice or sweetened beverage) can develop bottle mouth, resulting in tooth decay. Use plain water if a bottle is necessary.
- Avoid foods that may cause the baby to choke (popcorn, nuts, potato chips, whole kernel corn, berries, grapes, hot dogs, raw vegetables, raisins, cereal flakes).