Your child has made it through their fifth month. You still think of them as very little, not able to do anything but sleep and eat. However, the opposite is true. For example, it may now be within their power to learn to eat various foods with a spoon. If they refuse, it’s up to you to patiently find a solution and help them succeed in the task.
When Should You Give Them the Spoon?
You can begin giving your child the spoon when they turn five months old, as they can eat foods other than milk in this stage.
In the beginning, don’t force them to eat with the spoon. But keep offering it to them once every few days.
Have them eat with the spoon when you notice that they’re in a good mood and hungry. That will encourage them go for this new experience.
A pleasant surprise for you: children who breastfeed can get used to eating with a spoon more quickly than those who drink formula.
Which Spoon Should You Choose?
If you want your child to get used to eating with a spoon without waiting for a long time, give them a small spoon.
Go for plastic spoons because they are safer for your child.
Don’t worry if they refuse to eat the contents of their first spoonful, and remember that they need time to get used to it.
What Should They Eat?
To help your child figure out how to eat with a spoon, remember that the quality of foods you serve them is important, as well.
To help them succeed in their first attempts, make a puree of boiled vegetables for them.
You can put soft fruits on their plate, like bananas or applesauce.
Don’t forget, it’s best for their plates to be made of plastic, as well, to prevent exposure to injury.