Get messy, learning about food can involve waring it!
Offer a mixture of textures and let your baby 'play' with their food
Don't clean up until meal time is finished, unless it is in their eyes
Don't be tempted to keep cleaning babies face using the spoon. Just leave it till meal time is over
If baby gets distracted consider offering clean equipment mid way through meal time. This can be lots of different spoons, but also consider different textured utensils, brushes, soft and firm silicone utensils etc.
Encourage messy play twice a week, in between meals times, with wet and dry foodstuffs
Yoghuts, purees, jelly, whipped cream, cooked spaghetti, cooked rice, dry cereal, oats or flour and even crushed ice are all good tactile exploring!
Many feeding issues begin from very early food and feeding experiences. If you would like some support in this area leave us a messge or get in touch!