· Adults are responsible for what food is present and how it is presented.
· Choose foods that are the right texture, so your baby's tongue and mouth can control it and swallow easily.
· Hold your baby on your lap when you first introduce solid foods. Then move your baby to a safe high chair.
· Support your baby well in an upright position for easy exploration of the food.
· Have your baby sit up straight and face forward. This makes swallowing easier and choking less likely.
· Talk in a quiet, encouraging voice while you feed. There's no need to be entertaining. Babies are easily overwhelmed and distracted with games.
· Children are responsible for how much and whether they eat.
· Wait for your baby to pay attention to each spoonful before you feed it.
· Let your baby touch the food in the dish and on the spoon. You wouldn't want to eat something if you didn't know anything about it, would you?
· Feed at your baby's tempo. Don't feed faster or slower than your baby prefers.
· As soon as your baby shows an interest in touching or holding food, allow self-feeding with finger foods.
· Heading turning is a common cue that your baby is done, and it is time to stop feeding.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.