Thursday, August 6, 2009

Eating with your fingers 101

So we are working on something big here in the Z household. BBZ has absolutely no interest in feeding himself. At least not with his fingers. He will often grab the spoon while I am feeding him and feed himself, but as far as using his fingers... no way, Jose. I talked to his teachers at his daycare about this and my least favorite teacher gave me some song and dance about them not being able to give him table food until he can feed himself. For what I am paying for him to go there, they should be working with him on learning to eat finger foods... IfIdosaysomyself. So his primary teacher, who is my very favorite, came back and was more than happy to start table foods with him. That was the beginning of last week and he is pretty much off baby food, at least at home anyway. So back to our finger food eating lesson. I worked very closely with him the last couple of days...showing him how to pick it up and put it in his mouth. We tried puffs, peaches, carrots and even spaghetti! Finally we are making progress. He now picks up the food by raking it (he doesn't have the pincer grasp yet) holds it up, gives it to me and opens his mouth for me to put it in there. It's pretty darn cute that he gets so mad if you take a long time to come over there and put it in his mouth for him. How long do you think it will take for him to realize he can do it himself? Oh well, it's a start, right??? The video doesn't quite capture it, but here it is anyway!