Introducing Utensils to your Weaning Baby

so hi Katrina thank you so much for

coming in you are a pediatric

occupational therapist yes it's been a

metaphor this Emin so Katrina is my

sister and over the years I have

absolutely his Katrina in every respect

in terms of of mommy cooks and you know

it was even when I had that first idea

of having a class and bringing wounds

into the class it wasn't just about the

food it was about how do you teach a

child to eat how do you get your child

to not the procedure and that was my

leman with the help of Katrina and a lot

of research I think I think I think

that's how mommy cooks began the

discussion with exactly so and I'm

trying to think now of age I've been

thinking about what are the things that

are really emerged from Katrina and in

terms of introducing utensils because

that's one of the big things that I get

asked on a you know classes or a lot

what we write of eight and so you know

rather than go out and buy a lot of

things it's just it's really important

and to have a spoon her vision for motor

development as also develops is really

important because you're there learning

how to take something with an object

okay so that I think that's a really key

point because again there's this debate

about bathing and feeding which is just

the finger food fantastic you're you

know the child is is you know picking

the food up and eating it but I just you

know the we're going to use a fork in

life at some stage so I I think

give something to child at six months

they're going to go on and use that and

yeah very much but I'm also like there's

so much Muslims in your rights okay I

don't you need to start developing or

working on the law okay for for speech

yeah you know because we use so much for

speech for um and for blowing maybe

something for really think about

happening and that's what you're

beginning with yeah do an episode a

beginning with but that's what you're

beginning to develop okay

and control I'm you need a lot to a

spoon does in fact it's the child starts

learning how to deal with another object

in the react here how to use the tongue

so that they're getting they're

developing muscles of you know which are

all armed forces okay so so let's say I

have a six-month-old and again like it

and baby either way so you give us a

mixture of finger and puree but babies

having none of it they want to be fed

and so their hands up and they're you

know so I try to give the spoon and I

got the spoon and I give them every

opportunity to give the spoon boss and I

always eat parents like they're really

not going to succeed with us until a

little later

yeah but what type of spoon do I give

well it's all about and how narrowness

okay yeah so you don't want something

like that's too big a minute you want

something more that's kind of this it's

narrow yeah yeah and again okay so why

why Nara because fill the demand too

much the every are you know and they

don't want something so big and that

they're like they're talking before you

even Gavin maybe it's touching off the

eyes that they're down

it's like reading straight also you're

not alone mr. W so you don't even really

the tip of us I think that's a really

good point because I think we're

probably in a rush to get this dinner

over with and we're over filling spoons

and that's causing diving and so I

always said to them just before six

months it's like a third some of the

tibias and then maybe half then from six

months if the child's able to manage

exactly and it's only the running

learner yeah it's it's a kind of

performed as well yeah but also a

development and age that you need to

work forward but you know they don't

turn didn't want to do everything with

the spoon okay and you know it's that's

why I just keep it up at the top okay

and then have more chance of actually

getting their little kind of it and

getting to remove it themselves

okay brilliant so nice and narrow

another one is not too not too deep they

really do work on getting it okay yeah


okay so that's the spoon beaker so again

you're going to be giving a beaker from

six months they don't eat the water and

that's the confusion here is they don't

need the water it's all in the in the

milk and sorry the liquid said the milk

however and starting up six months

really will pay dividends because you

know the baby will go on to have a

beaker acceptors another one is like you

know lots of moms maybe can still

breastfeeding and they're struggling to

get the bar baby aren't Sabathia

sometimes and they don't they skip the

body in the most renowned speaker so

training them at six months and five

days when about mallya no talk to me

yeah and again and it's really good at

that you know your change and again

so the Europe and especially at that

time and at six months it's really

operation but I have turned upside down

they play with us off the bottom of it

you know it's not as you say about

drinking from us you know and what they

will eventually learn that too because

they'll start figuring out Oh actually

wait no accidentally something came out

here and and you what you want to do is

develop so if you think that when

they're breastfeeding are when they're

on a bottle they're stuffing looks like

the idea of introducing a cough are a

beaker is that we wanted to develop

sipping sipping okay so there it is very

different that's when you still get your


not when you're sipping you just yeah

you're in controlling your feeding under

control and sly fat burning eventually

I'll see your speech okay so when I'm

looking for a beacon then I'm looking

for something that I am NOT soaking but

I am sipping yes

so either are like a small cup the type

idea this is the neck cook push and

something that's very small but even a

small amount of water in a very small

yet that they get warm that's it yeah


so again there's lots of the market

we've had a look at a few here and we

kind of like this one here where this is

your bike that one and not to matter

this one because you're sniffing it yeah

everybody on that's really hard the

founders euros are emerged for a heaven

and then we have to look at this

so much is a very different type of

thing where you're and it's 360 as a

stand out so you can the chosen have to

pull it around us oh yeah we're round

time then you're pressing it there

Charlie's looking down now the one thing

about this is it is quite heavy in my

own time so I think it's for maybe an

older child and none of you wanted to

maybe think about linear advantage but

don't when the strapping or a net

desiccants pillows yeah yeah so I think

I think the best thing to take away from

this is the top tip for a beaker is

number one introduce it at six months so

we've always had a beaker there and

number two is that you just keep trying

different beakers and again as Katrina

said it's me maybe the SIP rather than

the silk and but you will find you'll

have hundreds of beakers but not the

different missing parts so do just just

keep you know just keep trying to few

beakers with the spoons I think it's

exactly the same thing that's the

trainer said you're looking for

something that's narrow and not empty

and that this child can load and so yeah

so we didn't find something perfect on

the market bush and there's lots of

different options out there and that's

what you need to be looking for and in

terms of just one more question I guess

in terms of occupational therapy and in

terms of that whole amendments is there

anything else that you think that they

need to really be looking at in the

first year and it's a lot of it I

suppose that's where your finger food

comes yeah because and again you're

moving them you're not always giving

them pure and

true there is also a two different

stadiums exactly so it's all about

developing and the movement within the

net so if you think about it when you

eat yourself yeah you and your tool is

everywhere yeah you know because you're

pushing the foods to both sides well can

call after object yeah and then you're

also wanting to come back to your and

molars I forgot to eventually choose

yeah so that's what you're doing and

that's what you have to think that

you're getting your child to do that

they're not constantly stopping yeah

because when you stop it's not on

anywhere any events so you're not

developing the time it's just

fascinating I think that every every

little stage of development of your

child lead on Tanana yes like like I

would often say like you know the finger

food develops hand-eye coordination is

but then it also devotes and crawling

specimens are writing and since the

accident it is fastener it is

fascinating and what the interesting

thing is children will develop it


yes you watch them at the end you know

what the majority of children thankfully

we don't have to intervene yeah they

naturally progress yes and just give

them the opportunity and don't do it

it's like oh they're chilled own tetanus


every child is so different science is

very different children and I think

probably the first was just you know

probably I didn't have the second wanted

to compare you know so the second one

was kind of but actually you know

they're so different and they're fine

today and I can walk yeah yeah so if

yeah so it is it is definitely about

relaxing a bit so yeah they will not

follow and look at trusts retires yeah

you know unless you do obviously see

difficulty are concerned it is about go

to your public health nurse brilliant