Wil could eat avocados for every meal and he usually ends up wearing more than he eats. We’ve started the self feeding step with Wil and at times it requires a hazmat suite for clean up. You would think after four kids we would be so patient and laugh when the food is flying, but it still requires a grip load of patiences from both of us. Wil has been eating bananas and other easily held snacks for about a year now but we have been reluctant to make the jump to letting himself feed with a spoon. Self feeding takes a lot of fine motor skills, something I’ve never thought about until Wil came along. It has been such a different experience than with our other kids as we all celebrate every milestone with him because we have all watched him work so hard at accomplishing those milestones, whether through his occupational, physical or speech therapies, or just a lot of family help at home. With self feeding we have celebrated as he learned to eat textured food without gagging, feed himself little finger foods, master the “pincer grasp”, hold his own bottle, drink from a straw cup, and now working on the spoon feeding. It is so cute to watch the concentration on his face as he tries to scoop and then get that food to his mouth. We do a lot of “hand over hand” feeding to help him with the execution and minimize the mess, but need to let go of that phase and let him go to town with the independence of feeding himself.
One thing that has really helped with clean up and mess prevention is our new high chair. Its made by 4moms and its a total game changer. The tray and bowls are magnetic which keeps Rockwell, the current record holder for the longest side swipe of a snack bowl, from easily backhanding his food once I turn around. Clean up is eezy peezy, there are no annoying grooves or deep pockets on the seat for food to disappear into and if you need to clean it, the foam insert comes right out and can be thrown in the dishwasher. With its sleek design and clean lines its pretty much the Lamborghini of high chairs.