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Babies 9-12 months

Your baby's developing fine motor or physical skills mean that he or she can now grasp and hold on to small objects, making finger food an ideal option for baby in this period. However, as baby's motor skills improve, you need to make sure that small objects around the house that baby could choke on are kept out of harm's way.

By 10 months, your baby is able to relate to objects. This means that they will reach for food and utensils, as well as items beyond their reach. You will see the first signs of independence at feeding time, with baby starting to insist on holding the spoon and pushing it around the plate. More teeth make for improved chewing, and your baby will start to understand words such as "no" and "bye bye".

As your baby nears the end of his or her first year, they will be able to drink from a cup without help, and may be able to feed themselves with a spoon, although not always successfully! If a baby's desire to feed itself means that more food is ending up on the floor than in their stomach, try giving them a teaspoon to hold while you spoon the food in. That way your baby feels like they are joining in, and you can be sure that they are getting the food they need.

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