You should be prepared for a mess as you enter this stage, so make sure you have a good bib, possibly a splat mat under the table, and a lot of patience as your toddler learns this new skill.
Our best tip is to find a good spoon and let your toddler go at it. Start with something thick that will stick to the spoon. We've had success with applesauce, oatmeal, and yogurt. This way your toddler will be rewarded for their efforts with at least a little bit of food in every mouthful.
The most interesting tip we found below is using shaved ice to teach your toddler: less mess to clean up and it'll soothe sore gums at the same time. A nice idea for the summer months.
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