My 10 month old ds has been happily eating solids since 4 months. For the past month he has decided that I am no longer allowed to feed him and he wants to do it himself. Whenever I put the spoon to his mouth he turns his head away. I've tried giving him a spoon and access to the food bowl but he just flings the spoon away. Some finger foods have worked but about 90% of it gets chucked on the floor. Getting through a meal can take up to an hour then ages for cleaning up. He isn't eating as much as he used to when I was able to feed him, and has started to wake up early or during the night for a bottle because he is hungry, something we haven't hd to do for months and months.
I'm trying so so hard to be patient and try to take the pressure off by letting him explore the food, play with the texture etc, but I'm starting to dread mealtimes because I know he won't eat much and I'll have to deal With a massive mess. I realise learning to feed yourself is a process but how can I make it easier for him and myself.
Does anyone have any advice or experience with this?