OK- 7mo ds is eating solids well and is showing lots of table food readiness: grabbing things on plate, trying different flavours and textures etc. (IE: ribs and bbq sauce) Would I be correct in this thinking? So I've started cutting up his fruit pieces and some of his meat... here in lies the problem. I cut it up small enough that he won't choke on it- but it's so small he can't pick it up on his tray!!! His little fingers just don't have the fine motor control yet. You can see he is trying and concentrating so hard- his little mouth is open and he leans down to get closer to food.
In the next breath- the first time mom in me (I know all babies develop at different rates) wonders if I should be doing some kind of "fine motor exercises". How much of a keener am I? Is that the teacher coming out in me?
My next question is kinda similar... ds has never been a huge fan of tummy time. I have been doing it with him on his level, when he's happy and not tired/gassy/etc... he's now able to push himself backwards... and rolls occaisionly. Well now he just gets so mad (and bangs his little head) when he can't reach his toy... or get out of his uncomfortable position...
Do I let him get mad (and maybe motivated to move more- teach him independence etc) or rescue him (and possibly be teaching him that I'll do everything for him when he squawks??)
TIA for suggestions, stories and plain old wisdom advice (I'm not opposed to being told to relax and let him do it when he's ready).