Use baby cereal as a thickener to assist new self-feeders
From Whitney, one of the beloved Rookie Moms:
We had a 22-year old college grad as a substitute nanny for 6 weeks this summer. To my surprise, she taught me a few tricks. The most useful was:
Mix infant cereal (the dry flakes) into your child's applesauce or yogurt to make it thicker for a toddler who is just starting to feed himself. My son has not yet mastered keeping the spoon face-up as it reaches his mouth. The thicker substance increases the odds that his food will still be on the spoon. Plus, it's extra nutrients.