DS has taken to doing a lot of whining. It's not crying--it's these long mournful whines over and over again. His favorite time to do it is when I put finger food on his high chair tray. He just whines and whines b/c he wants us to either put the food in his mouth or feed him purees. He refuses to touch the food himself, except an occasional puff, particularly if DH or I are watching him. All the while, Piper is sitting across from him eating all her finger foods.
He also does it if I put him down across the room from his toys. He whines and whines b/c he wants the toys, and even though he can crawl perfectly well and sees his sister crawl to get the toys, he wants us to bring him toys. If we leave the room, he'll crawl over and get them. But, if DH or I are there, he just whines and whines.
Any ideas how to break this habit? The food whining is particularly annoying and loud. If we don't give in, he'll eventually go from whining to crying, with tears and all, which breaks my heart. How can I get him to pick up his own food? I've tried lots of different things, including mum-mums, crunchies that Haven suggested, strips of toast, etc.