My 14-mth old son still won't eat with a spoon

Elaine - posted on 04/04/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old is not interested in using a spoon himself & wants to be fed. He also dislikes larger pieces of food, such as chicken (both lean and minced) and larger pieces of steamed veg. Otherwise, he loves most types of food as long as they are soft (biscuits, bread, cheese, bananas) and mashed meat or veg. Is this ok, or is he supposed to eat the same food texture we do ?

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Shawni - posted on 04/08/2010

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my son is 14 months too and he wont feed himself with a spoon but he started walking really early so i think it depends on the child some do things earlier or later than others

Lorah - posted on 04/07/2010

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I know with my little man, we just constantly offered him silverware with meals. At first, he threw them, since he was only 11 months or so when we started. Many times after meals I was on the floor picking up food. But now he eats like a pro with forks&spoons. He wont even eat without one. My advice is to just offer them and assist with them and praise when he uses it... GL

Alicia - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son just recently started to want to use a spoon or fork himself. He has always played with them but never used them until now. Just give him time and he will soon adjust, as long as he is eating then everything is ok. As for the big pieces, he may be having trouble with his teeth coming in so it might be to tough for him. Just keep adding the tough stuff every now and then to see his reactions.

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2010

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my daughter try's to eat with her spoon but soon gives up. both your son and my daughter will get there with some incoragement, i start by putting the fork and spoon in her hands when i feed her. but when it comes down to her porrige and yoghurts i end up feeding her them otherwise they end up on her head! lolz good luck tho oh and as for his diet, the more solid foods the better. we started changing tia's diet when she turned 1 and she's been fine with it she has what we eat we also cut her milk down to just at night and changed it to cow's milk which i think she prefers lol

Corey - posted on 04/05/2010

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i offer my son a spoon or fork but mostly he eats with his hands. he has trouble scooping with the spoon so i help him scoop and let him guide it himself into his mouth. just keep offering it even if all he does is play. sooner or later he will really see you using one and will want to be just like mommy!

as for what he eats, i agree with krista. whole grain bread and crackers and even if you still feed him some fruits/veggies/meat from stage 3 baby food jars go for it as long as he gets a good variety of the vitamins and proteins he needs any way he can get them. good luck!

Jane - posted on 04/05/2010

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he probably likes the softer foods b/c he's teething. self-feeding takes a while to master. he'll get there.

Krista - posted on 04/04/2010

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As long as he is getting at least some form of fruits/vegis in him he should be fine. I do suggest when you feed him bread or rice etc to give him wheat instead of white. If he likes saltines (mine loves them), give him the multi grain rather than original. It's the small things that help in his nutrition! Infants don't neccessarily need to eat the same foods we do. My 14mo old doesn't eat with a spoon or fork yet either. He feeds himself with hands. The most that we continue to do is give him the spoon/fork with his food on his highchair. Sometimes he picks them up to experiment, sometimes he chooses to throw them to the ground! But at least the option is there and they get the feel for the utencil. :)

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