when should ur baby start using a fork or spoon to feed them self?

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Fatema - posted on 02/03/2010

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fork shud be much later as it wud hurt but spoon is fine give the child silver spooons (small) even if they just suck/lick its no harm (silver increses immunity)...............but always keep the childs eating vessels clean

Valerie - posted on 02/03/2010

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Babies don't get that kind of dexterity until they are at least 18 months. Let them use their fingers!! It increases their motor skills, hand to mouth, etc.

Lisa - posted on 01/30/2010

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my son is one and the pedi told me to give him a spoon during feeding to get use to it. It is very messy but he loves it. food is all over the place.

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2010

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I really struggle with this because it's so much easier to feed her myself...but my daughter just turned one and for about a month now i've been letting her try to use her own fork/ spoon with part of almost every meal...she understands what it's for, she just can't do it yet. she likes to hold her fork in one hand and a bite of food in the other and put them both in her mouth at the same time...so she's getting there! lol

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2010

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my daughter has no interest in feeding herself...unless its with her hands.. ive given her the baby forks and spoons, and she just drops them on the floor. she also doesnt understand the concept of tipping the sippy cup (we used ones with a straw since she was 9 months) is this normal?

Shara - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son likes to grab the spoon, but has absolutely no idea how to get the food on to it, or how to get the spoon into his mouth. I bought a couple of plastic ones with the blunt ends so he can't choke himself and I just let him play with it as a teething toy. I figured that would be the best way to let him learn how to get the spoon into his mouth. Once he's got that part, I'll let him try it on his own!

Adrienne - posted on 01/27/2010

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When they are ready I think, but let them try and let them make a mess. Its a learning curve and I don't think any mother should deny thier baby this because its "messy" :-)

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter couldn't sucessfully use a spoon or fork until she was about 18 months. I don't think I'll waste my time bothering to try any sooner than that with my son. Way too messy!

Kimberly - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son turned a year old this month and he just started using a fork and spoon during dinner, though he doesn't really get much food onto the fork/spoon he sure tries!

Tasha - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have let my daughter use a spoon during meal time since she was 10 months old. That was about the time that she would not let me feed her anymore, and she kept taking it out of my hand anyways.... :P She just turned one, and is starting to get interested in using forks. I am going to go and get her some of the toddler ones that they make with plastic blunt ends on them. She is waayy too young to use a REAL fork just yet, they are too sharp at the ends!!! :) Hope gets a spoon with every meal, but she hasnt really figured out how to get food onto her spoon. It is really a hit or miss type of thing right now. :P All you can really do is give it to them, and if they will let you, try to have them hold it and you guide it for them. My daughter is too independant for that, but sometimes she will.... :P Good luck!!!

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