By Christine Boss - Posted on Jan 11, 2012 10 0 I cheated a bit, Since it was SOOO messy letting her use spoons (having her turn them upside down and what not) I let her learn how to use a fork first. It was funny she was the only 9month old in our circle of friends to know how to hold and use a fork properly... But yeah so for spoons, It's going to be a really messy learning curve, She wouldn't let me feed her anymore so I let her have her spoon and she would feed me and then herself and get it everywhere, hair, clothes, Just make sure she's wearing a plastic poncho or that she's nude so you can just bathe her afterwards because it WILL get everywhere but soon enough she'll get the hang of it. 1 By Julie Sullivan - commented on Jan 28, 2012 235 30 I let my son hold the spoon while I help him guide it right side up to his mouth, my hand over his hand. That way he's holding it, but it's a little less messy and he's starting to realize how to get it to his mouth without turning it upside down.