When should your child be able to use a fork and spoon?

Colleen - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Liam is 14 months and i haven't been iving him too much exposure to forks and spoons due to the ease of feeding him things he can feed himself. When should he beable to master this so we can expand his diet?

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Jasmin - posted on 01/25/2009

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My son is 10 mths old and i started giving him a spoon and a fork when i was feeding him a mth ago,so even though  i'm feeeding him he can actually pick up on what i am doing and understands that's what you do with them.Although he can't feed himself properly yet he has got the idea and knows where the fork goes and he tries to do it himself.Then when i'm almost done i just let him feed himself the rest he wears some of it but amazingly some of it goes in his mouth too.You just have to let him go and learn his own way.

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I don't really think there is a set age.  We don't let our daughter (who turned 2 a couple of months ago) feed herself if it is something messy like spaghetti.  She is able to use a fork and she can hold a spoon (she puts the food on the spoon -- it is ADORABLE).  When we are out we will let her use a fork and a spoon to play with/eat with depending on what the food is.  Her doctor has commented that she is ahead regarding her hand use (like holding a pen) so we aren't really concerned.  Our entire apartment is carpet and her mess has never been contained by a mat under her highchair.  I would give him a fork to practice with.  The food he is already able to feed himself will probably be easy to stab with a fork.  Our daughter still gets all the food we eat, we just feed it to her if it is too messy.  She's a huge fan of soup, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, etc.

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all kids develop differently , but my son was using a spoon by himself at that age . a lot of people hold back on letting their kids feed themselves for too long due to ''mess'' but theyre not gonna learn until they have a chance to try . put a mat down under his highchair and let him have a go =)

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