How old toddler when started eating w/utensils?

Natasha - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months and doesn't even try to use her utensils. How old was your kid(s) when they started? Any tips or tricks to help me? She does feed herself all the time with her hands, just not utensils.

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Courtney - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter was about 16 months when she started trying to use utensils...now she is 21 months and pretty darn good at it!! I say, like with everything with children, let them go at their own pace. When she is ready to use them, she will. Don't fret, your doing a great job by introducing them to her, but it is going to be up to her to use them.

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Danielle - posted on 06/17/2013

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My daughter was probably around 14 or 15 months. Just keep encouraging her she'll get it.

September - posted on 06/10/2013

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We first gave our son a spoon to practice with at 8 months old. When he turned 1 we gave him a fork. He was using both quite well around 13 months of age. Just give it to her and let her choose when she uses it. Eventually she'll catch on.

Philip - posted on 06/10/2013

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Philip - posted on 06/07/2013

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Less Mess Super Spoon
Training Utensils for Infants
babys-pride.com
Baby's Pride LLC, proudly presents a line of feeding utensils to train young children in their quest to learn.
The spoon and spork pivot and lock when nudged into the feeding plate or bowl, to retrieve food, and stay level when raised to the mouth.
These products will move the young ones along a little faster as they attempt to feed
themselves.

Esther - posted on 05/30/2009

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My husband got my son to start using utensils when he was about 9 months old. I wish he had never done that!!! Ever since then my son refuses to be fed by anyone as he wants to do it all himself. But that means that dinner often turns into a huge mess (even though he's quite proficient at it by now - it's still fun to play) and takes forever. He also doesn't eat as much as I would like to see (thankfully he is still growing right on schedule). So I would say enjoy being able to still feed your little one!

Keely - posted on 05/30/2009

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My son is the oddball. He's used utensils proficiently since about 10 months. He HATES getting his hands dirty. But every kid is different. My good friend has a daughter who is 4 who still prefers hands, tho she knows how to use silverware.

Kelli - posted on 05/29/2009

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Kids are different. My oldest daughter started at 10mths, my second daughter didnt until 12 and my son tries and but still uses his fingers and he will be 2 in a couple weeks. I just put the spoon and fork by them and they will start to use it

Jessica - posted on 05/29/2009

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My son was about a year when we started letting him try utensils, he is now 3 and still uses his fingers to a point but he tries so hard to use his utensils, he will even put his foot on the utensil and eat it but still eats with his hands which is fine as long as he tries

Elizabeth - posted on 05/29/2009

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Katie started using utensils at 11months. She wasn't very proficient, she would usually pick up the food and put it on the fork or spoon and then put it in her mouth. The first thing she tried was with rice and a large soup spoon at El Toritos. We also let her drink from a normal plastic cup in the kitchen. It gets kind of messy, but she loves it. If we are in the car or if she's outside I just let her use her sippy cup.

Adf0905 - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter didn't start until around 15 months. We'd been giving her forks and spoons since 12 months, but she knew she was more efficient with her hands. She's 19 months now and uses a fork like a champ.

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2009

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I understand wanting to make sure your daughter "keeps up" but one important thing to remember is that every kid is different and will do things when he/she is ready to do them. I used to work at a daycare and have two kids of my own and I had three year olds that still used their hands to eat...I think all kids do it (my three and four year old included) when they think it is taking to long to use the utensil! I have noticed that my girls will put the food on their spoon or fork and then take it off with their hands to put it in their mouth. I don't freak out, just gently remind them that big girls don't eat with their hands, we use our forks/spoons. The older they get, the more they will do it if you make a big deal out of it...just to get a reaction from you. But I think you are on the right track by giving her utensils every time she eats...she will eventually figure them out, both on her own and by watching you use them. Good luck!!

Natasha - posted on 05/28/2009

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Oh good! I thought she was supposed to be using them by now...lol Thanks ladies for your input.

Jen - posted on 05/28/2009

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I gave my daughter the fork and spoon at 12 months. She's just now (at almost 18 months) able to use them with more proficiency. She still uses her fingers, but has gotten much better at the utensils. Just keep giving them to her at every meal and she'll catch on.

Jolene - posted on 05/28/2009

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My son started eating w/ utensils when he was 15 months old. He had his older for an example. I suggest that you just give her untensils every meal and encourage her to use them. Don't push it. She is still young,

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