Should i be concerned that my 16 month old son won't feed himself?

Emma - posted on 02/21/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hey, my 16 month old shows absolutely no interest in spoon feeding himself. If i give him the spoon and his food none of it goes in his mouth it all just goes on the floor. If i'm spoon feeding him he takes it quite wolfs down his food quite contently. Should i be concerned by his lack of interest in feeding himself? He's the same with his bedtime bottle, if i feed it to him he's happy, if i give him the opportunity to feed himself he just launches it. Developmentally he seems on track, he's walking, saying words, gestures for things he wants. He's doing pretty much everything he should do for his age. He drinks out of a sippy cup during the day but won't even entertain drinking his milk out of it. As far as finger foods are concerned he'll eat rusks, biscuits and cucumber sticks himself but if i gave him his lunchtime sandwich to eat by himself then he'll squish it between his fingers but none of it will get eaten. I'm probably worried over nothing, he probably just enjoys the cuddle from his mummy when he has his bedtime bottle or maybe he's just not ready to eat by himself. I'd just rather ask for advise than mull it over and get worried unnecessarily. Please feel free to share your experiences and opinions, they'll all be gratefully recieved. Thank you in advance.

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Just - posted on 02/21/2009

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no I woudln't be concerned, he is still young, my daughter is 21 months and I still help her eat sometimes.  As far as the bottle goes at bedtime.. I would say he likes the cuddle time.

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