How do i teach my child to use a fork and spoon?

Cami - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 months old and doesnt know how to use a fork or spoon yet, i feel like she should know how to use it by now, how do i get her to use a fork and not her hands anymore?

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Julie - posted on 05/23/2009

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my little guy learned by watching his big bother at the dinner table. He is now 18months old and can feed himself most foods.

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There's no exact time that a child should know this skill. My son is 19 months old and still doesn't do much more than make a mess when he tries to use a fork and spoon. We've been giving him his own spoon since he was around 11 months old...maybe younger. I think the best way to teach him to eat is to show by example. We eat dinner at the table with our son probably 5 out of 7 nights a week. He's mimicing us and almost has the hang of it! Well, he can get the food on the fork...getting it INTO his mouth is another story lol A lot of the time he still eats with his hands. Your daughter will get it when she's ready. Remember, 14 months is still a little baby...give her time Mommy....so many things to learn at this age...

Carly - posted on 05/22/2009

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Give her a fork and spoon, Expect a lot of mess but its the only way she'll learn. and watching you eat with a fork will encorage her to do it herself. She'll get there though :)

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Just give them to her, guide her a little bit, and let her go to town. She'll figure it out as she goes along, just like every other thing we try to teach them, right? : )

Phyllis - posted on 05/22/2009

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try letting them feed you with the fork and spoon first and then they take a bite. May work?

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