When & how do you teach your child to use spoons?

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I know every child is different, but how do you know when to teach your child to use a spoon?

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Makeda - posted on 10/01/2011

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My daughter is 16 months and I give her a spoon or fork with all meals but she won't use it all the times. Then she gets mad if you try to show her how to use it.

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Shelagh - posted on 01/20/2010

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My kids grabbed the spoon out of my hand when I was spoon feeding them. Give them a spoon to hold and wave around while you feed them with 'your' spoon - everything goes in their mouth anyway, so just let nature take it's course. Eventually some food will get into the mouth along with the spoon. Take cover!

Jackie - posted on 01/20/2010

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As soon as you start giving finger foods you should put a baby spoon and fork with the food and just leave them to it. There is no teaching they will learn themselves when they are ready. Interesting enough most things when babys under 1 year old is just a matter of offering the situation so they can learn from it. Don't worry so much about how or when to teach your child. They will learn it all on their own... instead spend that time lovin and enjoying them. :)

Julie - posted on 01/20/2010

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my twins are 5 months and already hold the spoon as i am putting it into there mouth so i encourage him and his sister they also watch me when i am eating not every child is the same from about 7/8 months on wards give them a spoon to hold as well during meal times as well as the one you are using and they should start to want to use it as well just keep saying to use there spoon encouraging them to use it

Becki - posted on 01/20/2010

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once you give them table food you give them utensiles to eat with. they may not always use them but it will help them get used to it. the best way to teach them how to use it is by example: "look at mommy eat with her spoon" kids love to imitate, especially with mom :)

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2010

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I used to give my kids a spoon to hold from the moment I started feeding them solids. They eventually would try to use it themselves by copying what I was doing :)

Callie - posted on 01/20/2010

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I started giving them a spoon to use when they started feeding themselves. Just put it in front of them and see what they do.

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