When to let the baby hold its spoon

Samantha - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son has been trying to grab his spoon from me while I am feeding him, he is 8 1/2 months old. I let his eat somethings with his hands but when I try to spoon feed him he grabs for it all the time. When I let him have it he just chews on it ( he;s teething and had 8 teeth).

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Betty - posted on 07/02/2009

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He'll be fine as long as he is'nt crawling around with it and you're watching him.

Leigh - posted on 07/02/2009

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I agree with all the other posts. My son could spoon feed himself when he was 6 months old. Everyone used to be suprised to see him feeding himself. He's always had great hand eye coordination. He used to scream his head off if any one else tried to feed him when he didn't want them too. I worked it out that he liked to have a huge mouthful of food not just what would fit on the spoon before he swallowed. It used to be messy when I tried to give him anything else but puree apples or custards, but that's all part of having a baby. He also could hold his own sippy cup at about the same time, so only had bottles at night. Enjoy this time Samatha it passes in a heartbeat!!

Robin - posted on 07/02/2009

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let him chew on it!! get the baby spoons with the rubber coating. He'll figure out how to use it. Always let him hold it if he's interested, but feed him with another spoon. and also, eat WITH him so he can see what you do with your spoon. :-) P.S....put an old shower curtain, or get one from the dollar store, under his chair when you try this...a big mess is on the way, that way all you have to do is wipe off the shower curtain. Saves housecleaning on the kitchen floor.

Pamela - posted on 07/02/2009

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That's totally fine, if you are concerned he isn't going to feed himself, have another spoon handy that you can feed him with and he can try to mimic you with his. My youngest did the same thing and thats how I got around it.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/02/2009

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I started pushing independence around the age of 8 months. Buy the plastic colorful spoons that look like they are bent. They have a big curve instead of being straight. This helps the child be able to feed himself. At first try feeding him things that he can eat with a spoon and also eat with his hands if he gets frustrated. It will be messy at first but that is all part of the learning process. Have fun!!!!

Donna - posted on 07/02/2009

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let him try just be prepared for the mess that comes along with it. Just give him something easy to start with. Good luck.

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