Angela - posted on 12/09/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have an 11 month old daughter and I was looking for some ideas as to how I can teach her how to feed herself without meal times being 4 hours long lol. Also when is the best time to start teaching her to feed herself??


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Lisa - posted on 12/11/2008




My son has been eating finger foods by himself for a lil while now but bout a month or so ago I started giving him a spoon. I'd set the plate of food on the high chair and let him eat w/ the spoon but I also had my own spoon and fed him inbetween the times he wasn't feeding himself. It made where meal times didn't take as long but still got him used to feeding himself. Now he does quite well at feeding himself. Of course he can still be messy and I still help him some but he got to have that spoon and plate now!! He don't like when I go to feed him!

Renae - posted on 12/10/2008




Now is the best time I have a 11 month old and I give finger food to him so he can understand how to feed himself with his fingers. Then when he gets a little older like over one or close to a year and half. I also have a 2 year old and to tell you the truth I can't remember when i started with her but it was after she turned one. So good luck with feeding your little one but to tell you the truth it was fun to watch her try and it still is b/c it still takes her a while to eat her food.

Kelly - posted on 12/10/2008




I'm not sure I can help much, I found that my daughter wanted to feed herself and doesn't like it very much when we try to feed her with a spoon. I started putting Cherrios onto her high chair tray and she used her fingers to pick it up...at first most went on the ground and into the seat, but she works on it daily! Most times, I just put baby-bite size food onto her tray and let her go at it. You can also eat with her, take the food off her tray and feed yourself, cause she may want to copy you. We make yummmy noises, train noises, I sing to her...things to distract her and stay focused on the food.

I just can't get my wee one to drink from her own sippy w/out wanting to throw it up in the air and hearing it crash on the floor...nor does she hold her own bottle. (That was our fault for the 1st 6 months, as we bundled her up when we fed her...)

Good luck!

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