How can I stop my Messy eater at 13 months.

Rebecca - posted on 08/27/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 13 month old is the messiest eater. I cant get him to hold his spoon properly, he waves it in the air full of food, he throws food on the floor, tries to tip his bowl over all while being hungry.

I'm desperate for tips on how to stop this, and how to help him eat properly. Any advice?


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He's 13 months. He's perfectly normal. Just keep practicing w/ him and be patient. I wouldn't allow the food throwing after one warning though. Dropping food accidently is fine, but intentional food throwing and I'd end the meal.

Kim - posted on 08/27/2011




LMAO! Get a tarp under the high chair! Seriously though, at 13 months this is totally expected. Get used to it. Just keep gently showing him how to hold the spoon and get food into his mouth but don't expect that he'll get it right away. My (almost) 16 month old INSISTS on holding a spoon in one hand but eating with the other bare hand. Occasionally throwing the spoon altogether and using both bare hands. My 2.5 year old still throws food and plates on the floor to indicate "I'm done!". We are continually training. And she's 2.5 so I do scold her a little for throwing things on the floor but not at 13 months. It's a process. Be patient. Try foods that are less messy. Finger foods and things he can get onto the spoon and into his mouth with less splatter.


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Rebecca - posted on 08/27/2011




LOL. I thought I might be the only one or one of a few. I think its because my daughter, never ever messed with her food and it went straight into her mouth. My cousin's little girl now 2 was eating with her spoon by 11 months, with some mess, and I guess I have been comparing. Thanks for the advice. Any advice is appreciated. So you think I should spoon feed him myself, its just that I thought that wasnt helping him learn. At what age are they expected to have control over spoons etc.

April - posted on 08/27/2011




At 13 months, I'd be feeding him "spoon foods". If he wants the spoon you could give him a second spoon or put some finger foods on his tray to feed himself between bites you give him. Otherwise, if you let a 13 month old feed himself you have to expect a mess.

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