When can babies start using a spoon on their own?

Aimee - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




Just wondering when my baby girl whos; 16 months can start using a spoon. Or when they actually can get the concept of one.


Tammy - posted on 04/14/2009




The below answer is what I found on a site.  And, I did this with my son...I had two spoons on hand when he was trying to learn to use a spoon (because he wanted to do it himself but he got frustrated when the food wasn't on the spoon by the time he got it to his mouth).  If I remember correctly, my son was about one at the time he was able to feed himself.  Every baby is different as to when they start doing something and sometimes it helps not to go by a specific month/age as to when your child "should" be doing something or compare your child to another one  (unless you have a reason to think there is something developmentally wrong).  There are some things my child had happen really early (learning to sit and walk) and other things he had happen late (ie. getting in teeth), but the key is to give your child ample time to practice and she will get the hang of it in her own time!  Be prepared for a mess, but you can give her one right now...let her explore with it and have fun.  The mess will clean up and nothing will compare to the feeling you get when you see her excited because she can do it herself! :)


Most babies don't learn how to use a spoon until well after their first birthday. The food they try to pick up with a spoon sometimes lands on the floor but they are learning and they need practice to become skillful with a spoon.

Try using two spoons, one for your baby and one for you. That way your child still gets fed but enjoys copying you and practising her spoon control. Most importantly, keep it fun. Be prepared for the mess. If your baby sees you getting upset then eating will become an unpleasant experience for her.

Maggie Harrison, Health visitor

Emily - posted on 04/14/2009




I would give her one for practice. It will be messy and she might get frustrated but it could also be lots of fun. She might do better with a fork until her fine motor skills get better.


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Tiffany - posted on 04/14/2009




my little one is 18m and has been using the spoon on his own for quite sometime, you can give her one while you are feeding her to help her get the feel of it! It's a messy thing giving a toddler a spoon but it gets better, eventually!!

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2009




My 7 month old tries to feed himself with a spoon. I'm sure your little one could use a spoon and fork. You could try the take and toss ones as they're a bit softer.

Amanda - posted on 04/14/2009




You can offer her one at meal times and eventually she'll get the hang of it.

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