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    Question Dishes for baby

    My DD is 11 months old, and she feeds herself using her hands really well. She also takes some food by spoon still like yogurt and oatmeal, very rarely lets me feed her "solid" food.

    I just put the food on her highchair tray and she goes to town. She is a very good eater, and lots does end up on the floor but I have 3 dogs happily waiting to get whatever morsels she decides to throw down.

    When should I begin introducing bowls, plates, spoon, fork? She does have a good pincer grasp, but usually just grabs food with her whole hand and shoves it in her mouth.

    Thanks in advance ladies!
    Mirkka

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    Default Re: Dishes for baby

    My lo just started reaching for her bowl this month. So I let her try to scoop out of her bowl but I hold it for her. I don't think you will hurt her if you wait untill she's interested.
    July 30, 2010-6lbs 2oz- 41w 4d (emergency c-section.) Known dairy, eggs, dogs and cats allergies, eczema, and asthma
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    I think I started giving them their own dishes and spoons around 7ish months. They usually just dumped the bowls upside down and ate it off the tray though. I guess I figure that if everyone else gets a dish and spoon, then they should too. I don't think it really matter just when you intro them. As long as you are okay with the extra dishes and mess.
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    Default Re: Dishes for baby

    Both of our boys started using them pretty early, like before a year, but both of them always want what we have and would scream about it. So it wasn't so much that we made the decision that they were ready as much as they did.
    Beth

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*littleiandjmomma View Post
    I think I started giving them their own dishes and spoons around 7ish months. They usually just dumped the bowls upside down and ate it off the tray though. I guess I figure that if everyone else gets a dish and spoon, then they should too. I don't think it really matter just when you intro them. As long as you are okay with the extra dishes and mess.
    Exactly. then of course they can also tell you they are all done by throwing the dish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*durhamgrrl View Post
    Exactly. then of course they can also tell you they are all done by throwing the dish.
    We used to give Levi regular adult metal forks sometimes but we had to put an end to that for a while because he would tell us he was done by winging his fork across the table at us.
    Beth

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Samiha View Post
    We used to give Levi regular adult metal forks sometimes but we had to put an end to that for a while because he would tell us he was done by winging his fork across the table at us.
    I really feel like our kids have the same personalities - the big ones and the little ones
    proud but exhausted working mammy to two high needs babies

    • my surprise baby: the one and only D-Man born 3 weeks late (5/5/08) at 9 lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches, and
    • the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.


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    Default Re: Dishes for baby

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Samiha View Post
    We used to give Levi regular adult metal forks sometimes but we had to put an end to that for a while because he would tell us he was done by winging his fork across the table at us.
    ds1 trys to stab his little brother if we give him an adult fork.
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    Default Re: Dishes for baby

    Yeah, adult forks don't work too well here... The twins tend to grab them and either stab DH or I in the arm or poke their eyes out. We gave our kids their own plates and spoons awhile back but they just didn't care so we stopped using them. We eat with our 11 month olds pulled directly up to the table so they just eat from the table and smear everything around. The plates just got the in the way and the spoons just got chucked in favor of fingers. Every now and then we try again, but usually we are busy enough wrangling babies that we don't bother!
    Mom to amazing twins!
    DD nursed for 3y5m, DS still occasionally stops by for a snack

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    Default Re: Dishes for baby

    We started with plates / bowls / spoon pretty much at the same time as starting baby led solids. Baby sat at the table in a clip-on chair. With both LO they went through a flinging stage. We learned to give them less food to start with, taught them sign language for "done" and "more" and "please", and gave them OTHER opportunities to explore and experiment with "gravity". We went with a regular metal "salad fork" probably around 12 or 13 mo. The toddler forks are more like spoons with slots and you can't actually use them to jab food.
    Lynn
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