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    Default Baby using cutlery

    Recently, at her one-year check-up, the doctor asked if DD was feeding herself and I said yes--but she uses her hands. Later, I was reading over a handout the pediatrician had given to me and it said that babies this age should be encouraged to use cutlery. I was curious when your LOs started using cutlery and in what capacity. DD can eat sticky oatmeal with a spoon, if I put the oatmeal on the spoon first, but that's about it. She can also eat things speared with a fork, but is there a reason this is important to encourage? I mean, is this helpful for her development in some way (versus using her fingers)?

    Thanks so much!

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    This is one of those skills that requires coordination (like walking, crawling etc ) that can't be forced. It will happen when it happens. I have always just given my kids spoons to play with at meal times and when it seems they understand what they're for and it seems they won't gouge out an eye, I give them a kid fork. They usually can stab at stuff but don't become proficient in using them until well after they've turned 1.

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    DS1 started getting mad at us if we didn't give him a fork at meals, since we had forks. That's how we knew he was ready.
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    DD didn't start consistently using a spoon until she was around 13-14 months, and now uses a fork and a spoon confidently at 16 months and gets mad if we forget and expect her to use her fingers. They get it when they're ready!
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    IMO those kid forks are a waste of time. I bought kid size real forks. They at some point want to mimic what you do. I think it was between 13-14months. But it gets weird if they can't stab.

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    Just wanted to come and say my boy - who had been 'getting' it just about needed stitches today on his gums Poor thing cried like crazy, bled a little and I felt horrible because I was giggling a little thinking of this thread as I was comforting him. He's fine now.
    Take home lesson - don't give a ravenous baby/kid a fork - wait until they've eaten some...
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    Mmmm, I guess the only problem now is that DD never really gets to watch us eat. DH is not around at meal times and now that the high chair has become an "instrument of torture" in DD's mind, I've somehow ended up feeding her with both of us sitting on the kitchen floor. I hope all of you aren't too horrified by this admission And feeding her is a two-handed job since she's often climbing all over me at the same time, and there is no way I could eat while she's eating.

    I guess I could pretend to share her meal....

    Oh no, number4, your poor baby! I hope he's okay. Mouth injuries can be really painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sobamom View Post
    Mmmm, I guess the only problem now is that DD never really gets to watch us eat. DH is not around at meal times and now that the high chair has become an "instrument of torture" in DD's mind, I've somehow ended up feeding her with both of us sitting on the kitchen floor. I hope all of you aren't too horrified by this admission And feeding her is a two-handed job since she's often climbing all over me at the same time, and there is no way I could eat while she's eating.

    I guess I could pretend to share her meal....

    Oh no, number4, your poor baby! I hope he's okay. Mouth injuries can be really painful.
    Just curious, what kind of high chair do you have? Is it the usual kind that stands by itself? We had one like that and DS1 started to hate it, I think he felt segregated. What helped for us was to get one of the ones that you strap to a chair and pull up to the table. I think then he felt a little more like he was eating WITH us rather than off by himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommyoflance View Post
    Just curious, what kind of high chair do you have? Is it the usual kind that stands by itself? We had one like that and DS1 started to hate it, I think he felt segregated. What helped for us was to get one of the ones that you strap to a chair and pull up to the table. I think then he felt a little more like he was eating WITH us rather than off by himself.
    Actually, that's the kind of chair we have--the attach-to-table kind. I think part of it is that she just doesn't want to be strapped down to *anything* right now--carseat, high chair, etc. I do think she'd settle down if we actually had family meals with everyone properly sitting down and eating together, but we don't/can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sixyearplan View Post
    DD3 started eating with a fork and spoon (Royal Dalton For kids real silverware kid size) at right at 12 months. She can spear and scoop pretty well but she has amazing fine motor skills. I don't recall my other two showing much proficiency.
    Holy cow , that is amazing! I do have little dessert forks and spoons I could try letting DD use, but I can pretty much guess she'll toss them aside (she's really big on tossing the spoon after every single bite and god forbid I should try to take it away from her before she does) and just lunge for the food with both hands .

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