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my son is ten months old and sometimes he wants to hold the spoon himself when eating. He will put a full spoon in his mouth, but then give up and use his hands instead. Is it still too early to be teaching him to feed himself?

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disheveled

Asked by disheveled at 12:33 PM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No way let him go ahead with his hands or the spoon ! It's perfectly fine !
    Meshell7

    Answer by Meshell7 at 12:34 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • there are finger foods you can give him as snacks. You could give him some Cheerios for example, you just have to keep an eye on him to make sure he doesnt choke.
    LadyUsagi

    Answer by LadyUsagi at 12:34 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Not at all. Do you have the 'crooked' spoons? The handle has a wave in it. They are much easier for most kids to control I know Target and Wal MArt both carry them. I would be handing him a spoon every chance you got. His interest is the proof that he is ready.
    GrnEyedGrandma

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 12:36 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Nope. With time he will learn to master his spoon :]. Just keep showing him the correct way and let him know he's doing a good job.
    lizafur13

    Answer by lizafur13 at 12:37 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Go for it! Ours were self feeding (fingers) at 6 months, fork at 11 months (easier to stab food than to scoop lol) and spoon at 18months. But...that's what we felt worked for us...

    Make sure he can see you while you're eating...model for him. He'll get it.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 12:39 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • he is doing great incourage both things
    lynnspink

    Answer by lynnspink at 12:47 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Sounds like he's having fun! What I would do - put some finger foods on the tray for him to feed with his hands, and give him his own spoon while you hold another ... that way he gets to use the spoon if he wants, but you can make sure that some of it actually gets INTO his mouth, and then when he gets bored he can go for the finger food.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:01 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • It's never too early, lol thats great that he is doing that
    mblucky

    Answer by mblucky at 2:04 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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