I think you should let him feed himself. I'm saying this because when my 1st born, my son was about your son's age and up, I did everything for him. Now he's 5 and has a developmental delay with his fine motor skills. I'm not saying because I didn't let him feed himself he developed slow motor skills, but it may have something to do with it. I'm not sure. I just spoiled him the heck out of him and I did everything for him instead of letting him explore and do what babies like to do. But he is getting better with his motor skills. :--)
Let him make a mess. lol Just clean it up. Put newspaper/plastic on the floor around his highchair so it will be a fast and easy clean up. Do whatever it takes for your clean up to be easy for you. Since he enjoys feeding himself, why not let him? This is just a suggestion. I hope this helps.
at 9:37 PM on Jul. 18, 2008