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How can I encourage my 11 month old to eat with a spoon?

He can feed himself, but only with his hands, and of course it gets everywhere else too.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Jan. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • His main focus right now is to get the food into his mouth as quickly as possible. During the next year, he'll get better at using a spoon. As he approaches 2.5 years, you start insisting more and more. As he approaches 3, you start ending meals when his hands go into non-finger-foods.

    But for now, you simply give him a spoon and let him use it or not, play with it or not.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:19 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • Babies learn by example. Do you eat in front of him?

    Put the spoon in his hand.

    Guide his hand and pick up some food and help him put it in his mouth.

    You keep putting the spoon in his hand and eating in front of him .

    He will get the drift eventually.


    Answer by louise2 at 2:21 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • An 11 month old baby probably isn't coordinated enough to use a spoon yet. Their fine motor skills are still being developed and the plain hand to mouth motion is a great exercise in itself. Plus, babies learn by touch and exploring his food with his hands is great way to do that.

    The important thing is that your child is learning to feed himself and is exploring a variety of healthy table foods. In addition, feeding himself is a way to give himself a sense of control in a world that he doesn't have much control of.

    My advice would be to invest in sheet (or a couple) you can put under his highchair and throw in the wash when he's done.

    Or my preferred method of 3 dogs and a mop!


    Answer by Young_GA_Momma at 2:58 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • Give him a fork. We started with a fork at 11 months. Easier to stab food than scoop food. We gave a spoon at about 18 months.

    We modeled it's use, and guided their hands until they had the basic concept. Then turned them loose and had a ton of wipes and the bathtub ready after the meal. lol

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 3:23 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • give him a spoon show him how to use it eat in front of him

    Answer by henderson20 at 8:33 PM on Jan. 21, 2009

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