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When did your preschooler switch from a spoon to a fork?

I realize it's nothing to worry much about, but I'm curious to know when your kids started eating with forks? My five-year-old won't touch them. She says she's afraid of poking herself. I haven't pushed the issue and have just given her spoons at home, but I've had to start carrying one in my purse because some restaurants like Chili's and those kinds of places don't routinely handout spoons, and when they do, you get these huge soup spoons. So I got to thinking, maybe my daughter is behind the curve on this one.


Asked by Ballad at 12:08 PM on May. 1, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • This is funny because my Son wouldn't use one until he was around 5 & I still had to watch him because he would get goofy with it & I was afraid he'd poke himself. Now I have a one year old Daughter & she demanded to use a fork ever since she started to eat herself! No problems at all & very careful. Go figure! LOL!

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:19 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • I would get the toddler ones. Most of them have rounded edges. Show her she can't poke herself with it and see if she will try it.

    Answer by kmath at 12:28 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • We introduce both implements early on. DGD does not use the fork as much because she can't use it as effectively as a spoon, but she does pick it up and try. She is not quite 2.

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:12 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • About 2 years old.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 12:13 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • DD had a few sets of toddler dinnerware that had a plastic spoon and a fork with a big handle for her toddler grip. I think she moved over to regular silverware when she was maybe 3...?

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 12:14 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • He has been using one since he was 2 or 3 but 9 times out of 10 he will pick a spoon over a fork. He even tries to eat spaghetti with a spoon.

    Answer by kmath at 12:21 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • Mine started using a fork early, a plastic toddler fork (with rounded edges) around 1. My 2 yo (will be 3 in July) has been using a regular fork for a while.

    Answer by missanc at 12:25 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • My boys continued to use their baby food spoons for a few months after they started feeding themselves with utensils. Then I gave them these forks that were kind of like sporks, only sturdier and reusable. After just a couple of months with those, we moved on to plastic forks for kids, along with matching spoons, and by the time they were starting school, they wanted regular silverware like I use.

    I would say they were using a fork-like utensils by the time they were 2, maybe 3.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 12:32 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • Doesn't everything fall off the spoon? I found the fork easier because when you stabbed the food it stuck on. They were just over a year when they used a fork.

    Answer by mompam at 12:41 PM on May. 1, 2013

  • I noticed my DD has begun to realize certain things are just much easier to eat with a fork. She never really got the hang of the rounded toddler fork, but at 3 she is confident with a small scale regular fork. I would try a spork or something to get her over the fear of poking herself.

    Answer by tessiedawg at 1:02 PM on May. 1, 2013