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At what age did your child start to self-feed with utensils?

When did they get good enough at it to go it alone? My 13 month old ate grits with a toddler spoon for the first time today. I had to help him scoop it out of the bowl but he did a pretty good job of getting it into his mouth and eating it. I didn't really expect it I just put some on his spoon to see what he would do.


Asked by WindyTheWidow at 10:44 AM on Nov. 4, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I let mine have little toddler silverware around 9 months old, any they were pretty good with both by a year or shortly after. They were all eating cold cereal (little milk) and soup (lots of crackers) by themselves by 15 months. Early introduction makes for earlier proper use.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • A fork at about 11 months, spoons at about 18 months. (easier to stab food than to scoop it up)

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 10:45 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • At 2.5 years, she still has some 'absent-minded' moments but i quit helping her at about 17-18 months. Just spread a table cloth if you don't have hardwood or laminate flooring to make an easy clean up.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:45 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Good JOB, AT FIRST GIVE HIM EXTRA, MOST OF IT WILL WIND UP ON THE FLOOR OR HIS FACE. Which is fine, they need to learn.

    My kids started at 1 years old. Messy but I miss it. :)

    Answer by KFree907 at 10:55 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • 12 to 18 months is when they typically start to use utensils so you're doing well.

    Answer by momofryan07 at 11:01 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • My son is 20 months old....started utensils around 12 months....he has yet to perfect it. Most the time he ends up throwing the fork or spoon down and eating with his fingers anyway, :[ I have a feeling this may be a long process! GL!

    Answer by mamie2shoes at 1:40 PM on Nov. 4, 2009