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14 month old wont let me feed him

Hi girls, I try to feed my son healthy and make sure he gets enough of all the food he needs but my problem lies in that he wont let me feed him with a spoon or fork and he himself isnt skilled with either yet (he just ends up gagging himself). So I have to make sure I give food he can eat with his fingers, but my options are getting limited. Anybody else have this issue? What can I do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:42 PM on Sep. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Let him use his hands and practice with a spoon. Might get a little messy, but he'll need the practice =)

    Answer by skittles1108 at 12:44 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • Put food on a plate or in a bowl and give him the fork or spoon to use. He will be messy and he will eventually learn. He will also use his hands too. By 12 months, my son could use utensils and feed himself because he was allowed the opportunity and I stopped feeding him.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:45 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • Like the other ladies said, let him practice with utensils. You will be surprised what he can do :) They pick it up quick! It gets messy if its something from a spoon, but the practice is necessary :)

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 1:04 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • I never fed my kids and they always got plenty to eat. They can eat nearly everything with their hands or fingers. Obviously, aside from soup!

    Answer by LeanneC at 1:23 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • There is no need to feed babies with spoons, they can self feed just fine. read baby led solids / self-feeding particularly the gil rapely article. My toothless 1 year old has been devouring apples to the core for months. She tries to use a small fork but doesn't yet have the coordination, but that doesn't mean she doesn't eat...she self feeds with her fingers perfectly well.

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:59 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • My 16 month old is the same way. Give your child a fork or spoon and let the learning begin. I got a bowl that has a suction cup on the bottom. That saves me some on messes because he can't rake his bowl off into the floor. My son loves to self feed with scrambled eggs, mandarian oranges, drained chunky chicken noodle soup, grapes cut in half. Pretty much whatever we eat, just in safe sizes for him.

    Answer by CaseyErin at 3:37 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • Just take his shirt off and let him at it. Oh, and dont forget the camera!!!

    Answer by new_mom808 at 9:43 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

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