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At what age should children stop using their hands to eat by?


Asked by zoejains_momma at 11:18 AM on May. 18, 2011 in Parenting Debate

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  • well I'd say 1 1/2. My almost 2yr old does, which makes my almost 3yr old want to, but I encourage to use their utensils and show them easier ways, unless it is of course finger food

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 11:19 AM on May. 18, 2011

  • my sons almost 3 and sometimes still uses his hands

    Answer by myboysRmyhero at 11:18 AM on May. 18, 2011

  • I don't know if there is a set age. For my kids we introduced utensils when their little hands could safely get them to their mouths (if they were self feeding). I would say that by 2 1/2 or 3 they should be done with using their hands unless it's finger foods.

    Answer by scout_mom at 11:19 AM on May. 18, 2011

  • good question

    Answer by sherribeare at 11:35 AM on May. 18, 2011

  • I don't really think there is an age. Each child develops fine motor skills differently.

    Answer by daughteroftruth at 12:19 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Once they have mastered using utensils, which is different for every kid. My 18 month old is almost there.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 11:44 AM on May. 18, 2011

  • DD1 is 4 and knows how to use utensils (and has since she was under 1) but she's weird about them. She demands them for finger foods, but still likes to eat non-finger foods with her hands. I've tried coaching and coaxing and calmly explaining. I don't want her to look like a feral child when she goes to school, but I'm sure she'll get it right at some point. :)

    Answer by AmourSpork at 12:01 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • In some cultures, eating with the hands is the norm and eating with utensils is considered odd.

    My Korean friend was trying to show DD1 the correct way to hold chopsticks (DD1 kabobs food with them).

    Answer by AmourSpork at 12:04 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • people never completely stop using their hands (unless you are the type that needs a plate, fork, and knife to eat a candybar)..
    but silverware should be introduced when they start to eat solids.. they will pick up how to use then and properly as they go along

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:22 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Mine all use utnesils by the end of the first year... but all are different

    Answer by JoLee12345 at 12:22 PM on May. 18, 2011