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    Default Spoon feeding shame...

    Our girls are 13 months old and I spoon feed their stews or cereals, then they eat finger food as well. I NEVER give them a spoon and bowl of food to try feeding themselves as it just ends up in such a mess and they don't like it because they want the food to come more quickly by me doing it.

    Recently I've heard that I should be giving them a chance to learn to use a spoon. To be honest, I hate the thought of the mess and waste! I'm busy enough cleaning up after two as it is.

    What did you do? What age did you do this? I feel a bit ashamed that I'm choosing an easy clean up over improving my girls' skills...

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    Can you sometimes have a 'picnic' in the yard where you don't have to worry about the mess?

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    DD2 was about 14mths, at this age she only took a couple of days before mastering it. I think the messy days are worth the freedom you get when they feed themselves, gives me time to do other stuff.

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    We did BLW and I gave DS loaded spoons from. 7 months - it was VERY messy and people thought I was mad but by 12 months he was a pro and could easily eat cereal/soup and not spill much at all - it is messy but it is the only way they will learn - like pp said start them on the floor/outside or put a huge plastic mat under their high chair

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    It looks like I should give it a go. Unfortunately outdoors is rarely an option at this time of year in our climate so I'll have to risk the mess. Eeeek!

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    My ds is 2 years of age and he has only just started to feed himself and he will only take a few spoonfuls before handing the spoon over to me even though I have been very encouraging of his developing independence... But really, your girls won't be wanting you to spoon feed them until they're 18 so I'd be encouraging you to do what works for you OP...They are still so young... Enjoy your babies.

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    Get a cheap shower curtain & put under highchairs... We started DS at about 14 months, he's 17 months now & is still learning but getting heaps better... I still control really messy stuff, like baked beans or soup but that's cause I can't handle that much mess yet... Although am getting better... This is some sauce tonight (sometimes used to persuade him to eat meat!) I really want food to be enjoyable for him so am trying to let go!

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    My DS is 14m and just decided the other day he wants to try feeding himself. So I was helping him scoop, and he then did the rest himself. Very messy though.

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    My kids were both about 12 months. It is messy at first, but they learn quickly out of necessity (they are hungry so they have little choice but to master it). Just take the plunge!

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