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    I've been giving DS a spoon/fork sporadically since about 12-13 months, before that he just used his hands, even with beans etc. the last month or so (he's 17 months) he won't eat unless he has cutlery but will use it for the first few bites then go back to using his hands. I figure he'll get there eventually!

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    An easy clean solution is to sit them in the bathtub and then strip them off and rinse out the bath then fill it for bath time. It worked for me with my DS.

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    My toddler didn't give me a choice. Would chuck a tantrum if I tried to spoon feed her. She has been using a spoon since 9/10 months. Or attempting to. I would have two spoons; one for her and one for me. As long as she had a chance to try and feed herself then she would be ok with me spoon feeding some of it.

    You could start off with something like weetbix which sticks to the spoon?

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    I don't remember giving my kids any eating utensils until they could use them properly. I didn't like the mess either. I wouldn't worry in the slightest, I don't think it's an essential part of the development process. My kids both use them fine now they are older ... And I still help my 3 yr old occasionally with cutlery when she is being extra messy Xxxx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    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
    I did this too. It was messy but only for a short time. He's 2.5, I can't remember the last time I spoon fed him, well over a year. BLW worked well for us and DS had fun too. I get the mess thing OP but I guess it's messy whenever you do it. Do what works for you.

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    I just remembered BLW worked better for us in summer. He could strip off and feed himself in a singlet which made washing much easier.

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    Both our kids had a spoon from an early age. DS is 20mths and I haven't fed him for ages (close to a year) as he refused and wanted to do it himself. I also found it much easier as I can eat my own food or tidy, cook, etc while he is eating. It was messy though! Still can be sometimes. We put a shower curtain down under the highchair and just shake it out and throw it in the wash after. Kept messy foods for when we didn't need to rush out of the house.

    Your girls will develop the skills eventually no matter when you start so don't worry too much!

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    Oh and if they get frustrated its not quick enough you could give them a spoon each and keep one for yourself so you can help.

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    DS is nearly 14m and he's always loved to self feed so I try to offer foods in ways he can always pick up. Recently he's started taking the spoon off me for soup etc and instead of just chewing on it or banging it on the table he tries to get it in the bowl then into his mouth. I think his sister started doing this around the same age but was more coordinated so had more 'success' than him.

    He actually really likes it when I help by putting the spoon in his hand then using my hand to guide, get a scoop then move it to his mouth. I think he likes this because he doesn't want to just play, he really wants to get food in his mouth, he loves to eat! His big sister wouldn't let me do this though, it had to be all herself.

    If they're self feeding with their hands already, I wouldn't stress too much about them using spoons.

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    My DD made the decision for me quite early on by flat out refusing to let me spoon feed her past 11 months of age. I'd actually like it if she'd allow me to spoon feed her some of the time, just to make sure she's actually consuming as much of her food as I'd like.
    I bought her a special bowl and spoon which is said to make self feeding easier, it's a slight triangle shape and comes with a feeding mat which has a suction for the bowl and sticks to the table surface as well. The brand is "explora".

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