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    Default When did you stop spoon feeding?

    My nephew is 2.5 years old.
    My SIL still spoon feeds him. He can eat finger foods but has never used a spoon or fork himself.
    I politely suggested today he should be learning to do this himself now, as I just felt so sorry for him strapped to a high chair being made to eat and he was carrying on.
    Both MIL and SIL got snarky and said there was nothing wrong with still spoon feeding at his age as that way he's not making a mess?!?

    So just wondering when others were feeding themselves.... Dd1 I remember was using a spoon by herself correctly by 18 months.

    Just feeling sorry for the poor kid.

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    We did BLW so both kids fed themselves from 6 months. Though I did help them to spoon feed yoghurt initially I think as they would get frustrated that they couldn't get enough!

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    2.5 is way too old to be still spoon fed. Gosh, I think 18months is too old. There has to be a mess until the child learns to use the spoon properly. im surprised the child is not grabbing the spoon off his mother. marie.

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    my bil's wife still spoon feeds their almost 2.5 year old. worse yet, her staple foods are those mashy pouch meals (spoon fed) or maccas or junk like Oreos/nutri grain as snacks.

    nobody is allowed to say anything though as she gets really defensive.

    it's a bloody joke.

    2.5 is way too old to be spoon feeding!

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    Like pp we never spoon fed anything (BLW) it's frustrating to watch but it's up to them I suppose

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    It's really hard for me to say anything as dd1 stopped letting me spoon feed her from 8 months and we are doing BLW with dd2, they think I'm some weird hippy.

    I hate meal times with them it just makes me feel so uncomfortable watching it.
    But I wasn't sure if I was being a weird hippy after all.

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    At 7 months DD stopped letting me spoon feed her. She's 11 months now and tries to use a spoon herself but hasn't mastered it yet. Finger food is all the rage at our house!

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    A good friend will still feed her 5 year old son his cereal every morning otherwise he won't eat.

    Now that's too old!

    As for us I've no idea. I've never spoon fed any of my kids. Maybe a bit of yoghurt but even then not really. They got a spoon and soon worked it out for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    At 7 months DD stopped letting me spoon feed her. She's 11 months now and tries to use a spoon herself but hasn't mastered it yet. Finger food is all the rage at our house!
    I rejoiced the day dd1 started using a spoon! Was so over finger foods. I know it wasn't much older than your bubs that she would scoop it on the spoon then pick it up from the spoon and put it in her mouth. I was so happy the day she put cereal stright into her mouth correctly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    my bil's wife still spoon feeds their almost 2.5 year old. worse yet, her staple foods are those mashy pouch meals (spoon fed) or maccas or junk like Oreos/nutri grain as snacks.

    nobody is allowed to say anything though as she gets really defensive.

    it's a bloody joke.

    2.5 is way too old to be spoon feeding!
    Please don't quote this as I'll delete but my SIL feeds her 4 year old chips and nuggets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her 11 month old gets the same plus formula. I know they are not my children and it's not my place to judge her but I do. It makes me so sad and angry.

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