14/10/2013 at 11:14
Annabel is just 8 months now, she enjoys most meal times and has a mixture of spoon fed meals and finger foods. I was reading that it is at this age that we should start to encourage her to spoon feed herself. I am worried about doing this, as I think that she will just throw/drop all her food on the floor.
When did you start letting your LO loose with a spoon, and with what foods did you let them try feeding themselves with?
15/10/2013 at 20:14
Hi Nicola, I would give my LOs a spoon to play with from 6/7 months whilst I was feeding them. The more their coordination improved, I would help them load the spoon with food, or hold a bowl (of porridge, puree, mashed foods, thick homemade soup)/yoghurt pot whilst they attempted to feed themselves. It will get messy, so be prepared! lol!
16/10/2013 at 17:41
I agree with ThinkWeiss. I introduced the spoon from 6 months, just for him to havsomething to hold and to get familiar with a spoon. Then from about 7 months I started to load the spohip for him and he put it his month. meal times do take longer, but he is learning. by 11 months he's able to take food from a bowl (very messily). I have food on the kitchen ceiling, my LO flicked some up there! Lots of encourage and eat with her so she can see you eating. a mat under highchair or a plastic shower curtain under the highchair will help minimise the mess.
18/10/2013 at 10:56
Ive always let my lo play with a spoon but it has only been the last few week (he is nearly one) that he has started getting the hang of what to do with it. I start off loading the spoon for him (thanks to the advice of supersharer mums) then he takes over and tries himself. There is a lot of mess and he often uses his other hand to pick up any fallen food but we are getting there slowly.
19/10/2013 at 10:31
I think I am going to let Annabel play with her spoon while I feed her or while she has finger food. It is properly to soon to expect her to eat with it yet. Sometimes I am amazed at how much she can do, but soon realise that she is still very little and there is so much that she can't do! lol.
19/10/2013 at 22:11
They do say that food should be fun before one and for nutrition after one! Let us know how you get on, be prepared for mess!
08/11/2013 at 21:32
We started letting her play with spoons at 5 months when our daughter joined us at the table for meal times in her high chair prior to starting weaning. As we went down the BLW route as soon as we started to wean she fed herself everything. Sloppy food I gave to her on a preloaded spoon. She obviously made a mess initially but it's amazing how quickly they can use cutlery once you let them have a go. The more exprience they have the better they get at self feeding!
19/11/2013 at 22:01
So now Annabel is refusing to feed herself anything!!! She won't pick up her finger foods, if I put them in her hand she throws them on the floor, I have to put them in her mouth. She will pull out large pieces of food and then eat it, but most of it she just throws on the floor!!! She just sits with her mouth open like a little chick waiting for a worm. ha ha! It is driving me mad, anyone else experienced this?
20/11/2013 at 21:08
Not so much fun Nicola!
I am beginning to think that I should let Flo have a go with a spoon - she is 1.......... I will pop back and see if any one has any other tales!
22/11/2013 at 12:09
Just keep offering Nicola. She will figure out on her own, one fine day
22/11/2013 at 20:50
We went through this stage and it will get better! Everything he had went on the floor and he thought it was funny every time I picked it up. He is now 13 months and more food is going in his mouth than the floor. Good luck x
28/04/2014 at 13:07
Thats really cool as I hadn't thought about giving Bert a spoon to play with while I feed him, i will definitely try doing that to get him interested. He's really good with feeding himself finger foods, so i'm sure he'll get the hang of it…not looking forward to the mess though!
Currently battling with him to get him to sleep upstairs in his cot in the daytime, instead of snuggled on me - as Im desperate to get some time in the day to get things done!! He is just screaming at me through the monitor! *argh!*
19/05/2014 at 15:37
Hi Everyone, Have been having a go at giving Bert a spoon while we feed him his dinner and breakfast - but I'm afraid I've given up for now. He just kept ramming it down his throat and gagging, or being really quick, getting it in his food and flicking it at me! Funny the first few times, but very annoying after that ….I just don't think he's ready yet, and at 8.5 months I'm not worried that he isn't interested in spoons yet - he's doing well with finger foods, and has a great appetite so I'm just thanking my lucky stars for that. We'll try again with the spoon holding later on…x
19/05/2014 at 20:40
Harlowe is nearly 11 mths and I only give her a spoon to play with . I forgot what age you are supposed to give them a spoon and start helping them with it. To be fair though we have done BLW here so its rare that we have meals that a spoon is involved. I will give her a go though and let you know how I get one
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