When is my baby going to start eating with a spoon?
Many parents worry about when it's the right time for their baby to start using cutlery. The answer is that there is no "right" time. The baby will use cutlery as a toy at first and if you're giving him the chance to see you eating, he'll eventually use it to feed himelf. It depends on when the baby is ready.
We were offering a spoon everytime Nereus was eating, but he didn't show any interest in using it properly until he was 13 months old. The first weeks, he was having a few trials with the spoon and then leaving it to continue with his hands. It was easier that way. Until one day, he grabbed the spoon and ate all of his soup like a sir!
I suggest you, to offer a spoon or a fork with the baby's meals and eat with him so he can see what you do and copy you! If you give him the chance, he'll do it when he's ready!
But, I'm tired of all the mess...
You're probably worrying about when the mess is ending. Come on, I know you do! Let me tell you a little secret. Even when the baby starts using his cutlery efficiently, the mess doesn't stop! Oh, yes! Of course this is not a rule! There are probably babies who are really neat eaters. But most of them are not! Food is a fun toy,after all!
I know it's hard but, accept the mess(if you haven't already)! Remember that they're gonna have many years to be nice and clean, but oh so few months to be covered in food!
If you have one of those little ones, who eat nicely at the beginning and after a while they start tossing food around, it's probably because they don't want to eat more. Check how they respond when you try to move them away. If they seem ok, then you might want to make it a habit to take them out of the highchair as soon as you realize they're full. This way you'll minimize the mess!
Ok, what cutlery's the best?
Generally, most parents agree that babies find adult size cutlery difficult to eat, but again this depends on the baby. Some babies take very seriously the copy-my-parents thing and prefer to use big utensils!
In my opinion, you don't have to spend money. Small size cutlery that you already have in your home can do the job. I had these plastic type baby cutlery given to me but I found out that they were too big for Nereus's mouth and that it was harder for him to get the food on them. Simple teaspoons made of metal are the best option for me for two more reasons. They are more eco friendly and the baby gets the chance to touch a matetial whose temperature changes as he holds it!
This is just my opinion. I encourage you to try and find what works best for you and you little one!
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