I was at the ILs for Christmas and saw SIL spoon feeding her DD puree. She only gave her really small peices of finger food. My neice will be 1 in the next few days.
Juliet has been on almost exclusively finger food since 10 or so months. Now, I am working with her to eat with a spoon and not dumping her bowl over right away. I put the food on her tray and let her eat. Some I cut up in bite size peices, but I'll also give her half a pear, or peeled apple.
How do your LOs eat? All on their own, or do you spoon feed them?
God gave Joseph his sister Juliet on November 19th, 2010.
I haven't spooned fed DS since since our brief attempt at purees at 5 months. DS eats off of plates every meal now. He hates spoons and forks though. He will scoop food in the spoon or stab food with a fork, but he will NOT eat any of the food off of them though. lol. If we're having food that most kids would eat with a spoon (like yogurt) we give him stuff to dip into it like fruit slices to eat the yogurt rather than a spoon. Our fancy dining room card table is on carpet and we're tired of cleaning the carpet (food on utensils just turns into a one person food fight). He'll get utensils back in March when we move.
Lainey eats entirely table food, unless she's having applesauce or yogurt, I do spoon those to her. She never liked purees, and has been on table food/feeding herself since she finally started eating - I think she was 9-10 months? We were at a friends' party about a month ago and someone there had a baby that was older than L and he was being spoonfed jarred food. The mom told me she couldn't remember at what age to start table food (their older DD is 6 or 7). But to each their own. I think it's good to give experience feeding themselves, but I don't think it will hurt them to still be on purees for a bit longer.
he only uses a spoon for yogurt or applesauce or soup. stuff that you would need a spoon for. He makes way too much of a mess to do it on his own, but sometimes when he finishes all his yogurt i will let him have the spoon and he practices eating or tries to scoop some out. Any other time he eats it is all him and he prefers to eat things in strips or chunks so tiny little pieces don't really work for him. i gave him a little mandarin today with one piece missing and he did a pretty good job with eating it all
Odin is way into using a spoon or fork and uses one at every meal. I'd say about 1/2 the food is eaten with one of those and the other 1/2 is with his fingers. I pretty much just put the food in front of him and he eats it all on his own. He started solids at 7 months and we only had about a month of spoon feeding before he did it all his own and moved to table food. I so spoon feed yougurt at times to reduce mess.
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Lyla prefers to feed herself, but we spoonfeed her oatmeal in the mornings or when she has yogurt and applesauce or other such things. If it's not one of those items (and sometimes even if it is) she wants to feed herself. She can't get any food on a fork or spoon yet, but she likes to stab at her food with a utensil. DH doesn't really ever let her, but I like to let her practice. I think she'd be further along in feeding herself, but DH insists on feeding her to reduce mess, while I'm perfectly happy to let her feed herself and make a mess in the process.
Both. Although he's trying really hard to feed himself with a spoon/fork. He's too greedy to figer feed himself when he's hungry He has what we are eating though, not puree
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
Alexander-8 Dec 2008
Tobey-1st Oct 2010
I still feed him applesauce, etc with a spoon. Sometimes I let him hold his own spoon and practice with it and I'll sneak a few bites in his mouth with my spoon. I break some things up for him, bread, etc, but he is starting not to want it unless he can hold a sandwich or something whole. No little pieces for that big boy. I'm still nervous about some stuff because he just broke his 3rd and 4th tooth this week, but I'm slowly getting over it and giving him more.
Madison loves her forks. Otherwise its all fingers. I only spoon feed if its yogurt & junk like the others said. She eats everything we do.
Rowan likes to eat with her fingers while holding a spoon or fork in her other hand. She does use it occasionally, but I think she's in such a hurry to get to the food that she forgets she's holding a utensil.
DD1 Rowan, 9/26/10
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