I have to admit that I’ve been quite lax in my efforts to teach my twins how to properly use utensils. Maybe lax isn’t the best word… My efforts have been more along the lines of non-existent; so shoot me. I never claimed to be super mom. It’s just easier and – let’s be honest – less destructive for me to spoon feed them myself. I don’t particularly care for the way processed foods look when splattered on my walls.
With all that being said, I’ve decided to be a little more proactive in teaching my children etiquette and the ways of the world. I scoured the internet looking for the “proper” ways to teach my little ones how to use a utensil.
It’s said that as soon as your baby can sit in a high chair and feed themselves at least a part of their meal with their hands (which can be as young as seven months) give that little joker a thick-handled rubber-coated spoon, and let them go at it. (The rubber will protect their little teeth and gums if they bite down a little funny; which they’ll inevitably do.)
Well since my little ones are almost 1 1/2 (don’t judge me), I felt comfortable letting them experiment with a toddler fork. I cut up some of those Gerber Graduate ravioli bites, placed them in one of those bowls with the suction cups, and let them have at it. The results were quite interesting…
From this I learned two things:
1.) You know your kids better than any book or website does. Teaching your toddler how to use eating utensils is as simple as using your best judgement in regards to when your child is ready. You know better than anyone when your kid is ready to tackle a milestone, whether it be using a fork or potty training. Your kids will do it, and be successful at it, when they’re ready. Of course, regular practice makes perfect.
and 2.)… Girls rule!