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Cultivating Independent Eating - Toddler Utensils Use Skills

Sep. 17, 2021

Toddler Utensils

When your baby starts to add complementary foods, his hand-eye coordination develops rapidly and he wants to master the use of utensils. At this time, parents should pay attention to cultivate the child to eat independently. Parents just need to be patient and slowly guide him to eat on his own. The child will find pleasure in playing with it and learn how to use the spoon and fork.

Before you start training, you need to prepare

1. Provide your child with safe and easy-to-use utensils to reduce frustration.

2. Create a mealtime routine: wash hands, put on a backward suit or bib, and sit in a dining chair.

3. Offer food at the right temperature.

4. An adult must be present at meals, whether or not the child has mastered eating on his or her own.

5. Praise and encourage your child when he/she eats on his/her own.

6. Refuse to force the child to eat to avoid causing fear.

7. Do not wipe your child's hands and mouth too often to prevent him from eating.

8. Do not place objects or food on the table that are not safe or that the child cannot grasp.

Help your baby learn to use a spoon


1. Eat with your child. Show your child how to use a spoon. Parents can use exaggerated expressions and movements to demonstrate how to scoop food, put it in the mouth - and chew it to complete the eating process. Move as slowly as possible and let him observe more.

2. Provide a spoon for the child to hold and play with. You feed him with the other spoon and put the food in his spoon appropriately so that he can try to bring it into his mouth by himself.

3. Give the child an empty spoon, you put food on the other spoon, and then swap the spoon with the food with the child and let him try to bring it into his mouth by himself. You can repeat the steps. Then give him the spoon to practice scooping food.

4. Help your child hold the bowl or use utensils with suction cups when needed.

5. When the child has difficulty, use another spoon to transfer the food to his spoon or make the food smaller.

6. Provide food with higher consistency, easy to scoop, and not easy to spills, such as yogurt, thick porridge, soft rice, and other foods that do not slip easily.

When you first start training, you can help your baby put the food into the spoon first to increase your baby's self-confidence.


Help your baby learn to use a fork


The steps for learning to use a fork are similar to those for a spoon. Make sure to choose a fork with blunt tines designed for babies to prevent them from poking themselves. Show your baby how to use a fork to fork food beforehand, and help her fork up food.

But you need to pay attention to the size and softness of the food. The target can be bananas, kiwi, and dragon fruit cut into 1cm size, etc., and let the baby fork with the fork to eat.


Finally, parents should be advised to be patient enough. It is not easy for children to learn to eat on their own. It is only through repeated trial and error that a child learns to scoop up food without spilling it around. We cannot prevent him from learning to eat on his own for fear of making a mess, which will discourage him and hinder his eating skills. Now that you are aware of this, all that is needed is a set of safe and appropriate toddler utensils. HE OR SHE offers the best toddler utensils to help your baby succeed.

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