M.S. asks from Lizton, IN on February 24, 2008
When Should You Worry!
I have a ten month old who is doing all of the normal activity of a ten month. Here is my worry. When should he be able to feed himself and when should I be concerned that he isn't.
M.D. answers from Cleveland on February 26, 2008
I used to worry about everything - when was she going to crawl, walk, talk, etc. And it ended up that she did everything just fine! She held her cup at 9 months, walked on her first birthday and she did all of it. I didn't need to worry or rush things.
A.W. answers from Cleveland on February 26, 2008
My boy started feeding himself at about 11 months. This included picking up food with his fingers etc. He is now 18 months and is still trying to adjust to using utensils.
Work with him on picking up objects. Try putting colorful things on his high-chair tray (or table)for him to pick up. My son had a great time picking up jell-o
S.S. answers from Cleveland on February 26, 2008
No worries! He should be holding his own drink and possibly eating tiny pieces of food with his fingers (gerber first foods), however my girls didn't eat out of a plate until a year, and then at 18 months we introduced silverware - which are doctor was surprised because she said usually at age 2 they recommend introducing silverware.
M.L. answers from Fort Wayne on February 26, 2008
I have just started to allow Ali to start feeding herself. I went and bought some of those gerber puffs that just melt in her mouth, those are great
A.R. answers from Cincinnati on February 26, 2008
According to my pediatrician - 18 months and older. Some tots may be able to feed themselves before then or later but that would be the average! Don't worry yet! After looking at your question, I am assuming you are talking about feeding himself with a spoon? Good luck!
N.S. answers from Columbus on February 25, 2008
I wouldn't be concerned. My son started to put little pieces of bread in his mouth when he was almost 12 months old. Before that he was never even interested in feeding himself. He was perfectly content with being fed. Since his pediatrician was not concerned neither was I.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on February 26, 2008
D you mean finger foods like cheerios (should start around 9 months) or with a spoon (18 months?). Big difference! With finger foods, just make sure there are always things within reach and he will start pretty quickly :)
N.Q. answers from Cleveland on February 26, 2008
what? dont even start worrying about this. that too will come with time. just get to learn how to hold etc. feeding will come in due course... at around 1 (and even that wont be perfect )
A.W. answers from Columbus on February 25, 2008
With all three of my children I would just sit them in thier high chair and give them cherrios and gerber puffs and let them go, usually around 7-8 months. It does take them a little while to figure it out and there will be a lot of food lost on the floor (my dog always gains a lot of weight but she learns to love the babies!!!!!) Gerber also makes pasta pick ups they come in little containers that you heat in the microwave for 30 sec and I usually cut them into 4ths for dinner. I also give small pieces of what ever I am eating. I wouldn't worry to much he will figure it out. Don't worry about using silverware that will take him a while to learn. I think with my older two I started at a year or so letting them play with the kid safe ones at meal times but I want to say they were a lot bigger before they really figured them out. My daughter still has a little trouble keeping her spoon straight when eating soup or cereal, she is almost 4!!!
I hope this helps you a little!!
P.V. answers from Columbus on February 26, 2008
My son is almost ten months and isn't feeding himself either. I usually put him in his high chair while I am preparing his food and give him some cheerios so he can "practice." I figure it will happen sooner or later!