M.W. asks from Greenville, NH on December 09, 2008
Wont Eat off a Spoon
okay so my son is 9 months old and he will not eat anything off a spoon. he has been doing this for a month or so. at first i thought it was a quick time thing but hes still not eating anything off a spoon. hell eat finger food but nothing off a spoon. i tried tricking him with his bottle then give him the food but now he wont eat it.. what should i do?? any one else have this problem with their kids not eating off a spoon
C.K. answers from Boston on December 13, 2008
Okay first off he is only 9 months old give the kid a break!
Second practice, practice, practice! Keep giving him the spoon even if he doesn't use it much just give it to him with every meal he will get it trust me! My son is 24 months and will use a spoon but not very well, uses a fork great though. Early intervention said he does great with a spoon for his age. So no worries just keep giving it to him & let him "play".
J.M. answers from Boston on December 09, 2008
He might just be getting very independent and not want to be fed anymore. I'd just start giving him finger foods - peas instead of mashed peas, really soft carrots (we used canned) instead of babyfood, etc. He can probably start to handle really small pieces of most foods at this point, especially if he's been eating for a while. Your other option is to get him to feed himself. Try bringing two spoons to the table - you put a little food on one, hand it to your son, take back the empty one. Prepare for a huge mess, but it might be that if he's holding a spoon, he might let you put some in his mouth. Good luck - pretty soon he'll be totally feeding himself!
S.B. answers from Springfield on December 10, 2008
My son at 9 momths of age didnt want to eat off a spoon either , one he never liked baby food, and another he was just way to independant for me to feed him off a spoon he would just get mad at me even if I tired or he just would refuse to eat and I would just let him eat with his hands and most of the same things I would eat because he already had a few teeth in. Your son is at that age and stage of his life that he getting independant and wants to do things for himself so put his food on his tray and let him use his hands to explore & to eat his food it will teach him motor skills and how to be independant at dinner time that way you can eat while he eats.It will be messy but thats ok because hes learning and its not so bad my son who is 1 now loves to eat with his hands and it gets messy but it doesnt bother me because he loves to eat now . Dont force him to eat of a spoon if he doesnt want to becauase that will just be a battle for you and you dont want that because later on when you want to teach him how to use his utensils he will want to more if you dont fore feeding him with one now....
Happy Holidays :)
C.R. answers from Boston on December 10, 2008
We had the same problem when my son was about 8-9 months old. All we could do was start him on finger foods, which he loved because he could feed himself! We started with fruits and veggies and then waffles and toast.
P.P. answers from Boston on December 10, 2008
My son at this age refused to eat baby food period. He would spit the baby food right out at me. Is it the spoon he doesn't like or the baby food? I started giving him foods that we ate. The softer ones. I would put them through the blender and he would eat them. Patti
L.P. answers from Boston on December 11, 2008
He might get a kick out of the dipping spoons - I think Gerber makes them - he can practice feeding himself. Really anything can be finger foods - we did oatmeal, cottage cheese, avocado - it's messy but they learn so quickly. My son was the same way, and what a great eater now -would try anything as long as he could do it himself.
L.C. answers from Boston on December 10, 2008
Yes. My son was like that. He wouldn't let me feed him, but now he's 14 months and he lets me feed him, as long as he has a spoon in his hand to play with. I'm finally starting to learn (as a first time mom) that the very things that make me anxious, get solved a few days, weeks or months down the road. Good luck.
L.B. answers from Boston on December 10, 2008
Hi... my son is the same age and has been doing the same thing since about 8 months or so. He is almost 10 months now and is on all table food (since 9 months), he eats what we eat, but obviously just very small pieces, etc. Everything that was a puree, I just give him the real thing (to an extent). But, he eats broccoli, spinach, soft pears, pineapple, banana, toast with all-fruit, bagels, turkey, chicken, corn, beans, peas, carrots, etc. (and he only has 2 bottom teeth!). Sometimes he'll have yogurt (yo-baby) off a spoon, but that's about it lately. ;) So, personally I wouldn't force spoon feeding him if he'll eat finger foods, eventually he'll come back around, I'm sure!
H.J. answers from Boston on December 10, 2008
We had the same problem with our son. He wouldn't eat anything I offered him from a spoon starting around 8 months. Now he's 11 months and I've learned that as long as he has a utensil to hold, spoon, bowl, cup, top of jar etc. he will eat from a spoon. When I forget the utensil he won't eat from a spoon. We offer him a variety of finger foods and then something from a spoon usually some baby cereal (for the iron) with some of our food pureed and mixed in and he eats it. Now I hold the bowl out for him to try and get his spoon in the bowl and then into his mouth while I feed him with my spoon. He loves that. Good luck.