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When can my toddler use a spoon?
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Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: 9-18 months
From your spoon to her spoon: You can help your baby extend her interest in spoon foods while she is learning finger foods by 1) giving her a small spoon of her own; 2) Alternating bites (she feeds herself and then a separate spoon you are holding; 3) Putting some food on the spoon for her - so she can get to the good part fast.
Learning a spoon may take months, but looking back it will seem quick.

In brief: 9-18 months
From your spoon to her spoon: You can help your baby extend her interest in spoon foods while she is learning finger foods by 1) giving her a small spoon of her own; 2) Alternating bites (she feeds herself and then a separate spoon you are holding; 3) Putting some food on the spoon for her - so she can get to the good part fast.
Learning a spoon may take months, but looking back it will seem quick.
Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greene
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 12-15 months
This is a good age to just start putting a spoon in your toddler's hand during a meal, he will get most of his feeding in with his hand, bang around a lot, then usually around 18 month's they'll start self feeding a bit with it.
This is a really great time with your baby watching them explore and learn about themselves and the world!

In brief: 12-15 months
This is a good age to just start putting a spoon in your toddler's hand during a meal, he will get most of his feeding in with his hand, bang around a lot, then usually around 18 month's they'll start self feeding a bit with it.
This is a really great time with your baby watching them explore and learn about themselves and the world!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 9-15 months
Trial and practice. Expect a mess and keep trying...

In brief: 9-15 months
Trial and practice. Expect a mess and keep trying...
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Self-feeding with a
spoon, spilling some, is a 15-mo.
self-help/adaptive milestone,spilling very little by 20 mos. Let him play with a spoon ~ 10-11 mos.; hold his elbow up & help him dip ~ 14 mos. Hold a double-handled, open mouth cup for him to drink water ~ 10 mos.; ~ 12 mos. when weaning from a bottle, he can hold the cup,& drink with lip closure, a maximum of 16-21 oz./day of whole milk + milk products/day.

In brief: Self-feeding with a
spoon, spilling some, is a 15-mo.
self-help/adaptive milestone,spilling very little by 20 mos. Let him play with a spoon ~ 10-11 mos.; hold his elbow up & help him dip ~ 14 mos. Hold a double-handled, open mouth cup for him to drink water ~ 10 mos.; ~ 12 mos. when weaning from a bottle, he can hold the cup,& drink with lip closure, a maximum of 16-21 oz./day of whole milk + milk products/day.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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