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When can my toddler use a fork?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 12-18 months

Most kids can start around a year old and then just need plenty of practice.

In brief: 12-18 months

Most kids can start around a year old and then just need plenty of practice.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Be sure to start with child-safe forks!
Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 18-24 months

This is the age when most children learn to use a spoon well.
And for early attempts with a fork. Inevitably, there will be drops and spills. Welcome, don't discourage, messes as they master these tools. It's great for kids to have their own small fork with dull prongs and dishes with sides to push against. Cut bite-sized pieces for them to pick up with fork.

In brief: 18-24 months

This is the age when most children learn to use a spoon well.
And for early attempts with a fork. Inevitably, there will be drops and spills. Welcome, don't discourage, messes as they master these tools. It's great for kids to have their own small fork with dull prongs and dishes with sides to push against. Cut bite-sized pieces for them to pick up with fork.
Dr. Alan Greene
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