When do they "get" cutlery?

Oh, we're done with all that vegetable-steaming and mess, our children are cutlery-wielding, spaghetti-chomping angels... at least some of the time.

When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby BigFlower » 24 Aug 2012, 18:23

Apart from a brief spell of enthusiams around 15 months DD is not really one for cutlery. Even stuff like cous cous and mince she prefers to eat with her fingers.

She has a knife/fork/spoon etc at each meal and we obviously use cutlery by way of example but even when I prompt her she's ntot bothered. She might pick up the form and use it for one bite but that's pretty much it.

When did others get it?!

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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby robyn » 24 Aug 2012, 18:53

G is amazing with cutlery, and has been since about a year, she's as good with it as her sister who's only just started using it properly and she just turned 5! So from experience they figure it out when they want to!
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby DIMDongMerrily » 24 Aug 2012, 19:08

Isaac and Dylan probably use cutlery about as much as each other. Isaac, to me, seems very good at using it (for his age), and Dylan knows how to use it but just chooses not to. He was very good with cutlery when he was about the same age as Isaac is now, but he chooses not to display those skills most of the time :wink:

I wouldn't worry, she probably won't be ten and still eating couscous with her fingers :wink:
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby FestiveTidings » 24 Aug 2012, 19:25

I think it's a patience thing. Roo will have a go, get fed up and start using his hands. He's been doing that since about 13 months? (now 18 months). On certain things like peas and sweetcorn he will give up very easily but hands me the fork to load for him and leave at the side of his plate.

Lately though he wants fed off the big forks that we use and not the diddly ones they use. A year of BLW and my son wants "spoonfed". The shame :oops: <gathers up belongings and prepares to leave the forum>.
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby Louisianablue2000 » 24 Aug 2012, 21:01

Despite the video of DD2 using a fork very efficiently aged 12 months we still have to remind her regularly to use cutlery now aged three.
See DD1's first few meals here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisianab ... 629434614/
See DD2's weaning video here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisianab ... 826217940/

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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 24 Aug 2012, 21:04

Munchie uses them when she wants! She's more than capable (just over 2 years) but sometimes even yoghurt is best eaten with hands! :mona
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby BLTMama » 24 Aug 2012, 22:26

Badger was TERRIBLE with cutlery (search "badger+cutlery" for TONS of hand-wringing threads) and even now at 30 months she's still just as likely to use her cutlery for percussion as eating. She's okay with a spoon and a little better with a fork, and can even use a butter knife on things like bananas, although not with great accuracy.

I think it's just a personality thing -- her fine motor skills are perhaps a bit behind average but nothing concerning. Like anything else, they get it when they get it, and as I've said before, I'm reasonably certain she won't be eating her wedding dinner with her hands. :D
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby Efficient_Edna » 25 Aug 2012, 06:09

Same as above. A got it around 12 months but often prefers to use her hands. It doesn't bother me.

After being to the Maldives once and seeing the locals eating curry and rice with just their hands it kind of cured me of seeing cutlery as essential anyway!!
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby Toasty Crumpet » 25 Aug 2012, 06:16

Crumpet mostly holds the fork, or spoon, in one hand then uses the other hand to put the food in her mouth. Hopefully the cutlery thing will click soon!
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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby Louisianablue2000 » 25 Aug 2012, 08:40

BadgersMommy wrote:I think it's just a personality thing -- her fine motor skills are perhaps a bit behind average but nothing concerning.


Definitely personality and not fine motor skills, DD2 can handle scissors like a demon but prefers to eat her food with her fingers despite having years of competence with a fork and spoon.
See DD1's first few meals here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisianab ... 629434614/
See DD2's weaning video here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisianab ... 826217940/

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Re: When do they "get" cutlery?

Postby BigFlower » 25 Aug 2012, 17:41

Ahh thanks everyone. Will chill out about it!! Sounds really normal, yay!
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