Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

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.

Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby aurorasea » 03 Dec 2013, 06:00

Hi I am new here to this forum.
My toddler is now 22 months + and happily eating on her own, but problem is most of the time she prefers using her hands (hence mess).
How do you get your toddlers eat with utensils, and usually by what age they're happily using utensils properly and not hands?

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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby mamapup » 03 Dec 2013, 06:44

My son is 17 mo ths.And is perfectly.capable of using a spoon or fork but often gets bored and prefers to use his hands. He has been this way since about twelve months maybe with a fork but mastered spoons very early. I think hands are good when they're tired or bored. My puppy also hands me.his spoon or fork sometimes.when he wants me to help.

I think the preferring hands is perfectly normal, dont worry.
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Postby GHJingle » 03 Dec 2013, 06:52

18 almost 19 months, and uses fork or spoon, but she gets bored/tired/can't shovel it in fast enough so returns to hands after a few mouthfuls.
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby scotrail » 03 Dec 2013, 07:05

18m reliably, but that includes daily practice since 6m! Hardly any helping encouraged her to learn I think. Childrens chopsticks for noodles, pasta etc from 26m, they seemed easier to master.
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby PerpetualMadness » 03 Dec 2013, 07:21

The 6.5 yo still very occasionally reverts to hands but it's got noticeably less in the last 12 months. The 3 yo mostly uses cutlery but switches to hands if he thinks it will be quicker. Mainly hands to mainly cutlery happened at some point between 2 and 3 with P and some point between 18 and 30 months with B despite the fact that they could both use all cutlery by about 15 months.
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Postby jvnt » 03 Dec 2013, 07:37

My 4 year old started using cutlery around 3 (ish) my 22 month old has been using it since 12 months - peer pressure and loving your big brother a lot is a wonderful thing!
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby Eriksmom » 03 Dec 2013, 08:55

Erik started using a fork at 13 mo, and got the hang of it by 15 mo.
He had loaded spoons from 6 mo, and got the scooping thing about 15/16 mo.
It's not like he doesn't use hands, but he prefers to have a fork at most meals now, even when he eats a sandwich ;)
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby Lioncub's mama » 03 Dec 2013, 09:19

Definitely a big difference between being able to use cutlery and wanting to use it for every meal here... Lioncub has been pretty good at using spoons/forks when he feels like it for at least a year, but still quite often decides he prefers hand (which is fine by me, i prefer hands for some meals too!)
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby Lily » 03 Dec 2013, 09:20

My 18mo is good with a spoon but doesn't usually bother unless it's something liquid (eg soup) that he can't manage with his hands. He developed the scooping skill quite recently. He likes forks but rarely uses one properly.
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby meerkatsmum » 03 Dec 2013, 10:04

At 26 months, M favors spoons even for things that would be way easier with a fork (like pasta!) When you suggest a fork she uses a spoon. It's actually quite difficult. She can reliably use forks and spoons and does most of the time. She's also started being interested in knives and cutting but isn't able to actually cut anything yet. Sometimes when she's really struggling with a spoon or fork, I suggest she use her fingers! Sometimes hands are just easier and I feel at her age that they're totally acceptable. They all get there eventually, some just need more practice!
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Re: Age your toddlers mastered utensils? Any problems?

Postby StJuniper » 03 Dec 2013, 13:01

Like MKM, I often suggest P use his hands because he's struggling to round something up with a fork/spoon; I guess they're all different and some quickly revert to hands when it's easier while others will persevere much longer with utensils. P was good at stabbing at 13 months, scooping with a spoon by about 17, and more recently figured out scooping with a fork. Knives are on his radar now but I need to get him a kiddy one...
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