Sheridan has great aim. When he wants to put the spoon in his mouth, he does it well. But, part of learning to self feed means starting by exploring and playing with the food.
So, we let him explore. Which means he grabs a fist full of food and squishes it, throws it on the floor, wipes it in his hair, smears it all over the table, throws the spoon(s) on the floor, or all of the above.
But, through this play and exploration, he's learning to independently use the spoon, scoop the food, and bring it to his mouth.
We really try to encourage him to do this as much as possible, but it's not something we can do at every meal very single day. Why you ask?
Case in point... this morning's breakfast:
Porridge + Blueberries = Yummy
Blueberries + White Shirt = Mommy's Poor Planning (and a tough load of laundry)
Notice... he does a nice job of carefully placing the spoon in the bowl so he can scoop...
Of course, he needs to take a step back for a moment to assess his
Then, of course, there's the ceremonial throwing of the spoon...
This is where spoons go to die...
He always looks so proud of himself...
And I'll admit... I'm proud of him, too. He's actually doing really well with spoon and fork feeding.
But, alas, not every breakfast can be this way. So it will take some time. But he's making great progress!
I do have one question for anybody out there who might have suggestions...
Sheridan doesn't eat from his fingers/hands. In other words, no matter what food I put in front of him (cut up fruit, cereal Os, crackers, even his porridge), he won't pick it up with his fingers/hands and put it in his mouth. He will pick it up and tear everything to tiny crumbs, or sweep everything off the table, or pick each piece up one by one, look at it, and then throw it onto the ground. Every once in a great while I notice that he's got a cereal O in his mouth, but he really won't eat out of his own hands/fingers. But he will feed me. He just won't put it in his own mouth.
I've heard that this is often how it starts, but it's been going on for some time now. Any ideas for how I can encourage him to eat with his hands? We always put items out on the table with every meal. Any other suggestions?
I'm sure one day I'll complain that he only wants to eat with his hands and won't use his fork... but right now we're having the exact opposite issue.