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How to Teach a Baby to Eat With a Spoon

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Amanda Delgado has been a freelance writer since 2008. She has written for a variety of online publications, covering topics such as travel, dog health and behavior, medical conditions and parenting. Delgado holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology.
How to Teach a Baby to Eat With a Spoon
A baby is holding a spoon in his hands. Photo Credit monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Babies start developing the hand-eye coordination they need to feed themselves with a spoon when they’re between 8 and 11 months old. If your baby tries to grab your spoon or imitates you while you’re eating, she’s ready to tackle this new skill. She probably won’t master it until after her first birthday, so be prepared to provide plenty of help and encouragement. Use spoons made specifically for babies since these are smaller and easier for her to grip.

Step 1

Prepare foods that are easy for your baby to eat with a spoon, such as infant cereal or mashed bananas. If you use jarred baby foods, mix a small amount of cereal into the food to keep it from dripping off the spoon.

Step 2

Give your baby an empty spoon and hold one in your hand. Bring the spoon to your mouth to show her how to use it. Let her practice with her spoon a few times or give her your spoon if she reaches out for it.

Step 3

Place the food in front of your toddler and let her dip her spoon into it. Help her scoop some onto the spoon if she’s having trouble or put some on the spoon you’re holding and switch spoons with her.

Step 4

Praise her when she uses the spoon correctly and stay calm when she misses or drops food. Let her take the next spoonful and continue practicing for the rest of the meal. Make sure she’s getting enough to eat. If most of her food ends up on the tray or floor, feed her spoonfuls in between her attempts to feed herself.

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