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“My daughter is 18 months. She has been trying to use forks and spoons for a while now but the food always tips of and ends up in her lap. She gets very cranky if I try to help her. Does anyone have any tips or even good brands of kids cutlery that help them to hold it & actually get the food into their mouth? Thanks so much. Nicole” How do you teach your child to use cutlery?

Posted by Nicole, 18/04/13

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  • you can get kids cutlery from Kmart and good quality ones too.


  • Buy the kids cutlery. The are like adult cutlery but slightly smaller. We bought some from Harris Scarfe but have seen them in other stores. They are good training cutlery.


  • Make sure there are others around her using cutlery also. make sure she watches you using cutlery.


  • I started my kids when they were in their highchair we always sit down to eat dinner together so give then a knife & fork and help them use it they catch on quickly.My kids could mange OK by age 5 Good luck


  • Thanks heaps ! Wondering this myself.


  • Get kid size cutlery yes start off with a spoon first. Most importantly let her know tat it is ok if the food falls off the cutlery that it’s ok to make a mess. Let her see you eating also so she can learn through seeing and doing.


  • You can pick up sets from cheap shops which have moulded hand grips or maybe try e bay. Let her do this and also use her hands. She will learn soon enough


  • would use a deep spoon- can buy them nearly any supermarket, or one spoon for the child and one for you?


  • I used the baby range from big w. It was good because they were smaller and easy to use. It just takes time she will get there.


  • A spoon is a good way to start It will get better with less mess with more practice


  • Little ones are copy cats. Start slowly, I suggest with a spoon for now. She will most likely copy you. Be patient, I’m sure it will come naturally to her in a while


  • Practice makes perfect. Let them make a mess! They’ll get there eventually :)


  • They just need practice.. It won’t take long


  • Teach her the correct way to hold it!


  • their dexterity does take a while. just persist with encouragement.


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