Rachel refuses to have anything to do with feeding herself. Even when I load the spoon she won't pick it up & I even walk away at times, she still won't lift it to her mouth - she just puts her hands in the bowl smearing it every where . she won't close her hand around the handle. She will feed herself finger foods , things she can hold - but the whole spoon thing is a no no. Help - any ideas xSusan
Last Edit: Jan 19, 2009 22:44:18 GMT by mum2rachel
We did a lot of hand over hand with Daniel to show him - used lots of repetive language - 'good scooping' etc... LOADS of ridiculous amounts of clapping when he did the smallest bit himself...tried a few different spoons (his fave are the metal ones rather than plastic). Does Rachel like to 'feed' dolls/teddies /mummy etc? Then she can practice the spoon holding. It will come - it took a while with Daniel who could feed himself ANYTHING with his hands, but now he's pretty good at using spoon/fork. xx
I have the same problem with trying to get Jasmine to hold her bottle. She will put a spoon in her mouth, with or without food in it but wouldn't think to put it back in the bowl and I am not brave enough to leave the dish of food on her table as her favorite game at the moment is dropsy. So basically I'm not much help but I'd like to know how others have encouraged it.
Tommy Tippee do a suction mat and dish which is quite good at keeping the dish on the table... it can be pulled off eventually though!! You can also get spoons with suction pads and plastic wires attatched so they can't be thrown... xx