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March 22nd, 2011, 06:44 AM
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Levi is starting to deny food if he can't feed himself. Doesn't want anything off a spoon and really wants to eat his food with a fork. Problem is, he doesn't have the patience to even get close to doing it. The utensils just end up as drumsticks, then he screams at his food.

How do you help teach a LO to use utensils? I'm not even sure what hand dominant he is. He uses both it seems.

What utensils do you use for your LOs? None of the forks seem to be stabby enough and the handles still seem too long/thin for his abilities.
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March 22nd, 2011, 06:49 AM
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We have some Minnie ones we found at Walmart that Abby likes. The handles are thicker for small hands and the fork part is metal so it actually holds food.

They also sell the curved forks, suppose to be easier to get to the mouth but we never used them.

Sometimes I poke the food onto the fork and then hand it to Abby and she puts it in her mouth.
Sometimes I use two forks. She has one that she tries to do herself and I have one that I poke the food on and let her do or I sneak one in every once in awhile when she's working on doing her own. lol
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March 22nd, 2011, 06:59 AM
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We use the take and toss forks and spoons (plastic and dull) and mostly stab it for her, she does like to pretend it's a shovel and that works.

We also have this spoon, fork, and knife set with super fat, round, textures handles, and their metal, those the fork's prongs in the middle are sharper to actually pierce the food, but the outside two are rounded more and are a bit longer.. I'll try to find a picture.. She does really well with this one..

here it is:

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March 22nd, 2011, 09:26 AM
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^ We have those too. We also have some Gerber utensils that are metal but don't have the rounded edge which tends to make it easier for them to poke with.

Honestly I don't have any suggestions. We just kind of let him go at his food at he always makes a huge mess. This morning I gave him yogurt with a spoon and now he's a hot crusty mess. I don't make a big deal about the mess I just tell him "use your spoon, not your hand" and then he tries to take a couple bites and is right back to using his hand. He hates being fed by us unless he's tired so I would rather clean the mess than deal with him fighting food.
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March 22nd, 2011, 09:55 AM
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This morning I gave him yogurt with a spoon and now he's a hot crusty mess. I don't make a big deal about the mess I just tell him "use your spoon, not your hand" and then he tries to take a couple bites and is right back to using his hand. He hates being fed by us unless he's tired so I would rather clean the mess than deal with him fighting food.
I would never think to just let him go at it with yogurt. I think part of it is because we don't have a washer... all I can think is "well that's going to sit in the dirty all week stinking!"

Now that it's starting to get warmer out, I should just have him in a diaper and wash him down when he's done.
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March 22nd, 2011, 10:45 AM
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We have the take and toss and the ones Nicole posted a picture of, I hate both! Neither work well. The take and toss aren't sharp enough and it just falls off and the other ones are pretty much the same. The fat ends make the food just fall off and it's more frustrating than good.
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March 22nd, 2011, 11:03 AM
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This is the type we like. They come in many many different characters.

Walmart.com: The First Years - 4 Piece Toddler Feeding Set, Disney Toy Story, BPA Free: Feeding
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March 22nd, 2011, 12:44 PM
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We have the take and toss and the ones Nicole posted a picture of, I hate both! Neither work well. The take and toss aren't sharp enough and it just falls off and the other ones are pretty much the same. The fat ends make the food just fall off and it's more frustrating than good.
Really??? We've have yet to have a problem, other than with steak... They've poked into everything, and nothing falls off anymore often than the reg. metal gerber ones and the cartoon character ones...

We have a lot of kids silverware here.

I do highly believe in stripping down to a diaper at meal time, and tossing kids into the sink for a rinse down after. Do you know how much it stinks that the boys aren't little enough to do this with anymore???
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March 22nd, 2011, 12:54 PM
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Yeah, the take and toss are too flat with the prong things and is just falls off and the others are two fat with those round nubbies. I like the spoons for take and toss, those the baby ones are too small now.

We have a lot of silverware too for the kids. My favorites are mine from when I was little. LOL
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March 22nd, 2011, 01:22 PM
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Right now Xander doesn't use any utensils so I have no advice.

Sorry
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March 22nd, 2011, 03:22 PM
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Lucy just uses the same as Jassie. They are like ours but smaller. She does really good with them.

These ones, except we have also have the knife for Jassie.

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March 22nd, 2011, 11:22 PM
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So after I posted this I took the kids to Trader Joes and put a bucket hat on Abe to hide his crusted yogurt hair... Yes, I am too lazy to bath the kids by myself at this point in my pregnancy and I'm not ashamed to admit it to you ladies. ...and wouldn't you know it that the cashier took his hat off his head in an attempt to get him to smile. Who does that?! Normally I wouldn't have cared but since I allowed my child to go out in public looking like a filthy heathen, I was mortified. So what did I do? I pretended that it was perfectly normal that his blonde hair was purple and crusty

I hope this sends you into a laughing fit that will break your water
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March 23rd, 2011, 06:10 AM
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March 23rd, 2011, 06:19 AM
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Hayley! It's been a few months where if Levi is going to get a bath, it's DH that has to do it.

Thanks for the suggestions! We have the ones with the rubber handles and metal tips and some plain metal ones. Maybe he's just not ready... I feel like he needs something much fatter and shorter . I feel bad for him, though, he really wants to be able to do it, but doesn't put any effort in before he gets frustrated.
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