I planned to teach a child to eat with a spoon by the time he was two years old. But when, one year and one month later, my son began to take an active interest in this cutlery, I decided not to miss the moment and start learning. It was built on several very important principles for us.
I set myself the condition that the child should eat on their own. Of course, it was obvious that the baby could hardly feed himself the first time. The essence was as follows: I gave the child a spoon and a plate of food, and he tried to feed himself.
Naturally, at first he did little. He took a spoon in his hand and simply picked at her food. When the baby’s powers were running out, and he didn’t want to wield cutlery, I started to feed him with another spoon.
At first, the child often threw a spoon and began to eat with his hands. It was quite understandable – he was able to control his hands very well, which cannot be said about a spoon. I was quite calm about this. Having taken his mouth with food, the baby again grabbed the spoon.
Over time, the child learned to hold a spoon and even bring it to his mouth. Further more – attempts to bring part of the food in the spoon began to turn out. The perseverance of the baby and constant training did their job.
2. Continuity and consistency
Baby learning has become continuous. He trained his skills during every meal. He really liked it. The sequence consisted in the fact that the training we began with a thicker food, which was easier to bring to the mouth. Gradually, the baby learned to keep the spoon level and carry more liquid food in it.
This principle was difficult for me. Meals began to take a lot of time. There were a lot of other things to do. Therefore, there was often a desire to quit and feed the child itself. But at the last moment I forced myself to hold back.
3. Good examples
The main example of proper eating and eating at a table for a child was me. My son and I combined all breakfasts, lunches and dinners. In addition to learning to eat with a spoon, I tried to teach the baby accuracy. Again, by example.
Before the meal, we washed the pens together. Only after that they sat at the table. If the kid was smearing himself or the table, I explained to him that this is not good, that none of the adults do this, and he, too, must learn to be careful.
I have always been of the opinion (and I continue to do this) that for every success of a child, he certainly needs to be praised. So baby understands that he is moving in the right direction. Praise becomes an incentive for him.
When my son did something, I always marked it out loud. I said what a clever he was that he managed to do it. And the next time he did the same, but much more confidently, because he knew that it was right.
This item concerned me. It was I who needed to accumulate it in order to withstand this difficult, but at the same time very interesting period, which lasted more than two months.
It is now I am happy that my child has become more independent, and I have a little more free time. But after the first attempts to eat with a spoon, I had to wash the table, the area around it, the child, and sometimes myself from the food that fell and scattered from the spoon.
Important! For successful learning it is necessary that the child first gets hungry. Otherwise, it is likely that the meal process will simply turn into a game.