Teaching your child to self-feed… easy enough, right? Not usually. It’s a slow process, and often takes teaching over the course of many months. My son is just now 13 months, and started self-feeding quite a bit around 8 months. He has great motor skills at this point to use his pinchers with both hands to grab foods. However, he’s really lacking teeth so he’s still eating a decent amount of pureed food.
I wanted to start getting a spoon in his hand. I know that most littles don’t really “self feed” with a spoon and fork until about 18 months and up, but being proactive never hurt anyone!
That’s where the Kizingo spoon comes in. They were kind enough to send me a trial spoon in “kiwi” (the spoon comes in a variety of colors.) The design of this spoon works so well to help babies get the right angle to actually get food into their mouths. I particularly liked that the spoon itself wasn’t a deep spoon, because my LO seems to have some issues getting food off of spoons that have a deep cup.
I started putting things onto the spoon that are thick and would stay on (peanut butter and cream cheese were great for starters.) My son did so much better than I expected! With some coaching, he got this into his mouth a few times on his own. I’m sure he’ll continue to improve as the months go on.
Kizingo Kids uses #whykizingo and explains that self-feeding is essential in helping to avoid childhood obesity. “Of children aged 2-5 years old, nearly 23% are overweight or obese. Among those that are, there is a 60% chance that they will stay overweight or obese throughout childhood, and into adolescence. There is a large and growing body of research that show that the period of time when kids are learning to self-feed – when they are transitioning to solid foods – is a crucial period when food habits are established.”
I’ve often wondered if I’m ever under/over-feeding my LO. I really let him guide me in when he’s hungry or had enough, and that seems to have worked well. As he starts self-feeding more and more, he’ll be able to learn his limitations on his own. Having a good tool for him to learn to self-feed will no doubt help this process. A standard straight-handled spoon certainly wouldn’t work as well for him as this curved spoon has.
So thanks to Kizingo for a product that seems very feasible! Can’t wait to see these on the shelves. For now, you can purchase them here.
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