During these years, your toddler will stop picking up his food with his fingers and learn to use utensils.
You’re going to want to encourage this new-found skill by providing him with easy-to-use, toddler-friendly starter forks and spoons.
Whether you choose plastic or a coated metal, find kid-friendly products in the baby aisle at Brookshire’s.
Toddler utensils are shorter, making it easier for your little one to navigate his food into his mouth.
They’re plastic or coated metal, so in case he misses, he can’t hurt himself (or you.)
Often, they’re curved to help him negotiate the space between his arm and the angle to get the food into his mouth.
Having contoured handles or grips also helps your toddler hold on to his fork and spoon more easily.
Generally speaking, your toddler might start out “dipping” his utensil into his food before he starts scooping or spearing his food, but that’s developmentally appropriate. He’ll work up to the finer points of eating with utensils. Just keep providing them for him, modeling the correct way to use them, and he’ll be a pro before you know it.