I am sad to say that we missed Roo’s sensitive period for feeding himself. He was taking the spoon and trying to feed himself around seven or eight months, and I was just not ready for the chaos. So I took the spoon back and taught him not to take it from me. I’m annoyed at myself.
For the last few months he has been feeding himself with his hands a la ‘baby led weaning’. It’s time for him to learn to use cutlery! When our friends K & J gave Roo some money for his baptism & birthday I was thrilled to learn that they were thinking of baby cutlery… perfect. This afternoon his new, infant-sized cutlery arrived in the mailbox.
The cutlery set came beautifully packaged. Pictures of the unwrapping:
Roo’s new cutlery is from Montessori At Home, and I ordered it over the internet because I didn’t have confidence I could find appropriate sized cutlery in the standard stores. I was pretty sure the cutlery we already had from Roo’s older brother was too large, chunky and awkward. Despite having been warned, I was surprised to see how small the set I ordered really is. It’s beautifully designed and made. Light and yet with a certain heft. Meghan made the gorgeous cutlery wallet after consulting me on my preferences (which were ‘colourful’ and ‘gender-neutral’). I helped Roo eat with the fork and spoon this evening, and they worked very well for him. I look forward to seeing him start to use them himself!