rafael is becoming 1 in a week and officially entering the toddler stage! can you believe how fast time flies? yesterday i grabbed a leaflet from three sixty about feeding toddlers and it says:
let them explore, forget table manners for a moment
far too often we get overly concerned about the way toddlers eat and handle their food, and we get upset with "poor table manners" with not much eaten. remember that they are in an exploratory stage when they learn by seeing, touching, smelling, and tasting their food. this is how they establish their library of information on food. so let them explore freely, let them touch with their fingers so they can feel the texture. trying to impose table manners at this stage may turn off their interests totally. there will be time for table manners later on.
rafael had started learning using his 5 senses to feel the alphabet pasta quite a while ago. and a month ago, i also let him actually try feeding himself with a spoon. i was surprised that he could actually aim at his mouth pretty accurately! it turned out to be quite a mess of course, with congee everywhere, on the shirt, the highchair and the floor. rafael, next time i will surely put on a disposable mat on the ground before trying again so mommy can let you explore as freely as possible with your food while simplifying the after-math!