Your Toddler and Utensils
Food Association and Fine Motor Skills
So The Learning Cottage directors stressed to you the importance of utensils when your little one turned one... Here's why:
When Do Toddlers Start Self-Feeding?
Type of Development: Fine Motor Skills
Your toddler may be at a risk for poor coordination of oral structures or delayed motor skills if he is:
- unable to eat food without gagging or choking post 12 months
- has trouble moving food around in his mouth
- has difficulty chewing or swallowing
Watch out for any food intolerance or allergy, which can lead to a lack of interest in eating and feeding. Rashes, hives, and wheezing are obvious signs that a food allergy may be to blame, but also look for subtler signs, such as a runny nose, circles under the eyes, swollen lips, and waking up with a stuffy nose. If no one else in the house has a cold and the symptoms seemed to start after you introduced a certain food, your child may be having trouble with a particular item in his diet. If you notice any of these issues, discuss them with your pediatrician.