Teaching a toddler to use a spoon can drive a mother to put her head through a wall. It is messy, and it is (for a long time) an exercise in futility. But with my daughter, I'm having some success using peanut butter. I put a teaspoon-size dollop on her high chair, give her a baby spoon, and let her go at it. Because it isn't runny, she is able to have success much more quickly, and it's (slightly) less messy than practicing on, say, apple sauce. Mmmmm, and she smells so good afterwards I could just eat her up!
Of course, peanut allergies are nothing to mess around with, so be sure you talk to your pediatrician before trying out this little exercise.
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