Xavier’s First Chipotle
Carole and I took Xavier out to Chipotle tonight for dinner – his first trip. Given his father’s love of the restaurant, its actually somewhat surprising that we haven’t gotten him there before. He had rice and carnitas, feeding himself from the lid of Carole’s bol. Of course, being 11 months old (today!) a lot more rice ended up on the floor than in him – but that’s to be expected I guess.
Which actually brings me to a question for the other parents out there. At what age did you let your child feed himself/herself?
Apparently Carole’s sister didn’t let her kids feed themselves until about they could maneuver a spoon and fork consistently – i.e. when they’re around 2 years old. Xavier has only a vague idea that things like spoons exist yet, at least as implements of food delivery. To Carole and I, the way he’ll get better at feeding himself is through lots of practice. He’s certainly interested in feeding himself – he’ll only rarely let us spoon food into him, more frequently trying to grab the spoon himself or at least bat it away (ever the defender 😉 ).
So – what say you all? When should children start feeding themselves?