Can you believe that children as young as two are learning to use utensils like forks and knives? It's true. A study conducted by the University of Chicago found that toddlers who were allowed to practice using a spoon, fork, or knife were more likely to make progress in other areas such as language development and communication skills. If your child is at least two years old, you can start letting them play with these types of utensils with supervision so they won't hurt themselves.
Babies are not born with any eating pattern. They eat whenever they are hungry, and this is often unpredictable. Babies can be picky eaters or even refuse to eat altogether at times. So babies learn to manipulate food in their hands so that it gets into their mouth. This is an important skill. The natural progression is then to use cutlery.
When it comes to children using cutlery set, there are a few things you can do in order to make sure your child is successful. The first thing you should consider when buying a cutlery set for your child is size. The handle and the weight of the utensils will have an impact on how well they are able to use them. You want something that feels comfortable for them, but at the same time, not too light where they could easily drop it or feel like their movements aren't being translated properly into what's happening with the food.
Based on our reviews, here are the common reasons of a why you need to use cutlery set for your kids as well as some tips for parents on how to guide them with these changes:
1. Children Don't Like Plastic Spoon
Plastic spoons and forks that are used for children’s cutlery sets may seem safe and convenient when feeding a baby. But, those spoons can break in your kid’s mouth and lead to injury or choking.
It’s best to use stainless steel cutlery sets designed for kids. They aren’t prone to breaking, and often have the advantage of being coated for safety and comfort. Our cutlery set has a knife that has some sharpness to it which the customers love because their kids love to cut their own food. Perfectly sized for their hands, makes it easily distinguishable from the grown-up utensils. Charmingly sized for kids’ smaller hands, these metal cutlery help develop fine motor skills as children transition from finger foods to using knives, forks, and spoons.
And remember, most plastic utensils are made of polystyrene, which can release toxic chemicals when heated. Everyday plastic kitchen items like spoons, spatulas, and whisks might be damaging your liver or thyroid, according to scientists. They say the plastic utensils produce harmful toxic byproducts that can get into food when they are used at high temperatures and may be poisonous.
2. They Like To Use Their Parents Utensils And Makes Them feel like Adult
Have you ever caught your child copying you? It's a funny thing how kids copy their parents. Whether it be the way they talk, walk or even dress, kids are always trying to be like mom and dad. It can be a fun moment, but it can also be frustrating. This is all normal and natural for children.
Your children are always watching what you do. They see how you handle stress. Children learn a lot from just watching what their parents do. By teaching your children with same stainless steel cutlery set, they can easily adapt and makes feel more confident eating with utensils.
New utensils intrigues them, more willing to eat and eat by themselves
It's always exciting to see your kids' faces light up when they get something new. Kids are always so happy when they get a new toy. They may not show it right away but once they start playing with their new toy they will have an instant smile on their face.
Because the are always happy when they get something new. Whether it is a toy, clothes, or even food - kids love to show off what they have and share their joy with others.
The thing about parenting is that there are so many things you do for your kids, but sometimes it's easy to forget the little things. From mommy and me yoga classes to making sure they're eating healthy, we always want our children to have a happy and fulfilled life. But one of the most important aspects of raising a child is their early development in terms of social skills.
The latest phenomena when it comes to encouraging children to eat what's on their plate or to "open wide" (if they're a baby) is making meal time more fun in the hope of getting kids to engage with what they're eating
3. Improve their motor skills
Children’s hands progress from reflex to purposeful use and intricate control. They progress from unconscious movement to conscious movement. When you first place something in a baby’s hand, the hand closes and holds it tight. This is not something the baby thinks about. It just happens. This is an important skill.
The natural progression is then to use cutlery. Eating a meal while using cutlery is how to prepare a child for school. This is an essential progression so children can hold and use pencils properly when they get to school. We cannot expect a child to hold a pencil when they cannot hold a spoon.
Think about the utensils you are using. Spoons or forks with thick and/or textured handles are easier to hold. A spoon or fork with a short handle is easier to control. Consider the weight of the cutlery. Sometimes something heavier can be easier to control. Infants and young children need time and repetition to gain skills. The more difficult the skill, the more practice, practice, practice! Give your child opportunities for practice every day.