How to Train a Toddler to Eat by Himself

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Generally getting a toddler to eat by themselves isn't the problem but training them to use utensils and to not throw things can be quite a task. Train a toddler to eat by himself with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina, and this is how to train a toddler to eat by himself. Generally getting a toddler to eat by themselves isn't the problem but training them to use utensils and to not throw things can be quite a task. If you've been feeding your baby up to this point they probably have a good idea of how to feed themselves and it's safe to put either on a plate or on their high chair tray so they can start picking things up for themselves and also how to use a utensil. When you set the table it's a good idea to grab several child utensils and also a wet washcloth for wiping hands. This way when they throw their utensils or get their hands covered in something sticky you can quickly take care of the situation and pass them a new utensil and wipe their hands. If your toddler keeps setting down their utensil in favor of using their hands to eat, don't get frustrated, this might take quite some time. Just keep reminding them to pick up their utensil and showing them how you use it. They'll eventually get the hang of it. If they're throwing food it can be a helpful tip to only put small amounts of food on their tray at a time. That way if they do decide to throw their food there's not much there to throw. When teaching your child to eat by themselves all it really takes is patience and persistence. Thanks for watching.

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