You and your daughter seem to be doing fine. I'm glad to hear you are letting her try things out even though it's probably a little messy.
You and your daughter seem to be doing fine. I'm glad to hear you are letting her try things out even though it's probably a little messy. Your daughter is exploring and learning every minute, including during meals. When she waves her plate around, or drops things on the floor or smashes food in her hand, it is all about learning.
Over time she will learn about mealtime, food texture, and taste, and eventually meals will become routine. As she develops and gains skills, she will get much better at doing things on her own. Each child is different, but you can generally expect that your daughter will figure out how to use a spoon and fork over the next year. Most children are 3 or 4 before they have the coordination to use a fork and spoon well without regularly making a mess.
At 13 months your daughter will do better using her hands. She'll need your help with a spoon and fork for a while. I would continue to let her hold her spoon and keep trying. At first, may toddler
s hold a spoon with one hand and eat with the other. But remember, each meal is a chance to learn. With your patience and guidance she is learning all about her world, including mealtime.