Stage 2 - Fork And Spoon - Purple
The Nana's Manners Stage 2 Fork And Spoon sets are designed for toddlers aged 12 months plus. The fork and spoon sets are shaped especially to focus on supporting children's confidence-building whilst learning to eat foods independently. The handles are soft to touch, very comfortable, and perfectly sized to support your child's first introduction to using the left and right utensils as children learn to confidently develop their hand-to-eye co-ordination when eating.
The Fork and Spoon set's encouraging the use of Palmer Grasp whilst supporting the development of Pincer Grip movement - using the index fingers and thumb. This encourages and supports early fine motor skill development. Where children begin to develop and strengthen their smaller muscles. To support movements of the hands that require precise controls.
This set is suitable for children aged 12 months +
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
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From baby to toddler, our stage 2 range is perfectly designed to build confidence. It is a delight to watch children's confidence grow as they start to do more themselves. Our products are perfectly shaped, easy to grasp, fun and easy to use whilst supporting your child's development.
Fork and spoon
Perfectly shaping for little mouths learning to eat by themselves.
Soft to touch and easy to grip supporting Palmer and Pincer grip hand movements.
Designed to support toddlers build confidence at mealtimes.
Stage 2 sets develop children confidence aged 12 month plus in eating, using the Palmer Grasp whilst supporting the development of Pincer Grip movement - using the index fingers and thumb. This encourages and supports early fine motor skill development where children begin to develop and strengthen their smaller muscles to support movements of the hands that require precise controls.
When do I know my child is ready to use utensils for eating?
Babies are often keen to get involved in feeding themselves from 6-9 months. Between 9 and 13 months their hand to mouth coordination will be developing and they will start to be able to finger feed themselves with soft foods. Between 12 and 24 months, children are often keen to be feeding themselves independently. They will have been watching you eating closely and keen to copy what they see! This is a good point to introduce a spoon first for eating soft, but not too runny foods, such as thicker yoghurts. These will be more likely to stay on the spoon in the journey from the pot to their mouth! Our Stage 2 handles are designed perfectly for little hands and the unique shape supports your child’s grip as it develops over this time. Once they are enjoying using the spoon, a fork can then be introduced to allow them to stab small pieces of soft food, such as cooked vegetables, cut up to the size suitable for them to eat. It is normal for children to get to grips with a fork slightly later, often 2-3yrs old. It will take them some time to realise the job the fork does versus the spoon, but they’ll have great fun discovering this on their journey!
How do I know my child is ready to use knife and fork?
Using a knife and fork in coordination is a significant step in their motor skills development. From 3yrs - 5yrs old, children are learning to cut and spread with a knife. It can take some time beyond this before they are completely independent in confidently cutting up all their meals and eating truly all by themselves. Our Stage 3 cutlery is routinely used by children from 3yrs – 10yrs old to support their fine motor skill development and independent eating.
Why is using a knife and fork important?
Eating with fingers is the natural first step for any baby. It is the most effective way to eat certain foods; as adults many of us still get sticky fingers tucking into pizza, burgers and chips! Learning to eat with cutlery is an important step in child development. When children start school, many will have hot lunches and be expected to cut up and eat their food independently. Not being able to use cutlery at this point would be a hindrance – there are simply not enough staff to be cutting up every child’s food in the dinner hall! Using a knife and fork correctly involves the ‘tri-grip’ – using the thumb and first two fingers on each hand. These are the same muscles used in pencil grip and using cutlery is an excellent way to support fine motor skill development. Many Occupational Therapists use and recommend our Stage 3 cutlery for exactly this reason. This is also why is it used in nurseries and schools. Using it for 20 minutes for two meals a day adds up to a good few hours of extra fine motor skill practice each week! There are other reasons this is important too. Encouraging children to be fully engaged and part of mealtimes helps support the development of a healthy attitude towards food as well as developing their social skills. If they are physically confident in their ability to eat what is on their plate they will be more likely to try new foods and persevere in eating more of what is served to them.
What other equipment would help me when my toddler starts becoming more confident at feeding themselves?
If you thought the weaning stage was messy things are about to step up a notch! They will likely become determined to feed themselves so be prepared – it is wonderful to watch! A good bib (and avoiding white clothing in general) is a good tip. You will also need a plate that stays put on the table – one with good sides that they can use to help them scoop food onto their spoon and stops the food rolling away when they use the fork is essential.
What else I can do to help my child learn to use their knife and fork to eat independently?
It is important to support your child physically when they are learning a new skill. Sit them at a table in a chair that supports their back. It is also important that their feet are on the floor. Next time you eat with cutlery try lifting your feet into the air as you do it – tough to balance isn’t it?!? A chair that supports their feet is great. If you don’t have one, then placing a box on the floor under their feet does the job. - Setting the table in the same way with the utensils in the same place will help them familiarise themselves with the process and make them more comfortable, knowing what to expect at each meal. - Use a bowl or plate with higher sides when they are learning to scoop with a spoon or a fork. This will help them get the food onto the utensil more easily. - Use a plate with raised size to help keep the food on the plate as they’re learning to cut, but ensure the sides are not too raised to limit the angle of the knife. - Start as you mean to go on. Using our finger stickers that come with our Stage 3 sets for the first few uses ensures that your child will place their index fingers correctly. The shape of the handles will then support everything else.