Feeding toddlers seems to be a common theme for this blog, but we do it 4 or 5 times a day, so it is a huge part of our lives! Recently the girls have decided that toddler bowls, spoons and forks are not good enough for them. It doesn't matter that they have to exact same food as we do in a bowl on their trays, they still want whatever is on mommy or daddy's plates. They cannot be convinced that we haven't conspired to save the good food for ourselves and the yucky food for them. So what do we do, of course, we get into the habit of feeding them from our plates.
This worked for awhile. Then they no longer wanted to be fed from our plates, they wanted to drink from our cups (fortunately Eric and I pretty much stick to milk, juice or water), use our utensils, and sit in our chairs. So to try to get a peaceful meal on a regular basis (who are we kidding?), we let them eat from our plates, drink from our cups and use our utensils. We realized this routine had gone a bit too far when we recently found ourselves eating from their toddler bowls and using their toddler spoons and forks, while the girls happily sat in their chairs with our plates and forks and spoons on their trays, eating away. I don't think either of us used their sippy cups, but I can't be sure.
So for now I have started to let them eat out of "big girl" bowls aka cereal bowls, and they seem to be ok with that. We also bring extra "big people" utensils with us to the table in case we have to give up one of ours, steak knives excluded of course.
At least the food flinging stage seems to be less. We went to a restaurant last week and I only have to pick up one lemon wedge from the floor instead of 50 pieces of whatever like we have had to do in the past. We will see if this trend continues!