Toddler tea time triumphs

Over the last few weeks, Max has suddenly changed. I feel like I no longer have a baby, but a toddler who knows his own mind, is using some words, almost walking – and now feeding himself and drinking from an open cup.

He has been trying to feed himself for a while now – most mealtimes I will give him a fork and spoon along with his dinner, and although most of it still gets eaten with his hands, he has been holding the cutlery and dipping into his food now and then. This weekend however, he actually scooped up cake and custard on his spoon and transferred it to his mouth – not just once but several times. He looked so proud of himself, and I looked at my baby and marvelled at just how much he has grown up lately.

Independent feeding

As for drinks, Max has always had water from the traditional style 2 handled cup with a lid, although he does like to try and grab your cup while you are having a drink, and will drink from an open cup with help, if you control the flow for him. Seems like that might be about to change though, as during dinner last night, he drank from an open cup all by himself. I am so surprised that the drink didn’t go all over him – he sipped slowly and steadily and really didn’t spill any at all. A real toddler tea time triumph!

Learning to drink from an open cup

We didn’t intentionally give Max an open cup – he actually stole his brothers cup one dinner time. After watching Gemma and Jacob sipping their smoothies and saying ‘ahhhhh’ after each mouthful, Max wanted in on the fun!

Do you remember what age your little one was when they started to feed themselves independently?



  1. July 21, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Lovely video. The cup is so huge but he is working it perfectly.
    Well done!

    • kate
      July 21, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      Yes, he stole the cup from his brother!

  2. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    July 21, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    That’s fantastic, go Max! Must try and open cup with my little one on his own during tonight’s dinner, I usually hold it for him but he should be fine now I think, he’ll probably be all wet, not like Max 🙂

    • kate
      July 21, 2014 / 9:03 pm

      I think they all tip it down themselves at some point lol. Let me know how you get on!

  3. July 21, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    Oh my! He is absolutely adorable! What a clever boy!!

    • kate
      July 21, 2014 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  4. July 21, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    His face with that cup is just amazing – The pure Max delight! x

    • kate
      July 21, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      I know right? So proud of himself lol

  5. July 21, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    That is so so cute! Well done little man!! 🙂 xxx

    • kate
      July 21, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you! x

  6. July 21, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    OMG Kate that video is so adorable! .. he is so pleased with himself i love it!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • kate
      July 21, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      I love the video lol, he did make me giggle. He is SO proud of himself, thinks he’s very clever 😉

  7. July 21, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    O wow he is just gorgeous! It’s fantastic when they start to feed themselves-so grown up! x #magicmoments

  8. July 22, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Awww what a cutie! i love his photo with his cup. So proud of his antics and new found skills =) #magicmoments

  9. July 22, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    Love the way he keeps going for the drink until he has it mastered! Well done! 🙂

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