Warning: This is going to be messy! Around the age of 18 months toddlers usually show signs wanting to feed themselves with utensils. This will take patience for the both of you. Even when you introduce solids you can show your baby the spoon, get them hold it and chew it so they are used to handling it, as they get older you can show them how to scoop or use a fork to pick up their food. Suction bowls are a wise invention to prevent that mighty fling of plate and splatter of food over the floor and walls.