It is time to teach your child to eat on without assistance. To start, give your child dry food like baby biscuits and let them hold it. When your child can hold on to it firmly, you can introduce them to the plate and spoon. Your child may initially scramble the food as they cannot hold the spoon properly. Hold their hand and teach them child to hold and direct the spoon into their mouth. It will be more fun if you teach your child how to eat together with other family members. Your child will slowly memorise the process.
Social & Emotional Skills Development
Your child's emotional skills are currently developing, which means they'll be very moody. Your child may laugh happily one minute and, in the next, be quiet and fussy. Sometimes they may get upset easily and refuse anything that is offered. Your worst fear is when your child refuses to eat. There are, however, other factors that cause your child to turn down food, such as a full stomach, illness, growing teeth, ulcer or that they're simply bored with their diet. Do not insist on asking your child to eat when they refuse. Get to root of the problem and gently tell your child to do so.
Language Skills Development
At this age, your child may understand certain words though your child cannot pronounce them. Your child may even understand simple commands such as “come on, pick up the ball”. Your child will respond by reaching to the ball or simply shaking the head. At this age, communication with your child is more meaningful. Your child knows how to express wishes by gesturing or making sounds. When your child refuses something, you can talk or play with your child and slowly tell your child to do so.
Cognitive Skills Development
As described on Mayoclinic.com, repetition plays a significant role in the learning process for your child at this age. Repetition helps your child become more familiar with a new object or process that they're introduced to. Your child will then be able to learn more comfortably. To exercise your child's memory, you can play hide-and-seek with your child.