My daughter wanted to feed herself when she was 8 months old. Daddy was ready, mommy was not. Not that I wanted her to stay a baby, I didnt want to clean the mess. We gave her a plastic spoon that was supposed to be designed to help little ones learn to feed themselves but it was horrible, the food just would not come out the the deep spoon with grooves. I bought these instead and it was perfect! It wasn't mess free, of course but she was so happy to have real silverware like us and it was still easy enough for her to figure out the mechanics of a spoon and fork. She's 2 now and she still loves her fork and spoon. It's affordable enough that I was able to buy 2 sets for home and one for the diaper bag. I recommend this completely.