Molly’s Big News – Hand to Mouth Feeding! #DownSyndrome

by Carrie with Children with 27 comments

Warning: Bragging mom post here. If you are a fan of Carrie with Children on Facebook, you’d already know the big news! (hint, hint…).  We’ve been putting food on Molly’s high chair tray for awhile now after she’s done eating – in hopes that she’d be interested in trying to feed herself.

Along with her speech and occupational therapists, we’ve been working extra hard for months to teach her hand to mouth feeding skills.  And this past weekend, our hard work paid off!  

She’s feeding herself!

Doesn't she look determined?

This past Friday night, after she finished her dinner, she sat in the high chair at the table with us while we ate. Surrounded by plenty of snacks, she usually ends up picking them up and dropping them in the floor for the dog….but not this time!  We couldn’t believe it when we heard crunching sounds coming from her direction –  she was chewing away on a snack…and then another snack and another snack!


I was so excited to wake up on Saturday morning and have breakfast.  I couldn’t wait to see if she’d remember feeding herself at dinner the night before.  As soon as she got in her high chair, she started grabbing for fruit and feeding herself!

I can’t even begin to describe the huge milestone we’ve now crossed with her hand to mouth coordination.  HUGE!   And I know I say this a lot…but I couldn’t be any more proud of her!  As her physical therapist likes to say “Molly is a superstar.”

(Thanks for letting me brag!)


  • Nichol

    How exciting! Congrats Molly:)

  • Cassie W

    I can only imagine your excitment. Way to go Molly! Way to go mom, dad and of course big sister!

    • Carrie with Children

      Cassie, it was probably the best Friday night dinner I’ll ever have! So awesome!

  • Candice

    Way to go, Molly 🙂

  • Belinda Revercomb

    That’s great! It’s amazing what a little determination can do.

    • Carrie with Children

      I agree, Belinda! Determination goes a long ways sometimes! Thanks for reading

  • Jenn

    seems like something worth bragging about =) Although I can only imagine HOW excited you are, it made me feel a little teary. Why is it SUCH BIG accomplishments can be so happy they are sad?

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks, Jenn! You are so right! My little Molly is growing up – I’m so proud! 🙂

  • Sarah

    That is so great! Way to go Molly! You are a superstar!!!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you, Sarah! I think we are still in shock that she’s finally figured it out! She’s doing awesome with it!

  • Melissa

    YAY Molly!!!

    She IS a superstar!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you! I’m so excited about this huge milestone!

  • Eschelle

    look at her go that is awesome!!! congrats on miss independent!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks! I can tell she’s proud of herself, she smiles so big each time she gets food in front of her! 🙂

  • Ashley @ Mama of All Trades

    Congratulations Miss Molly!! She is a rock star for sure!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks, Ashley! It kinda feels weird to eat meals now and just let her feed herself 🙂

  • Steph B.

    That’s so awesome, and definitely made me smile! 🙂

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much! So glad little Molly could bring a smile to your face!

  • Andi

    Great news! Nathan was convinced to feed himself when I tore the ears off of a bunny Peep at Easter. I put one in his mouth and the other on his tray. Suddenly, finger feeding was something he REALLY wanted to do, LOL!

    • Carrie with Children

      LOL. That is a great story! I love Peeps too! 🙂

  • Working Mommy

    How great for Molly!!!!! She looks so proud of herself too!


    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you! She is definitely proud of herself! She’s really loving being able to feed herself!

  • Bohemian Hijabi

    Brag on! That is an amazing accomplishment. How exciting, and the fact that it obviously was not just a one time thing is worth celebrating.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much! It was like her little light bulb went off or something. She’s been feeding herself ever since! So exciting!

  • Sandy

    My son is not self feeding yet. What type of therapy exercises or suggestions did you do to help her? Any info is GREATLY appreciated. I can’t find much on the Internet. Thanks,