I'm jumping over here a little early. DS is only 11 months but he refuses to let us feed him. He eats all table food with his hands. I love that he is so independent, but the problem is - it seems like he takes forever to eat! An average meal takes about 45 minutes. I like to eat dinner as a family, but I feel like meal time is cutting into our play time and/or bedtime. DS goes to daycare so we don't get home till 6:00 p.m. By the time he is done eating, it's time for bed.