Nate often cringes when he sees Caden eating. He doesn't like to see him get messy and he hates cleaning him up! I don't exactly enjoy the mess but I do love that he is learning to eat by himself. I love that he uses the spoon and then takes five fist fulls and then the spoon and then fist fulls. I know eventually he will start figuring out how to eat a little neater but until then I will just keep cleaning him up and adoring how cute he looks with food all over his face. Oh, and a tip for anyone who has their child eating over a carpeted floor, get one of those clear office chair mats that have the spikes underneath. We put one under Caden's chair and it works great.