Baby Spoon Buying Guide
Things to Consider
There are several things that you need to look for when you are shopping for the right baby spoon. We’ve listed the different points that are important in determining which spoon you should select.
- Soft tips – Metal spoons can hurt or damage your baby’s soft gum tissue or bang their teeth. Soft plastic or silicone spoons will protect your baby’s mouth regardless of how hard they choose to bite down on the spoon. Once they learn how to use the spoon properly, they can transition to a metal spoon but this is best done for a toddler who can understand how not to hurt themselves while eating.
- Flat tips – Baby spoons are usually flat so it is easier to use the spoon to get excess baby food off of their mouths. They are also easier to get the food off of initially.
- Weighted – The weight of a baby spoon is something that many don’t think about when they are looking for the right one. A nicely weighted spoon is easier to use for the parent. It isn’t a critical point but most parents like the feel of a heavier spoon. The baby may prefer the lighter ones, but this will vary from baby to baby.
Styles of Baby Spoons
There are dozens of different baby spoon designs available to choose from. If you like no nonsense designs, there are plenty standard baby spoons that are simple in design and that have a silicone end and a simple stick style handle. These handles are not usually easy for a new feeder to hold but they work fine for parental feeding.
Other styles of baby spoons include bamboo handles, spoons that have wavy handles made of silicone, spoons that are in the shape of dinosaurs or cars and other shapes. Some spoons are made in two pieces with the silicone tip being removable and others are all one piece.
All of these work well for your baby, so for the most part, as long as you ensure that the tip of the baby spoon is made from silicone or plastic, the shape and design can be left up to personal preference.
Self Feeding Spoons
The majority of babies will start using a spoon just after 6 months when they are introduced to solid foods. One of the best ways to get a baby used to a spoon is to give them one to hold while you feed them with another one. After awhile you will notice that they try to feed themselves while you are feeding them as well.
Training or learning spoons are your baby’s first spoon. They usually have larger, chunkier handles that are much easier for the baby to hold and the spoon part is designed in a way that keeps as much of the food as possible on the spoon. There are a few characteristics that training spoons have.
- No sharp points – Adults want their forks and knives to be sharp so they can stab and cut their food but these sharp points mean disaster for a little one that has just gotten started using utensils. Babies will miss their mouths a lot while they are first learning and stabbing themselves in the cheek or eye can be disastrous. The rounded soft edges of a training spoon make it impossible for them to hurt themselves even if they do poke it in their eye. If you’re shopping for forks as well, look for rounded prongs or look for designs that are also called sporks where the prongs curve inward.
- Shorter handles – While the spoons that a parent uses to feed the baby themselves are easier to handle when the handle is longer, the spoons that your baby holds to feed themselves are much easier to manage when they are shorter. It is very difficult for a baby to manage a long handled spoon and more food will be dropped off the spoon on the way to their mouth if they are trying to navigate the long handle.
- Thick handles – Thick spoon handles are much easier for little, chubby baby hands to hold. Babies don’t have a lot of dexterity when they are first holding utensils, so having a thicker handle to grip is much easier to maneuver than a thin one. It’s also easier for them to keep the tip of the spoon more level when the handle is thicker because it won’t roll in their hand.
Important safety notes
There are several safety issues you want to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right spoon for your baby. We’ve listed these important safety tips so you will be aware of them.
- BPA-Free – BPA is an ingredient that was used in plastic to make it clear and hard. It was banned by the FDA in 2012 from baby bottle and cups due to the fact that concerns were surfacing about it having a role in endocrine disruption. Nowadays, the majority of baby products that are plastic are marked BPA free. Always look for plastic products that state they are BPA free and never assume they are. If they are not clearly marked on the package as BPA free, more than likely they are not.
- No Microwave/ Dishwasher – If you have plastic spoons, it is recommended not to put them in the microwave or dishwasher due to the fact that the processes used to microwave or wash them can weaken or compromise the plastic and make it unsafe for the baby to use. Alternatives to plastic include bamboo and silicone, metal and glass. Remember not to start your baby out with a metal spoon.
- Check Recalls – Baby products can be recalled at any time, so it is a good idea to check recall lists that are found online, for updated baby product recall information. This will help you keep your baby safe.
It is not complicated to find a good quality baby spoon and as long as you keep the information provided in this buyer’s guide in mind, you are guaranteed to choose a good spoon that will make the transition from only bottle feeding or breast feeding to eating solid foods as well, much easier and enjoyable.
With the dozens of baby spoon choices, you have a lot of variety to choose from. As long as you keep the basic points in your mind as you search, you will get a good quality baby spoon for your baby to get started with. Look for packs of more than one spoon so you will have several in the event one is dirty.
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