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My daughter is learning how to eat solid foods with these flat utensils that are designed so babies can feed themselves

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Alicia Betz, Insider Picks Freelance Writer

  • My daughter is only 12 months old, but I started exposing her to spoons when she was around 6 months, specifically the .
  • They're technically considered a pre-spoon and are designed to help babies and toddlers learn how to use utensils.
  • They're flat, short, and textured, so they make it really easy for babies to get food into their mouths independently.
  • Mealtime can be stressful and time-consuming with a baby, but these give my daughter more independence and, in turn, give me more time to eat my own food.

 

Before I had a baby, I never realized how much work went into helping them learn how to eat.

When my daughter started eating solids at 6 months old, things became a lot more complicated than just giving her a bottle of milk. I suddenly felt like my entire day was spent making food, helping her eat food, and cleaning up food.

Ellie is a year old now, so she still hasn't mastered using spoons and forks. About half of her food still ends up on the floor, on her face, or in our dog's mouth. But the other half that makes it into her mouth is partially due to the .

Anybody who's ever spent much time around a toddler knows that they like to do things for themselves, and these spoons are already helping my daughter do that. Toddlers can also get easily frustrated when they want to do something on their own but can't, so helping them transition to feeding themselves with these spoons makes mealtime so much easier and more enjoyable.

Most babies are ready to start solids around 6 months, but check with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready to begin eating solid foods. 

Design and use

2020欧洲杯小组赛The come in a pack of two, and in a gray and green combo or a blue and orange combo. 

2020欧洲杯小组赛Each set has a "Stage 1" spoon with a bumpy texture and a "Stage 2" spoon with a hole in the middle. Both spoons are designed to help toddlers and babies just dip the spoon into food without having to rotate their wrist, and lift it up. With this design, the spoon picks up the perfect amount of food.

Even though Ellie couldn't use the spoons herself when she first started eating at 6 months, I exposed her to the NumNum GOOtensils by putting a preloaded spoon of food on her tray. She would occasionally pick it up and began to figure out how to use it.

Ellie still hasn't grasped the concept of actually scooping food out of a bowl yet, but she can get food on the GOOtensils because they don't require a scooping motion. Since they're flat, all she has to do is dip her GOOtensil into her food and then bring it to her mouth.

2020欧洲杯小组赛The texture of the Stage 1 spoon is also great for teething babies. With other baby spoons, I worry that pieces will break off when my daughter uses them as a teether, but with these, there's no cause for concern. I like that the texture actually encourages her to chew on the spoons because that teaches her to bring them back to where her molars will eventually be and where she should chew her food.

It seems strange to have a spoon with a hole in the middle, but the Stage 2 spoon with the hole uses surface tension to "pick up" purees and other foods of similar consistency, which one of the NumNum founders . It's basically like dipping a stick into food.

The other great thing about the design of these spoons is that they're only 4 inches long. A lot of baby spoons are way longer than that, and most are the length of my daughter's arm. Imagine trying to eat with a spoon as long as your arm — it doesn't seem very easy, especially when you're brand new to eating. 

The standout feature

2020欧洲杯小组赛My favorite thing about these is that they make mealtime easier for both me and my daughter.

Sometimes I feel like I'm feeding her nonstop, so anything that makes it easier is worthwhile. The earlier she can use utensils independently, the more we'll both enjoy mealtime.

Even when she was just starting solids, my daughter always reached for the spoon when I tried to feed her, and she still wants to be able to feed herself. The very design of these spoons is to help toddlers become independent eaters. 

Cons to consider

The biggest con of these spoons is that they don't work for everything. Your toddler isn't going to be able to scoop up things like peas with these spoons. They work well for foods that have a liquid-like consistency, including yogurt, purees, and thick soups. 

Another downside is that they don't have a choking guard and are labeled as choking hazards for children under 3, so you need to be careful not to let your kids play with them when it's not mealtime. Your child should always be supervised anytime they are eating, but make sure you're extra cautious with these spoons.

The bottom line

Rather than just being miniature versions of regular spoons, these pre-spoons were created with the development of babies and toddlers in mind. If your baby is just starting solids, or if your toddler is learning how to use utensils, I highly recommend trying out these pre-spoons — they were a great help for my daughter.

Another great baby spoon option is the . The spoon and fork both have short handles like the , and also has a choking guard. 

Pros: Short handle, easy for kids to get food on the spoon, designed to help babies learn to eat independently

Cons: Potential choking hazard, only work for certain foods/textures





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