Choosing your first spoons!

There are a few things to consider when buying spoons for the journey to table foods.  Spoon characteristics are easily overlooked.

Size!  Some spoons are very wide and flat.  Take a look and make sure it will be small enough to fit comfortably in your baby’s mouth.

Shape! Babies need to learn to bring their lips down to meet the spoon and clean the food off.  If the dip in the bowl of the spoon is deep, they will be unsuccessful at removing the food on their own.  Parents tend to “baby bird feed” with a wide spoon, or when a baby doesn’t use their lips to remove the food.  “Baby bird feeding” in when the spoon is tipped up and the food is either dumped in the mouth or scraped off the upper gums.  I shiver every time I see this.  It doesn’t give babies a chance to learn to use their lips!  Start off with a flatter, narrow spoon.  As your baby gains skill, move to a spoon with a deeper dip.

Material!   Spoons can be soft silicone, hard plastic, wood, or metal. Babies may have their own preference.   I tend to prefer the softer, coated spoons for the early days.

A sampling of spoons I like: 

These are have a nice flatter well and are narrow enough to fit in a baby's mouth.  They are also really nice for developing self-feeding spoon skills because the baby can just dip it into a sticky food (greek yogurt, oatmeal etc). It eliminates the need for scooping.

These are have a nice flatter well and are narrow enough to fit in a baby’s mouth. They are also really nice for developing self-feeding spoon skills.  The baby doesn’t need to scoop to get the food on.  He can dip it into a sticky food (greek yogurt, oatmeal, etc) and bring it to his mouth.

Tomee Tippe Spoon: These have a slightly deeper well compared to Playtex but still have one of the narrower styles.

Tomee Tippe Spoon: These have a slightly deeper well compared to Playtex but still have one of the narrower styles on the market.

Mealtime Notions Duo Spoon is a  soft, flexible, bumpy and ridged spoon that is fantastic for oral exploration and dipping. Not meant to facilitate development of self feeding feeding skills but it is a great dipper!

Mealtime Notions Duo Spoon is a soft, flexible, bumpy and ridged spoon that is fantastic for oral exploration and dipping. Not meant to facilitate development of self feeding feeding skills but it is a great dipper!

Munchkin Soft Tip Infant Spoons and First Years Disposable Infant Spoons are also on the narrower side.  Be wary of Nuby.  They tend to be too wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others to think carefully about:

Boon squeezable spoon apparatus.  I get the no mess perspective as a mom but the therapist in me thinks that the kids loose out on not getting messy.  Getting messy is a way of learning about the food and becoming comfortable with it before it gets to their mouth!

Boon squeezable spoon apparatus. I get the no mess perspective as a mom but the therapist in me thinks that the kids lose out on not getting messy. Getting messy is a way of learning about the food and becoming comfortable with it before it gets to their mouth!

 The Boon Mod Ware utensil set.  I am not a fan of these as a first spoon as I find the well of the spoon too wide to fit in baby’s mouth nicely.  This doesn’t facilitate the development of lip closure on the spoon.

The Boon Mod Ware utensil set. I am not a fan of these as a first spoon.  I find the well too wide to fit in baby’s mouth nicely. This doesn’t facilitate the development of lip closure on the spoon.

Happy Shopping!

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One thought on “Choosing your first spoons!

  1. melissabw says:

    A note on the Boon Squeezable spoon: although I am not a huge fan, these are a great thing for the stage where you are on smooth purees only and stuck on a plane without a bowl!!! Thanks Amy!

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