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:
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: