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Best Baby Spoons
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Baby Spoons

By Babylist Team
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These baby spoons will get your little one on the right path to eating solids.Best Baby Spoons

You know it’s coming. You’ve seen the pics of your friends’ babies, smeared with an ungodly amount of mashed-up food. How do you even start to clean that up? Maybe now is the time to consider a dog who will love the leftovers strewn around the high chair. Or a tarp could help.

Regardless of how you tackle the inevitable mess, you’ll need small-sized utensils to first spoon-feed your little one around six months of age. Later, around one year old, your baby will start to use a spoon and then a fork to feed himself.

Do you need baby spoons and utensils?

We recommend using soft-tipped spoons designed specifically for babies because they are gentle on your child’s gums and limit portions to tiny spoonfuls perfect for wee ones. Also, since the utensils are mini versions of the real deal, they fit just right into your baby’s mouth.

Below are some baby utensils to consider. You may find that one of these popular picks becomes your child’s favorite.

Temperature Testers

Talk about spoons with tech! These spoons have heat-sensor tips to help protect your tiny eater against accidental burns. If the food is too hot for baby to eat, the tip of the spoon turns white. The color returns when the food is at a safe temperature. These spoons are pretty small and shallow, so they’re perfect for younger babies who are just starting on solids.

Bargain Pick

These sturdy spoons are a little deeper, which means food settles into the spoon rather than sliding right off. Even better? For a super low price, you get half a dozen spoons in a rainbow of colors. Because the Munchkin spoon has a deeper bowl, it can make it difficult for beginners to get all the food off the spoon. But minis who are pro at licking a spoon will get every morsel.

Gentle on Gums

Sensitive, teething gums will appreciate these super soft, food-grade silicone spoons. A shallow spoon bowl helps with avoiding scooping too much food in one go, and the sensory bumps tell little mouths where to stop biting (not to mention they’re soothing on sore gums). Once your tiny eater gets a little bit bigger, they can upgrade to these slightly larger utensils for the toddler feeding stage.

Comfortable for Caregivers

Before your baby can spoonfeed on their own, that task is up to their caregiver. And while short-handled baby spoons are better for tiny hands, they’re not very comfortable for adults. These long-handled spoons from AEIOU (a Babylist-exclusive brand) are a much better fit for grown-up hands, and the shallow tip allows younger, new-to-spoons babies to get the hang of solids easier.

Sustainable Option

Most baby spoons are made from hard plastic, but these Avanchy spoons are crafted from bamboo and have soft, FDA-approved, food-grade silicone on the tips. This baby spoon size has a larger head and shorter handle, so it’s easier for older babies to hold. There’s also an infant spoon with a longer handle and thinner head, which is easier for adults to use when feeding younger babies. Keep in mind: These spoons are hand-wash only, which can be a dealbreaker for some.

Modern Method

These may look like plants you just pulled from your yard, but trust us when we say these are actually some of the coolest baby spoons you’ll ever see. Made entirely of food-grade silicone, these leafy spoons are soft, flexible, durable (babies love chewing on them) and, most importantly, they get the job done. The tips are thin enough to scoop up any food so you’re not chasing it around the plate, and this set comes with two different lengths of handles to help your baby through two feeding stages. The longer handle is for parents helping feed baby, and the shorter handle is for little ones learning to self-feed. Bonus: The short-handled spoon doubles as a teether!

For the Pros

If your little eater is already a pro at using spoons and doesn’t have any gum sensitivity (if they’ve finished teething), it might be time to ditch the silicone and get them used to the kinds of utensils they’ll be using the rest of their lives. These spoons from NUK introduce metal in a toddler-friendly way by having it just on the tip of the spoon while the handle is made of the same comfort-grip material they’ve gotten used to with other early-feeder spoons. Keep in mind: These spoons are for kids 18 months and up so the metal doesn’t hurt their sensitive gums and teeth.

Great on the Go

Taking baby food on the go is easy if you’re using pouches or dry cereal in a snack cup, but not so much if it’s jarred purees and spoons. No one wants to use a spoon that’s been rolling around loose in a diaper bag, and while you could stick it in a sandwich bag for safe keeping, we’d like to suggest a more sustainable option. This travel spoon from Skip Hop folds in on itself to keep the tip sanitary, and the handle even includes an extra lip that acts as a spoon rest (so restaurant table germs stay off the spoon).

Choosing What’s Right for You

There’s really no “best” when it comes to baby spoons. Rest assured that whatever you choose, your baby will eventually learn to use it after lots of playing around and making a mess.

We’ve also got recommendations for sippy cups and bowls and plates if you want to complete your little one’s dinnerware set!

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