7 Best Baby Spoons
Best Baby Spoons
July 17, 2020

Best Baby Spoons

Best Baby Spoons.
It will be messy no matter what you use, but these baby utensils 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.

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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.

A Gentle Utensil

Sensitive, teething gums will appreciate these super soft, food-grade silicone spoons. A shallow spoon bowl helps with making bites just the right size. Keep in mind: If your baby already has chompers, and likes to use them, these spoons won’t last. Repeated biting will make the silicone coating eventually tear and break off.

Great On-The-Go

Pour baby food into the hollow handle of this spoon, throw it in your diaper bag, and voila, you have the easiest to-go meal ever. Squeezing the sides of the handle dispenses puree into the tip of the spoon, so you can feed your little one with one hand. Your baby’s not in a chow-down mood? Put the cap on the spoon and save it for later. Keep in mind: In order to work right, the baby food must be a puree. If there’s even one itty-bitty chunk, it’ll get stuck in the dispenser and squeezing it out will result in a big, splattered mess.

No-Plastic Option

Most baby spoons are made from plastic, but these Avanchy spoons are crafted from bamboo and have 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 younger babies to use. Keep in mind: These spoons are hand-wash only, which can be a dealbreaker for some.

Bendable Bites

Babies aren’t born knowing how to hold a spoon, which is why the earliest self-feeders are the messiest. It can take a few months for older babies to really get the hang of their grip, and it’s particularly tricky navigating the right wrist angle to take food from plate to mouth. Luckily, unlike all the other spoons out there, these spoons angle for you. Made from thermoplastic rubber with a steel wire interior, they can bend up to 45˚ to help your little one scoop and bite with a steadier hand and a more precise angle. The bendability is sturdy enough to hold a spoonful of treats, and it won’t spring back once in place.

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.

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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