The recent obsession in our home has been baby spoons (or "goons" as Brody likes to call them). Every time Brody spots a spoon he has to hold it. Big, little, plastic or metal, we've become a bit of spoon hoarders.
Since we've tried nearly every spoon out there, I decided to do a little round up of some of our favorites---why we love them and what they work well for. There really is a perfect "goon" out there for everyone and each stage of self-feeding seems to require a new spoon.
Silikids Silicone Spoon This spoon is shovel-style. I love that it is completely made out of silicone, so it is flexible and soft. The slightly raised sides keep the food on the spoon and the handle has a fun texture.
B.Box Toddler Cutlery Set My favorite part of this cutlery set is the little fork. It's designed with a prong-like end that traps the food and helps grasp it. Brody has gotten the hang of getting food on his spoon or fork, but it often doesn't stay in place long enough to make it into his mouth. The little fork in this set is great.
Ooga Ooga Baby Weaning Spoon This is the spoon that I highly recommend for starting to feed your little one solids/cereals/purees etc. The shape works so well in jars of baby food or bowls. It is made out of a soft silicone and the shape of the spoon fit perfectly into Brody's mouth. We used this spoon set exclusively for our first couple of months on solids.
Ooga Ooga Airplane Spoon The airplane spoon is made by the same company as the Baby Weaning Spoon and it is such a fun dinner accessory. The portion of the spoon that goes in the mouth seems to be a slightly different shape than the Baby Weaning Spoon. This spoon is definitely geared towards toddlers and will probably become Brody's favorite in the months to come. I foresee a lot of airplane noises at dinner in our future!
NumNum GOOtensils After hearing about the GOOTensils for a few months from momma friends, we recently tried them out. Let me tell you, they live up to the hype! This spoon is perfect for the little one who is just beginning to self-feed. It has become our go-to spoon for yogurt. One thing I really love about it, there isn't a wrong way to hold it because the front and back work just as well. It serves more as a dipper than a spoon and is the perfect utensil to start teaching your little one to self-feed.
Gerber Graduates Nuk Spoons This spoon may be one of the most common spoons out there, but it is a good option if you are at your local big box retailer and need to pick up a spoon. The head of the spoon is smaller than most, but I like that the back has a rest built into it so you aren't spreading food all over your table when you set the spoon down. A good option to keep at Grandma's house for the occasional use.
ZoLi Fork and Spoon (part of their suction bowl kit): The fork and spoon that come with the ZoLi suction bowl kits are a good size for little hands. The spoon is a little wide for an infants mouth, but the fork had been handy for self-feeding. Since the fork is styled more like a spork, it helps keep the food from sliding right off.
Have you tried any of these spoons? What have been your favorites?