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Raleigh has been eating solids for several months now.
Matt is the one to feed him the majority of the time, likely because we spend so much time nursing the rest of the day and night. It’s good Daddy-Son bonding time.
We have learned a lot through the feeding process, and we have tried a lot of different products trying to find what works best for us.
One such type of products are baby spoons. Who knew you could spend so much time thinking about and trying out baby spoons?!
There are tons of different spoon options on the market. It’s overwhelming, really. We have tried four different baby spoons these last few months, so I’m going to share our thoughts on those 4 particular brands/styles.
Picking a Baby Spoon:
IKEA Kalas Spoons
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The IKEA Kalas spoons were the first kid spoons we ever bought.
We were shopping at IKEA halfway through my pregnancy and I saw sets of brightly colored Kalas plates, bowls, cups and silverware in a bin on the way to the checkout. Impulse buys – they totally got me! They were so cute and cheap, I bought them all.
Kalas Spoon Pros:
- Cute, brightly colored and cheap
- Match the Kalas plates, bowls and cups
- BPA Free and Dishwasher safe
Kalas Spoon Cons:
- Too big for babies. As you can see from the photo above, these are kid-sized spoons. They are too big for Raleigh’s little baby mouth right now.
However, I know we will get use out of these spoons as he gets older. We are already using the IKEA Kalas bowls daily for his baby food purees.
Nuby Long Handle Fun Feeding Spoons
These spoons are the second from the left in the photo above.
Nuby gave me a pack of these Long Handle Fun Feeding Spoons to try out.
Nuby Fun Feeding Spoon Pros:
- Bright, fun colors that are interesting for babies, and keep the spoons from getting stained from foods like carrots.
- Come in a 6 pack
- Long handle to reach to the bottom of baby food jars
- BPA Free and dishwasher safe
- Double as a teething toy
Nuby Fun Feeding Spoon Cons:
- The bowl of this spoon is too deep, and food is never completely cleaned out with each bite my son takes. This could very well be because he is still new to eating solids, and isn’t that efficient with his bites. But still, he only ever gets the top part of each bite, which is kind of annoying.
- Poor design makes them roll without stopping when placed on flat surfaces. The spoons have rolled themselves off of my counter and onto my kitchen floor too many times to count.
Nuby Hot Safe Feeding Spoons
Also from Nuby, we were given the Hot Safe Feeding Spoons to test.
Nuby Hot Safe Feeding Spoon Pros:
- Come in a 4 pack
- Sure-Temp Sensor in the tip of the spoon changes color when baby’s food is too hot. We always test the food ourselves, but it’s nice to have a backup safety measure too.
- Long handle to reach the bottom of baby food jars.
- BPA Free and dishwasher safe
- Slightly shallower bowl that helps Raleigh get more of the food off of the spoon with each bite.
Nuby Hot Safe Feeding Spoon Cons:
- Stain easily when feeding foods like carrots
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons
I don’t remember if we got these Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons as part of our gift registry, or if we bought them ourselves, but they were the spoons we used exclusively when we first started feeding Raleigh solids. Then, we received the Nuby options to test, and now rotate between all of them.
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoon Pros:
- Come in a 4 pack
- Spoon turns white if food is too hot
- Shallow bowl allows for Raleigh to get all of the food off with each bite
- Pointed tip helps get food out of the corners of square baby food containers.
- BPA Free and Dishwasher safe.
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoon Cons:
- Even though these spoons are colored, the plastic still stains easily.
- Smaller and shorter than others so might not be able to reach into the bottom of jars as easily.
A flashback to Raleigh’s first tastes of pureed peas.
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Baby spoons need to do one thing: get food to and into your baby’s mouth.
It’s hard to go wrong with that task, no matter what brand or style you choose.
However, when you’re trying to get a wiggly baby to learn how to eat solid foods for the first time, and you’re doing it several times a day, it is worth it to use spoons that you like.
Out of the 4 styles that I compared above, I like the Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons the best for this current 8 month old baby stage. The shallow bowl is the reason I like them the most because it allows Raleigh to get all of the food off with each bite.
As far as appearances go, my favorite are the Nuby Long Handle Fun Feeding Spoons because of their bright, fun colors and long size. Raleigh likes them too.
*Nuby provided me with some of these products for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*