The 5 Best Baby Spoons In 2017
Spoons don’t get a lot of love. Moms worry about the safety of baby bottles, baby food and breastfeeding, but they don’t give much thought to the spoons their babies use. After all, a spoon is just a spoon, right?
Turns out, it’s a little more complicated than that. Spoons are made of varying materials, and you should pay attention to that when selecting something that your baby will put in her mouth repeatedly and chew on. Here is all the information you’ll need to help you select the best baby spoons for your child.
What Should You Look For in a Spoon?
To make sure mealtimes go smoothly, you’ll want to pay attention to several factors when selecting the best baby spoons.
- What the end is made of: Unlike adults, babies aren’t sophisticated enough to use a spoon that has a metal end. Chomping down too hard on a metal spoon can hurt your baby’s gums (source). So you’ll want to look for spoons that have a softer material on the end for your baby. Suitable materials include plastic, rubber and even wood as your baby gets older.
- Size: Remember, what might look ridiculously small to you is probably a perfect size for your baby. You want a spoon that is small enough to fit in your baby’s mouth (source).
- Who will be feeding your baby: If you’re still doing the feeding, the handle portion of the spoon won’t matter as much. But if your baby is starting to feed independently, you’ll want to find a spoon with a comfortable handle for her to hold onto.
- Choking hazard: Some spoons have removable ends -- for instance, bamboo spoons often have rubber or plastic mouth pieces that can be removed for cleaning purposes. If you opt to get this kind of spoon, you’ll need to make sure to keep a close eye on your baby to ensure the end doesn’t come off because that can be a choking hazard.
- Cost: You can buy baby spoons so cheaply, you won’t even know you’ve spent money. But I wouldn’t rush out and buy a bunch of cheap spoons if I were you. I made that mistake when I was a new mom. I was too naive to worry about what the spoons were made of, so I grabbed the biggest and cheapest pack of brightly colored spoons I could find. Within a couple months, those spoons had teeth marks etched into them -- my baby was chewing them up right along with her meals. The worst part wasn’t replacing the spoons, it was wondering what harmful chemicals she might have eaten in those bits of material she had scraped off the spoons.
How Do I Feed My Baby with a Spoon?
Make sure to wash the new spoons you buy your baby before her first feeding with them.
Before you start to feed your baby, you’ll want to make sure your baby is ready for spoon feeding. Generally, you can tell -- if your baby is watching every move you make when you have a piece of food in your hand and is reaching for it, she’s ready.
When you first introduce the spoon to her feeding sessions, you’ll need to feed her. She won’t be ready yet to do it on her own.
Make sure she’s sitting upright, strapped into her high chair and place the spoon with food on it at the top her of mouth. You don’t want to jam the spoon in too far because you’ll make her gag.
Don’t feel like you need to overload the spoon either -- you don’t want a heaping amount of food. Give her just enough to keep her interested. Feeding time isn’t a race, even though sometimes you’re strapped for time. Just remember in a few short months, she’ll be yanking that spoon out of your hand and you won’t have the luxury of getting to feed her anymore. So enjoy it while it lasts.
Organic Baby Spoons
Moms these days are not only concerned with the safety of the food they give their babies, but also the safety of the utensil. Some women choose to steer clear of plastics because the next BPA scare could be right around the corner.
Luckily, there’s a lot of quality spoons out there that are fully organic or have organic components.
This set of spoons is practical, but it feels like a luxury item, in part because of the heavy handcrafted wooden box they come in. The box makes a great container to hold the little knickknacks that seem to take over a mom’s house. It’s a nice keepsake you can use year after year, long after your child has outgrown the spoons.
The spoons are made of food-grade organic silicone and bamboo, so you can feel good about every bite your baby takes.
The bright colors of the spoons will attract your baby’s eye, but it’s the safety of the materials that will attract yours. Each handle has a smiley face on the end, which your baby will notice when she uses them.
For cleaning, you’ll need to remove the silicon spoon heads and you can just pop them in the dishwasher. The wood handles should only be washed by hand.
Although your baby would have to be super strong to pull the spoon heads off the handles, you’ll need to supervise feeding time to make sure that doesn’t happen -- you don’t want your baby to choke on the spoon tips. But that won’t require any extra work on your part because you should always be in the room when your baby is eating anyway.
Read the full review of the Baby Pinch Bamboo Spoons
- Top-notch handcrafted box that comes with the spoons.
- Safe materials for those who avoid plastic spoons.
- Easy to clean.
- Made of bamboo, which is a renewable resource.
- Can be more of a choking hazard without supervision.
- More expensive than plastic spoons.
The Best Plastic Baby Spoons
Moms who are more worried about their cash flow than what their baby’s spoons are made out of will appreciate the affordability of plastic spoons. When you use plastic spoons, you don’t have to worry about how well they are holding up or misplacing them -- they’re so cheap you can simply replace them.
Don’t let the name fool you. These spoons hold up well, wash after wash. But for a dirt cheap price, you can get 16 spoons. With that many spoons around and with the affordability of them, if you lose one, you can just shrug your shoulders and go about your business.
A big pack of spoons for such a low price would have been nice when I was a new mom. Trying to keep track of all my baby spoons was a nuisance. They would get shoved down to the bottom of my diaper bag and I would spend way too much time unpacking it just to find the spoon so I would have enough for a day’s worth of feeding without having to do dishes constantly.
While these brightly-colored spoons are nothing fancy, they are durable, dishwasher safe, BPA free and the perfect size for a baby’s little mouth.
- A lot of spoons for a very affordable price.
- Assorted bright colors.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Since the spoon is a little deep, your baby may have trouble getting all the food out of it.
- The handle is short.
The Best Baby Spoons for Self Feeding
A spoon that works well for you to feed your baby with doesn’t always work as well when your baby gets ahold of it. You’ll only spoon feed your baby for a few short weeks before she gets the hang of it herself. And that baby spoon that felt comfortable in your hand as you fed her might feel too heavy or hard to hold for her.
These spoons aren’t rigid, which makes them easier for your baby to use until she gets the hang of her motor skills. While the necks are bendable, the handle remains firm, which will give your baby a good grip on the spoon.
Two spoons are included in a pack, and they are made out of silicone and are BPA free. The spoons feel soft in your baby’s hand. Because they are so soft, you won’t go crazy from hearing your baby make a repeated clanging noise by striking her spoon against a high chair when she’d rather play an impromptu instrument than eat.
These spoons look different than many others because they have a designed cutout in the scoop part -- the spoon isn’t solid there. That actually helps your baby because if she isn’t able to scoop up her baby food, at least some food will get trapped in that hole even when she dips it into the food. That way, she won’t get frustrated when she’s unable in the beginning to get the scooping motion correct.
- The food channels on the spoon help it grip the food.
- Cuts down on spills.
- Helps your baby master self feeding with less frustration.
- These spoons are a bit pricey.
- Won’t work well for really runny foods -- it’s better for purees.
My Favorite Spoons for Toddlers
Toddlers have different needs than babies when it comes to feeding time. They are eating more than they did when they were little, and they need spoons that can meet their growing nutritional demands.
You’ll want to look for a bigger spoon for their larger hand size, and a spoon that can scoop up more food.
Sassy Less Mess Spoons
Increased appetites can mean more mess as your toddler learns how to self feed. These spoons help cut down on the amount of food that ends up on the floor or on your toddler rather than in his mouth.
The Sassy Less Mess spoons give your toddler a big handle to hang onto. That means he may drop his spoon less when he’s attempting to feed himself. The spoons are also curved to make it easier for your baby to get them to his mouth without spilling food.
The spoons have little holes all over the scoop part -- they almost look like little pinpricks. They help the food stick to the spoon a bit better, which means it has less chance of falling off and a better chance of making it all the way to your child’s mouth.
They are also colorful enough to keep your child’s interest -- each spoon is two colors.
- Fairly inexpensive.
- Will help cut down on waste during feeding time.
- May be difficult for left-handed toddlers to use.
- The rigid plastic may be too hard on a baby’s gums if they tend to chew on the spoon more than their food.
The Best Baby Spoon and Fork Set
As much as you might want your baby to remain little forever, he’s growing up and soon he’ll need more than just a spoon at feeding time. He’ll need to branch out into fork territory. You’ll need to find him a fork that will get the job done without hurting him until he masters how this new utensil works.
This set includes three forks, three spoons and a handy travel carrying case so you can safely take your baby’s favorite utensils with you on vacations.
The spoons hold plenty of food and the forks are shaped just like a spork -- so your baby will get some of the food-stabbing ability that a fork offers, along with the safety of a spoon. The round edges of the fork are soft, which will protect your baby’s cheeks and hands, as well as any other body part he might accidentally stab in his haste to get his food into his mouth.
The brightly-colored utensils will keep your baby’s interest and the non-slip material that’s used for the handles will allow your baby to keep a firm grip. The handles are thick, which will stop them from easily slipping out of your child’s hands as he learns to improve his motor skills.
- Cute, colorful appearance.
- Perfect for traveling or at home use.
- A safe option for exploring the world of forks.
- The fork won’t pick up food as easily as a traditional fork because of the rounded, spork-like design.
Our Favorite Baby Spoons
Baby Pinch Boutique bamboo spoons are at the top of my list. The spoons are easy for your baby to use and the best part is that they are made of safe materials. I don’t want to worry about my baby ingesting harmful chemicals with each bite of his food. These offer peace of mind to me, which is well worth the price of these spoons.
Plus, I absolutely love the wooden box that comes with the spoons.
What about you? What are your favorite baby utensils?