I’m sure you’re thinking, spoons, what can someone say about spoons, of all things?
Here are some things I wish someone had told me sooner about how best to introduce baby food to my twins.
When I was introducing purees, I was scraping the roof of my baby’s mouth with the spoon. It was an efficient way to feed both babies at once.
Only after going to see an Occupational Therapist for a separate issue did I learn that you should let your baby’s mouth and lips close over the spoon and take the food off the spoon. Lesson learned. It is important for babies to learn how to properly move their lips and mouth to eat. Sometimes our good intentions can limit our baby’s developmental growth.
Types of Spoons
I recommend using three different kinds of spoons to take your baby from first foods through the toddler years. All the spoon types are below. We curated our favorite spoons from our Amazon store. Our store connects directly to your account.
Beginner Spoons: At six months, I found it easier to use the flat type of spoon for my twins. It’s easier for young babies to take the food off the spoon if it’s flat. See the options below.
Beginner/ Intermediate Spoons: As they became better at removing food from the spoon I introduced a regular baby spoon. These spoons are longer allowing you to more comfortably feed your baby. See the options below.
Between 7-9 months, infants learn to cup their tongue for the spoon, and close their lips around the spoon to help draw the food into their mouth (Glass and Wolf, 1992). When you put food in your baby’s mouth, pause half way and let your baby practice closing his or her lips on the spoon and taking the food off the spoon. Babies need lots of practice to master a new skill, eating!
Self-feeding spoons: Finally, as they start to move on to feeding themselves, we used the spoons that are curved and shorter so it’s easier for a young toddler to angle the spoon into his or her mouth. See the options below.
Babies and toddlers will get better using spoons and forks when they get practice. I know it can get messy, but self-feeding is important. Add a mat under your highchair and let the messy begin.
Dr. Brown’s Long Spatula Spoons
A spatula shaped spoon is perfect for when you first introduce solids. It lets baby easily slurp food.
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Oxo Tot On-the-Go Feeding Spoon
This shallow spoon with travel case makes feeding easy and convenient for on the go.
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Oogaa Silicone Baby Weaning Spoons
Perfect shape for first foods. Can also be used for gumming as teeth begin to develop.
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Take & Toss Infant Spoons
Durable enough to last, but cheap enough to be disposable. Let you child hold one so they stop trying to grab the one you are feeding them with!
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Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoon
These brightly colored spoons are comfortable to handle for you and soft on your babies gums .
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Self Feeding Spoons
Sassy 2 Pack Baby Less Mess Toddler Spoon
Curved handles to make self feeding easy. Spoons have holes to help drain and unwanted liquid.
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Munchkin Sesame Street Toddler Fork and Spoon
This fun Elmo is designed for self feeding and is sure to make meal time enjoyable for even this youngest fans!
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BEABA New 2nd Stage Soft Cutlery
A prefect self feeding on the go set.
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Gerber Graduates Kiddy Cutlery Forks
A prefect beginner fork for self feeding newbies.
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Gerber Graduates Kiddy Cutlery Set
This set comes with a knife, and it’s prefect to teach kids knife handling skills in a safe way.
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OXO Tot Training Fork & Spoon Set
plastic handles and stainless steel tops make this a great self feeding set.
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LunchBots Children’s Cutlery Set
A modern, stainless steel set.
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Fred and Friends Snack And Stack Kids Interlocking Brick Utensils
A fun building block set that will make meal time fun!
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Airplane Fork & Spoon Set
For all those future pilots out there!
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Set of 3 Construction Utensils
The perfect set for any little construction worker or truck enthusiast!
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Fred and Friends Dinnersaurs Fork and Spoon Set
A “real” fork and spoon set that been millions years in the making!
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Hot Pink Airplane Spoon and Fork Set
Girls love planes too!
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1)Glass, R. & Wolf, L. (1992). Feeding and Swallowing Disorders In Infancy. Tuscon, AZ: Therapy Skill Builders.Lieberman, A. & Birch, L. (1985). Interactional developmental approach. In D. Drotar (Ed.)