- Why I Bought -
We have quite a few plastic weaning spoons as towards the end of my pregnancy there was a 3 for 2 baby event at Boots. I went a little crazy and decided to stock up on lots of weaning equipment, even though we wouldn't need it for months. We ended up with a wide selection of spoons from different brands, including a set Philips Avent Weaning Spoons. I have purchased a lot of items from this brand as I think they are always good quality.
- The Spoons -
The spoons are BPA free and are made of a hard white plastic with softer orange rubber for the bowl of the spoon and down the back of the handle. The spoon measures 15.5cm in length and is one of the longer spoons in our varied collection. The spoon is quite thick at the end of the handle but it tapers in toward the bowl of the spoon. There is a little picture of a rabbit on the handle along with the Avent brand name. The spoon feels light to hold. I'm not sure how many spoons came in the pack I purchased as we also received a couple free with Boots weaning kits but I can see they usually sell in packs of two. We seem to have five in total. I think these spoons look quite cool and modern. They also look practical.
- Weaning -
Even though these were recommended from six month I started using these when we were weaning my son at five months old. I found the bowl of the spoon to be slightly smaller and shallower than some of our other spoons so it was perfect for my son's mouth and easy to eat from. Other brands we had a deeper bowl which was too challenging at the start of the weaning process. The size of the spoon head is smaller than a tea spoon. The soft rubber is gentle on baby's delicate gums. The only thing I am not so keen about with these spoons is that they are rather heavy at the end of the handle compared to the other end of the spoon. This means they can tip out of the bowl too easily creating quite a mess as food usually ends up on the floor. The length of the spoon is good and it is easy for me to hold. I have mostly homemade baby food but on the rare occasions that we have used a jar I have found that this spoon fits into the jar fine and gets to the bottom of the jar easier than other spoons we have. As my son has progressed into thicker, lumpier food I have found that the spoon can still hold a reasonable amount, but perhaps not quite as well as some of the spoons with a deeper bowl.
- Self feeding -
Recently we have let my son have a go at feeding himself. He is able to grip onto these spoons quite easily as the thick bottom heavy handle is perfect for his little hands to grip onto. They are light so he finds it reasonably easy to bring it to his mouth.
- Cleaning -
These spoons are dishwasher and steriliser safe and I have had no problems washing them at all. The advantage of these spoons over all the others is that they haven't become stained and still look good as new. This is because the worst staining foods are orange in colour! The rubber tips of our other spoons are all stained with sweet potato, carrot and butternut squash but these spoons were already orange!
- Price and Availability -
A pack of two of these spoons currently costs £4.43 on Amazon or £4.50 in Boots and Asda. I think these are quite over priced as there are many brands that sell a pack of six spoons for that price.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend these spoons as I think they look nice, are easy to hold for me and baby, they are a good size and softness for weaning as well as being suitable for self feeding, they are BPA free, they are a good length and they don't stain like other spoons. It is a shame that they are rather heavy at one end causing them to tip out of the bowl easily. I think they are over priced so perhaps only worth buying if there is a good offer.
My gorgeous little baby boy has just reached the 6 month milestone and while I can't believe that we're here already, I have just started weaning him. I love this messy process, introducing your beloved little bundle to their first tastes of solid foods and watching them explore all the different flavours and textures for the very first time. Although this is the third time I have gone through weaning I did feel the need to go out and buy my boy some drand new bits and pieces. I thought my handsome little scrummy boy deserved some new bowls and spoon.
These Avent Weaning Spoons were included in a set of Avent products I bought. Although I love some of the Avent product, I had never tried the spoons but as they were included, I decided to give them a whirl. Straight away I knew that these spoons were not for us. The just looked really cheap and naff. They were made from a really rigid plastic and the handle was straight without any moulded shape which would make it easier to hold.
The actual dip of the spoon was quite small yet also quite deep. I suppose that this would help prevent spillages but I found that it was tricky to get all the food into my little bubba mouth. These spoons just seemed really unfriendly and not helpful when the whole experience of eating solids is completely alien. The spoons I usually go for are soft against my babys delicate mouth, brightly coloured and easy to hold. These Avent spoons fall down on every level and they have been relegated to the back of the drawer and will be used only in emergencies.
I believe a pack of 2 of these spoons will set you back around £2
I didn't actully purchase the Avent weaning spoons. I got one free with an Avent product I purchased but I can't remember which.
I remember looking at this little white piece of plastic and thinking to myself "How the hell can you call that a spoon?!". The actual spoon part of the spoon was very narrow and not very deep but I decided that when the time came, I would give it a go.
The spoon was made out of white plastic which was quite hard and I felt would be durable. It had the "Avent" name embossed into the plastic. I measured up the spoon part to a normal sized teaspoon and found it was less than half the size. It is really quite small. These spoons are made for weaning babies and also to allow them to feed themselves a little bit and get used to eating on their own.
When I started using this spoon with my daughter I suddenly realised that this tiny spoon I had been looking at was actually the right size for this tiny little person in front of me! I found that the narrow spoon was the perfect size for my little girls mouth and the fact that the spoon itself wasn't overly deep was a good thing as my daughter ended up with the perfect amount of food in her mouth.
Another thing I noticed about this spoon was that it had a really long handle which is dead straight. It does making getting a spoonful into your babies mouth a bit easier though it does hinder things slightly once said child realises that they can grab the spoon by the handle and that there is enough room for them and Mummy or Daddy to hold it. A bit of a nightmare.
After thinking that these spoons were strangely too small I was surprised and found they done the job pretty well. My daughter was comfortable with the spoon and always got the right amount of food off of them. They don't last long though as once your baby starts to get even bigger, the spoons just don't scoop enough food up.
I do recommend them but keep it in mind that you will need to replace them fairly quickly.
Spoons. Cant be much to them can there? Thats what I thought before I started trying to feed a little one, and more to the point, before he started trying to feed himself! Its then you learn that not all spoons are equal and, in fact, some are a lot more unequal than others. Further, a spoon that makes it easy for you to feed baby wont necessarily be a spoon that makes it easy for baby to feed himself.
Avent products are probably amongst the most well-known baby feeding equipment manufacturers in the UK. Avent seem to have placed themselves fairly and squarely in the limelight knowing full well that capturing a new parents business will probably ensure loyalty through the years to come. And parents have a big spend attached to them.
Avent was not entrenched in our house but there came a time when I was willing to give anything a go. My son was desperate to feed himself but no matter how many times I showed or tried to help my son was having problems. Although we could find our mouth we just couldnt get the hang of removing the spoon with our lips closed and so the spoon would come out with as much food on it as it went in with, my son would get frustrated and the meal would end in tears. I had to find a suitable spoon.
The Avent weaning spoons are purchased in packs of two. This is useful as it means Mum can have one spoon and baby the other and then if the need to swap arises, as it so often does, the swap can take place without worrying that one spoon is better than the other.
Weaning spoons are designed for small mouths and so tend to have small, shallow, narrow bowls. The Avent spoon is no different. The bowl is narrow and quite small. Its probably about 2/3rds the size of a teaspoon or about the size of a 2.5ml medicine spoon. The bowl is lower than the handle of the spoon so that there is almost a step-like shape to the spoon. This seems to make it easier for baby to get a full spoon of food into their mouth but, unfortunately, not to remove that spoon minus the food! The bowl itself is quite shallow which is a plus as deep bowls, in my experience are a nightmare!
Many weaning spoons have rubber tips to make them more comfortable for baby, particularly when they have sore gums. The Avent spoons dont have this advantage. Rubber tips also come in handy when a spoon is being wielded as a weapon! Thats a mark against the Avent.
True weaning spoons like the Avent spoon have long handles to make it easier for parents to feed their offspring. The handle length of the Avent is ideal for that purpose. Its also ideal to allow babys hand and the carers hand on the handle at the same time. Howevre, once baby starts grabbing the spoon to self-feed the handle length is far too long. Babies have enough trouble working out where their mouth is in relation to their hand without adding complications in the form of a long spoon. At this stage youll either need to swap to a shorter handled spoon or watch your baby get more and more frustrated trying to manoeuvre a long handled spoon towards their mouth. This rather shortens the useful life of the Avent spoon as youll be needing to swap to something shorted within a couple of months.
The handle of the spoon is dead straight. This might sound obvious but many babys spoons are curved both along their length and in towards the bowl of the spoon to make self-feeding easier. Ive yet to find a curved-in spoon that works but a spoon that has a curved down handle is very useful and my son finds it easier to get the food in his mouth.
The Avent weaning spoon lacks any kind of soft or easy grip to the handle and theres very little bend in the handle. This is an issue for both parent and child. Any parent will tell you how messy feeding time can be and by the time you have food all up the spoon it slips far too easily.
One upside to the Avent spoons is that, because they lack soft materials, they dont discolour quite so quickly as soft-tipped spoons. Baby food is particularly staining to plastics.
All in all Im not that impressed.
As a true weaning spoon Avent have probably hit the mark but then true weaning doesnt last that long. I think itd be a poor investment to buy many of these and would recommend that you look for a spoon that will last a little longer. For these purposes I think you can do worse than Tommy Tippee weaning spoons. They have soft tips, easy soft grips and a nice curve to them. They come in two lengths, those designed for younger children being longer in length and with slightly smaller bowls.
Dont just trust in a name .
Make weaning easy! These long handled spoons are specially designed for little mouthfuls without spills! Easy to use and clean.