“ Brand: Boots / Type: Baby Bowls & Cutlery „
Boots baby spoons
When I finally took the scary first step into the messy world of baby weaning I decided that I needed to get a few basic essentials including some good baby spoons. Baby spoons differ from a regular tea spoon in that they are usually plastic, have a flatter spoon surface and have easy to hold handles. When I first started looking for some basic weaning equipment I was quite overwhelmed at the amount of different brands available - who knew that baby spoons would be such a booming business?! What first caught my attention about the Boots baby spoons (apart from the fact that I would get some much loved loyalty points) was the colours available - I opted for a bright hot pink and orange combination set of baby spoons.
However, as much as I liked the colour the Boots baby spoons also fitted all the other criteria that I was looking for, the biggest being a flat ish spoon surface. I wanted a spoon that would be easy for a baby to get the food off of with minimal effort and really I wanted a spoon that was aimed at helping baby's get used to their first mouthfuls of food. My daughter took to weaning and solid (ish) food with no problems at all and I doubt that it was completely down to my choice of spoon but the Boots baby spoon definitely didn't hinder her experience in anyway that I noticed.
The spoons have a nice handle to hold and it's quite thick with ridges, which make it as baby friendly as possible, although my daughter is no where near the stages of using cutlery by herself she likes to hold her spoon and with the baby friendly design of the Boots spoons she can grasp it easily. I also think she enjoys the bright colour and the opportunity to make even more mess by attempting to throw the spoon and any food in the direction of the nearest doggie.
The Boots baby spoons come in a packet of four for £1.99 - a bargain! And I would highly recommend them and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase them again in the future. They definitely get the full five out of five star rating from me.
This is a review of Boots Baby Spoons which I bought around a year ago when we started weaning our daughter.
As there is no picture with this review header, I shall attempt to describe the spoons we have. There are twelve spoons, three of each colour: green, red, orange and yellow. On first inspection these spoons look absolutely huge for little mouths but I decided they were still worth a try. The spoons are also dishwasher safe although we turn ours around quicker by hand washing them.
I started with yoghurt and found these spoons ideal for our daughter, especially when she started to use a spoon herself and can handle these spoons brilliantly now. Whilst they look big, they are funnel like so seem to help the food stay upon them a bit better than smaller spoons. A lot of friends have laughed when they saw the spoons because they thought they were gigantic too but our daughter must have a big mouth to match them as she is perfectly happy using them.
For the price paid, these are excellent value for money. We have all 12 in rotational use and they are showing no signs of wear and tear yet and we have been using them for months. I found the smaller and shallower spoons better for the early stages of weaning but now we are trying most foods, these are great for puddings like custard, rice pudding or yoghurt. I really like the bright colours of the spoons and they brighten up our cutlery drawer. They are so easy to clean too as food doesn't tend to stick to the spoons.
At £1.50 for 12 spoons, these spoons are a great bargain and it means we can keep them in the change bag, the house and at Grandparents' houses all at the same time. You can have some washing and some in the drawer and there is always one to hand.
Don't be put off by their appearance, they may not work for all children but they are the best spoons we've got for self- feeding and if one goes missing, it's not the end of the world as we still have loads left in the drawer! I would repurchase these in a flash if I needed to as they are a bargain and do the job well but a pack of 12 will probably be enough to see us through.
When I was getting ready to start weaning I went shopping to Boots. I wasn't sure what I was going to need but was planning on the one bowl, two spoons method when I first started feeding my twins. Thinking that at some point they would also want a spoon each I bought quite a lot. As I didn't know which were going to work best I got a variety of different brands. I spotted a pack of bright green and yellow bowls and matching green and yellow spoons. I thought they would make a change from all the other pink spoons I had chosen but they were also available in pink.
Using the spoons
Out of 3 types of spoons I'd bought these were medium in size and so I chose to start weaning with the smallest spoons I had as my twins are very dainty for their age so only have small mouths (they still manage to make a good volume of noise though!) When the girls moved on to mashed up food at about 7 months I started using these spoons.
These are comfortable to hold and are not slippery unless they are covered in food. I find them a good length for getting into the little pots of petit filous the girls have. The handles are flexible when you are trying to wrestle them from the incredibly tight grasp that a baby has when they don't want to give you something.
Scooping up food
The spoon is fairly shallow which means that the spoon doesn't get overloaded with more food than can chewed and safely swallowed in one go. I find them easy to scoop food onto and being flexible you can easily get the last bits out of the bowl with them. Over time these spoons have ended up being mainly used for yogurts and when my little ones started feeding themselves with them they found them easy to use.
Not a teether
These spoons have been chewed a lot over the last year or so by one of my twins in particular. They have held up well, although there are teeth marks on them now.
The pack I bought contained 4 spoons and the pack size could have done with being 6 or 8, other packs I bought were all slightly larger than this.
Washing up test
These spoons are always washed up by hand and still look really good colour wise. As I said before they have mainly been used for yogurts so haven't been in contact with colour staining foods like tomato.
Price and availability
These spoons are Boots own so only available from them, I think I paid about £2 for my box of 4.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these spoons have proved to be good quality and I'm pleased with how long they have lasted.
Recently we have been starting Jayden on a few solids including baby rice and baby porridge in the mornings, he was bought a Tiny Tatty Teddy bowl and spoon set by my parents a while ago which he has been using for every meal, however we did find that the spoon that the set came with was a bit big for his mouth and he would end up with more food around his mouth rather than in it. Recently while I was stocking up on a few products in my local Boots I spotted the Boots Baby 4 Weaning Spoons, they were perfect for Jayden, they were much smaller and easier for him to get his mouth around so I decided to get him a pack to see if he would get on better with these whilst he was getting use to eating from a spoon.
The Boots Baby 4 Weaning Spoons come attached to a while and yellow card, at the top is the name of the product in pink and blue, next to it is the age that this product is suitable for written in white and blue inside a pink box, there is also information about the spoons just underneath it demonstrated with symbols. The rest of the front of the card is taken up wit the actual spoons, these are held in place with plastic which is moulded around the four spoons attached to the card. On the back of the card is all of the product information including information about the product, directions for use and warnings, this is all written in dark blue and easy and clear to read. To remove the spoons from the card you simply peel off the plastic and the spoons come away with it.
The Weaning Spoons
The Boots Weaning spoons are basically small spoons which are shaped to easily fit a baby's mouth, the handle is made from a blue plastic with the actual spoon end being made from a green rubbery material. The handles are curved and have ridges going down them making them easy to grip, they are also easy for a small child to hold and grip once your baby starts feeding themselves, the tip of the spoon as I have mentioned is rubbery, it is bendy and also has soft rounded edges, this is for you baby's comfort so that the edges do not rub your baby's mouth or gums which is especially important if their gums are a bit sore through teething, I also find the handles on the spoons are quite long in comparison to the small tips, this is useful as it means you can hold further down the handle whilst feeding your baby.
The tip of the spoon is much smaller than a regular spoon and is also much deeper, this makes it easier to keep the food on the spoon whilst your baby is trying to take it, feeding a baby solids for the first time is a messy process as they cannot actually take the food from the spoon to start with and you have to sort of scrape it into their mouths, the slightly higher edges on the spoon helps with this as the food does not slip over the edges, the slightly deeper spoon end again is handy for if you child is feeding themselves for the first time as it makes it easier for them to balance food on the spoon without spilling it. The Weaning Spoons are also dishwasher safe and microwave safe so keeping them clean and sterile should not be a problem.
Directions for Use
The directions for use include
* Wash the Weaning Spoons thoroughly in hot soapy water (or the top rack of a dishwasher) before using for the first time and after each use
* Do not use abrasive or solvent based cleaning products on the spoons as this may cause damage
* Store out of direct sunlight
* The spoons can be sterilised using any method
* The spoons can be used in a dishwasher or microwave but must not be used in a conventional oven.
The warnings appear on the back of the packaging and are standard for any type of baby feeding product, these include
* Always use this product with adult supervision
* Before each use inspect the product
* Throw away at the first sign of weakness or damage
* Always check food temperature before feeding
* Stir food well before giving it to your child
Price and Availability
Obviously the Weaning Spoons are only available in Boots as they are their own brand of product, the pack of 4 spoons cost just £1.99, I thought this was a good price for these as you get 4 spoons for that price and they are of an excellent quality.
I have used the Boots Weaning Spoons for a lot of Jayden's feeds now and have been very pleased with them, whilst I did like the spoon that came with the Tiny Tatty Teddy bowl at the moment it is a little bit big for Jayden's mouth, these spoons are an ideal shape and size for Jayden, they are much smaller and fit nicely into his mouth allowing him to easily take the food off of it, it also means more of the food goes into his mouth rather than around it, the soft rubber edges are more gentle on his gums which I am pleased about as he does have sore gums at the moment.
The spoons are easy to clean and maintain you can either just wash them with your regular washing up or sterilise them using the regular approved methods of sterilising, the spoons also appear to be strong despite their flexibility.
The Weaning Spoons are aged at babies from 4 months onwards, I think we will get a huge amount of use out of these as Jayden will also be able to use them when he starts to feed himself, the ridge and curved handles make holding them easy and means that they do not slip out of your little ones hand. I like the longer handles on the spoons as it means that whilst I am feeding Jayden I came keep my hands away from the food making feeding him less messy.
I would highly recommend the Boot Weaning Spoons as they are perfect for when you baby first starts eating solids, I will definitely buy some more of these in the future should I need more feeding spoons for Jayden.
Boots Heat Sensor Weaning Spoons
I got these spoons for my daughter when she turned six months as it was time to start weaning her onto solid foods. I found these spoons on special offer in Boots for £1.50 for 4 spoons so I thought why not it was so cheap for these spoons they were worth a try.
**WHAT ARE THEY**
They are weaning spoons for babies that you can use between 4-6 months onwards basically from when you start to wean your child. They are shallow so its easy for your baby to get food off them and perfect for tiny mouths.
They are heat sensitive so the tip of the spoon which is soft (like rubber) will change colour when the food is too hot for your baby. They will change from purple to pink to warn you that the food is too hot.
The actual spoon itself has quite a long handle compared to other weaning spoons. The handle is curved so its easy to handle and hold even for your little one to hold when they wish.
There is no sharp edges on the spoon so you don't need to worry about this as the ends are curved also.
The handle is bright yellow in colour which will get your babies attention, well it gets my daughters anyway. On the end of the handle the Boots logo can be seen in purple.
The tip of the spoon is soft and almost rubbery like to taste in your mouth. It is shallow so its easy to get small spoonfuls for your child.
This tip is great as it is purple however if the food is too hot or even if you are washing it in hot water the tip will change from dark purple to pink.
I find this useful to reassure myself that the food is not too hot. However always check yourself if the food is cool enough for your child.
I like the look of these spoons as they are cute to look at and are a nice shape and size.
My daughter loves these spoons and I can happily under my supervision give her one to try to attempt to spoon feed herself however she is still at the stage of just chewing on it but it's a learning experience.
The spoons give you a nice amount of portion of food on it to give to your child at any one time and it is nice that the tip is not hard and it is smooth so you know its not going to be harsh in their wee mouths.
I love the way that this spoon changes colour when you are using it. I am reassured that my judgement is correct.
You should never though just go by the colour of the spoon itself always check yourself just in case the food it still too hot.
It is easy to wash these spoons and dry. If you wish they can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Another good thing is that if you wish you can sterilise them by an approved method.
Make sure to throw away your spoons if they show any sign of weakness as otherwise they may be harmful to your child.
Always check the food you have prepared yourself and make sure to stir any food very well before giving to your child as there could be hot spots.
I think these spoons were fantastic value for money especially as I got them on special offer. I would recommend them to anyone.
Boots have a small range of their own branded feeding spoons. I cannot say we have tried them all, however we have tried the Boots Baby Safari set as it was given to us a gift along with the matching plate and bowl. The spoon we have came as part of a set and our child soon worked out it made a lovely banging noise when in use......kids!
The set was a cute little item that we were very happy to receive, although being what I would term a 'hard surfaced' feeding spoon that came in the set, its one of those sets thats best left for your child to use when not teething.
Still as spoons go, its a very nice one.
Having had a peek at the price of this set it looks like it comes out at around £2.79. Thats not bad as its a very attractive looking cutlery duo that if given as part of a gift does look very nice and should please the giftee (we were very happy with this when we were given it).
The set we have came as a spoon and fork set and was in a nice mid toned blue/ green shade. Although I know it also comes in a pink tone too. You get a small handle on your spoon, with a covered grip piece thats patterned with little bits of artwork. There is a cute banana munching monkey, a little bear and something we thought looked like a small snake creature.
The set is nice to look at and feels easy to handle when you hold the fork and spoon. A quick mention for the fork here. The fork is made from a light stainless steel and one thing we liked was the fact that the prongs on the fork are not too pointy or sharp. This is especially helpful if allowing your child to feed themselves as the fork won't stick into your childs gums.
The spoon has the same type of handle and once again, the spoon bowl is made from the same stainless steel material. This has a nice smooth texture and is just deep enough for a child to be able to scoop out a nice amount of yoghurt or ice cream. Its also fine for getting to grips with mashed potato and similar things which kids do seem to enjoy getting stuck into, as they can have fun whilst eating with these slightly mushy textured foods.
We have found the set to be easily taken care of when it comes to washing and cleaning. Its just a case of rinsing with warm soapy water of placing the spoon into the dishwasher. Due to the metal parts used in the product I wouldn't want to try to use it with a steriliser as I don't like to mix plastic and metal items and it certainly cannot go into the microwave for sterilising.
This means its really not a set that I would want to use with a very young baby that needs to have sterilised equipment. Although the info does say that the spoon can be used in water based sterilising units, I still wouldn't want to put stainless steel items in with other plastic items, so would perhaps place them in a different container.
We have found the spoon and fork to be a nice little set that matches the other items we have rather well. It perhaps wouldn't have been a set we might have chosen ourselves, due to the solid metal parts which could be something that may get in the way when used with a teething child. The spoon works well and holds a decent amount of food, it hasn't tarnished in any way.
If the set is representative of the whole range of Boots branded items then I can give it a good rating, as its well made and looks very cute. Its also very usable and easy to wash and clean. As such I feel the Boots baby spoon in our set ought to get a 4 star rating.
Up until my daughter was one year old, we used the plastic spoons and forks made by Heinz which were great. As a birthday present she was bought a Winnie the Pooh plate set. This consists of Winnie the Pooh plastic plate, bowl, and a fork and a spoon. The spoon and fork are metal, but she has been fine using them. I am currently trying to teach her to feed herself, you can imagine the mess!! The fork is much better at picking things up than the plastic ones. She also likes to have her food put on a plate rather than a bowl, as she sees mummy and daddy eating from a plate!! The added advantage is that if she throws the plate on the floor, it will bounce and not smash - great invention lol! I think now that she is a little bit older, she should get used to eating with "proper" cutlery. I obviously supervise her with the fork, as knowing Alex she would stab me with it! I think the set is lovely and I know that there are various ones at Boots, such as Teletubbies, Tweenies, and Bob the Builder. So they are ideal for toddlers, and I would highly recommend them.
We bought some of the small weaning spoons when we were first weaning our son and they were fantastic. Just the right size for him to feed from and they had nice well rounded edges with no rough bits (sounds daft but some spoons for babies seem to have them). The great thing is we are still using them at 11 months as they make great foods for learning to self feed as our son can get just about the right amount on the spoon for what he can actually chew in his mouth, so he doesnt get too frustrated. I would certainly recommend them to a friend UPDATE RE SELF FEEDING These are fabulous spoons for self feeding. i think its something to do with the coating on the plastic, but food stays on the spoon much better with these spoons than with some others
Boots have recently launched their own range of baby cutlery and bowls. Although I had already bought tommee tippee stuff when I was pregnant I only had one decent spoon. It is a green tommee tippee one which came with a set and I couldn't find them sold seperatly. I also found the blue petit filous ones to be far too wide. I was really pleased when I saw practically the same spoons being sold in boots. They come in packs of 6 with 3 different icy blue colours for about £2 These spoons are really good for feeding as they are not too wide and are quite lenthy.