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Baby brands are constantly bringing out new ideas on ways to help you wean baby and this mesh feeder has been around for maybe 2 years ish now. When I first saw them I wondered what on earth you were supposed to do with it so I looked up some reviews on youtube. They seemed like a good idea and at only £4 I thought it was worth a try.
Many different brands make mesh feeders but as I'd used nuby products before it was their one that I chose. We got ours from babies r us but you can get hold of them in other childrens stores, supermarkets and places like boots too.
we paid around £4 for the actual feeder and then about £3 for a packet of three replacement mesh pieces.
when you first open it it is in one piece but in order to wash it splits up into 5 seperate parts; the lid, the mesh net, the ring the mesh sits in, a sealing disc and the handle part. The handle is a really good shape and makes it easy for baby to grip with the rubber part at the top. The rest of the handle, the ring, disc and lid are all plastic and come in a variety of colours.
To fill the feeder you unscrew the ring part from the handle and remove the disc then fill the mesh with your chosen food. Then replace the sealing disc and screw back into place its really simple.
We have found two main uses for our mesh feeder;
Firstly and most obviously is to introduce baby to fruits and veggys. The nice thing about it is baby can hold it themselves easily and the mesh prevents any choking issues. My girls loved eating strawberries, melon and steamed carrots through it. The fruit or veg has to be pretty soft to allow it to pass through the mesh into babies mouth so I definitely recommend steaming veggys first.
The second thing we used it for was teething. We would fill it with either frozen fruit purees or frozen formula milk (you could also use breast milk or plain water) and it really helped soothe their gums and gave them something to chew on much like a gel teether.
washing- this where the problem comes! Whilst the plastic parts are a breeze to wash the mesh is an absolute nightmare unless you're just using ice cubes of water. The fruit or veg gets well and truly jammed inbetween the mesh and its near impossible to get it all out. I ended up replacing the mesh part after eas use which turned a reasonably cheap product into something that cost us each time we used it.
It turned out to be one of those products we used a few times, mainly for the novelty and then its been left in the drawer and not used again. Its a shame therrs no better way than the mesh really as both my daughters enjoyed eating from it.
We bought one of the Nuby nibblers when our daughter was 6 months old, to help us with the weaning process. I was attracted by the concept - teaching children about different foods and tastes, but without the worry of choking - and by the fact that it was a Nuby product, as this was a name I knew from other good baby products.
The nibbler is basically a fine mesh net (2 spares are supplied) which you can place pieces of cut fruit and vegetables into, and the net is then twisted onto the handle which effectively 'locks' it into place. This does make a secure seal between the net and the handle, and my daughter was never able to get them apart. The child is then able to chew or suck on the net and get small pieces of food out.
The handle of the nibbler was a good size for a 6 month old: it was chunky and easy to grip hold of, but not so big that my daughter couldn't control it. The holes in the mesh net were big enough to let some food through, but not so big that you would be concerned about chunks of food coming out and your child choking. The net was also big enough to put a decent portion of fruit into.
We did use this more for fruit than for vegetables, as being softer, you seemed to get more of the food out through the net. My daughter especially liked apples and oranges: sure, she got sticky with the juice (especially from oranges) but that would have happened no matter how she ate! We did find that those vegetables that we tried weren't as good in this product (peppers, carrots) as not so much came through.
Nuby says that you can use this product for teething by placing ice cubes into them: we never did try this, as I was worried that it would be too cold on my daughters' skin and gums. However, I did find that a chilled chunk of carrot worked well for my daughter: it was cool enough to soothe her gums, and solid enough that she could get a good bite to help the teeth to come through :)
The one main downside I found to the Nuby Nibbler was that the net was hard to get completely clean depending on what you put into it: as a rule, I found that the softer the food going into the net, the harder it was to clean: banana was a nightmare! The handle was very easy to clean though.
Overall, I liked the product. However, I'm going to give it 4 stars as the net was a bit awkward to clean.
My son was always terrible at finger food, he would just shove everything in his mouth rather than taking bites or nibbling at his food. I saw these Nuby Nibblers and decided to give them a go.
They consist of a stubby handle and a food net, which connect on to the handle with a ring that clips in to place. The idea is that you put for example bits of fruit etc in to it if you child is not quite ready to hold them themselves and gives them more control over how much goes in at a time. The food sits inside the net and your child chews/bites/sucks at it and the food comes out in mashed up form so they can't choke. The nibbler I purchased came with 3 nets.
So the first food I put in there was banana. My son seemed to love it. The handle is very easy to grab and hold, the net is nice and short so your child will always be able to get it to their mouth. I thought he might try and bite at the net more, but instead it was just sucked at. I am not really sure if this is the intended purpose or not as he wasn't getting any bigger lumps of food than he would have if I had pureed it for him. I thought he would bite at it and larger bits would come through the netting for him to eat. Anyway after half an hour of that and a couple of re-fills he had finished. I think he would have made less mess had I given him a spoon and a bowl of mashed banana and let him feed himself as there was horrible stick banana everywhere that was starting to dry. After he was clean I went to clean the nibbler our before it dried on. What a nightmare. Banana is definitely something I would never be putting in one again. After half an hour of washing and scrubbing there were still hundreds of tiny bits of banana stuck to it so I threw that net away and put a new one on for next time.
It really only got used a couple of times after that. I tried some melon but that was so watery that again the mess it made took far longer to clean up than it did to eat, although this did wash out of the net ok so it could be re-used. I also tried some chunks of pepper but the skin just got in the way and he didn't really get to eat much of it. Again a nightmare to clean it out.
I like the idea of these, my son thoroughly enjoyed chomping on them but they do make far more mess than just giving him finger food did. He also got very annoyed whenever he had finished and didn't like me taking it away. They do say that the nets are washable and re-usable but I was only able to use one net twice before it became impossible to clean what was in there. The mesh on the net seems to have several layers (presumably so if a little bit broke it would still hold together so your child didn't choke on chunks of food coming out) but it means that tiny bits of food get trapped in the mesh and it is so difficult to get them out. Replacement nets are available to buy separately.
18 months on and my son still shovels too much in his mouth at once so we didn't gain anything from using these. They probably are great for some babies. I paid around £4-5 for one of these with replacement nets, which isn't too much and I am glad I gave it a go. But for me the washing time alone would stop me using them again for my new baby as I have even less time to get things done now!
I came across this lovely little invention when Tyler was 6/7 months old, we later had to replace it as the net became stained and unwashable, I got a slightly cheaper alternative at Asda, Tylers 20 months now and we have no use for it but I used it up until he was around 12 months- as he enjoyed sucking and chewing on it!
I bought my Nuby Nibbler from Boots, at the time the only one on offer was in pink, I didn't mind but some parents may object to giving their boys pink items. I have since seen it in blue aswell though so there are colours for both genders.
The Nuby Nibbler is basically a small net that slips through a ring that twists and locks onto a handle. It can be used as a a teether- putting frozen fruit/ice in it although I never used it that way. The other way to use it is to put fruit in- such as banana, oranges etc and give to the baby to chew on. As the baby is chewing on the net they cant get bits of fruit out without them being to big, this lowers the risk of choking. It also encourages chewing. Tyler loved bananas but they were much too slippery for him to get a grip on. The Nuby Nibbler allowed him to enjoy his favourite fruit without the frustration of it slipping out his hand every 5 seconds!
It comes with a plastic lid to click on over the top to keep the net clean when not in use and to keep everything else clean when it has been used but you're out!
I often used this when we were out and about so Tyler could have a snack. Unfortunatly I used it one day at the beach with a banana, we werent back until much later and when I got round to washing it out the stains just wouldnt come out of the net. At the time I wasn't aware you could purchase replacement nets so went to Asda. I found a design just like the Nuby Nibbler except it had a ring to hold and was slightly cheaper. I believe this one was from the Munchkin range although I havent seen them in Asda for some time.
Tyler had no issues with the Nuby Nbbler in use he loved it. I found the handle would get very sliperry or sticky with fruit juice and getting a grip on it to unlock it was very hard, especially in comparison to the Munchkin one I later purchased. Washing the netting could be quite hard aswell. It is dishwasher safe but a friend of mine said that she washed hers in the dishwasher and the netting didnt come out fully clean so I would reccomend hand washing to ensure you can get all the little bits out.
You can get the Nuby Nibbler on Amazon for between £5-£8. I'd however reccomend looking for a cheaper alternative, the Munchkin one I purchased was easier to unlock and had a ring handle which gave baby a better grip and me a better grip when unlocking it to wash!
Ill give it 4 stars as its a great idea but a star knocked off as there are better ones out there and at cheaper prices!
This is a great little device from Nuby, a brand well known for their bright and innovative teething and feeding products.
The Nibbler is a teether consisting of a small net bag that clips (twists and locks) securely over a chunky plastic handle. The fine-mesh bag can then be filled with foods for your teething baby to bite and chew on to relieve their teething pain. On the cardboard sleeve that forms the back of the packaging it states that you can fill the Nibbler with "ice or frozen fruits" or "fruits and veggies". I would be reluctant to fill it with ice or frozen fruit as I would be worried about it sticking and burning. However, the fruit and veg is a good option, and it can even be used for things like digestive biscuits if necessary.
Baby CrazyEgg has recently made the transition from nasogastric feeding to oral feeding. She can eat puree and mashed up foods, drink from a cup, and is quite good with nibbling bite-and-dissolve type foods. None of these foods require much chewing, and that is our next goal: to encourage chewing, and to progress on to foods that are not so mashed. In other contexts Baby CrazyEgg is good at chewing and will gnaw on many of her toys and books. These latter we remove as if they are chewed to a pulp Baby tries to swallow the pulp and then gags and is sick.
So, what we needed was a device that could be chewed, would make chewing desirable, and would not lead to gagging, or vomiting. We also need to introduce Baby CrazyEgg to a range of foods that need to be chewed, and although we have been doing this, most commonly they have simply been thrown piece by piece on to the floor, and when any pieces have gone into her mouth she has not really seemed to know what to do with them.
But now we have the Nibbler! It took a while and a demonstration from me before she got the idea, but now it is a great success. Baby CrazyEgg can hold the Nibbler herself and has been chomping away on juicy, dried apricots. They are boring if you suck them: but chew them and Baby has learned that they are most Yum! Since they are safely inside the bag I have not had to worry about her swallowing a lumpy bit, which at this stage she cannot cope with. So the Nibbler has also reduced some anxiety on my part, though of course, as the packaging states Baby should not be left unattended while eating.
The Nibbler is marketed as a teether suitable for babies from six months, but its real selling point is that it reduces the risk of choking when moving on to solid foods, and encourages chewing. I am not sure that this is a necessary product for babies that have not had any issues with feeding, but for those that have it may well be a key tool for progression. Indeed, Baby CrazyEgg's speech therapist suggested the Nibbler might be a good thing to get, after we had bought one of the off chance of it coming in handy. It costs about £5 but is often in a 3 for 2 deal in Boots.
The Nibbler is suitable for cleaning in the top-rack of a dishwasher, however, I have found that this does not give great results, with bits of food remaining clinging to the bag. It is easier, and very quick to wash by hand.
A disadvantage might be that sticky foods get dabbed all over everything, but this would happen regardless of the Nibbler. Also if left on the floor it may gather a bit of carpet fluff, but this is not something that has happened. Baby CrazyEgg would not be so foolish as to waste yummy apricots by leaving them on the carpet. No, this is just a brilliantly conceived and executed product. 5 stars from me.