“ Brand: So.Eat / Type: Baby Bowls & Cutlery „
So. eat kids, use your cutlery!
I think it's important from an early age to introduce cutlery to children when they first begin to eat. Obviously they are not going to use it properly in the beginning and it is going to be very messy (if you've ever given a baby a yogurt and a spoon you will know what I mean) but I think it's a great way for them to learn so when they are old enough to use their utensils properly it will be second nature and not a big battle with them.
I purchased quite a few sets of this cutlery from Tesco online a while ago as I thought it looked really cute and also I wanted to have one each for my kids so they would not fight over who got what cutlery (yes, this happens in our house a lot) and to have some spares when their little friends come over for tea. The sets was less than £5 each which I thought was a really good price for a set of good looking cutlery.
What I like about them and what my little girl likes also is that they are made of stainless steel so they look like grown up cutlery and this makes her feel like a big girl when she is eating with them. However, they have cute little smiley faces on the end of the knife, fork and spoon in yellow, blue and red so they retain a touch of child about them. AS a little game we always like to talk about the colours and what colour is on each utensil so you can bring some education and learning into meal times too!
The cutlery is the perfect size for little hands and it quite rounded in its appearance so my little ones find it really easy to grip onto and feed themselves with. I think my only issue would be that the spoon is quite flat which if you are eating something like peas makes them fall off the spoon quite easily and can be frustrating for little fingers.
The cutlery is dishwasher proof and I have always washed them in here with no issues. The nice thing is the colour on the smiley faces does not wear off after a while like I've had happen to other kids cutlery so I like the fact that it is hard wearing too.
All in all a great little set of cutlery from Tesco.
This cutlery set comes in different variations the main design remains the same but the small picture at the bottom of each piece can vary ours has little hands on then in different colours bright and attractive to little eyes. You receive a knife a fork and a spoon all about 14 cm in size and designed for toddler's hands.
I picked these up for around £8 a set in Tesco which I did think was a little pricey but you can tell the quality of them on first sight and I thought it would be a good investment it encouraged my little boy to eat more as he was going through a fussy stage and I was sure him having his own cutlery would make him more open to the idea of meal times.
They are made of stainless steel so resemble normal cutlery sets but just half the size and perfect for the hands of toddlers. This also means they last a lot longer than other Toddler sets you buy which tend to be made of plastic and not very hard wearing at all we have had these for 2 years now and they are still going strong.
Although on appearance the set looks rather chunky and as it is made from stainless steel it could be rather heavy they are surprisingly light and perfect for a little one to hold while still having a grown up appearance. The handles are curved which means it is easy for little one to get a good grip of the cutlery easily and again another appealing property for small children.
The whole set is toddler safe to the fork and nice have rounded tips so there is nothing sharp that little one can hurt them self with yet they are still fully functional. The knife is pretty useless I cut my children's food up for them with mine as this one is blunt and for tougher things just cannot cut through them. The fork has 4 prongs that are rounded but still pick up food easily enough even for small hands.
My only downside is the colouring of the hand at the bottom of the set has began coming off we have had these for over 2 years and they have received a lot of use and washing but I would have hoped it would have lasted longer for the price we paid. Saying that this does not affect the overall use of them so not too bad really.
They are easy to clean a quick wipe down with the washing up and they are as good as new nothing seems too hard to remove from them and they do claim to be dishwasher safe but if the colouring has faded from hand washing I dread to think how long it would last if they were put through a dishwasher.
I would highly recommend this set yes they are on the expensive side for a cutlery set but we have purchased another for my son and my daughter uses our eldest's as he has now moved on to adult knives and forks. They are fantastic for giving your children a little independence and I am sure they have many years of use left in them yet.
They retail between £7 up to £14 so I would shop around and you can always find them on offer somewhere to make them that little bit cheaper but the quality is worth paying for.
Our little lad used to find it quite difficult to use grown up cutlery (he is managing better now though) but about two years ago we invested in a set of stainless steel So Eat CHildren's Cutlery Set which we bought from John Lewis while we were on holiday for £9.00 (I think they were initially meant to be slightly more than this but there was a sale on at the time).
The set comprises of a knife, a fork and a spoon and each one of them has a little smiley face on the bottom of each utensil. They are all different coloured smiley faces and the fork is blue, the spoon is red and the knife is yellow. At the time, these also helped him as we were trying to teach him about different colours.
They are a great size for children at roughly 15 to 16 cm in size and the handles are larger than adult cutlery which allows for better grip and handling for the youngster. The knife is not too sharp and the prongs of the fork and slightly blunt, so safer than conventional adult cutlerly, which is what we really liked about them too.
Our son does not use these so often nowadays and had graduated onto adult knives and forks but every now and again he will use the spoon to eat a mousse or a yoghurt with.
They come with a huge twenty year guarantee and the quality is really excellent. They are dishwasher safe and the smiley face colours have not faded over time.
Really recommended. ..
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
==So. Eat Children's Cutlery Set==
When Jack was really little and just starting out with food he would have the small and plastic spoons to have his mashed up food given him so if it hit his gums or teeth it wouldn't hurt. AS time went on and he got bigger (Along with his appetite) we needed to by him some proper cutlery. At first I bought some with plastic handles and metal ends but after a few weeks the plastic covering was breaking off and the poor quality was plainly obvious.
I decided we should by a quality item as it was going to be lasting him a good few years and of course it will always last us for our next child (whenever that shall be)/
==Price and Availability==
We came across this particular set in Tesco's so the set isn't hard to find. Having had a look online there are a good deal of places that do stock them and of course there are slight variations to the overall look and design.
Although I have seen sets of cutlery in Poundland for a mere £1 I am sure that they don't last very long and are not something that will last over from child to child like this set gives the impression it will so when looking at the price of £10.50 for the three pieces of cutlery it may seem expensive at first but when taking into account the good quality of the product I didn't mind paying it at all.
==Look and Design==
The cutlery set is really rather simple and exactly what is needed with a knife, fork and spoon. There is only one small aspect of design on each of the pieces and this is a colourful smiley face etched into the bottom of each handle area. The fork has a blue smile, the knife has a yellow smile and the spoon has a red smile. Other than this the set is a very plain looking design which I really like and find very appealing because of its simplicity.
Jack is very happy with his cutlery set and uses the set for each and every meal.
The set does look to be rather chunky but although they have a little bit more weight than a plastic set would do Jack seems to have no trouble with holding them in the least and he looks very comfortable when eating with them.
The finish on the cutlery is very shiny and even after washing with a good polish up the stainless steel set still looks more or less as good as new. The set is dishwasher safe which is great but seeing as this is Jack's only set I always wash them by hand after each meal which is no real bother and they are always very easy to clean.
As far as cutlery sets go, this is a good one. The price is a little expensive for only the three items but I have to say that the quality is exceptionally good and I really cannot fault the set. Jack seems to find all three pieces easy to hold and use and the weight is perfect for small little hands.
Easy to use and easy to clean what more can you want from a set such as this? I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars s well deserved and a very high recommendation is only right to award.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
My daughter stays with her dad once a week on a Sunday night, and as a treat she takes in a packed lunch to school on Mondays (She has free school dinners the rest of the week). Her dad works in a Moroccan restaurant, and as a result she rarely turns up to school with a bog standard sandwich, but rather with some sort of couscous and chicken salad construction, and a mango jelly dessert. She clearly needed some cutlery of her own to go in her lunch box, which is one of those compartmentalised one's, and our home cutlery was simply too large to be included, hence ending up with the 'So. Eat' childrens cutlery set, which is a toddler sized set a good couple of inches shorter than standard cutlery, being designed as it is for little hands.
I'd like to start by saying that the design my daughter has is slightly different than that pictured above, she has the 'Soo. Eat Hifive' version, which instead of smiley faces features coloured hand prints at the bottom of each piece. These are very sweet, and look very much like the palm painting my daughter used to do at nursery school, even having the detail of a couple of gaps in the print, making it look like a very realistic palm print, na dhtis provides a great contrast with the mirror finish stainless steel.
My set also have curved rather than straight handles, which make them smooth and easy to hold for my daughter . I was pleasantly surprised by the weighty feel of this set - they feel much more like 'real' cutlery than some of the plastic handled sets around, although I imagine that for very young toddlers and children this might actually be something of a downside, making them more prone to being dropped.
These are really designed for younger children, and as such a lot of the edges are blunted . The spoon is fairly square, and the prongs on the fork are not particularly sharp. The knife, it has to be said, is very blunt, which is of course an excellent safety feature but does mean there can be problems cutting up food with it. My daughters packed lunches don't tend to need any cutting up, but we did try this out at home on a turkey burger, and honestly found it much more convenient to just cut the food up before putting it on the plate rather than have her hacking at it for ages with this knife. With that said, for softer foods, such as pasta, fish, cooked chicken etc it did manage to do the job, and I think it is an excellent safe way of teaching a young toddler how to get the job done.
One gripe with this set (which is dishwasher safe by the way) is that some of the colouring of the palms has started to fade a little, but that is only a cosmetic issue, and the set itself remains in good condition, with barely a scratch and no signs at all of tarnish or rusting. The product comes with a 50 year manufacturers guarantee, so I feel pretty safe in saying that this set will be gracing my daughters lunchbox for years to come .
It is also significantly more expensive than many other children's cutlery sets, but I feel this price reflects the quality and solidity of the set, so I still feel this is excellent value at £12.50. I purchased mine from cookwarecookshop.com . It is available on amazon, but is more expensive there.
5 stars - a small set for small hands that feels grown up and will last for years .
When Harry was weaning, we used the small plastic spoons you can buy in the supermarkets. But after a while, they became too small for him, I just couldn't get the food in his mouth quick enough lol. So it came time to look for a more grown up set just for him to use, but I was unsure of what sort of set to get him. But last Christmas (2006), my parents purchased this set for Harry as an extra Christmas present!
This is a Cutlery Set produced by Richardson Sheffield, a company based in the UK and who are pioneers of blade and handle technology in England. They started manufacturing knives in 1839 so have over 150 years of experience. Their range is called So.Eat, and this is one of the cutlery sets available for children produced by Richardson Sheffield.
This set is made out of Stainless Steel, and has 3 smiley face symbols on the bottom of each utenstil. The set is made up of a fork, a knife and a spoon. The fork has a blue smiley face, the knife has a yellow one and the spoon has a red one. I always use the colours to point out to Harry to help him learn the names of the utensils and the colours, so they can be a useful learning tool as well! On the blade of the knife, there is the so.eat symbol, and on the reverse, there is a symbol of Richardson Sheffield, as well as tge name underneath with "since 1839". There are no markings on the spoon or the fork however, probable due to the lack of space to write on.
The cutlery are a fantastic size for young children and toddlers. The fork measures 15 cm from tip to tip, and the knife measures 16.5 cm, so they aren't too big for your toddler's hands. They have nice chunky handles which are nice and weighty due to them being made of stainless steel, but they aren't too heavy as to make them unusable. The blade of the knife is not serated, so your child can't cut himself on it but it does cut through softer foods such as fish fingers, chips and soft vegetables easily. For food such as meat, I find I have to chop it with my own knife as this isn't tough enough, but Harry wouldn't have to the strength to saw through meat anyway.
The points of the fork aren't pointy and sharp like on adult cutlery, they are quite square at the ends, another great safety feature of this set. It easily pierces food, and this is the utentsil Harry used the most out of all 3, he just stabs wildly around the plate until something gets stuck to the fork lol, not much finesse involved there I'm afraid! The spoon isn't round or oval at the end like most spoons, this one has a squared edge, but is a nice size for children to use for yoghurts or cereal. I do find that I have to use a normal desert spoon for Harry though as the spoon doesn't contain enough for him lol.
Being stainless steel, my set comes with a 20 year guarantee, which pretty much tells you how long it is expected to last! I have used Harry's set for well over a year now, and it doesn't really show much wear or tear at all! They aren't as shiny as they used to be but it can't stay perfect forever I suppose! They wash very easily, and nothing sticks to them or marks. They are also dishwasher safe (I wish I had a dishwasher lol!).
So if you are looking for a good value and long-lasting utlery set for your toddler, then this is definitely one I would recommend. Being made of stainless steel, it is pretty indestructible and incredibly long-lasting. They are a great size for kids and Harry finds it easy to use them which is nice for me to know. They are a good price at £10 for the set, and mine set was also an NSPCC pack which meant they donated 50 pence from its sale to the charity...even better!
You can buy the set from Amazon for £7.50, and Debenhams stores for £10. Please note you will not be able to purchase the set unless you are aged over 18 years.
Thank you for reading!