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Tommee Tipppee Explora First Cutlery Set
Member Name: jo1976
Tommee Tipppee Explora First Cutlery Set
Date: 23/03/13, updated on 02/09/13 (93 review reads)
Advantages: Includes functional knife with cutting edge, good quality and robust
Disadvantages: Spoon is quite shallow
I would probably have continued with the cutlery we own had I not noticed this Tommee Tippee 'First Cutlery' set, part of their Explora range of weaning and feeding products. This simple set comprises a single spoon, fork and knife and typically sells for around the £5 mark. I purchased my set from Sainsburys during one of their fairly frequent baby product promotions, so paid around £3 for the set which is excellent value.
The cutlery features a sturdy plastic coating around the surprisingly long handles, with generous indents along the length where the sides taper in to make a much thinner object, ideal for little fingers to grip securely. Each of the handles comes in a different colour, all of which are bright cheerful unisex shades that will attract the attention of a toddler. The cutlery feels sturdy and doesn't bend or wobble but is still light enough for a young child to manoeuvre easily.
Where this set differs from the numerous other toddler weaning sets that I've purchased over the years, is the knife. Unusually, the knife included has a proper serrated edge, which means that it is actually a functional piece of cutlery. Admittedly, the cutting edge is not overly sharp which is not surprising, given that this set is deemed suitable for children from 12 months old and upwards. That said, the cutting edge is sharp enough to cut through soft food items such as boiled potatoes or cooked vegetables and the blade is rigid enough to allow a toddler to use a knife in the appropriate way and to develop the skill of using a knife to push food onto his own fork. For obvious safety reasons, this knife does struggle with thicker, tougher foodstuffs. As an adult, I have managed to cut through items such as breaded chicken goujons, using a sawing motion, but the effort and precision involved is too much for my two year old to manage independently. Despite that, this is certainly the most functional knife that I've ever discovered in a set aimed at very young children.
My main reason for purchasing this set was the knife but both the fork and spoon are equally practical and durable. The prongs on the fork are strong and slightly rounded at the ends, so there is no risk of a hungry toddler causing themselves any damage. The 'bowl' of the metal spoon is slightly unusual being longer and thinner than most toddler spoons. There is quite a generous surface area available but the bowl is not particularly deep and, personally, I feel that a rounder and deeper spoon would be a better, and less messy, option if being purchased as a first set for a toddler, certainly at the lowest age recommendation of 12 months. At two, my son is more than capable of using this set and any mess is usually intentional!
I find the quality of this set to be excellent overall. The plastic handles are BPA free and have proven to be very durable, withstanding chewing, sucking and being dropped and thrown, along with regular use in a dishwasher without any visible signs of wear or tear.
I've been using and recommending Tommee Tippee products for many years and am happy to confirm that this is yet another excellent product, worthy of the Tommee Tippee branding. I would certainly recommend this for use by children from around eighteen months old, particularly those desperate to copy older siblings and parents with their own 'big boy's' knife!
Summary: An excellent quality toddler cutlery set, complete with a functional knife
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