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I have now used these spoons for my little girl and little boy and we still use them in our house for yogurts and the like and I have to say they are the best baby spoons on the market, and we have tried several varieties.
The spoons are from Vital baby and there is a little Vital Baby logo with the words written there and a small baby smiley face on the end of the spoon so you know where they are from. The spoons are smallish size so they are perfect for little hands and very easy to hold on to. In fact, Vital say that these spoons are ideal from six to nine months when baby starts to feed themselves. I found with my little boy he started to use a spoon at about six months and these were perfect for him.
The spoons have a plastic handle. This is fairly hard but does have a bit of a bend to it so its easy for parents to hold to to spoon food into baby's mouth. The best part of the spoon though is the tip. This is made of a really bendy flexible soft plastic and so its very easy to get into my little boys mouth. It means that I can literally sort of bend it in and it's not as rigid as a regular spoon would be. Now that's he's older and able to use the spoon himself they are great as well because he puts the spoon and food in his mouth and then sort of chews it a bit and because it is so soft it doesn't hurt his teeth or gums. The spoons have a nice rounded tip and are also fairly deep so you can really get a good bit of food on each spoonful without fear of it falling off. I find because they are made of plastic the pureed food especially sticks to the spoon quite nicely and so there is less mess overall.
The spoons are safe for use in the microwave and they are top rack dishwasher safe. I always put mine in the dishwasher and they come out perfectly every time. In fact, these spoons wash quite well by hand too and nothing sticks to them and they do not discolour with spaghetti or tomato based sauces. They are made from safe materials, are free from BPA, latex and PVC and conform to BS EN14372.
We have them in yellow with orange accents and orange with light orange accents and they look nice, work well and are a spoon I recommend.
I bought these Vital baby spoons in Mama and Papas when my son was coming up to 6 months old. I was purchasing bits and bobs I would need for weaning, and I got loads of Mama and Papa vouchers when he was born, so they came in handy when it came to buying this sort of stuff! I picked up these baby spoons, for £3 a pack, but I have since been in to pick up some more, and they are now £3.50. I don't really mind this price increase, as these spoons are worth the money.
The come in a slim clear, see through box, so you can see the spoons clearly before you purchase, and you get 5 in a pack. I have purchased 3 boxes of the orange coloured spoons so far, but they also come in blue and pink. The spoons I chose are a really bright and vibrant orange and yellow, which I thought might keep my babies attention more whilst I am feeding him, instead of the blue coloured ones. I wouldn't have bought the pink for my son! These spoons do catch my sons eye, he always looks at them and follows the spoon with his eyes and watches it when we are playing 'aeroplanes' with his food and spoon.
The spoons are so lightweight, so really easy for a young baby to hold without any difficulty. They have a soft tip, no sharp or really blunt edges to the spoon at all, which is great as my son quite often bites and chews the spoons. I feel reassured that these spoons are not going to hurt my babies mouth or gums, as they really are so soft. They feel like they are made of rubber, and they are really easy to grip myself too when I am feeding him.
I have gone through two boxes of these so far, and my son is 9 months old, so we have been using them for 3 months, and we are on our third box. They do not last forever, and will have to be replaced frequently. After a while the part of the spoon that goes into your babies mouth, gets really scratched, this is probably because they are being chewed by my son though, and then the food tends to discolour the scratches, and they look grubby and don't look clean, so I end up chucking them out. They also get stained by certain foods, spaghetti bolognese for example! The stains really make the spoons look grubby and maybe the blue ones would be slightly better at not getting too stained, as these are a darker colour. My spoons are a very light yellow and orange colour, although they are so cheap, I don't remind replacing them often. A few have also been lost whilst out and about, so it's a good thing they are cheap!
These spoons are also a really good size for young babies, they are small enough to fit in my son's mouth no problem, but you get a good amount of food on the spoon too. The spoons are BPA free, latex free and PVC free. I will continue to use these spoons, I might try the blue ones next, to see if they are better with the staining issue, but other than that, I love everything about them, my son grips the spoons and feeds himself really well with them and I couldn't recommend them enough!
Baby CrazyEgg is fed by naso-gastric tube (so much easier and convenient in these modern times), but nevertheless we regard familiarity with the spoon as a useful life skill so have for some time been practising their usage. During her first few months of life in hospital Baby CrazyEgg experienced a number of uncomfortable sensations around her mouth: ventilator, oxygen mask, naso-gastric tube... In the aftermath of this, and the chain of events that led to the nil-by-mouth situation, we had to give tiny 'swipes' of food off our fingers in order to keep her sensory development going and to convince her basically that 'food is fun'. Back in January/February of this year we had progressed sufficiently to be advised to see how she did with tiny spoonfuls of food.
We had various freebie weaning spoons from the Bounty and Emma's Diary packs that new parents get, and I thought these would be fine: they were spoons for babies after all. However, the Speech and Language Therapist felt that they were on the large side, and advised that smaller spoons were available that might be better for our tiny girl. I went looking and found the Vital Baby soft tip weaning spoons in Boots.
There are two styles of Vital Baby soft tip spoons, Stage 1 for babies from 4 months and Stage 2 for babies from 6 months. They come in a choice of three colours, blue, pink or yellow and orange and are available in packs of five. The plastic packaging is recyclable and a small information leaflet is included, which tells you that the spoons are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe. It also states that the Vital Baby Cutlery range is "designed to protect sensitive gums, teach how to hold, build confidence and ultimately to help develop Baby's feeding skills as they grow." The soft tips (made of a bendy plastic) are the feature that protects Baby's gums and for us had the advantage that they would not be in any way reminiscent of the hard plastic and metal in and around her mouth that she had experienced during her stay in hospital.
The bowl of the Stage 1 spoons is shallow and the edges to the bowl are straight. The advantage to this is that if you manage to get the spoon containing some food in to your baby's mouth, withdrawing the spoon whilst their mouth is closed will result in the removal of nearly all the food. What happens to the food after that is up to your baby! I am pleased to say that Baby CrazyEgg did well, although we have been through many stages with these eating shenanigans and are still primarily using the Stage 1 spoon.
We have the Stage 2 spoon by accident as I did not read the description on Amazon closely enough and thought they were the same as those we already had. After seven months of use one of the Stage 1 spoons was showing signs of wear so had been thrown away. Anyway, the Stage 2 spoon differs in that the bowl is deeper and the sides curved. There are positioning spaces- shallow circular depressions- on the handle of the spoon for fingers to help baby learn to hold the spoon and feed themselves. Here if you try to withdraw the spoon from baby's mouth not all the food will be wiped off; it is designed for a more advanced feeder. The bowl of the spoon is still flexible and non-confrontational.
I am not sure how useful the positioning spaces are on the Stage 2 spoons since Baby CrazyEgg holds the Stage 1 spoon with ease despite the lack of this feature. Perhaps they will improve her ability to get the food into her mouth rather than her ear. (Though I notice that her aim was markedly better than usual with the chocolate pudding that was introduced today).
Baby CrazyEgg has just squeaked and I think she is saying that she also enjoys chewing the handles of the spoons when a teething need arises. The spoons are of course not teethers so I cannot pass this on as a recommendation. However, I can confirm that you can also put food on the flat end of the handle and this may well be eaten inadvertently.
In summary, a highly recommended range of spoons.
© CrazyEgg 2012
As mentioned before, when my daughter was about 3 months old we trotted off to the Baby show at London's Earls Court. There were of course loads of stands advertising many various baby brands. One of them was the Vital baby brand. I have already reviewed their super unbelievabowl set (seriously guys go get one!) and they were also handing out free samples of their soft tip weaning spoons. Being as crafty as I am, I scooped up about 6/7 and I'm so glad I did!
At around 5 months old, I began the weaning process with my daughter, just introducing new textures and things like baby rice and the odd pureed dish and these spoons were just great for the job! They are brilliant and safe to use as they are BPA free, latex free and PVC free meaning no harmful chemicals will transfer into the precious little one's mouth. We got these in the orange - yellow colour, and these were a great option as they are bright and colourful and co-ordinate with the orange unbelievabowl set we had at home anyway!
The design of the spoon is quite simple but I would say definitely aimed at the younger age range. They are a rubbery feel so soft on baby's sensitive gums and don't rub or irritate, and also (as my daughter discovered!) fun to chew on as a teething tool! The spoon itself is extremely shallow and so really optimum for the younger age as they don't particularly hold much food, and fit with much more ease into a tiny mouth. The spoon was brilliant for baby rice and desserts but I did find as she got older, and started having food with a more thicker consistency these spoons were a bit obsolete as they didn't hold much and my daughter started to get irritated at a spoonful with hardly anything in it!
Saying that, as my daughter got older and got more independent, she of course wanted a hand at feeding herself and these spoons were quite easy to use and hold as they have a flexible tip which is easy to hold and manoeuvre. It sounds sad to say, but she is now 3 years old, and if she's eating a petis filous or something she much prefers feeding herself still using these vital baby weaning spoons lol!
The spoons themselves are quite durable, as we have been washing them and although they have started to discolour slightly at the tip they have retained their quality and still in great use. These come available in a pack of 5 on the vital baby website for £2.99 which I think is great value (even though I got mine for free!) If I was to go back in time or pop another one out I would happily shell out the £3 for these spoons as I do think they are worth it, and now over 2 years on they are still getting some use!
Having successfully weaned my two oldest sons, I had more of an idea of what to expect with my youngest son and knew the importance of having the right equipment from the start of weaning. I purchased two sets of these Vital Baby soft tipped feeding spoons when my son was around five months old and just starting to experience his first tastes of baby rice and simple purees.
These spoons are particularly suitable for this early stage of weaning due to their soft, flexible rubbery tips which are soft and gentle against baby's delicate gums. I also particularly like the size and shape of the 'bowls' of the spoon as they are fairly narrow but surprisingly deep, tapering slightly towards the tip. This design does mean that the spoons don't hold huge amounts of food at a time but what they do hold tends to remain on the spoon more reliably than a rounder, flatter bowl. I found these spoons to be perfectly proportioned for early weaning with runnier textures such as baby rice, purees and yoghurts being contained well and in a quantity that my little one could cope with and enjoy, without being overwhelmed by all these new textures and tastes.
I found these spoons to be far more versatile than simply being soft tipped spoons for early weaning, however, which was fortunate as my youngest son moved quickly from being passively spoon fed to insisting on taking an active role in the proceedings. He soon mastered the knack of grabbing at the spoon mid-serving and insisted on having a go himself, so I found it easier to give him his own spoon whilst trying to feed him with a different spoon. The aforementioned narrow, deep bowl on the spoon did minimise mess and spillages which was useful as my little one tended to turn the spoon upside down just at the critical stage, just before actually making contact with his mouth. Stickier products such as yoghurt do cling to the rubber surface slightly which did help although sometimes my independent boy had to admit defeat and accept assistance from Mummy!
The handle of these spoons has been particularly well thought out as it is rigid with a rubberised outer coating, helping independent toddlers to hold the spoon firmly and manoeuvre it into position, as best as their developing coordination will allow, without slipping out of their grasp. This is also helped by the handles being slightly shorter than other brands of baby spoons, which again helps with a baby's limited coordination, so more food actually makes its way into baby's mouth and not on the floor. The sides of the handle are also indented slightly at various points, again with the needs, and fingers, of self-feeding toddlers in mind.
These handy little spoons are available in packs of five, with prices currently ranging from around £2.45 - £3.45 on Amazon, depending on colour preference. These come in pink, blue or a more unisex orange colour. I have two sets of blue spoons although I have found them to discolour considerably with exposure to strong coloured foods and repeated dishwasher use, which is a shame.
As I've come to expect from the Vital Baby brand, these spoons have been well designed to meet the practical needs and concerns of parents too. They are free from BPA and suitable for use in microwaves, sterilisers and dishwashers. Out and about, the spoons prove easy to wipe clean after use, thanks to the rubbery coating, and there are no unnecessary grooves or hard to reach ridges where food can hide from cleaning.
I have found these spoons to be excellent value for money, given their practicality and good quality. My little one has since moved on to his own set of metal cutlery (also from the Vital Baby range) but still uses these soft tipped spoons for yoghurts and desserts even now. This is another weaning product from the Vital Baby range that I'm happy to recommend to other parents without hesitation.