Product Type: Vital Baby kids equipment
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Vital Baby Soft Tip Feeding Spoons
Member Name: jo1976
Vital Baby Soft Tip Feeding Spoons
Date: 30/08/12, updated on 16/12/13 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Soft flexible tips, short rubberised handles, ideal for early weaning and self-feeding
Disadvantages: Discolour easily
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.
Summary: A versatile weaning spoon which can be used for early self feeding
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