If you’re a young mother like me, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by the huge variety of feeding utensils and accessories for your little one. There are so many choices and brands, it’s not an easy task to decide what’s suitable for your bub. We often get carried away by the packaging of the product vs its usability. As eating is our kiddo’s daily activity, I have compiled some reviews of feeding utensils that would help you decide what’s suitable for you and your little one!
Today’s feeding spoons comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and materials. Always keep in mind to get spoons which are BPA free. Most manufacturers will state if the materials used are free of this harmful chemical. Common materials for baby spoons are plastic and rubber (or a combination) as it is gentle on their gums. Metal spoons are popular too, but more for toddlers once they have familiarised themselves with not chewing or biting into the spoon.
Munchkin 6 Soft-Tip Infant Spoons, RM 29.90 from Baby Jaya
Tommee Tippee: Heat Sensor Soft Tip Weaning Spoons, RM 12.90 from MyBBstore
Short spoons with a big easy grasp handles are perfect for self-feeding. I love Baby Bjorn, altho Taiwanese brand Puku and local brand My Dear makes a pretty good knock off of the Swedish maker’s signature spoon. MAM and Combi have ergonomically designed self-feeding spoons too!
Baby Bjorn 2-pc spoon, RM 58.00 from MyBBStore
When Zack was on a pureed food diet, I fed him directly from the Avent food pots (also can be used as breastmilk containers). They are quite handy, just pop them into the bottle warmer and voila, ready to serve.
When he moved to stage 2 and 3 solids which had more texture (stuff like chunky porridge), I graduated him to those really colourful IKEA KALAS bowls. I could pick up bits and pieces of vegetables and meat and roughly “grind” them with my spoon before feeding it to Zack. If you have a really active kid who loves to swing his arms around during mealtime, you might wanna invest in some good-grip feeding bowls. I had in a few occasions lost grip of my IKEA bowls and had to clean up a BIG mess after.
Like spoons, bowls are made of a variety of materials. Thinkbaby have very awesome metal bowls (BPA free for sure!) but plastic and rubber are still the most commonly available. I won’t suggest melamine only because they crack, chip and scratch easily. In short: nice too look at but not durable. Silicone is more popular now—it’s great for travel (squashable), is non-slip, and tough. Munchkin has an ingenius collapsible silicone bowl which is perfect for traveling (I havent seen them in KL, but can be purchased in Singapore) . American brand Kinderville has a range of colourful silicone feeding utensils and storage options too!
Munchkin Collapsible Feeding Bowl, SGD12.90 from Bebe Essential
Kinderville: Bigger Bites Silicone Divided Plates (Set of 2), RM 129.00 from MyBBstore
Other features to look out for are bowls with suction or a non-slip base to limit accidents (esp when a toddler is still learning to self-feed). I love the MAM baby bowl with suction base; its 2 level cavity allows your kiddo to scoop food up easily. The First Years also has a sturdy grip suction base feeding bowl too.
MAM Baby Bowl, RM25.50 from Little Whiz
Keeping food warm/cold
If you go out a lot with your bub, keeping food warm/cold has never been easier with insulated bags and Thermos. For breastfeeding working moms, you would have been familiar with cooler bags and icepacks. Recently on a road trip to Singapore, I packed 4 days worth of frozen food pots in my insulated bag with those reusable icepacks. 5 hours later, it was still frozen! Awesome or what? You can get a variety of insulated bags from MyBBStore or Little Whiz.
I also find having an insulated food jar very useful. I use a Thermos lunch jar which has 3 stackable containers (comes with a bonus chopstick and bag). Keeps food warm up to 6 hours! You can also choose from the other range of food jars (plastic or stainless steel) from Thermos such as their Foogo and Funtainers range.
Juice box holder
This is every parent’s best friend. This helps to prevent accidental squirting when your kiddo squeezes the soft packet! You can find them at Daiso and 100 Yen shop. A steal at RM 5 don’t you think?
Photo credit to Eva and her mummy from Eva After
Tiny Tapir also carries Dwinks, which is a fancier, more colourful (and more expensive alternative) juice box holder.
I LOVE the Tilty Cup. I don’t know how to express my gratefulness for the genius who designed the Tilty Cup. The sheer genius-ness of the function and application of this sippy cup will blow you away. I have used Avent, and even got Zack to drink water from a straw in a cup…but the Tilty brings self-drinking to the next level. I can’t find them anymore from Baby Meadows (where I got the 1st pair from the only known distributor in Singapore, none in Malaysia unfortunately) and we’ve resorted to buying them from Amazon.
Tilty Cup, USD 19.99 from Amazon
Once your kiddo begins self-feeding, you need to embrace yourself for the mess that’s to come. Look for bibs which have a pocket to “catch” the food that doesn’t get into the mouth. Really makes it less messy when you have to clean up later (note the key word is “less”)
I like the flexibility of Sally Huss bibs, I got these at Brands Outlet in Ikano. You can find tons of Sally Huss knockoffs too—serving the same function. Easy to fold and stuff into your baby bag.
So to all mommas, happy feeding at every meal time!