I believe the weaning stage is a time of exploration of new colours, textures and flavours. My milk is still her primary source for nutrition, so we are easing into this stage gracefully, and learning together as we go. I noticed a trend on social media, where parents seem almost forced to choose between serving purees or finger food (also known as baby led weaning). With our children, we have always offered both. One fun way to allow them to dabble in both worlds is with the NumNum Pre-Spoons. They were designed not only to be little spoons for little hands, but also to make the self feeding experience a little easier for them. I will explain.
So the NumNum Pre-Spoons are pretty small, measuring at 4″ L x 1″ W x .5″ D. The size is perfect for our little girl’s hands during this fun weaning stage. The heads are flat, and the purpose for this is so that children can hold the spoon handles in any direction and will still be able to retrieve food. No need to scoop the food out as we adults must do. Children simply need to do the dipping motion, and then eat what the NumNum spoons gather. Of course with adult spoons, things won’t be so easy for her, but we’re trying to take things one step at a time. She’ll learn about adult spoons when the time comes.
My favourite feature is definitely the textured surfaces. They make the spoons easy to grip, which is great when slippery food is involved. I’m speaking about you, my dear hand mashed bananas! Easy grip isn’t the only benefit from the textured surfaces, as these spoons are perfect on the gums. Teething was never a huge ordeal with any of our children, but baby girl does have her fussy days. I have noticed lately that after eating with her NumNum spoons, she sits back and eases her little gums by chewing on the rubbery spoon tips. They are also BPA-, PVC-, and phthalates-free.
The GOOtensils set comes with two spoons. One spoon is for food of a thin consistency, while the other is for thicker mixtures. I mostly steam and handmash baby girl’s food, so a thicker consistency is usually what she gets. Even with this being the case, I am following her lead, and I give her both spoons so that she can decide what works for her. Sometimes she eats from both, while other times, she eats from one and chews on the other to ease her gums. I like that each spoon is for another step in the weaning process, but still come packaged together. There is also a less risk of a huge mess, as the food sticks to the spoons. You can imagine how much of a nightmare it is when children use adult spoons and have to rotate them to gather the food. I’m not a fan of those large clean up sessions!
•They are dishwasher safe. I put them on the top rack and let the machine do the rest. When items are not safe in the dishwasher, it can be a bit of a hassle to have to wash them separately from everything else. We have three children, so it’s a full house over here. The simpler the task, the better.
•They made baby more confident. You can definitely see the frustration build when little ones struggle to get tasks done on their own. I mean, who could blame them? Imagine having delicious homemade food in front of you, but having poor motor skills keeping you from gobbling it down! Well the spoons collect the food on impact, so that makes life that much easier for the kiddies. It leaves more time to actually enjoy the food, rather than focusing all their attention of trying to retrieve it long enough for it to get in their mouths. Mind you, I do feed her from time to time. Whether or not she self feeds really depends on the day and how she feels.
•They are great for teething babies. They were designed for food, but let’s face it, teething can occur months before the gums are cut. The rubbery end of the GOOtensils is so perfect for baby girl’s itchy gums. Even when she’s not eating, sometimes I just pass one to her to chew on…whatever it takes to ease the discomfort.
•Quick heads up that my blue spoon faded a little with time. Mine still works perfectly, but it’s now a lighter shade of blue. Our baby obviously doesn’t care about the shade. It’s all about the food, and using a product that helps her do so.
Check out the NumNum website for updates on new products, or to order your own set of GOOtensils. Be sure to tag them on social media so that others can follow along on the NumNum adventures!
***I received the set of spoons shown for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.