The older I get, the more I realise my Mum was right on almost everything! One thing she taught me when buying adult cutlery was to pick it up and feel it. It should be comfortable to hold and balance well as well as looking good. Don’t you hate using pretty but uncomfortable cutlery? So why should it be any different with baby cutlery or cutlery for toddlers? Luckily there is better toddler and baby cutlery out there if you know where to look.
Initially, a lot of our children’s post-weaning cutlery looked like this:
It’s pretty standard issue but they really struggle with it. The handles are too flat to grip easily, the fork tines aren’t curved enough to make stabbing food easy and spoon is almost flat. Flat? Why was it so hard to get good toddler cutlery when weaning spoons are easy to find?
Anyway, Mum loves both hardware shops and a bargain so when she spotted these little doozies from Oxo Good grips reduced in a hardware shop, she could hardly resist and bought us two sets. Finally we had some really decent baby cutlery!
See? The handles are non-slip and easy for chubby little paws to hold, the spoon is beautifully cupped to aid actually picking food up and the fork is not at all sharp but works really well. It’s also slightly cupped which helps hold food like pasta onto it once stabbed. The handles are clever because they lie flat on the table and are weighted not to fall either into or out of bowls of food (although that will still happen occasionally!) They come in four colours; green, red, pink and aqua.
We’re about to look at the next stage up which includes a knife as our current children’s knives aren’t making life easy for my daughter.. My children have used these comfortably between about 1 and 5 years old.
Another good option from the uber-hip French company Beaba are these:The handles are also easy to grip and non-slip. They are all plastic (but BPA free, naturellement) and suited to children between about 9 months and 2 years, after which the Oxo are a better size. You can buy a fork and spoon set in a range of colours, a double pack of 2 spoon and 2 forks or a multipack with 4 forks and 6 spoons which we have. The brighter colours are a little…er…garish, but some of the other colour ranges are more attractive such as these and these. So, have you found any other good toddler cutlery? And what was your mother right about? PS Disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you buy through the links in this post, I may be paid a small percentage as advertising fees at no cost to you. This goes towards the running costs of this site and helps keep my kids in school shoes and Weetabix, both of which they go through at an astonishing rate. Thank you.