How to Choose a Supplementary Spoon?
It is more exquisite to choose a suitable spoon for your baby than to choose milk bottles, bowls, plates, toys, etc. Because the material, style and shape suitable for babies of different ages, including the function of spoon, are closely related to promoting the development of babies!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPOON?
When purchasing Food Grade Silicone baby Training Feeding spoon and fork supplier, you need to select the appropriate spoon handle length and thickness, spoon head width and depth according to the baby’s palm grasping ability and month age.
1. Long handle for babies fed by their parents & short handle for babies who can eat independently.
2. The width of the spoon head: less than the baby’s mouth, otherwise it is easy to cause difficulty in eating and swallowing.
3. The thickness of the handle: the baby can buckle the thumb to the position of the index finger and middle finger after grasping.
4. The depth of the spoon head: one-half or one-third of the baby’s tongue length.
HOW TO HELP INFANTS LEARN TO USE IT INDEPENDENTLY?
1. Within 6 months – Auxiliary phase
For babies within 4 months and newborns, the main function of spoon is nothing more than to feed water, medicine and milk at birth to avoid nipple confusion. It is recommended to choose silicone spoon with narrow spoon head to feed soft spoon to avoid hurting the baby’s tender mouth and gums.
Recommendation: Full silicone spoon
Features: the whole is made of food grade silicone. The spoon head will not hurt the baby’s immature gums. It can also be used as a temporary molar stick during the baby’s long tooth period. It is equipped with a longer spoon handle to make feeding easier for parents. The spoon head is small and the scooping amount is appropriate. It is suitable for feeding in the early stage of baby eating.
2. 4 ~ 12 months – Feeding stage
It will be clumsy and messy at the beginning of learning to eat. You must be patient in the process of teaching. At this stage, it is suggested to start with finger food. For babies who can’t use spoons, finger food is a very good transition.
For the baby who can’t grasp the food well and always grabs the bowl and spoon, you might as well prepare an extra spoon for the baby to play with at ordinary times. Let him hold it in his hand when feeding. You can exchange the spoon in his hand with the spoon in his hand. One spoon is probably not enough, because the baby will fall to the ground when holding it. It’s best to prepare more spoons.
If he occasionally stumbles the food into his mouth with the spoon, even if there are only one or two bites, you should encourage him and support him to continue practicing.
You can also let the baby hold his spoon, then pour the food onto your spoon in the baby’s spoon, and then put it into the mouth by the baby himself. Some babies will like this game very much.
Generally, babies aged 6-10 months will begin to grow teeth and initially learn the behavior of movement, such as crawling and standing, around 8 months. And they are also gradually interested in complementary foods other than milk. For example, there will be some biting behavior. Therefore, at this stage, the spoon selected for the baby needs to be safe and bite resistant in addition to the safe texture. It is suggested to choose the one with lovely shape, which can attract the baby to grasp by himself, and the size is appropriate and convenient for the baby to use. At the same time, the handle of the spoon is best designed to be easy to hold, such as wide, arc of the spoon handle, etc.
Features: the short, plump shape is suitable for babies who have just learned to eat independently to practice their grasping ability. The integrated silicone coating is soft and does not hurt their teeth. The spoon head is deep, which is convenient for the baby to scoop up and eat
3. 12 ~ 18 months – Training stage
At this stage, the baby has the awareness of taking the initiative to grasp things. Some will follow their parents to scoop out the food in the bowl with a spoon and put it into their mouth. The thickness and length of the spoon handle are the core and key issues to determine whether the spoon is easy to grasp. The thickness of the spoon handle should make the baby’s thumb buckle to the position of the index finger and middle finger after grasping. Too thick grip will increase the muscle fatigue of the palm. At the same time, the length of the spoon handle should be greater than the length of the palm, and the material should be anti-skid.
Elbow fork spoon combination
Features: the spoon head is round and can scoop up the soup smoothly
The width is suitable for the oral cavity of older infants and young children
It can be adjusted to the angle the baby likes at will. When the child can’t control well, it’s difficult to put the food in his mouth with a straight spoon. Therefore, you can choose to use the spoon whose head can be bent at will, so that the child can eat food conveniently. The round obtuse fork is very convenient and not dangerous to scoop up noodles.
Auxiliary food spoons are mainly straight handle spoons, and spoons with special-shaped handle can only be used for a short time, not mainly special-shaped handle spoons. Otherwise, it will affect the normal use of spoon and make efforts to learn.
The spoon with special-shaped handle may be misjudged by spatial perception for a long time. After all, eating requires the coordination of hands, brain and eyes.
Therefore, the spoon with special-shaped handle can be used, but don’t use it after the age of 2.
4. Stay away from the big spoon!
Some parents don’t care about the specificity of spoons. They think that eating with adults’ spoons is awesome, and they eat more in one bite. Over time, I gradually develop the habit of filling my mouth with chewing after meals. In this way, there is not much chewing space in the mouth, which becomes the majority of hard swallowing.
The baby vomits when eating, does not chew, or refuses to swallow until his mouth is full of food. These situations may also be caused by the improper size of the spoon.
The meal should be one-third the width of the spoon, which is the same as the width of the baby’s mouth.
Remind parents who are still eating with a big spoon: eating with a big spoon is fast and full of food. There is a risk of airway foreign bodies caused by hard swallowing. At the same time, eating fast will also affect the digestion of the spleen and stomach.