Bluey Children's Kids 3pcs Cutlery Set - Knife/Fork/Spoon

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Bluey Children's Kids 3pcs Cutlery Set - Knife/Fork/Spoon

Bluey Children's Kids 3pcs Cutlery Set - Knife/Fork/Spoon

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There is nothing more exciting for a toddler than graduating from their soft baby spoon to their very own set of big-kid cutlery. The best toddler utensils offer young eaters the first step towards independence at the dinner table with thoughtfully designed features to make eating easier as they learn how to master scooping, spearing, and getting food into their mouths. I reached out to Pediatric Occupational Therapist Emma Hubbard for advice on what to look for when shopping for the best toddler utensils for self feeding. The Expert When it comes to finding the perfect toddler utensil set for your tiny gourmand, Hubbard says there are a few things to keep in mind. She says it’s important that handles are easy to grip for still-developing toddler hands and she recommends cutlery with shorter, more cylindrical handles. These kinds of handles allow “the toddler [...] to use less finger strength” and that makes it easier for little hands to hold onto the utensils longer.

She recommends forks with “curved outer tines [to] ensure that the toddler doesn’t accidentally poke themselves in the cheek.” She says stainless steel forks make spearing food easier because plastic tines can require more force and bend, which is why the list below only includes models with stainless steel prongs or heavy-duty plastic that won’t bend under pressure. Hubbard suggests buying spoons with a bowl (aka the eating end) that is “deep but narrow.” Wider spoon bowls can require a child to tilt the spoon, which (you guessed it) leads to spilling. How Can Parents Help Their Toddler Learn To Use Utensils? Helpful Review: “All the children and their friends, ages 1.5 - 7 absolutely adore this set, so we had to get one more. We love how every little detail has been thought through, even the little heart at the bottom the keeps the utensils from touching the table. Those are so awesome. Overall the silverware is easy to use for the toddler and cool enough for the 7 year old. Wish I knew about these sooner!” Helpful Review: “My toddler absolutely loves her spoons and forks. The squared shape of the spoons makes them the perfect size to fit in her mouth and they are really easy for her hands to hold. The depth of them allows her to feed herself without dropping any of her food on route to her mouth. The forks are also really easy for her to use and for perfectly in her mouth without being too big.”

Helpful Review: “Perfect for toddler hands and mouths! Bought this for my 14 month old daughter who is very interested in feeding herself. These utensils make it very easy for her to grasp and practice. We transitioned from infant spoons to this and she is doing great. The case also make it very convenient to travel with. [...]” Helpful Review: “I've tried a few utensils for my one year old son. So far these are my favorite. He can hold them easily. He hasn't quite got the hang of feeding himself yet, but these are great for learning. Also spoon is shaped well for little ones. I enjoy that it looks a whole lot like a real spoon and fork that he can get use to for later down the road. Easy to clean and safe. No issues so far.” Helpful Review: “I was looking for something that was a step up from baby utensils but not too big, and these are great. Preschooler has some fine motor delays and the handles are a good size for her to hold on to, while the spoon and fork are larger than baby size but still smaller than regular utensils so she gets the right amount of food. The fork tines are also less rounded- not sharp, but better able to stab pieces of food than others so she doesn’t get frustrated. We also just started using the little knife to practice cutting a banana and it’s a good size for that too.” Around the time babies turn 1, you can introduce the independent use of a spoon, although it will take some time for them to master self-feeding skills. Hubbard says that by age 2, most toddlers should be able to use a spoon with “minimal spillage” and that they can begin learning how to use a fork. As for knives, Hubbard says 5-year-olds are ready to “spread and cut” with them, though toddler sets sometimes include blunt or rounded knives for practice. She clarifies that children can begin using a knife and fork in concert to cut up food at age 7. What To Look For When Shopping For Toddler Utensils Hubbard says there are three key things to keep in mind when teaching your toddler to use cutlery: choosing child-sized cutlery, giving them non-slippery foods that won’t fall apart when stabbed with a fork, and showing them how to use cutlery during meals. She says it’s crucial for kids to “practice, practice, practice!”



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