baby feeding equipment

Baby Feeding Equipment – Bowls, Spoons And Training Cups

Although you can utilize bowls and little spoons which you have already got within the house, those specially created for weaning do have benefits.

Baby Spoons

Regular teaspoons in many cases are too deep for babies to obtain a good mouthful from. Shallow spoons created from versatile plastic material will assist a young baby to feed and are also popular as a teething accessory with some infants (Heinz make a widely accessible variety of soft baby spoons). Self-feeding babies and toddlers will require a deeper spoon with an easy-to-grip handle. As with feeding bowls, you can huy ‘high-tech’ variations of spoons: for instance, the self-righting spoon is created so your child can place the meals in the direction of his mouth much more easily (obtainable as a spoon-and-fork set from Small Green Earthlets). Tommee Tippee manufactures a heat-sensor spoon, that alters colour when your meals are too hot to offer to your child.

baby feeding equipmentBaby Bowls

As soon as your child is attempting to self-feed, bowls with lower, gently curving sides along with a textured easy-to-grip rim all round the side might help him or her maintain control (Babies ‘R’ Us possess a good-value range from $3.99).

Plastic material bowls with higher sides along with a ‘lip’ or gripper around the edge for you to hold are handy when ever you might be feeding your baby. It is useful to have a lip to grip hold of, not least because your child is bound to attempt to swipe the bowl out of your hand at some stage.

‘High-tech’ variations of feeding bowls include those having a compartment within the bottom into which you put hot water to keep the meals warm; heat-sensitive bowls and spoons, which alter colour once the food is cool enough to consume; and bowls having a suction bottom, which helps stop spillages. Some parents find these improvements useful although they’re definitely not a necessity and may make the process of feeding much more complicated than it must be. Bowls with fun styles around the bottom might appear gimmicky but some children prefer to get to the bottom of their meals to see the picture, so they could be a useful feeding aid.

Trainer Cups For Babies

trainer cupsShifting from a bottle to a cup is one of those small developmental landmarks that mothers and fathers frequently really feel proud their child has attained. You might have already got a cup spout attachment for your baby’s bottle if you make use of a ‘feeding system’, such as the ones offered within the Avent range. These spouts are soft and pliable and may be considered a useful initial cup experience. Alternatively, any of the ‘first’ cups in the marketplace are suitable – once more, it is just a case of acquiring one that you and your youngster like.

Spouts

Numerous parents choose the security of a leak-proof cup. These usually possess a self-sealing valve to ensure that the drink is sealed in right after every sip. Nevertheless, younger children might not get on with them, merely because they might need to suck quite hard to get the drink out. The valve may also wear out over time and you’ll have to replace the lid. Additionally, some of these cups have lids which are quite difficult to get off for filling and washing. Regardless of these drawbacks they’re highly popular, particularly the Anyway Up model, that is widely available.

When your baby is first beginning to use a cup, a little cup having a soft plastic spout is perfect as a transition from the bottle to a cup (Heinz make a respectable one, although some parents find it on the little side). As soon as your child has got used to the concept of a cup, you will find various kinds you can attempt. The easiest are those having a basic lid along with a spout. They are widely used, but do not anticipate this kind of cup to keep leaks and spills totally at bay. So long as it is stored upright it will be good, but as soon as tipped sideways it will leak.

A compromise is really a ‘travelling’ cup, having a spout that you can lift up when your youngster wants to drink and put down when she or he has finished. Your youngster can suck normally to get the drink out. The lids to these are often screw-on, so are simple to remove but do not come off once the cup is thrown on the ground. Nevertheless, this kind of cup might not be totally leak-proof if it gets jiggled around a great deal in your bag or within the automobile, as it is still feasible for juice to leak though the spout when it is down.

As soon as your youngster can use a straw it isn’t such an issue should you be outdoors and have forgotten about his or her cup – you can simply buy a mini-carton of juice. Nevertheless, a juice carton could be something of a liability: young children invariably squeeze the carton too hard and juice goes flying all over the place. An innovative product to stop this can be a juice box holder: you place the carton within the box and your youngster holds this rather than the carton (obtainable from The Great Little Trading Company, at $4.99 for 2, or Babies R Us for $1.99 each). Of course, you do need to remember to take the juice box out with you instead of the cup.

Handles

Easily grippable handles really are a large plus, particularly when your baby is first beginning to use a cup, because she or he will find it simple to manage. The downside is the fact that handles also make it simpler for your child to wave the cup about – not an issue if you possess a leak-proof cup ) but messy if you haven’t. Numerous parents discover that their infants are content with smooth-sided beakers from an early age, and stick to these. It is a case of trying out a couple of kinds to determine which is very best for you.