Our hugely popular new baby cutlery set is the ideal accompaniment to anything in the EasyTots range. They have even been designed to fit inside the EasyMat Mini – to make eating out now even easier. We have spent a long time working on our first spoon and fork to ensure that they are perfect for little hands.
The curved handles fit neatly into tiny palms and bend slightly at the mouthpiece to help guide the food from hand to mouth. When we designed them, it was important to us that they had a thin enough handle for babies to be able to use straight away from 6 months, but a thicker and more curved handle to fit more comfortably than most other brands on the market. We have also ensured that there is a rubber grip part to the handle so that they won’t slip, meaning that little ones have more control whilst learning how to use cutlery.
We also knew that we wanted a really bright colour combination to make them attractive to the eye and capture the interest of little ones to encourage them to pick up the cutlery and explore it. From feedback so far, we know that they are doing just that and we can’t wait for more of you to see them and start using them
Have you introduced cutlery to your little one yet?
Whether you’ve started weaning yet or not, and regardless of whether you’re following the baby-led weaning or traditional weaning route, it’s never too early to offer a small set of cutlery. See below for our handy tips for introducing cutlery to your little one.
Tips for introducing cutlery
Start with a spoon
Most babies find that spoons are the easiest piece of cutlery to get the hang of, as the scooping action is easier than the stabbing motion required from the fork. Scooping requires less pressure and force from the wrist so they’ll get the hang of a spoon much more quickly and not become frustrated
Start them early
Offer cutlery to your little one as early as possible, so that it is available for them to explore when they are ready. Simply place onto your mat or highchair tray alongside the food your little one has and allow them to ignore or play with it as they wish!
Make meal-times a family affair
Wherever possible, eat with your little one so that they can see you eating and learn from watching what you do and how you use cutlery. Your little one will soon learn that they should hold the cutlery by the handle and guide it to their mouth to taste the contents – you’ll be amazed at what they learn from copying you!
Feel free to offer pre-loaded spoons if you wish. You can scoop a little of whatever food you’ve offered and
Progress to a fork
As your little one becomes more confident with the spoon, you could start to offer the fork so that they can explore this new piece of equipment! Again, allow them to watch you stab your own food and enjoy it. They’ll soon master this new action too!
Remember that every child is different – some love using cutlery early on and others prefer to learn by feeling the textures directly with their hands. Take their lead and let them explore in their own time – they’ll be sat using their exciting bright new cutlery before you know it!