Spoons for baby can be a great tool to have in your journey of solid foods. While it can be confusing to choose from all of the options out there for utensils, it doesn’t have to be. We’re sharing the best choices for baby led weaning spoons to make your life easier.
If you’ve ever done a quick Amazon search for basically anything baby equipment related, you’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices.
As silly as it sounds, that’s how I felt when I started looking for spoons for my oldest when he started baby led weaning. Thankfully, I did my research and found what we needed pretty easily.
Now I’m sharing which are the best spoons for feeding baby.
How to use spoons in baby led weaning
First things first, let’s chat about how you can use a spoon when feeding your baby.
Spoons can be super useful in baby led weaning. We can use them to help babies learn self feeding with a utensil in a safer way. Since the edges are rounded, we don’t have to worry about her poking herself in the eye.
Here are the two main ways to use spoons in baby led weaning:
- Preloaded spoons. These are basically spoons that the caregiver puts food onto and set on the tray. Baby then can self feed.
- Complete self feeding. Exactly what it sounds like. Baby loads the spoon herself and brings the spoon to her mouth with food on it. It’s definitely the messier option, but it can be great for improving hand eye coordination.
Types of spoons for babies
Before we get into our favorite choices, let’s talk about what kind of spoons are available for baby these days.
- Temperature Testing Spoons (Perfect for warm foods)
- Silicone Spoons (great for teething!)
- Easy Hold Spoons for Tiny Hands
- Dip Spoons (ideal for loose foods)
Our Choices for Baby Led Weaning Spoons
Okay, now that we’ve determined why we want spoons and what kinds there are available, let’s get into what we love.
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Temperature testing spoons
These help you to figure out if the food is cool enough to baby’s sensitive palette. Some turn white when food is too hot and then cool to colors, other work the opposite way.
These are a great option if you’re new to feeding babies and are serving warm food.
Temperature sensitive baby spoon options:
These are perfect for teething! They’re super soft and often chewable – so their actual intent is for tiny gums.
I’ve been known to give my daughter a spoon to get her gums some relief, but they’re also great for, you know, eating. Another plus with these soft spoons for BLW is that because they’re so soft, they’re a great beginner spoon. Babies aren’t known for their accuracy with utensils, so if you kiddo hits her eye with the spoon it won’t be a big issue.
Silicone spoon options:
- PandaEar Silicone Spoons
- Soft Silicone Fat Handled Baby Spoon
- First Stage Baby Feeding Spoon Set
- Olababy Soft-Tip Training Spoon
These easy hold spoons for baby led weaning had a large base, giving your baby a large target for tiny hands. The end is large and round, making it perfect for a small hand to wrap around.
We also love that these spoons have a gag shield, stopping littles for putting the spoon too far into their mouth and gagging on the spoon.
Easy to Hold Baby Spoons
- Yencoly Baby Training Spoon
- GrabEASE spoon set
- eZtotZ Self Feeding Baby Utensils
- Chewable Led Weaning Silicone Utensils Set
Dip spoons are super cool in that they help littles eat thinner foods with less mess. These spoons are great for self feeding purees or things like yogurt, apple sauce, or thin soups.
Basically, it allow you to give baby preloaded spoons, but they can “load” the spoon themselves.
Examples of Dip spoons