Self-feeding utensils, Grabease or Bumkins silicone chewtensils?

Entering the age of 6 months, is the right time for your little one to be introduced to some solid foods. That's when baby spoon and fork are began to be used. Unlike the usual utensils that we use, the baby's spoon and fork must be adjusted to the little one's mouth, safe and comfortable when used.

Baby spoon and fork has its own uniqueness according to the development of your child and is made of various materials that will provide a different eating experience. In this article, we will compare Grabease baby first self-feeding utensils and Bumkins silicone chewtensils.

Both Grabease and Bumkins are perfect to help guide little ones to self-feeding. But, yes, they have some differences that might let parents feel confuse. Let us tell you pros and cons between each product.

Bumkins silicone chewtensils pros:

  • Bumkins Chewtensils help you to introduce babies to self-feeding by giving them utensils that can be chewed on before transitioning to silverware.

  • Bumkins chewtensils made from BPA-free, BPS-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, cadmium-free and lead-free silicone.

  • Back of the spoon head has sensory bumps to stimulate gums

  • It can be sterilized by putting it into a boil water.

  • Price lower than Grabease

Read more: The best baby spoon fork in 2019

2e690257df10bbabdea3d0dc48236e2e.jpg

Bumkins silicone chewtensils cons:

  • The silicon fork doesn’t work. Not even on the softest foods. Made from silicone bring both pros and cons to it. Since baby can chew it, feel free to imagine how soft is Bumkins silicone chewtensils are.

  • The sizes are a little bit too small, smaller than usual baby spoon and fork, it makes baby harder to use.

  • Friend of mine have an issue with Bumkins fork, since it is called chewtensils, means baby can chew it, but my friend’s daughter bit it off and almost swallow the bitten part.

Read more: 3 Rules you must follow when giving first food to your children

Bumkis Silicone Chewtensils packaging

Bumkis Silicone Chewtensils packaging

Grabease first self-feeding utensils packaging

Grabease first self-feeding utensils packaging

Grabease9.jpg

Grabease pros:

  • Grabease is made from plastic, free from harmful materials like BPA, lead, and phthalates.

  • Protect your tot with the baby and toddler fork and spoon set that poses no choking hazards! The cloud acts as a choke protection barrier, preventing the utensils from gagging or harming your little one.

  • Grabease short utensil handle makes they are super easy to hold and maneuver, let baby can easily guiding this utensils into their mouth without dropping the food. Grabease short round handles are perfect for baby’s little hand.

  • Grabease is not too long, not too deep, not too pointy. Just perfect.

  • Dishwasher machine safe.

  • A lot of color selection.

  • Grabease are the first ergonomic safe self feeding utensils recommended by Occupational Therapists.

Grabease cons:

  • Do NOT sterilized it using boiling water!

  • Quite pricey comparing with other baby utensils.

Read more: What does other mom said about Grabease?

Maya Product Photo Shoot-206.jpg
Grabease First self-feeding utensils: Green

Grabease First self-feeding utensils: Green

Bumkins Silicone Chewtensils: Jade

Bumkins Silicone Chewtensils: Jade

Mealtime should be fun not frustrating.

The best baby spoon fork in 2019

Babies need extra attention and equipment to support their growth, especially when they start to have a solid meal in their lives. Bowls, plates, spoon, and forks are a few necessary accessories to make meals easier. You get a lot of use out of these tools because your baby has to eat three meals a day plus a few snacks. Many baby spoon forks are available on the market to help your child eat alone. Confused which one to choose?

What baby feeding tools do babies need?

How to pick baby spoon fork and fork?

  • Who Will Feed Baby?

When babies begin to learn to eat by their own, generally they cannot hold the spoon and fork in the right place, that’s why baby’s dish messy and their mouth becomes dirty. Feeding spoon that serves to help you feed your little one is different from the baby spoon which designed for self-feeding. When your child starts learning to eat independently, you can choose baby spoon instead of feeding spoon.

Self-feeding spoon and fork usually have ergonomic design. Ergonomic spoons are chunkier and are shaped easier for babies to learn how to handle. It helps develop their fine motor skills.

  • Material Used to Make It

The most important feature to consider is what the spoon or fork is made of. Babies aren’t coordinated enough to use metal forks and spoons. They could hurt themselves by biting down on the metal with their gums. Softer materials are a good idea. Plastic, rubber, and even wood is good for babies.

  • Size

Baby utensils should be smaller than yours. It might look small to you, but it’s probably the right size for your little one. It should be able to fit into your baby’s mouth.

The best baby spoon fork in 2019

ChooMee FlexiDip Starter Spoon

The set comes with two spoons, and each spoon is made out of BPA-free silicone. Silicone is hygienic, dishwasher and microwave safe, BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate free. These spoons meet and exceed all US and European testing standards.

If your baby is practicing his self-feeding skills, the ChooMee is a good transition rather than a frustrating, painful one. It lets your baby experiment and learn without frustration.

BUT, it is pricey and doesn’t work for runny foods, only suitable for purees.

Miniware Teething Spoon Cutlery Set

Each set includes two silicone spoons in different colors along with a clean carrying pouch. Ergonomically designed using super-soft silicone, Miniware spoons are comfortable for babies to bite and chew as they learn how to self-feed. Each spoon is the ideal weight, so balancing and controlling the spoon is easier. Miniware utensils are always dishwasher safe.

BUT, we think that the spoon is too deep and too big for my child’s mouth.

Teething_spoon_set_MWSS201GP_1000px_c1730202-e297-4683-ae52-c1d28031c634_1024x1024.jpg

Grabease first self-feeding utensils

Each set includes a spoon and a fork along with a clean carrying pouch. Grabease are the first ergonomic safe self feeding utensils recommended by Occupational Therapists. The patented choke protection barrier prevents your little one from sticking the utensils too far into their mouths and gagging. The ergonomic handle is designed specifically for a babies natural hand grasp. Continued use improves fine motor skills and strengthens the pincer grasp. Mealtime should be fun not frustrating grab Grabease!

It’s a great starter spoon for your baby. BUT, it’s quite pricey and the spoon is too flat.

Read more: Get to know more about Grabease spoon and fork

made in usa.png

Nuby iMonster Spoon and Fork Set

It has unique colors and funny shapes that look like toys, so this product is suitable for eating while playing. Make eating activities easier by playing with this product. Come along with storage pouch. BPA free and designed to be easily held and used by both left and right hands. This baby spoon fork is suitable for children aged 12 months and above, who have not been able to determine the dominant hand so that your baby can start learning to determine their dominant hand.

BUT, the chunky handle a bit hard for baby little hand to hold, and the fork is too round make it hard to stab on food.

Read more: Baby's first solid food

lnb086in_1_dw_large_mc_wid_1400_hei_1400_fit_fit.jpg

Olababy Silicone Spoon Teether

Olababy uses food-grade silicone, so you can toss them in the dishwasher once your baby is done eating dinner. While the design might look strange. The soft material makes a great teether, and the flexible tip won’t hurt child’s mouth. You can stand up the spoon on its base – isn’t that so cool? The purpose is for added hygiene. You don’t have to lay the spoon down on a restaurant table.Best of all, this spoon is toxin free, BPA, latex, and phthalate free!

BUT, it is expensive and I don’t know why but it has a strange odor at first.

51nkyv0hAAL._SY355_.jpg

Baby utensils are usable for years to come, and the right ones can be passed down through multiple children. It’s a good idea to invest in nice ones for home and some cheaper ones for the diaper bag. It’s easy to lose them at restaurant or at a relative’s house. Having a few sets is wise.

The importance to let your baby self-feeding, it's worth the mess

As a new parents, you might being really protective of you kids. You are afraid of choking issue, so you may always feed your children. Of course I know every parents might have different perception about self-feeding for children, let we discuss the importance of allowing children to be in charge of their own feeding and learn how to listen to their bodies, it is also called BLW (baby-led weaning).

This article will let you know why you should stop feeding them and let your little one self-feeding, and yes, letting them self-feeding definitely worth the mess.

Self-Feeding-Skills.jpg

Why baby self-feeding is worth the mess?

Learning to eat alone (self-feeding) must be trained early so that the child is active in various things later. When a child is able to grasp something it's good to let them eat by themselves so that his fingers are stimulated.

Children who learn to grab food and put it in their mouths are expected to be more skilled in using their hands for other positive activities such as coloring or drawing.

The more they learns to hold, after a long time their fine motor muscles or small muscles become stronger. When they gets bigger, we stimulate him to self-feeding using a utensils according to his size, and then he gets more skilled, which means he gets stronger again.

What is a good age to start self-feeding and why?

Once you introduce solid food, your child might show signs of wanting to feed himself. Just wait until your child is able to pick up food and get it into their mouths successfully, whether using their hands or utensils, then it is the right time to begin the transition to self-feeding. It is an important stage of children to self-feeding. Self-feeding involves lots of feeling, squeezing and dropping food. It might seem messy, but it’s one of the ways your child develops fine motor skills like learning to hold a spoon.

Read also: 3 Rules you must follow when giving first food to your children

Start baby self-feeding with..

Finger foods

In BLW method there is mentioned about letting your children observe food by their own. Soft, bite-sized pieces of food that are easy for baby to pick up and mash between his gums or teeth. Like a small piece of soft fruit or soft and cooked vegetables like potato or pumpkin. You can add more if they’re finish their meal or if they’re drop it.

Start introduce solid food to them while they are 6 months old, the important thing is finger foods are not their main nutrition resource, by that time we encourage you to keep breastfeeding your baby, but, let them observe foods. You will find out that when they have interested in foods, then it would be easier to let them self-feeding.

Read more: Baby's first solid food

Using utensils

Technically there is no right or wrong about giving children use utensils to self-feeding, as long as utensils was made for children, like Grabease. The self-feeding journey with hands is very important as it helps a baby to experience texture and it is all important for the gag reflex. Utensils then bring to the table the next developmental step in learning about mealtime etiquette and motor development.

54446757_364846740772280_6466995801585268259_n.jpg

Why Grabease is the best fork and spoon to start with?

Let’s talk about traditional children’s cutlery. They look very much like adult cutlery, just scaled down to a small size. However, if you put a traditional child’s spoon next to a baby’s arm, you will see that a “child size” spoon is actually the same length as a 12-month old’s forearm! If adults used the same proportions in utensils when we ate we’d be eating with a serving spoon.  So, traditional children’s utensils are too big.

Read more: Self-feeding utensils, Grabease or Bumkins silicone chewtensils?

Then there is improper hand-hold in “child size” spoon. Due to the long handle, a child can’t use a proper vertical hand grasp to use them, so they hold these handles with a fist. This doesn’t encourage fine motor development.

54731909_2241240635919112_265264967764969859_n.jpg

There really is only one solution and that’s Grabease. They encourage vertical and horizontal hold because of the short ergonomic handle and have been endorsed by Occupational Therapists due to this revolutionary feature.

-The Real Nutritionist-

If you're interested in learning more about the transition to utensils for self-feeding baby, check out this.

Last but not least, messy eating and playing with food are normal parts of your baby’s development when they’re learning to eat independently. It’s normal for your baby to drop or throw food on the floor. If you react when they do this, he might think it’s the start of an exciting new game. One way to handle this is ignore it. Pick up the food calmly, without a fuss. Or you can leave the food on the floor until they finish their meal so you just have the one clean-up.

Needless to say, teaching children self-feeding is often a long and messy journey. Just let the food fly!!
— The Real Nutritionist

Grabease, best baby self feeding spoon and fork set

Nowadays, parents are being supportive to BLW (baby-led weaning). BLW is a method of food progression, BLW allows babies to control their solid food consumption by "self feeding" from the very beginning of their experiences with food. That is why a great spoon and fork is very important for baby in order to have a good food first experiences.

Grabease are the first ergonomic safe self feeding utensils recommended by Occupational Therapists. The cloud shape, as a choke protection, is to prevents your little one from sticking the spoon of fork too far into their mouths and gagging.

The utensils’ ergonomic handle is designed specifically for a babies natural hand grasp. Continued use improves fine motor skills and strengthens their grasp.

Everyones talking about Grabease, why are Grabease so special?

Maya Shalev

Maya Shalev

Inventor and Founder of Grabease

Grabease, an ergonomically designed baby self feeding spoon and fork set.

Designed to give babies the opportunity to eat independently with a proportional tool for their natural hand grasp and motion with a choke protection sheild.

Read more: The best baby spoon fork in 2019

Grabease comes with several different color such as shock pink, teal, white, gray, orange, green and lavender.

Read more: The importance to let your children self-feeding, it's worth the mess

We collected picture from our user in many countries, babies from Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Hongkong, Singapore and USA. As you can see, they look so enjoy while using Grabease with their tiny little hand.

Grabease handle an important role as baby first utensils and babies like Grabease so much!

Now, Grabease having two new color, navy and blush. They also launch Grabease new product double sided toothbrush this year, you must read the story behind it.

If you are planning to open a baby boutique which located in Hongkong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, for sure you want to wow-ing your customer, Grabease can help you do the wow-ing part.

Welcoming reseller for Grabease throughout the Asia’s country who having a great appeal in Grabease, contact us and we will contact you back shortly.

Opportunity never knocks twice.
— Naveen Putta