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

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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

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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?

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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.

It's meal time! The best baby bowls and plates in 2019

There are many development stages in each baby's age. For example, when your baby 6 months old, it is time to start eating extra meal as a companion for breast milk. Parents must be careful in choosing companion meal. The baby's digestive tract is still not as perfect as an adult, so the food must be considered properly.

After introducing solid food to baby, the next step should be learning to eat by themselves. What is the benefit of self-feeding for baby? Beside practicing their motor skills, self-feeding also makes them independent from an early age. You would like to have the proper bowls and plates for success, here’s a list of our favorite baby feeding essentials to help reduce the mess and stress.

Best baby bowls

Avanchy Bamboo Suction Baby Bowl + Spoon

This beautifully designed bamboo set is so cool, you’ll want to eat from it. The organic material is resistant to mold and mildew, and it’s environmentally friendly. The bowl also suctions to surfaces, providing a stable base for little ones learning to feed themselves. And the airtight lock mechanism lets you know for sure that it’s stuck in place.

Keep in mind, these are hand-wash only and can’t be used in the microwave.

Olababy Steam Bowl

Made from BPA- and phthalate-free, food-grade silicone, this bowl can be placed in a saucepan or steamer to safely warm up baby puree or steam veggies without killing off the nutrients. Plus the bowl doesn’t get hot as it steams, so it won’t be too warm for baby. It’s dishwasher safe and can be used in the microwave, as well.

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

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Thinkbaby BPA Free Baby Bowl

If you’re avoiding plastic, the Thinkbaby bowl is a durable alternative. Dishwasher safe, it’s made from stainless steel. Since it comes with a lid, you can use it to pack snacks for outings.

Keep in mind, just like plastic, you won’t be able to put this bowl in the microwave.

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Best baby plates

ezpz Mini Mat, Happy Mat

Outsmart baby’s tendency to toss his plate on the floor with ezpz’s Mini Mat, a one-piece silicone plate and placemat combo that suctions to the table (or any flat surface). The multiple compartments encourage parents to serve a variety of foods, and its lightweight enough to bring along on trips or dinners out. Made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, it’s BPA, BPS, PVC, lead and phthalate FREE and dishwasher safe. These baby plates even come in a variety of colors.

I love that the design makes it possible for parents to stack and serve two or more mats at a time. That means you can easily use these when you have more than one little child at the table.

Read more: The best baby spoon fork in 2019

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WeeSprout Silicone Divided Toddler Plates

They are practical and made with silicone, which happens to be unbreakable aka toddler-proof. These plates are microwave and dishwasher safe, so clean up is super easy! Surprisingly, WeeSprout plates are also oven and freezer safe, and they don’t transfer heat! The plates come in a set of three, and they are made of 100% FDA certified silicone. Unlike other silicone products, these don’t have a weird taste or smell. They are also BPA-free for safety. It’s one of the best silicone baby dishes which I really recommend.

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IKEA SMASKA Plates

Available in colorful, three-piece sets, these no-fuss plates and bowls are microwave safe and dishwasher safe. Don’t let the low cost make you think they’re not safe - these products are also BPA free. It is a budget friendly plate!

Bobo & Boo Bamboo Kids Plates

If you are looking for eco-friendly toddler plates, Bobo & Boo are some of the best choices! Sold in a set of four. These plates are made with sustainably sourced bamboo, which means they’re non-toxic, BPA and PVC free. Bobo&Boo uses FDA-approved, food-grade bamboo, which means they are baby and environmentally friendly! I also love that, instead of paint, Bobo&Boo mixed natural pigments into the bamboo by-products, so you never have to worry about them chipping or flaking in your child’s food.

Read more: The 5 best straw cups for your baby in 2019

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Choosing What’s Right for You

Now that your child has a whole new, edible world to explore, meals become one big adventure. What you use to feed your wee one should make life easier for you and more fun for them. Introducing taste buds to savory and sweet treats is one of the greatest joys of parenthood. Bon appetit!