Recently Anna from Kiwi Mummy Blogs contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a baby cup and self serve set, and it was perfect timing. Pipi is 6 months old on 9 November and just starting solids.
But it wasn’t until the doidy cup and My bowl and spoon set arrived that I realised just how useful these items will be for our family. You see, I’m kind of from the ‘as much as you can let them feed them selves’ persuasion. This started with my oldest Noah who basically just stole the spoon, but I then realised very quickly how much easier I could eat my own dinner, when he fed himself. Heaps of people remarked on how advanced his cutlery usage was too. We then followed suit with Isabelle, and now plan to do the same with Pipi.
The doidy cup and a My bowl and spoon set are both designed with ease of self feeding in mind and are both from 2cute (New Zealand’s specialists in baby and toddler products). “The doidy cup is a slanted cup scientifically designed to encourage babies to drink from a rim rather than a spout. It has a unique slant which enables babies to drink easily from it as they can see the contents within the cup.”
This cup would have really useful when Noah was a baby. I went back to work 2 days a week when he was 8 months old and I expressed milk for him, but he was very reluctant to take a bottle. This cup would have been ideal. It can be used from 3 months old and the 2 handles on either side assist baby with drinking. Getting an infant to use a cup (over a bottle) at a young age is good because it not only fosters independence; it also can help limit/ reduce certain health problems such as tooth decay, amongst other things.
But I have to confess, out of the two products, I’m particularly taken with the My bowl and spoon set. This is because of 2 main reasons:
Firstly, I love the non-slip base of the bowl. Nothing is worse than seeing your freshly pureed pumpkin sliding off the high chair onto your clean cream coloured carpet! Oh no! (Fellow parents: I know you are smiling and nodding along with me, and not just because of my amazing alliteration – but because you know exactly what I mean, right?)
Secondly, I just love the ergonomic design. With each set you receive a left and right handed spoon which curve in and a designed to make feeding one self easy. This specially designed spoon combined with contoured bowl help a baby/ toddler learn to self feed easily and gain confidence in doing so. My daughter, Isabelle (almost 3) although she’s been feeding herself for along time sometimes gets frustrated not being able to get the food onto the spoon, especially with something slippery like icecream which she seems to chase around the bowl and then typically give up and revert to using her hands! (Sticky!) I tried the My bowl and spoon set with Isabelle and she loved it – she was able to get every last drip of melting icecream out of her bowl. I can see already that Pipi’s going to have to fight her for it!
So although Pipi is only just embarking on her solids journey and just working it all out, I can see that these products will be very useful for her and work well with our emphasis on early self feeding. And of course, most importantly – both these products are completely food safe/ non toxic and BPA free.
Now if only I could find a nappy that changes itself and teach the kids to cook dinner – then I’d be able to put my feet up and retire!
A big thank you to Kiwi Mummy Blogs and 2cute for providing these products for me to review. Check out other cool products on the 2cute website. How cool are the these cutlery sets! They’d make great stocking stuffers!