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It can feel like a blink of an eye, but your milk-loving newborn will be ready to eat solid food.

Watching your baby experience different tastes and textures is so much fun. You may choose to do most of the feeding yourself as you start out, offering purées in a spoon. Then, as your baby gets older, they’ll take feeding duties into their own hands and start scooping favorite foods into their mouth with a spoon.

There are so many choices on the market. Here is the lowdown on some of the most popular brands and types.

When it comes to purées and solids, babies eat with their hands and utensils. Their hand-eye coordination may not be the best, so they’ll likely need your help at first.

As they get older and enter toddlerhood, learning to use spoons and other utensils is a developmental milestone. So, while you don’t necessarily have to use a spoon from day one (especially if you’re following baby-led weaning), it’s not a bad idea to add one to your bag of tricks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), babies can start using spoons when they’re ready to eat solid foods. Currently, the recommended age for starting solids is 6 months old. At this age, it’s appropriate to give babies food from a small spoonwith supervision.

You can also give your baby an easy-to-grasp spoon to practice with on their own or to chew for teething. Again, you’ll always want to be watching what your little one is up to when they’re eating or using tools like spoons.

The CDC mentions that older babies can start to use spoons independently once they reach 10 to 12 months old. Of course, every baby is unique, so definitely consult with your pediatrician to make sure these guidelines apply to your family.

The baby spoons are rated highly for their quality, design, and function. We considered customer reviews from parents as well as caregivers to make a decision.

All spoons (and other baby products) sold in the United States must meet certain safety guidelines put forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

These include things that are not harmful. They must be tested at the labs before they can be sold.

Price guide

  • $ = under $1 per spoon
  • $$ = $1–$5 per spoon
  • $$$ = over $5 per spoon

Best all-silicone baby spoon

Monee Silicone Baby Spoons

  • Price: $$
  • Material: silicone

“The Monee baby spoons are made from 100 percent BPA and are soft on baby’s gums, making them a great starter spoon.”

“This spoon is a teether and has a nubby end to chew and gnaw on as your child’s teeth break through. The handle allows parents to feed their child.”

Some parents think that the spoons are very bendy and allow babies to throw purées all over the place. Silicone stains over time with orange purées.

Pros

  • The spoons are made of silicone.
  • They can be both teethers and double teethers.
  • The spoons are soft.

Cons

  • Silicone may stain if your baby likes orange purees.
  • The spoons may result in food all over the kitchen.

Best eco-friendly baby spoon

Avanchy Stainless Steel Baby Spoons

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: stainless steel and silicone

There is no plastic in the construction of these spoons. They are made from durable silicone and STAINLESS STEEL. Older babies and toddlers who are learning to self- feed can use the short and wide handle.

Reviewers like the size of the spoons and they hold more food than other similar size.

Pros

  • “Reviewers like the spoon’s size, as it holds more food than others.”
  • The handle is great for toddlers.
  • These are not made of plastic.

Cons

  • These are more expensive than most of the other spoons.
  • Metal may be hard to handle on sensitive or raw teeth.

Best baby spoon for self-feeding

NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: silicone

There is a reason for the unique design of these spoons. The flat handle and head allow your baby to hold it in any way they please. The manufacturer claims that these are recommended for baby-led weaning.

They work with stage 1 and 2 purées. They are made from silicone that is 100 percent free of the harmful substances.

Reviewers like the one-piece construction of these spoons. They say that they are smaller than most infant spoons and that babies prefer to use them as toys. The spoons fell apart with time, so they may not be the longest lasting for the price.

Pros

  • The spoons are easy to clean.
  • The silicone is free of harmful substances.
  • Your baby can hold them as they please.

Cons

  • These are smaller than most infant spoons.
  • Some babies prefer to use them as teethers.

Best heat sensor baby spoon

Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons

  • Price: $$
  • Material: polypropylene plastic

The heat-sensitive spoons from Munchkin have been around for a while. They are a popular choice among parents because they turn white when food is over 120F.

The spoons are made to fit into small mouths. Reviewers say that the spoons are dishwasher safe and affordable, and that they are functional.

“The head of the spoon is shallow and doesn’t carry much food, which is best suited for younger babies. The white hot feature is sensitive and can be set off by foods that only seem warm to the touch.”

Pros

  • The spoons can change colors when food is at or above the temperature of the water.
  • The heads are soft.
  • They are dishwasher safe, so cleaning is easy.

Cons

  • “The spoon head is shallow and doesn’t have much food.”
  • They may be prone to staining over time.

Best baby spoon set

Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons (12-pack)

  • Price: $
  • Material: plastic

You feed your baby a lot of meals. You are constantly using, washing, and losing spoons. The set of baby spoons cost around $.66 per spoon. They are made from plastic with a rounded tip. Reviewers say the spoons are a good value.

Some parents give these spoons a good review, but others warn that if your baby likes to bite down on them, they will probably not last that long. Some people think that the rounded tip of the spoon is not soft enough to be used against tender gums.

Pros

  • The spoons can change colors when food is at or above the temperature of the water.
  • The heads are soft.
  • The spoons are inexpensive.

Cons

  • The spoons may not last long if your baby bites them.
  • The rounded tip of the spoon could make it hard for a baby to chew.

Best budget-friendly baby spoon

The First Years Take & Toss Infant Spoons (16-pack)

  • Price: $
  • Material: plastic

At around 18 cents a spoon, the Take & Toss spoons by First Years are by far the cheapest option out there. They are made from BPA-free plastic and are durable enough to use time and time again, but inexpensive enough to make tossing OK if necessary.

Reviewers like these spoons for taking out food and say they have a smooth tip and handle that is comfortable for both adults and babies.

“There is no added function to these spoons, like folding or bending. Reviewers generally like these spoons, but a few people mention the head is small and doesn’t carry much food. The long handle of the spoons makes them hard for babies to use for self-feeding.”

Pros

  • The spoons have a smooth tip.
  • They have a handle that is comfortable for adults to use.
  • The spoons are budget-friendly and come in large packs so you can dispose of them on the go, if necessary.

Cons

  • “The head is small and doesn’t have much food.”
  • The longer handle could make it difficult for some babies to feed themselves.

Best baby spoon for travel

OXO Tot On-the-Go Feeding Spoon

  • Price: $$
  • Material: silicone, stainless steel, and plastic

The OXO Tot travel spoon is a great choice for a diaper bag because it is so small.

The tip is made from food-safe silicone and has a handle that makes serving and scooping easy. Reviewers like the narrow head of the spoon for small infants.

Some parents say that the spoon is a bit messier than others, and that it is better to use thicker purées, not those that are stage 1 and stage 2.

Pros

  • The spoon is made for travel.
  • It makes serving easy.
  • The narrow head is great for infants.

Cons

  • The spoon is small.
  • It is best with thick purées, not stage 1 and stage 2 foods.

Best baby spoon and fork set

Bumkins Silicone Chewtensils

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: silicone

As soon as your baby starts eating, this spoon and fork set is appropriate.

The spoon has bumps on it that help with gingivitis and both pieces are dishwasher safe.

“Some people say they are fun to chew but too chubby to eat. One reviewer says the company gets an A for effort but that the utensils aren’t useful for babies over 8 months old.”

Pros

  • The rounded handle makes it easier for babies to grasp.
  • The spoon has bumps on it.
  • These are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

Cons

  • The spoons are not good for babies over 8 months old.
  • Some reviewers think the utensils are too heavy for babies.

Product Price Material Age range
Monee Silicone Spoons $$ silicone 6 months and up
Avanchy Stainless Steel Spoons $$$ stainless steel (silicone handle) older babies
NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils $$$ silicone 6 months and up
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons $$ plastic 3 months and up
Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons $ plastic 3 months and up
The First Years Take & Toss Spoons $ plastic not specified
OXO Tot On-the-Go Feeding Spoon $$ silicone, stainless steel, plastic 6 months and up
Bumkins Silicone Chewtensils $$$ silicone under 8 months

You can find a wide variety of baby utensils at your local big box store or online. There are a number of choices that have different purposes. Here is what you might encounter.

  • Long-handled baby spoons. These tend to be good for parents looking to feed babies. The handle length helps the food reach the baby without parents having to overextend their arms/wrists.
  • Short-handled baby spoons. These are usually easy to hold and make a good choice for teaching babies how to use spoons independently.
  • Travel spoons. These may fold or be small enough to easily stow in a carry case for on-the-go feeding sessions.
  • Temperature-sensitive spoons. These change color as an added safety feature. They show parents when foods might be too hot to feed to babies.
  • Organic or eco-friendly baby spoons. These are made from natural materials that are better for the planet and may be safer for your baby.
  • Baby-led weaning spoons. These help even the youngest babies get food to their mouths. Usually spoons in the category have a unique design.
  • Bendable or loadable baby spoons. Baby spoons that bend or allow you to load them with food may be worth trying if you have a picky eater or need some extra help with mealtime.

You should consider the following when choosing a baby spoon.

  • Material. Spoons come in materials ranging from plastic to silicone to metal and more. If your baby likes to bite everything while teething, you may want to choose a softer material. On the other hand, you may prefer an eco-friendly material or a traditional metal utensil experience.
  • Construction. Some spoons are made from one material while others combine two or more materials, for example plastic and metal. Spoons that are all one piece may be easier to clean and less likely to break.
  • Cost. You can get basic baby spoons very inexpensively. Those that have special materials or added features may cost more.
  • Added features. Do you need a spoon to do double-duty? You can find spoons that work as teethers. Others, like folding spoons, are good for if you travel or are otherwise on the go.

At what age do babies start using spoons?

The CDC recommends breastfeeding or formula feeding for the first 6 months. Parents can start to introduce solid foods around 6 months old, though the CDC encourages you to continue breastfeeding or formula feeding even as solid foods are introduced.

“There are certain signs that your baby may not be ready to eat solid foods, so follow your doctor’s advice when introducing solid foods.”

This question also gets at when babies might start to hold and use spoons themselves. The answer isn’t the same for every baby, but according to the CDC, babies usually get better at using utensils, starting with a spoon, when they’re 10 to 12 months old. Their coordination is still developing, though, so it may be messy.

Are silicone spoons good for babies?

“Silicone is softer than other spoon materials. It may be more appealing for babies with sensitive gums or those who are teething. Silicone doesn’t feel as cool to the touch as the other material, which may be why babies prefer it.”

“It isn’t an exact science to choose the right spoon for your baby. Having something that you enjoy using as you feed them will make it easier to eat. Regardless of what spoon you choose, relish the fact that your child is getting ready to try eating on their own.”