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Best Infant & Toddler Utensils

June 2016

Here are our top picks for best feeding spoons & utensils:

Note: We developed this list by summarizing TotScoop parent favorites and adding a few hand-picked editor favorites and new releases. Our picks are 100% unbiased — we never accept compensation in exchange for coverage. That said, this page may contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small commission on any purchases that you make (at no cost to you); see our full disclosure.

Infant feeding spoons (for spoon feeding)

Best value: Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons

You can't beat the value on these perennial favorites ($3 for 6-pack). They're not only cheap, but also totally functional, with a nice thin tip that is flexible and easy to get into baby's mouth . The well is fairly wide and deep, so they may not work for younger infants just starting out with solids.

Top pick for younger babies: Boon Swap

Boon's Swap spoons ($8 for 2-pack at Amazon) is our top pick for a first spoon for a baby just starting solids (e.g., 6-10 months). Each spoon is double-sided, with a shallower, metal end as well as a deeper silicone end (Boon says "Your baby will let you know which side of the spoon works best"). Both ends are nice and narrow, which allows them to fit easily into tiny mouths. The straight, solid edges are also great for scraping off excess baby food. If your baby is still getting the hang of solids and often spits food back out, these are the spoons for you.

Top pick for older babies: Beaba First Stage Soft Spoons

Beaba makes our favorite feeding spoons ($20 for 4-pack) made out of 100% silicone. Though they're a bit pricey, they're lightweight, comfortable to hold, and flexible / soft on little gums. Parents also report the larger handles are perfect for tiny hands to grasp when baby starts showing interest in feeding himself.

Top pick for older babies: Boon Serve

The Boon Serve spoons ($6 for 3-pack at Amazon) are also a great choice for older babies who are accustomed to spoon feeding and have graduated to eating larger quantities. It holds a generous amount of food, while still fitting nicely into baby's mouth. It is covered with silicone, a safer material, and is soft on tiny teething gums.

Toddler utensils (for self-feeding)

Best value: Gerber Graduates Kiddy Cutlery

These workhorse utensils from Gerber ($4 for 3-pack) are a kid and parent favorite alike. The heads are metal, allowing toddlers to pierce food effectively, while the plastic handle provides a comfortable grip. They're also super affordable!

Best for younger self-feeders: Num Num Dips

These innovative utensils ($10 for 2-pack) are intended for younger babies who are ready to start self-feeding but don't yet get the concept of "scooping" food (or have the physical coordination to do so). Num Num Dips utilize the concept of surface tension; baby just dips them liquidy foods such as yogurt, applesauce, etc., and those foods cling to the utensil surface while baby brings them to her mouth. Expect some mess in the early days, but once baby "gets it," you'll be amazed!

Best high-end plastic utensils: Re-Play Utensils

Plastic utensils have their benefits — they're lightweight and portable, and your child is probably less likely to impale himself with them! These Re-Play utensils ($5 for 8-pack) are our favorites made from plastic. They are made from recycled milk jugs, so are both a safer plastic as well as a bit greener than your average plastic products.

Best travel/disposable utensils: The First Years Take and Toss Utensils

Part of the broader Take & Toss feeding line from The First Years , these plastic toddler utensils ($6 for 10-pack, also available in larger Take & Toss sets) are perfect for outings and travel. They're cheap enough that you won't blink twice if you lose one, yet they're also sturdier than traditional plastic cutlery so can also be reused many times.

Splurge pick: Oneida Paul Revere Baby Set and Oneida Paul Revere Child Set

These gorgeous sets from Oneida ($15-20 per 3-piece place setting) are a great choice if you're looking for a scaled down version of real utensils (and are willing to pay for them). They're very well made and totally functional. The baby set includes a feeding spoon and a baby-sized fork and spoon, while the child set includes a preschooler-sized fork, spoon, and knife.