Kizingo Toddler Spoons

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It is essential for children to learn to feed themselves. When toddlers can feed themselves it encourages independence, reduces pickiness, and not eating enough or over eating.

As soon as they are able to pick up food and get it into their mouths successfully, whether using their hands or utensils, it is time to begin the transition to self-feeding.

Typically at around 8 to 12 months, children begin to use their thumb and index fingers to feed themselves. So, although it will be messy, allow them to play with their food using their fingers. Between 13 to 15 months, they should start using a spoon, and by 18 months, they should start using utensils much more consistently.

My favorite first spoon to use with toddlers is the Kizingo Spoon. This spoon was developed by an American mother who is a nutritionist that lived and worked in Tanzania. The name KIZINGO means CURVED in Swahili and honors that time of exploration and discovery.

I love the Kizingo Spoon because it makes self-feeding more successful and reduces frustration for the child.

The spoon is curved, so that it faces the child when it’s held. This makes it easier for kids to get the food into their mouths without all the spills. The handles are shorter and wider, which makes them easier to hold and maneuver. The spoons handle fits right around little hands.
The shallow bowl helps indicate appropriate portion sizes.

There are left-handed and right-handed versions of the spoon. I bought some of both since experts say we cannot really determine if a child is left- or right-handed until they are 3-years-old.

The spoons are designed and made in the USA, safety tested, and certified BPA, BPS, PVC, Lead, Latex, and Phthalate-free. They are dishwasher safe.

You can purchase your own Kizingo Spoon by clicking any of the links above or below:

Kizingo Spoon Right-Handed

Kizingo Spoon Left-Handed

Kizingo Toddler Spoon Two Pack Right-Handed

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Rold Gold Heartzels Heart Shaped Pretzels Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips
1 T. Heavy Whipping Cream
Assorted Sprinkles or Mini Candies
Wax Paper

What to Do:

1. Melt 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips and cream in double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly.
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