Because it’s impossible to spoon-feed independence.
The NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensil was the first in a new category of starter spoons created for babies who haven’t developed wrist rotation yet, a major motor skill that sets in around a child’s second birthday. The innovative flat design has won multiple awards, but more importantly it has won over the hearts of babies and parents worldwide. It was a good start.
When it’s too soon to spoon, it’s the perfect time for NumNum.
Sold in a dual-stage set, the NumNum GOOtensil™ is the revolutionary new first step to self-feeding. Its innovative flat design makes it easier to use than a spoon because there is no scooping, no balancing and no wrong way to hold it! The stage one GOOtensil™ has textures that grab just enough food to give a taste of self-feeding independence. Those textures also feel great on sore gums! For kids who have mastered the food-to-mouth motion, the stage two GOOtensil™ is perfect for thicker blends and pre-loading with solids. Before long, your little learner will begin making a scooping motion, an indication he or she is ready to graduate to the spoon. NumNum, indeed!
When to use
To safely use a utensil, a child must be able to sit unassisted and hold their head up. After which, experts recommend introducing a utensil when the child expresses an interest. This can happen as early as 6 months, but most kids are truly ready to tackle utensils somewhere between 10 and 14 months.
GOOtensils can be used with a range of foods, including baby food, home blends, oatmeal, yogurt, mashed solids and more. We share recipes on our social media often!
How to use
Introduce stage one pre-spoon (with raised textures) first so child can soothe their sore gums as they are getting acclimated to holding the utensil. Once the child has learned the basic food-to-mouth motion, the stage two pre-spoon, which holds more food, can be used interchangeably for thicker foods.
When to transition to a spoon
Most children get wrist rotation around their second birthday. Wrist rotation unlocks scooping and balancing, allowing the child to properly use a spoon. Some signs that wrist rotation has set in include scooping around the corners of the bowl and successfully maneuvering the spoon to the mouth with more food. If these signs are present, congratulations, your child is ready to graduate to the spoon!