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Item: Toddler Spoon and Toddler Fork
Company: Little Grips
Now this is cool. Any of you with children who have learned or are currently learning to use a spoon to self-feed know how messy it can be. There is a definite learning curve with figuring out how to get food in the mouth rather than on the shirt, behind them, on the highchair tray, on the floor, or in their laps. Just a part of life? Ah. Doesn’t have to be anymore! Here is a bit about how this got started from the website:
As the father of two children, I never paid that much attention to feeding skills until our daughter began to feed or try to feed herself. I became aware of the struggles she was facing with the fork and spoons available. No matter how hard she tried to maneuver the utensils she kept dropping the food and after no time at all she resorted to using her hands instead.
None of the existing utensils solved the problem, so out to my workbench I went and made my first prototype of Little Grips. I gave it to my daughter and without any prompting from me she immediately picked it up and began eating like a pro. We tried many different types of foods to see if the results would be the same, she could actually eat on her own without the mess and frustration.
We even tried to test her preference by putting a standard toddler fork on the highchair and she wanted nothing to do with it. Little Grips was the only fork she would use. We began to show our family and friends to see what they thought and the consensus was always unanimous, this is such a simple idea but yet so effective and helpful.
We began asking ourselves “are we the only parents who have faced this obstacle?” After a lot of prayer we decided we wanted to bring this product to the retail market; that is how Idea Blvd Inc. was created.
It doesn’t stop there, since then we have several other products in development that we look forward to introducing in the future. Not just baby products but inventions that will solve some of the most basic annoyances we face on a daily basis. Keep watching us and hopefully our products will add ease to your everyday life.
Pretty neat, huh? So why use this product? Again from the website:
- An ambidextrous product – no right or wrong way to hold
- Comfortable non–slip grip that fits easily and naturally in your toddler’s palm
- No–choke safety design with rounded edges
- Poke or scoop up food easily
- Reduced clean up – more food in mouth than on floor, bib, high chair
- Children eat independently creating confidence and self esteem
- Made from durable, high quality plastic and stainless steel
- Dishwasher safe
- Only $10.95! plus shipping and handling
- 30 day 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
Okay, now for our experience. Little Grips contacted me at the perfect time. McKenna was at the age when I knew it was time for me to hand over some control and accept the mess that would follow. We have had this set for about a month and a half. I kid you not, the very first time she used this, she scooped some food and put it in her mouth with no problem. She did use two hands:
Now, I have to be a bit realistic here. We are talking about toddlers and food, so don’t use this and think there will be zero mess. Not going to happen. Your toddler will still want to try out putting her hand in the food. She will still want to see what happens if she dumps the spoon. She will still get distracted and drop food all over herself. This is not going to take all of the mess away.
But it will reduce it.
And, it will make it so she can feed herself if that is her goal, which will cut down on the little frustration tantrums that can happen while learning with a spoon.
As she was using this, I thought, “That’s nice…but what will happen when she needs to move to a regular spoon. She can’t use little grips forever.” On the website, they address this concern:
Q: If my child uses Little Grips won’t that make it harder for him to adjust to a “regular” utensil later on?
A: No. Just as your child will learn to do many, many things with their hands, Little Grips helps make it easier to learn how to eat using a utensil. As your child masters this skill using Little Grips it will be easy for them to transition into using other “regular” utensils.
I can’t speak to that because McKenna is still young, but I will definitely let you know in the future 🙂
Now, for the giveaway! Little Grips is giving away a utensil set to one lucky winner! Ready to enter? Here we go:
For Your First Entry:
Become a follower of this blog. Then leave a comment. If you are already a follower (the thing where your cute face pops up with all the other cute faces of people following), comment telling me so.
I am a follower!
For Your Second Entry:
“Like” Little Grips on Facebook. Once you have done so, come back and leave a comment saying you are a fan.
I “like” Little Grips on Facebook!
For Your Third Entry:
Follow Little Grips on Twitter. Then comment saying you did so. Include your twitter ID (not mine)
I am following the tweets!
For Your Fourth Entry:
Go to the Little Grips website and look around. Check out the Parent’s Resources tab. Once you have done so, come back and tell me what article you find most helpful.
I liked the Developing Toddler Motor Skills information.
For Your Fifth Entry:
Blog about the giveaway with a link to this post! You need to have a blog in order to blog about it. Once you have posted your blog, leave a comment with a link to the blog.
Blogged it! valscreations.blogspot.com
For Your Sixth Entry:
Change your status on Facebook to talk about the giveaway with a link to this post. Leave a comment saying you did so.
I changed my status!
For Your Seventh Entry:
Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter with a link to this post. Once you have done so, comment with your twitter ID (not mine).
I tweeted! @valplowman
- You must leave a comment in order to have an entry.
- You must leave a separate comment for each entry. This is not so I can get lots of comments–it is because it makes it a million times easier to choose a winner. It takes less time, and less time is good.
- You don’t have to do all seven entries…for example, if you just want to follow Little Grips on Twitter but don’t want to enter through the other methods, you can just do entry three.
- One entry per comment.
- Up to seven entries per person.
- You must fulfill the rules of each entry for each entry to count. If I see the entry is not valid (did not meet entry requirements), I will remove your entry. Trust me, I check.
- Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM Friday, August 13 Mountain Standard Time.
- The winner will be randomly selected at random.org
- The winner will be announced Saturday, August 14.
- If you would like, you can add your email address to your entry. If you are the winner, I will email you to let you know. You do not need to add your email address in order to win. I understand not everyone wants to share their email addresses with the world. I will announce the winner on the blog, so you can check the blog Saturday to find out if you won.
- Once the winner is announced, you will have one week to contact me or another winner will be chosen.
Good luck to everyone!