As a parent, watching your baby explore the world of solid foods, textures, tastes and smells is truly magical – even the fourth time around. Jonah is now enjoying a couple of meals a day in his high chair. He feels like a part of the family when he sits in his highchair and partakes in the mealtime ritual alongside the rest of the family.
Solid foods during the baby stage is a developmental milestone that expands the baby’s senses more than it provides nutritional benefits. Our family recently received a complete set of BABYBJÖRN ’s feeding utensils and bibs, and as a mom who believes in the benefits of messy eating and baby-led weaning, I was thrilled for so many reasons.
The following is a review of the products, and although we were sent the items all the opinions are mine and Jonah’s.
My favorite article in BABYBJÖRN ’s “kitchen” line is by far their bib! WOW! I can’t even count how many shirts I have ruined because I keep thinking that I am better at removing stains from laundry than I really am! Jonah is a master at taking off most bibs – velcros, snaps and ties stand no chance against the great “bib remover of 2014!”. However, Jonah met his match when I put the BABYBJÖRN bib on him… he admitted defeat rather quickly and has since then not even tried to pull it off.
My favorite features of the bib:
- The strap is nearly impossible for babies to pull off
- The plastic (BPA free) makes the bib quick and easy to clean (and ready to use again within minutes).
- The bib is long and wide and thereby protects a great deal of shirt real estate. I have yet to find any stains on Jonah’s shirts since he started using these bibs.
- The deep pocket in the bib protects pants (and cloth diapers) from falling food, and the best part is that the baby can just reach down into the pocket and retrieve the run-away treats.
- The material is a soft plastic that at first glance may look rigid, but it conforms to the baby’s chest and does not get in the way of the high chair tray as first feared.
We were also sent the cup, bowls and spoons by BABYBJÖRN. The vibrant orange and turquoise colors are trendy and make dinner time a fashion statement! (I am not used to being THIS cool!).
Our favorite features of the bowls, cups and utensils:
- As you can see in the picture, the spoon is perfectly sized for a baby to grab and practice self-feeding.
- The cup has a solid wide base, making tipping the cup over virtually impossible. Now mind you, spills are not 100% unavoidable since babies and toddlers alike are known for their great throwing skills. But with that said, the cups won’t easily spill and they encourage independence and weaning from the bottle – so a win-win.
- The bowls are deep and have a very wide base. The shape of the bowl is that of a three-leaf clover, which makes it sturdy. Just as with the cup – the bowls will not tip over and spill – unless they are THROWN across the room. I have to admit that our little cherub Jonah did find it rather amusing to pick up the bowl and drop it from the high chair onto the floor – but that is not the bowl’s fault!
I was so impressed by the quality of the feeding set by BABYBJÖRN. The colors are lively and fresh, the BPA plastic is thick and durable. Clean up is easy and there are no tight corners that can hide grime or dirt – every item is easily cleaned thoroughly, which is a huge selling point for a germ-freak such as myself.
Verdict: I continue to love the products made and marketed by BABYBJÖRN . Great Scandinavian (Swedish) design and functionality – their products truly make me feel “at home” because of their clean lines and sensible features!