Picking the Best Utensils for Your Toddler

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Teaching your toddler to use utensils can be exciting, terrifying, and challenging all at once.  When it comes to picking the best utensils for toddlers, it can difficult to choose the best ones.  I know I went through many many utensils when I was first buying them for my kids until we found the ones that worked best for us.

Now, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about how to pick the best utensils for your child.

Best Utensils for Toddlers

I have broken the best toddler utensils down into five different categories:

Best Plastic Utensils for Toddlers Best Utensils for Toddlers With Knife Best Utensils for Toddlers Without Knife Best Stainless Steel Toddler Utensils Best Utensils for Reluctant Toddlers
Manufacturer Gerber Gerber OXO Munchkin NUK
Included in Set Four Spoons, Four Forks Spoon, Fork, and Knife Two Spoons and Two Forks Spoon, Fork, and Knife Spoon and Fork
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Now, let’s take a look at each category before we talk about how to pick the best utensils for your child.

Best Plastic Utensils for Toddlers – Gerber Fun Pack

These are hands down my absolute favorite toddler utensils.  I picked a pack up at Toys R Us back in the day (remember them?) and have never looked back.

If your toddler is on the small size, these are even a better choice, since many of the metal utensils we are going to look at are just too big for tiny toddler mouths.

Plus, they come in a large pack, so you are bound to always have some clean ones someplace!  Of course, they are dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Best Utensils for Toddlers With Knife

 If you are looking for a good toddler utensil set with a knife, this is the way to go.

I bought these, and the utensils are great, and very easy to grip for small hands.

I’m going to be honest, we did not really get anywhere with the knife, however Gerber also sells these utensils in spoon only and fork only packs, which I have loaded up on.

You can’t go wrong with these, though some people don’t particularly like the way they look.

Don’t worry, I have also found some more excellent toddler utensils.

Best Utensils for Toddlers Without Knife

Knife not for your toddler?  They don’t work well for mine yet either, so here is another excellent toddler utensils fork and spoon set.

They also look a bit nicer than some other options.

Of course OXO is known for their great kitchen gadgets, which always look good, so it is not surprise they also make great looking toddler utensils.

Best Stainless Steel Toddler Utensils

 If you are all about stainless steel, these lovely looking toddler utensils for you.

These are a full sett of a spoon, fork, and knife, so your toddler is exposed to of their utensils.

Your toddler will be excited that their utensils look just like the big people utensils!

If the plastic look is just not for you and your toddler, this is a great choice!

Best Utensils for Reluctant Toddlers

Is your toddler reluctant to try using utensils?  Even if they look like yours?

Justice League toddler utensils may be what you need to get them interested!

After all, their favorite superheroes use utensils, don’t they?

While they are pictured with male superheroes here, they also come with Wonder Woman printed on them, so there is a superhero to please every toddler!

Too bad they don’t come in adult sizes.

How to Pick the Best Utensils for Your Toddler

There are a couple things to think about when you pick the right utensils for your toddler.

Do you prefer plastic, metal, or a combination of materials for your toddler’s utensils?

  • Which toddler utensils?

Are you looking for a spoon and fork set, which are the most common, or would you like a toddler knife too?

  • Is your toddler excited about utensils?

If so, you should be good with anything!  If not, try stainless steel utensils that look like yours, or super hero utensils.

It may take some trial and error to find the utensils your toddler likes the best!  Just because we like something, it does not mean our children will as I’m sure you all know.

Tips for Introducing Utensils to Your Toddler

Using utensils is a new skill for your toddler, so be sure to be patient on with them.  Here are some tips for helping your toddler use utensils:

  • Start by feeding them with the the utensils, versus trying to get them to do everything themselves.  Eating from a utensil is a new experience for them!
  • When you want them to give it a try on their own, show them how you put the food on the utensil for them, then hand them the utensil.
  • As they see this process repeated, your toddler will naturally want to try it themselves!  Cheer them on and praise them for their good work.

Good luck introducing your toddler to utensils!

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