I don’t know about you…but I like to eat. A lot. Lately it seems I’m as hungry as I was during the third trimester of my pregnancy…which is odd given the fact that I spend most days napping on the floor while the baby crawls circles around me and trashes her room. Not really the kind of activity that works up an appetite. And, as a mother who likes to eat, I’d like to teach my baby girl how to feed herself so she can grow to enjoy ice cream as much as I do.
Usually, I’m thwarted in both of these endeavors. Feeding my baby is such a acrobatic feat of juggling spoons and bowls and sippy cups and Elmo crackers and damp paper towels, that I’m lucky if I get half my scrambled eggs down before they become cool gelatinous mush. And even when I do, I rarely enjoy them. As far as the baby learning to feed herself? Suffice it to say that anything remotely liquidy usually ends up spattered on the overhead lights or the back of the sofa.
There’s a gal in Huntsville, Alabama who has not one, but two sets of twins. One set of boys. One set of girls. All under the age of four. Note to self: stop whining about…pretty much anything.
She encountered the same mealtime difficulties I’m up against (times FOUR mind you) and decided to do something about it. She invented the Baby Dipper Bowl.
How did this gal help make feeding your baby easy? She created a triangular shaped bowl with a sloped and contoured bottom that helps guide the food onto the spoon, making it easier for you and for your baby. Just aim the tip of the triangle toward your baby and start feeding! The bowl has a rubberized bottom that keeps it from sliding around the table while you and your baby scoop up the food in the cute matching spoon. The transparent blue sides help you and your baby to see the food as well. (Check out the short video above to see these design features in action) All this adds up to: “Look baby! One handed feeding!” or…”Look Mama! I can feed myself!” Now where’s that Ben and Jerrys?
The only minor downside to this awesome bowl is that the super hot water in your dishwasher can affect the stickiness of the rubberized bottom. So the folks at Baby Dipper encourage you to handwash the bowl. I stuck mine in the dishwasher on the top rack anyway. So far, so good. I’m thinking that trading off handwashing and dishwashing will keep it in shape. But you know, I like to live dangerously. That’s how I roll.
So for those of you who did watch the video…you may remember that I said Barbara, the lovely gal at Baby Dipper, has offered a bowl and spoon set for a giveaway. I lied. SHE OFFERED TWO! Two lucky Babies Gotta Have It readers will win the Baby Dipper Bowl and Spoon Set!
To Enter the Baby Dipper Bowl Giveaway:
- Just leave a comment on this post telling me what food your baby loved (or loves now) that surprised you the most! Don’t have a kiddo of your own? Write about a niece, nephew, grandchild, godchild, friend, sibling…or your pet. It’s that easy!
***Want an extra chance to win? Blog or twitter about this giveaway, leave me an additional comment letting me know you did (please include the url), and I’ll put your name in the hat twice! Not a blogger? Subscribe to my blog using the button to the right, leave me an additional comment, and you’re entered twice. Or, email a friend about the giveaway, cc me in the message at firstname.lastname@example.org (I promise I will not spam you or your friends – cross my heart) and you’ll have two entries. Make sure you include your email address with your entry.***
Giveaway open to those with U.S. addresses. Giveaway begins on Monday November 17th and ends on Monday November 24th (incidentally, my husband’s birthday!) at midnight Eastern Standard Time. On Tuesday November 25th, my baby girl will draw the winning names and I’ll email you immediately. It’s not a terribly scientific drawing, but I assure you it could not be more random. Thanks for entering!