Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: Little Grips Toddler Utensils

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Mealtime can be a frustratingly messy experience as toddlers learn how to properly feed themselves. I remember stripping Nate down to his diaper since he appeared to get more food on him than actually in him. At nearly 2 years old, I sometimes still use this strategy! There's a reason there are splat mats on the market, although it never fails that food particles will find their way just off the mat into impossible crevices. Between spills, drops and throws, I cringe when I think of the aftermath that I'll have to clean.

I'm all for anything that can help make mealtime easier, which is exactly why Little Grips are a lifesaver.

Invented by a dad of two, Little Grips utensils feature an ergonomic design that takes advantage of a toddler's stronger grasping and overall hand-movement skills, while still allowing them to learn proper feeding motions. Other utensils require fine motor skills that are often underdeveloped, leading to messes and mounting frustration for little ones. But Little Grips have a large, non-slip, no-choke handle that fits easily in their palm, so your child can use their arms and wrists for better control. This gives toddlers the confidence they need to enjoy their dining experience. No more food-tossing tantrums! And because more of their meal will make it into their mouth, mom will have less to clean up! Score! Little Grips are also dishwasher-safe and are made of durable, high-quality plastic and stainless steel so they are completely safe and ultra-convenient.

With lots and lots of practice, Nate has grown quite adept with regular utensils so he was a little confused at first when given Little Grips. However, it didn't take long for him to figure it out. The shape of the handle allows him to stab and scoop better than with other brands. And while he had one teeny tiny drip onto his clothes, he stayed relatively clean and dry with his lunch. I just wish we had Little Grips months ago when we were first transitioning from fingers to utensils. I could have spared my back and knees from all that scrubbing - and my laundry loads would have been a little lighter too!

Bottom line: Little Grips are a mommy must-have for any child 9 months or older who is learning or perfecting the art of self-feeding. Even childcare providers and grandparents should have a set!

BUY IT: You can purchase Little Grips online at (ARV $10.95, plus S&H).

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Disclaimer: I received a free set of Little Grips from Laura at Idea Blvd Inc. in exchange for an honest review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my review and solely mine. Your experience may differ.


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