Gracie is 9 months old, and lately she has been showing an interest of feeding herself! She doesn’t love when I feed her anymore + she is constantly trying to grab the spoon from me. So, I let her try to feed herself with a regular spoon and it actually frustrated her even more! She couldn’t quite master the whole spinning the wrist movement of the spoon. That’s why I absolutely love the NumNum GOOtensils. These are the perfect utensils for baby because it allows them to feed themselves before they have mastered the wrist rotation required for a spoon.
A normal spoon requires a lot of advanced movement (even though it seems simple). The hardest part for babies to master is the wrist rotation. The problem is, wrist rotation takes up to a year (or more) for babies to master which leads to frustration- for parent and baby!
That is why NumNums were created. The NumNum was created with a certified speech and language pathologist and a feeding specialist. She knew from experience and science that, developmentally, dipping comes before scooping. Dipping comes first for babies because they don’t need wrist rotation to dip!
Your baby is ready for a NumNum GOOtensil if they can sit up on their own, bring teethers to mouth, and expresses an interest in self-feeding.I knew when I started noticing Gracie getting frustrated with me feeding her, it was time to introduce the NumNum. She was totally showing an interest in feeding herself. (Sad moment for mom!!!!)
The NumNum GOOtensils are designed for purees and other blended foods. The NumNum is way easier to use than a spoon because the head is flat- there is no wrong way to hold it! You just dip and eat! These are also a great way to get baby ready for a spoon. While baby dips with the NumNum they are actually practicing that wrist rotation. It’s the perfect way to practice because Gracie won’t get frustrated!
P.S. Expect some mess! Kids are kids 🙂 Plus, haven’t you heard of sensory play? It’s good for baby to get a little messy. And Don’t rush it! Give baby plenty of time to practice and stop when he or she gets frustrated or full!
It took a few tries for Gracie to figure out the NumNum. But we had a ton of fun practicing! And now, she’s pretty much a master NumNum user. When you buy your NumNums GOOtensils they come in a pack of 2. An orange one and a blue one. The blue one is designed to hold thinner purees and the orange one is designed to hold thicker purees. We gave Gracie both NumNums just so she had more options to use. In the video and pictures Gracie is eating yogurt and a mix of apricot, peas, and peaches. She had so much fun eating by herself for the first time! She made quite a mess, but it was a blast.
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Watch Gracie using the NumNum in action!