Best Baby Spoons for Self Feeding

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Starting baby led weaning or traditional weaning, and in search of the best baby spoons for self feeding or blw? Keep reading for our thoughts, with a focus on non-toxic baby spoons that are mostly plastic free.

When the time comes for your baby to get more nutrition than what’s offered in a baby bottle, it’s time to pop them into a high chair and embark on a journey that’s fun, exciting, nerve wrecking, and – to be totally honest – really, really messy.

For parents, getting started with baby feeding is a lot of fun. It’s amazing to see your little one take that first bite of real food, and slowly get used to different textures and flavours over time.

However, you’ll also need to think about utensils. Baby spoons are the perfect first utensil for your little one. They help them develop fine motor skills and better understand cause and effect. However, there is a surprising range of baby spoons to choose from.

If you’re wondering which baby spoons are best for your family, we’ve got a pretty comprehensive overview below.

If you’re short on time, however, I’ll give you the goods right here.

Our 5 top picks for baby spoons are the ezpz Tiny Spoon, ItzyRitzy Silicone Fork and Spoon, NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils, Olababy Training Spoon, and the Avanchy Natural Bamboo Baby Feeding Spoon.

We chose these baby spoons in particular because they are well-designed, well-reviewed, fairly priced, and don’t use any plastic in the parts that contact your baby’s mouth (4 of the spoons are 100% plastic free; the Gootensils use food-safe TPE and polypropylene in the handle, but the spoon bowl is silicone).

Plus, we’ve actually tried all of these baby spoons personally. (I purchased all of the spoons myself, except for the Itzy Ritzy spoon and fork set, which Itzy Ritzy sent to me to test).

Breaking it down even further, I’d suggest the Gootensils pre-spoon and/or ezpz tiny spoon are the best first spoons, for the very early days of eating. And then I’d recommend buying the Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Spoon or Avanchy Bamboo baby spoon once you outgrow those two first spoons.

If you want a “one and done” spoon that will work well for first-time eaters and older babies, I think the Itzy Ritzy Sweetie spoon (and fork – they come as a set) are the best bet.

Katie from holds up her 5 top picks for the best baby spoons including the Avanchy Bamboo, Ola Baby, Gootensils, Itzy Ritzy, and EzPz (from left to right)
My picks for the best baby spoons

For older toddlers and preschoolers who are ready for a full set of utensils, we suggest you check out Exzact Kids Stainless Flatware Set.

9 of the Best Baby Spoons for Self Feeding at Every Age and Stage

Our Top 5 Baby Spoon Choices (AKA: The Winners)

Some Other Choices (AKA: The Runners Up)

Best baby spoon for self feeding: left to right gootensils spoon, avanchy bamboo baby spoon, ezpz tiny spoon, itzy ritzy sweetie spoon, ola baby spoon
From left to right: Gootensils, Avanchy, ezpz, Itzy Ritzy, and Ola Baby

Best Baby Spoons Reviews

Best Overall Baby Spoon

Braided & Looped Handle for Easy grabbing

The looped and braided handles on these utensils make them easy to grab, and the bowl is big enough and deep enough to last multiple stages. 100% silicone for safety.

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Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Spoons in turquoise/green

You might be most familiar with Itzy Ritzy for their fabulous stroller organizers and diaper bags, but they also make some awesome silicone products for babies, including these 100% silicone utensils.

Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Spoons in packaging

If you only want to buy one spoon style for your baby, the Itzy Ritzy Sweetie utensils are a good bet for a few reasons: they’re super easy to hold; they are large enough and deep enough to still be useful for older babies; they’re sold as a set with a fork to let your little one experiment; and they have a texture change to signal where your baby should stop putting it in their mouth.

First, the looped handle, which is quite unique. As you can see from the GIF I made below, the handles are looped and textured, allowing for easier grasping and holding.

The braided texture also sends a subtle clue to baby not to put them too deep into their mouth.

Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Spoon with superimposed circle to show texture that helps babies know when to stop putting the spoon in their mouth

Size wise, this is more substantial than the ezpz Tiny Spoon, which I also love, but think is best suited for the youngest eaters, and will be outgrown fairly quickly.

Here’s a comparison photo of our ezpz tiny spoon and the Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Spoon…you can see how the Itzy Ritzy is going to give older babies a bit more satisfaction in terms of how much food it can scoop:

Size comparison of the Itzy Ritzy spoon (left) vs ezpz baby spoon (right)
The Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Spoon (left) is quite a bit bigger and has a deeper bowl than the ezpz tiny spoon (right). While the ezpz spoon is great in those earliest days as an eater, the Itzy Ritzy is going to scoop more food for older babies.

This baby utensil set is dishwasher safe (top rack) and easy to clean.

Sometimes, food gets a bit mashed in the texture and grooves of the handle, which requires an extra scrub, but overall I find them very easy to clean.

Best Overall
Itzy Ritzy Silicone Spoon & Fork Set
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Best First Baby Spoon

A Mom-Owned Business & Speech Language Pathologist Approved

The chubby handle of this spoon is the perfect size and shape for little hands to manage, and it’s made completely out of silicone.

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blush colored ezpz tiny spoon sits on a colorful terrazzo tile surface

We love ezpz’s silicone dinnerware line, and this spoon is no different!

It has a thoughtful design meant to support your little on in their journey toward self-feeding. It has a simple and easy-to-handle shape, made of slip-free silicone. And when not in use, the bumps on the back of the spoon help to keep it stable.

Katie from holds a pink ezpz tiny spoon in her hand, showing the bumps on the back of the handle that are designed to keep the spoon stable when put down.

You can see the “stability bumps” in action in this GIF I made, trying to knock our spoon over.

The gentle slope of the spoon is great for both dipping and scooping, and the line of sensory bumps at the edge of the spoon bowl let your baby know when to stop putting the spoon in, thus reducing gagging.

blush colored ezpz baby spoon sits on a colorful terrazzo tile surface. There is a superimposed circle around the sensory bumps to highlight them as a feature, which was designed to reduce gagging by putting the baby spoon too far in baby's mouth

Size wise, the name says it all…this really is a tiny spoon, and I think it’s best suited as a first spoon, shortly after trying out the Gootensils. That said, I think you’ll also need to upgrade in short order, as older babies will likely want something that shovels a bit more food.

It is BPA-, BPF-, BPS-, phthalate-, lead-, PVC- and latex-free and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. We recommend using a baby safe dish soap to clean your baby spoons (and baby bottles) to reduce exposure to VOCs and phthalates.

Designed in Colorado, it’s FDA-approved and CPSC certified.

Best First Spoon
ezpz Mini Utensils
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04/21/2023 05:51 pm GMT

Best Pre Spoon

Easy to Maneuver for Little Hands

This clever set of baby spoons comes with two different spoons for two different stages of self-feeding. The part that goes in your kiddo’s mouth is silicone, and it’s been designed to be easy for your baby to manipulate.

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numnum pre spoon gootensils sit on a colorful terrazzo tile surface. Both the stage one (right) and stage two (left) numnum pre spoon are good choices.
numnum pre spoon gootensils stage one (right) and stage two (left)

The handle of the NumNum spoon is short and wide, and the soft silicone “bowl” features ridges that provide extra grip.

The bowl is made from food safe silicone, whereas the handle also includes hypoallergenic, FDA-grade TPE and Polypropylene (both considered to be some of the safest plastics for food contact. Polypropylene is what plastic baby bottles are made of).

Moreover, it is made of BPA-, PVC-, lead- and phthalate-free materials for peace of mind.

The numnum pre spoon comes in two stages. The stage-one spoon has a unique indented design that works great with purees, and the stage-two one has a cut-out shape that makes it easier to grab soft foods.

Katie from holds the stage one (black) and stage two (green) numnum pre spoons to show the difference in the spoon bowl

The bowl of the Stage 1 Num Num spoon is actually flat (pictured below in black), making it easier to maneuver by dipping, rather than scooping or shovelling.

numnum pre spoon stage one is one of the best baby spoons for purees
Stage One Pre Spoon from Numnum

You can sort of see in the photo above how the inside section of the squiggle is indented compared to the outer edges – this helps collect the food, simply by dipping it in. Here’s a GIF of me demonstrating this with apple sauce.

The soft silicone makes this spoon great for teething babies, and it is dishwasher safe for convenience.

Best Pre Spoon
NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils
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04/21/2023 05:46 pm GMT

Best For Teething and Chewing on

Great for Purées & Teething Babies

Made out of soft, food-grade silicone, this spoon is gentle on your baby’s gums while they’re learning to feed. And the unique shape allows your baby to scoop up their food easily, even from nooks and cracks.

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olababy training spoon (2 of them) on a colorful terrazzo tile surface

If your baby is both learning to self-feed and teething, this spoon is a great option. The handle is fat and easy to hold, and the silicone is strong enough to stand up to chewing, yet soft enough to not hurt your little one’s gums.

The OlaBaby training spoon does a great job at scooping up a decent amount of puree in testing. In a side-by-side comparison with the ezpz spoon, it scooped more food: 1/2 teaspoon of puree for the Olababy, vs 1/4 teaspoon with the ezpz spoon.

Baby food puree scooped up with an Olababy baby spoon vs ezpz baby spoon. The olababy scooped 1/2 teaspoon of puree, vs 1/4 teaspoon for the ezpz

As a bonus, the base of the spoon is shaped like a suction cup so you can place it on the table in an upright position to prevent transferring germs from the table to the spoon.

2 olababy training baby spoons sitting upright on a butcher block counter top using the suction cup end of the handle

It is BPA- and phthalate-free and can be washed in the dishwasher.

Best For Teething & Purées
Olababy 100% Silicone Soft-Tip Training Spoon
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04/11/2023 09:14 pm GMT

Best for Older Babies

Plastic Free & Instagram Worthy, Too!

The bamboo handle of these baby spoons gives them a trendy look, but they are also well-designed for successful self-feeding training.

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Avanchy Bamboo Baby Spoon on a colorful surface

Bamboo baby spoons aren’t the most obvious choice, but we quite like this spoon in our family. The shape of this spoon’s bamboo handle is rounded and easy to hold but is also a bit on the slim side to make transitioning to traditional flatware easier.

The soft silicone spoon bowl and fork are wide to make scooping, dipping and feeding easier. And little ones who are teething and want to chew on the spoon will find it soothing on their gums.

They are BPA-, PVC-, lead- and phthalate-free and contain no other harmful chemicals. As a bonus, they come in an array of fun and contemporary colors, and the bamboo is sustainable.

Best for Older Babies
Avanchy Bamboo Soft Tip Infant Spoons
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04/11/2023 09:04 pm GMT

Best for Preschoolers

For Older Kids Ready for a Full Set

This set comes with three forks and three baby spoons. They are all stainless-steel and sized perfectly for pre-school aged hands.

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If you want to take baby steps for easy transitions, this set of baby utensils is perfect to use after toddler spoons and before regular ones. It mimics regular adult flatware but is smaller to accommodate little hands and help your kiddos get used to manipulating a skinnier, longer handle.

They come with a cute little animal stamp on the end of each handle, and they are incredibly durable and easy to clean, just like regular flatware.

The size and shape of the spoon bowl allow for big-kid bites, and they’re made without any hazardous materials.

When your kiddo outgrows this set, they would make a pretty keepsake.

Best for Preschoolers
Exzact Children's Flatware Kids Silverware 6pcs Set
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Our Runners Up

What made these baby spoons land in our runners up list? For the most part, it’s because they contain more plastic than we’d like.

However, we understand every family has a different tolerance for the types of materials they use with their kids, and we wanted to cover these spoons as well, because they are very well rated, and do meet government safety requirements.

Stainless Steel Toddler Spoon

Stainless Steel Bowl with Plastic Handle

This set is a great step up for toddlers done with basic baby spoons. It includes three spoons so you’ll always have an extra on hand, and it’s BPA-free and easy to clean.

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The BPA-free plastic handle of this spoon was designed with toddlers’ hands in mind. It is wide and soft for easy grip and features a little stand that keeps the bowl of the spoon propped up off of surfaces to help keep it clean.

The bowl is the perfect shape and size for toddler-sized bites. It’s made of stainless steel, so it is a great transition spoon from the soft baby spoons into regular spoons. It also gives your little one a chance to get used to the harder texture and learn to take careful bites.

We like that the bowl itself is made from stainless steel, and plastic won’t actually be in your little one’s mouth. However, we don’t like how vague Nuk is in terms what type of plastic the handle is made of. It makes it hard to make an informed decision, in our view.

This spoon’s construction makes it super durable, and it is dishwasher-friendly.

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Best Baby Spoons for Babies that Gag Themselves

With a Choke Guard for Gaggers

This baby spoon has an easy-to-hold, ergonomic handle that’s fat enough to provide an easy grip for little hands. It also features a guard that prevents your little one from putting the spoon too far into their mouth and gagging.

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The spoon bowl and choke guard on this spoon is made of soft silicone that is gentle and satisfying on teething gums. The handle includes Polybutylene Terephalate plastic.

It is BPA-free for peace of mind, and the anti-gagging guard also doubles as a prop. Whether the spoon is sitting on the table or falls to the floor, the bowl of the spoon itself won’t be resting on any germy surface.

The gentle curve and depth of the bowl allow for easy scooping and just the right bite-size amount of food. And this spoon is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

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Easiest to Grasp Baby Spoon

Short & Fat = Easy to Hold and Maneuver

This short and stout set comes with both a baby spoon and a fork, and features a handle that is easy for even the tiniest hands to grip, preventing accidents and long bouts of the “dropping game”.

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The bulbous handle and extra-short length of this set of baby utensils makes it easy to manage for babies who are just learning to get the spoon to their mouths.

They both have a cute, animal head-shaped guard right after the bowl to prevent your little one from gagging herself or choking. And the size of the spoon bowl and fork is big enough to scoop up a decent bite of food while also being ideal for little mouths.

Unfortunately, this one is made of plastic, which I don’t love. However, it is made of BPA free (and BPS-free) as well as PVC-, phthalate-, cadmium- and lead-free plastic, which adds some peace of mind. It’s also made in the USA, which also makes me feel a bit safer about this one.

Finally, it’s dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.

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Best Value Baby Spoons (Made of Plastic)

When You Need A Lot of Spoons

These baby spoons are made of plastic with a soft tip so that your baby doesn’t hurt their gums when they are learning to self-feed.

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Colorful Munchkinbaby spoons. The Munchkin spoon is made of BPA plastic

If you prefer a spoon with a longer neck that works really well for both mom and baby, these ones are ideal. The longer handle is ergonomically curved and easy to hold for little hands, and you’ll never have a problem reaching the bottom of a jar.

This spoon is the most economical and it comes in 12-packs so you will always have plenty on hand.

It is BPA-free for peace of mind and top-rack dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

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How to Find the Right Spoons for Baby

It might not seem like rocket science, but there are some important things to consider when choosing a baby spoon. As with many other things, it would be a good idea to get a couple of different kinds and see which ones your kiddo prefers or which ones make self-feeding easier.

Shape and Size

Younger babies who are just starting to self-feed will need feeding spoons that are easy to hold. Very often you will find that a shorter, chunkier and curved handle is easier for little hands to hold and manipulate. This brings their hands closer to their food and their mouths when feeding so that they won’t struggle with special awareness.

Toddlers and pre-schoolers can graduate to cutlery with a more slender handle. They can begin to get used to the feel of regular flatware for an easier transition.

The bowl of the spoon can be either wide or slender with either a deep or shallow spoon bowl. Littler babies will need to take smaller bites of baby food, so a shallow spoon is ideal. But trial and error is really the best way to figure out your baby’s preference for different spoons.

A lot of spoons were designed with a specific age group in mind, so pay attention to the packaging to see if the flatware would be age-appropriate for your baby or toddler, especially considering the different kind of baby food they are currently eating.


Your little one will be chowing down using their feeding spoons multiple times a day, every day. As such, we recommend choosing a spoon made from the safest materials possible. Plastic spoons are super economical and fairly popular, but even BPA free plastic could contain other contaminants that would leach into your his or her baby food.

A much better option in our view is silicone. Some of the spoons on our list are made completely out of silicone, which is usually both chemical-free and easy to clean. Some are made from silicone spoon bowls, which touch your little one’s mouth. This prevents your kiddo from hurting their gums if they accidentally jab themselves when navigating baby food into their mouth, or if they’re teething and have the urge to bite down. It’s also dishwasher safe.

Other spoons are made of a combination of silicone, plastic, stainless steel and even bamboo. Stainless steel is usually a great option for toddlers or preschoolers because it will help them transition to regular silverware, but the rest is a matter of preference.

Final note on materials – you want it to be dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. We also recommend using fragrance free soap to clean your kiddo’s utensils, baby bottles, sippy cups, high chairs, etc. Silicone can sometimes have a bit of a gross flavor at the start – cleaning with baking soda should take care of that.

Extra Details

A lot of the feeding spoons have add-ons that can be helpful. If you have noticed that your baby tends to gag herself when self-feeding, there are spoons that have a guard to prevent the spoon from going too far into her mouth (thereby also preventing all her baby food from coming back up).

Additionally, some of them have sensory bumps that give your baby a better understanding of how far in their mouth the spoon should go.

If you are concerned about germs, many spoons include some sort of prop to prevent the spoon bowl from touching the table or floor.

Final Thoughts on Finding the Best Baby Spoons

To us, the winners are clear. In our view, the best baby spoons are safe. That means using non-toxic silicone and other natural materials, with minimal plastic.

For that reason, we like the ezpz Tiny Spoon, NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils, Olababy Training Spoon, and the Avanchy Natural Bambook Baby Feeding Spoon. For older toddlers and preschoolers, the Exzact Kids Stainless Flatware Set offers a complete set for young kids.

I hope this article helped you make a decision for your family.

And if you know a family that’s ready to start self-feeding, we hope you’ll share this article with them!

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