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Feeding an Independent Child with the Baby Dipper

I got a Baby Dipper bowl and spoon in January, when Grace was a little more than 19 months old. The second time she used it, I wished that I'd known about it a year earlier.

I hate messes. I'm not a neat freak by any stretch, but I hate having dirty, sticky messes on fingers and clothes and tablecloths and high chairs. It just bothers me, and I can't explain the reason.

For a year, I fed Gracie from a tiny glass prep bowl. I was afraid she'd knock it out of my hands and break it. I was afraid that I'd drop it and make a mess. I was afraid she'd stick her tiny little fingers in it and smear food all over.

And I dropped it myself, more than once. Food spilled everywhere.

Two of those three fears were realized time and time again. If I'd had a bowl like the Baby Dipper, I could have easily fed Grace with one hand, and I would've had the other hand free to mitigate Gracie Anna's mess-seeking fingers.

Alas, I didn't have it sooner.

I still wish I had.

Gracie is an independent child, and she wants to feed herself. She wants to eat her way, and she rarely accepts help from anyone. She will fight with a spoonful of peas or corn kernels or rice until she is frustrated and begins to pick up the pieces with her fingers, but she won't allow us to pick them up for her.

The Baby Dipper has been a life saver for us. The sides of the bowl help Grace to keep her food in the bowl instead of on the tablecloth. Food gets stuck in the corners, allowing Grace to push it onto her spoon more easily than a plate or round bowl would. She can do it herself, and most of the food makes it onto the spoon.

Making the food stay on the spoon for the entire expanse between the bowl and her mouth is another issue, but at least it gets on the spoon to begin with.

Guess what, Dear Reader! Baby Dipper is giving a bowl and spoon set to one lucky Feels like Home reader!

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Good luck! I'll use to choose a winner some time after 9 pm on April 23, 2009.

I'd like to thank Baby Dipper for this giveaway.

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0 thoughts on “Feeding an Independent Child with the Baby Dipper”

  1. Sure looks like a cool bowl!! I like the way it’s designed for things to pool in one corner. Noah has a hard time with the end of his meals… perfect solution!

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