What’s the difference between stage one and stage two GOOtensils?
Stage one GOOtensil (with textures) is the one the child will begin with because it holds just enough food to give them a taste of self-feeding independence. Plus, it has textures that soothe sore gums, so it’s a feeding-teether of sorts. Essentially, the stage one utensil lets them participate in mealtime without creating too much mess.
Once the child has mastered the food-to-mouth motion, they can graduate to stage two GOOtensil, which holds more food. It should be noted that stage one GOOtensil is also better for thinner liquids, while stage two is better for thicker foods.
What are the bumps on the stage one GOOtensil for?
The dimples, as we call them, serve two purposes.
- They grab just enough food for the baby to get the satisfaction of feeding themselves.
- They soothe sore gums. We call it a feeding-teether, which should only be used while seated.
Why does one GOOtensil have a hole in it? What’s the purpose of it?
Believe it or not, the channels, as we call them, use surface tension to capture and hold pureed foods and thicker organic blends just as a bubble wand holds bubble soap. This allows the utensil to hold nearly as much as a spoon would hold long enough for the child to get the food to their mouth.
How long will a child use your pre-spoons before transitioning to a traditional spoon?
Most kids don’t develop full wrist rotation until late in year two. Parents will want to look for cues that wrist rotation has set in, such as the child is starting to scoop the bottom of the bowl or is trying to balance more food on the utensil when bringing it to the mouth. If these indications are present, the child is ready to graduate to the spoon.
Aren’t there other spoons out there that address this issue?
Not really. Most stage one spoon have a bowl (concave portion) and, as such, still require wrist rotation. So they won’t be any more effective than an ordinary spoon. Since our launch in 2013, there have also been a couple of products launched that are eerily similar to ours. While they look very much alike, they are different in a pretty significant way: they use a single material, which means their product is more flexible and less rigid than ours. The problem with this solution is if you have a child with limited motor skills, it’s imperative that the utensil be firm to allow for greater control. Limited motor skills combined with a bendable, floppy utensil will only add to a child’s frustration. Plus, it's important for the child to "practice" with a utensil that is similar to the one they will ultimately be using.