Baby feeding first look reviews Boon Squirt baby food spoon
The Squirt packs pureéd baby food into a single, one-squeeze utensil which is both a container and a mess-free feeding aid. We asked a busy mum and her six-month-old to put it to the test, both at home and while out and about.
The Squirt is an all-in-one squeezable weaning utensil for feeding your baby pureéd food. According to its makers, it's a mealtime 'revelation', especially when you're on the move, because you won't need to take jars or tubs of food, spoons or bowls with you to feed your little one.
Is it worth adding the Squirt spoon to your baby-weaning kit? We asked a busy mum and her six-month-old to give the Squirt a try.
Using the Squirt baby food spoon
The spoon has a storage 'bulb' that attaches to the end which holds up to 85g of pureéd baby food. There's also a protective cover to prevent spillages and keep the spoon clean between feeds.
Our tester found the bulb easy to fill up with baby food and attach to the spoon-end – though fitting the lid proved a bit tricky to get the hang of. Helpfully, you only need one hand to gently squeeze it and dispense the food on to the spoon, leaving your other hand free for mealtime multi-tasking.
The product is recommended for babies from four months, but it wasn't good dispensing smaller quantities of food, making it difficult to use during the early stages of weaning. Our tester, who has a six-month-old, highlighted this as a major drawback.
She commented: 'When you fill the holder with smaller amounts there is not enough substance to allow you to push it on to the spoon' – meaning you'd have to fill the spoon up with more food than you need at a time if you're just starting to introduce your baby to solids.
Baby feeding on the move
Our tester did like the idea of reducing the amount of equipment she needed to take with her when feeding her daughter away from home. The Squirt is easy to pop into your baby bag and the protective cap didn't leak.
It isn't, however, able to cope with two-course baby meals – you won't be able to feed your baby pureéd fruit for afters without washing the Squirt first, which could prove difficult if you're out and about.
Notwithstanding the slightly fiddly lid, taking apart and cleaning the Squirt is easy. Our tester cleaned it in her steriliser.
The makers of the Squirt, US company Boon, say the product is dishwasher-safe (we haven't tested this out), PVC-free and doesn't contain Bisphenol A (BPA) – a potentially harmful chemical added to polycarbonate plastic that's due to be banned from baby bottles from June 2011.
Buying the Boon Squirt
The Boon Squirt is available for £7.49 at Kiddicare.com and independent baby shops (RRP £8.99), and is available in blue, orange or pink.
Pros Cuts the amount of equipment you need for away-from-home feeds, easy to use and clean
Cons Didn't dispense smaller quantities of food, doesn't hold more than one food course at a time