When weaning begins, your baby's swallowing mechanism is still conditioned to breast sucking. His tongue thrusts forward, and he cannot close his lips very well. Until he learns to close his mouth, his lips cannot fulfill their role as sensors, and he is unable to produce the suction needed to eat. Thus babies need to learn how to close their lips first.
After a baby learns to close his lips, he is ready to master eating techniques.
PIGEON has developed two Feeding Spoons to help develop lip movement, one for drinking and the other for chewing and biting. Correct use of these utensils can enhance the lips' sensory function, and help the child develop proper eating and drinking skills.
Designed to develop good eating skills for babies who cannot keep their lips closed, the spoon has the perfect depth to allow infants to sweep the food in with their lips. It is made of soft, safe material to offer a gentle feel to babies whose teeth have not yet developed.
Contoured to fit the mouth, the spoon helps to develop the correct eating technique, even if the baby is still not proficient in using the upper lip. Its soft construction and cup-like rounded edges make an easy transition to cup feeding and drinking.
The specialized spout is used as infants begin drinking in larger volume. Designed in the same shape as the Feeding Spoons, the spout enables baby to gulp liquids smoothly.
Babies develop from a palm grip to a finger grip, and then to a pen grip. Early on, while they are only capable of the palm grip, they can learn to scoop up food with a spoon. Later they learn how to spear food with a fork.
It will be difficult for babies to ingest any food if they are unable to coodinate their hand delivering the food and their mouth receiving it. Sufficient hand-to-mouth coordination ensures that the oral skills developed in the early stage of wearning does not decline.
"All By Myself" utensils are perfectly sized for small hands. Designed to make scooping and stabbing food easy, they promote hand-to-mouth cordination and self-feeding. The knob at the top of the spoon and fork prevents them from falling into the bowl.
1. Spoon & Fork (with ease)The tip of the spoon is 2/3 the width of the infant's lips, making scooping food easy, and providing the optimal angle for getting it into the mouth. The fork features a flat design for easy spearing.
2. Easy-scoop noodle Bowl & ForkSpecially designed, these trainers keep noodles and pasta on the fork, without letting them slip. The angle of the bowl can also be adjusted to either of two settings, while keeping the food in the middle.
3. "Two and Over" easy-scoop, easy-spear Spoon & ForkThe tip of the spoon is curved to support food-scooping skills. The fork features a special angle for easy scooping, with a narrower handle for a better grip. Ideal for the transition to chopsticks.