Many parents are avoiding certain plastics not only in baby bottles, but also in toys and the feeding supplies they use. A friend of mine who is very into using only natural and organic baby products bought the Bambu baby bowl and spoon and fork utensil set for us to use. Now that we’ve used it for a couple of months, I have a definite idea of what I like and dislike about them.
First of all, I’ll give you the details. I specifically have and use the Bambu 4-1/2 inch diameter Mini Me bowl in Naked, which simply means it is the natural bamboo color. This particular bowl also comes coated in blue, kiwi (shown left), spice or bubble gum. These bowls are hand shaped from organic bamboo and are extremely smooth to the touch. You don’t have to worry about splinters. They are also very light-weight. The bowls are coated with a safe lacquer that makes them waterproof and able to hold hot or cold foods. However, they are not dishwasher safe and should not be left to soak in water for a long period of time. Clean up is easy with a quick rinse in soapy water and towel dry.
After using the bowl for over two months, there are a lot of things I like about it. First of all, I love the way it looks. I love the natural look of the wood. It is very different from any other baby feeding product I’ve seen and it is plain-and-simply cute. Although I’m not the type of person who avoids plastics for my baby at all costs, I do like the fact that it is made from a completely natural substance. This next one might surprise you, but I actually like the fact that it isn’t dishwasher safe. This requires that I wash it immediately after my son eats, which means it is ready to go for his next feeding, always. I have used the bowl for both hot and cold foods, and it hasn’t caused any chipping, splintering, or peeling in all of it’s use. I love the depth of the bowl. It seems deeper than most baby bowls I’ve seen. And I love how light and compact it is. Another great thing is that when baby outgrows using this bowl, it can easily be used in the future for snacks, or even as a prep bowl.
The only thing I say I might dislike about it is the cost. They retail for over $10 for one bowl, which is kind of steep. However, considering the quality, function, and safety of it, I think it is worth it.
As far as the feeding utensils, a Bambu baby utensil set is available, which includes a fork and a spoon. The set is made of the same organic bamboo as the bowl. There are only natural wood colors available. They are 5 inches long and each has a curved handle to make it comfortable to hold. Again, the utensils are completely smooth and light-weight.
Many of the things I like about the utensils are similar to that of the bowl; completely natural, light-weight, and easy to clean. I also like that the bamboo is easier on a baby’s sensitive gums as opposed to using a metal spoon or fork. Their handles are thick and curved and make it easy and comfortable to hold.
Probably what I dislike the most about the utensil set (besides the price) is that the actual fork or spoon area that baby eats from seems a little large. Although my son had no problem eating off the end of the spoon when he was four and five months old, it is a little bit more bulky than a lot of spoons out there. Also, the tines on the fork are big and somewhat dull, so if you’re planning on using them to spear a hard piece of food, it may be a little more difficult than using a traditional fork. However, I think this adds to its safety.
Overall, I have loved my Bambu bowl and utensils, and I plan on purchasing more when the need is there. I am very into Bambu!
Have you ever used Bambu? What do you think?
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