For the chubby-fingered toddler in your life, what better than this tubby cutlery, from Fabrikators & Josefine Bentzen? BpA, Phthalates and PVC-free, they're a safe option as well as being easy to hold. And they look fab too, coming in a choice of four zingy colours.
$42.00 a set from A+R Store.
Now this is definitely a set that is more about pleasing Pantone-lovin' parents than appealing to babies with cutesy characters or pretty patterns. I have to say that the Thinkbaby products, with their bold orange theme and their in-your-face branding, really appeal to the design-lover in me, and none more so than on the solid-coloured bento set.
The set includes two bowls, a mug, fork and spoon, plus an airtight box, all in the non-toxic, non-animal-tested materials that Thinkbaby were founded on. And if you're not quite as keen on orange as I am, the set also comes in a stylish royal blue as well.
We've all seen aeroplane-shaped cutlery, the logical extension of the game where the fork swoops into the mouth - but when it comes to shunting up mash potatoes and rice, I guess digger-inspired utensils make just as much sense, and especially if you have a recalcitrant but machinery-obsessed eater.
The goods on offer are from Constructive Eating are not appealing to me, visually, but I am willing to bet that they will be more desirable than gold to certain small children. Prices begin at $14.95.
I don't get grossed out by very much. Most mums will tell you that once you've been through the nappy-changing years, not to mention the nose-wiping, unidentified-goo-picking-up, nit-combing, mud-pie-making years, you emerge pretty hardcore.
One thing I've never enjoyed, though, is the sound of my kid slurping up melted ice cream. So maybe I'm not as hard-boiled as I might like to think.
Thus, the Sip-n-spoon is one product that will not be ending up in our kitchen. Your kid eats with the spoon, and then once the ice cream has melted, they can suck it up through the hollow interior, like a straw.
Sure, I can see how clever it is; sure I can appreciate the amusement factor. It's just a personal bugbear.
Not as icked out as I am? It can be yours for $6.99.
Via Swiss Miss.
Now our kid's too old for the indignity of a bib, we'll often tie a teatowel round her neck at home, for those especially messy meals. When we eat out, a napkin tucked into the neckline has to protect delicate clothes as best it can - often fighting a losing battle.
How much neater to have a dedicated gadget like the Napkid from Deuz: teatowel-sized, with a handy loop, it rolls up to go in your bag. Wide enough to catch every crumb, stylish enough to look fine when you eat out.
You've got the Katvig, your kid can't move for Smafolk and your Plastisock habit is out of hand... but still you can't get enough of that sweet Scandinavian design? I completely understand. And so, clearly, do Huset Shop, as they have brought us these very sweet placemats, $10 each, based on Swedish picture books.
Pippi Longstocking you will recognise, of course - indeed, as a Scandinavoholic (I just coined that word) you'll no doubt have the Lauren Child version - but if you're like me, you'll have to look up the vaguely familiar pudgy face of Gunnila Bergström's Alfons Åberg. In either case – these will add both cheer and interest to your children's mealtimes. As well as that little bit more Scandinavian-ness to your life.
Possibly a way to get those who can't interrupt a hefty traintrack session to the table: just join it up to their existing layout, and eventually their trains will lead them to lunch.
I love it, especially the little lay-by for a cup. 22 Euros from the German Designspray, and they will ship worldwide.
How much fun is this? Based on Harold E. Edgerton's iconic strobe photograph of a single drop of falling milk, it'll add a sense of the surreal to your breakfast table.
And if you want to teach your kid the old saying, 'Don't cry over spilled milk', it's all for the good. This bowl's made of silicone, is squishable in the hand, and won't break even when dropped.
It's 15 € from Petit Hood, but strikes me as the kind of item that you see in gift shops worldwide, so it's definitely worth keeping your eyes open if you don't want to pay for international shipping.
I ran across these adorable cupcake pops on a totally random Etsy search. What a find!! They're cake, of varied flavors, dipped in chocolate, of different kinds, by the folks at Pop Culture Cake Pops. I just think they are so much fun. At $30 per dozen, they are truly the latest greatest idea for any kid's party!
Who better to design products for babies than a dad of twins and of a baby with colic? These are guys who really understand the challenges of parenthood - and who were desperate to retain some semblance of a life despite those challenges.
Fortunately, as well as being harried dads, they are designers - and indeed, they had already taken out a patent on their idea for a self-heating bottle before the babies came. But, perhaps during those long sleepless nights, it became clear that their initial plans were not enough.
It's possible that only a parent can understand the desire for products without harmful substances: it was back to the drawing board for Iiamo's Danish designers, who had suddenly realised what standard feeding bottles can contain. The Iiamo - as well as looking stunning- is free from BPA, parabens, phthalates, and perfume.
Most of all, with its self-heating mechanism, it still strives for that initial goal - a "life after birth". I'm sure that the Iiamo designers are well past that tricky initial stage of parenthood, but they are still helping out others who would like to get a little further than the front door.