Safety tip: Don’t feed baby with disposable plastic spoons

Consumer Reports News: April 21, 2010 05:08 AM

When you’re on the go, those ubiquitous disposable white plastic spoons found in food courts may seem like a reasonably safe substitute for feeding baby her meals. But unfortunately, those spoons can break in your baby’s mouth and lead to injury or choking.

It’s best to use spoons designed for babies. They aren’t prone to breaking, and often have the advantage of being coated for safety and comfort (they won’t conduct heat like a metal spoon).

You can find baby spoons in stores that sell baby and juvenile products as well as the baby-food section of most supermarkets and drug stores. Some are labeled as disposable—though you can wash and reuse them. Since they’re inexpensive, you can buy a half-dozen and keep a few handy in a zip-top plastic bag in baby’s diaper bag.

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