Monday, August 2, 2010

Product Review: Boon Squirt Spoon

As you may remember, the Easter bunny gave Toby a "Boon Squirt Spoon" in his Easter basket.  Ever since, big brother Sammy calls it "Toby's egg."  Well, he just started eating solid foods a couple months ago so I've finally been using it, and thought I'd share my opinion of this product, both as a mom and a product designer.

Boon Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon in OrangeBoon Squirt Baby Food Dispencing Spoon, BlueBoon Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon- Pink

Initial reaction:
My first reaction was that it was bigger than I imagined it.  You can't really get much of an idea of the size from the pretty images online, so here is a photo of it in my hand.  Not necessarily a bad thing...that was just my first reaction.  It is, after all, a food container and spoon in one so it has to take up more space than just a spoon.  I love the bright orange's not your average pastel baby product.

How you use it:
Just un-screw the clear plastic spoon part from the soft "bulb" handle, and fill the handle with baby food. When it comes time to feed baby, just tip the spoon and squeeze, and the food will be dispensed right on the spoon.  (It has to be soft, pureed stuff to come through the hole) 

There's a cap that also comes with it, to help keep the spoon clean and keep the food from squeezing out in your bag.  It's a little weird to fit on the first time but after a while you get the hang of it, and it does snap on tight and seal the spoon nicely.  I wonder how long it will be until I lose it...

The Positives:
- It's super easy to feed your baby with just one hand.  My little guy doesn't sit up on his own yet so when I'm out and have to hold him while I feed him, I have one arm to hold him and one to feed him.  No need to also hold a baby food jar!

- It just works so simple.  It's one of those fantastic "why didn't I think of that?!" ideas.

- It's very easy to clean

- I can fit two of my homemade baby food "cubes" in it and let them thaw until it's time to eat.

The Negatives:
- If you have to set it down on a hard surface, it wants to roll over every time, dripping the food on the table. (shown below) I think incorporating a little flat spot on the bottom of the spoon piece would remedy this.  When you're feeding one-handed, sometimes you have to set it down to wipe baby's face.  And then the table.

- It can get hard to get all the food out.  I find myself shaking and shaking this to try to get the food down by the spoon.  If I filled it to it's capacity, it would dispense easier, although I'd waste food because he doesn't eat that much yet.  But, that may just be a matter of him growing into it.
Overall I think this is an awesome product and totally worth the money if you feed your baby away from home often.  I have used this a LOT and I find that the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.  I'm even thinking of getting a second one, so I can bring a couple kinds of food with me at a time if needed!

I'm not sure if this would be considered a positive or negative, but I get comments constantly from strangers everywhere I go when I use this!  People think it's just the coolest thing ever.  It's one of those items that moms come up to me and say, "wow, why didn't they have that when my kids were babies?!  They have the best stuff now!"

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