If you've seen an infant or toddler struggle learning to use a fork, spoon and eventually, knife you know it's a mixed bag of feelings: pride, humor and hoping that some of the meal makes it into their mouth instead of down their front or on your floor. Danish company Fabrikators (whose tagline is "ingenious yet simple") developed a set of ergonomic toddler flatware specifically for toddlers' small, pudgy hands.
Fabrikators sent me a set to try out. Or, rather, they sent a set for my 2-year-old son to try out. He has been using a fork and spoon for awhile now with varying degrees of success and he often gets frustrated and resorts to using his fingers. Which is fine for many foods, but not my preference for yogurt.
My first reaction to the Fabrikators fork, spoon and knife set was, "Gee, these are pretty." The handles are thick and round for easy gripping and the texture of the handle material has a soft rubbery feel that gives them a bit of traction. The fork tines are rounded enough to spear food, but not as sharp as some of our other toddler forks. The spoon is a little on the shallow side so perhaps not as suitable for older toddlers who are able to feed themselves liquids. I was particularly intrigued by the knife since in the past I have shoved toddler knives into the back of the utensil drawer; not because they seemed unsafe, but they seemed a bit pointless. I did give this one to my son and he was able to cut a hamburger into smaller pieces rather easily; albeit in about ten minutes instead of the ten seconds it would have taken me.
So what did my son think of these products? It's hard to say with his limited vocabulary, but he seemed very comfortable using them and so far hasn't switched to using his fingers. I think these might be even better suited to an infant or younger toddler (the company recommends them for children 6+ months) who is just starting to feed themself. The thick handles really make sense for infants who are just learning to hold things well and these are similar to many rattles and toys they've already begun holding.
By the way, Fabrikators are both dishwasher and microwave safe. I am my own dishwasher so didn't get to test this and I can't think why I would want to put them in the microwave. The sets come in four colors: orange, blue, raspberry and green and retail for $40 through Amazon. They can also be purchased at some bricks and mortar stores as well as directly through the company's US site. This is quite a bit more than the other toddler flatware sets we own, but in many ways I prefer to own one set of something great than have my utensil drawer flooded with forks, spoons and knives that aren't as well liked or used.
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