Spuni

Ergonomic Baby Spoon

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When babies use their first spoon, more strained peas end up on their face or clothes than in their mouth. Spuni asked “why” and made an intuitive advance in weaning.

Specifically designed for a baby’s mouth, Spuni has a “tulip” shape with a soft, shallow eating area. A subtle lip at the back encourages babies to latch
on—triggering their instinct to suck and swallow. And the soft spoon tip is gentle on their sensitive gums.

Makers Marcel Botha & Trevor Hardy realized that existing baby spoons are simply mini versions of adult utensils. That meant there was a lot of room for thoughtful improvement. Research showed that most food at the back of the spoon is pushed off or simply untouched. These two MIT friends consulted with material science and environmental health experts, creating Spuni with safe materials (phthalate-, BPA-, BPS-, and PVC-free) and an effective, ergonomic design (more comfortable with less mess).

Ideal for babies 4 months and older, Spuni is even enjoyed by toddlers and older kids because of its sleek, comfortable design. Grab a Spuni to help your baby make a big transition at mealtime.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Marcel
    Marcel

    Hello, I am Marcel, founder of Spuni

    Spuni started one afternoon during a messy feeding session, when more food was on the baby than in the baby. After a year of researching and testing prototypes we’ve landed on a design that stands apart from the rest. The breakthrough is the spoon’s tulip profile, which encourages the child to suck and swallow in one motion. This means less mess, less waste, and less frustration.

    We are excited to be part of the Grommet community. What questions can I answer for you?

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 12:15 PM

    Hey all, Marcel Botha here. I am one of the Spuni inventors and looking forward to answer your questions today.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    2/17/2015 2:22 PM

    @Marcel - my husband just emailed this to me....has there been any testing or thoughts on this product for a child with Down Syndrome? I have an almost 3 year old that I still spoon feed - does not eat solids or chunks....would this be a product to consider? Thank you.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 2:47 PM

    @Cindy we have been approached by many developmental and special needs experts to test the product. To date we do not have enough data, but I would encourage you to try it. If you email is afer we will 3d print you a custom larger one to also test.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    2/17/2015 2:54 PM

    @Marcel I'm sorry...your response says if you email is afer? Not sure what you are asking....I would be interested in a larger one if I can afford....is it safe to give you my email address here or do you have access to it?

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 3:17 PM

    @Cindy I mistyped. Email us. We will sponsor all test units for your child to learn how the size suits and if a bigger version would work better.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 3:46 PM

    @Cindy email the Grommet customer experience team here to get in touch with us

  • Wanda
    Wanda
    2/17/2015 12:42 PM

    I was interested in the spoon for my granddaughter who is 6 months old...until I saw it is manufactured in China. No thanks!!!

    Kay M.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 12:44 PM

    @Wanda

    Spuni is manufactured in Germany.

  • Ellen
    Ellen
    2/17/2015 12:50 PM

    @Marcel Just a suggestion -- In the Details for the product, it says "Made in China" -- so if it is Germany, might be a good idea to change that listing.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 12:53 PM

    @Ellen Thanks Ellen, we have requested that The Grommet change this.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/17/2015 12:54 PM

    Hi Wanda, we understand domestically made products are important to the community. That's why we have a dedicated page for it here. Many of our Makers try their best to produce their products, it's a decision they don't make lightly. Often times, though, they find it simply isn't possible.

    In the case of Spuni, we hope you latch onto the innovation of the product as it can be a real difference maker in helping babies and toddlers adjust to solid foods.

  • S
    S
    2/17/2015 1:15 PM

    @Mike

    This looks like a great idea for my transitioning grandson.

    A side note on the manufacturing issue. I do shop the USA collection frequently-for gifts as well as personal needs. I am very excited to be able to promote the individuals behind these innovative products.

    That said, my "made in China is not for me" position, where workers are not fairly compensated for the manufacturing while companies reap huge profits by selling at normal US market prices, does not preclude products made by makers who produce in other countries with whom we have balanced trade practices or who help disadvantaged and/or impoverished people-the nightgowns from Haiti by way of example.

    One of the reasons "they find it simply isn't possible" to make some things here is the result of 30 years of outsourcing resulting in billions of shuttered manufacturing square footage and lost skills.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 2:49 PM

    @S Our wood spoons are "made in Brooklyn" - will be happy to share those next month.

  • Christy
    Christy
    2/17/2015 12:48 PM

    This seems to be the perfect solution for my 10 month old. When do you think is the best time to transition from the Spuni to an adult spoon?

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 12:51 PM

    @Christy We found that babies get used to spuni almost immediately and graduate to bigger spoons in 4-6 months depending on age.

  • Christy
    Christy
    2/17/2015 12:56 PM

    @Marcel So does that mean my 10 month old should be using a bigger spoon than the spuni?

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 1:13 PM

    @Christy Babies can use Spuni up to 14 months easily; Here are some recent comments from a mom of 10 month old who reviewed the product as part of a Jury Panel.

    "Product Tested By Stacey Kerrigan – Logan 10 Months

    Stacey Awarded The Spuni Spoons 4.7/5

    The shape of the spoon looked small and I wasn't sure it would hold enough food. The colours were nice and bright. I liked the package because you could see the product clearly. I was a little concerned that it was too small but after the 1st use I loved it. There was no mess and Logan was able to take all the food off the spoon without leaving any and there was no mess. Very sturdy and easy to hold, didn't stain like most spoons do. I wouldn't pay £14 for 2 spoons normally, but after using them I would buy them again. I would buy more if they done them for older children. I woulddefinitelyrecommend this product to friends and family. I liked the spunia lot. It was easy to use and Logan was able to take all the food off the spoon without any mess. The packaging was great because you can use it to transport the spoons when going out. I liked the material it is made from because Logan was able to bite down without hurting his gums and he loved the bright colours. Stacey Kerrigan – Logan 10 Months "

  • Christy
    Christy
    2/17/2015 1:27 PM

    @Marcel Great! I will get some, and look forward to being able to use them!

  • Natasha
    Natasha
    2/17/2015 4:42 PM

    How do you care for the spoons? The wooden one in particular.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/17/2015 4:47 PM

    Hi Natasha, thanks for the question. The Spunis are dishwasher safe which I believe holds true for the wooden version, but I'll let Marcel correct me if I'm wrong. Another important cleaning note is Spunis should be washed thoroughly before their first use.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 5:15 PM

    @Mike Yes the spoons should be washed before first use!

    For the wooden spoons we suggest washing by hand with a mild soap and using a food safe mineral oil for preservation.

  • Ann
    Ann
    2/17/2015 4:57 PM

    This would be great for other populations with special needs (e.g. individuals with advanced Alzheimer's Disease, cerebral palsy or severe developmental disabilities) if the size was adjusted to older populations.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 4:59 PM

    @Ann

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 5:11 PM

    @Ann Thank you! We are ready to start testing adult versions and are looking for partner agencies.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn
    2/17/2015 5:43 PM

    @Marcel I have a disabled friend who might benefit from the adult version. Please keep me notified. The spoons they provide at the nursing home just have bulky handles. It is no help to limit the size of the portion and the food always ends up all over her gown and her bedding.

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 6:10 PM

    Please email the Grommet customer experience team here to get in touch with us

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    2/17/2015 8:16 PM

    @Marcel, I too am interested in a larger version for my special needs daughter. If you Google "maroon spoon" you will get an idea of the basic concept. Your design would improve the function of the maroon spoon. Hope to hear more on this!

  • Siddharth
    Siddharth
    2/17/2015 9:44 PM

    Hi, as someone interested in product design/industrial design, how did you arrive at the design for Spuni?

  • Marcel
    Marcel – Special Guest
    2/17/2015 10:46 PM

    @Siddharth We used 3D printers to make the initial prototypes, this allowed us to make many minor changes and quickly test the design. For testing we videotaped babies eating with the spoons and then sent the footage to pediatricians who initially pointed out the latching instinct.

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