May 31, 2004

Our Lil' Dipper

A few weeks ago we purchase a pack of Gerber Lil' Dippers. Made to fit a little hands just perfectly, they are supposed to make it easier for Kate to learn to feed herself. Before the Lil' Dipper Kate would try to pull the infant spoon out of our hands and feed herself. Those infant spoons are too long and thin, which made it easy for gagging, and the handles are hard metal, not good for a teething baby at all. The Lil' Dipper has a nice rubbery handle that Kate can chew on inbetween bites. It is also short with a guard around the "spoon" part to prevent gagging.

So far Kate has been doing pretty well with it. She hasn't got the dipping part down yet, but she does pretty well with the feeding part. Ken or I will dip it in the food and hand it to Kate to feed herself. Sometimes she doesn't have perfect aim, which can make a meal a little messy. But, practice make perfect. And she seems to really enjoy participating in the feeding process.

Although we don't have pictures, Kate has also been practicing with her Avent Magic sippy cup. She's been trying some heavily watered-down apple juice. At first she didn't like it, but now she'll drink an ounce or two. We really like the Avent Magic Cup because it has a soft spout for Kate's gums. She won't hurt herself if she bites or chews. And as she gets older we can just purchase new spouts for the cup.
Posted by Jean-Marie at May 31, 2004 05:24 PM
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Where did you find the little dipper? I've been looking for it for months now. All we keep seeing at Target and BRU is the orbit thing which is a new teether by Gerber. Let me know!! Connie P.S. Jean-Marie, happy belated birthday!!! I procrastinated and never sent you a card or even an e-mail :( Posted by: Connie at June 3, 2004 05:15 PM
Hi Connie. I couldn't find the Lil' Dippers either, so I called Gerber. You can order them directly. The cost for each 2-pk is $3.00 plus ales tax. There is a $5.00 minimum purchase and a shipping & handling fee of $5.00. If you are interested, call Gerber's Parents Resource Center at 1-800-4-GERBER. Since it was a minimum $5 purchase I got the Orbiteether too. Kate really doesn't like that as much. But then again she's not big into teethers. She prefers to chew on everything else. Also, when I ordered the dipppers and teether I mentioned that I had coupons that I wanted to use. Although they do not honor the coupons they said they would send other coupons for other merchandise to compensate for the money I would've saved with the coupons. I haven't received the coupons yet, but if you order by phone it's worth mentioning I suppose. And thanks for the birthday wishes! Posted by: Jean-Marie at June 6, 2004 09:33 PM
I came across this site when trying to find Gerber Little Dippers on-line. I have also never seen them in stores - I live in Naperville, IL and we have a large population (1/3 of residents under 18) of children here, so I would think that we'd have them readily available...but not. Anyhow, I ended-up ordering them from ebay for 2.70\pack of 2. I thought it was a pretty good deal, cheaper than driving around town from store to store. Posted by: Lori at July 15, 2004 09:39 PM
Do u think that the gerber dipper is a choking hazard? I bought the same ones for my babies (I have twins) and my father in law keeps telling me that it will cause them to choke. I almost had a major argument with him. Tried explaining that they were supposed to just use it for food under supervision and not use it as a toy but he kept going on and on about how they'll choke on the part they suck on. I'm wondering if there are any magazine articles that I cans how him about how good the dippers are. Posted by: Hilda Lee at November 24, 2004 11:42 AM
I found the Lil' Dipper at BRU in Redwood City, CA. Posted by: Marci at June 15, 2005 01:12 PM
The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you Posted by: LnddMiles at July 21, 2009 07:47 PM
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