Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mail Delivery: Tinytongs Review (and Coupon Code)

Eating. I feel like half the day in my house is spent in connection with it.

I'm either making a meal, feeding someone a meal, cleaning up after a meal or thinking about what the next meal is going to be. Actually, now that I think about it, eating probably adds up to more than half of the day.

Fortunately, Big Sister E is old enough that I can hand her a plate or bowl and she can climb into her chair and start eating all on her own. Unfortunately, one of the things that I often have to remind her is to use her spoon or her fork and not her fingers. I do understand that, in her mind, it's faster and easier to just pick things up with her hands, but that doesn't lessen the amount of times that I mention to her what utensils are for.

When I first saw Tinytongs, I was... intrigued. Recommended for children 12 months and older, tinytongs are 5" long, free of sharp edges and have a soft, tactile feel. Created by Carys Bice, mother of 3, this innovative child-sized utensil was formed when Bice began searching for a way to make mealtime less stressful, less messy and more enjoyable for children who are still learning to use traditional forks and spoons.

But what would Big Sister E think?

Definitely fond of the unique shape and fun color, Big Sister E was eager to give our tinytongs a try. However, after the novelty wore off, she realized that they are designed to pick up and grip small pieces of food and not the large chunks she tends to stuff in her mouth all at once. So, setting the tinytongs aside, she went back to her spoon and her fingers.

In the time since the initial appearance of tinytongs in our house, Big Sister E attempted to use them multiple times. "Look at this," she said, showing me one small bite before putting the tinytongs back down and picking up her spoon. For the time being, it seems that our tinytongs will have to wait.

According to their website, most children will be able to use tinytongs on their own between 18 and 24 months, which explains why Big Sister E wasn't interested. As she is already adept at using utensils, she doesn't understand the concept of why she would want to be able to pick up less food than she was before.

However, as we are quickly closing in on the 12-month mark with Little Sister B, I plan on keeping our tinytongs around to give them a fair chance with her. I love that they are ergonomically shaped for little hands, free of lead, phalate and BPA and are dishwasher-safe. If they increase the likelihood more food ending up in her mouth than on herself or the floor, I'm all for it.

Tinytongs are available on their website for $7.99 for an individual pair or $24.99 for a set of 4. To keep up to date with them, read their blog or become a fan on Facebook. As always, I love a deal! Enter coupon code tmc20 for a 20% discount on your entire order.

Thanks, Tinytongs, for giving me hope that as Little Sister B gets older there won't be a constant flow of pasta noodles and green beans heading for our carpet like there was when Big Sister E was learning to feed herself. And, for giving me a friendly wave as you slid these into our mailbox, thanks, Mail Carrier.

(Other than the pair of Tinytongs that I was sent, I was not provided with anything or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my opinion of this unique product.)


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Unknown said...

my nephew would love that!

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