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Sadie Prise

Sadie Prise

Are Silicone Baby Feeder Spoons a Safe Choice?

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Silicone baby spoon products have replaced plastic baby spoons as a non-toxic alternative. However, over the last decade, more and more people have questioned silicone as safe because of harmful by-products and added chemicals. Silicone is primarily used in baby feeder accessories, such as baby feeder spoons.


So, is silicone baby feeder spoons safe? Platinum grade silicone is a safe choice for baby spoon products. It is non-toxic, can withstand heating and freezing, and doesn’t leach harmful chemicals. However, lower-grade silicone used in some baby spoon products is considered unsafe. These studies highlight the importance of choosing high-quality silicone spoon feeder products online and being safe. The high-quality silicone is also known as platinum-cured or platinum grade silicone.


Silicone is the most popular material choice for baby spoons and baby feeder spoons. We think it is essential for parents to better understand the material – silicone. You may also want to consider why silicone baby feeder spoons are better baby spoon alternatives. Keep reading to find out more.

Are Silicone Spoons Harmful To Babies?

Silicone is a non-toxic polymer, rubber-like material malleable enough to shape into products like silicone baby spoons. The material is not 100% naturally occurring as processed from silica. Its appeal lies in its outstanding ability to resist heating and freezing damage to avoid off-gassing unsafe chemicals – unlike plastics. It further outperforms plastic as it is odorless, stain-resistant, hypoallergenic, and easy to clean. The material is durable, lightweight, and unbreakable, making it a more popular choice for a baby spoon and baby spoon feeders than the glass and stainless steel alternatives recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Silicone quickly surpassed plastic in the last decade as the number one choice for baby feeder spoons from the discovery that plastic baby utensils leached harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalates. However, in recent years studies have found that low-quality grade silicone products may leach toxic chemicals into our baby’s food too.

Researchers and health professionals are concerned about lower-grade silicone products as they may contain harmful chemicals and by-products from the manufacturing process. One study revealed toxic chemicals such as D4, D5, and D6 leached into the baby formula from some silicone bottle nipples. Other experts are concerned about intentionally added chemicals in silicone products.

However, many health organizations such as Health Canada suggest there is still no conclusive evidence that silicone baby feeder products are unsafe. The organization promotes Silicone baby feeders as a safer alternative to plastic as they don’t react with baby food or beverages or produce any hazardous fumes. They advocate buying approved premium-grade silicone-based baby spoon feeder products.

At Wawita, we always recommend high-quality silicone grade products as the safe choice for your baby.

What is Silicone, and how is it processed?

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Is Silicone Safe?

Silicones are substances made up of siloxane. Typically, silicones are characterized as oil or rubber-like and usually odorless and colorless, although the color is often added during product production. 

If you like to get technical, the silicone production process is long with numerous steps. It originates in sand or quartzite with a concentrated silicone element and is processed using either natural gas or coal. Therefore, silicone contains the elements silicon, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen. 

As silicone is a processed substance that is highly durable, it is not bio-degradable, but it is recyclable. To recycle your silicone baby spoons, they must go to specialized facilities.

The Pros And Cons Of Silicone in Baby Feeder Spoon Products

It is essential to consider all benefits and downfalls when choosing the best quality baby feeder products. We weigh the pros and cons of silicone in baby spoon feeders in the table below.

Pros of Silicone in baby spoon feeder products Cons of Silicone in baby spoon feeder products
Long lifetimeLow-quality designs may contain harmful additives such as D4, D5, and D6 or by-products
More sustainably sourced than plastic spoon feedersIs not biodegradable
High-quality silicone spoons are safe as they avoid leaching and off-gassing unsafe chemicals
High-quality silicone spoons are non -toxic
hypoallergenic
Lightweight material
Easy to clean
Stain-resistant
Recyclable
Degrading is not continuous with the use
Cost-effective
The table lists the pros and cons of silicone-based baby products.

How Can I Tell If A Product is Made from Low-Quality Silicone?

There are a few ways to distinguish whether your baby products like baby feeder spoons use high-quality silicone in their manufacturing. We recommend that before you buy baby feeder products such as baby feeder spoons, you check the labels or descriptions that do not contain D4, D5, and D6, unsafe products. The label should also stipulate no added chemicals or BPA-Free

If you have already bought silicone products or thrown away the packaging, you can gauge the silicon’s quality through smell and discoloring. Your leading indicator of low-grade silicone products is the smell; if it smells artificially strong and chemically, then your baby product is of lower grade. 

There is also a pinch and twist test you can do on your silicone baby spoon feeder’s flat surface. Pure silicone does not change color when twisted, so if white shows through, the product may be made from lower quality silicone. 

At Wawita, we always recommend high-quality silicone grade products as the safe choice for your baby.

What Is Medical Grade Silicone In Baby Feeder Accessories? 

Medical grade silicone is the most popular material of choice for many baby accessories, especially baby bottle nipples. Medical grade means that the silicone is FDA approved and tested. The silicone is specifically designed to react safely in babies ‘ mouths. Scientists recommend medical grade silicone because it is toxin-free, hypoallergenic, latex-free, and non-porous, therefore resisting bacterial growth. 

Any food contact substance, including silicone baby accessories, must adhere to FDA guidelines. At Wawita, we work with quality products in various FDA approved materials, such as glass, bamboo, and silicone.

Comparing Silicone And Other Material Baby Products 

The AAP recommends stainless steel and glass baby spoon alternatives, but their weight and glasses’ fragility makes them shatterproof and lightweight 

Plastic Vs. Silicone Baby Spoon Feeders

Silicone has largely replaced plastic as the material of choice for baby spoon feeder products. While you can still purchase plastic baby spoons, many baby spoon manufacturers meet high demands for silicone-based baby spoon feeders as advocated by organizations like the FDA, American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), and Canada Health. 

The AAP published reports raising concerns over plastic baby spoons that contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which negatively impact the development of babies. These chemicals were leached into the food and liquid that the plastic spoons came into contact. 

Consider the table below for the difference between plastic and silicone baby Spoon feeders.

Plastic Baby Spoon Feeders Silicone Baby Spoon Feeders
Shorter lifespanLong lifetime
Degrade and easily brokenDurable and unbreakable
Leach unsafe chemicals into baby food and liquidsHigh-quality silicone spoons do not leach harmful chemicals
Not sustainably sourcedMore sustainably sourced
Lightweight materialLightweight material
Not RecyclableRecyclable
Highly processedEasy to clean
Not dishwasher friendlyDishwasher friendly
Used in baby spoon specialty forms and purposes
Stain-resistant
Hypoallergenic
Latex-free
Non-toxic
Differences between plastic and silicone baby Spoon feeders

As parents, we know that plastic baby spoons are not always avoidable so consider these AAP recommendations for using plastic baby feeder spoons.   

  • Buy BPA-free phthalate-free products
  • Buy phthalate-free products by avoiding  recycling codes 3, 6 and 7
  • Throw-away the plastic baby spoon feeder sets if there is any damage

Bamboo vs. Silicone Baby Spoon Feeders 

Bamboo baby spoon feeders are great options as they are durable, eco-friendly, and stylish. As bamboo is completing natural and sturdy plant-based material, there are no added chemicals in the material’s processing.

Compared to Silicone Baby Spoon feeders, there is less variety in bamboo baby spoon types, sticking to traditional baby spoon shapes and purposes. The rubber-like silicone properties offer more diversity in the range of products, from conventional baby spoon shapes to Silicone Squeeze Spoon Bottle Feeders.

Bamboo offers some unique properties that silicone baby feeder spoons do not, like antibacterial properties. However, silicone baby spoons are slightly easier to clean, last longer, and are dishwasher compatible, unlike bamboo.

Bamboo Baby Spoon Feeders Silicone Baby Spoon Feeders
Shorter lifetimeLong lifetime
DurableDurable and unbreakable
Non-Toxic with no added chemical with no leaching of harmful chemicalsHigh-quality silicone spoons do not leach harmful chemicals
Sustainably sourcedLess sustainably sourced
Not RecyclableRecyclable
BiodegradableNot biodegradable
Lightweight materialLightweight material
Not dishwasher friendlyDishwasher friendly
Easy to cleanEasy to clean
Porous materialNon-porous material
Offered in traditional baby spoon shapes and purposesStain-resistant
AntibacterialRubber-like material is available in traditional and specialty baby spoon shapes and purposes
Hypoallergenic
Differences between bamboo and silicone baby Spoon feeders

Stainless Steel vs. Silicone Baby Spoon Feeders 

Stainless steel baby spoon feeders are great options as they are durable, eco-friendly, and recommended by the AAP as an alternative to plastic. Stainless steel is non-porous and non-toxic; bamboo is an entirely natural and sturdy plant-based material. There are no added chemicals in the processing of the material.

Like bamboo, comparing Silicone Baby Spoon feeders with stainless steel options, there is less variety in the types of Stainless steel baby spoons available, sticking to traditional baby spoon shapes and purposes. They are solid and in thicker products can be weightier than silicone. Silicone is the better choice for the transportation of accessories. 

Stainless Steel Baby Spoon FeedersSilicone Baby Spoon Feeders
Long lifetimeLong lifetime
Durable and unbreakableDurable and unbreakable
Non-Toxic with no added chemical with no leaching of harmful chemicalsHigh-quality silicone spoons do not leach harmful chemicals
Sustainably sourcedLess sustainably sourced
RecyclableRecyclable
BiodegradableNot biodegradable
Lightweight material (although some products may be bulky than silicone)Lightweight material
Dishwasher friendlyDishwasher friendly
Non-Porous materialNon-Porous material
Easy to cleanEasy to clean
Stain-resistantStain-resistant
Offered in traditional baby spoon shapes and purposesAvailable in traditional and specialty baby spoon shapes and purposes
Hypoallergenic
Differences between stainless steel and silicone baby Spoon feeders

Wawita Baby Spoon Feeder Material Recommendations 

There is no doubt that silicone is a useful material for many baby feeder products, especially for baby spoon feeders. They are a great alternative to plastic baby feeder products as they have a longer lifespan, more durable, and a safer option than plastic

At Wawita, we work with quality products in various FDA approved materials, such as glass, bamboo, and silicone. We value quality silicone materials and ensure that our silicone-based products are 100% BPA-Free, non-toxic, and chemical-free. We work with medical grade silicone for all our silicone-based baby products to ensure that your baby gets the best baby feeder accessories possible. 

What is the Silicone Squeeze Spoon Bootle Feeder?

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Wawita Silicone Squeeze Spoon Bottle Feeder

As mentioned, one of the excellent properties of silicone is its rubber-like structure. This means silicone is uniquely used to improve the baby spoon feeder’s traditional design with portability in mind. 

At Wawita, we offer Silicone Squeeze Spoon Bottle Feeders. This specialty feeder spoon provides an easier way to feed your baby semi-solid foods. The baby bottle is made using our BPA-Free high-quality silicone.

Children on semi-solid or liquid foods are fed by parents simply squeezing the silicone base until the desired amount of food reaches the spoon. The silicone bottle allows you to hold three ounces of baby food from puree, baby cereal, oatmeal, fruit juices, vegetable puree, child medicine, and more. 

As with all our products, we value safety and hygiene; you can use the hygienic cover to keep the spoon clean when the baby feeder spoon is mobile in a purse, diaper bag, or home.  

At Wawita, we know that the transition from a liquid-based diet to semi-solids can be challenging and unclear for parents and babies alike. Our aim with the Silicone Squeeze Spoon Bottle Feeder is to make the adapting-period between bottle feeding and spoon-feeding more natural and gradually combining the advantages of bottle feeding and spoon-feeding. We trust that this product will make the transition for parents and babies easier.  
If you are interested in any other of our silicone-based products visit our Wawita shop.

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