Are you looking into baby led weaning but worried about the risk of baby choking? A baby feeder is a great weaning tool to help take away that worry. The tip of a baby feeder is designed to let only small pieces of food through, the perfect size for your baby to swallow.
There are a few types of baby feeder on the market, and it can be confusing to know which one to buy. Check out our buying guide below to find out what features to look for and which is right for you. We’ve searched high and low for the current baby feeders available to buy in the UK. Using a strict criteria to assess how well they perform, we’ve whittled it down to our top 5 favourites. Check out which ones made the cut.
Best Baby Feeder Reviews – Top 5
Silicone Baby Feeders
These look like a giant dummy with hole in the tip. They open at the plastic base and clip closed sealing the food into the teat part. Just like a dummy your baby sucks the silicone teat and the food is released from the holes.
Benefits of Silicone Baby Feeders
- Hygienic to use –Most come with a lid so they are very easy to keep clean in a bag when travelling.
- Practical – if your baby already uses a dummy, they will adapt well to a silicone baby feeder.
- Easy Clean – The silicone makes them very easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher, and sterilize. No food stuffs clinging to the holes.
- Easy Replacements – If the teat start to spilt or crack from use, you can simply replace the teat rather than the whole feeder.
- Sturdy – The food stay put inside and baby needs to work to get the food out, rather than it pouring out of the holes.
Disadvantages of Silicone Baby Feeders
- Breakage – Overtime the excessive chewing and biting means the silicone will eventually start to spilt. The teat must be replaced at this point for baby safety and hygiene.
- Plastic – if you’re not comfortable with baby ingesting a plastic product then you should avoid using a silicone feeder. Any safe silicone feeder will be labelled as BPA free.
- Not Flexible – Some babies won’t like the texture of the plastic, especially if they have no used a dummy. These babies may be more comfortable with using mesh feeders.
- Effort – Whilst some babies won’t mind having to suck to release the food, other babies may become frustrated with the effort it take to squeeze the food out. Babies who are known to have an ineffective suck should avoid silicone feeders.
Check out our top picks of silicone baby feeders.
1. Clevamama ClevaFeed
The Clevamama ClevaFeed is the bestselling and best rated silicone baby feeder in the UK. Designed to look like a dummy with a rattle shaped handle.
Pros: Sturdy, easy to grip, prevents mess, easy to clean, travel cap
Cons: Only fits small amounts of food
This feeder is great little invention for weaning babies. It has a nice big chunky handle which is very easy for baby to grip onto. The tips is really sturdy, and although it doesn’t hold much food, it withstands chewing and biting really well. If you’ve ever had to clean up after baby has experimented with a banana slice, you’ll love how much mess this feeder cuts down on. It also comes with a lid for hygiene and a replacement teat.
2. Boon PULP
Our second choice for great a great silicone feeder is the Boon Pulp. It’s a larger alternative to the ClevaFeed with its modern spoon shaped design.
Pros: Looks great, cutlery like handle, easy to fill, easy clean, hold a good amount
Cons: no travel cap, can pop open if overfilled
We love the look of the boon Pulp and it comes is a range of funky colours. The spoon like handle is easy for baby to grip and is similar to holding cutlery. The feeder hold more than the clevafeeder, although still only enough for snacks and not meals. It really encourages independence with baby as its simple for them to use. If you have a teething baby the Pulp is fantastic for holding frozen foods, to soothe your baby’s sore gums.
3. Kidsme Food Feeder
The Kidsme Feeder is a newcomer to the market. Another dummy shaped teat, with a two handle design.
Pros: Simple handle, hook for clip, lid, easy for baby to use, easy to clean.
Cons: not great with hard food such as apple (we suggest cooking first to soften)
Designed with an alternative handle which is great for when babies don’t have dexterity. The teat has lots of holes which makes it easier for food to come out. This also give it a texture to sooth sore gums for teething. We love that they have even added a small ring to attach a clip so it won’t fall (or be thrown!) on the ground. Also comes with a handle which is convenient for carrying around without any mess.
Mesh Baby Feeders
A mesh feeder is the alternative to the silicone feeder. It comes with a handle attached to a small mesh bag. Pop the food in the bag, snap closed and give to baby to squeeze food through the mesh holes.
Benefits of Mesh Baby Feeders
- Flexible – The mesh is easy to move around and squish. This makes it a lot easier for young babies or those with feeding issue to get the food out.
- Durable – Unlike the silicone feeder the mesh won’t tear with constant biting especially when those first teeth come through.
- Large size – Mesh feeder hold a lot more food that the silicone variety, this means you won’t need to keep refilling when baby empties it.
- Food texture – Baby is still able to explore the food such as texture and hardness through the mesh, only it comes out as a baby safe texture.
Disadvantages of Mesh Baby Feeders
- Difficult to clean – With some foods such as banana the mesh can be very hard to clean if the food is left to dry on.
- Messy – with no structure to the feeder food tend to slip through the holes easier, making more mess. This is particularly true if using soft foods and your baby likes to swing the feeder around or throw it.
Check out our favourite mesh baby feeders.
4. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder
The bestselling mesh feeder in the UK is the Munchkin feeder. The design is a simple mesh end with a ring handle.
Pros: easy grip handle, easy to fill, great for teething, holds a good amount
Cons: needs to be cleaned quickly
This feeder is very easy to use by baby and parents. Simply fill with the food goodies and snap shut, then give to baby and let them get busy. It comes in 3 bright colours which are appealing to little ones. We love the big chunky handle which is can double as a teether for those days when gums are itching. The mesh holes make the food really smooth before eating, so it great especially for babies who are new adapting to lumpier foods.
5. Nuby The Nibbler
Another great mesh feeder option is the Nuby Nibbler. Just like the Boon Pulp it comes with a straight handle design which is perfect for adapting to cutlery use.
Pros: easy to use, twist lock, good for teething, strong mesh
Cons: soak before cleaning, no travel lid
Nuby have gone for a totally different design with the chunky straight handle which makes it very easy for baby to grip and manoeuvre. We love the twist locking system as it gives that extra bit of safety that baby won’t manage to open it themselves. It helps cut down the frustration baby feels when they pick up slippery foods only to drop them before they reach their mouths.
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Baby Feeder Buying Guide
Criteria for the Best Baby Feeder
There is lots of choice when it comes to buying a baby feeder. We created this criteria for comparing baby feeders and seeing how well they performed. Consider all of these features before you choose a weaning feeder. The right baby feeder for you will be the one which scored highest for the feature most important to you.
1. Easy to fill – How easy id the feeder to fill with food? It’s essential the feeder easy enough for parents to work but difficult for baby to open.
2. Easy to hold – What kind of handle does the feeder have and is there any feature which make it easier for baby to grip onto whilst eating?
3. Hole Size – How easy it for baby to suck the food from the feeder? The size of the holes will determine how large the food chunks are for baby to eat.
4. Cleaning – Weaning is a messy process and the baby feeder should be simple to clean, and not stain easily.
5. Safety – You need to ensure baby cannot reach the food inside, check what kind of locking system the feeder has and how child proof it is.
6. Convenience – Can the feeder be used everywhere? Does it have any features to prevent spillages or keep the feeder hygienic when out and about?
7. Price – You’ll find a feeder to fit most budgets. Low prices are great for infrequent use or you may want to invest in a feeder you’ll use a lot. Expect to pay between £4 and £14 for a baby feeder.
Advantages of using a Baby Feeder
When starting baby led weaning or introducing lumpier foods at 6 months for spoon fed weaning a lot of parent worry about choking. With a mesh feeder you can get the thicker textures and juices from foods without having to worry about a stray chuck being swallowed.
Introduce New Foods
Spoon weaning babies take longer to adjust to solid foods, and since a baby feeder essentially purees most foods, it let them try them earlier at an early age. Foods such as melon are too water to puree so a baby feeder can help baby enjoy the juices without eating large lumps.
Helps with Teething
A baby feeder can help to sooth sore gums when teething. You can use frozen foods to provide some cool relief whilst snacking. The texture of the feeders is great for biting, chewing and relieving the irritation of the teeth coming through.
Teaches Independent Eating
Spoon fed babies can benefit from feeder by holding the feeder themselves and having more control over eating. This often take the pressure off parents, especially if baby is strong willed and fussy.
If you are baby led weaning, a baby feeder is handy when they are younger. Use a feeder with slippery food such as banana or small food which they can easily grip such as peas.