Learn About Our Baby-Led Weaning Essentials

When it comes to baby's first foods, there are two methods of introducing solids. The traditional method includes baby being spoon-fed purees by an adult, in contrast to the Baby-Led Weaning method which consists of skipping purees and giving baby finger-foods that the family is eating at mealtime.

No matter the method you choose to start baby’s first foods, Bumkins has you covered with helpful mealtime solutions. We have carefully designed gear to fit around each method’s needs. Here at Bumkins, we know that Baby-Led Weaning can be messy, but these mealtime must-haves will keep it fun while reducing clean-up.

Learn more below about the essential gear tailor to the Baby-Led Weaning method of baby’s first foods.

Waterproof Sleeved Bib

For ages 6 to 24 months

long sleeved baby bib

Full Waterproof Coverage

Long sleeves mean more outfits saved

Sized for 6 to 24 months, our Sleeved Bib is made from our signature waterproof fabric. Tried and true for over 30 years, our bibs are guaranteed to be truly waterproof.

Measuring in at 14" across and 13" long, our Sleeved Bibs feature full-length sleeves to give your little one the true coverage needed while they dig into the adventures of self-feeding.

baby with sleeved bib feeding themself

Elasticized Cuffs

Keeps their arms clean

To make our long-sleeved coverage even better, we've added soft elastic to the cuffs. This gives a gentle and snug fit around baby's arm to keep the messes at bay.

This also means our Sleeved Bibs fit more babies! While baby is smaller, the elastic helps holds the sleeves in place so their hands stay out and ready to dig in.

bib with tie closure

Adjustable Tie Closure

Sized just right

Our adjustable tie closure means you can fit the Sleeved Bib exactly as you need. Plus, our waterproof material wraps around baby's shoulders and back for that extra bit of coverage.

We’ve always wondered how babies manage to get food on their backs, but with these extra touches, we’re doing our best to protect those clothes from stains.

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Catch-All Pocket

Less crumbs in the highchair

All of our waterproof bibs feature a handy catch-all pocket so you can spend less time digging crumbs out of the highchair. Instead, let those little ones work on those fine motor skills by digging into the crumb-catching pocket.

machine washable baby bibs

Machine Washable

We keep it easy

At Bumkins, we're all parents. We know there's no end to the laundry, so we've made it even easier for you. You can toss that bib into the washing machine.

Our lightweight waterproof fabric also means that our bibs dry really fast. A handy tip? Rinse and wash your bib in the kitchen sink, then hang it to dry. It'll be ready for next mealtime. Learn more about bib care.

safety tested baby bibs

Third-Party Lab Tested

Proven safe

All of our products are tested by third party labs and meet or exceed all US safety standards as established in the CPSIA. Our bibs are free of and tested for:

  • Lead, Phthalates, Formaldehyde
  • BPA, BPS, and BPF
  • FDA food safety
  • Flammability
  • Small Parts, Sharp Points, and Sharp Edges

Silicone Grip Dish and First Feeding Set

suction toddler plate

Strong Suction Base

Keeping the dish in place

We know there will be a lot of food hitting the floor during mealtime. Thanks to our strong suction bases, we're helping to stop those dishes from going airborne!

Plus, our strong suction bases help keep the dish in place while baby is learning how to use utensils and grab onto those slippery first foods.

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Deep Interior Walls

They’re sloped for maximum scooping, too

We know it can be frustrating to work hard at scooping, only to have the food fall out of the dish. Our deep interior walls help baby grab and scoop food. The inside walls are also sloped, allowing utensils to glide for maximum scooping.

pink unicorn suction dish

Straight Edge For Easy Eating

Helps to contain the dropped food

When you're little, eating is hard work. That's why most of our Grip Dishes have a straight edge, so your little one can get their rumbly tummy right next to that dish and feast away.

mickey mouse and minnie mouse divided toddler plate

Colorful, Fun Designs

Something for everyone

In addition to our own classic Unicorn, Dino, and Football Grip Dish, our licenses with Disney, Sanrio, and DC Comics mean that we have a fun character for everyone.

While making mealtime easier is our goal, we love to keep it fun for your little one, too. Dining with Mickey Mouse and other favorite characters is sure to do the trick.

toddler plate with storage lid and utensils

A Storage Lid to Match

Store leftovers or prep ahead

Our Bumkins Grip Dish has the perfect lid companion. With it's frosted see-through top and easy-pull tab, you can easily store leftovers or prep ahead. Plus, our lid has a writeable surface. Using any dry erase, wet erase, or washable marker, you can remember when it was made or who it belongs to.

Our Silicone Stretch Lid is designed to snuggly wrap around your Grip Dish, keeping food fresh inside. While not completely water-tight, our lid is tried and true to withstand most spills.

Don't worry, our Bumkins First Feeding Sets also come with a lid for storage.

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Double-Ended Dipping Spoon

Grows with baby

Our Bumkins First Feeding Sets include a Silicone Dipping Spoon, which are double-ended to grow with baby—one side for dipping into purees, the other for scooping.

The dipping end of the spoon is flat, with grooves on both sides to easily grasp those purees and mashed first foods. Thanks to those grooves, both sides of the dipping end allow for a successful dip; there's no wrong way to dip!

Once baby has mastered the motion of dipping and landing in the bowl, the opposite end of the spoon becomes more interesting. Sized for baby's small mouth, this end of the spoon allows for perfect-sized first bites.

hello kitty plate and utensils

Platinum Cured Silicone

The better kind of silicone

Silicone is extremely durable, easy to care for, and safe to use. During creation, silicone can be "cured" with two types of curing agents. We use the best one - platinum. When cured with platinum, there are no by-products created, and the silicone's already fabulous qualities are amplified.

Learn more about our platinum silicone.

 

colorful pastel baby and toddler dishes

Third-Party Lab Tested

Proven safe

All of our products are tested by third party labs and meet or exceed all US safety standards as established in the CPSIA. Our silicone is free of and tested for:

  • Lead, Phthalates
  • BPA, BPS, and BPF
  • FDA food safety
  • Flammability
  • Small Parts, Sharp Points, and Sharp Edges
dishwasher safe baby plates

Dishwasher, Microwave, and Oven Safe

Easy everything

Silicone is extremely durable, which means it's safe in nearly all appliances.

Heat safe up to 400°F/204°C so you can cook or reheat your little one's favorite foods in a snap! If you've warmed it up too much, you can go straight from microwave to freeze for a quick cool down.

Silicone is also dishwasher safe. Wash your Bumkins dishware however you see fit, but rest assured, the days of handwashing dishes are in the past with silicone.


Silicone Chewtensils®

For ages 6 months and up

baby training utensils and suction baby bowl

Designed with Baby in Mind

Ventilated shield for added safety

Bumkins Chewtensils are designed to introduce young babies to the concept of utensils and self-feeding.

Made from 100% soft and durable food-safe platinum silicone, they feature a rounded handle that is easy for babies to hold. The small size is easier for babies to manage as they develop the coordination to feed themselves. A ventilated shield helps prevent gagging or choking.

baby sized learning utensils

Perfectly Sized for Little Hands

Intended for a baby, not a kid

How well could you eat a meal with a spoon if it was several times longer than the width of your hand? Standard baby spoons, while smaller than adult utensils, are still very long compared to a baby’s hand and arm.

Chewtensils are sized to fit into a baby’s small hand. This smaller size is more comfortable for babies to grab and gives them more control, helping them develop fine-motor skills.

baby learning to use utensils

Round Handle for Learning

Learn which end is which

Babies are constantly learning about their surroundings. As they learn about self-feeding, how would they know which end of a utensil to hold?

Chewtensils have rounded, textured handles that are easy to grasp and hold on tight. The added weight of the solid silicone handles also helps to steady babies’ hands as they learn to dip and scoop purees and soft foods.

textured baby spoon

Textured to Soothe

Because teething is a pain

Babies spend a good deal of time teething and seeking out things they can chew on. We know your little one will probably gnaw on our Chewtensils, so we made them from soft, food-safe silicone and added a bit of texture to help give them a bit of relief as they deal with the discomfort of teething*. Let them dip the Chewtensils into a cool puree and enjoy the relief!

*Chewtensils are not a teether and should only be used under direct adult supervision.

minnie mouse baby fork and spoon

Colorful, Fun Designs

Making mealtime magical

In addition to our own classic Chewtensils, our licenses with Disney and Sanrio mean that we have a fun character for everyone.

While making mealtime easier is our goal, we love to keep it fun for your little one, too. Dining with Mickey Mouse and other favorite characters is sure to do the trick.

silicone baby training utensils

Platinum Cured Silicone

The better kind of silicone

Silicone is extremely durable, easy to care for, and safe to use. During creation, silicone can be "cured" with two types of curing agents. We use the best one - platinum. When cured with platinum, there are no by-products created, and the silicone's already fabulous qualities are amplified.

Learn more about our platinum silicone.

mickey mouse baby utensils

Third-Party Lab Tested

Safety tested and approved

All of our products are tested by third party labs and meet or exceed all US safety standards as established in the CPSIA. Our silicone is free of and tested for:

  • Lead, Phthalates
  • BPA, BPS, and BPF
  • FDA food safety
  • Flammability
  • Small Parts, Sharp Points, and Sharp Edges
mickey and minnie mouse utensils in dishwasher

Dishwasher Safe

Making clean-up a breeze

Silicone is extremely durable, which means it's dishwasher safe. Wash your Bumkins dishware however you see fit, but rest assured, the days of handwashing dishes are in the past with silicone.


Waterproof Splat Mat

baby mat under highchair

Great Underneath Highchairs

Helps to contain the dropped food

As baby begins to self-feed, you may feel that more food ends up on the floor than in their mouths! Simply place a 42 x 42" Splat Mat underneath baby's chair and mealtime cleanup will be a breeze.

Our waterproof fabric keeps drips and spills from seeping through to the floor. Our machine washable fabric means you can toss the Splat Mat into the washer and you're done. It doesn't get any easier than this.

waterproof baby feeding mat

Waterproof Fabric

Keeping clean-up easy

Our waterproof fabric keeps drips and spills from seeping through to the floor.

Tough enough for daily use and easy to wash, it stands up to messes big and small. Unlike other fabrics, our fabric doesn't have a stiff layer of plastic backing. With our colorfast technology, our prints and designs will stay bright and colorful for many washes to come!

splat mat in washing machine

Machine Washable

Easy to care for

At Bumkins, we're all parents. We know there's no end to the laundry, so we've made it even easier for you. You can toss your Splat Mat into the washing machine.

Our lightweight waterproof fabric also means that it dries really fast. A handy tip? Wipe down your mat, or rinse and wash your mat in the kitchen sink, then hang it to dry. It'll be ready for next mealtime.

Learn more about fabric care.