Sassy and Boon Provide Affordable Options for Safer Baby Utensils & Dishes

One area that remains uncharted is baby utensils and dishes. There is such a vast number of products in this category that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the just one look. We’ve begun compiling a list of safer options to help make the whole process a little less confusing. We also realize the need for some more affordable options as well, so we’ve chosen to highlight both Boon and Sassy products here.

Boon, Inc. is one of the most innovative companies we’ve worked with yet. Their attractive spoons, forks and dishes are a perfect fit in so many ways:  made from safer materials, perfectly shaped for little hands and still reasonably priced. The company itself is run by a group of wonderful people who provide top-notch customer service on every front.

Sassy, Inc. has turned out to have quite a comprehensive line of safer feeding products, including some really great teethers. The company has been easy to work with and very patient with our many, many questions about their product materials. Their line of durable and very affordable feeding options includes infant and toddler spoons, feeding bowls, plates and snack cups.

Our search for safer utensils and dishes will be an ongoing project and we will update our list of alternatives as we learn more.

UPDATE: We now have a Squidoo page listing our research on Safer Sassy Baby Products!

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  • http://www.qtpies7.com Qtpies7~

    I have Boon’s plate and utensils set. Super cute! Sam, who is 14 months, thinks the fork and spoon are so wonderful, and he doesn’t want them dirtied with food, lol. I will be doing a review on them soon.

  • http://www.qtpies7.com Qtpies7~

    I have Boon’s plate and utensils set. Super cute! Sam, who is 14 months, thinks the fork and spoon are so wonderful, and he doesn’t want them dirtied with food, lol. I will be doing a review on them soon.

  • Ashley

    Hi,
    Wondering if these utensils have phthalates in them. Would love to find some child-friendly bowls for my nine-month-old (right now he uses glass bowls and bamboo spoons). Thanks.

  • Ashley

    Hi,
    Wondering if these utensils have phthalates in them. Would love to find some child-friendly bowls for my nine-month-old (right now he uses glass bowls and bamboo spoons). Thanks.

  • softlanding

    Hi Ashley,

    We have confirmed with Boon, Constructive Eating, Sassy and TreBimbi that each item offered at The Soft Landing Store are Bisphenol-a, Phthalate and PVC free.

    We are committed to researching more non-toxic options, and to only adding products that are free of BPA, Phthalate and PVC Free to our store.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    Hi Ashley,

    We have confirmed with Boon, Constructive Eating, Sassy and TreBimbi that each item offered at The Soft Landing Store are Bisphenol-a, Phthalate and PVC free.

    We are committed to researching more non-toxic options, and to only adding products that are free of BPA, Phthalate and PVC Free to our store.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

    Alicia

  • statia

    I actually have those sassy plates, which I put aside, in order to call the company. I’m glad, because they’re perfect for travel. I’ve been using old ceramic baby dishes that I found on ebay.

  • statia

    I actually have those sassy plates, which I put aside, in order to call the company. I’m glad, because they’re perfect for travel. I’ve been using old ceramic baby dishes that I found on ebay.

  • Ashley

    Excellent news!! Thank you so much for doing this research for us.

  • Ashley

    Excellent news!! Thank you so much for doing this research for us.

  • Monique

    I was given Munchkin soft tip safety spoons that turn white if the food it too hot. The package claims they are non-toxic. My baby will be introduced to solids next month. I want to be sure this is true before I start feeding him.

  • Monique

    I was given Munchkin soft tip safety spoons that turn white if the food it too hot. The package claims they are non-toxic. My baby will be introduced to solids next month. I want to be sure this is true before I start feeding him.

  • softlanding

    Hi Monique,

    We contacted Munchkin to inquire about the materials in their products several weeks ago and still haven’t received a follow-up response. We did give them quite a long list of products to provide info on, so we’re hoping the delay is related to the work involved in gathering material lists.

    We wouldn’t recommend trusting a “non-toxic” lable on any product packaging without knowing exactly what it’s made from. Many manufacturers are willing to answer questions about one or two of their products more readily than a full list. We would suggest contacting them yourself.

    We would love to hear what you find out!

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment,

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    Hi Monique,

    We contacted Munchkin to inquire about the materials in their products several weeks ago and still haven’t received a follow-up response. We did give them quite a long list of products to provide info on, so we’re hoping the delay is related to the work involved in gathering material lists.

    We wouldn’t recommend trusting a “non-toxic” lable on any product packaging without knowing exactly what it’s made from. Many manufacturers are willing to answer questions about one or two of their products more readily than a full list. We would suggest contacting them yourself.

    We would love to hear what you find out!

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment,

    Alicia

  • Monique

    Hi Alicia,

    I sent an e-mail to Munchkin but didn’t get a response. I called today and the rep. apologized for the delay and said they only had 1 person to answer e-mails. They now have more help and say they hope to catch up on their e-mails soon. Regarding the white/hot safety spoons, the handle is made of steel. The spoon tips are phalate free made w/poly vinyl chloride. Are these spoons safe?

    Thanks!

  • Monique

    Hi Alicia,

    I sent an e-mail to Munchkin but didn’t get a response. I called today and the rep. apologized for the delay and said they only had 1 person to answer e-mails. They now have more help and say they hope to catch up on their e-mails soon. Regarding the white/hot safety spoons, the handle is made of steel. The spoon tips are phalate free made w/poly vinyl chloride. Are these spoons safe?

    Thanks!

  • Monique

    Hi Alicia,

    I sent an e-mail to Munchkin but didn’t get a response. I called today and the rep. apologized for the delay and said they only had 1 person to answer e-mails. They now have more help and say they hope to catch up on their e-mails soon. Regarding the white/hot safety spoons, the handle is made of steel. The spoon tips are phalate free made w/poly vinyl chloride. Are these spoons safe?

    Thanks!

  • Monique

    Hi Alicia,

    I sent an e-mail to Munchkin but didn’t get a response. I called today and the rep. apologized for the delay and said they only had 1 person to answer e-mails. They now have more help and say they hope to catch up on their e-mails soon. Regarding the white/hot safety spoons, the handle is made of steel. The spoon tips are phalate free made w/poly vinyl chloride. Are these spoons safe?

    Thanks!

  • softlanding

    Hi Monique,

    Great work hunting down the true list of materials! You’re doing a great job :)

    As far as PVC is concerned, we recommend you stay away from it. PVC requires a plasticizer in order to obtain its flexibility. The first concern is obvious, in that the many plasticizers are phthalates (which you ruled out in talking with Munchkin).

    The second concern is well-spoken by Joel Tickner who wrote a report called “A Review of the Availability of Plastic. He explains, “. . . concern remains that several major companies will continue to use PVC and simply replace phthalates with other additives, which could also be used in large quantities, leach out and be potentially hazardous.

    We tend to agree . . .

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    Hi Monique,

    Great work hunting down the true list of materials! You’re doing a great job :)

    As far as PVC is concerned, we recommend you stay away from it. PVC requires a plasticizer in order to obtain its flexibility. The first concern is obvious, in that the many plasticizers are phthalates (which you ruled out in talking with Munchkin).

    The second concern is well-spoken by Joel Tickner who wrote a report called “A Review of the Availability of Plastic. He explains, “. . . concern remains that several major companies will continue to use PVC and simply replace phthalates with other additives, which could also be used in large quantities, leach out and be potentially hazardous.

    We tend to agree . . .

    Alicia

  • Jessica

    Hello Monique. I actually was researching potentially harmful baby products today, and found out that the spoons you received are the same ones I’ve been using for the past 5 months with my son. The metal handles have lead in them, and the spoons, as you found out, have a PVC as well. I definitely would not use them. You can see the specifics in the link I provided above. I will be discontinuing the use of mine. You can find info about other baby products with chemicals in it at the following website: http://www.healthytoys.org

  • Jessica

    Hello Monique. I actually was researching potentially harmful baby products today, and found out that the spoons you received are the same ones I’ve been using for the past 5 months with my son. The metal handles have lead in them, and the spoons, as you found out, have a PVC as well. I definitely would not use them. You can see the specifics in the link I provided above. I will be discontinuing the use of mine. You can find info about other baby products with chemicals in it at the following website: http://www.healthytoys.org

  • Monique

    Alicia and Jessica,

    Thank you so much for the information, I truly appreciate it! It’s a shame that we have to do so much research to find safe products for our children. I’m grateful that I found softlanding…it’s extremely useful to me.

    Take care and thanks again!

  • Monique

    Alicia and Jessica,

    Thank you so much for the information, I truly appreciate it! It’s a shame that we have to do so much research to find safe products for our children. I’m grateful that I found softlanding…it’s extremely useful to me.

    Take care and thanks again!

  • Carey

    I would be interested in knowing if Playtex utensils are safe (free of BPA, PVC, anf Phthalates)…I was given some of their Baby Einstein spoons and dishes as a gift and don’t know whether they’re safe to use.

  • Carey

    I would be interested in knowing if Playtex utensils are safe (free of BPA, PVC, anf Phthalates)…I was given some of their Baby Einstein spoons and dishes as a gift and don’t know whether they’re safe to use.

  • softlanding

    Hi Diana,

    Yes, the Nuby Hot Safe spoons are also free of PVC and phthalates. You can find them in our safer Nuby list here.

    We use them all the time and really like them :)

    Alicia

  • Diana

    Hi,

    I just bought the Nuby Hot Safe Spoons that are BPA free, but I’m wondering if anyone knows if they are free of PVC and Phthalates as well? The reason I purchased these instead of the Boon cutlery is that they are marked for babies. The Boon cutlery is marked for 9 months.

  • Diana

    Hi,

    I just bought the Nuby Hot Safe Spoons that are BPA free, but I’m wondering if anyone knows if they are free of PVC and Phthalates as well? The reason I purchased these instead of the Boon cutlery is that they are marked for babies. The Boon cutlery is marked for 9 months.

  • softlanding

    Hi Diana,

    Yes, the Nuby Hot Safe spoons are also free of PVC and phthalates. You can find them in our safer Nuby list here.

    We use them all the time and really like them :)

    Alicia

  • Lynn

    What about flexible silicone dishes? I think silicone is nontoxic (unless implanted in the body!), but my daughter is concerned that their flexibility must mean there are toxic ingredients. What can you tell me? Thanks.

  • Lynn

    What about flexible silicone dishes? I think silicone is nontoxic (unless implanted in the body!), but my daughter is concerned that their flexibility must mean there are toxic ingredients. What can you tell me? Thanks.

  • softlanding

    Hi Lynn,

    I would feel comfortable using silicone dishes. It’s just like giving a baby a silicone nipple to suck on.

    I don’t know what I think yet about silicone bakeware. The jury’s still out on that one until I can locate more studies on the smell reported while using silicone for oven level temperatures.

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    Hi Lynn,

    I would feel comfortable using silicone dishes. It’s just like giving a baby a silicone nipple to suck on.

    I don’t know what I think yet about silicone bakeware. The jury’s still out on that one until I can locate more studies on the smell reported while using silicone for oven level temperatures.

    Alicia

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