Recently the lovely people at OXO Tot sent us a few products from their baby & toddler range to review and for the past few weeks, we (well Jack actually!) have been utilising them daily and here are my thoughts…
OXO began life when Sam Farber, an entrepreneur in the housewares industry, saw an opportunity to create comfortable kitchen tools that could be used by everyone. Noticing that his wife was finding it difficult to grip ordinary kitchen tools due to the mild arthritis in her hands, Sam decided to create a range of kitchen tools using a ‘Universal design’ principle ensuring that OXO products are easy to use for the broadest spectrum of users.
In 1990, the first group of 15 OXO Good Grips kitchen tools was introduced. Since then, they have designed the OXO Tot range which aims to make feeding little ones a little bit easier and a lot more fun. By eschewing trends and keeping the focus on the timeless needs of the consumer, OXO has accumulated decades of brand loyalty, which has been a very significant factor in the company’s growth.
Our kitchen drawers are bursting with various sippy cups, beakers and water bottles with straws that I have tried, and failed miserably, to introduce over the past year or so. It would seem that some are a lot easier to drink from than others and toddlers certainly know their own minds!
So I am delighted to say that this ‘Twist top water bottle’ has been a massive hit with my 2 and a half year old. The wide free flow straw is super soft and really easy to suck through, ensuring that the little man is drinking a lot more fluid than he did previously with his sippy cup.
From my point of view I love the bottle for the following reasons:
- It’s incredibly durable – it’s made from a thick, strong plastic with a twist top lid that when shut is completely leak proof, even when dropped on hard floors! I also like the fact that the straw is completely concealed when shut keeping it clean and germ free!
- It is easy to clean, BPA free and dishwasher safe.
- The soft non-slip carrying loop makes it easy for little hands to carry and ensures that I can hook it onto a buggy clip and know it’s not going anywhere when out and about.
- The 300ml capacity is brilliant for thirsty toddlers.
- The large opening makes it easy to fill (and add ice in the summer months!) and the translucency makes it easy to see when a refill is needed.
- The wide, free flow straw means that you can use the bottle for thicker liquids such as smoothies and milkshakes.
I can safely say that the Oxo Tot fork and spoon set is in the ‘great’ camp and here’s why:
- The chunky curved handles have soft non-slip grips which make them very easy for little hands to hold.
- The spoon head is deep, making it a lot easier for toddlers to scoop up their food.
- The fork tines have no sharp edges, yet effectively pierce food.
- An innovative flat spot on the handles prevents the set from rolling off of the highchair or table.
- BPA free and dishwasher safe.
Lid – Thankfully the lid screws on securely and despite the little man’s tugs and pulls remains firmly in place. The flaps are quite stiff which did take some getting used to on Jack’s part, but they do their job effectively by preventing the snacks from escaping.
Just don’t do what I did on its first outing and fill it with strawberries. By the time Jack had attempted to pull them through the stiff flaps they had turned to mush, so I now tend to use it for ‘harder’ snacks only.
The little hook handle is also a great addition to the snack cup as not only does it make it easy for little hands to carry, I also find it really useful to hook on to buggy clips or supermarket trolleys when we are out and about.
Bowl – It’s a good, decent size with a 235ml capacity and the translucency makes it easy to see when snacks are running low!
Cover – This is definitely its USP. There is nothing worse than finding stray raisins at the bottom of my handbag, so I am very thankful that the cup comes with a snap-on lid. It also makes it ideal for use when travelling.
The majority of the OXO Tot range comes in a choice of three colours: Raspberry, Aqua and Green. I really like the fact that there is a gender neutral option for those that are not fans of the traditional blue for boys / pink for girls stereotyping.
With the Twist Top Water bottle retailing at £8, the Fork and Spoon set at £6.64 and the Flippy Snack Cup at £6, I think they are really good value. Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely buy similar products, cheaper, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for and I would highly recommend investing in these for your little ones.
We love the OXO Tots range. Not only are these items functionally top notch, they look good too and the little man is a huge advocate. I have already bought another cutlery set as I really do think this is the best design we have come across to date and the water bottle comes with us EVERYWHERE so I really must buy another one of those too!
You can purchase these items by visiting one of the many OXO Tot retailers across the country.
*Disclosure: I was very kindly sent these items free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.
I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at OXO Tot to host a fantastic giveaway!
WINNER: Raflecopter is being a tinker today and won’t display the winner, so here goes…. drumroll… the winner is…
Hazel C – Congratulations, I’ll be in touch via email.
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