We were delighted to be asked to review the Brother Max Easy to Hold Weaning Bowl.
Isabelle is now fully weaned and has three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We only assist her when she eats foods that require a spoon like cereal and puddings.
The Weaning Bowl is designed as a home and travel weaning bowl so ideal for taking out and about with you. It comprises of a large bowl with a detachable sucker base.
I have found that transporting her dinners can be of an issue as we often get leaks and we have to take a separate bowl for puddings. One of the great features about the weaning bowl is that it has a dividing compartment which allows you to separate the food inside. I have found this useful to use one side for dinner and the other for a pudding and fruit. This provides room for more than enough food to feed Isabelle who is 10 months old (and eats quite a lot) and it saves me using two bowls at home and having to take two bowls out with me (saving washing up, who wouldn’t love to save on the washing up?) The bowl is ideal from early weaning and would last straight through.
The external bowl has a very secure lid which prevents spills. I bravely put this to the test with yogurt in one of the compartments as well as pasta and meatballs in the other. I was very impressed that not only did is not spill but also the contents inside did not contaminate each other and remained perfectly separate.
This allowed me to have lunches prepared easily for when we had to eat whilst out of the house. Even in the house the bowl comes into its own as a general feeding bowl.
How could it get any better?
Well it does, a nifty little feature of this product is the lid. It holds a compartment for utensils which contains not one but in fact two small spoons which are perfect for little mouths. The lid also have vents in so that when it is microwaved (yes the bowl is also microwaveable) so you can put the lid on and prevent those ever so annoying splashes.
When the spoons have been used you can simply pop them back into the lid rather than leaving dirty spoons floating around in the changing bag. The spoons are also heat sensitive which detects if the food is too hot for baby by changing colour.
There is a rim around the bowl which allowed me to wipe off any excess food from the spoons helping to prevent food spillages. The bowl is designed to be held easily whilst feeding your child. This is great if you are spoon feeding as the thumb hole allows you to hold the bowl steadily with one hand whilst feeding with the other.
Now that Isabelle is feeding herself the removable sucker pad underneath the bowl helps keep the bowl firmly in place and prevents the child from tipping the bowl up on a flat surface. Isabelle has defeated some of these suction bowls but the Brother Max weaning bowl is double suctioned, what I mean by this is that it creates a suction to the bowl and also one to the table. Due to this we are happy to leave snacks in the bowl for Isabelle to help herself without fear of her tipping her food onto the floor.
The clean up after feeding is now a lot easier, and believe me having a baby that feeds herself there is usually a lot of mess!
Overall I think that the bowl is a great product and will continue to use it especially when we are out and about.
The Weanng Bowl Set is available from Boots.com, Mama’s and Papa’s, Tesco and Amazon priced at around £5.99.