We love our toddler knife, we genuinely do.
Alongside the rest of our utensils we spent months with experts perfecting the design to make it really easy for children to use.
And as many lovely people point out, our toddler knife doesn't look like a 'standard' knife (very true) but that's because it isn't. We threw away the designs of long handled flatware because quite honestly they're no good. Yes yes! They are the reason your child gives up on using utensils, gets cross and frustrated at mealtimes. And why they end up with food down their fronts...
Bad long handles. Bad bad.
But why? Simple. Long handled utensils are simply just a small version of silverware. Utensils that are shaped and styled for adults, designed to rely on strength and coordination that young children haven't developed yet. Oh and the knives are particularly bad because they're also blunt. This might help us to keep our little ones safe, but makes chopping, well, hopeless. doddl (thankfully) is different, no long handles here... Young children can instead use the strength in their palms to push down through food.
The doddl blade on our toddler knife is very cleverly designed and serrated. This means your little one can chop successfully to their heart's content, without any danger to themselves whatsoever. And (as if you need more) they will intuitively hold the doddl toddler knife as they will hold an adult knife. So not only is it effective for them to use now, but also makes it easy to transition when they're ready.
What does independent chopping actually mean?
All this means that you and your little one can take the delicious family friendly recipes we have on here and get in the kitchen together. And it also means they can chop up their own food at mealtimes. So you can sit back and enjoy a hot dinner, instead of watching yours go cold while you chop everything up for them - whoop! If you want to start slowly, get your toddler chopping some play dough or a banana. Don't forget your little one is absorbing everything that happens around them and especially what you do, including chopping. So you might be surprised how quickly they take to it! Send us your images and videos to us @doddl.