Florida Patent of the Month – October 2022

Learning to self feed can be a difficult endeavor for some kids. They need to learn how to hold a spoon when their hands are not particularly dextrous. They also need to learn to scoop up and keep food on the spoon, deliver it to their mouth and eat the food. Without the dexterity, this is a messy task. 

Doug and Jessica were two parents facing this issue as they watched their son struggle with the spoon. This sparked a year of development and the founding of NumNum, LLC. From countless designs to prototypes and consultations with pediatric feeding specialists, they finally found a solution. This uniquely designed spoon has recently been granted a patent.

The utensil is designed with a flat surface which removes the need for a scooping motion. This flat head is built with cutouts designed to hold food as the child maneuvers the spoon. The spoon is sized for a young child, helping them to acclimate to the motion of holding and moving a spoon. They may not be able to hold the spoon steady, but the cutouts ensure food will still get to their mouth regardless of how they maneuver the spoon. As the kid learns and gets more accustomed to using a spoon, they learn wrist rotation and can eventually graduate to a traditional spoon.

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