This Sunday night, we are inviting our neighbors over to enjoy homemade Mexican food. I am curious to know how they will like it, as they are Vietnamese and have had no exposure to my favorite ethnic cuisine.
Eating great food is an essential part of a happy life. As validation of this point, try to recall some of your happiest memories shared with other people. Odds are they are connected in some way to a great meal. For adults, eating is something that we take for granted, and the more so, with the utensils that we use. But for toddlers, learning to use cutlery is frustrating and quite foreign (similar to when I first used chopsticks).
Two sisters from Gloucestershire, UK, Catherine Dodd and Rosie Phelps, have come together to create cutlery for young ones. This way, they can grasp to cut and consume their food, while developing their dexterity and muscle memory. In the current marketplace, there is nothing suitable for toddles to use—only non-ergonomic adult miniatures.
Catherine Dodd further explained, “I then set about creating a new type of utensil; something that was much more compact and easier for the child to control. Working with a Child Development Specialist, we undertook research and testing with the aim of designing a utensil that encouraged little ones to correctly hold their knife, fork and spoon and helped them to eat more independently”.
The newly designed cutlery is called Doddl, and it was inspired by Mrs. Dodd’s three children. She had seen the frustration and challenges that mealtime presented and realized that it wasn’t the children’s lack of coordination, rather the utensils that lacked utility for pre-school aged children.
“My daughter was eating her dinner, and the handle on her baby fork accidentally broke. She then picked up the fork end, and proceeded to eat her pasta much more easily. It was really just an ‘aha’ moment.”
Doddl is a three-piece set that rests in the palm of the hand of young children. It includes a spoon, knife and fork. By resting in the palm of the hand, the utensils help the child to progress from the palmar grip to the princer grip. This is further aided by the subtle indentations on either side of the handle where the fingers are placed. Doddl is symmetrical and can be interchanged comfortably between hands.
Doddl is dishwasher safe and BPA free, and for $23 you could obtain a set of your own. Add-ons include Doddl polos and hoodies and up to 10 personalized characters etched into the cutlery.
“We are keen to make Doddl international and have been receiving orders from all over the world via our Kickstarter campaign”, says Mrs. Dodd. Already, the campaign has received recognition from multiple sources. Within the first few days of launch the campaign was selected as a Kickstarter’s Staff Pick. Previous to that, “The Doddl team won an engineering award for Women with Bright Ideas, closely followed by being selected as finalists for the British Inventors Project 2015”, shared Mrs. Dodd.
Check out Doddl and support these two entrepreneurial sisters with a POPing donation to their campaign.
Doddl’s Kickstarter Campaign Page