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5 Medicinal benefits of using silverware for babies

Shikha Garg
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Created by Shikha Garg
Updated on Aug 14, 2017

5 Medicinal benefits of using silverware for babies

Have you as a mother, wondered what is about silverware that prompts all our elders to advice us to feed the baby with it? Why is silver preferred as a gifting option during various ceremonies related to baby or even pregnant mommies? Silver spoons, silver cups, silver glasses and silver bowls - this is what most babies get once they are about to start on solids; mostly on their Annaprasanna ceremony. Is this an age old custom or is it backed by science? Let us understand why silver utensils are used to feed babies when they start solids.

Why Do We Use Silverware For Feeding Babies?

As any mother, when it was time to start solids for my baby, I went about shopping for baby feeding cups, glasses and spoons. I made it a point that all of them were BPA free and carry the tag of reputed brands. They were attractive and colorful. However, my mother and mother-in-law both insisted that I feed the baby with silver cutlery only. Though I feel that ancient Indian wisdom is full of knowledge and holds many secrets to good health, I wanted to know what is about silverware that everyone is advising me on using it. Is it just tradition? Well, I have summed up what I found as below-

Medicinal Benefits Of Using Silverware For Babies

So more than tradition and a sign of affluence, using silver utensils for babies to feed them is backed by some medicinal and health reasons, such as-

  1. Silver cutlery is bacteria free: It is believed that silver is 100 percent free of bacteria and hence our elders advice us to give food and drinks to babies in silverware. In addition, owing to the fact that it is bacteria free, there is apparently no need to sterilise the utensils in a sterilisers and just a normal wash with warm water is enough to make it healthy to use it again
  2. Silver boosts immunity in babies: Apparently it is believed that silver with its bacteria fighting properties helps in boosting immunity in babies and hence new mommies are advised to feed the babies with a silver spoon. The other property of metal being that when we serve warm food in it the metal gets infused with the food and releases some of its anti-bacterial properties into the food as well, hence it is preferred to feed babies and toddlers to feed with silver utensils
  3. Silver utensils are non-toxic: Though this property of silver is debatable, as pure silver is considered toxic, at the same time it is believed that silverware is non-toxic because of the treatment it has undergone during the procedure of converting pure metal into utensils. Hence it is believed that eating in silverware is non-toxic and instead helps in improving the baby's immunity
  4. Food in silverware stays fresh longer: Silver, it is believed, retains and restores the freshness of liquids and foods stored in it. In ancient times, the kings and other royalties stored water and even wines in silver flask to retain their texture. They also served and ate food from silverware
  5. Keeps the body temperature controlled: One of the important properties of silver is that it helps in maintaining the body temperature. Apparently it is because of this property, the new-borns' accessories are made of silver. So is the reason we wear silver anklets and other jewelry

Can I Feed Acidic Foods In Silver Utensils To My Baby?

Many parents also worry if it is safe to serve tomatoes and citrus fruits in silverware. Silver does not react to acidic foods and so it is safe. However, silver may react to sulphur present in foods, and for this reason you may find that eggs taste unpleasant when fed with silver utensils. Though not harmful for the baby as such, it is best avoided when you give your baby eggs. Know how to incorporate eggs in your baby's diet.

How Can I Use Silverware For My Baby?

Now that we know the numerous health benefits of using silver utensils for baby, we may put those silver gifts to good use. After you prepare baby food, feed the baby by serving her in silver bowl with a silver spoon. Use appropriate glass to feed water and other juices to baby. Give her the medicines in silver sangu or paladai.

How To Clean Silverware Used For Babies?

Silver utensils need not be sterlised like plastic baby feeding bowls and spoons. They can be washed and cleaned easily with a baby-friendly cleaning agent and water. Pat the utensils dry with a clean cloth and use them as and when necessary

How To Buy Silver Utensils For Baby?

Because silver is expensive, and quite hard by itself, it is necessary that you give some thought when you go out to but wilverware for your baby-

  • Make sure you buy from reputed showrooms and are not duped
  • While selecting spoons, opt for the ones that have rounded edges and will not hurt the baby
  • Buy the plates and bowls with minimum designs as they will be easy to clean. There are chances that food particles get stuck on the cravings etc.

I know it is not easy to simply trust our elder's experience and follow tradition, and I am sure that most of us will agree that using silverware for babies definitely has some points. Infact, so says my grandmother too, that these are the reasons why our elders insist on feeding our babies with silver utensils.

In case you know other benefits of silverware please do share them in the comments section below.

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| Oct 30, 2018

thanks for giving information

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| May 10, 2018

Very informative .thanks

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| Apr 14, 2018

Can we bowl food in that ?

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| Apr 05, 2018

Am also using silver utensils

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| Mar 23, 2018

I m using Thnks

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| Nov 27, 2017

thanx,its useful ...

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| Nov 20, 2017

Very useful information... Thanks

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| Nov 20, 2017

Very useful information... Thanks

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| Nov 19, 2017

i m using silverware for my baby influenced by grand parents but the uses and reasons by using silverware ryt nw i came to know. very useful and interesing tips thank u nd expecting stil more information from u people ....thank u very much parentune

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| Oct 09, 2017

I have silver spoon and bowl. my daughter is 6 month old. I used spoon for feeding milk but as it is hard I was afraid of using it. but I use bowl for cereal. should I start using spoon again. now I am using silicon spoon for feeding

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| Sep 03, 2017

Archanatara Mahegawale silverware can be used for any ages from new born to age old people. (Sharing from my experience after seeing my grandparents still having food in silver plates).

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| Sep 03, 2017

since many years ago silverware is used for food (eating and storing). But came to know about all the uses now after reading this blog. From new born to age old it is good to eat in silver plates. After steel entered our houses people started buying steel vessels because they are affordable and no fear of theft.

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| Aug 28, 2017

ca n I used sliverware for my son .He is 7years please suggest me

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| Aug 27, 2017

thanks.... initially we have used silver spoon and glass. but after that we have stopped..... shall we starts now?(1 yrand 3mnth old boy)... Will it be usefull????

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| Aug 20, 2017

Thank you...

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| Aug 17, 2017

thanks

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| Aug 16, 2017

Can we feed milk in silver utensil?

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| Aug 10, 2017

ya anything u can feed in silver even serlac also u can prepare nd keep in silver bowl nd u can serve

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| Aug 10, 2017

hello Harsha Mahajan keep playing with her before u go fr massage Den she vl take massage happily. d I massage with home made butter it vl give result it keeps baby skin healthy

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| Aug 04, 2017

Very nice massage. Thanks.

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| Jul 30, 2017

anything can be feed through silver utensils whether it is any juice

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| Jul 26, 2017

Hello Harsha, Don't worry dear keep trying. ...

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| Jul 26, 2017

toothpaste can be used to clean silver utensils

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| Jul 23, 2017

hii ...i am doing massage daily before bath.. but now my baby dont want it.. whenevr she knew dat mumma is doing massage.. she starts crying immediatly aftr removing cloths.. what should i do.. pls help.

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| Jul 19, 2017

thanks shikha

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| Jul 19, 2017

OK thanks bt my in laws don't use the spoon coz of its blackness.... As they said it's Vry harmful for the child

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| Jul 19, 2017

Hi Kanu, no issues with the blackness coz its not harmful, silver becomes black when comes in connect with water and O2. Use vim powder.

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| Jul 19, 2017

How to clean blackness of silver... Is it harmful to give in this spoon

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| Jul 19, 2017

Jyoti, Any thing which you use for other utensils. And to remove blackness vim powder.

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| Jul 19, 2017

how to clean.... ?

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| Jul 19, 2017

very useful

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| Jul 19, 2017

good info thanks☺

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| Jul 17, 2017

wow really thankfull for this fact

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| Jul 17, 2017

yes it is true... silverware is very beneficial for kids. I have been using it for my elder daughter.

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| Jul 17, 2017

Heard for the 1st time will use d same for my baby

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| Jul 17, 2017

Worthy information

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| Jul 17, 2017

I have heard that it reduces anger

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| Jun 21, 2017

Thanks

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| Jun 14, 2017

thank you fa d info

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| May 22, 2017

nija, nam amma,ajji edanne heliddu for these reasons I'm also trying...

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| May 18, 2017

Yes... I hav heard about it.... dats y our ancestors used to eat in utensils made of silver. definitely it is bacteria free.... means wen we kept food in other utensils.... silver's make less

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| May 12, 2017

@Satya v, Yes, you can use silverware for everyone .

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| May 12, 2017

@ Afrida , There is no need to sterilize silver ware, just use vim powder to clean it. If you will put silverware in boiled or hot water it will get black. Any thing (vim/liquid dish wash) which you use for other utensils can be used for silverware too. And to remove blackness vim powder.

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| May 11, 2017

nice.

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| May 11, 2017

nice info

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| May 10, 2017

Nice

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| May 02, 2017

what are the best foods to eat for getting more milk

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| Apr 25, 2017

dear Dr. plz let me know that how I starlize silver bowl and spoon.

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| Apr 23, 2017

my baby drinking water & milk in silver glass & also eating foods

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| Apr 23, 2017

thank u for most important information

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| Apr 23, 2017

Thanks for valuable information

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| Apr 22, 2017

my baby was7 month we use silver utensil to feed becoz its very comfortable to use and strilize

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| Apr 12, 2017

In our community we made the baby to wear, compulsory, silver bangles with a hanging silver ball for the baby to suck at six months ... Probably the reason is for the anti bacterial properties of silver and to boost the child's immunity

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| Apr 12, 2017

thanks for the info

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| Apr 12, 2017

this information is really helpful.

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| Apr 12, 2017

tnx for information

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| Mar 15, 2017

when i was 3 months pregnant, i used to drink milk in silverware glass. due to acidity problem, i used to drink cold milk but i first pour hot milk in glass n then let it cool. And now i pour hot milk in it n cool it n then give to my son.

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| Mar 14, 2017

nice

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| Mar 12, 2017

Can we use silver plate and spoon for7 years old?

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| Mar 11, 2017

Yes it's true... I feed my kid in silver plate

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| Dec 29, 2016

Are real silver utensils available??? I have a doubt.... Usually i get to know that silver polishing is used....

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| Dec 23, 2016

I have something to add,when u feed ur child hot stuff in silverware,their tongue turns black.. so the best is if only water at normal temperature is giving in silver glass.. reason some metals do leach

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| Dec 22, 2016

That's true . My son completed 3 but till today I use silver utensil to feed him.

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| Nov 28, 2016

Really informative.. My daughter is 4 months old.. Reading this I surely want to go with silver ware for my kid as soon as I start solids..

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| Nov 27, 2016

@ Nikita, Any thing which you use for other utensils. And to remove blackness vim powder.

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| Nov 27, 2016

how to wash the silver utensils . And which dish wash bar or liquid to use? They become black.

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| Nov 27, 2016

very informative

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| Nov 22, 2016

When we use silverware for feeding babies then it turns blackish. So how we can continue to feed in those black utensils So pls reply

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| Nov 21, 2016

@ Devimani, There is no need to sterilize silver ware, just use vim powder to clean it. If you will put silverware in boiled or hot water it will get black. Any thing (vim/liquid dish wash) which you use for other utensils can be used for silverware too. And to remove blackness vim powder.

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| Oct 10, 2016

8i8

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| Oct 09, 2016

I intially started feeding my baby in sliver bowl And spoon, I use to sterilise the bowl and spoon everyday, I could notice some kind of smell in the bowl, then I stopped the silver bowl and started in steel bowl. Is there any problem with sterilising silver utensils?

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| Sep 26, 2016

Silver is good for health n gold is also beneficial.... but always cook food like dal,sabji,dosa in iron vessel instead of non stick vessel.. will benefit more when you serve this in silver vessel.. as it will be full of iron which boost the immune system n also helps in maintaining hemoglobin... n silver has its numerous benefits...... we say an apple a day keeps doctor away... I say food cooked in iron vessel helps to increase your blood,immunity n many more

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| Sep 26, 2016

just now I stopped to using silver, again I'm going to start,old is gold

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| Sep 24, 2016

It depends on weather. Silver is cold in nature that's why we use it during summers,gold is hot we can use gold vessel for serving not for cooking only in winters.

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| Sep 23, 2016

both silver and gold is good for baby..... I m feeding my baby in silver utensils and everyday putting pure gold chip while boiling driving water .

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| Sep 19, 2016

thanks for the info..

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| Sep 16, 2016

@Husna Gold is not good for health but silver with its one positive valency is beneficial for entire family's health. @Pempa You may serve hot food in silver utensil but don't cook in a silver vessel.

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| Aug 27, 2016

they turn black with time. luk bad even more than steel.....

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| Aug 26, 2016

Can we serve hot food

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| Aug 25, 2016

silver n gold are not good for health

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| Aug 25, 2016

but silver reacts with anything with citrus property like lemon, kiwi, etc. happened with me.. I mashed kiwi in the silver bowl to feed my daughter. in just 1-2 minutes kiwi's taste changed to bitter.

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| Aug 25, 2016

@ Rekha R You do not need to buy a compelet set to serve dinner or food. Only a silver glass is sufficient. and use it as common. how? Take a steel jug and dip a small silver glass into water and use it only as drinking perpose not in cooking. A very small intake which disolves into water is enough.

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| Aug 25, 2016

@ Ayushika B. Deka Yes, You can. Best is drinking water in silver glass for everyone in the family.

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| Aug 25, 2016

@ Kalpana KK Dear never cook food or boil eggs in silverware. it will not make eggs nutritious by boiling them into the silverware. However, serving food in silverware is beneficial. Silverware is prefered for serving food with the trust that it will touch the food and then go inside our body not for cooking. Clean sliver utensil with Vim Powder and use for serving food.

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| Aug 24, 2016

silver will get oxidized when reacts with atmosphere . Especially with egg easily gets oxidized . silver oxide will be black on silver . Gently wipe with tooth powder using cotton to remove oxides .

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| Aug 24, 2016

Can we also serve iteam like curd rice or nimbu pani?

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| Aug 23, 2016

It was very useful but not everyone can afford it.

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| Aug 23, 2016

very useful to follow

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| Aug 23, 2016

Very informative... but I see the utensils get darker sooner when hot food is kept for sometime... even boiled eggs makes it more black in colour ... anyone have idea why ?

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| Aug 23, 2016

I use silver for my baby as my mom suggested, but never know the reason thanks

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| Aug 23, 2016

I use only silver bowl for my son

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| Aug 23, 2016

Very usefull.. I got silver bowl n spoon, but never feed ma baby using it.. Coz I was nt sure that silver items can be sterilized.. But after reading tis, will try feeding ma baby in silver items..

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| Aug 22, 2016

Though I have bought a silver bowl and tumbler for my son,I have always used plastic bowl and tumbler to feed him. But after reading this I have decided to give him his food in silver bowl. Thank u shikha for this useful information.

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| Aug 22, 2016

Thank u for sharing this useful knowledge

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| Aug 22, 2016

Good info.. Is it okay to eat Non-veg food in silver... Heard like it's not good anyone knows about that

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| Aug 22, 2016

Thanks for shering nice and very useful information ,

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| Aug 21, 2016

I'm going for holidays with my 8 months old baby... so, I'm wondering which food items should I bring with me?

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| Aug 21, 2016

I always use silver tumbler bowl and spoon to feed my baby. I don't give him any plastic made materials as well. It is very informative information

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| Aug 21, 2016

I always use silver tumbler bowl and spoon to feed my baby. I don't give him any plastic made materials as well. It is very informative information

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| Aug 21, 2016

very good article..... I always use silverware for my baby.... easy to wash... no need of sterilization...

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| Aug 21, 2016

I always use silver tumbler bowl and spoon to feed my baby. I don't give him any plastic made materials as well. It is very informative information

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| Aug 21, 2016

Excellent information

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| Aug 20, 2016

Really good info.. thanks

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| Aug 20, 2016

really good information. Thanks a lot. now I will start feeding my baby with silverware

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| Aug 20, 2016

wow...

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| Aug 20, 2016

Gud info

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| Aug 20, 2016

Really very important information.... thanks for sharing this knowledge.

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| Aug 20, 2016

Thanks for the useful information.

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| Aug 20, 2016

thank u . very good information.

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| Aug 20, 2016

thnk u for such useful information..

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| Aug 20, 2016

thanks for the new information. i will start my baby to feed with silver spoon n bowl.

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| Aug 20, 2016

the information is very useful as I just started feeding her in silver bowl.. thanks

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| Aug 20, 2016

thanks for giving a good information

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| Aug 20, 2016

Thanks for giving gud information.

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| Aug 20, 2016

Thanks for the informative post. Appreciate it.

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| Aug 19, 2016

good info. everyum should knew abt it

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