The science factor

Our research and testing

Revolutionary cutlery, tried and tested.

We know how much you care about buying the best products for your child and we want to make sure our products deliver against our promises. So that’s why we completed some thorough research and testing, and why we think it’s important you understand a little more about what we did.

Doddl Cutlery

Our research and testing journey to Doddl cutlery

  • There is an identified need – some children are not able to use cutlery at school age and meal times can often be a difficult experience for both a parent and child with mess, frustration and control proving to be key challenges.
  • Any tools created should support the transition from baby led weaning.
  • Standard long-handled cutlery forces the continued use of the basic palmar grip, children need the opportunity to develop the more advanced ‘pincer grip’.
  • Children should be able to use the tools intuitively and they should help develop muscle control and hand-eye co-ordination.
  • Cutlery should not be leading – but should be easy enough to use to avoid frustration.
  • Tools should be ambidextrous and used simultaneously to ensure both sides of the brain are developing equally, increasing communication and developing cognitive ability.
  • The weight should be balanced with slightly more weight in the handle so a child feels secure in what they are holding. This will also support progression onto adult cutlery.
  • The utensil end should be metal not plastic post-weaning, to avoid damage through chewing.
  • Based against this insight, we spent months creating a variety of prototypes – and in readiness for testing, threw quite a few away in the process.
Doddl the science factor
  • We took our designs to nurseries, child minders, focus groups and home-settings.
  • Undertaking top secret testing as formulated with our child development specialist, assessing how successfully children interacted with the different prototypes.
  • We filmed each of our mini test partners to ensure our team and our Child Development Specialist could analyse the results thoroughly – with poorly scored designs immediately rejected.
  • Our prototype designs continually evolved, were improved and repeatedly tested again until we we received final approval from our Child Development Specialist against the winning Doddl design.
  • Final scores: 40 prototypes tested by 100 mini test partners with 39 designs ultimately rejected. Doddl Cutlery Mark 1 prototype was created, but the testing didn’t stop there.
  • The final design was used to create professionally moulded prototypes (including the metal end and plastic handle) to be tested via volunteers for up to 4 weeks with detailed feedback gathered to ensure any necessary adjustments were applied to the final product.
  • The final prototype was sent to international testing house for initial report into safety compliance.
  • Design approved and ready for manufacturing.
  • Along with the original ‘light bulb’ moment, this is how we got to our unique design of cutlery. Find out more about the benefits of Doddl by visiting the less mess factor and the development factor.