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<p>I am looking for a wooden version of the ladle style soup spoons you would commonly find in your bowl of phở or ramen.  DS <em>loves</em> eating (or drinking with these).  And they seem like a much easier way for him to keep soup actually on the spoon (which we are eating a lot of this winter).  But every one I've seen is plastic, melamine to be specific, which I am really not crazy about.  I've googled, but with no good results.  I know they come in ceramic as well, but this spoon would really be for DS, so a nice, unchippable wood is preferable!  I realize this is the most boring thread ever, but hey, master googlers, help a mama out!  They look like these (but, hopefully in wood, and not in melamine):</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAsian-Toned-Melamine-Spoon-Black%2Fdp%2FB001PZ7KE8" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Asian-Toned-Melamine-Spoon-Black/dp/B001PZ7KE8 </a></p>
 

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<p>Ok, I found these <a href="http://www.nextag.com/ThinkBamboo/chinese-spoon/brand-html" target="_blank">bamboo spoons</a>.  They're a little different in style, but if your ds really loves them at least he'd have 50 of them.  <img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif">  </p>
 

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<p>The ceramic ones are pretty sturdy IME -- we have a few and the kids use them. And they're really cheap to replace if they do break somehow. </p>
 

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<p>I'm sure the ceramic ones would be fine, but if you're worried, here's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB000QYK9KG%2Fref%3Dpd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3%3Fpf_rd_p%3D486539851%26pf_rd_s%3Dlpo-top-stripe-1%26pf_rd_t%3D201%26pf_rd_i%3DB0006GX9G0%26pf_rd_m%3DATVPDKIKX0DER%26pf_rd_r%3D0BEHF23VC1KB5N1JD7YK" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">stainless steel</a></p>
 

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<p>I wouldn't do stainless steel as those things can get really hot if they're submerged in hot liquid.  Kinda like "regular" spoons.<span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;"></span></p>
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<p>I've used the asian ceramic soup spoons all my life and I have never had one break in all that time.  I think its because they're relatively thick for their weight and size and so unless you really throw them to the ground, and it would have to be a hard tile floor, they wouldn't break.  I like the ceramic spoons because they don't transfer and hold heat like metal does.  They also don't cut into a baby's mouth if they're prone to chewing on utensils.  FWIW, I gave my kids cold ceramic spoons to teethe on.  They worked great!</p>
 

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<p>Maybe I just don't serve soup as hot as I should, but we have one of those stainless steel spoons, and I've never had a problem with heat transfer with it.  In fact, I was just wondering where I could buy more, so the above link is really helpful.  Last week, one of my two remaining melamie shattered when I dropped it on my wood floor.  I have two ceramic spoons that are probably older than most of you, and they are chipped.  Thanks for the link for the SS spoons!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for all the replies!  I wish that I knew woodworking...  DS doesn't really chew on things anymore, but he really likes wooden stuff.  It sounds like the ceramic ones are pretty sturdy though, so we may just go with that.  Thanks y'all!</p>
 
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