Does the Gyro Bowl Stand Up To Its Claims?
After seeing the commercial for the Gyro Bowl on late night television, I decided to get it for my 18 month old toddler to see if it would help her from spilling her snacks everywhere. Honestly, I find Cheerios and toasted bread snacks in places I never knew she could reach. I watched the commercial several times before I decided to get and try it out.
Here are the product claims:
"No more spills! The kid-proof Gyro Bowl works just like a globe: its inner bowl rotates 360 degrees and stays open-side-up no matter what. Fill it with cereal, raisins, even pudding, and never worry about spills. Includes snap-on lid to keep snacks fresh. Great for non-food items too. Sturdy, BPA-free plastic is top rack dishwasher safe."
My Review: My review of the Gyro Bowl is mixed. The commercial makes it seem as if no matter what the child does, the snacks stay in the bowl-which is not exactly true. My inquisitive toddler made it a point to spill the snack from the bowl.
Once she saw that the bowl spins inside and most of the snacks stayed in whenever she turned the bowl over, the scientist inside was determined to figure out what was going on. It took her about 10 minutes to figure out how to spill the whole bowl of snacks on the ground by holding the corner so that the inner bowl doesn't spin.
After she spilled the snacks on the ground, it took her about 10 minutes to take the bowl apart while I was cleaning up the snacks off the ground. Needless to say, I put the Gyro Bowl away until she was a little older.
The geometric design of the bowl gets the attention of curious toddlers and they are in that stage where they want to pick everything apart and figure out how things work, so the Gyro Bowl may not be useful for younger toddlers.
For younger children something like the "Munchie Mug" may be more appropriate.
My little one is now 2 years old and still purposely spills treats from her Gyro Bowl, only now she doesn't take it apart since she has already done that. She uses it more like a bowl now instead of a science project. However, on occasion she still shakes the GyroBowl until it spills everything on the floor. So the bowl's design does not take these things into consideration when dealing with younger children.
However, I do not think we'll get to the totally spill proof stage until she is older and isn't purposely trying to spill it. But the bowl is a good concept, I just don't think it's for younger children.