Re: baby utensils
I got stainless steel sets of appetizer spoons and forks for my DS (he was 8 mo when he started food).
Also: silicone, wood utensils (from amazon, not sure of the brand) and the IKEA plastic ones are safe plastic (and really cheap).
Even though I have the wood, silicone and plastic, what worked best for us was the stainless steel small ones. But honestly, after a very short time (less than a month?) he was using regular size forks and spoons.
Jul, Mama to 1/2 dozen boys; and been doing those "off-beat" parenting things way before they were cool and learning more each day!