12 Days of Baby Stuff: Feeding Essentials

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We’ve covered Breastfeeding Essentials & Newborn Essentials…now on to day 3! We’re skipping ahead in the baby-timeline to Feeding Essentials- for all things solids & finger foods- since today is the December edition of Munchkin Meals.

I am completely and utterly floored by how much food KB can put away. It’s insane. It also means it’s quite a bit work: always having baby-approved food on hand and prepped & ready to go. Below are some of my favorite things for making meal time easier.

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Feeding Essentials

1. Take & Toss Bowls {For taking- no tossing here!} I use these to slip in my diaper bag, send snacks to daycare, and to save pre-prepped food in the fridge so it’s ready to go when I have a hungry hungry hippo…I mean baby.

2. Soft Tip Spoons It’s not so much the soft tip I like {which is nice}, but the skinny scoop part of the spoon. Even though his belly is big, his mouth is tiny, and these spoons make sure most of the food goes in his mouth instead of all over his face. Although, when he feeds himself, most of it goes all over his face regardless of the spoon size.

3. Baby Bullet Pre-solids-eating-baby I thought these things were a joke. Couldn’t you just use your normal food processor? Sure! But there are 2 things I love about the Baby Bullet- the size & the storage containers. I use the bullet for grinding down grains like oatmeal, quinoa, millet, and amaranth, and for blending bananas, berries, and spinach into baby pancake batter. A little goes along way for a baby, so having a nice small container to blend in is really helpful. Plus it’s pretty quiet. The storage containers are perfect- I use the silicone tray to store food in the freezer, and the individual containers to send food to daycare. I love being able to keep track of the date right on the container.

4. OXO Tot Blocks Freezer Containers Speaking of freezer containers, these are the best. They come in 2 different sizes and they make it easy to prep foods ahead of time and have them ready to go. I can either pop them in the fridge the night before I need them or zap them in the microwave to serve. {Checking for hot spots of course!}

5. Planet Wise Reusable Snack Bag I’ve learned to keep snacks everywhere- the car, my diaper bag, jacket pockets, you name it. I love using these reusable snack bags instead of wasting a bunch of plastic ones. Plus, they’re cute. Winking smile

6. Tommee Tippee Sippy Cup KB loves the Tommee Tippee bottles so it was a natural transition to use their sippy cup. It wasn’t long before we realized he much prefers straws, so we switched to –>

7. Playtex Lil Gripper Twist ‘n Click Baby Cup A baby cup with a straw that seals. Yay.

8. Brown Rice Cakes, Puffed Corn, Puffed Millet Maybe you’ve noticed a theme. Have snacks ready ALL the time. Always. The extra few seconds it takes to prep something can equal total meltdown. Grains are pretty much the easiest thing to always have at the ready, even if it just buys you enough time to get the rest of the meal ready. We don’t do a lot of grains, but when we do, we go gluten free. Rice cakes are my favorite for when we’re out and about, but puffed grains like corn, amaranth, and millet are great for occupying little hands while we’re at home.

9. Kitchen Shears Sticking with the food-ready-fast theme here. It’s so much easier to snip things into bite sized pieces than pull out a knife and cutting board. Anything to save time, right?

10. 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum This seems absurd, but I totally bought this after I spent way too many naptimes on my hands and knees picking up tiny pieces of food the broom left behind. This is way more convenient than lugging the big vacuum downstairs and it’s quiet enough to do with KB in my arms. He actually loves to chase it around…weirdo. I love that it can be either a stick vacuum or a handheld dustbuster-type thing. It bends in just about every direction to get under and around everything.

Honorable Mentions

11. Mesh Feeder Everybody recommends these mesh feeder things. They’re easy for baby to hold on to while munching away. We got some when we went to the beach this summer with the intention of making frozen milk-pops to keep KB cool, but never ended up needing them. I still haven’t taken them out of the package and don’t see myself ever using them. Others swear by them though, so they’re worth a mention.

12. Inglesina Fast Table Chair I love this chair. Kind of. It’s comfy, takes up almost no space, and easily attaches to our table. It keeps KB right up at table level and lets him sit upright. The only problem? He kicks so hard our whole table wobbles like crazy. Most of his food ended up in his lap too, since there’s no lip like on a high chair tray. I still use it at the kitchen counter, just not for main eating purposes.

Reader Recommendations

13. Silicone Bib This makes so much sense to me. A bib that not only catches food that’s dropped, but one you can easily wipe off. I go through 3-4 bibs a day, and they just sit in the laundry room til wash day. Kinda nasty.

14. Booster Seat This is an awesome multi-purpose high chair/ booster seat that sits on a regular chair. I’d probably go this direction if we didn’t have a hand-me-down high chair that we use right now. High chairs take up so much space and the one we have tilts back at an awkward angle.

Ok, what am I missing?! What will we need to add to the list as KB gets older?!

 

See all the lists here: Favorite Baby Essentials

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura December 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Good list! We use the mesh feeder with frozen pieces of fruit like grapes or melons that might normally be a choking hazard for our little guy, but it is GREAT for a natural teething soother!! Love it.

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Katie Heddleston December 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Those are my favorite spoons too even though Xander could care less about spoon feeding (loved them while nannying). We have TT sippies but he loves the take and toss ones so much better! Also fesh feeder was just a toy to him lol. I would say bibs bibs bibs are essential and hmmmm… bowls with lids!

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eliz@ourcrazysweetlife December 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Fabulous series. My daughter is just 3m old, so we’re not quite ready for this one but I love your lists! I think I just fully became a mom when I asked Santa for a vacuum for Christmas…Ugh!

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I love reusable snack bags, too! I’m glad I’m not the only one whose baby ate like a champ. Seemed like all of her friends at that age were barely eating, and she was constantly chowing down. But it’s definitely better than stressing that they aren’t getting enough! Great list!

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Pavement Runner December 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

We love the Baby Bullet too! Use it less as baby gets older, but are finding new ways to keep it in use. Really fun and easy way to make natural apple or pear sauce.

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