Favorite Baby & Toddler Feeding Essentials

I consider myself a bit of a baby gear minimalist. That’s partially by choice, but mostly because I live in a tiny house built in 1939 with very little closet space and NO pantry to store all my beloved kitchen & feeding essentials. With that said, here are a few of my favorite must-haves. 

Snack bags: For my veggie straw addict, I cannot live without these reusable snack bags by Itzy Ritzy. They come in tons of cute patterns, and are super easy to clean- just toss in the washing machine! I even use one to store business cards and other important notes.

Reusable Pouches: When I know we’re going to be out and about during meal time, I always throw some of my purees in a reusable pouch. While I have tried tons of brands, I LOVE the ChooMee pouches. They come in the cutest animal shapes, and even my almost 5 year old thinks they are cool. They are pretty easy to clean, I just scrub the inside with my bottle brush and let it air dry.

Lunch Box: Ok so I couldn’t choose a favorite here. For my 4-year-old, I LOVE my Yumbox. It has divided compartments that are labeled veggies, fruits, etc which reminds me to pack a balanced lunch. But the best part is that the compartments seal completely from one another, so you can pack yogurt or applesauce right next to a muffin and not worry about anything getting soggy or mixed together! Mine also has a tiny little compartment that is perfect for things like hummus, peanut butter, or other dips.

My other favorite lunch box is Lunchbots. The compartments here are a little larger so I usually use this one when I want to pack a sandwich or other bulky foods. For my little guy, I use my silicone baking cups to divide it even more. I also use these baking cups to serve little snacks.

Spoons/ Forks: My current favorite spoon is these bright bamboo/ silicone ones from Avanchy. They really seem to grab hold of purees, even with inexperienced eaters who haven’t quite gotten the self-feeding motions down yet. And the soft silicone is perfect for babes with sore gums from teething.

Travel Placemat: Feeding at home with your little one strapped in a high chair is one thing. Transitioning to a public restaurant with an audience to witness the madness is a whole other ballgame. I was recently gifted this MiniMat by ezpz and now I have no idea how I lived without it (ok, maybe that’s a little extreme but I really love it!) I was skeptical that it wouldn’t stick to the table but it has performed as promised, even sticking to wood tables. The divided plate is perfect for portioning some finger foods and even deep enough to serve purees. Clean up is not too bad, just use some wipes to clean it off before stowing in a diaper bag or purse.

Sippy/ Straw Cup: With two boys, I feel like I have gone through hundreds of sippy cups at my house. For me the key is the number of parts and durability. I don’t want a cup that my husband can’t find the parts to (seriously why do they make some cups so complicated!?) and I need something that will withstand the inevitable drops. I love my Green Sprouts Glass Sip & Straw Cup for my youngest. It is a glass bottle inside a plastic case essentially. It has a silicone sippy cap and straw lid, so you can use whichever you prefer. I like glass bottles for my kids (and myself) because they are chemical free and drinks just taste more pure our of glass in my opinion.

I love to shop local when possible, so I did a little legwork and found many of these items available right here in Birmingham (yay!).

Swaddle {reusable snack bags & mini mat}
2825 18th Street South
Homewood, AL 35209

Smith Variety {Spoons}
45 Church St
Mountain Brook, AL 35213

Buy Buy Baby {Green Sprouts Sippy}
4351 Creekside Avenue
Hoover, AL 35216

Louise’s Cakes N’ Things {Silicone baking cups}
1694 Montgomery Hwy
Hoover, AL 35216

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