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Toddler Feeding Essentials – What you really need (Tried & Tested)


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Starting solids for your baby is such a fun time. I remember just before Baby N turned 6 months old, I was so excited about starting solids, I went all out buying a cupboard-full of fancy feeding equipment for him. 2 years later, I only use about a quarter of that.

My style of parenting has always been about keep things simple and going back to basics and when I started applying the same to feeding, I was able to narrow down to only the absolute must-haves. So here is my list of toddler feeding essentials, tried and tested over 2 years.

Toddler Feeding Essentials - What you really need (Tried & Tested) | Baby & Beyond

Toddler Feeding Essentials – What you really need (Tried & Tested) | Baby & Beyond

Seating:

Booster or High Chair:

It is so important to have your child seated in one place in order to develop healthy eating habits. I preferred a booster seat because I have it strapped on to one of the chairs at our dining table and my toddler can join us at the table for family meals. It is also portable so I take it along when we are eating out or traveling. However I know many moms prefer highchairs so that they can conveniently feed the child anywhere, say while working in the kitchen or in the laundry room.

Also Read: Creating a Healthy & Pleasant Mealtime Environment
Fisher Price Quick Clean Portable Booster - Baby & Beyond Toddler Feeding Essentials

Fisher Price Quick Clean Portable Booster

Since N turned 6 months old (and till now at 2 years), we have used the Fisher Price Quick Clean Portable Booster. Super easy to assemble and detach; light and portable. It has 2 dishwasher-washable tables and a flap at the back to store wipes for easy access.


Tableware:

There is no dearth of fancy toddler utensils available in the market – it’s easy to get confused with all the BPA-free, anti spill, suction, dentist approved, paediatrician approved, sustainable toddler utensils. Do you really need all of it?
Essentially what a toddler needs to eat are the same utensils and cutlery that you need to eat – a plate, spoon, fork, bowl and glass.

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Contrast. The old Vs the new. . On top is the cutlery set my husband used as a child. Simple stainless steel, still in perfectly usable condition after 3 decades. Below is what we had got for Baby N. BPA free, phthalate free, heat resistant silicone and plastic. Hmm… You know what else is BPA free and phthalate free 🤔? Stainless steel! And about 1/10th the cost and everlasting too. . Sometimes I think we new age moms go a bit overboard with all the new baby products flooding the market. We should be going back to basics instead. At home I've started using only the steel set for Baby N's meals now. Your thoughts moms? . . #lifeofrealmoms #LORM_BINGO2018 #contrast #oldvsnew #keepitsimple #oldisgold #backtobasics #babyfeeding #stainlesssteel #bpafree #aprilandmayy3 #phthalatefree #babyandbeyondin_food

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As a family, we are making a conscious decision to switch to simple stainless steel cutlery. You can find child-friendly stainless steel tableware at any local store or you can find it online.

Stainless steel dinnerware set for kids

Stainless steel dinnerware set for kids

I also like these partitioned plates because the little compartments are perfect for serving small portions of daal, vegetable, curd, rice/roti.

Also Read: How I Got My Kid Interested in Eating Healthy Food
Stainless steel 4 compartment plate

Stainless steel 4 compartment plate

If you are looking for something fancier, these below items are from my “nice-to-have” list.

Plate and Bowl:

There are a wide variety of anti spill bowls and suction plates / bowls available that help prevent spills and messes. I did not personally use these, but if you don’t have help around to help you clean up, I would recommend you check these out. Trust me, toddlers love flinging about their bowls.

Also Read: How I Encouraged my Baby to Start Self-Feeding
Gyro anti-spin bowl

Gyro anti-spin bowl

Suction plate

Suction plate

Spoons:

I love these Munchkin soft-tip baby spoons because they are heat-resistant and soft (trust me, a teething baby is going to be gnawing on those spoons so you want one that is gentle on the gums!)

Munchkin soft-tip baby spoons

Munchkin soft-tip baby spoons

Table Mat:

Check out these personalized table mats. They’re really fun and a big attraction for kids when they’re refusing to come to the table to eat.

Nutcase personalized table mat

Nutcase personalized table mat

Glass:

Again I went straight to a small stainless steel glass, but if you are looking to transition your toddler from a sippy cup to a glass, the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup is magic! It’s completely leak and spill proof.

Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup

Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup


Cleaning:

Liquid Cleanser:

I used Mee Mee Anti-Bacterial Liquid Cleanser for all of Baby N’s utensils till he was about 18 months old, since it is natural and non-toxic Now we use our regular dishwashing liquid for all utensils but I still use Mee Mee liquid for his bottles and cups.

Mee Mee Anti-Bacterial Liquid Cleanser

Mee Mee Anti-Bacterial Liquid Cleanser

Straw brush:

If your child uses a straw bottle, you know that the inside of the straw can get pretty nasty, not to mention a health hazard if mold starts growing inside. Straw brush is absolutely essential in my opinion.

Mee Mee Straw Brush

Mee Mee Straw Brush


Tackling the mess:

Splash mat:

You can use a splash mat or any old plastic sheet under the baby feeding chair to make it easier to clean the mess.

Bumkins Waterproof Splat Mat

Bumkins Waterproof Splat Mat

Bib:
I swear by these waterproof apron-style bibs from Superbottoms. My son hates wearing bibs but he doesn’t mind these are they are great for protecting his clothes and catching the spills.

Superbottoms Water-Proof Apron Bib

Superbottoms Water-Proof Apron Bib


While Traveling:

Containers:

I used 2 kinds of containers to carry hot food – a food jar for ‘wet’ food such as khichdi, dal, rice etc. and a steel tiffin box for parathas, sandwiches, dosa etc.

Funtainer – Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar

Funtainer – Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar

Stainless steel tiffin box

Stainless steel tiffin box

Funtainer – Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar by Thermos: These vacuum insulated food jars are great for when you need to travel with baby. They keep food hot for up to 5 hours (I have personally opened it after 3 hours and the food was still hot and fresh) and cold for up to 7 hours. Very handy and they come in a wide range of prints which kids love.

Hand sanitizer:

If you’re going to be feeding your toddler on the go, you’ll want to make sure your hands are sanitized first and your toddler’s too. I use Palm Safe because it is alcohol-free and safe for children to use too.

Palm Safe Alcohol Free Foam Sanitizer

Palm Safe Alcohol Free Foam Sanitizer

Bottle:

Though I prefer Baby N to drink with a glass, while traveling and while he’s at daycare, a bottle is definitely more convenient.
I have tried many many straw bottles and have zeroed down to the only 2 that ever worked for us. Both bottles are completely leak resistant, have flip caps that ensure the straw stays clean and hygienic and are easy to disassemble and clean thoroughly.

Nuby Flip-it Leak-Resistant Thin Straw Bottle

Nuby Flip-it Leak-Resistant Thin Straw Bottle

Nuby Flip-it Leak-Resistant Thin Straw Bottle: Pro: allows water to flow only in one direction so it prevents spit back
Con: plastic
Thermos Funtainer Bottle: Pro: steel bottle (I am truly trying to reduce plastic in my son’s life), Thermos insulation

Thermos Funtainer bottle

Thermos Funtainer bottle

Con: spitback is a major problem. When Baby N was still learning to use the straw, he would end up spitting back into the straw and the bottle. Also it is quite highly priced in India and I was lucky to get it as a gift from someone coming from US. There are cheaper imitations available as well but I cannot vouch for the quality myself.

What are you toddler feeding must-haves? Share your list in the comments below.

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Comments
  1. Anchal said on July 6, 2018 3:59 pm:

    These is a great list of essential items.Very helpful for moms.

  2. Pallavi said on July 6, 2018 11:25 pm:

    Very well written

  3. Hema said on July 9, 2018 12:49 pm:

    Thanks for sharing the detailed list. These are truly essential things

  4. Jhilmil D Saha said on July 9, 2018 1:07 pm:

    Its a very nice list to guide moms with toddlers. thanks for sharing.

  5. Kinshoo said on July 9, 2018 1:26 pm:

    Very informative and useful. I liked dt thermos bottle. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Roopika said on July 10, 2018 12:00 am:

    Perfect list!
    And just to add on, we got hold of a chair harness too.. that’s a great alternative to booster seat while travelling. Just tie up the baby with chair and feed!

    1. Baby & Beyond said on July 10, 2018 8:11 am:

      Yes I have seen that recently. Very convenient. I didn’t know about it when my son was smaller

  7. Rhea said on July 10, 2018 1:52 pm:

    Such an informative post, will be so helpful for new mommies. Forwarding to my friends who are weaning off their babies. Thanks

  8. Amrita said on September 5, 2018 10:47 am:

    Thank God I have this list now.I was looking for somerthing like to.share with a cousin