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I’ll admit it – I’m a self-proclaimed early adopter. I am always on the lookout for new products that make my life easier and better, especially when involves feeding my kids. Today I’m talking about 5 new parenting products that will make your mealtimes more effective (i.e., more food in bellies, less on faces and floors). Best part? They are all under $25!
1. Bottle Bands by Pumpkin Doodle – Most daycares and preschools require bottles and cups to be labeled with your child’s name, or even other information like the contents and date. Unlike their competitor, these bands do that and more. Not only are they reusable (they can be used with a dry erase marker or ballpoint pen), but are stretchy enough to easily put on/take off or even put around a small snack container. These are perfect for my family because now I don’t have to buy a set of bands for each kiddo; I just hand wash the band to remove the writing, write on it again, and go! From now until August 7, use code BACK2SCHOOL at checkout to save 20% on your order.
2. ezpz Happy Mat – This mat and plate combo is a life saver if your kiddo is in the “exploring the cause and effects of gravity” stage, a.k.a. throwing food stage. It won’t prevent them from chunking their peas across the room, but it will keep the plate securely attached to the high chair tray or table. It’s even tricky for me to get it off sometimes! It comes in a variety of colors, and they even have a mini version that’s perfect for travel. I can’t say enough great things about this mat, except I wish I would have had it when my toddler was a baby.
3. PouchBuddy Baby Food Pouch Handle – This little ingenious item is a must-have for the pouch feeding mommas. Not only does it promote self-feeding, but it is fun for them to use and prevents them from squeezing the contents out.
4. NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensil – I so wish I would have had these with my first kiddo. Now that my second kiddo is almost 7 months and beginning to explore puréed and solid foods, I’ve come to the conclusion that mom-led spoon-feeding is for the birds. My oldest didn’t learn how to feed herself with utensils until well after 1 year old because she got so frustrated with regular kid-sized forks and spoons. Enter these little gems. They are flat on both sides (so there is no wrong way to use it!) and have little grooves that pick up puréed food with ease. After testing these spoons out with some thin oatmeal mixed with breastmilk, I was sold. I just dip the spoon in the food and hand it to him so he can guide it into his own mouth. As his interest in food grows, he will begin dipping it himself and eventually begin scooping, which will signal he’s ready for a real spoon. They even work as teethers on-the-go. BOOM. Game-changer, ya’ll.
5. Car Seat/Nursing/High Chair/Shopping Cart Cover by Blushing Baby – One of the moms in my stroller boot camp group has been using this and after several months of seeing it, I snagged one for myself and haven’t looked back. It is a nursing cover, car seat cover, shopping cart cover, and high chair cover, all in one. That’s four different uses, people. Raise your hand if you own one of each of those covers. *raises hand* Well, pack them up, my friend. I’ve used this for little over a week now and have been so impressed. It’s made of jersey, super soft, and so breathable (perfect for hot Texas summers). There are several versions of these out there, but I like this brand because it includes small openings to pull the shopping cart/high chair belt buckles through so your wiggly one still stays safe.
Know any fun, innovative feeding products to add to the list? I’d love to hear from you!