Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Ultimate Baby Essentials List Continued: Feeding Essentials

~Feeding Essentials~

Feeding typically starts between 4-6 months. But you can go ahead and register for these items when you are setting up your baby registry. :) 

~High chairs~

Feeding chair: We have the stokke tripp trapp – we like it. Emerson started sitting in it (with the baby seat) around 5 months and still sits in now with the baby seat at 21 months. When he's older, we can remove the baby seat and they can sit in it like a chair. 


Summer infant booster seat - we have this at my parents house (hand me down) and it was handy as well. It has a nice large tray and it's easy to clean and attach to the chair. 

Prince lionheart bebepod - we have this too and it worked will for melody but if your baby is on the chubbier side, it might not work as well. This is also easy to clean and easy to attach to a chair

~Bottle warmer and travel mug~

Zojirushi hot water dispenser - we loved using this instead of a bottle warmer necessary. It is so versatile - we use it for everything - including hot water, tea, instant coffee, instant noodles, and for warming the bottles. We would fill a big cup or bowl or mug with hot water and then put the bottle in it to warm. if you are on the go, you can store the water in this stainless steel drink holder as it stays warm for hours.

Zojirushi stainless steel drink holder that keeps milk cold or water hot for hours. we use this on day trips when melody need to drink milk. or to carry hot water when you want to warm the bottle. 

~Popsicle and ice cube molds~
Zoku mini pops mold - this is great for breast milk pops, milk pops, water pops with fruit, yogurt pops with fruit, the possibility are endless and the size is perfect for the little ones. they are perfect for a hot day and perfect for when you littles have fevers. 

Zoku quick pops mold - this is awesome for homemade popsicles. you can make them in under 10 minutes. awesome for the little kids as you know exactly what you are putting in them. and my daughter loves helping to make her own ice pops too. 

Ice cube molds - we have an array of fun ice cube molds. these are great for when you have hot soup, or want to make things a little more fun. we freeze water in them. I prefer the silicone ones as they are easier to pop ice cubes out.

~Bibs and baby bandanas~

We have found that the silicone bibs work best: I love the Make My Day silicone bibs. They work well, easy to roll up in your backpack, are easy to wash (don't smell after use) and are super cute too. if you use it in the stroller, you could actually store some snacks (like strawberries, or bunny crackers, etc.) in the bib pocket for them to eat themselves.
breakfast at tiffany's style bib - This is my favorite bib for girls - my four year old still wears it to eat when she wears nicer clothing or eats ice cream or messier foods)
tuxedo bib - this is my favorite one for boys . 

Bumkins baby bibs - we have a few of these as well. they work well and too but because they are soft, they don't catch as much of the food as the Make My Day bibs. We also noticed after awhile, they start to smell a bit. They do have some cute designs though. 

Bandanas - these are great for drooling babies or to wipe runny noses and they look really cute too. 

~Pacifier ~

 Wubbanub – this would have been a lifesaver for m. I can’t tell you how many times in the middle of the night we had to find a pacifier and couldn’t find it. But em never used it even though we got it for him. So many cute animals to choose from:

~Pouches and feeding accessories~

Plum organics - prunes - unfortunately constipation is common, so we always have prune pouches on hand to provide to my 21 month old once a week. He's been eating these since 8 months. 

Chubchub pouch buddy - perfect to stick on top of your pouches to prevent spills. 

Munchkin snack catcher - great for car rides. We put cheerios, fruits, bunny crackers, etc. 

~Placemats~

Shutterfly has cute placemats if you want to add your own photos. They sometimes have free deals and you just pay for shipping.

I have seen those non-slip placemats plates but i haven't tried any. 

For restaurants, we love using disposable placemats. they don't always stick to the table super well, but most of the time, they work. We still wipe the table down but we also put a placemat on top. This way when the kids drop the food on the table, they can pick it back up and eat it. 
Minnie mouse disposable placemat
Winnie the pooh disposable placemat
Construction disposable placemat - we are currently using these. they are thicker than the Disney ones. 

~Teeth Brushing~

We started brushing our babies gums with gauze after nursing at night. They didn't always like it but we tried our best. After they got a little older, we started with the baby banana brush. 
You can start this around 4-6 months to get your babies used to having their gums brushed.
We loved the baby banana infant brush - this was easy and soft for my infant to use and started getting him used to brushing his teeth.

Radius toothbrush for toddlers - when they are a little older. i like these brushes because they are soft bristles so its easier to brush around the little teeth. 

For other nursing/bottle essentials, please reference my previous post here

Hope this helps! Feel free to comment on any essentials you would recommend.

Cheers,
~Alice