Preparing for baby’s needs can be a bit overwhelming but take it from this third time mom to be, deciding what to feed baby isn’t nearly as challenging as how. If you missed my essentials of breastfeeding post, you can dive in HERE. If you’re looking for other feeding essentials, I have rounded up the best feeding gear, gear that will fulfill baby’s needs from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond.
Baby Brezza: Say goodbye to the time and hassle of manually preparing babys bottles. Introducing Baby Brezzas Formula Pro, the revolutionary new way of preparing your babys formula bottles. The Formula Pro uses worldwide patent-pending technology to measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency. With the push of a button, you can prepare a bottle within seconds that has no air bubbles. The water and formula powder are stored in right in the machine, so its always ready for you when your baby gets hungry. The Formula Pro works with all bottle sizes and all formula brands and types. You can also choose the amount of formula you want to make: 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces. Think of it like a Keurig for infant bottles except you dont need the pods. The easiest way to prepare babys bottles is now right at your fingertips. Retails for $149 available at Babies R Us, Target, Amazon.com. For more information visit: http://babybrezza.com.
Born Free: Bottles are a necessary item for almost every baby, nursing or not. Having a good flow, no extra air and one that is easy to hold for babe and parent alike is on the top of my list. I prefer glass bottles and am excited about the newborn starter set from Born-Free. Complete with different flow nipples, perfectly easy to hold glass bottles, as well as bottle brushes, new mamas will be all set from the get go. In addition to glass bottles being made of a natural material that’s recyclable, they heat more quickly and don’t retain any odors. Born Free bottles are unique in that they allow baby to control the flow of milk and the venting system is designed to reduce colic and gas.
Chicco: If space is an issue, we have the ultimate high chair seat for you. The Chicco Rotating Hook On chair attaches to any straight end table securely, conveniently and has the coolest swivel function to put baby where all the action is, (it locks into 6 different positions!) You no longer have to give up a precious chair or floor space for a clunky high chair, with the Chicco rotating hook on chair you get a full function chair minus the bulk. The dishwasher safe tray attaches to the tabletop for easy to clean up mealtimes (and more sanitary ones while away from home!) and the compact fold and deluxe carry bag makes it the perfect travel chair. Perfect for trips to grandma’s house, your local eatery or is just right for space-saving every day usage. (for use up to 37 lbs!)
Kushies: When you think feeding time, you think bibs. and when you think of one stop shopping for high quality, affordably priced items, you think Kushies! Kushies has a wide variety of bibs in many styles, shapes and designs. As my children’s feeding needs changed, so did their bibs. I needed different closures, ones with a large front pocket for when they were nibbling solids, cloth ones for the occasional “spit up” incident, shorter ones for teething drool and fun patterns to delight baby during more independent meal times. and as mealtimes grew messier, a splash mat seemed to be the only thing protecting me and my sanity! Easy to wipe clean, use a dust mop or pick up and wash off, Kushies patterned Splash Mat is a decor blending way to keep the inevitable spills under control.
mOmma: from the friends we love at Lansinoh, comes mOmma. We love this plate for its “bowlesque” inner ring, rounded edges and warming abilities. The fork and spoon are ergonomically just right for chubby little fingers learning to use utensils. I love that both come with their own cap, making this set a perfect travel companion. The non-slip mOmma developmental meal set is BPA, PVC and phthalate free. It’s also designed to entertain and stimulate your young eater-who says you can’t play with your food?
Piena Formula Maker: Breastfeeding is not for everyone, and some nursing mamas want the option of combing breastfeeding with formula feeding. For a convenient, hygienic and easy way to quickly prepare baby’s formula bottle, trust Piena. A perfect appliance to get baby’s formula ready in minutes, and prepared to just the right temperature every time. Perfect for the nightstand to make nighttime feedings convenient, and efficient to satisfy baby’s needs more quickly.
Prince Lionheart: For those early stages of feeding and sitting, Prince Lionheart’s dual strap, 2 in 1, soft and cushiony bébéPOD®flex plus should be baby’s first seat. Not only is the bébéPOD®flex plus comfortable, its innovative design lets you convert from a floor seat (perfect for playtime, and first bites) to a chair mounted seat in minutes. It has wide leg openings, perfect for babies 3 months and up to 14 months (recommended usage). It offers an easy to clean, non toxic, soft ergonomic design that provides baby the support he needs while helping baby learn to sit. This lightweight seat is a perfect travel companion and features an adjustable tray, Tray Toy, Placemats and Pommel. It is also available in two adorable fruit patterns of watermelon and kiwi or is also available in a modern geometric print with brown seat.
Snack Taxi: For velcro closing sandwich and snack bags, we love Snack Taxi reusable bags. These washable, perfectly sized bags are great for snacks on the go. They are a cute, convenient and economically way to cut down on plastic usage. Check out their full line of reusables from produce bags, to lunch napkins.
Squeez’Ems: Food Pouches are all the rage now. I will admit they are incredibly convenient and come in many organic varieties, but what I can’t get behind is all the waste (not to mention expense!). Enter Squeez’Ems reusable pouches. I love the wide, screw-capped mouth that allows for easy filling, as well as cleaning. There’s actually one screw cap used to fill and another topper cap used for dispensing. Perfect for all ages, and food stages. I love that Squeez’Ems are BPA free, PVC and phthalate free, and enable me to serve my baby, wholesome, fresh, and organic food even when I am the go.
Stokke High Chair: For a versatile high chair that will take your child from infancy through the teenage years and beyond, the Stokke Tripp Trapp is a feeding essential. The Tripp Trapp is a well-loved chair in our house for its sturdy, easy to clean, hardwood design. It is easy to adjust, brings your child right to the tabel and it blends in with the dining chairs. For a young baby, the available a baby set aids baby in sitting up and offers ample support as baby munches. Although not necessary, I prefer the cushion set to give a more comfy seat for baby. An optional, easy to clean tray is available as well. Harnesses add a protective measure and help keep baby secure, but are easily removed when your child is ready. The Stokke Tripp Trapp has been around for decades and it’s no wonder due to its ingenious and comfortable design, attractive lines and eight choice of colors from white to lime green! One chair for every stage of your child’s feeding needs!
Svan Tot Seat: For a compact, durable way easy to use fabric travel seat, we love the tot seat from Svan. This foldable, easy to stow, and clean, seat turns any chair into a seat for your baby. It can be used from infancy into toddlerhood and is as convenient as travel chairs come. It comes with its own carrying case and neatly fits in your diaper bag! Available in adorable prints, the Svan tot seat is a portable seat that makes any dining outing carefree and easy to accommodate baby’s feeding needs.
Tommee Tippee: As a nursing mama, I’ll be in charge of most of the feedings, but love the flexibility that pumping allows for. Since breast milk always comes out the perfect temperature, a bottle warmer can be ideal to warm baby’s bottles to just the right temperature. In addition to their award-winning bottles, Tommee Tippee offers products for all of your feeding needs, from breast pumps to “just- right” nipples, to sippy cups in cool patterns and partitioned BPA free plates. Whether breast or bottle feeding, infant or toddler, Tommee Tippee has it all!
Two Red Hens: Food storage for baby’s snacks can be another challenge especially if you’re looking to “go green.” 2 Red Hens offers the most adorable reusable, washable snack bags around. I love the zipper design making food access super easy, and cleaning up a cinch! The additional snap keeps the zipper in place, and once opened the bag doubles as a snack mat. Free of toxins, heavy metals, lead, PVC and BPA, 2 Red Hens has a two size bags from which to choose.