Teaching your child how to eat is such an amazing experience. They get to explore and experiment with this brand new part of life. I take time researching each product for Baby T to make sure it’s the best I can find and that it works for our family. Cheap plastic products are something that we try to stay away from, but it’s also important to find what works best for your toddler!
These are a few of my favorite meal time essentials that make our toddler meal time a much smoother experience.
We received our high chair as a gift from my cousin. She had used in it her house for many years. Baby T has now been using it for about 8 months and we love it! The solid wood has held up extremely well. When it was gifted to us, it was only the wooden chair with no tray. We ordered seat cushions, a harness and the “baby kit” which came with a wooden tray and a plastic cover for it. I love the baby kit and the seat cushions, but the harness was completely pointless for our family. I made one mistake when I ordered the baby kit for it, I didn’t match the colors up exactly and ended up with a different color tray verses the color of the chair. The whole thing can be purchased together and will be much cheaper then all the individual pieces. Also you will not risk having two different colors of wood! The baby kit can be removed and it becomes a regular chair. The best part about this high chair is that it grows with the child. The footrest adjusts to fit the size of your child perfectly.
I am extremely picky with everything I buy for Baby T. The number one complaint I have is the ridiculous, obnoxious colors they use for all baby products. My daughter does not need everything in her life to be a primary color. Finding a neutral color proved to be extremely difficult (who knew!?). After weeks of searching amazon and googling “non-primary colored children’s dishes” I discovered Bobo&Boo. They were exactly what I was looking for! On the home page it says “You have to feed your kids, but you don’t have to do it on ugly plastic dinnerware”. I felt like they made these products specifically for me and Baby T. Their products are not only stylish but also eco-friendly. Each product is made from bamboo fibers, with small amounts of other natural grains such as bran and cornstarch. Baby T has seriously put their products to the test these last few months. They have been thrown on the floor, washed in a dishwasher and treated as any toddler would treat them. They still look just as good as the day we bought them and even better they have not broken or chipped!
There are two different types of cups we use in our house. Baby T has her cups for water and we use cups for smoothies. Her water cups are by the brand Munchkin. These are the ideal water cups for all young children. They allow babies to drink all around the rim of the cup just like a regular cup without the chance of them spilling it. Children have a much easier time transitioning to regular cups when they start with a cup like Munchkin developed. I also purchased cups with straws so Baby T can drink smoothies with me. I personally hate the current kind we using because of the color palate, but I found this highly reviewed one by Housavvy on amazon that I plan on purchasing.
I have to be honest, lately Baby T has not been wearing bibs. But when she does wear them, it makes clean up much easier. I really appreciate the silicone bibs. They are extremely easy to clean, they do not stain and you only need to purchase a couple.
These are our favorite toddler meal time essentials. I love finding products that stray away from the traditional brightly colored plastic products that are usually marketed for young children. Finding items that work for me and Baby T is extremely important. I love being able to share these with all of you!