Best Baby Feeding Tools of 2017

Best Baby Feeding Tools of 2017

Last Updated: January 1, 2017
Best Baby Feeding Tools of 2017

Around six months of age, your baby will reach the big time: the solid food stage. Besides the actual food, and spoons and forks, you need a few other accessories to make meals easy. Don’t feel guilty about adding a couple of “extras” to your mealtime arsenal. You’ll get a lot of use of out of them since your little one will be using these “feeding tools” until about three years of age.

Do you need baby feeding tools?

Since most babies go through the chuck-it-on-the-floor stage, parents prefer to serve food to little ones in unbreakable bowls and plates. Bibs also become essential in keeping kids semi-clean when they go at it with gusto. But beyond that, there are lots of options in plates, bowls, bibs, and other feeding accessories that you might find unnecessary or completely life changing. Below we’ve rounded up some of the best picks for you to check out.

Keep-It-Clean Coverall

Bumkins Bumkins SuperBib 3 Pack - $14.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

When it comes to bibs, bigger is better. The Super Bib is 10 inches across and 9 inches from the neck down of waterproof, wipeable fabric. The pocket catches some extra spillage and when mealtime is over you can toss the bib in the washer. The bonus? It comes in adorable patterns (Dr. Seuss characters!).

KEEP IN MIND

The bib closes in the back with velcro. It’s placed in the shoulder area to keep wee ones from ripping it off. But eventually your smarty will figure it out.

Spill-Fighter

BabyBjorn Soft Bib (2 Pack) - $17.95
WHY WE LOVE IT

It has a huge spill pocket. Need we say more? The rubbery plastic wipes clean, or you can throw it in the dishwasher, and it dries in a flash. With an adjustable neckband, you’ll get years of use out of the Soft Bib.

KEEP IN MIND

For a bib, the price is kind of high.

Safe & Secure

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowl - $9.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

You know how kids like to test the effects of gravity by launching anything and everything from a high chair? Well, these bowls aren’t going anywhere. You just press them down onto any smooth surface and the built-in suction means you don’t have to stress about them being flung across the room. Each bowl in the set is a different size and the smallest one comes with a lid.

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents report that the biggest bowl in the set doesn’t have good suction. Also, your child might someday figure out how to “liberate” the bowl from its suction.

Favorite Baby Plate

oogaa Silicone Baby and Toddler Divided Plate - $11.19
WHY WE LOVE IT

Just as lightweight as plastic, the oogaa plate is made from food-safe, high-grade silicone that can go in the dishwasher, microwave, freezer, and oven. This plate stays put on the high chair tray or table, and since it has small, divided sections, your toddler won’t have to “chase” food across the surface with his utensil (or hand).

KEEP IN MIND

You’ll probably want stock multiple plates for your meal times and these ones are on the expensive side.

Unbreakable Alternative

Thinkbaby BPA Free Baby Bowl - $8.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you’re avoiding plastic, the Thinkbaby bowl is a durable alternative. Dishwasher safe, it’s made from stainless steel. Since it comes with a lid, you can use it to pack snacks for outings.

KEEP IN MIND

Just like plastic, you won’t be able to put this bowl in the microwave.

For Grabby Eaters

Kidsme Food Feeder - $12.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

When your baby can’t stop staring at what you’re eating, lunges for your food, and generally makes it known that she wants to eat the “real stuff,” the Kidsme Food Feeder comes in handy. Just put a slice of fruit, some veggies, or even homemade baby food in it, and hand it over to your little one to let her gnaw away. Unlike mesh food feeders, this silicone one is easy to thoroughly clean.

KEEP IN MIND

If you put pureed food in the feeder, too much can come out quickly. It works best with small pieces of soft solids.

Longlasting Lunchbox

Planet Box Ecofriendly Stainless Steel - $39.95+
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you need to pack lunch for daycare or preschool, Planet Box makes an assortment of stainless steel carryalls with five-year warranties. The smallest (the Shuttle Box) has two compartments so you can put a sandwich or bigger item on one side and a side of fruit or veggies in the other. It also comes with a container made for dip or smaller items.

KEEP IN MIND

You either have to purchase multiples or wash this every day to have ready for lunch the following morning.


Choosing What’s Right for You

Now that your child has a whole new, edible world to explore, meals become one big adventure. What you use to feed your wee one should make life easier for you and more fun for her. Introducing taste buds to savory and sweet treats is one of the greatest joys of parenthood. Bon appetit!