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Bon appétit, bébé! {Favorite Products and Resources}

Welcome back! If you are just joining us, you can read the rest of the posts in this series here: Bon appétit, bébé! Today we’re going to talk about some of my absolute favorite things when it comes to feeding Baby (and some of the equipment you need may very well be in your kitchen cabinets already!). I’ve tried several different products and narrowed it down to the following, which fell into the “I can’t live without them” category.

making real food

Making Baby Food

carrotsDuring the season when I was making food for the babies, I quickly learned that purees weren’t always necessary and it oftentimes took me a step further in preparation. But I did enjoy making a few purees and for those I simply needed the following:

  • Blender – Any type of blender should do. No need to rush out and buy the latest item marketed to moms since most of us have a blender already! Blenders are great for things that cannot be easily smooshed with a fork (like bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes or steamed carrots).
  • Stock pot – I steamed veggies like eggplant and carrots over a large pot to freeze in big quantities.
  • Strainer – I dumped the chopped veggies into the strainer, set it in the pot of water and placed a lid over it. Makeshift, but works great and these are all items most of us have on hand!
  • Skillet – I use my skillets all.day.long. for sautéing foods.
  • Muffin pans – I would skip the ice cube trays and fill muffin pans. Once frozen, you can pop them into a Ziploc bag. You can pull out and thaw however many you’ll need for the next couple of days.

Baby Equipment

    • Bibs – I don’t know what the purpose of those tiny little cloth bibs are. Mine pulled them right off and they certainly didn’t cover the surface area I needed them to! So I began a hunt for the perfect bib. And, here’s a secret: bibs are my pet peeves. I hate wiping them off. Stuck-on food makes me gag and I wanted something I could throw in the wash, that they couldn’t yank off easily and that covered them well. I finally found Dex Dura Baby Bibs (you can find them in the sidebar on the right). They are machine-washable. They are hard for the babies to pull off. They wipe clean in between meals, if needed. And they have a built-in “tray” to catch food – that actually does catch food! I bought a ton of them and we use the same three all day and then every few days I toss them in with my laundry!
    • Jars – Let’s be real. Sometimes there are just occasions when this might be necessary. I used them when we went on road trips a lot because I wasn’t down for my babies eating fast-food! When selecting jarred baby foods, it would be best to select a line that uses no other ingredients but the actual food item. Extra ingredients are unnecessary except to preserve the contents’ shelf life to ridiculous proportions. Even ingredients like citric acid are nasties, and water is often used to stretch the amount of food in the jar. This most likely means buying organic pouches and jars – but even those labeled organic can still contain unnecessary items. From my research, I’d suggest using Plum Organics, Ella’s Kitchen and Peter Rabbit Organics.
    • Highchair – Different moms prefer different things. Many of my MoM friends use the triplet/quad feeding tables. I wanted one so badly but I found these space saver high chairs from Fisher Price and they have turned out to be wonderful (you can find them in the sidebar on the right). Oh, and did you note the price? Better still! They are easy to pack up and take on a road trip. And they truly are space savers.

bibs & high chairs

Recommended Resources

  • Wholesome Baby Food – I loved referring to this website! When I began foods at seven months, I attempted to give them a wide variety of foods to broaden their palates. This chart lists foods by age and my goal was to give them all the “new” foods during that time frame. It was helpful for me and my hubby, too, because we ended up eating foods I’d never cooked before! And it kept us from too much of the same old, same old (i.e., sweet potatoes, carrots and bananas again?)
  • EWG – The Environmental Working Group has developed a list of the dirtiest produce. These are items that are best to buy organic since the non-organic versions are either genetically modified or are covered with pesticides and grown toxically. My rule of thumb is to buy organic the items that are the 25 dirtiest and the rest (the “cleanest,” if you will) I buy non-organic.
  • Bon appétit, bébé! {series} – But, of course! =) This series is covering topics like how, when, what to feed baby. And next week the promised “Two Weeks in Two Hours!”

What are your favorite products when it comes to feeding Baby?

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Comments

  1. My favorite thing with my last was a silisqueeze; this thingy here: http://thesilico.com/proddetail.php?prod=silisqueeze

    Because I LOVED the convenience of those little squeezy pouches of pureed baby food (particularly when on-the-go, in the car, or what-have-you when it was really nice for her to be able to feed herself) but was annoyed that they were ALL fruit and no veggies (at that point – I see other purees now incorporating mixes of fruit and veg) and a lot of wasted packaging. I made a lot of my own baby food as well, and REALLY wished I had something I could use over and over again with the same convenience.

    And ta-da! Somebody sent me that link. I bought one, and it was AWESOME. It’s still sitting in a drawer somewhere and this just reminded me I promised it to a friend now that we no longer use it. Good timing!

    • Jennifer Fountain says:

      Ah! I somehow never came across those! But they look like they’d be so helpful. Boo!

      And glad I could jog your memory! :)

  2. This has been such a fantastic series. What a great resource for mama’s of little ones! Pinning and sharing on faceboook :)

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  1. […] Last week I shared that I went off a chart based on the foods “appropriate” for my babies’ age group. I mainly did this because it helped me to think outside the box and not just serve them the same ol’ same ol’. And then I checked which produce I wanted to purchase organic and which I was ok with purchasing non-organic. (Purchasing organic is often a good choice, considering the number of pesticides on – and in – our produce. However, it is a personal choice.) Then I made a meal plan, then a grocery list. Then I shopped. And prepped. Stashed it and put my feet up. Ok, well not really. There’s never much time for that, is there?? […]

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