As our twins are now in their 5th month of eating solids, we have tried many different products to aid in this new adventure. I can’t say that all of them have been great products for our family, but we have certainly tried a lot. Now that we are getting to the sippy cup and finger food stage, an even bigger world of baby food products is now open to us!
Making Baby Food
We started this journey by making our own purees of simple foods (bananas, sweet potatoes, peas, etc.). We started by using the INFANTINO STEAM AND SMUSH, but it was simply too small to handle all of the food that we were making for two babies, so we upgraded to a larger microwaveable steamer. We then pureed all of the food in our RECONDITIONED VITAMIX BLENDER (thanks to a great Groupon coupon).
Freezing Baby Food
To freeze the food we made, we have tried a few different products. Originally, we received the KIINDE FOODII STARTER KIT (which I reviewed here), and I liked it, but it did have some faults (spills and not transfering all of the food over to the pouches were the main issues), so we also shopped around. I then tried out the INFANTINO SQUEEZE STATION, which looked amazing on the video. Unfortunately, there was quite a learning curve to this, and it just didn’t make sense for us to use it. It’s too much clean-up, too small pouches (about 4 oz compared to the 6 oz from the Foodii kit), and too much work! Finally, we decided to try ice cube trays with tops (FRESH BABY SO EASY STORAGE TRAYS), and we love this! We can easily scoop our purees into these, freeze them, and then put the 1-ingredient frozen cubes (about 1 oz each) in a container in the freezer until we are ready to thaw them and use them.
On the Go Eating
While we are out and about, it is too difficult to deal with keeping our homemade baby food cold, so we opt for organic pouches, such as PLUM ORGANICS. We also love to give the twins other snack foods to help them learn to feed themselves. Our current favorites are WAGON WHEELS, YOGURT MELTS, CHEERIOS, and MUM MUMS.
In an effort to get the babies ready for drinking out of cups, we have been working on them using sippy cups for a couple of months. We have tried a few out, and there are benefits to all of them (and I’m sure we will use them all in different stages). Here at The Wise Baby, we have also done a run-down of sippy cups, which may be helpful. I used that when we started looking at cups, but here are my thoughts and experiences.
We started with the TOMMEE TIPPEE EXPLORA TRAINER CUP, but it was a little too difficult for the twins to figure out how to get the water out at the early stage of their cup training. We liked the handles and the hard nipple (so they weren’t confused with the bottle nipples), but there were a ton of parts to clean and it didn’t seem like the twins had much interest.
The next one we tried (and which became our favorites) were the NUBY CLIK-IT GRIP N’ SIP cups. Although they had a softer silicone nipple, we loved that it is spill proof, easy-to-clean, and has great kid-friendly handles. We wish the handles could be removed, but if that is the only negative, that is fine.
We also received four cups from the new Disney Sippy Cups line from The First Years (Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Never Land Pirates). One thing that I love about all of the cups from The First Years is that they have interchangeable lids (which is helpful when you have quite a lot of lids in all colors floating around your cabinets). They are insulated and quite sturdy. They have already withstood drops from the stroller, being kicked around the splash park, and being thrown during a never-ending game of Toss the Food. While getting a couple bumps and scratches, they are still in great shape. While the twins haven’t fallen in love with these characters (yet), I know how popular they are, and I’m excited that we have them in our line-up. Although I was initially worried that the twins wouldn’t be able to suck the water out of them, they seem to have no problem getting what they need without spilling all over themselves. They are also a great, larger size, which will last us a while into the future.
Plates and Silverware
We are just getting to the point where we are letting Audrey and David feed themselves, but we are nowhere near letting them use a plate regularly during meals. We were happy, however, to receive a matching plate/bowl/fork/spoon set from The First Years to go along with our sippy cups (again with Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Never Land Pirates). These are so adorable! Right now we are using them in the playroom for sorting and working on motor-skill development (picking up Cheerios and moving them from one section to the next). One thing that I wish, however, is that the different patterns were stackable.
Phew! I know this is quite the list of products, but it by no means even begins to cover all that is out there! What are your favorite baby food products?
While we purchased many of these items, we received some of these for free to review. We would never accept money for a product review, and all of our opinions are our own.