In our twins’ 21 months, we have used countless feeding products, and we have talked about so many of them here on The Wise Baby. We’ve spent countless trips to the store and money on different gear and choices. Looking back over everything, these were our favorites:
- Cloth bibs: When your child is only ingesting liquids (milk and then pureed foods), you need to have a fabric bib. Save money and just buy cheap terry cloth bibs in bulk. That way you can easily wash them and be ready for the next meal (aka milk bath).
- Silicone bibs: Once your toddler starts feeding herself, invest in just 1 silicone bib. Our favorite (by leaps and bounds) is the Make My Day bib (as featured in this roundup post). It cleans easier than ANY other silicone bib, and the twins are just so adorable in their jewels and bowtie.
- Sippy cups: Ah, the big question… which sippy? Our favorite by far has been the 360 cup by Munchkin. Seriously, there is no beating it. No spills (unless someone powerfully spikes the milk to the ground), they are so easy to wash, and they last much longer than other sippies on the market.
- Plates: Although we get the occasional spill, we highly encourage just purchasing inexpensive plastic toddler plates. My mom found some pig and monkey toddler plates at the grocery store, and she brought them to us (similar to the discontinued Gerber toss-able plates). Just make sure that you get a set that all stack together. If they can’t stack, it’s not worth buying it. We have also enjoyed using our EZPZ Happy Mat (featured in this post), although our toddlers have stopped throwing plates on the ground as much as they used to, so this isn’t always necessary.
- Utensils: While we started with plastic utensils, we have now found that toddler-sized metal utensils actually work better for our twins’ growing hands. That being said, I don’t regret at all having three different versions of utensils: rubber-tipped spoons then plastic spoons and forks and now metal.
You can see some of our other feeding essentials from just about a year ago (when our twins were just 10 months old) in this post.
In the end, however, every single child is different. I can say from experience: what worked for David did not always work for Audrey (and vice versa). These are just my recommendations and favorites, but hopefully they can give you an idea of what has worked for us.