As I wrap up the last week of editing my book (there are three rounds of editing– this is the last one!), I’m feeling a little burned-out on recipes at the moment. The editing of the manuscript has actually been pretty minor, so most of this work is self-imposed. I’m doing a final round of recipe-testing, to make sure that every single recipe is PERFECT before it goes to print! This means I’ve been testing ridiculously minor things, like if my brownie recipe is better with one or two less tablespoons of oil, or if a salad needs 1/2 teaspoon more lemon juice to brighten up the flavor. Hopefully this perfectionism will pay off in the form of a cookbook that is full of easy recipes that are guaranteed to turn out deliciously every time!
(The photo shoot for my book is also happening this week, so I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks on Instagram if you care to take a look.)
For a change of pace, I thought take a moment to share some of our favorite baby feeding essentials up to this point. There was a time when I didn’t think my son would ever eat real food, but I’m happy to say that he’s finally becoming quite the eater!
I’ve been lucky to benefit from the experience of my friends and family members’ recommendations when it comes to all things baby, so I thought I’d pass along the tools we’ve had success using so far.
These glass mason jars are nothing fancy, but I love this 4-ounce size for storing homemade purees. Since the metal lids can rust quickly, I’ve started using these plastic lids, instead. (These lids are BPA-free, but I do try to make sure the plastic doesn’t come into contact with the food, just to be on the safe side.)
I received a set of these spoons as a gift from a fellow mom friend at my baby shower, and they’re our favorites! They are BPA-, phthalate-, and pvc-free, and the shape of the spoon seems to make feeding a fidgety baby easier. In a pinch, we’ll also use our small metal spoons from Crate & Barrel, similar to this one. Since spoons also double as “toys” in this house, we go through a lot of them in a day!
Our boy bites and chews on everything these days, so I’m not quite comfortable with him using our glass straws yet. My sister-in-law told me about these silicone straws, and they work great! They made the process of teaching him how to drink from a straw easy, and just like the spoons, they are also one of his favorite toys!
We skipped sippy cups entirely and jumped straight into using straw cups, as this is what some speech pathologists recommend to avoid potential toddler speech problems.
This Thermos bottle is my favorite straw cup that we’ve found! The bottle is stainless steel with a silicone straw, and when the lid is on, it’s completely leak-proof! Much better than this OXO cup we tried first… which leaked everywhere.
I’ve tried two different blenders for making baby food so far. For a while, I was using the Tribest Mason Jar Blender, which conveniently blends the food directly in a glass storage container of your choice! Sadly, after washing the blade attachment in the dishwasher too often, the rubber ring in the blade lid broke, and now it leaks all over the place when I try to use it. Major bummer. I’m going to contact the company to see if they’ll replace that attachment for me, but in the meantime I’ve been using the Vitamix for our baby food making needs.
Not surprisingly, the Vitamix makes smoother baby food– the only difference is that I have to make larger batches than I did using the mason jar blender. Now that our son is eating more, that’s actually a good idea, anyway!
Other than that, we don’t use many other bells and whistles when it comes to feeding time. We tried using bibs, but they are too distracting for our son and he pretty much refuses to eat while wearing one. So, he eats shirtless instead, which makes for easier cleanup. We don’t use any dishes or trays, either. He either eats directly off our counter when sitting in my favorite table chair, or he eats off the tray attached to his high chair.
Reader Feedback: I’d love to hear about your feeding favorites! Let me know if I’m missing out on anything good!