Now that the boys are less like babies and more like toddlers, we have a whole new set of favorite mealtime feeding supplies. These are all products that in some way make mealtime easier, more pleasant, and more productive. Especially with twins, it’s very important to have supplies that can help when you’re short on extra hands.
Ezpz Mats – I would recommend these to anyone with kids. The mats actually do stick to the table, and the food compartments are sturdy enough to withstand the force of toddlers. Without these, I’m constantly trying to hold plates on the table. I researched the best placemat/plate combos, and this was the winner. The mats are made from 100% food grade silicone so they’re as safe as it gets. Also, they’re dishwasher safe.
Bibs – We tried at least 10 different brands and styles of bibs. Fabric vs. plastic. Gutter vs. no gutter. Wide vs. narrow. Sleeves vs. sleeveless. After our field test, I’m confident in saying that these bibs are our clear winner. They stay on. They’re easy to clean. They catch almost all of the fallen food. They’re as good as it gets.
Bumbo Booster Seat – We used highchairs for a few months, but switched over to booster seats around 13 months of age. They seem to like the extra space and sitting at the big table. The Bumbo booster seat straps onto any chair with a back, so we made sure to use a chair that was easy to wipe down.
Take & Toss Cups – We had a friend over one night who has 2 kids older than ours. I asked her how she gives the kids milk without it being a huge mess and/or using a sippy cup that’s impossible to keep mold out of. She recommended these cups. I bought a few on Amazon, and I can report back that they are awesome! They really don’t spill (unless you spike it like a football on the floor, which we’ve obviously tried). They’re dishwasher safe and have only a cup, lid and straw. That means you can ensure that there isn’t water trapped in little areas building mold. At less than $1 per cup, these are a wonderful addition to mealtime.
Re-Play Bowls – These are simple bowls. I love using them for prepping baby foods, and I occasionally put them on the table. They’re made from recycled milk jugs and are very light. If they hit the floor, no harm no foul. I have been using them more and more to help the kids learn to use a spoon. Pro tip: black beans are a great food to learn to use a spoon with. As with all things I buy, these are dishwasher safe.
Constructive Eating – This utensil and plate set is just adorable. If you need to make mealtime fun (or you need a great gift idea), pick up a set of these. Vroom vroom here go the peas into your mouth!