1. Fisher-Price Healthy Care High Chair– We love this high chair, which was recommended by our best friends, because it sits on top of your normal dining room chairs so it doesn’t take up any more real estate. You can easily take it off when you need an extra chair, and you can even rinse the whole thing off in the sink. The price can’t be beat at $25.90. Although I love the Stokke Tripp Trapp, this whole seat comes in at little more than 10% the cost of the Tripp Trapp.2.) Tomme Tippee Explora Bib– these bibs are great because they can be easily rinsed off in the sink and will be dry by the next meal time. We tried Mimi the Sardine bibs but they wouldn’t dry as easily, Baby Bjorn bibs are also good but they were too long for when B was little.
3.) Ikea Kladd Prickar Bib– My sister calls these Hazmat Eating Suits. These Ikea bibs work so well for the full-contact eating days when you don’t want to give the baby a full bath after each meal. Although it does have the dreaded velcro, I usually just rinse it in the sink, so it is not as much of a problem in the laundry.
4.) Munchkin Silicone Spoons– These spoons are nice for the just starting solids days, when the baby wants to gum everything because they are really soft. I also felt better about scraping food off her face with such a soft spoon. We don’t use them as much anymore; but, they were in full rotation six months ago.
5.) Munchkin Plastic Spoons– These are so cheap! Although they aren’t as soft as #4, we still use them a bunch today. We even stashed a few at my in-laws house and my parents’ so B has silverware everywhere she eats.
6.) Take ‘n Toss Sippy Cups– So originally I was against these because I wasn’t sure how good they were; but, B prefers them over Nuby and Munchkin Sippy cups because they are easier to get milk out of. They are inexpensive and easy to clean. We use these only at meal times for milk. They also don’t spill as much as the Nuby cups in my opinion because the top doesn’t break off. B would throw her Nuby sippy cup and the top would fall off. These are not perfect but are much better.
7.) Zoli Bot Sippy Cup– We use this all the time because I have heard that straws are better for speech development from several speech pathologists and occupational therapists. Because I get a bit queasy thinking about milk getting stuck in the straw, we only use this for water. The weight at the bottom of the straw is a nice feature because B can flip the think upside down and still get water. I have also heard great things about the Lollacup but it is a bit more expensive.
8.) Oxo Tot Fork and Spoon Set– We just started using this set of silverware for B during meal times because she showed interest in using ours. I have used the Playtex silverware as well, and this set is much nicer. It scoops and holds food much better than other silverware sets I have used. We have two sets because I feel that it is worth the money.
9.) Green Toys Cornstarch Bowls– Even with all the plastic we use above, I still in theory like to avoid using as much of it as I can, especially when I don’t feel like it is a sacrifice. I felt that with a bowl, it was an opportunity to use another material that is more eco-friendly. The price is not too bad, obviously not as cheap as Munchkin but it is not plastic. It is pretty big so it will last awhile.
10.) Bumkins Splat Mat– Since our only table is our dining room table, and we have a rug underneath it, I started placing this under B’s chair. It isn’t perfect, and I wish it was bigger but when she was 6-9 months old and food would go everywhere, this was helpful to keep it out of the rug. I just wiped it down in place after each meal.