Since Annabelle moved up to the “Toddler” status, our supplies for feeding the Princess has changed drastically. Since she was EBF (exclusively breastfed), all we ever needed to have in the house was ME or a bag of frozen milk and a Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottle. Then she moved onto eating baby food – and supplies for baby food was simple too. We needed a bib, organic food pouches, and a baby spoon.
Now… now feeding time has become quite tricky. A toddler needs all sorts of supplies for feeding time. First off, we need a variety of toddler friendly dairy free foods.
Toddler Feeding Habits Change So Quickly
Annabelle does not like to eat the same thing every day. She may act like she loves peas three nights in a row, but on the fourth night, she will throw them across the room and demand something different. She spent three weeks eating nothing but dairy free grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, and then suddenly acted like we were feeding her dog poop. Thankfully, we can never go wrong with a Plum organic food pouch or a spoonful of peanut butter.
Utensils:We have tried so many different utensils, but found that she likes to use a small plastic spoon and a mostly plastic fork with metal prongs. Annabelle hasn’t quite mastered a fork entirely, but she is getting good at it. She likes for us to stab her food first and then she puts it in her mouth.
Bib: We like for Annabelle to wear a bib with a pouch to catch the food she drops when trying to use her fork. OXO Tot makes a bib that easily wipes clean and you can roll it up for travel. There are plenty of other brands of plastic bibs with pouches too though!
Dishes: As for bowls and plates, anything that suctions to her high chair tray, or has a plastic grip on the bottom, is the best. When there is a suction cup on the bottom of her dish, she cannot whip it across the room. When there is a plastic grip, the bowl/plate doesn’t slide around while she tries to scoop up her food. My mother in law has these Suction Bowls and they are great.
Drinking Cups: Annabelle loves anything with a straw. She really loves a sippy cup that has a straw and two handles, so she can dump it upside down all over the house. Target makes a new Straw Sippy Cup with Handles for every holiday and season. We also use the Nuby No-Spill Cup with Flexi Straw at baby school.
Note: Making the transition from bottle to sippy cup can be difficult. I have read great reviews about the Thinkbaby No Spill Sippy Cup.