Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Favorite Baby Products: Feeding Edition

Here are a handful of products that I consider essential for feeding the twins, thus far...
Dr. Brown's bottles
1.  Dr. Brown's bottles
Now, bottles are really based on baby's preference, but these are the ones my boys took to the best.  Zachary struggled with reflux and had gulping/swallowing issues early on, but these bottles helped train him the best.  The blue straw part helps keep the air out when they swallow. They come in 4 and 8 oz sizes. Ironically, these are the bottles with the most parts to wash, but oh well!   Which brings me to...
Boon Grass drying rack
2.  Boon Grass drying rack
Oh man.  This has been a life saver.  When the boys are off the bottle, I think my countertop will miss this thing.  We have the flowers and twig accessories, on which I dry nipples and other parts. When I was pumping, I dried my pump parts on here, too.  The grass comes off the tray, so you can wash and dry the actual grass every so often.  I have washed many a bottle and even more parts this past year. Thankful for this product!  It's so cute, too, so it's not an eyesore sitting on your counter for several months a year or so.

Aden + Anais burpy bibs

3.  Aden + Anais burpy bibs
Thank you to Ashleigh for these!  She sent me these as a gift telling me they were great--and they are!  We used (and still use) a LOT of burp cloths around here with Zachary being refluxy and spitting up constantly until about 7 months.  These are my favorites, hands down.  Of course you get the great muslin material that A+A use for their blankets, but also, you can snap these unto baby.  So I started using them when I drop them at the church nursery so if they go in the exersaucer, they can't chew on it.  (Gross). When it snaps on, they look like they're at the barber :)  Also, it's contoured so that when mom wears it on her shoulder, it form fits around her neck.  Smart.

4.  IKEA antilop highchair
At first I thought I wanted really nice, wooden highchairs (a la Eddie Bauer), but when it came down to it, money mattered, and those can be pretty pricey.  So when I found these (I noticed a couple of twin moms on instagram had them), I was sold.  They're only TWENTY DOLLARS!  And you can easily wipe them/spray them/hose them down.  Another thing I love about them is that they have a very small footprint, and when you have 2 highchairs in your kitchen, that's important.  You can take the tray off and the children can join you at the table... this doesn't work for us, though, because we have a high kitchen island, not a table.

Ok, this is another twinstagram find, and I love it!!  These mats are made of high-quality, FDA-approved silicone, and they suction flatly to your table or surface.  The bummer is that they don't fit on the tray of the IKEA highchair, but what I realized is, these are perfect to bring when we eat out.  They go in the dishwasher, can stack on top of each other, and are just cool.  I'm so glad I got one for each babe.  

There are a bunch of silicone bibs out there, but I found these to be some of the best!  They're soft and bendy, and the whole bib is made of silicone, so I can throw them in the sink or dishwasher after feeding.  The crumb catcher really does catch a lot of food--trust me, I have 2 little boys who drop a LOT of bites.  

So, we're still working on transitioning from the bottle to the sippy, so I'm definitely one to talk on this sippy cup situation... but of all the cups I have bought and tried, these have worked the best.  They really are no leak, and the boys are able to easily suck out of the straw, through the valve.  It has a lid, too, so you can keep the straw (somewhat) clean when not in use.  I say somewhat because the cup is on the ground and rolling around before I have time to put the lid on.  Ha.  

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