Twinfant Tuesday: Feeding Utensils 101

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Feeding Utensils 101My twins’ first experience with solid foods was around the 6 month mark. Since then, I’ve had more than my share of of hits and misses when it comes to buying their bowls, cups and other feeding utensils.

I used to think it was just a matter of walking into a store and grabbing the cutest cup/bowl I could find. No siree! I quickly learnt the lesson that you can easily waste spend an embarrassing amount on sippy cups and bowls if you start off on the wrong leg.

To date, I know we may have gone through up to 40+ sippy cups (TWINS!) and probably the same number of bowls and plates. If I had to do it again, here’s what I wish I would have known:

  1. Plates and bowls – Should be microwaveable if you make and freeze your own baby food.  When I had bowls that couldn’t go in the microwave, I would have to defrost the foods in ceramic bowls before transferring to the babies’ bowls. For me, it was just additional dish washing that I would have preferred to avoid.
  2. Bowls – To suction or not? Yes babies have a tendency to grab their bowls, wave them in the air (because they really don’t care!) and create a food shower. Bowls with suctions on the bottom can reduce the frequency of this occurrence BUT the thing with suction bowls is that the ones with permanently attached suctions are not microwaveable.
  3. Sippy cups – Valves or no valves? There is a place for both. I recommend no-valves for when the babies are just learning to drink and don’t have enough suction power to overcome the valves.
  4. Sippy cups – What type valve? The Playtex sippy range has a valve system that consists of 2 joined pieces of rubber that fit into the spout and air hole. Guess what? My babies have really strong arms and enjoy banging their cups against the high chair tray. A few hard knocks and the valve becomes dislodged making the cup spill-proof no more. The Phillips-Avent type spouts have a different, less leaky mechanism but they are hard to suck out of. It’s a trade-off.
  5. Sippy cups – Handles or no? To eliminate problem highlighted in #4, I started using the Take and Toss Spill Proof Cups that do not come with handles.
  6. High chairs – Full versus booster? If floor space is an issue, then go for the booster type that attach to normal chairs.
  7. High chairs – Cloth versus plastic? No matter how easy to clean the cloth material is, the high chair is still going to be a grimy mess. Plastic can be wiped clean, cloth has to be laundered. Consider your laundry tolerance when choosing a high chair.
  8. High chairs – Tray washability. A lot of high chairs now boast of trays that are dishwasher safe. The problem is that those trays are not however dishwasher sized. The trays on the highchairs I’ve had did not fit into the dishwasher or the sink. If you really want to be washing the tray in the dishwasher, shop with a tape measure.
  9. Spoons’ bowl size. When the babies started solids around 5 months, some of those cute spoons had bowls that were too wide to fit into their mouths. My recommendation, start off buying spoons with smaller, tapered bowls.
  10. Washcloth. Regardless of what utensils you buy, an easy-to-clean washcloth is the cornerstone of your solids-feeding arsenal because ovens come with a self-cleaning button, babies do not.

One more free tip: Just because a baby can use a spoon, doesn’t mean you should leave them alone with a bowl of yogurt

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Yetunde is the proud mom of twin girls, affectionately nicknamed Sugar and Spice.  She blogs at mytwintopia and has officially learnt to never take her eyes off twin babies with yogurt.

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Yetunde-Olusola was born, raised and married in Lagos Nigeria, had twin girls in Houston, Texas and is currently raising them in Calgary, Canada while balancing an engineering career on the side. So I guess if you had to put a label on that you can say she's an expat, working mother of Sugar and Spice (The Twins). She started blogging at mytwintopia blog when her twin girls were born and loves to share tips and resources based on her personal parenting experiences in the hopes that she stops some frazzled twin parent from re-inventing the wheel. She doesn't do a lot of crafts and recipes and tends to be fairly concise with words. She blames all that on her introverted alter-ego.

5 thoughts on “Twinfant Tuesday: Feeding Utensils 101”

  1. Oh, that picture is priceless!!! And we have one that looks almost exactly like it, down to the bowls! :) :)

    This may be controversial, but I have to note that I don’t put any plastic in the microwave. The thought of it creeps me out. I try not to store food in plastic, either. It creates extra dishes, granted, but I feel much safer about using glass for storing and heating.

    We, too, tried SO many types of sippy cups. I would hate to know how much I spent! My advice to other mamas is to buy only one of each type — forgo the bundle savings! — until you find one that works for your kiddos. And, each kiddo may have a different preference. It was almost maddening for me, but we finally landed on Nuby straw cups. Our girls never did figure out the sippy cup mechanism. 😉

    Great post, as always!

    1. Not controversial… over the last few years I’ve slowly got rid of most of my kitchen plastics and have been embracing the no “plastics in microwave” policy as well. Not yet 100% but getting there :)

  2. Yes! Hilarious picture!
    All my little ones do well with straws… I, however, don’t prefer them because I think the stupid little straw is impossible to clean. So, we use the Nuby straw cups for water only. And anything else they’re either on an adult-held open cup with disposable straw, or (I’m working on) the Take and Toss.
    They are also still drinking milk from a bottle at 14 months though. They don’t seem to want to transition to anything else for their early morning and bedtime milk. I’m so sick of handwashing those things (I don’t think the dishwasher gets them clean). Any suggestions?

    1. It took us for-ev-er to transition out of bottles…as I said, our girls wanted NOTHING to do with sippy cups. When we finally went to the straw cups, we did so gradually, the “least important” drinking occasion first. Bedtime was the last bottle to go.

      For us, once I was confident in my girls’ ability to drink from the straw cups, it was just a matter of forcing the issue. If they really want that milk, they’ll take it how you give it to them. 😉

      I DO NOT MISS WASHING ALL THOSE LITTLE PARTS!!! We’ve been using regular glasses for the last few months, and it’s HEAVENLY! 😉

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