Best of Baby 2015: Feeding
Nourishing baby is something all parents obsess about as soon as baby’s born into the world. From bottles that reduce gas and make-your-own baby food processors to tasty first foods and the mother of all high chairs, here are our top picks for meal time.
High Chairs: Inglesina Zuma
From form, function to safety, this high chair is hard to beat. Designed for children three months to three years, the five-point harness becomes even more of a plus once baby hits toddlerhood. What we love:
- Choices! Twelve colors and eight different height positions to accommodate almost any table
- Washable seat pad and snack tray
Buy it: $280, Toysrus.com
High Chairs: Summer Infant Bentwood
Best Classic Choice
Finally, a high chair to match your kitchen table. The wood finish is a welcome change from the plastic baby gear already all over your house. What we love:
- A three-position recline and four-position height adjustment give you plenty of versatility
- Want to match your other decor? The comfy replacement seat pads come in five different colors
Buy it: $160, Amazon.com
High Chairs: phil&teds lobster
Lightweight, compact and super easy to use, the Lobster literally has two “claws” that clamp onto any table top, which makes it a favorite for travel. What we love:
- Genius foldaway design lets you throw it into most stroller baskets — yes, it’s that compact
Buy it: $80, BuyBuyBaby.com
High Chairs: Mamas & Papas Baby Bud
Best Booster Seat
Don’t let its small profile fool you: this three-stage seat grows with baby from six months to up to three years. It securely straps on to standard kitchen chairs, so you can skip the standard high chair. What we love:
- Remove that snack tray, and you have a comfy seat to help keep baby upright for play time
Buy it: $48, Toysrus.com
Bottles: MAM Anti-Colic
Best for Colic
Who knew bottles could be so high tech? A ventilation system at the base creates a smoother milk flow, reducing the air swallowed by baby (so you can say goodbye to gas). And if you’re making the transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, the Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple will help.
Buy it: $15 for 3, Toysrus.com
Bottles: Mixie Baby
Best for Formula
If you’ve ever had to mix baby formula on the go, you know it can be a messy affair. The solution: Mixie’s air-tight compartment holds formula powder right inside the bottle. When it’s feeding time, push a button to release the powder into the water and simply shake to combine. No pouring, no mess.
Buy it: $20, Toysrus.com
Bottles: Born free
Best Glass Bottle
This classic glass bottle is a go-to for moms who prefer glass (BPA-free and PVC-free) over plastic. The ActiveFlow venting system helps reduce colic and gas as well as let baby control the milk flow — which mimics closely to how baby breastfeeds.
Buy it: $10, Toysrus.com
Teethers: Munchkin Twisty Teether Ball
Teething might be a pain, but this teether offers a fun diversion for baby: it’s a rattle! A ball! A chew toy with 10 different textures! Who knew you could develop fine motor skills while soothing gums?
Buy it: $4, BuyBuyBaby.com
Teethers: Zoli Baby Bunny Teether
This teether may not have a ton of bells and whistles, but the dual nubs are all you need to soothe hard-to-reach molars. It’s especially easy to grip for little fingers.
Buy it: $10, Amazon.com
Teethers: MAM Mini Cooler
Best for Soothing
Toss this in the freezer, and the water-filled cooling piece offers instant relief for a fussy baby dealing with tender gums. And while many teethers on the market are intended for six months and up, this one can be used starting at two months old. And the clip will keep it secure (and within reach) on the most fidgety babies.
Buy it: $7, Amazon.com
Teethers: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe
Like many desirable things in life — croissants, Chanel — Sophie is French. She’s been delighting babies for 40 years and her popularity grows with each passing year. Her chewy body, cute look and adorable squeak all add up to her je ne sais quoi appeal. What we love:
- She’s made of 100 percent natural rubber and food paint
Buy it: $25, Toysrus.com
Sippy Cups: Piyo Piyo Easy Reach Sippy
Best Training Cup
Don’t be fooled by the cuteness; this training cup is 100 percent innovative. A weighted ball at the end of the straw ensures baby gets every last drop of liquid. Mission hydration completed.
Buy it: $13, Amazon.com
Sippy Cups: Boon Fluid
Parents who love modern design will fall for this sleek, handleless cup.The streamlined design and angled spout mean less head tipping and easier sipping.
Buy it: $7, Toysrus.com
Sippy Cups: Lansinoh mOmma Spill-proof Sippy Cup
This fun cup rocks back and forth but promises not to spill. The soft dual handles keep the bottle in his grasp, while the silicone spout is gentle on gums — perfect for a teething baby.
Buy it: $7, BuyBuyBaby.com
Feeding Gear: Beaba Babycook Pro 2x
Best Food Maker
The Babycook Pro just doubled its coolness. Now, you can make two meals at once (for a grand total of 9 cups of food!) but still get the same great steaming, blending and re-heating features Beaba is known for. Plus, the bowls and attachments are all dishwasher-safe.
Buy it: $200, Toysrus.com
Feeding Gear: Babymoov Turbo Steam Sterilizer
We know — it looks kind of extraterrestrial. But it does have some out-of-this world features, including being the first product to sterilize down to the core of bottles, where milk residue gets stuck. What we love:
- It sterilizes six bottles in 10 minutes flat
Buy it: $65, Diapers.com
Feeding Gear: The Silico Sili Squeeze
Traveling with pureed food just got easier with this spill-proof reusable pouch. And getting food inside the pouch isn’t hard either with the Sili Funnel.
Buy it: $16, Amazon.com
Feeding Gear: Beaba 360 Spoon
Best First Utensils
Self-feeding can be tricky. But the Beaba 360 Spoon is self-leveling, so it always remains parallel to the floor. Can we promise the food will make it to baby’s mouth? Nope. But you just greatly boosted the odds.
Buy it: $8, Amazon.com
Feeding Gear: Kiinde Twist Starter Kit
Best for Breast Milk
If you plan on breastfeeding, this all-encompassing kit streamlines (and cleans up) the process of pumping, storing and feeding. What we love:
- You can express from any pump brand directly into the storage pouches
- Need that frozen milk ASAP? Toss a pouch in the Kozii warmer, which defrosts as quickly as it steams
Buy it: $40, Toysrus.com
Food: Gerber Good Start Powder Formula
Opting for formula? Gerber Good Start is an incredibly popular choice among moms. Inspired by the composition of breastmilk, this formula uses Comfort Proteins to help with easy digestion for sensitive tummies.
Buy it: 26, Toysrus.com
Food: Happy Baby Starting Solids
Best First Food
Ready to introduce baby to their first taste of solids? These nine natural, single-ingredient purees of fruits and vegetables offer baby’s palate a fresh, organic menu.
Buy it: $2, BuyBuyBaby.com
Food: Plum Organics Super Puffs
Best First Snack
Admit it: you’ve caught yourself munching on these too. And we don’t blame you; these fruity puffs pack a healthy punch, serving up 14 vitamins and minerals. What we love:
- The puffs are the perfect size for little fingers to encourage self-feeding
Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com