7 Time-Saving Tools That Help You Switch Your Baby to Solid Food
It’s time to start solid foods with your baby (hooray!). You want your tot to have a wide-ranging palate (read: not a picky eater), so you’re excited to introduce your little one to all sorts of good foods like creamy avocado, naturally sweet bananas and fresh carrots. You’ve bookmarked several homemade baby food websites and pinned some healthy recipes for babies, but now you don’t where to begin and are considering making a baby food cocktail to chillax. For reals. As a mom to twin girls, I try to be as efficient as possible. Here are some of my favorite time-saving tools to help make healthy food for your babies.
1. OXO Tot Mash Maker Baby Food Mill ($25): As a working mom, I wanted to make healthy food for my girls in my beloved Vitamix. Fast forward to when I actually have time to make food — after they go to bed. Um, not a great time to cue up the blender! Enter a hand-powered baby food mill. You can easily and quietly mash up any type of food with a few cranks. Add a little water, breast milk or formula to make any food more pureed.
2. OXO Tot Baby Food Freezer Tray ($10): I find it’s easier to make a batch of baked sweet potatoes (or whatever I’m cooking) and freeze it than make fresh food every single day. I love these freezer trays that hold six one-ounce cubes of food. The silicone lid keeps food from getting freezer burn or other freezer food smells. When the trays are full, I put them in a bigger freezer-safe container for storage.
3. Baby Bullet Storage System ($20): I love that these little happy storage cups (complete with smiley faces) come with a turn dial to mark the date that you put the food in the container, because I can barely remember what I did in the morning, let alone when I made my girls’ food. The storage containers hold up to two ounces of food and are super easy to clean — nothing gets stuck in there.
4. FarmBox ($52): While I’d ideally love to buy all my veggies and fruits that I make for girls at my local farmers’ market, I don’t have a ton of time to do that. FarmBox, which was recently acquired by GrubMarket and is set to go national, delivers high quality, fresh produce to my doorstep. I opt for the every-two-weeks basket, which is plenty of good eats for a family of four.
5. Freezer-Safe Food Labels ($5): You probably know by now that moms have foggy brains, or at least I do. When I make batches of food for my girls, I like to use these freezer-safe, easy-to-remove food labels so I can remember when and what I made. You don’t want to hold up a bag of green-colored cubes of food and not remember what they were!
6. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder ($4): When you’ve got little ones, you have to double check that foods aren’t choking hazards. This mesh feeder allows you to give your baby organic blueberries or mango slices without worrying about them choking. Or if your tot is teething (which is *the worst*), you can stick in a frozen cube of breastmilk or some frozen peas for them to gnaw on and numb those sore gums.
7. BabyBjorn Soft Bib 2-Pack ($22): Well-meaning folks will gift you all sorts of cute bibs that you’ll love, but when you’re starting out with solid foods, your baby is going to wear most of what they’re eating. These soft bibs are suuuper easy to clean. They catch crumbs, fallen carrot puree and sometimes little spoons. You’ll be thankful you have them in your life!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)