Toddlers make mealtime interesting, that’s for sure! While I’m a firm believer that kids don’t need much stuff to be happy, there are definitely some things that can make your life easier as a mom, especially when it comes to feeding your toddler.
These genius toddler feeding products will make your life so much easier! I have twin toddlers at my house and use so many of these. I wish I’d discovered them when my older kids were small.
The EZPZ Happy Mat is a must-have for moms of toddlers. If you have a toddler, you’ve probably had a plate or two thrown on the floor. The EZPZ mat suctions to the table and gives you a wide surface area to keep food mess contained. Think of it as a toddler plate and placemat in one. These even fit in the dishwasher (which is good, because I literally put everything in the dishwasher, whether it’s dishwasher safe or not).
My twins ask for their Happy Mats at every single meal. These come in a bowl version too if you want that as an option.
As moms of toddlers, you know if one food touches another food it is officially garbage, right? It’s a proven fact. If you want to avoid the dreaded “touching of food” these handy little food cubbies are a lifesaver!
These go on any plate and can be arrange to separate whatever food your toddler can’t handle touching anything else.
We all have those days where you just don’t have the energy to come up with a toddler-friendly meal so you throw something together that just ends up being thrown on the floor. We get it. Toddlers are hard. The Super Healthy Kids Meal Plan Membership is here to save your sanity.
I WISH the Super Healthy Kids Meal Plan Membership had been around when my big kids were little. I spent so much mental energy trying to come up with things my kids would eat. These ladies (both dietitians) have come up with amazing meal plans that are proven toddler favorites and it works out to under $2 a week! You’ll save WAY more than that on groceries just by having a plan.
My toddlers have one goal when they wake up in the morning — to use as many cups as humanly possible. I swear we do full dishwasher loads of JUST cups. Stop your kids from using dozens of cups a day (and eliminate the cup clutter from your kitchen counter) with these hangable cups from Puj. These come in such cute colors (assign each kid a color so you know which cup belongs to who) and you can hang them right on the fridge so you always know where they are.
Some foods are just tricky for toddlers to hold. The Sandwiches ‘N More Toddler Utensil makes it easy for toddlers to hold anything from tacos to sandwiches. With big grippy handles on either side, this neat little tools is perfectly designed for toddler hands.
This sure beats my little concoction I built out of tin foil I used to make to help my kids eat tacos.
You’ve seen those great little baby food pouches. They are perfect for snacking on the go, especially for toddlers who are always hungry. The only downside is they can get pricey, especially when you have older toddlers who go through several in a sitting!
The Squeasy Snacker is the perfect solution! You can fill them with your own food (think bulk applesauce or smoothies) and have them ready to go when you need them. We used these with my twins and they were fantastic. These were our regular mealtime go-to because I just didn’t have enough hands to feed them both at the same time. These let my twins feed themselves!
Toddlers are super visual. Why not make it easier for them to make healthy food choices? This divided toddler plate has images of each of the major food groups to help your toddler learn to make healthy choices and portion correctly. Created by the amazing ladies behind the popular blog Super Healthy Kids, these plates have been a great tool to help picky eaters learn healthier habits.
Eating out with a toddler is always tricky. There are so many things to consider, including whether you should bring your own bib or hope that the restaurant you are going to has one there. If you bring your own, which seems like the smartest choices, ultimately you are going to have to pack that slimy bib back into your diaper bag so you can take it home . . . and we all know that you are going to forget it is there until you reach into your bag to get your keys and come out with a handful of mashed potatoes.
This neat little travel bib from b.box not only keeps your toddler (mostly) clean, but lets you zip up the mess into a completely contained little pouch when you are done. Genius!
Toddlers love popsicles but regular popsicles are just too big for toddler-sized hands. The Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Frozen Pop Tray molds are the perfect size for toddler hands and a great tool to help you make some healthy treats your toddler will love. Use these to freeze leftover green smoothies, applesauce, or fruit juice. We use these to make breastmilk popsicles for younger babies. With toddlers, you can get creative and come up with some fun treats!
You put a bib on your toddler, why not your highchair? This innovative highchair bib may look a little silly but it does a great job keeping food off your floor. I hate cleaning up under my highchair with a passion so anything that helps keep food off the floor is a winner in my book.
Make mealtime playtime with this great combo set from Constructive Eating. This fun set lets kids turn any meal into a pretend play activity. Let your toddler shovel mashed potatoes, scoop up peas and more. The shape of the plate actually makes it easier for toddlers to scoop their food, vs. a round plate where they wind up chasing food around with a spoon.
Finding a booster seat that doesn’t look completely out of place in your kitchen, damage your dining room chairs, or collect food underneath it is a huge challenge. Why not use your regular chairs? The Kaboost Booster Seat goes on the bottom of any chair and raises the chair up. This puts your toddler at table height without adding a (potentially hard to clean) booster seat to the top.
Not only is this silicone placemat from modern-twist super easy to clean, it’s also an adorable way to keep your toddler busy during mealtime. Let your toddler color while waiting for dinner to be finished (or while waiting for everyone else to finish when he’s decided he doesn’t like what you’ve made) then clean it off and having it ready to go for the next meal.
This silicone placemat comes in several styles and rolls up for easy storage.
Is your toddler not quite ready to give up the sippy cup but you don’t want to take it with you when you go out to eat? Silikid’s Silicone Straw Tops are going to be your new best friend. Just slide these over any glass cup and you have a spill-proof straw cup ready for your toddler to enjoy. This also works great at home and saves you from dealing with ten million parts on your old sippy cups.
Want to protect your floors and make mealtime clean up easier? Of course you do! Why not do it in style. These bonded leather highchair mats from Gathre are the perfect way to do it. These come in some fantastic color options and have a fantastic high-end look. These mats are so versatile. When you are done with the high chair stage, you won’t have a problem finding a new use for it.