Feeding Tuesday: Non-Spill Toddler Gyro Bowl

When I did our last roundup of the best products for feeding your toddler, I saw this interesting bowl, which is designed to help kids avoid spilling food. We haven’t used it, because we’re kind of past the point where there are accidental spills (everything now is on purpose — yay toddlers!), but it looks very interesting if you still have kids in that stage. I like the bright colors (you can also get hot pink), and the bowl is $8.99 at Amazon with free shipping (not Prime). Meidus Non-Spill Toddler Gyro Bowl

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This Working Mom’s Favorite Sippy Cups, Bowls, and Other Products for Feeding Your Toddler

My cousin’s daughter (the closest thing I have right now to a niece!) is turning one soon.  I wrote about the “baby head cold” gift I gave my cousin when her baby was born — and, because my cousin and her husband are both scientists (who are also kind of opposed to the pink/purple/princess/girly stuff), I’ve also been shipping them all of the science-themed boy clothes they might like for their daughter. But as their daughter’s first birthday approaches, I find myself wanting to get my cousin B a collection of some of the best cups and plates that we loved the best when the boys were in that stage — instead of a toy that may or may not get used. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent on Amazon and other baby stores buying products for feeding my toddler that looked like good ideas in theory but turned out to be duds! So: these were my favorite sippy cups, bowls, and more for the toddler years — which are/were yours? As working parents, what are/were your favorite products for feeding your toddlers? 

Pictured at top (random order) and discussed more thoroughly below: one / two / three / four / five / six

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Happy Tuesday: How to Store Toys in an Expedit/Kallax Shelving Unit

OK, this is a totally random recommendation today, but I’m honestly so excited, after years of pondering this issue, that I have to share. I have finally figured out a good way to store toys in our IKEA Expedit shelves. Years ago when I was in a studio I bought two 5×5 Expedit shelves, and they’ve held up through multiple moves. I could never quite figure out how to store toys in them, though — the shelves are too deep to put little toys in (they get lost) and not wide enough for big toys like Tonka trucks. I’ve tried to store toys on the shelves in clear plastic shoeboxes, but those were a poor use of space.

We finally placed a massive order at Walmart for locking storage bins (our littlest one enjoys grabbing any toy he can find and throwing/hiding them anywhere he can get to, so our previous open toy storage situation was NOT working) and OH MA GAH some of the bins fit the Expedit perfectly. IKEA still makes the shelves but has renamed them (with some modifications) the Kallax series — I will note that if you have the space, a tall tower like this one (1×4) is excellent turned on its side as a toy bench for toddlers. Anyway: the two sizes of bins that fit the best are the 15.5-qt. latching boxes (sold in sets of 4 for $17.88, pictured above with the blue latches) — you can stack two in an Expedit shelf — and these bigger 24-qt. latching boxes (buy one for $6.47, or 4 for $22 pictured above with the green latches). You can fit at least one clear shoebox inside the 15.5-qt. boxes and 2 or 3 in the 24-qt. boxes for further organization/subdivision of blocks or whatever.

(Why yes, I do go insane with my label maker, thank you for noticing.)

Postpartum Tuesday: Nylon Biker Diaper Bag

Marc Jacobs has a whole line of biker bags, and they get a lot of good reviews from customers. I kind of like the edginess on this diaper bag, and it also looks enormous, so if you’re someone who needs to carry a lot of stuff, this is for you. I also like that it’s not too fussy — I don’t think a husband or other male caregiver would complain much about having to carry this kind of bag. This is $295 at Nordstrom and has a foldable changing pad and detachable shoulder strap. Bloomingdale’s has the colorblocked version. Marc Jacobs Nylon Biker Diaper Bag

Here’s a more affordable option.

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Everyone Thursday: Ella Packable Tote

These packable totes are great for traveling — especially if you’re the kind of person who enjoys switching bags when you travel and you don’t want to take something bulky. You can just throw this in your suitcase, keep it in the back of your car, etc. It comes in the tie-dye print pictured as well as solids like black, navy, and a very happy bright red. It’s $225 at Zappos but also in various colors/prints at Amazon starting at $186. Tory Burch Ella Packable Tote

A couple of more affordable packable totes at Zappos are from Tumi and Lilly Pulitzer.

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Feeding Tuesday: Berry Washing Bowl and Colander

I bought a berry washing bowl — it’s like a tiny colander — sort of by accident a while ago. I got it through a catalog I had when I was reading Hellobee a lot and was obsessed with all the cute little lunches they were making for their kids. I bought some stuff that we don’t use any of today, but we do use the random colander we picked up as part of that order. (Unfortunately, I don’t remember the catalog!) We use the colander all the time — it’s great for washing berries or anything else for your kids that you want to rinse off quickly without pulling out the huge colander. I use it for draining cans of green beans all the time. This one is significantly fancier than the one we originally got, and what’s particularly nice about this is that you put the colander in the bowl and you just hand your kid the whole thing — the water continues to drain in the bottom of the bowl. This one also has a top to it, which is nice. It comes with the small bowl, the small colander, and the lid, and it’s sort of a pretty, happy red color. It seemed expensive to me when I bought it, but I’m very happy with the purchase. (FYI, it is not microwavable.) It’s $14.99 at Amazon. OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Berry Washing Bowl, Colander

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