Category: Bottles + Baby Food

10 of the best glass baby bottles for Earth Day and any day.

With news that even Phthalate-free and BPA-free plastic baby bottles may not be all they’re cracked up to be, more parents are on the hunt for glass baby bottles. While not long ago, the idea of glass baby bottles once inspired panic in the hearts of new parents — and I remember those days! — glass in the diaper bag is becoming increasingly prevalent. Even old school bottle brands that were holding out for years are now out with glass alternatives and hey, we’re all for choice when it comes to our baby gear. Glass baby bottles, for the uninitiated are made of...

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Comotomo: Cool new silicone baby bottles that are soft, gentle, and awesomely squishy

As a mom of three, I have checked out my fair share of bottles. Some are great while others…just awful. And during those sleepless days (and nights), it’s fair to say that a bottle that eases my mind, whether the baby is right in my arms while I work from home, or away from me when I’m getting a needed break. Lately, I have been trying out the Comotomo soft baby bottle system which is made of a safe silicone that’s super squishy for little hands can grip them comfortably. The silicone baby bottles feature a naturally shaped nipple that is designed to mimic the suction of breastfeeding, to help both...

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A formula dispenser bottle that’s a game changer when you’re on the go.

While it falls squarely in the category of #firstworldproblems, making bottles with formula when you’re on the go can be a pain in the neck. Individual sleeves of formula are easy, but not in my budget. Those little three-way containers are an improvement over lugging a value-sized container of formula in my diaper bag, but it can still be a mess to pour it into the bottle while I’m trying to balance a baby on my hip too. So I’m thrilled to share the a new formula dispenser bottle  from Australian company b. box that I discovered, because it’s going to make life easier for a lot of new...

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Silispoon: Possibly the new best baby spoon

Ahh, the teething phase. Which is only made worse by the fact that it occurs the same time as the baby food phase. My kids liked to soothe their aching gums by biting down on their spoons, but even the plastic ones couldn’t have felt that great. That’s why I’m convinced the best baby spoon for teething kids may be the brand new Silispoon from Silikids. The flexible silicone bends and squishes, which is perfect since babies chew on absolutely everything when they’re teething. (Who else has the bite marks in their skin to prove it?) The flexible silicone scoop of the Silispoon bends when...

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Nutribaby Food Processor: Possibly the new must-have baby registry item

So yeah, making your own baby food can become daunting and tedious surprisingly fast, even for people like me who love to cook, and even if we have awesome baby food gadgets like the excellent Beaba Babycook. But even with the Beaba (and other similar products), I often had to steam one ingredient at a time since each required different amounts of water and time to cook properly. Also, the smaller capacity meant spending double or triple the time to make a decent batch of food to freeze so I didn’t have to do it all again the next day. Problem solved, now that French company Babymoov has...

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3 cool new feeding utensils for babies that reinvent how they learn to eat

Baby food. Oh, baby food. Some parents love it, but me, I dreaded the mess. Still, your baby has to learn how to use a spoon sometime, and that can be harder than you might think, with all of that scooping, balancing, and mouth-eye coordination. So we’ve come across three new feeding utensils for babies that are making it so much easier for them to feed themselves. Yay for learning–and for no more pureed avocado on the curtains.   NumNum Dips are an innovative fork-spoon-spatula thing that’s like training wheels for your baby as he learns to feed himself. NumNum as designed them...

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The Munchkin LATCH bottle may be the closest to breastfeeding yet

When my first baby was just a few weeks old, I injured my back which meant medicine for me and bottles for my baby. I was a basketcase, and he was totally confused because he was used to nursing. Of course there are all kinds of reasons that new moms bottle feed, and I really believe that having the most breast-like bottle for your baby can be ideal, especially if you’re weaning or experiencing unexpected incidents like I did. The newest bottle to mimic breastfeeding is the LATCH bottle from Munchkin.I’d say that while it doesn’t look like a boob, in some...

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What do I need to make homemade baby food? Our favorite tools and appliances.

It’s no surprise that more and more readers write to us to ask what they need to make homemade baby food. More parents than ever are making baby food from scratch, with a report out this week that baby food sales are down by 10%. Hey, no judgements–however you feed your baby is great by us. But since I’m  fan of home cooking myself, I’m happy to help those families committing to homemade baby food by recommending some of my favorite tools and appliances. It does take work, so it’s great knowing that these tools can all help make steaming, mashing, and storing...

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A Keurig machine for baby formula. No, really.

When I recently heard about the Baby Brezza Formula Pro, a new Keurig-like machine that dispenses baby formula, I chuckled to myself and thought, How hard is it to shake a bottle? But after re-experiencing the sleep deprivation that comes along with having a newborn myself (gah) I’ve decided this nifty device might be a winner for parents whose babies formula feed. If you can work a Keurig, you can work the Brezza. The Baby Brezza gives you one-touch access to pre-mixed formula that’s the exact amount you need and the right temperature you need it to be. When baby is ready for a...

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Baby bottles that come close to the real thing. Or so we can hope.

When my daughter was a baby, she was a hardcore bottle protester. I went through every single bottle brand I could get my hands on at the local Target, hoping that one would magically work on the kid. Luckily, with Baby #3, I think I’ve found a bottle that I am hoping will avoid some of that hassle right from the get-go. This line of baby bottles from Comotomo might do the trick for any baby suffering from what experts call “nipple confusion.” (anyone else hate that term and want it banned forever? Not just us? Okay). The inventive...

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Juuuuust right: baby bottles go thermal

Oh, the bottle stage. I remember jiggling wailing, hungry babies whose only goal in life was to get some warm milk, and those minutes of waiting for bottles to warm would seem like hours. This time around, I’ve discovered a fantastic alternative to those dreaded bottle-warming-minutes. The organicKidz thermal baby bottles not only feature great designs, they keep liquids cold or hot for up to six hours. Genius! Now I did test that claim and found it to be mostly true, although it really worked best if the liquid was either super cold or super hot to start with...

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Healthy, organic foods for babies that are taking over the world (in a good way)

Healthy, organic natural foods are hardly a tough sell these days. More and more parents are paying attention to the importance of eating clean and healthy. I feel very good knowing that brands like longtime CMP favorite, Happy Family, are out, there spreading the word on the importance of healthy and organic eating,  and now making it more easily available–something that hasn’t always been the case. The newest in the ever-growing line of products for babies and toddlers feature really interesting combinations of organic nutrient-packed superfoods, like the new Blueberry and Purple Carrot Happy Puffs. There are also Homestyle...

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Reusable squeeze pouches for snacking on the go

Feeding your baby solids is an exciting but somewhat stressful time–especially when you are on the go. As you know, most babies can’t really figure out the whole spoon-to-mouth thing when they first start eating, and it can get pretty darn messy. So I dig fruit and veggie pouches for their convenience, and now I especially love these reusable pouches that are easy on the environment, too. Squooshi makes very cute reusable squeeze-fruit pouches which are easy to fill and adorable to boot. Each one has a resealable bottom, which makes prepping the pouches a cinch. The cool thing...

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Shop green and do good? Count us in

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy shopping. Because, uh, I do. But a brand-new partnership between two very green sites, Vine.com and Healthy Child Healthy World, has me even more giddy about my shopping habit. And with a nice little discount for all of us too. Vine.com is a new online shop from the same people behind Diapers.com and Soap.com. Currently in beta, Vine is devoted to green, natural and sustainably sourced products, like Cool Mom Picks favorites gDiapers, Method and Plum Organics. Great premise for a shop, right? But here’s the cool part: when you make a purchase of $49 or more...

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Homemade baby food with a grown-up twist we love

My kids are long past infancy, but I have profound memories of the truly yucky jarred baby food I tried to shovel into their mouths. I always thought I’d be someone who made homemade baby food, but having my kids one year apart–surprise!–just about did me in. I barely had the energy to open those jars of yuck, much less steam veggies and operate heavy machinery (the food procesor). If Anni Daulter’s ultra-simple baby food recipes had existed way back then, there might have been two less gagging toddlers in the world. But Bountiful Baby Purees is more than just another homemade...

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Boon + Plum Organics = Baby food pouch organizational zen

We’re all big fans of Plum Organics baby foods in my house, which we pack as snacks for the whole family all the time. But I’ve yet to figure out a good way to organize them, except other than toss them in a plastic bowl in my pantry. Nice, huh? Turns out, they’ve just figured it out for me. The new Pouch Rack, made in a collaboration with Cool Mom Picks fave Boon, helps you organize up to 12 baby food pouches neatly in your cabinets or pantry. It’s freed up a ton of space for us and made dealing...

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Two cool new baby foods you want to know about

Baby food is so much more than mushy goo these days. From ancient grains to carefully selected sweet potatoes, we’re excited to learn about two new lines that cater to developing palates with exciting new textures and tastes. And brix, which is apparently very important. Baby Gourmet is a line of baby foods aiming to address more than just nutrition. They focus on freshness, texture, pH, and brix–or natural sweetness. (I didn’t know either, don’t worry.) Our editor Kristen tried them and found them “sweet but not sugary.” Their credentials are impressive, with no added sugar, salt, preservatives, thickeners,...

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Farm to Baby – A fresh approach to baby food, delivered straight to your door

First baby food moved out of the jar and into the freezer. Then it went organic. (And organic some more.) Then, gourmet. Now, we’ve discovered a new service that puts it all together, offering delicious, fresh foods for baby made with ingredients like hubbard squash and quince straight from the farm–and delivering it right to your door. Farm to Baby NYC is a new subscription-based baby food delivery service in New York City, and we can’t wait for it to expand. They use locally grown produce, picked just days before being gently cooked in their kitchen, to deliver fresh...

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5 essential baby food recipes from 5 essential baby food sources. Starting solids research: done!

Making homemade baby food may be as easy as 1-2-3 (prep! cook! puree!), but it takes time. And let’s be honest, it’s not easy to stay excited about pureeing carrots. Again. If you’re going to invest some of your precious free moments making baby food from scratch, you might as well keep it interesting.  In honor of this year’s Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide (have you seen it?!), check out these essential baby food recipes from our essential baby food sources.  Keeping baby food interesting just got easy. Your baby food may not look quite like the bébé meals that Béa...

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New glass baby food containers make it easy to wean off the plastic

I admit to using plastic food containers for everything from storing leftovers to housing fresh made baby food. Yes, I cringe every time I put them in the dishwasher and I do find it a pain in the rear to take the extra step of pouring the contents in a porcelain bowl to microwave the food. But it’s not easy finding glass containers that snap shut as easily as the plastic ones. Hooray for Wean Green (gotta love the name!), an eco-friendly line of tempered glass food containers with BPA-free, totally secure, and very pretty lids. What I love most about...

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Homemade baby food just got about as easy as it gets

Homemade baby food is one of those things that a lot of parents consider–but the thought can be daunting. Regardless, there comes a time in every baby’s life when it’s clear that it’s time to introduce solids and you’ll have to make the decision. Maybe they’re reaching for everything you eat. Maybe they’ve just cut four teeth all at once. (In which case, our sympathies!) Or maybe you’re simply ready for that classic food-smeared-smile photo to post on Facebook. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got an amazing new baby food system that’s perfect for you. Sage Spoonfuls is...

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Bottle accessories that get the drying done in style

One of my least favorite parts about the baby stage is all that bottle stuff. The making of the bottles (especially at 4 in the morning), the cleaning of them and the finding somewhere to put them. Two cool-looking new accessories from Beaba offer relief for at least part of the bottle blues. Beaba, the company that makes that genius baby food cooker that moms go crazy for, has just come out with a Folding Draining Rack and a 2-in-1 Bottle Brush that’s worth a click to the registry. I love the Folding Draining Rack because not only does...

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Starting solids with baby? – Reader Q&A

I am getting ready to start feeding my baby solids next month. With my daughter, I thought making my own food would be way too much work. Now, I have the time and would love to make my own food for my son. The problem is I have no idea where to start. What do I need to have to make it and store it? Are there any great recipe books out there? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. – Anna Hi Anna, I’m at the very same stage with my own son, so you asked his question at the...

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Homemade baby food – You can totally do it!

It’s that time for me again. Time to stop being baby’s sole source of nourishment and start making some food for him the other old-fashioned way. (Aside: I’m so lazy. One reason I cherish the first six months of my kids’ lives is because I don’t have to cook a thing for them.) Lucky me, then, that I have a copy of a really fabulous new book to help guide me through it. Simply arranged by age and category, the recipes in The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet are delicious, nutritious, and meant to take less than...

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Gourmet organic meals for the teething set

Finding a meal that satisfies all members of my families is a mission impossible these days. Add a baby just starting solids into the mix and that spells H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E. But there’s a new line of organic baby foods that just might do the trick. Sprout Organic Baby Food was co-founded by celebrity chef and dad of three Tyler Florence, and they already have a stage 1 and stage 2 meals for six and seven-month-olds. Now they add a line of new Stage 3 Advanced Foods for babies 8 months and up, offering chunkier textures, larger portions and fuller flavors...

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A mellow baby is the very best kind

My older three kids gave me a heck of a time when it came to taking a bottle, so with number four, I’m determined to find one that she not only takes, but doesn’t add to the challenge with extra gas. And I may have just found the answer with the new Mellow bottles from Green to Grow. [don’t miss a nice discount after the jump] Now I’m not exactly a bottle expert, with my little breastfed baby bottle snobs and all, but I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with these – and it’s not just because...

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Taste the (healthy!) rainbow

The latest rage at our house isn’t candy. Or even the colorful vegetables that might end up spit-splattered across your blouse if baby isn’t into beets. No, this exciting new pick is healthy, delicious, beautiful, and handy. And, honestly, kinda half candy and half vegetable, as far as baby is concerned. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new Organic Super Puffs by Plum Organics (read all about them here) may be the only reason my two-year old knows his colors. Made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, they include real fruits, veggies, and whole grains with no wheat...

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HappyBaby = HappyMama

Kids like snacks. Like, really, really like them. Understatement of the year, right? I truly believe that if I just had a constant supply of snack-type foods on hand, my children would eat all day. And I have a sneaking –or is it snacking?– suspicion that they aren’t the only ones. So it’s no surprise, then, that they were thrilled to help me test some HappyBaby organic snacks recently. And their thoughts? Let’s just say their mouths were always too full to speak. I’m going to go out on a limb here and interpret their silence as approval for...

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Organic baby food that fits in your back pocket

I have approximately 563 teensy glass baby food jars left over from when my 3-year-old was a baby. Okay, I may be exaggerating. But the pantry sure feels like Baby Food Container Central. My plan was to use these jars in all kinds of useful, and… well, still-unknown ways.  So when baby number two arrived, I came up with another plan: I was going to make his food from organic fruits and veggies and use the old jars! How could such a genius plan possibly fail? Right. Well, it did. Sure, I’ve mashed a bunch of bananas since the little...

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This cup is made from plants. Yup, plants.

I have a huge sweet tooth. But, I don’t want to eat yogurt that’s impersonating a strawberry shortcake or alcoholic beverage. If I want shortcake, I’ll have shortcake! That’s one of the reasons I’m a big fan of Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt: It tastes like yogurt. I also like their organic, all natural ingredients and its yummy taste. And, now, there’s another reason to love my yogurt of choice. Stonyfield Farm is the first yogurt company to develop a plant-based cup for all their multipacks. The cup is still plastic, but it’s BPA-free, phthalate-free, plant-based plastic which is better for...

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