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Toddlers may be quite tiny, but the list of stockpiles for them is anything but tiny. From must-haves like feeding utensils and car seats to nice-to-haves like trikes and ride-on-toys, learn what to look for and how to use the toddler gear safely bellow.

Toddler Mealtime Must-Haves

The right toddler feeding utensils, plates, and bowls can make mealtime more fun for your little one – and less of a mess for you. Follow this guide for gearing up, Mum!

Your baby was probably pleased to let you do the work at mealtime, but now that he is a toddler, he may want to take mealtime into his own hands. The good news? You will spend less time trying to coax your tot to open wide for the choo-choo train. Sure, you will spend more time coping with peas between his toes and sweet potatoes in his ears, but helping your toddler learn to feed himself increases his sense of toddler independence, so it is worth the crazy clean-ups. Here are the toddler necessities you need to get for toddler mealtime:

Toddler Feeding Utensils

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If your tot is like most, his eating habits include turning every single thing into a finger food. While his fav utensils are his hands, he has probably already had some success (and a lot of messy fun, of course) trying to feed himself with a spoon. That is great – just do not expect much self-feeding success until he is 15 to 24 months old – and even then, food surely will be flung wide and far. Practice makes it perfect, and toddler feeding gadgets created with those tiny fingers in mind will help your tot learn to wield forks and spoons with ease.

What to Look for
  • Handles with an interesting shape or texture. Bulky handles with rubber grips make it easier for pint-size paws to pick up and hold.
  • The right-size utensils. Most tot feeding utensils have an age recommendation on the label, so you know you are getting spoons and forks proportioned right for your little one’s fingers.

Toddler Plates and Bowls

Little ones with bowls of pasta inverted on their little heads sure are cute…the first time. Fortunately, there are tot-friendly plated and bowls that will help your child keep his meals on the table.

What to Look for
  • Suction cups underneath, so the bowl cannot be inverted. Rubber strips on the bottom are also great since they keep the bowl from slipping off and sliding around.
  • Cartoon characters and other interesting designs will get your munchkin psyched for mealtime.
  • Compartments to keep the potatoes away from the peas – they cut down on the probability of your purist performing a mealtime boycott for the reason that the foods on his plate are mixing.
  • BPA-free plastic. Steer clear of anything with the number 7 on the bottom – it means the plate or bowl has bisphenol A in it, which can have harmful effects on your tot’s health and learning. Or just look for “BPA-free” label on the box.

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