7 Handy Kitchen Gadgets for Parents of Babies and Toddlers

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A lot of these items are great to have even if you aren't a parent, but you will appreciate them more after you have kids as they make meal prep so much easier and quicker.

1. Blender or Food Processor

We have both, but we used our blender a lot more when it came to making our own baby food as we started with purees. You can find tips and recipes for making your own baby food in this post I wrote a while back.

Even if you plan on baby led weaning, I still recommend having one of these around, maybe the processor more so than the blender as it would be great for chopping up veggies, nuts, and other hard foods.

2. Apple Slicer

Our toddler loves apples and having an apple slicer is so much easier and quicker than trying to cut an apple with a knife.

3. Vegetable Peeler

This should probably just be in everyone's kitchen, but if you don't have one, now is a great time to get one! We use our peeler mostly for carrots and potatoes.

5. Ice Cube Trays

Ice cube trays are great for freezing pureed baby food so you can make big batches. Later, you can use them to make mini popsicles. If you don't have an ice maker, these are great for ice cubes, which will come in handy for teething or any bumps and bruises.

We prefer silicone ones as they are easier to pop out than plastic.

6. Paring Knife

A toddler's food needs to be cut into small bite size pieces to help prevent choking, so having a few paring knives around definitely comes in handy.

7. Steamer

We have a rice cooker that has a built-in steamer. It's great for steaming vegetables, like carrots and broccoli, so they are softer and easier for your toddler to eat. You can also puree the soft veggies for your baby.

Instant pots also have a built-in steam function, but if you don't have either of these appliances, you can buy a steamer for less than $30 on Amazon.

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  1. These are definitely handy ideas for things to have in the kitchen. I used to make my own homemade baby food all the time. I've never had a steamer before but that also seems really handy.

  2. Oh my goodness, these goods would have make my life a lot easier when my girls were little. The good thing is I can still utilize some of these gadgets now!!

  3. My kids are obsessed with ice. We can't have enough of it in the house. a blender is always a good idea!

  4. Yes yes! I have all of these and they all get used ALL THE TIME!

  5. We have most of those in our house. I would add crockpot to the list. But I guess you won't need one if you have an Instant Pot.

  6. This is a simple list, but so true! We have most of these items in our house, but we're still adding to our supply. Thank you for this post!

  7. A steamer, blender, and food processor are definitely amazing gadgets to have on-hand when you have a little one. They certainly make life so much easier, in terms of cooking for them (and yourself)!

  8. These are all great things to have in your kitchen whether you have a child or not! Thanks for the tips!

  9. I have all of these except that steamer! I’ve heard so many amazing things about it!

  10. I second the steamer! I have a rice cooker too, but any steamer would be a great investment!

  11. Amen to all of these! Especially the blender for baby food and smoothies, and the apple corer. Our toddler loves sliced apple with peanut butter.

  12. These are all must haves! My babies have babies of their own yet I still use all of these. My ice cube trays hold regular ice now though. 😉

  13. So useful! All of these!!! This should be included on baby registries haha!

  14. I love eating apples and peanut butter and having the apple slicer is awesome when you want to take it with but not end up with brown apples before you eat it.


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