Baby Essentials: Kitchen

Moms spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I spend a good majority of my day there and the funny thing is, I’m not cooking for my husband. With the amount of time I spend in the kitchen, I should have a five course meal cooked, or at least that’s what my husband thinks. Instead, I’m doing never-ending dishes, making baby food, preparing baby food, feeding baby, cleaning up after baby and repeat! Having key baby items on hand and accessible can make life a little less hectic. Below is a list of kitchen essentials that I use on a daily basis and recommend to make kitchen life with a baby a little easier.

  • Boon Drying Rack Accessory– I would get two of these. They are great for holding small parts.
  • Microfiber dish drying mat – I use two of these.
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  • OXO Tot On The Go Drying Rack– great for on the go dishes, anytime we travel we use this.
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  • Dishwasher basket– As baby gets older, there will be more dishes and putting things in the dishwasher just makes life easier. I do a load of dishes each night before going to bed with all the days dishes in it so I have clean dishes in the morning. I use my basket with every load of dishes.
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  • Dapple All Purpose Cleaner Spray– naturally cleans countertops and high chair surfaces, I use it to wipe down baby’s crib mattress and changing pad too. Has a refreshing smell and cleans dirty surfaces well.
  • Bottle brush– I like the OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner because it has a stand, it gets into small spaces easily
  • Dish and bottle soap– I’ve tried a couple of different brands and prefer Babyganics Foaming Dish and Bottle Soap. One bottle last a long time and one pump provides lots of foam that cleans well.
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  • Bottles– Even if you are exclusively breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to have some bottles on hand. After much research, I chose Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature, mostly for the nipple like nipple, make sure to get multiple flow nipples
  • Bottle warmer– I bought and returned several, finally I was happy with the Cuisinart Baby Bottle Warmer. It’s very easy to use, aesthetically pleasing, and compact.
  • Baby food maker– Must have if you plan on making baby’s food. I love my Cuisinartbaby Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer. It’s very simple to use and clean.
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  • Baby spoons– I’m a fan of Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons. Recommend two packs of these. I like the soft, pliable, and small spoon bowl that these have to offer. Good for wee mouths.
  • Baby cups– My baby responds well to this Born Free Grow With Me Straw Cup. I haven’t tried any others.
  • High chair– Won’t need it until baby is around 3-4 mos old. Love our Peg Perego Siesta, it fits nicely into our decor without screaming BABY! It’s very easy to wipe clean and grows with baby.
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  • Splat mat– Necessary! I chose this Nuby Floor Mat because it is clear, fit in our space nicely, and is covert (shown above). It does a good job protecting our floors.
  • Cooler bags– Definitely need a bottle cooler bag. I also love my Scout Pleasure Chest cooler. It is perfect size for traveling with bottles and baby food.
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  • Portable high chair– LOVE our Inglesina Fast Table Chair portable high chair. It is perfect for traveling and eating out. Very simple mechanics, easy to put on and take off and clean. We always get compliments on it!
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This pretty much sums up what I use in the kitchen on a daily basis as far as baby is concerned. If you have any other recommendations, please share!

Tips:

Have a kitchen cabinet dedicated to baby stuff.

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Hang bibs to dry (over the sink works best).

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Keep quick guides such as milestones, food prep tips, and medication instructions on your fridge.

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