This post is sponsored by OXO Tot. I also have 2 simple baby food recipes and an amazing GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!
I am so excited about this post. I love working with the OXO company. When I hear they had a campaign for baby first foods I jumped on it. We recently started solid foods for Baby L&C and she has done great so far. If you happen to follow my Instagram Feed, you'll definitely see tons of picture of her enjoying her food and being all cute!
When it was time to get her a high chair, like any first-time Mom out there, I did a bunch of research. We wanted one that was in our price range - I was not about to pay $400 for a few pieces of snazzy-named wood, no offense to anyone who has that, but it's just not us. We went back and forth between a few of the big brands, but I also researched OXO Tot. I was pleasantly surprised by the features it had, similar to other high chairs, so it went in the running. Mr. L&C is a "hands on" tester, so we went to our local baby store and played around with them. OXO was my top choice from online research and after looking and trying out a few brands, everyone agreed that it was the perfect high chair for Baby L&C. It doesn't feel big and bulky, it's very sturdy, can easily move around our small apartment, and its machine washable!!! Now I just need a few interchangeable covers for when one is in the wash!!
I had fun playing with all the great baby tools in the package from OXO Tot. The food mill takes a bit of time to properly puree food, but I think it is worth it. It's so nice to have bright colored fruits and veggies, instead of the dull green and beige of most prepared baby food. Don't get me wrong, I do use prepared baby food, but with the food mill, it's nice that I prepared it, pureed it and it has no preservatives or anything extra. I also like the small feeding blocks. They are dishwasher safe and easily hold her small amounts of food. The storage tray is great because I don't have to go digging through the refrigerator for food, I can just pull it out and it's all in one spot.
Baby L&C isn't too sure about the bib yet, Since we're only on small amounts of pureed food, she doesn't have much spills. When she moves to more advanced food I think it will come in handy more. For right now, it's a weird plastic thing that can hold her extra spoon.
Speaking of extra spoon, these OXO Tot spoons are great! I have a few different types of spoons, but none that have the silicone like these. The curve of the spoon is different than most, but I think it works well with feeding her the purees and oatmeal. It's also great that it comes in a 2-pack, because she has a thing about holding a spare spoon while I am trying to feed her. It becomes another dinner time teething toy.
I love the divided feeding dish, especially since it's microwave safe! I am usually juggling two small bowls and this makes feeding time a lot easier! I am seriously thinking about switching all my spatulas to the OXO silicone spatula. That is a big leap coming from a Pastry Chef. I was once totally in love with those wooden-handled name-brand spatulas, but not any more. Give me a spatula that is heat resistant to 600°F and does not come unattached in the middle of stirring a thick batter and I'm a happy girl.
- Peel and cut organic carrots into small 1/4 inch pieces. Heat enough water to cover the carrots and boil them until soft. Strain and place carrots in the food mill placed over mixing bowl or measuring cup. Make puree, remembering to move the food mill back and forth to clean the top. Use the spatula to scrape the puree off the bottom of the mill every few passes. Portion into OXO Tot Baby Blocks, leaving room if you are freezing. Let it cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator or freezer. If using from the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator over night. Be careful when reheating, as it can get hot spots.
- Steam organic peas until tender and soft. Strain any water out and place peas in the food mill placed over mixing bowl or measuring cup. Make puree, remembering to move the food mill back and forth to clean the top. Use the spatula to scrape the puree off the bottom of the mill every few passes. Portion into OXO Tot Baby Blocks, leaving room if you are freezing. Let it cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator or freezer. If using from the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator over night. Be careful when reheating, as it can get hot spots.
Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!
Disclaimer: I received product from OXO Tot including an OXO Tot Bib, OXO Tot Feeding Spoon Set, OXO Tot Divided Feeding Dish, OXO Tot 2 oz Baby Blocks, OXO Medium Silicone Spatula and OXO Food Mill. I only work with companies I love. All opinions are my own.