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Easier feeding with squirting spoon

Boon Squirt Spoon

 

Scooping each mouthful of baby food out of bowl or jar can be tedious. This simple gadget can make feeding much simpler: just load the food into the handle, and then squirt out each individual mouthful directly into the spoon!

The Squirt Spoon dispenses baby food “one bite at a time,” maker Boon says, and it’s especially convenient for one-handed feeding, or when you’re on-the-go. There’s less mess made as well.

The Boon Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon is dishwasher safe, and free of BPA, phthalate, and PVC. It’s $8 here.

 

 

Speedy Sterilizing with steam

 

Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer from Philips

Philips says its Avent sterilizer “effectively eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria from your baby’s feeding items in just minutes.”

The $75 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer holds six bottles, as well as breast pumps, bottles, cups, and more. (Affiliate link)

“Used by hospitals, steam sterilization is an effective way to protect your baby from harmful bacteria,; the company says.” Simply plug the unit into any standard electrical outlet to safely and effectively eliminate most household germs in as little as six minutes.”

 

Baby Formula faster — and safer

 

piena

Baby formula has to be boiled to 212 degrees. Of course it has to be cooled before serving. The first task is exacting, the second time-consuming. Or at least they were: the Piena Baby Tender Touch Formula Maker will automatically boil, cool, and dispense water, “at the perfect, safest temperature for your baby,” the company says.

It’s still in development. But the makers say it’s inspired by “our own experiences as parents… Making a bottle took at least 10 minutes, from boiling the water, measuring out the formula, and then cooling the water to just the right temperature. There had to be a faster, more efficient way. We looked around for a baby formula maker. There were plenty of bottle warmers, but nothing that made mixing the formula for the bottle any easier. Engineers by education, we decided to create our own solution.”

The countertop device adjusts in height to fit bottles of all sizes. And it’s made of food grade, high-temperature resistant polypropylene, with no BPA or other harmful chemicals, Pienna claims. There’s a separate container to store and dispense the formula powder: The aluminum container can is air and water tight, which prevents air and moisture from affecting the quality of the powder formula.

The Formula Maker is also engineered to inhibit the growth of microorganisms, Piena adds: When microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew come in contact with the inner powder container surface and the water reservoir surface, antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microbe and disrupts key cell functions so that the microbe cannot function, grow or reproduce. Plus any microorganisms in the water are destroyed during the boiling process.

 

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