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    32 A+ Products To Make Feeding Kids Easier

    A portable cereal cup, an apple slicer, and a DIY Uncrustables maker that'll make you wonder why you didn't get them sooner.

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    1. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer so you can make your own Smuckers Uncrustables copycats at home without spending nearly $10 for a box. Prepare for your life to be *utterly butterly* changed.

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    Promising review: "These have been a GAME CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer so in the morning during the school year we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96.

    2. And a sandwich cutter set to help transform boring ol' sandwiches (and even fruits and veggies!) into fun shapes like a dino or Mickey to entice even the pickiest of eaters.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old loves this!! Usually I can't get him to eat all or even most of his food because he gets bored and wants to play. Every time I've used these, not only does it make him giggle, but he munches it almost all down! His favorite are the dinosaurs and mickey mouse. Since he is almost 2, I do still have to chop his food up for him into small bitesize pieces, so this also helps a lot with that. I can't wait to use the larger shapes for when he gets a little bigger. They'll be awesome to make sugar cookies and to decorate cakes too! Can't wait to do that!" —Rockelle

    Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. A Souper Cube that'll makes it ~souper-duper easy~ to prep and freeze big batches of soup in ready-to-thaw portions ahead of time. You'll be eternally grateful for this silicone freezing tray on evenings when you're too pooped to cook.

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    Each tray has four fill lines — 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 125 mL, and 250 mL — which is ideal for people who like to portion their food.

    Promising review: "My wife saw this item somewhere and told me she would love to have this as she prepares homemade soups at least twice a week. I bought two of the extra large Soupers and she absolutely loves them. She has had them about a month now and has used them about 10 times. We have a freezer full of soup! This item works as advertised, is well priced, and has held up great so far. The extra large makes a good-size bowl of soup" —Amazon Customer

    Promising review: "Instead of letting food go to waste I freeze small portions for those nights I’m not in the mood to cook, but have to feed my toddlers. The portion is perfect for them. I’d need two for myself." —RMartinez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    4. An apple corer and cutter that'll pop out 16 snackable slices with just a push of a button and spare your tired hands. Easy peasy apple squeezy!

    An apple being sliced into 16 even slices with the cutter
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    Promising review: "Good for anyone who cares for children! I love this thing! Makes preparing lunches and snacks so much faster! It was hard to find this size, but my kids prefer the smaller apple slices and this works great. Just center over the apple and push down; when it gets close to the bottom flip the gray part under it, set it on the counter and push down. Perfect apple slices pop out easily! " —mom of 3 busy kids

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A printable back-to-school meal planner with over 300 recipes and ideas for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to provide some ~major inspo~ and to take the stress out of each school week.

    Dinner recipes
    Mom's Bistro / Etsy

    Mom's Bistro is a small biz based in Denver, Colorado, that specializes in monthly meal plans designed to help families save money and eat better.

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about how GREAT this meal plan is!! I have three kids — a toddler, a baby, a 6-year-old — my husband and myself. I haven't had to double a recipe yet, though! EXCELLENT! This meal plan has literally saved me so much time and stress. I don't have to think about what to make, what to get at the store, etc. I've already recommended it to my friends and family. As a full-time student, teacher, and mom, I'm telling you, this plan is unbeatable and a necessity in our household!!!" —Christopher A Riener

    Get it from Mom's Bistro on Etsy for $15.

    6. A set of three dough presses in different sizes capable of making hand pies, dumplings, ravioli, calzones, empanadas, and more — with just a simple cut, fold, and press. Can you say dinner in a ~pinch?~

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    Promising review: "This was a great purchase for the price. I was making empanadas and folding them by hand, which didn’t look too good. This set helps me cut them easily into circles and then easily presses them close. Consistent look each time! I like that there are three sizes in the set so I can make them according to my mood. Easy to wash and use. Would highly recommend for the price and functionality!" —Sox

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.93.

    7. A food tray that'll turn mealtime into a fun game that'll tempt fussy eaters to gobble up their meal.

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    Promising review: "Unbelievable!!! I'm sooo extremely thrilled with these plates. My granddaughter is four and she's been a very, very picky eater since she was two. We've tried every trick in the book to get her to eat her veggies (something other than chicken nuggets, spaghetti, mac and cheese). This plate changed that — now she asks for second helpings of broccoli!! I was so thrilled I ordered all varieties of these plates." —Lisa Sernick

    Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in six styles).

    8. An air fryer because have you ever met a child who doesn't like crunchy food? This game-changing appliance will cook fries, tots, veggies, wings, and nuggets to the perfect crispiness at the drop of a hat — with minimal oil.

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    Promising review: "Best investment you can make for your kitchen! I purchased this after reading several blogs about the benefits of air frying. Was a little skeptical but it turns out I cannot stop using it. Easy to use, easy to clean, my children cannot tell the difference, and I LOVE IT! I've made simple things like fried chicken, fries, salmon just to name a few. Delicious." —Mrs

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in two styles).

    9. And a set of magnetic air fryer cheat sheets so you don't negate the time-saving benefits of owning an air fryer by wasting a gazillion minutes googling cook times.

    Reviewer holding the sheet, which includes cook times for foods like chicken nuggets, french fries, apple chips, bacon, vegetables, and more
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    Promising review: "This air fryer time sheet goes great with my air fryer that came with limited cooking information. I love that my teenage daughter who is learning to cook can use this cheat sheet also! My air fryer gets really hot on the sides so I didn’t stick it directly on there; just to be safe I put it on my fridge." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $11.45 (also available in white).

    10. A vacuum-insulated stainless-steel food thermos if you're tired of listening to kids complain about cold lunches. Now you can spice up their school day with minestrone soup or lasagna. Mamma mia!

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    Promising review: "I tried other thermos containers for our kids to send them hot lunches and they NEVER kept good hot past an hour. I decided to give the Mira food jar a try after reading good reviews. The day I got it, I put it to work. I put very hot water in the container for about 15 minutes. Then I put in hot oatmeal. After five hours the oatmeal was still over 100 degrees! This is far better than the thermos containers I have. I ordered another one." —K. Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50 (available in 10 colors).

    11. An all-in-one avocado slicer if the avocado obsession has reached its peak in your home but cutting avocados feels like the *pits*. This nifty tool makes it possible to prep guac or toast in half the time.

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    Promising review: "Well, I saw somewhere that there is a list of foods that put people in the emergency room and avocado was one of them. People apparently have lots of mishaps trying to open the avocado. So, I have a few kids at home that LOVES avocado toast. I taught them how to toast a slice of bread, over-easy an egg but the avocado was kinda difficult especially the pit. Anyhoo, got this and now I don’t have to make avocado toast for them. They make it themselves and I am not worrying about injuries." —KmberlyB

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A seven-in-one Instant Pot which to echo the reviewer below has been an ~absolute godsend~. Not gonna lie — I have zero cooking skills and my kids existed on takeout and Trader Joe's before this magical appliance came into our lives. Now they eat nutritious, homemade meals and it has made cooking, dare I say, fun.

    The Instant Pot
    Amazon

    This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer.

    Promising review: "I’m a full-time working mom and after a long day of work and then picking up my kids from daycare, I do not have time to make the meals I want to make. I refuse to give them fast food daily. In the past, I always had my kids waiting on their dinner, acting hungry and impatient (they’re small children), which pushes back bedtime, which means I have exhausted kids. Ever since getting one of these, I can have a healthy meal made within 10 min of getting home. I have a Crockpot, but sometimes morning are hectic and having an Instant Pot has been a luxury to not worry about starting dinner in the mornings. Best invention ever, and a true godsend for my family." —Mykel T.

    Promising review: "As soon as I look at a stove or any other cooking appliance my brain immediately malfunctions. I'm normally a relatively intelligent person but I turn into a drooling idiot as soon as I enter the kitchen. I can burn water. It's that bad. I received this a few days ago and decided to try making a pot roast last night. I bought the 6-quart Duo Nova because it said it's best for beginners. I just followed the recipe I found on Pinterest (they have a gazillion of them on there) and WOW...just WOW. I grew up with my grandma's excellent cooking and my brother, who is not at all shy about sharing his opinion, said that it was even better than Grandma's roast (sorry, Grandma). I even made the gravy in it! I don't even like beef that much but I LOVED this. Even the kids came back for seconds. That NEVER happens. Buy this. Buy this right now. I'm making chicken with rice and veggies tonight and I am positive it will turn out great. This is well worth the money. BUY IT!!!" —Hazel

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in three sizes and two styles).

    13. A mini freezable snack box with built-in cooling technology that you can clip onto your purse, stroller, or backpack to keep healthy options handy for your kids on the go.

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    Promising review: "This kept snacks cold in 95 degree weather for about eight hours. Kept our kids happy with healthy snacks at Disney!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.88 (available in 10 colors and prints).

    14. A portable cereal cup for any parent who has tried to exercise saintly patience while their child finishes a bowl of cereal on a rushed morning. This genius cup lets them take their fave breakfast on the go — while serving up the perfect ~milk to cereal ratio~

    Amazon

    Simply add cereal to the inner cup and milk into the outer cup, screw on the lid, and you're ready to crunch. The milk and cereal don't meet until they hit your mouth.

    Promising review: "My kids always want cereal in the morning but they move slower than a snail in molasses. I bought this and loved it so much I bought a second one. They eat on the way to school so they are happy and I don’t have to yell at them quite so much to hurry up, so I’m happy too. Highly recommend!!" —Megan Twiddy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    15. An ~egg-ceptional~ rapid egg cooker to take the guesswork and the dirty pans out of your morning routine. So whether your teen wants deviled eggs or egg salad, you can set it and forget it...until the timer goes off.

    Reviewer's photo of three hard-boiled eggs with seasoning
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    Promising review: "I use this to quickly and perfectly boil eggs for my picky 9-year-old son that takes one in his school lunch every day. I haven’t used its other features, but if they work as well as this one, I’d have to say it is a pretty great product. The color is great, too!" —Kimberlyn Glynn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in six colors).

    16. A pack of adorable animal-shaped food picks that'll instantly turn everyday food into yummy looking hors d'oeuvres to please the pickiest of eaters. Do they make adult versions?

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    Promising review: "As a pediatric feeding therapist these picks are an amazing way to make food fun and get those picky eaters to try or at least pay attention to new foods!" —LGS

    Get a pack of 66 from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A set of reusable food pouches that'll make sugar-filled store-bought pouches a distant memory and let you pack homemade nutritious smoothies, applesauce, or yogurt for your toddler or tween (or you!). I mean, who doesn't love squeezable goodness?

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    These reusable pouches have an extra wide zipper opening at the bottom making them easy to fill.

    Promising review: "These pouches are wonderful! I bought the large size and they work for all my kids ages 1–10 years. The little one gets his purees and the older ones use it in their lunch bags for anything from porridge to yogurts to smoothies. I love that they are reusable and are super easy to fill with a funnel. As for the cleaning, yes it can get all dried and caked on after several hours in a lunch bag, but I just leave them to soak in hot water and soap and then clean with a brush. I leave them to dry semi open and there are usually no lingering smells, but when needed I will rinse in vinegar to get them perfectly fresh smelling. Great product!" —NT

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three sizes).

    18. A Mickey Mouse waffle maker to take breakfast to a whole new level of fun *and* serve up some delish Disney magic at home in minutes.

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    Promising review: "This waffle maker never disappoints. It is high quality and nonstick. We got this for our son last Christmas and use it regularly...still works wonderfully." —chris10marie

    Get it from shopDisney for $34.95 or Amazon for $32.99.

    19. Or a heart-shaped mini waffle maker so you can rustle up a fancy-looking breakfast for your munchkins...in less time than it takes to say "I love you."

    The pink waffle maker
    Amazon

    This little gadget weighs less than a pound, heats up quickly and also comes in handy for making hash browns, paninis, and biscuits!

    Promising review: "I bought this about a year and a half ago and completely forgot about it in the back of my pantry. Well, since we're all in quarantine, I've been doing some cleaning and I stumbled across my little waffle iron. I decided to finally give it a try and made a half dozen waffles, and I have to say, this thing worked great and cleaning wasn't difficult at all! Obvious tip: Use the slightest bit of cooking oil spray (Pam) and the waffles come out perfect every time!" —Tom M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

    20. A ravioli maker that'll effortlessly help you make the perfect ravioli every single time *and* provide a fun activity for the kids. *Chef's kiss.*

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My son and I used this ravioli maker and it was super easy. When you roll out the dough on the plastic piece, it helps to sprinkle a bit of flour, to peel it easily. The same applies to the piece of metal. We are already planning the next lunch with ravioli!" —Carmen Teresa Senior

    Get it from Amazon for $19.59.

    21. A pasta cooker so you can say goodbye to babysitting a pot on the stove and hello to cooking al dente pasta in the microwave using this ingenious all-in-one container.

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    It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! My family and I love pasta, but having to deal with the hassle of boiling and draining pasta of any type can be a real chore. Plus, it's easy to overcook noodles unless you stay close to the boiling pot and avoid getting distracted by interruptions, not to mention dealing with an occasional boilover mess. Ugh! The Fasta Pasta has solved all these problems for us. It took a bit of experimenting to get the ideal al dente texture we like using our microwave. But I jotted down the time settings that work best for my microwave in the recipe book that came with the Fasta Pasta so I have the right times handy. Now my kids and I cook pasta a lot more frequently — including the specialty dishes that we rarely fixed before because they were so labor intensive noodle-wise — stuffed shells, manicotti, lasagna, etc. My family is delighted. I also LOVE how EASY it is to clean the Fasta Pasta; a little soap on a sponge and it wipes clean in a jiffy — no more scrubbing trying to remove a hardened starch ring from the rim of the pot! I like it so much, I also ordered one for my daughter who is away at school. She LOVES hers too and uses it several times a week. Now her friends are buying them too. This is a great item!!" —Encore Productions

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    22. A lasagna trio pan so you can cater to the whole family's dietary needs, all at once, and seriously step up your cooking game.

    Reviewer making three different kinds of lasagna in the pan: meat, vegetarian, and vegan
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    Promising review: "I've been making lasagna for my family for YEARS and always used a lasagna pan without sections. What a PAIN! It was harder to prepare, and when it came to cutting and serving...it was something I dreaded. Everyone wanted an 'end' that was crispy, Everyone wanted either a small piece or a large piece...so cutting it was impossible. With these trays, prep was a breeze, as was cutting any size because it didn't slip and slide. It was as easy as pie...and everyone got a 'crispy edge.' Cleaning was one, two, three...NONSTICK! If there were 10 stars for this item, I would give it 10." —Linda Tesoroni

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A child-safe wooden knife for budding sous chefs eager to help in the kitchen. This tool will keep their little fingers protected and spark interest in the food they eat.

    Two child models cutting apple slices with the maple wood chopper with handle
    JUstenbois / Etsy

    Justenbois is a Canadian small biz specializing in eco-friendly and zero-waste tableware made from maple wood for babies, children, and adults.

    Promising review: "A really beautiful object and very well made. My 2-year-old loves chopping her own apples and fruit and helping me in the kitchen. I love this wooden knife. I'm so glad I bought it." —Juliana Pivato

    Get it from Justenbois on Etsy for $16.40.

    24. A pack of reusable silicone baking cups to corral itsy-bitsy portions of fruit, veggies, and snacks in the lunch box — and to ensure those yummy cookies don't get soggy from the mac and cheese.

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    Promising review: "I specifically bought these to use in bento boxes for my kids for their lunches. Four of them fit perfectly into the large compartment of the lunch box containers which is perfect for portioning fruit, veggies, and helpings of whatever their main meal is for the day. My kids love them, and so do their teachers. Have gotten many compliments on their lunches using this combo. I rinse them out and throw them in the top rack of my dishwasher and have been using the same set for almost FOUR years now! No smell, no bad taste."—Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $6.17.

    25. A four-pack of slim ice packs that'll keep your kiddo's meals c-h-i-l-l-e-d without weighing their lunch bag down. Win-Win.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These have worked great for my kid's school lunches. Works well in an insulated lunch bag to keep food chilled. The coolers are still cold to the touch when I take them out of my daughter's lunch box after she returns home from school. The thin size is perfect for not taking up too much space. I've had them for a few months, have sent one in school lunches everyday, and I have not had any problems with leaking." —abh17

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A mini donut maker that'll pop out four homemade donuts in just three minutes, saving you a trip to Krispy Kreme and your kiddos from a chocolate glazed–induced sugar high.

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    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical that I could make homemade mini donuts in just three minutes but it’s true! These bite-sized donuts are amazing and super simple to make with little prep! We made our daughter's birthday donuts for breakfast! Starting a new tradition." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $19.41.

    27. A perky rainbow-print personalized snack bag with a food-safe lining that's washable and reusable, making it perfect for toting sandwiches and snacks to school.

    A personalized sandwich bag, snack bag and cutlery bag
    Tarrah At Home / Etsy

    Tarrah at Home is a small biz based in Warman, Canada, founded by a stay-at-home mom with four kids that offers handcrafted storage solutions for your home.

    You can add one name, either first or family, to this cheery bag. You can also choose your fave fonts and colors and add your notes in the personalization box when you place your order!

    Promising review: "Product arrived on time. My daughter loves the bright colors. The snack bag fits perfectly into her lunch bag. I love that it's washable and reusable. A great purchase!!!" —Katherine

    Get it from Tarrah at Home on Etsy for $9.97+ (available in three sizes).

    28. A squirting spoon with a squeezable silicone bulb that'll make feeding your baby pureed meals at home and on-the-go a breeze. Goodbye, extra dishes and messes.

    Baby being spoon fed with squeezable spoon with food inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is Amazing!!! I now have kids in sports/activities and I am always on the go. I put my baby's food in one of these and take it to go in my diaper bag. It comes with a spoon cover that is hard plastic that covers the hole where the food comes out. The body of the spoon is a soft silicone that you gently squeeze to get the pureed food out. The spoon itself is a hard plastic but we had no issues. It is easy to clean and comes apart in two pieces. Seriously, this is the best gadget ever! This is coming from a mother of four who has probably owned and purchased every gadget out there to make life easier!!" —castgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    29. And for instant baby food, a clever mash-and-serve bowl so you can puree fresh fruits and veggies on the spot — all while thinking, "Where have you been all my liiiiiife?"

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    It's really hard for me to overstate just how much I love this dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and BPA-free bowl! It goes *everywhere* with us and makes mealtimes so much easier because I can mash up bananas or avocados in minutes. Plus, its super convenient to be able to serve the meal in the same bowl!

    Promising review: "Where has this product been all these months! I thought I was doing well mashing up food with a fork in a bowl, but this does the work SO much better! At 11 months, we are past the stage of pureeing baby food in a blender, because she can have her food a little chunkier. This masher is perfect, you can throw steamed vegetables in the there and have dinner made in seconds. It does great work on fruit that I add to yogurt for breakfast. It's so simple you think you might not need it, but it makes a big difference!" —SanDiegoMommy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.78.

    30. A nonslip Montessori silicone placemat designed to enable your toddler or preschooler to develop some serious life skills through setting the table independently. It's also chemical free, eco-friendly, and dishwasher safe.

    Kid's House UK / Etsy

    Kid's House UK is a small biz based in London founded by a mom that specializes in Montessori products to help nurture independence at home.

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old loves being able to set the table. He makes sure the silverware and cup are lined up perfectly. I love the independence it gives him. The placemats clean easily, store nicely, and are of great quality." —Beth Steele

    Get it from Kid's House UK on Etsy for $22.94.

    31. A spiralizer that's capable of cutting zucchini into noodles and sweet potato into curls in minutes — to win over veggie haters.

    The spiralizer with 7-blade slicers is capable of cutting a variety of vegetables
    Amazon

    The spiralizer comes with seven blades that make 2-mm noodles, 3-mm spaghetti strands, and 5-mm fettuccine strands, and a 5.5-mm blade for long curly fries and ridged pasta. It also comes with a container for safe blade storage and an instruction manual.

    Promising review: "Great way to make my kids eat their veggies! we have fun making the spirals and the kids absolutely love it. They ask me to pack 'twirls' for lunch." —Mother of Dragon Breath

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    32. And if cooking is a *struggle*, Yumble, which can deliver weekly ready-to-eat kids' meals made with regionally sourced fruits and veggies ~directly to your door~.

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    Yumble offers dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian meal options as well.

    Promising review: "My son absolutely has loved all the meals and I feel good knowing he is not eating frozen food!! It's so great for a working busy mom of two with a new baby! Thank you!" —Lexi

    Get six meals per week from Yumble starting at $47.94 or get a pack of eight meals from Amazon for $49.95.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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