The kitchen is a room that gets a big makeover when baby arrives. Counter tops that were once clean and empty become cluttered with bottles, baby food jars and other random baby items.
This collection of gear will keep your kitchen pulled together and functioning at full-speed even when you have a toddler pulling at your pant leg and a screaming baby on your hip.
Message central is nice to have in every kitchen; however, it becomes a must when a little one comes along. A place to stick appointment cards for the never-ending year of well-checks, grocery lists, and coupons is a must for any new mom. This beautiful, painted wood cord board by Russell & Mackenna is the perfect solution for all your paper organizing needs in the kitchen.
When Charlie first arrived, leaving the house became at least a 30 minute ordeal. Where are my keys? Where is my cell phone? Do we have a pacifier? What about the camera? Boon’s Stash is the perfect place to “stash” all the essentials you need in order to leave the house. I keep mine right by the door and it has truly been a transforming piece of baby gear. A kitchen must!
All bottle racks are not created equal. The first bottle rack we had was like the Leaning Tower of Pisa—a big wobbly mess. I finally just resorted to drying bottles one at a time on a paper towel until I found this cool, sleek rack by Skip Hop. I loved what I saw in the picture, but wondered how it would hold up in person. I was ecstatic to find that it was stable and convenient, and the included bottle brush was a huge plus. This will definitely be my bottle rack of choice with our next little one.
I quickly learned that if I didn’t give Charlie something to play with in the kitchen, he would find something to play with himself, so cabinets were slammed, magnets were thrown to the floor, and bibs were strewn. I finally set out on a quest to find a toy that would keep Charlie occupied while I completed my kitchen chores. The wonderful toys by LeapFrog were an obvious first choice and one of their newest toys Cook and Play Potsy is ideal! It offers Charlie the chance to mimic Mommy as he blissfully prepares his own yummy, pretend meals in his very own pot. Perfect!
When it came time for Charlie to try his first meal of solids I was determined that I would personally prepare every single morsel that passed through his tiny lips. Well, I eventually realized that the folks at Earth’s Best were great cooks and baby food making just wasn’t a hobby that I enjoyed. I did however still need a place to store all those tiny jars. The Sassy Pantry Food Organizer was a perfect fit. Leave it on the counter or tuck it into a cabinet for quick easy meals at your fingertips.
After recently melting several sippy cup tops I decided to revisit the idea of a dishwasher basket. When Charlie was tiny, I had a big, bulky, awkward basket that never seemed to be full and was always taking up valuable dishwasher space. Not so with the Flexible Dishwasher Basket by Munchkin. The folks at Munchkin have really thought this one through, with a skinny mesh basket that tucks in any empty, narrow space in the top rack of the dishwasher. So easy!