In which Ariel reviews how she mixed and matched accessories from the Pura Kiki to transition from a infant bottle to a toddler sippy cup. She tried them all! This post contains affiliate links to her favorite bottles and accessories.
Pura Kiki Infant Bottle 5 oz. & Vacuum Insulated Bottle 9 oz.
We have been using the Pura cups since Bean was about a 10 months and I am still just as in love with them now as they day I bought them. But mine isn’t the only opinion that matters – Bean is the one who uses them. Does she love them? Who knows, she is a toddler.
I embarked on the parenthood journey full of ideals and goals. But with a husband that works abroad half the year, some things simply were not doable when relying on me, myself, and I to get it all done. The WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch was one item that made my to-do list a little less daunting.
The WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch has a wide opening that makes filling a cinch – no funnel necessary. The pouches are safe to freeze, which makes batch cooking a possibility. Plus, with both a writing space and see-through window, you can conveniently see the date-produced or content at a glance. The pouches’ double-zip closure seals completely. I still place the pouches in a zip-lock before placing them in the diaper bag because I am overly cautious, but time and time again the pouches prove this is an unnecessary additional step. Not one leak!
Gear Review: Dishwasher Essentials
When I was registering for my baby shower, I devoured lists written by other people. I read all of the “ESSENTIALS for Baby” lists, and was just as excited to read the “What you DON’T need to have a baby” lists. Most of the things seemed like common sense, but there were some essentials I’d never heard of. When in doubt, I leaned heavily on the advice of my mother and mother-in-law. Both had more than two children, and their guidance was invaluable. BUT, today I’m reviewing two things they both told me to skip putting on my registry.
First up is a general recommendation. Dishwasher baskets. With lids. Both mothers told me I did not need a special dishwasher basket for bottle and sippy cup parts, but both were assuming that I already had a dishwasher basket with a lid. All three homes my husband and I have shared so far have had baskets for flatware, but none of them had any sort of lid to keep things in. If you’re in the same boat, I highly recommend finding a basket that has a lid that snaps tightly into place. Breast pumps, bottles, and sippy cups all have small or lightweight parts that will be as tiny boats in a hurricane once you turn on the dishwasher. Not to mention pacifiers, teethers, and small, plastic toys your child might play with as they grow. I personally was gifted a Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, but I would rather have their High Capacity model, as it looks like it would accommodate the parts of our favorite sippy cups much better. But, if you have little clearance between your top rack and the ceiling of the dishwasher, the Deluxe is probably preferable. I give the Deluxe basket four eggs. I haven't tried the high capacity yet, but if I do, I'll update this post with its own allocation.
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