As a mom of 5, and a former toddler daycare teacher, I have seen more toddler meal times than a person could ever begin to count. I’ve had picky eaters, I’ve had super eaters. I’ve had babies in both the higher and lower percentiles for weight.
And yet, with each one of my children, I have constantly wondered if my toddler is eating enough. Am I serving the proper portion sizes? Am I causing my child to eat too much – or too little? It’s easy to beat yourself up as a mom and wonder if you are giving your child exactly what they need.
Luckily, Evenflo has done something to help fix that problem! They have introduced their new Smart Steps Feeding line, and it is something that moms everywhere will be cheering for. (Myself included!) When eating habits start out healthy, it leads to a lifetime of healthy choices.
My Review of Evenflo Smart Steps
Mom Central sent me 4 of the new Evenflo Smart Steps feeding line products to test out with Parker. They sent the Insulated Cup, the Discovery Spoons, the Snack Stackers, and the Magic Labels. I’ll take each product one by one and give you my thoughts and opinions.
First, the Insulated Cup – Even though the cup is
Next, we tried the Discovery Spoons. I’m kind of working on self-feeding with Parker, but not really pushing it. These spoons are perfect for him to hold in his little hands and try his hand at gripping and holding silverware. I love that it’s soft, so he can’t hurt himself. And the food is easy to scoop up, which is an added bonus for any toddler that’s learning to self feed.
The Snack Stackers are the perfect size for snacks on the go. I can add fish crackers, cheerios, or any small snack to the bowl, snap on the lid, and we’re ready to go. The lids snap on easily, and while they aren’t difficult to remove, it’s not easy enough for a baby to pull off. (Which is a good thing when you’ve got a little one who loves to try and remove every lid from every bowl he can find.) Another great bonus is that the lid attaches to the base of the bowl for a little extra stability. And, the bowls stack nicely for quick and easy storage in the cupboard without taking up a ton of space. The colors are bright and vivid, and they’re great to have on hand.
Lastly, the Magic Labels (an iParenting Media Award: Honors Award Winner) are honestly one of the coolest ideas I’ve come across as a mom. They fit perfectly on the lids of the smart snackers. I’m able to fill each container, write a quick note to Daddy or the sitter on the label, and not have to worry. Then, when the lid gets washed, the note dissolves away! Now how cool is that? You can use any kind of pen or marker to write on the label, and there’s no trace of the label left after washing! I love this idea, and I can think of dozens of uses for these. From labeling meals to snack all the way to labeling crafts and art supplies for homeschooling. They’re fantastic!
Another product in this line that I didn’t get to try – but am definitely interested in! – is the Portion Plate. Some of the features include:
- Proper portion sizes identified on plates with colors and graphics.
- 2 pack plates with 2 dipping cups that can be placed in many locations on the plates.
- Cups hold the child’s favorite dip or sauce. Cups can also be used to encourage picky eaters to try new foods. Either use of the cups – dipping or sampling, will allow the child to explore new foods.
- Plate conveniently becomes a lid when turned over to allow storage of leftovers.
- Plates easily stack for storage.
- Slip resistant base for fewer spills.
Sounds like a product that I could have used a lot over the last 12 years! What a great idea! I will definitely be trying it out soon.
Evenflo Smart Steps is currently available to purchase at Babies R Us, Burlington and HEB and will be available in Walmart stores nationwide beginning in January 2010.
Our nearest Babies R Us is over 2 hours away, so I can’t wait until the new line hits Walmart next year! In the meantime, I think I’ll head to the Babies R Us website and order me a couple more of these insulated cups!
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Evenflo and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.