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Best Food and Feeding Gear 2019

White Leaf Provisions - Biodynamic Organic Pear, Banna, and Kiwi Baby Food

Thankfully, the baby food market is being led by companies that have the integrity to produce organic, chemical-free, non-gmo foods for your baby's growing body. White Leaf Provisions has raised the bar as far as how 'clean' your baby's food can be. Heralding as the first business to bring a line of baby foods that are biodynamically farmed which is the gold standard for organic regenerative farming. The only work with small US biodynamic orchards where chemicals are forbidden and they have a zero tolerance for GMO's. They are offering the cleanest eats in the most popular eating vessel for children. This is their second consecutive win in the Baby Food category.

Founder, Meghan Rowe says, "We believe that being mindful towards the food we eat and the manner in which it is grown and produced allows us to be more in tune with ourselves and the world around ourselves." This is something we totally connect with. Biodynamic farming are helping to reverse climate change by drawing carbon back out of the atmosphere to help heal the planet that our kids will inherit.

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Comotomo - Baby Bottle

Picking a baby bottle that is best for your baby and you can be quite challenging. You may purchase a long neck bottle that is easier for your baby to fit their tiny hands around, but it is impossible to clean. You may purchase a wide-neck bottle that is compact, but isn’t built to address your newly colic baby. Comotomo listened to their target demographic, real parents, and delivered the Ferrari of baby bottles. And they aren’t competing with anyone but themselves. It is built to perform, to be reliable, and fit all scenarios we go through with feeding our babies.

In designing their bottle, they set out to resolve all existing problems with standard baby bottles. They placed a smart, non-leaking dual air-vents to prevent colic, made a truly wide-neck design for easy cleaning, and used hygienic silicone material so that you won’t ever have to worry about toxic chemicals. Above all, their bottle is designed to mimic breastfeeding to help babies easily transition back and forth from nursing to bottle feeding. It’s rescued so many families dealing with ‘nipple confusion’ and ‘bottle rejection.’ And any breastfeeding mama will tell you all about those active baby hands during feeding time. So, they used a soft, skin-like silicone material to offer a soothing, calming touch, and better grip.

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Emondo Kids - Rainbow Plate

“Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. Everything that’s wonderful is what you’ll be feeling when your child hands back their empty Rainbow suction plate.” That’s exactly how we felt when we received Edmondo Kids Rainbow Plate. It is beautifully crafted using FDA approved 100% sustainable Bamboo and food grade materials. It comes with a suction underneath to prevent spilling, tossing, lifting, dumping, and all of the other wonderful action verbs you use with your child while they are making a mess at the table. But what is most impressive is Edmondo’s emphasis on fostering a positive relationship between children and food. By assisting parents to create an interactive and joyful eating experience, their range of uniquely designed bamboo dinnerware encourages healthy eating habits that shape a child's development, for life. Here you are encouraged to follow the rainbow to create visually stimulating and balanced meals for your little one. This is a one woman show, and the passion, daily needs, and vision as a mother is evident in all of her designs.

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Bamboo Bamboo - Suction Bowl and Spoon Set

We are not shocked that Bamboo Bamboo finished tied for first this year (winner last year). Built by a mom that was tired of cleaning up spill after spill during feeding time, comes the solution that will break the seemingly perpetual insanity of expecting different results with dishes that simply won’t stay put on the high chair or table. The Bamboo Bamboo Suction Bowl comes with a food-grade silicone suction cup underneath the all natural bamboo bowl to prevent your baby from smacking, kicking, dropping, (insert action verb), his or her food bowl or plate to the ground. The bamboo makes it cool to the touch, and the suction bowl is removable when your child outgrows them.

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Madegood Foods - Mixed Berry Granola Minis

We weren’t familiar with Madegood Foods when they submitted. We tried them, they were tasty, but what sweetened that taste is when we got the full picture of the company. But first, back to the food. One can has options when picking from their line of vegan, organic, and gluten free products. MadeGood products are also made in a dedicated facility free from the eight common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish. They contain the nutrients in one full serving of vegetables, are only 90 calories and contain 6 grams of sugar! Their Mixed Berry Granola Minis are delicious and a good option for your toddler on-the-go or as a filler in between meals. The company is B-Corp certified and was also awarded TRUE Silver by Green Business Certification Inc. for Zero Waste Efforts.

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Evomove - Nomi Nomi High Chair

“Unlike traditional high chairs, the Nomi evolves with your child from birth all the way through his-her teenage years.”

From renowned Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik (designer of the Tripp Trapp High chair) comes one of the sleekest and most functional high chairs on the market. Made entirely of recyclable material, the Nomi can support your baby when he/she cannot sit up and then adapt to various stages of life following that. It comes in 4 wooden stem options and 7 color variations making it suitable for any style of home.

Peter is very conscious about our planet and works hard to minimize his footprint when designing. He is also involved in the running of “Design Without Borders” - an organization where designers use their skills to find new solutions for developing countries and crisis areas.

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