09 January 2008

Shot glass as baby food dish

Get some use out of that old drinking paraphernalia! From Rebecca:

My husband hit on a great way to serve food to our 6 month-old - we use shot glasses. [Pictured here: a measuring shot glass, so you can also see how much food the kid has eaten, if that's of interest. -- Ed.] Each shot glass holds about 2 tablespoons of cereal, fruit or veggies. The baby spoon can easily get to the bottom and it's not a big deal to wash (we don't have a dishwasher.) Just make sure your glassware does has no metallic foil decoration before putting it in the microwave to warm up the contents.

We've gotten years of baby-, toddler- and preschooler feeding use out of our cheap set of Pyrex ramekins (I got them for a ridiculous price at a closeout sale). They're also good as ice cream dishes, condiment servers, paint dishes, cooking prep ingredient holders, and for baking mini apple-crisps and bread puddings.

Related: Sake cup or shot glass for beginner cup-drinkers

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We used the "disposable" gladware containers, the 4 oz mini round ones- but we reused them. They were great small containers and the lid made it great to stick in the fridge, diaperbag, or send to daycare.
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When I was a wee one, my grandparents would serve me apple juice in shot glasses. This lasted until I was about three and my great-uncle came for a visit. So there were my great-uncle, my dad and my grandpa shooting pool in the basement, and I notice a shot glass full of apple juice. Being three years old, I decided they must have set some apple juice out for me.

It turns out, my great-uncle loved his Jack Daniels.

Good thing that even then I had a very strong gag reflex. I don't think I actually swallowed any of it; it all went on the floor.

The lesson here: Be judicious with giving shot glasses of anything to kids.

Ikea sells these great little white bowls for 99 cents each. They're great for feeding babies and for ice cream portion control for the grown-ups (You mean I get to eat an entire "bowl" of ice cream?)

I thought we were the only ones who did this! We loved the shot glass approach for the first few months of solid feedings.

I love love love ramekins, I use them for everything at our house lol

I love the single-serve applesauce for toddler meals away from home (sealed tightly, doesn't need to be refrigerated), but hate to throw out the plastic cups they come in. After having my second child, I discovered that the empty applesauce cups that I couldn't bring myself to throw away are just the right size for serving baby food. They are large enough to allow for easy mixing of cereal and food and stack together for easy storage. And reusing them keeps them out of the landfill, at least for a little while!

i use ramekins for my 5 yo's ice cream dessert. two tiny scoops look like a giant sundae in a ramekin.

Per megachick's comment, smaller containers help "contain" burgeoning portions as kids age. I still use the smallest possible bowls for treats for my 8 yr old, and so never get complaints of "That's all I get???"

Another big "hell, yes!" for Pyrex ramekins. We have 6 and use them for the little one's snacks et. al.

I use those pyrex ramekins as well though I bought ours at a local Kroger on sale for 1.99 and another set recently for 5.99. Anyway they have served us well. They are glass so no worries about yucky stuff getting into the food when microwaving and they are terribly durable having been dropped and knocked and thrown (not really ;) We love them so we bought more for baby #2.

Now as our son is almost 3 we use them for tiny doses of ice cream or fruity snacks. They are the right size for his little hands and he knows they generally hold the frozen creamy stuff so he is SO happy to see them!

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