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Should Your Baby Eat From a Bowl?

Are bowls the new plates? Ask any restaurant insider, and they’ll say yes. From grain bowls to Buddha Bowls to acai bowls, from Sweetgreen to Chipotle, the bowl craze is big business in the food industry. Bowls are definitely having a moment, and now even your baby can get in on the trend.

Plum Organics has made itself a leader of the pack when it comes to major baby food companies appealing to the desire of foodie parents. And their newest launch, Baby Bowls, does just that. The bowls are sleek, eco-friendly, and filled with organic and inventive flavor blends you won’t find in any other grocery store baby foods.

A major departure from their category leading baby food pouches, Plum’s Baby Bowls encourage the use of a spoon, which helps little ones develop fine motor skills. Many moms love pouches because of the independence they provide: baby can do it alone, and mama can get a few minutes hands free. Instead, Plum’s Baby Bowls beckons you to spend time feeding your baby, making eye contact and intentionally strengthening your little one’s dexterity. No more mindless squeezing to suck the food out of the pouch.

Baby Bowls are also a major win in terms of function. The wide mouth allows you to really get your spoon into the bowl, and the rounded bottom fits perfectly in your hand. What’s more, the lids click on tightly, so you can save what your baby doesn’t finish for later. There’s even a freshness marker to help you keep track of when you opened a bowl, because mama, you shouldn’t have to remember everything.

The bowls, so out of the norm for the pouches and jars we normally see, are striking when you’re staring down the long aisle of baby food. The new look is eye-catching, and the flavor blends are eye-opening. Babies can eat quinoa? Turns out they can, and so much more.

Inside Plum’s Baby Bowls are USDA Organic ingredients in unique flavor combinations that might have you thinking your baby eats better than you do. Blends like Pumpkin, Banana, Papaya, and Cardamom are way more exotic than what our parents used to feed us!

On trend and forward thinking, this new line is even extra eco-conscious. By deviating from the old standard of glass baby food jars to plastic bowls, Plum Organics says it is leaving an even smaller footprint on Mother Nature.

It’s hard to know if moms hooked on pouches will make the switch to bowls -- it can take a while for new baby food trends to take hold. But at one point, Plum’s baby food pouches were novel, even futuristic, and now they’re a mainstay in every mama’s diaper bag.

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One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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