7 Feeding Sets to take you from Nursing through to School lunches
As parents who want to look out for other parents, we put our heads together with a registered lactation consultant and childhood nutritionist to provide the expert guidance, techniques, recipes and non-toxic products you need to go from nursing to solids to school lunch! With seven sets catering from newborn to school age, mealtimes just got a whole lot easier (and less messy!)
Sore nipples, food splatters, hangry toddler tantrums, fussy eaters, leaking lunchboxes… The gripes of feeding your tot can feel everlasting.
As parents, ensuring that our babies and children thrive is one of our most powerful instincts. And yet – it’s something we struggle with the most starting with breastfeeding.
That’s why we created The Tot Feeding Sets! Together with a Registered Lactation Consultant and Childhood Dietician, we’ve compiled the advice, techniques and products you need to ensure stress-free feeding.
In this article, we’ll look at:
- Feeding methods for babies and toddlers
- The ingredients we avoid in baby and kids feeding products
- What’s in each of The Tot Feeding Sets
Scroll down to learn more!
Feeding methods for babies and toddlers
When it comes to feeding babies and toddlers, one size does not fit all.
Some may take to breastfeeding, while others need bottles. Some may happily accept a spoon full of pureed pear, while others want to lead the way themselves!
In The Tot Feeding Sets, we have options to suit the following stages and ages. We also have sets to help you keep up your healthy eating habits while out and about or off-to-school.
- Nursing (o months +)
- Starting Solids – Stage 1 & 2 (6 – 9 months)
- Baby-led Weaning (6 months +)
- On-The-Go Feeding (12 months +)
- Stage 3 Solids – Self Feeding (9 – 12 months)
- Mastering Mealtime (18 months +)
Ingredients to avoid in baby feeding products
At The Tot, we don’t use or recommend anything that doesn’t pass The Tot Test. This means every single product has been reviewed by a Green Living Expert. We dive deep into third-party testing to make sure nothing we sell contains any potentially harmful ingredients.
When it comes to babies and kids, it’s particularly crucial to be mindful of what could be lurking in their bottles, bowls, plates and cutlery.
While you may know to avoid BPA, you might not know that just because something says BPA-free doesn’t mean it hasn’t been replaced with something as equally dangerous.
When we put together The Tot Feeding Sets, we made sure that we only chose products that wouldn’t potentially leach hormone-disruptive chemicals into our babies’ milk, water and food.
You can view the full list of ingredients we avoid here, but listed below are the ones you’ll never find in any of our feeding products.
PVC, also known as polyvinyl chloride, or vinyl, is an incredibly toxic chemical that is harmful to our bodies and to the environment right from the production phase through to disposal. It contains additives like phthalates, lead, cadmium, organotin that are quite toxic and have been linked to asthma, allergies, reproductive problems and cancer.
Many phthalates are known endocrine disruptors associated with asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.
BPA + BPS (bisphenols)
Bisphenols mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, and obesity. BPA is an especially dangerous endocrine disruptor since even small amounts of this chemical have been shown to cause serious reproductive damage, especially when the exposure occurs in utero.
Lead and other heavy metals
Exposure to heavy metals can cause nerve damage, learning and behavioral problems, reproductive damage and irreversible brain damage.
PFAS (poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a large family of different chemicals that have been shown to cause developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals.
What’s in each of The Tot Feeding Sets
Breastfeeding may come easily for some, but stories of cracked nipples, sore necks, and trouble with latching seem to dominate most of the conversations around nursing. That’s why we worked with a Registered Lactation Consultant to put together a booklet of detailed information on the different types of breastfeeding holds you can try, how to look out for and treat mastitis, as well as which products will make the journey easier.
In The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing bundle, you’ll find non-toxic silicone breastmilk storage bags, nipple pads, non-toxic nipple balm, as well as a versatile nursing cover (that does double time as a carseat shade!)
An absolute must-have for new mothers, you’ll feel much more in control with expert advice and hand-picked essentials by your side.
Knowing when and how to start your baby on solids can be confusing. In The Tot Feeding Sets: Starting Solids Stage 1 & 2 bundle, you’ll get a booklet detailing all of the Solid Feeding Stages as well as nutritional advice, feeding techniques, healthy recipes and a helpful list of things to avoid.
Complete with an apron bib, silicone tray, silicone catch-all bib, stainless steel sippy cup, silicone/stainless steel bowl and spoon, silicone food storage tray, silicone place mat and reusable silicone squeeze food pouches, your tot will be gaining feeding independence in no time!
For those wanting to try Baby-led weaning, this method of starting solids takes the leg work out of pureeing and mashing food.
The Tot Feeding Sets: Baby-led Weaning set has a booklet full of all the tried and trusted feeding and food prep advice you need as well as an apron bib (which is non-negotiable), silicone bowl mat, silicone cup, silicone cutlery and a silicone catch-all bib.
If you think feeding your tot at home is hard, just wait until you try to do it at the park, on a play date or at the grandparent’s house.
Don’t fret though! The Tot Feeding Sets: On-The-Go makes staying satiated and hydrated while out and about a total breeze. Featuring a bento lunchbox made of plant based materials, silicone tray, silicone catch-all bib, plant based cutlery, recycled milk jug snack containers, stainless steel sippy bottle and wet wipes, you also get a booklet with nutritional advice, feeding tips and loads of recipes and snack ideas!
If your baby is ready for Stage 3 Solids, then this bundle is for you!
Consisting of a silicone catch-all bib, silicone suction meal mat, silicone cup, silicone/stainless steel bowl and cutlery set and stainless steel sippy bottle, it also comes with a booklet packed with advice for encouraging fussy eaters and fun & nutritious recipes.
Once your tot has gotten the hang of managing more textures of food, you can focus on getting them to hone their hand-eye coordination, try new foods and really embrace self-feeding.
The Tot Feeding Sets: Mastering Mealtimes includes a silicone catch-all bib, plant based trays, bowls and cups, silicone place mat and stainless steel cutlery as well as a booklet full of helpful nutritional advice, feeding tips and delicious recipes.
And just like that, your tot is off to school! One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating while at school is to use a bento-style lunchbox. Kids love them because they keep food from ‘touching’ while parents love them because they help control portions.
The Tot Feeding Sets: Off-To-School has a sturdy stainless steel bento box as well as a stainless steel water bottle, cotton lunch tote and notes for you to write sweet messages on. It also has a detailed booked featuring shopping lists and lunchbox ideas to keep your tot interested, well-fed and happy as a clam!
- As advocates of play-based learning, we’ve teamed up with expert early learning educators to create sets consisting of the toys and activities you need to help your tot reach developmental milestones, learn important life skills and build the confidence needed to enter a formal learning environment. Perfect for newborns up to Age 6, The Tot Play & Learn Sets are the screen-free educational tool you’ve been looking for.
- Looking for more ways to learn at home? Visit The Tot Homeschool Essentials Shop.