Making messes can be fun. Cleaning them up? Not so much. The CaliBowl has an inverted lip, so you can easily mold drippy foods like applesauce and cereal into more manageable mouthfuls — so less food lands on the floor.
Before discovering the Curious Chef knives, our little helper was limited to mixing and pouring. Under your supervision, these nylon blades with safe, serrated edges allow him to slice everything from apples to bread — but not his little fingers.
Make dinnertime easier to swallow with Jane Jenni tableware. The colorful plates and cups have basic words and vintage-inspired images of balls, bears, monkeys, spinning tops, and more, which teach children new expressions and visual puns.
If you’re looking for more time with your kids and less time in the kitchen, look no further than the Time for Dinnercookbook, written by three former editors of the now-defunct and much-missed Cookie magazine.
Want to make snacks from scratch without the mess? Kids Central Kitchen, a health-conscious company that uses all-natural ingredients and whole grains, has mixes for brownies, pancakes, cookies, and more. So it’s as if the treats are made from scratch — just with fewer measuring cups and spoons to wash.
The best things in life are free — free of lead, BPA, phthalates, and toxic inks, that is. Earth-friendly dishware company Smiling Planet crafts recycled plastic plates, bowls, and more without harmful chemicals.
The Peko Peko: Family-Friendly Japanese Recipes cookbook was put together by a group of food bloggers, writers, and photographers in support of the country’s recovery, with $11.45 — everything but printing costs — of each sale going to the GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Baking with your daughter calls for adorable matching aprons from Funktion. Garishly girly, the patterned creations serve up colorful, ruffled combinations that are sweet enough for you and your little sugar pie.