Baby fruit feeding pacifier

A Guide to Using Baby Fruit Feeder Pacifiers

Starting solids is an exciting time for you and your baby. It is one of the milestones in their development and your parenting. There are so many choices to make regarding which foods to give and how to feed them, but the one thing that can make the process a little easier is a baby fruit feeder pacifier. 

In this post, we’ll share tips on using a baby fruit feeder pacifier, the benefits of using one, and the characteristics of the best one. So, whether you’re just starting your baby on solids or are looking for new ways to get your baby interested in food, read on for our full guide!

Benefits of Using a Fruit Feeder Pacifier

There are various ways to introduce solids to your little one. You can let them rely on you through spoon feeding or allow them to enjoy soft baby food and biscuits using their hands. You can utilize different baby utensils like baby spoons and forks, suction bowls and plates, and sippy cups. But why choose a feeder pacifier? Check out these benefits!

Helps the transition from breast/formula feeding to solids

Babies are used to suckling as they feed on breastmilk or formula milk. A pacifier can help them transition from suckling to slowly eating solids. These pacifiers are designed with multiple holes allowing babies to suckle on juices and eat fresh fruit or vegetables.

Allows your baby to experience flavors

Feeding through a pacifier also introduces different flavors without risking your baby making a mess by spitting up food they do not like. Add grapes, apples, bananas, potatoes, mangoes, and sweet potatoes! When your little one begins eating full meals, they’ll surely recognize the flavors.

Provides safety when eating

Choking is one of the worries of parents like you. Babies put anything they hold into their mouths, including food. The design of baby feeder pacifiers only allows small bits of food to pass through, keeping this hazard at bay.

Eases teething

Aside from food safety, feeding pacifiers also fulfill the purpose of baby teethers. You can add frozen food inside the pacifier, which helps ease the pain teething babies experience. The friction in chewing the silicone nipple helps alleviate your baby’s discomfort. There are also baby food feeder pacifiers that are teether-friendly. The handles have holes where you can attach the teether, so your little one can have another toy to bite and chew on.

Can keep babies busy

Babies are filled with energy. Suppose you are eating together and are done feeding them their meals; chances are they may become fussy and want to leave their high chairs. Let them suckle on frozen fruit or dessert inside a food pacifier to keep them busy while you finish your meal.

Encourages feeding independence

Allowing your baby to hold onto their food and feed themselves even in this simple way of using a feeder pacifier encourages independence. This method is way better than spoon feeding them. As they grow, introduce new utensils to them and guide them on their proper use.

A Guide to Using A Baby Fruit Feeder

Do the benefits of feeder pacifiers sound enticing? If you think this feeding tool is suitable for your little one and want them to reap its benefits, you can try it. Here’s how to use it and a few reminders to make the most of it to help your baby’s development.

Step by Step Guide

  1. Prepare your choice of solid food. You can puree fruits and vegetables and freeze them before putting them in the pacifier. You can also put in some yogurt and other mashed treats.
  2. Put your choice of food in the pacifier and keep the seal tight. Ensure your baby cannot open it to avoid the risk of choking.
  3. Let your baby independently feed on the pacifier and enjoy the treat.
  4. After suckling, remove the remaining food.  
  5. Clean the pacifier using soap and warm water, and let it dry.

A Few Reminders

  • Not wasting food is a good practice to teach to your child, but saving leftovers inside the pacifier shouldn’t be one of them. Letting the leftovers stay inside the pacifier can cause bacteria to form, which may make your baby sick.
  • Although pacifiers can keep your baby busy, do not let this be their activity to fight boredom during their free time. This keeps them from doing more productive activities, and can teach them bad habits. 
  • Plan when you’ll wean your baby from using a pacifier feeder. This feeder is best for introducing food, but you should also begin introducing bowls, spoons, forks, and other utensils to them too.
  • Although a baby food feeder has food inside, it shouldn’t be your baby’s main meal. It can be used for snacks or desserts, but you still need to prepare a full meal for them.

Characteristics of the Best Food Pacifier

When out in the market to scout and purchase food pacifiers, you’ll notice that they come in different designs. Some fruit pacifiers mimic the look of a regular pacifier but are bigger and have more holes. Some are made with a mesh feeder instead of silicone nipples. These designs allow food to go through the gaps.

Despite the different designs, these general characteristics make a food-grade fruit feeder pacifier a great choice:

  • Free from BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other chemicals harmful for babies.
  • Has just the right hole size for small food portions to pass through.
  • Has a baby-friendly color or design to encourage babies to use it.
  • Easy to clean.

You may initially go through trial and error and purchase two or more pacifiers—this is normal. What matters is you get the food pacifier that fits your little one best.

Ashtonbee’s Baby Fruit Feeder Pacifier

So there you have it, our comprehensive guide to starting your baby on solids using a fruit feeder pacifier. We hope that you found this information helpful, and that it has eased some concerns you may have about transitioning from breast milk or formula feeding to solids. Remember, start with simple fruits like banana, apple, or pear and watch for signs of readiness before trying anything more adventurous. Don’t forget, Ashtonbee’s baby fruit feeder pacifiers make starting your little one on solids easier and more fun! Check it out, and get one now!

Ultimate Guide to Baby Feeders: Mesh and Silicone

You may have seen baby feeders, whether mesh or silicone, and wondered what they are for. They are a great tool for feeding babies and toddlers—and are especially awesome for teething relief. There are many on the market though, so today I’m sharing the best of the best.

Baby Feeder

A baby feeder is made up of an easy-hold handle and a little pouch with lots of holes. The idea is that the holes allow some of the flavor and texture of the food to come out, without the concerns that may come with larger pieces of food.

This means you can worry less when it comes to choking risks.

One thing to keep in mind: They don’t allow babies to have the full texture experience of the food—since the texture is mostly the mesh of the feeder. That means you don’t want to use one of these for every meal (or even most meals).

Lots of exposures to lots of textures helps babies and toddlers gain confidence in handling all sorts of foods, which can make feeding kids a lot easier over the long run.

But an infant feeder can be a handy tool to have in the mix, especially if on the go, starting to transition to baby food, or trying out a new food that has you a little nervous.

And they are a great way to offer cold teething relief to soothe baby’s gums.

Baby Fruit Feeder

Many people like to use baby feeders to offer fruit, either fresh or frozen, since the product is a safe way for baby to suck on and explore the flavor of a wide range of fruit.

TIP: Another name for this is Baby Fruit Pacifier.

Best Baby Food Feeders

Below are my top picks for infant feeders chosen for ease of use, durability, and ease of care (as in washing!). There are different materials listed, as well as specific information on each product.

Best Mesh Feeder

Munchkin Baby Feeder, sold in a set of two. (Or choose the ones that come with travel caps.)

This baby feeder has a streamlined, simple design of a mesh bag for the food and a ring for baby to hold onto. Small, digestible pieces of food come through so baby is getting some nourishment (and comfort if using for teething) without the risk of choking. It’s about $7 for two of them.

Best Silicone Feeder

Boon Silicone Feeder

This baby feeder, which is priced at under $6, is made from durable silicone and can be used with fresh or frozen foods. The interior stem forces food toward the tiny holes in the feeder and the small handle is sized just right for baby’s little hands.

Kidsme Baby Feeder

Baby Feeder Pacifier Combo

Kidsme Food Feeder

This popular Kidsme feeder has a replaceable silicone pouch that comes in two sizes, so you can adjust and replace as your child grows. It has a unique handle style that some babies may prefer and can be used as a pacifier too. It’s usually priced around $15 and is recommended for ages 4-24 months.

What baby foods should I put into a baby feeder?

Here are some fruits that are good to serve in a baby feeder:

  • Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • Blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Banana
  • Mango, fresh or frozen
  • Roasted sweet potato
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Ripe fresh pear
  • Fresh cucumber, skin removed
  • Watermelon
  • Cooked red meat such as steak
  • Frozen grapes (These are NOT safe served to a child this age in any other way as they are a choking risk. They are fine served inside the feeder, though.)

TIP: You can use frozen fruit or ripe fresh fruit that’s soft and easy to gum. Avoid any fruits or veggies that are very hard as baby may be frustrated by that texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age can baby use a mesh feeder?

Babies can use an infant feeder soon after starting solids around 6 months, or when they can easily hold it and bring it to their mouth.

How do I use a baby feeder to help with teething?

If you fill the feeder, whether mesh or silicone, with frozen fruit, you can soothe teething in infants who are eating solids or in toddlers. It’s cold and yummy, yet requires no real work for the child to suck on, so it’s comforting.

Are all of these baby feeders BPA-free?

Yes, if you choose a mesh baby feeder or one made from silicone, they are BPA-free.

What’s the best way to clean a baby feeder?

Try using a bottle brush or just running water to clean out the mesh. It should be fairly easy to clean if you avoid letting it sit too long with food in it!

Are baby feeders good for babies?

The one downside could be that if you rely on them too much, the child learns the texture of the feeder, rather than of the food. This can make it harder for a child to learn to move actual food around in their mouths and harder for them to accept a range of textures in the future when you don’t want to be using the mesh feeder as much.

Because of that, I recommend using this product at limited times such as when on the go at a restaurant or to help sooth a teething infant, baby, or toddler.

This is not recommended as a way to feed your child at every meal.

If you are worried about choking, review this information on toddler choking and trust that if you serve foods that are easy to squish between your fingers, baby is sitting down at meals, and you are with them, they will learn to eat like so many other kids who have gone before them!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on baby feeders in general or on these specific products, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published May 2019.

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