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Poll Results: What's your take on mesh feeders?

 
  • 1% (1)
    This is a dangerous item! Don't give this to your baby!
  • 55% (35)
    Expensive short-term investment and totally unnecessary
  • 39% (25)
    A nice-to-have bit of baby equipment even if unnecessary
  • 3% (2)
    Absolute must-have! Don't feed your baby without it!
63 Total Votes  
post #21 of 34
My DD would squeeze with her hand to make food come through, then lick her fingers. So messy, a pain to clean, and totally useless for us. She didn't like frozen fruit or ice when teething. She preferred the old fashioned frozen washcloth.
post #22 of 34
I love ours. It buys me time at the beginning or end of a meal or when I need her to sit in the high chair but don't really want to feed her something messy. She LOVES ice cubes in it, it really helps her with teething. Grapes have also been awesome - they are such a pain to prep for babies - peel, dice, etc. Instead I pop them or cut them in half and throw them in the feeder and she goes to town. Mango, pineapple, orange/clementine are all good things to put in it. I'll give it to her when I'm either putting food on the table or when I am cleaning up when I can't watch her like a hawk to watch for choking, and it stops her from screaming like a banshee cause she wants food NOW.
post #23 of 34
I wish you had a nice idea but I didn't need it option.

I think it would be nice if your babe doesn't have teeth when they are a bit older. DS had lots of teeth and did better with actual food. The mesh thing just angered him.

My niece however, slow teether loved having it.
post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by Cecilia's Mama View Post
I can't imagine putting purees in the mesh feeder; is that what people do with it?
Kind of defeats the purpose, no?

I have one and at first from 6-8 months we used it all the time (I didn't find them hard to get clean, but they do stain easily -- replacement meshes are pretty cheap), now I hardly use it because she has a better grasp and also we don't go out to eat much.

I used this mostly because it contained the mess of self-feeding a bit more. It was great to have at restaurants because I could pop a piece of banana, or potato or steamed veg in it and she'd gnaw away and we'd get way fewer offers of purees from the wait staff, or cookies from stangers, and she'd really enjoy it (plus who wants their baby's food all over the tray of a restaurant highchair...ew). It also freaked my MIL out a lot less than just giving her a baton of veg or fruit and letting her have at it...and my MIL when she is stressed about a baby is just such an UNPLEASANT person to be around, so even though she only stayed with us for 10 days it was totally worth the 7 bucks we paid for ours just for that.

It's not necessary, but it did allow me a little more freedom.

I used to think it was weird to eat through mesh as well, but actually I think the texture of the mesh on their gums is really pleasant for her, sort of scratchy and bumpy. She loves it, but I just don't feel the need to use it as much any more now that she has better aim and generally gets food in her mouth rather than her ears and eyes.
post #25 of 34
I've never used one, because I don't understand them. I think they're weird. I think if a baby is old enough to eat a food, they should be able to actualy eat it - not gnaw at it through a screen. I guess I don't see the point beyond, possibly, putting frozen foods in them to help with teething pain.
post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by Terrilein View Post

As it is, I'm leaning towards just skipping them. We obviously somehow managed to introduce tablefood with dd, I just don't remember how.
Just give it to her. She'll figure it out. Many of us never use purees at all with our babies.
post #27 of 34
We use them for frozen fruit for teething, DD LOVES it!
post #28 of 34
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
I've never used one, because I don't understand them. I think they're weird. I think if a baby is old enough to eat a food, they should be able to actualy eat it - not gnaw at it through a screen. I guess I don't see the point beyond, possibly, putting frozen foods in them to help with teething pain.
Same here.
My last babe just ate regular table food starting at 6 mos. and my current baby will do the same.
post #29 of 34
Neither of my kids would eat anything mashed or pureed, so this was a total miracle product for us. They just loved to chew on their teething biscuits and bananas and broccoli and everything else in the feeder, and I loved not having to sit there and pull choke-risk bits of food out of their mouths. I can't see anything dangerous about them, so long as you check to make sure the mesh is in good condition every time you use it. My kids are big now but I'm expecting #3 and definitely planning on using one again, I think they are great. Of course, every baby is different, but if yours likes to eat solid foods then this is a really super product.
post #30 of 34
A bunch of friends said their babies loved these things...so I bought a few, and my little guy could not stand the texture! He never used them-- and we tried many, many times!

The did fine with pieces of whole fruit and large chunks of things, sans bag...I would just watch him carefully. He had 6 teeth by the time he was 7 months old though, so perhaps thats why the mesh thing just did not float his boat at all!

I have an extra one that I never opened the package...if you pay for shipping, I am happy to send it to you! lolol
post #31 of 34
I put in things like frozen peas that I'm not comfortable with him eating on his own yet (at 7 months) because of the chance of choking, though I'm happy for him to eat. Peas, corn, things like that, I guess. Also avocado. I don't do purees, though.

I don't think it's necessary, but it's convenient for me and he gets to try a wider variety of foods, i guess.
post #32 of 34
I received a mesh feeder as a gift and tried using it, but my DD never wanted to eat from it. I don't know if she just didn't like the texture but she never wanted anything to do with them....
post #33 of 34

After reading all the other replies, I decided to try giving it to her with a frozen applesauce cube. She LOVED it! Definitely useful as a teething pain aid. She also enjoyed it with frozen banana.
 

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Originally Posted by lucy_v View Post

I've been meaning to post and ask about these too. My mom bought one for 8 mo DD (she said it was only a few dollars... Are they more expensive in Germany?). Anyway, I haven't used it yet. I do some BLW and some puréed/mashed food. The mesh feeder just seems weird to me... Eating through a piece of mesh doesn't seem very natural. Curious what others think and how they've worked out.

BTW, I haven't had any trouble with avocado. Maybe i haven't left them on the tray long enough?

ETA: I like the idea of using it with breast milk frozen cubes.. That would be great as she's teething & pretty uncomfortable right now!
post #34 of 34

We love ours! DD has been using them for months now. During teething we put frozen BM and fruit in there.

She has also had melon, peaches, apple, etc

We got alot of great use out of it and she still uses it on occassion. Not that big of a deal to clean for us.

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