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Kids

Posted: 2019-04-02

OK So Your Friend Is Having A Baby: Here’s What To Get Them

From practical to just plain adorable, they'll squeal with joy over these gifts.

The Postpartum Recovery Kit  boxreviewer's photo of the box containing all the postpartum essentials

1. A Frida Postpartum Recovery Kit is the perfect solution for new parents who want to make it through the painful first few weeks of recovery. This kit includes everything they need to heal and feel comfortable again, including a perineal cooling spray, cold/hot pack, and disposable nursing pads.

Promising review: "Missing the Peri Bottle, overpriced The Peri bottle is not included, but that is unclear in the description. When I received my first box, it was ripped, and the hole for the peri bottle was just empty, so it looked as if it was missing. So I mistakenly returned the first one, and ordered another, only to finally realize that its not part of the package. Very frustrating - especially since the total cost of the items if purchased separately would be $42.50 - so why does this sell for $50? Is the caddy supposed to be worth $8? Annoying. I love Frida products and was excited about this new line but now will just be purchasing a couple of the separate items." — Todd Maxwell

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Baby with teething toyTaco toy

2. A "Taco Tuesday" gift set if you literally CANNOT WAIT to introduce future little ones to you and your friend's weekly tradition.

Promising review: "So fun! I bought this for our almost 3 month old and it's a hit. She's a bit young to understand it, but loves clutching onto the taco. It makes crinkle noises, and she likes feeling the different textures. This set is super well made, the colors are bright, and seeing our baby play with this is hilarious." — Grassshopper021

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The canvas growth chart hanging in a roomThe canvas growth chart next to a baby

3. A simple canvas growth chart of high quality to help track the munchkin's height. It can be rolled and stored away, making it a keepsake they will treasure forever.

Promising review: "Perfect addition to my daughters room! This growth chart is adorable. Super happy with the purchase. Of course, trying to hang it 1.96” off the floor proved to be a tad difficult, because it is hung by a loop, not a traditional picture hanging device (whatever you call that). I thought I had it right, then hung it on the loop and of course it dropped a bit. So just plan for that while hanging." — Lauren

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4. Your friend's ~secret weapon~ to immediately calm down a fussy baby is the bestselling Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy with catchy classical melodies (by Mozart, Vivaldi, and other masters) and twinkling lights.

Promising review: "Great toy! I bought this for my grandson when he was an infant. Small enough, easy to hold. He’s now 4 years old and still likes it!" — MB

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5. Or a diaper bag backpack because it conveniently transforms into a changing station *and* has plenty of pockets to hold the absurd amount of things a tiny human needs.

Promising review: "Must buy item for diapers and changing! We just had our baby a week ago and are already putting the DEBUG Baby Diaper Bag Backpack to good use. It's very stylish so my husband doesn't mind wearing it. I love the changing station feature, which makes me feel better about changing our baby in public places. It has plenty of room for diapers, wipes, bottles and anything else you might need on the go. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a reliable and useful diaper bag." — Seng

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The stroller organizer in coffee and creamreviewer's photo of the stroller organizer in blush

6. An Itzy Ritzy adjustable stroller organizer is as functional as it is chic, and it can hold a coffee cup, water bottle, phone, keys and more when you're out and about.

Promising review: "Good value, cute, functional This looks like a cute purse for your stroller, at a comparable price to basic stroller organizers. Has exactly what you need to hold drinks and essentials. I have an Uppababy Cruz, and this is a much more useful option than paying the same amount for just their cup holder. The stroller can be completely folded with the caddy in place.The reverse side is plain black (see attached photos), so if you’re in a place where you need to be more discrete, or your partner is self conscious about it looking too feminine, it can be flipped around for a completely different look." — Kait

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A framed footprint and handprint with baby photosA model making a print of a baby's foot

7. A footprint and handprint kit is the perfect gift for new parents! They will absolutely love it!

Promising review: "7500 miles away... I have a bit of my Grandson with me always <3 Perfect My beautiful new grandson lives in Japan and I won't be seeing him often and so I saw these little hand & footprint frames and decided because of the mixed reviews, I would buy three just in case and bring them with me. I did write Julie (owner) and ask her for advice, as I thought it was human error (the negative reviews) and didn't want to mess it up. I followed the instructions exactly and did not deviate. We were able to make two of them and the third my DIL can use whenever she wants. They will be here in December (6 months old) and I will make another and then when I go back for his 1st birthday, we will make another and probably until his hands and feet are too big for the frame. You might notice a slight crack by his hand. This was definitely my doing and I chose not to fix it with the extra clay. I just didn't want to mess with a near perfect impression and put Noah through it. The one I left in Japan is 100% perfect without a crack... I wanted her to have that one. I want to thank you Julie for providing this very long distance Baba (grandma) this product. I will remember Noah's first month birthday and the feel of his little body as we made the impressions." — Jules

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The apron bib with rainbows on itA child wearing the apron bib and coloring

8. A Tiny Twinkle rainbow apron bib that can be machine-washed with possibly the cutest ruffles to make messy eating fashionable.

Promising review: "Great apron-like bib for toddler I love this for my toddler who now enjoys crafts and cooking. Easy to put on with a secure Velcro in the back. Simple to clean up as well. But of course I really love how adorable it is on my girl too!" — Caren

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9. The Skip Hop Portable Changing Station is perfect for diaper changes on the go. It comes with a wipe-clean, zip-off changing pad, a translucent wipes case, and pockets for essentials.

Promising review: "Cute and convenient, for dad's too😍 So my boyfriend and I saw this product in Target for $5.00 more (Hawaii prices) Lol, we know Amazon has much better deals so we ordered this one.He wanted something he can take with him when he has our son.The product is lightweight and has a clip attachment and hand loop for easy attachment to strollers, bag's, etc.It also comes with a red plastic mini wipe container in the second pouch, no wipes included. But it's a cute addition to this item.The product can be separated via a zipper just above the changing pad for easy clean up, and hang drying.***Huggies Wipes are used to give you idea on size." — AloHawaii

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The muslin swaddlesthe blanket in Invisibility Cloak print and Hedwig print

10. A two-pack of the cult-favorite Aden + Anais muslin blankets in a Harry Potter print is perfect for the expecting parent in your life who has the entire series memorized.

Promising review: "They are nice and big Love them so amazing details so nice. It’s one of my favorite blankets for my baby" — Paola Jimenez

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The paci attached to a stuffed elephantA baby sucking on the elephant pacifier

11. The Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle comes with an adorable elephant plush buddy that is guaranteed to keep the pacifier off the floor and soothe the baby when they are fussy. The best part is that the pacifier and stuffed animal can be detached for easy cleaning.

Promising review: "Must have Since my son’s pediatrician recommended soothies, this was the perfect product. As a first time mom, I had no idea why you would want a wubbanub. Then, I realized his pacifier would always come out... what an annoyance! Huge problem with the wubbanub and other brands was that the paci could not be detached! I was not fond about spot cleaning the stuffed animal and wiping the paci (especially when my son had Thrush!) I love that the soothie snuggle can detach so I can throw the giraffe in the wash and sterilize the paci! Now if his paci comes out, I’m not wasting time looking for it and can easily pop it back in his mouth. Thank you!!" — Daryenne

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12. A Boba Wrap that is soft and stretchy so new parents can enjoy snuggling with their baby, but also have ~two hands free~ to get stuff done around the house (or browse TikTok!)

Promising review: "Awesome! This product is wonderful! There is a bit of a learning curve with this. Once you get the hang of getting it wrapped snugly and tucking a baby in by yourself, this thing rocks! We have twins and we can fit both at the same time. If you can get the wrap tight enough, this will securely hold your precious cargo. Another great thing, this wrap is big. If you've got a few extra pound, like myself, fear not. It will fit. Again, I'm on the heavy side and can pack twins in here." — Jesse

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The pink nursing pillowA model feeding baby on the pillow

13. And a Boppy nursing pillow for giving a new parent's tired back a break by lifting baby to a more ergonomic position when breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Plus, it's the perfect backdrop for a super cute photo shoot!

Promising review: "We love boppy Super soft and adorable. we love boppy! This is my second child and second pillow. My daughter still loves her so I had to get a new one for her sister. Otherwise hers is still very fluffy and firm and we use it often." — Erin

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The night light and smart phoneThe night light emanating a purple light on the side table

14. This 3-in-1 night-light, sound machine and time-to-rise device is the perfect gift for any new parent. They can use the device to sleep train their baby by creating custom light and sound programs that are synchronized with the baby's bedtime, nap time and wake-up routines.

Promising review: "Great for newborns and refuse to sleep 4 year olds Are you an anal retentive mother like me? Then boy, do I have the product for you! I spent a lot of time researching sound machines and initially purchased this for our newborn. It worked great for nighttime feedings as you can adjust the light brightness from your phone. Have a big blowout that occurred at 2am? Fear not. This light will get you through that changing without having to wake the baby with bright overhead lights.BUT enough about the baby.. we also have a 4 year old who thinks sleeping is for the birds. He would rather run laps through our house at 3am than sleep like normal human beings. So we recently moved this sound machine into his room as it works as an Ok-To-Wake machine. We color coordinate for times to wake up and when to stay in bed. If he wakes up crying at 3am complaining that he’s bored, I simply crank up the white noise (at a reasonable decibel), drown out his cries, and pray he falls back asleep. So far it’s worked like a charm!Now, I schedule my children’s daily feedings and naps Kate Gosselin style, so this sound machine fits the bill. You can program it for certain times of the day and train your children to see the light and act accordingly. There are other cool features such as simply touching it with your finger to turn on and you can play your favorite settings all with the touch of a finger.I did order a different sound machine for my daughter’s room but will be switching back to the Hatch (*wink wink Hatch company). It provides much more light for feedings and the white noise is not as harsh as other machines I have had." — Kaitlin Thomas

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The purple penguin pacifierA baby sucking on the blue pacifier on their hand

15. Or a Smily Mia Penguin pacifier designed to mimic a boob that'll stay put on a baby's hand — so parents don't have to retrieve dropped pacis from the floor a gazillion times a day!

Promising review: "Life saver! Omg this toy saved my life. I’m so glad I came across this. My daughter is 4mos and she is breastfed. She refuses a pacifier and uses me as one. She would nipple on my breast without latching causing my skin to go raw. It was soothing to her. But now this toy doesn’t leave her side. The handle is sooo convenient, easy to keep up with. I’m so glad it’s soft because sometimes she will hit herself in the face it doesn’t faze her though. I love how it’s shaped like an actual nipple. I think that’s why she loves it so much. It does collect dust so make sure you wash it off before giving to your child. But overall 5 stars I’ve told so many people about this already!" — DORIS

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16. A Philips Avent fast bottle warmer can heat milk gently and evenly in as little as three minutes, sparing new parents the agony of keeping a screaming, hangry baby waiting for a bottle in the middle of the night.

Promising review: "Top notch warmer with handy features NOTE: This is for the Fast Warmer.Surprised I haven't seen many reviews for this model; most are for the Standard Warmer. As a dad I went through multiple warmers trying to find one that fit our bottles (BOON) because of its chunky size. This one has a large opening and looks very nice and premium. The dial is used to select how much milk/formula you are heating and also has a defrost/keep warm feature. My favorite feature is to auto keep warm feature. During my testing, I found the 2oz formula to be at ~100F after 60mins, which is great.As for speed with Silicone pouches it does take longer than a standard plastic bottle. For a 2oz the warmer turned off after 3mins and I kept it for another minute and it was up to temperature (90F or so using my cooking thermometer). This was using room temp water. I can understand the frustrations of a crying baby while waiting for food but anticipating the crying session is the best tip I can offer.Overall I'm very happy with this warmer, does exactly what it says and is easy to use." — David Baillargeon

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Non-slip bath padding in shape of flower inside sinkBaby inside sink sitting in padding

17. Or a blooming bath lotus because bathing baby in the sink can be a little nerve-wracking if you're a first-time parent. But this cushiony flower makes the whole experience easy-peasy.

Promising review: "Our kitchen sink was a little big for it but it was fine for what we needed We have used this since he was a month old. Our kitchen sink was a little big for it but it was fine for what we needed. He is 1 month in the first photo and 4 months in the second photo. He is comfortable when using it:) it washes and dries well. I don't have any complaints!" — PAJ2336

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18. A super-soft baby blanket that parents can use to capture every milestone from their nugget's first year and take their Insta photo shoots to a whole other level of cute.

Promising review: "Good quality I had a monthly milestone “blanket” for my daughter that was just a really thin piece of fabric. I love that this one is actual blanket material and really soft!" — Amazon Customer

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reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups stacked to form a towerreviewer's photo showing the colorful cups nested inside each other and held together with a star shaped holder

19. A pack of brightly colored stacking cups that will become any baby's favorite toy. With over 70,000 five-star reviews, you can trust that many reviewers have said this is the best $4 they have spent on a toy.

Promising review: "I don't have any good pictures of her playing with them My bunny loves these. She knocks over the towers I build, pushes them around and tosses them. They are incredibly durable, so other rabbit owners out there, you can rest assured your bun won't bite through them. It's a toy I trust her with unsupervised. I don't have any good pictures of her playing with them, but here's one of them scattered around her after an exhausting play-session." — Abthsm

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20. This Gund animated elephant stuffie is so huggable and cute! It flaps its ears and sings whenever you press its belly, and it even plays peek-a-boo! It's sure to make any baby laugh and gurgle with pleasure all day long.

Promising review: "Sweet, adorable! My adult daughter suffered a TBI 7 years ago. She is now a child. Mia is only 4'10", tiny and cute. She always loved elephants. When I saw this, I thought she would enjoy. I could not wait until Christmas! I had no idea just how she would respond. It was so moving, I cried! She began to play peek a boo and giggled with glee! This is a wonderful toy, so cute, soft and sweet. I would imagine any child would share in my daughters reaction!If you're reading this, please offer a good thought or prayer for Mia. Thank you, God bless you." — mchiara

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The giraffe teether in a boxThe giraffe teether up close

21. A Sophie The Giraffe teether with a soft, rubbery texture and numerous chewable parts (ears, horns, legs) aka secret magical powers guaranteed to make any child fall in love with it. Literally a no-fail prezzie!

Promising review: "Don't buy This is not the real Sophie!! I ordered 2 for both of my babies.. they are both fake!! when my child sucks on them the colors come off in her mouth!!!" — nay alt

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The unicorn stroller toyChild playing with the unicorn toy

22. A Bright Starts unicorn take-along stroller toy is perfect for leisurely strolls around the neighborhood with your new bundle of joy. This enchanting creature makes gentle rattle sounds and comes with two sparkly teething rings to help soothe your little one's sore gums.

Promising review: "Cute gift Gave this to my daughter when she was 3 month and she loves it! I’ve hung other toys on her activity gym but she’s attracted to look and touch this one the most. The little rings are easy for her to grab and hold. She’s not quite teething yet but she does try to put it in her mouth. It’s the perfect size for her, and easy to bring it along in the car since it has the ring." — darzie

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23. The Milk Snob nursing cover is thoughtfully designed to give mama and baby a cozy, private space while feeding. It's also versatile and can be used as a car seat/stroller cover or blanket to keep baby shielded from harsh sunlight, wind, and unwanted onlookers.

Promising review: "Yes yes yes! This has saved me in so many ways! Best purchase ever. So easy to use while breastfeeding in public and also to put over her car seat when raining. I love it!" — Dobyns

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24. The Ubbi steel diaper pail is a great choice for parents who want to keep their nursery smelling fresh and save money in the long run. Unlike the Diaper Genie, the Ubbi doesn't require special trash bags.

Promising review: "Ubbi vs. Diaper Genie I have 6 children so I've gone through a lot of diaper changes. I previously used the Diaper Genie Elite and was pretty satisfied with it because it held in the smell well, and was easy to use with the foot pedal for opening and closing. However, the Diaper Genies only last about 2 years, which is fine if you only have one child since they potty train at about 2. At about 2 years, one part or another would break on it, requiring replacement of the unit. So when my last one broke I contacted Playtex (the makers of Diaper Genie) and they gave me coupons good for $16 off of a new unit which was great, and I almost bought one except I was really sick of buying those expensive bags for it. So I looked into the Ubbi and, finding a good deal on Amazon, I went for it. I was a little bummed out that I had to open the diaper pail with my hands as opposed to having a foot pedal, but that wasn't such a big deal for me. I really wanted to like the Ubbi because it's an American company and it's not made of plastic. And it was great for about the first month but then it really started to stink. I tried adding baking soda to the bag. I tried using two bags each with baking soda in them. I tried spraying the can with Lysol when I threw out the trash. I tried using plastic shopping bags and changing the bags every other day. I even washed it thoroughly with dish soap and baking soda and let it completely dry out in our very dry climate. All to no avail. It just stinks! Pun intended. Even after I had just washed it, it still stunk. I finally tried using the left over bags I had from my Diaper Genie by simply tying a knot at the bottom and cutting off the appropriate length. And voila! It worked. So all along it was the pricey Diaper Genie bags that hold the smell in. Over all, the Ubbi is great because it's steel, it comes in great colors, and there's no flimsy plastic mechanism to break. However, their claim that you can use any ordinary trash bag is not true and it's expensive. I used the Member's Mark tall kitchen bags from Sam's club and they definitely don't work. Maybe a name brand trash bag like Hefty, or Glad would work better? This Ubbi pail will probably last longer than the plastic Diaper Genie, but you still have to use the Diaper Genie bags for odor control." — Kindle Customer

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The rainbow paci clipbaby with the paci holder clipped on their clothes

25. A Loulou Lollipop silicone rainbow pacifier clip is the perfect way to fasten a fave binky to baby’s clothing. Your friend's new baby baby deserves the chicest accessories, amirite? (Plus, the clip is free of BPA, lead, nickel, metals, screws, or sharp edges)

Promising review: "Love it So cute!" — Amazon Customer

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A whale shaped bath tubA model giving baby a bath in the whale tub

26. A Fisher-Price bath tub perfect for safely cradling a newborn so they can have a ~whale of a (bath) time~. Plus, it grows with baby (simply remove the insert when they transition to toddlerhood!)

Promising review: "Game Changer! The Bathtub for Baby! First, I don’t write a lot of reviews but I want to help out the next Mom who is trying to figure out with all these options, What to choose. This is Great bathtub. I use in a regular tub but could work in a shower as well; as long as you have an area to place it. Not sure it will fit in sink. I really wish I had known about this tub when my son was 2, 3,4, 5, 6 months old; when not able to hold himself up but he was able to keep his head up. The support is great. The way the tub allows for baby to be comfortable and safe, it’s perfect. It’s really a great design. I am not certain for maybe infants as young as 1 month but I really don’t see how it could negative, Mom may just have to be a more hands on which is the case for any newborn in a tub. Again, the tub is just like described and shown. If you have a little one and want a tub that will allow them to lay back and you can rinse and wash them down without having to deal with those mesh net things that are a nightmare! The net, swing attachment would just feel so unsafe and have to be holding him up even at 8 months. Son would be holding onto the side for dear life. It was never easy with that. Then bough this tub and it was like “Magic!” Suddenly my son could lay back and I could relax a bit while bathing him. I never knew there were other options from the net and once I did, I started doing a lot of research and was really unsure as to what to choose. And finances are limited so couldn’t just buy and try whichever. Also, this is during the pandemic so I knew whatever we used wasn’t going back. I took a lot of time comparing tubs. I cannot emphasize how much this tub far exceeded my expectations. It is simple but so efficient. It supports them and when they’re big enough to sit up, you can remove the insert. Initially didn’t think the insert would stay and then realized how to correctly put in place and it doesn’t move while baby is in bath. For newborns, as any bath, Mom is going to need to be more Hands on. Once they can hold their head up, this is the ULTIMATE way to go and I just want to past that along to any Mom (or Dad) trying to decide “which tub?” This is it! It is fine for when they are not able to hold head up but when they are able, it’s AMAZING because they can lay back and you can bath them and not be so stressed about them sliding. And of course you have to be 100% attention with any baby in a bath. This just really was a GAME CHANGER for us. My son is 10 months and it’s still plenty of space." — Amanda C.

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27. A BabyBjörn Bouncer that's worth splurging on will offer a soothing rocking motion so your little one can relax while you and your bestie sneak in a few minutes to catch up over wine and cheese.

Promising review: "Great bouncer! We love this bouncer. I particularly like that it doesn't require battery. We bought this about 3 months ago and it's holding up well. I machine wash the cover and let it dry out on our balcony. Our son is almost 5 months old and he figured out how to bounce it all by himself about a month ago. Love it!" — Nandin

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28. Or an <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QYW8LW"

Promising review: "All babies need a Baby Banana Teether!! Was hesitant to purchase yet another teether for my 5 month old son. He’s has rejected every teether so far. But upon reading all the amazing reviews on Amazon about this Baby Banana Teether I decided to give it a shot. Well let me just tell you it was a instant hit! This teether is lhe perfect size and weight for babies to grasp and a bring to their mouth. The yellow color attracts their attention and many times my sons likes to gaze at his banana. The entire teether is made out of one material so babies can chew anywhere and receive the same benefits. The banana peels placement allows for a paci clip to be attached to the teether. No more dropping teethers and constantly cleaning them. Speaking of which this teether is dishwasher safe!!! 😮 The only negative that I can find is that lint, fuzz, and hair likes to cling to the banana. With that being said I would still repurchase and recommend this teether to all moms out there! If this review was helpful please click the helpful review box." — Brittany J

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29. A Beaba Baby's First Foods Spoon Set is designed to introduce babies to solids safely for the first time. I mean, Gigi Hadid swears by them, calling them “the perfect size and softness for tiny mouths,” so you know they’re legit!

Promising review: "LOVE THESE EASY TO USE AND THEY ARE A GOOD SHAPE FOR BABY'S MOUTH. I WILL SAY I HAVE USED THEM HERE AND THERE TO GIVE HER TO TEETH ON. I WILL AGREE WITH SOME OTHER REVIEWERS THAT SOMETIMES THEY CHANGE COLOR A LITTLE BIT DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU ARE FEEDING BABY. CARROTS WILL COLOR THE SPOONS. BUT THEY ARE STILL USABLE IN MY OPINION." — MeghanS

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