Whether you’re still in the rice cereal stage, experimenting with purees or have moved on to finger foods, prepping food for your baby can be time consuming. But if you arm yourself with a few of these life hacking kitchen tools, you’ll have half a chance of getting those meals ready before your hungry little has a total meltdown. And you might even be inspired to cook up some new healthy bites.

Boiling All-Star

From warming bottles or breastmilk bags, to mixing baby cereal, you'll use a lot of boiled water in your baby's first year. Sure, you can boil water on the stove, or in the microwave, but until you've tried an electric kettle, you won't realize how much easier it is. Fill it up, flick the switch and before you know it your water is piping hot. Bonus: this one will look pretty as it takes up residence on your kitchen counter.

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What kitchen gadget do you use when prepping food or drink for your baby? Tell us in a Comment.

–Julie Seguss