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.

Smashing Idea

For those times when you want to quickly prepare just a meal's worth of freshly steamed and smashed veggies, this little all-in-one Steam and Smush gadget makes it easy. It's also a decent masher to stow in your diaper bag when dining out during the first months of solid foods.

Available from infantino.com, $12.99.

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

–Julie Seguss