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.

Veggie Transformer

Most kids choose pasta over veggies, so why not make veggies look and feel like pasta. This inexpensive, trendy spiralizer tool quickly shreds up zucchini, carrots and more to make easy to handle finger foods and easy to disguise healthy meals.

Available at target.com, $7.59.

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

–Julie Seguss