Best Foods For a Mesh Feeder

Posted on May 6 2008 - 4:58pm by Christine
You’ve bought a mesh feeder (also known as a teething feeder) for your baby because you’ve heard they’re a great way to allow your baby to feed himself safely.

But what on earth should you put in it?

Best foods for a mesh feeder


One of the most popular foods given in a mesh feeder is banana – probably because pieces of banana can be as slippery as soap and very difficult for your poor baby to pick up! Frozen banana is great too.

But beware – you can ruin your feeder forever if you don’t act quickly to clean it afterwards.

AS SOON as your baby has finished eating, start cleaning the feeder – otherwise, the leftover brown gunk can be very difficult to remove.

Even the dishwasher won’t do a great job if the fruit is left on there for too long.

The best way to get the banana bits out is – quite simply – to hold the mesh feeder under running water and scrub it with a toothbrush (set aside for the purpose) or a stiff dish-washing brush. If the bits are particularly stubborn try soaking the bag in a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water.


Other great foods for putting in a teething feeder include

  • chunks of melon. Try pureeing melon then freezing it – excellent relief from sore gums if your baby is teething.

  • raw apple (apples are fairly hard and many parents worry about the choking risk associated with giving them as a finger food. This is a great way to enable your baby to enjoy fresh apples)

  • uncooked pear

  • frozen blueberries

  • grapes (really yummy when frozen!)

  • peaches / nectarines

  • pieces of fresh or frozen raw carrot

  • fresh strawberries (when appropriate)

  • fruit popsicles (try freezing your baby’s favourite fruit puree stirred into yogurt. A messy – but delicious and healthy – treat)

  • crushed ice or frozen breast milk

Remember – fruits that are placed in a mesh feeder don’t need peeling, because the skin (and any seeds) will stay inside the mesh bag and your baby will just get the mushy flesh.

Some parents also put in soft cooked vegetables (such as sweet potato), although your baby should be able to manage these quite well anyway by just mashing them with his gums!

One last point – teething feeders can be messy, particularly if your little one takes to throwing one around. A way to combat this is to use a pacifier clip to attach the teething feeder to his bib – no more feeder flinging!

Haven’t got a mesh feeder yet?

Teething feeders available online from Amazon…

Fresh Food Feeder (US)

Click here for a UK version

What does your baby enjoy eating in his teething feeder?

We’d love to hear how YOU use your mesh feeder – and please feel free to share your feeder cleaning tips, too!

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18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Andrea May 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm -

    I found that frozen mango pieces work wonders for my teething Gracie. She loves to chew them up and then suck the juice out. And because I buy them already cut up and frozen, they are super easy!!!

  2. Christine May 29, 2008 at 9:33 am -

    That’s a wonderful idea – and not only do the pieces help soothe her sore gums, they provide Gracie with lots of vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C, too! Hope her little gums are feeling better soon!

  3. Meg February 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm -

    thank you for this! I have been looking for stuff to put in here and these are some GREAT tips. Also, I bought one of the grinder’s… do you have any suggestions on what to use this for?

  4. Christine February 24, 2009 at 10:50 am -

    You’re welcome, Meg – glad you like the suggestions. As to the grinder – are you referring to the Munchkin baby food grinder?

  5. Kristi March 25, 2011 at 10:08 am -

    Thanks so much for this info. I’m a couple weeks away from starting “solids” and I’m planning on leading with the mesh feeder, but I had no clue what to put in there! I saved this page to favorites for a quick reference! Thanks again!


  6. Heidi May 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm -

    Ice worked wonders for our daughter! When she was teething or even just when it was super hot (We live in TX) she loved to suck and gnaw on it! I found that if you put in several small ice chips that it actually allowed her to gum it. The large full-sized pieces of ice only let her suck on it. We took ours every where. On road trips we would just ask for a small cup of ice at the drive thru.

    • Christine May 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm -

      That’s a wonderful tip, Heidi – thank you 🙂

  7. K January 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm -

    Frozen peas are a great snack! I’ve given them to my older children when they were toddlers and recently tried it in the mesh feeder for my 6 month old and he was hooked.

  8. Ashley September 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm -

    I have a silicon feeder…so much easier to clean than the mesh ones! My baby loves watermelon and frozen applesauce. And if I have leftover purees I will freeze them in it for a snack later

  9. Kristen February 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm -

    I gave piper her teether with her infant cereal with formula mixed in.

  10. Courtney Pitts October 20, 2016 at 5:31 am -

    I just got my mesh feeder and my son loves it so far. We are just starting out with butternut squash and a little breastmilk. I’m also freezing breast milk cubes to put in the mesh feeder aswell, mostly for teething.

    • Christine October 24, 2016 at 11:46 am -

      Thanks for sharing, Courtney 🙂

  11. Shailja November 14, 2016 at 2:57 am -

    I just bought a mesh feeder …I knew nothing about them and came across an add..N just grabbed them from Walmart..Oh my goodness ,they are such an invention. I put some frozen berries and gave it to my baby. He was hooked and sucked all the juice out of them..Also it makes him busy so I could do some household chores while keeping an eye on him..Just awesome product.

    • Christine November 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm -

      Hi Shailja – yes, they really are GREAT, aren’t they? 🙂

  12. Coral January 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm -

    I haven’t bought a mesh feeder yet and want to. Which do you recommend. It looks like there are a few brands that have them: Munchkin, Sassy, Nuby. Some have covers some don’t. Thanks

    • Christine January 11, 2017 at 11:53 am -

      Our favourite is the Munchkin feeder (we’ve included a pic of it in the post above). It’s the one we used. It doesn’t have a cover, so if you want to fill your feeder in advance, this might not be the best option for you. We never actually made ours up in advance and if we were travelling, would carry the fruit/veggie in a separate container, then put it in the feeder when baby was ready. So the lack of a cover didn’t affect us. Hope this helps 🙂

  13. Apple February 8, 2017 at 8:44 am -

    Kidsme Food Feeder works best for me because it has a cover and very easy to clean. I got it from Lazada.