Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Baby Food Jar Organizer Roundup
One of the unexpected impacts of a new baby is the need to rearrange your kitchen storage. The single largest issue for us was where to put the baby food jars. I was a fanatic on the issue, only buying organicâ€”two different brandsâ€”encompassing a minimum of 12 types of food. And for the house to be properly stocked, I wanted 4 jars of each type. After a shopping trip we would have at least 48 baby food jars to store. And don’t get me started with what happened when we met a mom who could buy us cases of baby food at wholesale prices.
The jars took up two cabinet shelves. The whole mess was made tidy with the use of adjustable cabinet organizers. These are plastic three-tier shelves traditionally used to place three rows of food cans at three heights so that cans on each row are visible. I picked up two store-brand organizers for $10 each at a Target store (similar to the one pictured), and many stores sell similarly generic versions. Ours is 15" L by 9.5" W, and can be expanded as long as 27". When my daughter outgrew jarred food, we began using the shelves for our canned food and spices.
Other solutions I wish I’d known about:
Prince Lionheart Universal Food Organizer
has a two-tier lazy Susan design with the height of the second
shelf being adjustable. Spiral grooves on the central pillar appear to raise the second shelf like you might twist a jar lid upward. The organizer is stackable. See this photo of a stacked optional third tier purchased separately (one would assume you buy two organizers, and could stack 4 tiers if placed on a countertop). The adjustable height also means the organizer may find a use
in your home after your child has outgrown jarred food. Capacity for
the lazy Susan is not specified, but a rough eyeball guess from various
product photos indicates a capacity of about 24 jars.
KidKusion Baby Bottle/Jar Organizer is stand-out different from other organizers. It is a rack that mounts to the underside of cabinets, with six jars or six 6-8 ounce milk bottles hanging from the rack. It’s sold in a two-pack. I’m just not clear on how the jars attach to the rack. The product page states, "mounts with heavy duty foam tape." Uhhh, the rack or the jars? I have an e-mail pending to the manufacturer. I only located one retailer selling the organizer, though you can apparently order direct from the KidKusion. Its phone number is found by going through the front page.
Munchkin Baby Food Organizer is a three-tier lazy Susan that holds 24 jars in contoured lips. The top of the unit has a spoon holder.
Gerber Baby’s Feeding Center
is a three-tier lazy Susan that holds jars, plus bottles and formula on
the top tier. Breastfeeders need not buy, I guess. Product photos
appear to indicate the bottom two tiers are open, without specific
slots for jarsâ€”which means a 36 jar capacity is possible because some
jars are placed in the less-visible less-accessible middle portion of
the racks. Sold at Amazon.
Sassy Baby Food Pantry Organizer is a three-tier lazy Susan that holds 24 jars (4 ounce) or 16 junior (larger) jars, with trays that are adjustable to different size jars; I presume that means adjustable height-wise. Sold at Amazon.
Skip Hop’s The Chow is the oddball of the lot. Designed for style, it is a two or three-tier holder for only 12 jars. It’s pretty though, available in red, white or blue (aka "poppy," "white" and "marine"). Sorry hip mamas and papas, this smacks me as form over function.