Unitasker Wednesday: The baby food organizer

baby-food-organizerAll Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

My daughter will be three next month so we have no need for a baby food organizer at the moment, but I’m trying to figure out when we would have ever needed a mini Lazy Susan for 10 jars of baby food.

The number of months that we fed our daughter jarred baby food went by in a blink of an eye. I don’t recall getting lost in an avalanche of baby food jars. Baby food jars are very tiny and take up a relatively small section of cupboard space. The Baby Food Organizer is just a semi-stylish way to clutter up your counter top with 10 jars of baby food.

The “space saving design” is a little suspect in that it displays the jars in a vertical fashion rather than simply stacking them neatly in your cupboard. What is so space saving about a vertical contraption that may or may not fit in your cupboard?

Thanks to reader Ronise for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

35 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The baby food organizer”

  1. posted by Maura on

    Never mind that you have to reload it several times a week!

  2. posted by Maura on

    … Or that it cost $24. bucks!

    The same company does offer a bottle drying system that I might have considered 15 years ago…..

  3. posted by Christy on

    Gracious! With all the baby-related stuff that fills up one’s house – gates, strollers, clothes, diapers, toys, bottles, books and on and on…what we parents REALLY need to is to clutter up the kitchen counter with baby stuff too. Sheesh.

    The sad part is, before you have a baby, you think you may need this stuff. When my youngest turned 5, I had SO much CRAP to get rid of. Were I to have a baby now, knowing the reality, the marketers wouldn’t believe how little I really need. ;)

  4. posted by Rue on

    Only useful if you want to display your baby food. Ooh, these strained peas look like a work of art! Let’s put them on the counter for everyone to see!

    I agree that it takes much less space to simply stack the jars in the cabinet. You don’t see grocery stores stocking up on these! I think the marketers are just trying to take advantage of first-time mothers who are so unsure of what they’re doing that they’ll buy almost anything.

  5. posted by John of Indiana on

    I think the whole idea is that you have this thing sitting on your kitchen counter full of “Petite Palate” so your visitors can go “OOOH! So you have a BABY????”.

  6. posted by Marie on

    I actually had and used a baby food organizer. But not this one — it only holds 10 so why bother? Mine was a rather ugly and utilitarian 3-tiered lazy susan that held 30 jars. Probably paid around $5 for it. I have twins so I needed to buy baby food in bulk. The organizer really did help since those little jars aren’t very stackable. They fall over so easily. The lazy susan really helped clear up that area of my pantry.

  7. posted by Chiggins on

    if you had a young toddler… think of all of the fun he/she might have playing with those jars of baby food… stacking and re-stacking… while you fed your other baby… it’s all about keeping them busy and happy… I guess.

  8. posted by Donna on

    Oy vey! and why not skip the baby food jars, too, and just give baby the real stuff, just pureed?

  9. posted by Karyn on

    It’d make kind of a funky spice jar holder, if red fits your decor.

    Oh, but wait! It also comes in white and “marine” blue–both of which DO fit my decor! Hot damn! Thank you, Unitasker!!! :-D

  10. posted by Another Deb on

    I am wistfully searching the internet for a pet food can organizer for Kitty’s teeny cans of Fancy Feast.

  11. posted by knitwych on

    Rue, your comment cracked me up. The first thing I thought when I looked at the photo was “Eew.” Baby food is not known for its visual appeal, so I can’t imagine wanting to display baby food jars on the counter as pictured.

    Another Deb, why not just use a clear plastic shoebox for kitty’s Fancy Feast cans? A standard-sized shoebox will hold plenty of cans, can be slid off a shelf like a drawer, and you can see at a glance how much you have on hand. Also good for keeping those little cans from rolling to the back of the cabinet (as ours tended to do before we started using a shoebox). We have another shoe box for packet goods – drink mix, taco mixes, leftover condiments from take-away food, etc.)

  12. posted by MommyofTwins on

    I have twins. Even at 1 jar per meal (at the beginning) thats 6 jars a day. By the time we switched to making our own they were eating at least 2 jars each per meal.

  13. posted by Celeste on

    I’m embarrassed to say I actually had one (a different model) and it was worthless.

    What might have been good though, is the spice cabinet “stairstep” organizer I now use for my small bottles. I’m not sure if it’s deep enough to accomodate the jars, but still. A wire rack would have been good, too, in case you want the jar that’s on the bottom of the heap.

    So true about how short a time you even use jarred foods for babies…I loved the convenience and the jars are useful for a lot of repurposing. I made little Christmas candy jars one year.

  14. posted by Lady in a Smalltown on

    I am 2 months from having my first, but even I knew this was dumb when I saw it on their website (I covet their diaper bags). I have considered the bottle rack Maura mentioned.

  15. posted by Nana on

    I’m surprised no one commented on my favorite feature of this item…the fact that many of the food jar labels are covered. Ummm, something expensive, nearly useless AND user-unfriendly — I need several!

  16. posted by momofthree on

    I just kept baby food jars in the plastic shoe box (knitwych’s post) on top of the microwave. Did also have a baby food grinder that was my aunt’s when she had her three kids, the oldest now 30. Was not the latest and greatest, but saved my a bundle on baby food!! Grinding up adult food for my kids was so easy and the grinder was only 4 pieces, easy to wash!! And I don’t have a dishwasher in my house…

    The plastic shoe box now holds misc. small toys pieces for my youngest!

  17. posted by Kimberly Collins on

    We used a double lazy Susan that we already had for this purpose. it was free and could be used again later. Now, many companies make rectangular plastic containers that store and stack easily. Those would not even fit in this contraption.

    And I agree with the person who made mention of all of the baby stuff you think you need. If I only would have known, I would have bought FAR less.

  18. posted by infmom on

    *snort* Make your own baby food and save a bundle. Believe it or not, your kid can eat what you eat. You just have to puree it in the early months so they can manage it.

    When my kids were that little, one look at the ingredients in baby food was plenty enough incentive not to buy it. I don’t know if that’s still the case.

  19. posted by Meredith on

    I don’t have a baby, but I am starting plants for Spring. I think this would be great for tiny little herb planters.

  20. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    I can see a caterer using this to hold 10 little jars of various condiments.

    I like Meredith’s idea of using it as a planter.

  21. posted by Katie on

    would never buy it but if you are the kind that stores things in baby food jars, like craft supplies or screws this might not be that bad.

  22. posted by Tania on

    putting the SEMI in semi-stylish…

  23. posted by Erin-Joi on

    I can actually come up with a useful purpose for this stand. I do not have children but I get baby food jars from others to use for small crafting supplies. This stand would let me see the supplies better than dropping the jars in a drawer. Shelves are reserved for binders and rubber stamps.

  24. posted by josephine on

    Someone is going to say it, so it might as well be me….. two extra slots for the Octo mom?

  25. posted by Annie Pazoo on

    How ’bout using it as a condiment lazy susan for the table? Yeah, here’s your 10 kinds of mustard!

  26. posted by Annie Pazoo on

    How ’bout using it as a condiment lazy susan for the table? Yeah, here’s your 10 kinds of mustard!
    BTW I love your blog!

  27. posted by Nancy on

    I also thought this would make a great plant stand for tiny pots.

  28. posted by steph on

    Yet another reason why my husband and I are planning to make our son’s food!

  29. posted by Michele on

    I have three children and I’ve only purchased ONE jar of baby food ever. My children wanted breastmilk almost exclusively their first year and weren’t even interested in solid food until they could pick it up and feed themselves. I did have a baby food grinder, but I didn’t even use that very much.

  30. posted by jgodsey on

    actually i really like that for REUSING babyfood jars..when they are filled with beads or screws etc.. that’s a nice tool.

  31. posted by Michele on

    Not only did we never use baby food, but we never even bothered to puree my daughter’s food — she liked to pick up chunks of soft-cooked carrots or potatoes and feed herself from a very, very early age. One time, her dad’s cousin lovingly pureed some sweet potato for her and served it neatly and gracefully on a plate, and my daughter looked at it and didn’t know what to do with it! LOL

    No pre-packaged baby food = no full jars to store, and no empty jars to deal with afterward

  32. posted by The Chatty Housewife on

    I think the photo shows that it actually holds 12 so doesn’t that make it so much more useful? (Not.)

  33. posted by Lizzie on

    Hey–a unitasker that I have!!! Bought this (in white) at a yard sale and yes, my five year old has it in her playroom full of beads. It’s greatly, greatly coveted by her friends (who’ve suggested it as a small doll shoe holder). When I bought it, it was obvious that it had never been removed from the box…

  34. posted by IslandHippieChick on

    To Another Deb:

    “I am wistfully searching the internet for a pet food can organizer for Kitty’s teeny cans of Fancy Feast.”

    I HAVE ONE OF THOSE! LOL! I am TRYING SO HARD to figure out how I got it. I think my mom gave it to me, and I cannot find ANYTHING online like it. I’m going to try to figure out where it came from and get back to you. It is a lazy susan style and holds them very neatly.

  35. posted by Amanda on

    Someone gave me a three-tier baby food lazy susan. I don’t use that much jarred food– but it did perfectly accommodate my spice bottles, which means I no longer have to pull out every single bottle to find the curry powder. When we move, I’ll have room for a more traditional spice rack, so I think I’ll use the baby food organizer to hold bits and bobs in my sewing area. Still would cringe at paying $25 for one of these things, though.

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