Thinking about starting your baby on solids? How exciting! I remember the first time all three of my children started eating solids. It was a messy, chaotic, fun experience. Full of memories and bellies. In this blog post I will be sharing the top baby feeding essentials you’re going to need in order to have a successful feeding experience.
I honestly loved every minute of introducing solids to my children. It definitely taught me a lot of patience, but it also gave me a creative outlet to experiment and create different baby food recipes for them to enjoy.
Now, I know there are many questions you may have regarding starting your baby on solids. I totally get it. You’re probably nervous about baby choking on the food, or want to know at what age you can start baby on solids? Don’t worry mama, below are some of the most common questions answered!
What age can baby start being introduced to solids?
It is recommended to start baby on solids between the 4th and 6th months of age. Now, it all depends on knowing if you’re baby is ready and if your baby’s pediatrician gave you the green light to start solids!
” by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding” (source)
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What are the signs your baby is ready to start stage one baby food?
There are a couple of signs to look out for in order to determine if your baby is ready to start solids. All three of my children showed these signs when they were babies.
- Baby can sit up without being supported
- Your baby shows interest in the food you’re eating
- Baby opens mouth when he sees food
What solids should I start baby on?
The first time that your baby is being introduced to any type of food other than breast milk or formula;You want to start with the stage one baby food. Which are basically fruits and vegetables that are pureed.
It consists of soft or almost liquid like food. Make sure your baby’s first solids are not cooked with salt or sugar!
Okay mama! Here are the must have baby feeding products to start your baby on solids with.
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1.The high chair
There are a lot of different high chairs to chose from in the market. So I’m narrowing it down to just two options. They are both one of the top Amazon picks for moms! This Graco Vlossom convertible hight chair comes in 4 different colors. It’s adjustable and removable seat back insert helps position your growing child at the table. I had one similar 🙂
The Joovy Nook high chair is another great option for you to consider. It’s simple and comes in 5 colors! Here are some information about the product. It has movable swing open tray with 4 adjustable positions and makes for easy clean-up. It has a dishwasher-safe tray insert and has Non-scratch floor pads and it’s BPA/BPS/lead free.
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Bibs are without a doubt a must have baby feeding product! Your baby will make a mess and you need a good bib to hold up good! Here are a few good baby bib options to help you with starting your baby on solids.
- The water proof bib– This water proof bib is also washable and it’s stain and odor resistant. Yes! It also has a a pocket to catch any spills and it’s durable and soft for baby.
- The silicon roll up bib– This bib is washable and it also has a combination of comfortable fabric and durable silicone which are easy to wipe clean and are machine washable. It has a wide and soft, food safe silicone pocket that effectively catches crumbs! After you clean up, you can easily roll them up for easy travel!
- The sleeved bib– This one is super cute and practical! It’s basically a shirt bib. It catches any spills, it’s easy to wash, water proof and stain and odor resistant! You can literally save yourself from changing an outfit!
Bowls for feedings are very important. That’s where you’re going to put your baby’s food in. It’s convenient, easy to feed and super cute too!
These suction baby bowls are really amazing! Suction bowls stay put and helps with not spilling or making any messes. These come in a three pack, with lids, BPA free and they are stackable!
Here are more options:
4. Soft spoons
With having bowls, you’re going to need utensils for baby food! Of course you need spoons to feed your precious baby. Make sure the spoons are soft (gentle on gums) and sturdy!
Here are a couple of my favorite:
5. Baby mesh food feeder
I honestly never used these with my kids and that’s because they didn’t have it a couple of years ago (I think)! But these are super amazing and I had to include them on this list!
These mesh food feeder help reduce the risk of choking in babies, help introduce solids (fruits and veggies) and offers peace of mind.
Here are great options for your to consider:
6. Baby food maker
If you’re planning on making your own baby food at home, that is awesome mama! I actually made baby food for my twins and I loved it! To make baby food all you need is a good blender. Just boil the fruits or veggies and then blend it up!
But of course, you can also invest in a baby food maker and make mom life easier.
7. Baby food storage
Once you make your own baby food at home, you are going to want to store the left over for a different feeding time. So, make sure you grab these baby food storage containers!
Having a placemat is another great baby feeding product to have at home. You can buy the disposable ones which are convenient and easy to clean up because once you’re done with feeding, you simply throw it in the garbage! Or you can buy the silicon placemats which are great for feeding time. You can put fresh avocado, strawberries or even mashed potatoes on it. It helps baby use his hands to feed.
These placemats can also be used while your baby grows into a toddler and older.
Check out these helpful and cute placemats for feeding time:
9. Change of clothes
When starting your baby on solids, you will soon realize that it will get messy, quick! A change of clothes is almost always guaranteed, so I suggest you have clean clothes insight.
To clean baby, you can simply grab a baby wipe and wipe him/her down. Or you might just want to take your baby a bath. It depends if your baby has food all over himself. It happens more than you might think.
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These are all of the baby food gadgets that you’re going to need when starting baby on solids for the first time. These are all essentials and must haves, trust me!
I hope you enjoyed this article and I wish you the best of luck with your little one. Remember to enjoy these milestones and have fun during feeding time!