It’s an exciting time for parents (and baby!) when your little one is old enough to explore solid food. What do you need in your baby food prepping arsenal? Read on to find out!
1. A baby food maker
Save on washing up a sink load of pots, pans, steamers and blenders with a dedicated kitchen appliance that does it all. You can steam, blend, defrost and reheat using the ever handy Philips Avent 4-in-1 Healthy Baby Food Maker, priced $259.95.
2. Freezer storage pods
Once you’re done cooking up tasty purees, store your blends in the freezer. Weanmeister Freezer Pods are sectioned into perfectly portioned meals. Simply pop out your puree, defrost and serve. Freezer Pods are priced $24.95 a tray or three for $60, available from Weanmeister.
3. Baby food pouches
We all know the squeeze packs of supermarket baby food are super convenient, but you can absolutely make your own version! Using On The Go Baby Food Pouches you have all the convenience, teamed with all the comfort of knowing exactly what your bub is munching on. Get 20 reusable pouches from Cherub Baby, priced $17.95.
4. Super soft spoons
Super soft spoons are a must for first timers and the gum-friendly Bbox Essentials spoons are superb. No sharp or cold surfaces to chomp, baby will be happy to feed themselves in no time! Two pack of Bbox Essentials spoons, priced $8.95, is available from Little Styles.
5. Spill-proof sippy cups
Going to tackle drinking from a cup also? Try the Boon Snug Spout and Cup set. Snug Spouts are super stretchy, turning any cup into a spill-proof sippy cup. Find the set (that’s one cup and three spout lids) currently on sale at Lime Tree Kids, priced $17.
6. A soothing teething food feeder
An oldie but a goodie, the Tommee Tippee Fresh Food Feeder is a personal favourite. Great for teething relief also, fill the net with fresh fruit or vegetables, lock it in and let your little one go to town mouthing away without the risk of choking. Priced $7 each from Babies R Us.
7. A catchall mat
If there’s one thing I know for sure about baby starting solids, you can expect mess. Beyond the bib, you’re going to want to spare a thought for your floor. Catch all the highchair mess in style with Prince Lionheart Multi Purpose Catchall Mat. Available from Peekaboo Baby, priced $39.
Once you’ve mastered feeding baby the basics, you’re going to need some cooking puree inspiration. Annabel Karmel‘s cookbooks gets my vote for providing a great variety of puree blends and a whole swag of reassuring weaning information. You’ll find the above two titles at Booktopia, priced from $26.75.