After months of a milk-only diet, beginning to introduce solid food to your baby can seem like an epic milestone! After all, it’s their first new taste experience, so you want this introduction to be a success.
Fruit and vegetable purees, along with a cereal, are commonly the first foods your baby will try, and these are very simple to make yourself at home.
Here’s everything you need to make those first mouthfuls nutritious, tasty and fun for everyone (let’s ignore the mess factor for now!):
1. Whizzy stick blender
You’ll be able to introduce your baby to his first foods with confidence when you have a stick blender at hand – with a couple of quick pulses, you’ll have a lovely vegetable puree ready to serve in no time at all. The Contempo Stick Blender has two speeds so you can easily control what you are doing at all times.
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2. Stylish high chair
It’s worth investing in a high chair that is durable and stylish – because you are going to be looking at this particular piece of furniture for years to come.
The 360 Degree High Chair by Childcare has an innovative rotating seat that locks into 12 positions. It gives you the choice to swivel the seat so that you can face your baby towards you for one-on-one feeding, or face baby out to keep him happy and let others do the entertaining. It’s fully loaded with features such a 5-point safety harness, an adjustable and removable tray for easy cleaning (very important!), and an adjustable footrest for added comfort. It also grows with your child, converting into a stool.
3. Very smart baby spoons
Always choose a spoon for your baby that has soft tips and sides so it’s gentle on little mouths – once your baby starts grabbing for the spoon and jamming it into his mouth, you want to know that it won’t do any damage in there.
These Tommee Tippee spoons are particularly genius because they are heat-sensing – the tip of the spoon changes colour if the food is too hot – which means you can be confident that the temperature of food is always just right.
No more burning your mouth testing the temperature of your baby’s food, these clever heat-sensing spoons do it for you.
4. Pretty-yet-practical bibs
Now, feeding bub is a messy business – there is no way to sugar-coat this fact – but all that mess is part of the way they learn about food and how to enjoy it. You can minimise the mess though, by using a bib every time they eat. Look for bibs that are plastic-backed so moisture doesn’t soak through to clothing. You will need plenty of bibs so stock up now!
5. Clever suction bowl
There is nothing a cheeky little monkey likes to do more than upend his plate at meal times. It’s such fun to watch mum wiping food up off the floor!
Now you can foil even the most persistent bowl-swiper when you use a suction bowl. The Tommee Tippee Suction Bowls feature a unique, super-strong suction base design to prevent your baby from removing the bowl from highchair or table top surfaces. How clever!
6. Handy snack box
One thing you’ll discover quickly is that babies need to eat often so being prepared with a bunch of nutritious snacks throughout the day will make you Supermum.
Just be sure to store your snacks in well-sealed containers so you don’t find any ‘surprises’ in the bottom of your nappy bag. These snack packs from B.box have two separate compartments that seal separately, so you can store crackers and dip or little sandwich shapes and berries, without anything get smooshed together. It comes with a handy spoon that stows away in the lid too.
7. Simple section plate
A lot of young children don’t like to mix their food up on the plate – this is oftentimes because the different textures of foods served all together can be overwhelming, and sometimes it’s just because they prefer one food over another. Whatever the reason, mealtimes are often calmer if you keep foods separated on the plate. Which is easy to do when you have a handy section plate like this one from Tommee Tippee.
8. Spill-proof spout cup
Once your baby starts eating solid food, he’ll need extra hydration too. Offering water at mealtimes in a spout cup will begin the cup-drinking lessons and if you choose a cup with easy grip handles, your baby will quickly learn how to master the cup himself.
9. Nifty silicone freezer trays
When you’re whizzing up homemade purees for baby, you’re going to end up with more than you can serve in one meal. So use a silicone ice cube tray to freeze small puree portions and then once they are frozen, you can unmold them and store them in a labelled ziplock bag in the freezer, in preparation for future meals.
10. Durable freezer pots
You’ll be surprised at how quickly your baby goes from eating a teaspoon or two of puree once or twice a day, to eating full meals three times a day. So you’ll need some freezer-friendly storage pots to store larger portions in. These Closer To Nature pots are extra clever because they have pop-up bases too, which makes it easy to pop the portions out as you need them.
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