So your baby is ready for solids, now what?

Stokke Trip Trap

From the moment your baby is born sooo much focus is spent on feeding, either by breast or bottle (or a mix!). But then the time between four and six months rolls around and suddenly the world of feeding becomes a lot bigger. Baby Led Weaning or Puree? What allergens to test first? Baby First Aid, store bought or homemade? What feeding equipment will be needed? There’s a lot to consider, and a first time parent it can be overwhelming on knowing where to start. Here’s my top 5 things to consider when your baby starts solids. 

Find the right highchair that will allow your baby to be comfortable as they grow 

Once your baby starts eating they’ll be spending a decent amount of time in their highchair. It can also double as a space for them to hang out while you’re cooking or cleaning. The Stokke Tripp Trap is suitable from birth and provides an ergonomic place for your baby to feed. It can be brought close to your dinner table, so they feel a part of meal time as they grow. An added bonus is that the Tripp Trapp is as aesthetically pleasing as high-chairs come. 

Feeding equipment, preferably with suction 

Once your baby hits the 6 month mark, their will to throw things increases substantially by the day. Minimize the amount of food you have to clean off walls and floors by opting for feeding equipment that has suctions. We love the Eco Rascals range for their colorful designs and durability. 

A quality Bib

A quality, waterproof bib is going to save you a lot of extra washing. Babies have a way of getting food pretty much everywhere apart from in their mouths. Save yourself and their clothes by investing in a good quality bib. We love the Snuggle Hunny Kids waterproof ones. 

A First Aid Course 

Before your baby starts solids it’s a really good idea to brush up on your children’s first aid. It can be a daunting experience offering solid food to your baby for the first time and navigating the many, many times they will gag and inevitably choke on things as they learn the new skill of eating. Prepare yourself by completing a first aid course. It will give you the knowledge to know what to do if there is a serious emergency. We highly rate the Tiny Hearts Education courses. 

The Right Food

There’s lots of options that come to giving your baby age appropriate food. A lot of it comes down to what works for your family, but here’s a quick run-down with our recommended resources:

  • Baby Led Weaning: This is where you skip the purees and go straight to offering your baby age appropriate solid foods. This can be a little intimidating, so be sure to have brushed up on your first aid if you start here. A great resource for Baby Led Weaning is Solid Starts. They have a database of so many foods. Simply type in the food and it will tell you when to introduce, and how to prepare the food for your baby depending on their age.
  • Purees and Baby Led Weaning: Purees are the most traditional place that parents start when it comes to introducing solids. It might be a little pureed pumpkin or pear, and gradually more foods combined, and thicker consistencies too. Once the consistency become thicker, parents generally introduce solid foods too. A great recipe book for new parents is Boob to Food, you’ll never run out of ideas with this book on your recipe shelf. 
  • Ready Prepared Meals: Making batch purees or thinking of meals for your baby to have on a daily basis can be a lot for parents, especially with the mental load of everything else. If you want to opt for already prepared meals that are nourishing and age appropriate then Le Puree is a wonderful place to start