Just recently we started solids with Jacob. When we went to the pediatrician, he gave us the all clear to start solids at five months. Jacob got the go ahead to start before six months because he was close to sitting up on his own and was showing interest in my plate and his dad’s plate. However, when five months rolled around he wasn’t ready. Every week we tried to feed Jacob food to see if he had progressed with his feeding skills and to see if he lost his tongue thrust reflex. Just this past week, Jacob actually started doing much better with eating. He is finally moving the food to the back of his mouth and swallowing instead of moving it forward out of his mouth. Not only that, J is also really enjoying trying the foods now!
With that being said, I’d love to share my favorites for starting solid foods with you.
Nuby Silicone Sure Grip Bowl – This bowl works like a dream! When Jacob is eating, he loves to grab whatever you’re feeding him with and out of. That means that the bowl is being picked up, dumped out, and there is a spoon being snagged out of your hands constantly. This bowl suctions right to the high chair tray, so you don’t have to worry about little hands swiping the bowl away! To be able to take one of those concerns away, has been a lifesaver. This bowl works great for us and I love that it is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Nuby Garden Fresh Easy Pop Freezer Tray – When Jacob first got the clearance for starting solids, I immediately knew I wanted to try to make my own food. I couldn’t make my own food without a place to put it. I picked these trays up at Babies R Us so I could easy portion and freeze the food I made! We haven’t given them a try yet but I am looking forward to it. My favorite feature about these trays is that they’re a soft plastic/silicone material, so the food cubes should be very easy to pop out.
Munchkin Silicone Spoons – When Jacob first started solids, we used the Munchkin spoons they sell at Target. He was having quite a hard time with them. They aren’t flexible and were difficult for him to get food off of. These spoons were much easier for Jacob to eat off of because they’re so flexible. Jacob is able to manipulate the silicone in his mouth to get more food off of the spoon!
Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster – We have an old house, built in the 1940’s and we have next to no storage space. So I knew I wanted something that was “space saving” instead of a huge high chair. This high chair sits on top of your normal chair and has two straps which secure it to the chair. My favorite feature about this chair is that it swivels to the left and right. The swivel feature makes everything so much easier with feedings, as I don’t have to readjust the actual chair, instead I can swivel just the high chair.
Plum Organics and Happy Baby Organic Stage One Baby Foods – I mentioned before I want to make my own baby food. However, to start off, I decided on these squeeze pouches to see if Jacob would have any reactions to the food. Waiting 3 to 4 days in between trying a new food is pretty standard practice. This is to ensure they don’t have an allergic reaction to a new food they’ve tried. Well, I decided it would be cheaper to buy the pouches to try single foods. After all, a sweet potato would likely produce more food than I would actually need. These pouches have been great for trying different foods. I personally enjoy the pouches that are clear so I can see there isn’t any gunk in the pouch.
Baby Breeza One Step Baby Food Maker – While browsing the lovely aisle of Target, I saw this guy on clearance for only $25! I didn’t know anything about this baby food maker, it just looked like an amazing deal. So I bought it. I have only used it twice now but it works great! This baby food maker is a steamer blender combo. First you cube up the food you want to make into 1/2 in to 1/4 in cubes. Then you put water in the reservoir, put the food in the pitcher, and set the timer according to the instruction booklet. From there you literally set it and forget it. Once the steam cycle has finished, the blender turns itself on and blends the food, once it’s finished, you’re done! How simple is that?!
Okay you guys, that wraps up my must-haves for starting solid foods! Starting solids is a big step in baby’s life and all of these products have made our transition to solids a lot easier. Because of that, I had to share them with you! If you have any good baby food recipes that you’d like to share, please leave them below! Also, if you have any must-haves, please share them with us! We can’t wait to hear from you.
Until next time!
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