It may be hotly debated when exactly to start solid foods (research suggests between 4 and 6 months), however there is no debate that these great items will take you there! Trying to decide between the homemade or store-bought route? We have all the items you’ll need, regardless of where the food comes from. Not sure where to start? Take on baby’s first solids with Mom’s Best 10 first solid feeding essentials.
Best For Independent Babies:
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder
Does baby insist on handling every bit of food that goes in her mouth? Are you constantly checking and rechecking that baby doesn’t have his mouth too full? If this sounds like you, then the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder may be the answer! The little mesh baggy can be filled with whatever fruit or vegetable you prefer and handed to your little one. He can gnaw away all day, content handling his own food. And you? No constant checking necessary as the feeder snaps shut and only allows little bits of food through the mesh.
Little pieces of food for you baby and peace of mind for you. Easy grip handle ensures they can handle it all on their own. Another huge plus- little teethers will find finally get a little relief. The feeders can be filled with frozen baby food to assist with teething pain! BPA free. Regular and deluxe options. Deluxe includes a cap for on-the-go feeding.
Best for Keeping Clean:
Skip Hop Zoo Tuck Away Bib
At home or on the go, this bib is great for keeping your little clean! It is lightweight yet sturdy and large, providing the perfect protection to your little ones clothes. Keep berries at bay with the handy pocket that will catch stray food. The adorable design options ensures even baby wants to wear it! Out and about? The tuck-away pocket helps keep your diaper bag clean by isolating the mess. BPA-free, PVC-free, Phthalate-free AND machine washable!
Best Grow with You Chair:
Prince Lionheart Bebepod Flex Plus Baby Seat
This flexible, fantastic product has so many great uses! From play time to feeding or even for travel, this handy chair can handle it all. For ages 3 months and up, this great seat helps baby develop the head and neck control necessary to sit upright. The cushioned foam ensures baby is comfortable while the multitude of straps ensures they are secure. From floor seat to strapped to a chair, this seat can do it all.
Need 10 minutes to fold some laundry? Pop in your baby with the attachable tray and toy and enjoy uninterrupted laundry time. Not ready to make the leap into an expensive high chair? This bad boy holds up to 50 lbs! Even the chunkiest of chunky baby thighs will fit comfortably. Headed to grandma’s for the weekend? This lightweight seat is perfect for travel- and will even keep baby up and away from grandmas not quite baby-proof home. With lots of fun prints and bright colors to choose from, this comfortable and easy to clean seat is perfect for babies and toddlers alike.
Best Keep Your Sanity Product:
Prince Lionheart Catch All Protective Floor Mat
You spend countless hours cleaning and scrubbing away in the kitchen. You think you finally got the hang of this kid thing when a whole new world is thrown at you: baby food! Kids can get themselves, their high chairs and your newly cleaned kitchen floor covered in chunks of banana faster than you can say hands up, monkey! While there is not a head to toe bib (yet), this nifty product helps protect and maintain that nice, clean floor of yours. Built in rubber backing helps prevent any slipping or sliding. Easy to clean and wipe clean, this product will help keep you sane and happy. Lightweight, durable and travel friendly.
Best Learning Curve Bowl:
Boon Catch Bowl With Spill Catcher
Does your baby think it’s hilarious to throw their bowl filled with painstakingly homemade food pummeling to the floor? Worry not! The Boon Catch Bowl not only includes a nifty spill catcher, it also has a built in suction cup bottom to ensure your food stays put! The spill catcher faces your child, ensuring less food on them and more back in the bowl. Perfect for teaching your first time eater not to throw his bowl overboard. Lots of fresh, fun colors to choose from. Dishwasher-safe, BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free
Best Transition to Cups:
Nuk Learner Cup
For those ready to sip away with their meals, this cup helps begin the transition from bottle to cup. The NUK learner cup makes this transition easy and simple! NUK, which is affiliated with the well-known Gerber brand of baby products, offers this sippy cup with a soft spout that mimics a baby bottle. The spill-proof spout has an air vent that reduces swallowing air, which helps with baby’s gassiness and bloating. The soft, anti-slip handles and the easy, spill-proof flow encourage independence. The base with attached handles is easily removed for cleaning. There are several great designs, sizes and colors to choose from. This line of sippy cups is also BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
For more sippy cups or transition cups, check out our list of Mom’s Best 10 sippy cups here!
For The No Time To Waste Mom:
Nuby Garden Fresh Mash N’ Feed Bowl with Spoon and Food Masher
Hungry baby banging away? No time to power up the baby food maker? Use this nifty little product to make a quick and healthy meal ready for your babe in minutes. Mash away at fresh fruits and steamed veggies with the included masher and non-skid bowl.
On the go? Grab a banana and this two piece set and head out! Mashed bananas for lunch=happy baby and happy mommy. Easily prepare any course at any time. With a great price, this item is worthy of your valuable shelf space. Dishwasher and microwave safe. BPA-free.
For The Homemade Baby Foodie:
Beaba Babycook 4 in 1
You’ve decided to homemake babys first foods- now what? Beaba’s got your back! With an all in one steam cooker, defroster & blender, this product does it all! The large, 4.7 cup bowl ensures that you’ll have plenty of food to feed-or freeze- for your little one. Steam away lots of veggies and puree to your desired consistency. Make big batches of fresh food to last all week. Have lots leftover? Pop them in the freezer and have many meals waiting for that perfect moment. Ready to defrost? Simply stick it in the bowl and wait for the beep- no harmful microwave rays necessary.
This sleek, powerful machine is perfect for baby’s first foods. Fruits or veggies are the first step; this bad boy can even handle raw meats and fish! From their very first bite of fruits to the complicated ratatouille that you attempt down the line, the Beaba Babycook can handle it all!
Oxo Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage
Have plenty of piping hot pears ready for your precious? These airtight, watertight and leakproof containers guarantee your hard prep work is not spoiled. With 2 and 4-oz size options, these are perfect for storing your bounty of goodness. Freezer and heat safe so food stays fresh. Great for traveling out and about with your babe- food, plate and storage all in one!
Clear containers make it easy to identify between carrots and sweet potatoes. They even come with a storage tray to make freezer storage even easier. Once you are past the purees, these handy containers will hold many snacks as your child grows. Microwave and freezer safe. Top rack dishwasher safe. BPA, phthalate and PVC free.
Ready To Move Up Pick:
Infantino Squeeze Station & WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch
If you want the convenience of a snack pouch without sacrificing that homemade goodness, this squeeze station gives you the best of both worlds! This easily fillable kit ensures your baby gets your amazing food while saving major $$$! This nifty station allows you to fill all your homemade goodness into the handy pouches babies and toddlers love.
Avoid the high cost as well as the possibly pesky ingredients of grocery store pouches with this product. Get even more bang for your buck by investing in reusable pouches- great for the environment, great for your wallet. Get fresh, homemade food at the (squeeze) of a button!
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