By Cathy Monaghan MSc, H.Dip, RD.

You are already overwhelmed with the thought of starting solids and then when you head to the supermarket or pharmacy you may feel completely bamboozled when you see the range of products.

My first suggestion is to do My Weaning Masterclass as this will put your mind at ease and save you money (and the environment) from unnecessary purchases.

If you look through my Instagram page you will see what I did with my now 3 year old. To get you started I have put some ideas below.

The European Food Safety Authority have a statement on BPA in products. You can learn more here.

 

Spoons:

Whether you plan to do spoon feeding or baby led weaning, I still recommend introducing a spoon. Using a spoon is a life skill. Spoon skills help coordination skills. Spoons may also help baby and you understand the gag reflex as baby is likely to put the spoon too far into their mouth initially.

I suggest introducing a spoon from the day you start. You can offer your baby a preloaded spoon and let them begin to feed themselves. You provide and they decide – more on that in My Weaning Masterclass. Remember this will take time. Start with one type of spoon, once baby is on solids a few weeks you can bring in different types of spoons, different colours etc – that is all part of offering variety!

Num Num Baby – The short handle and no scoop makes it easier for baby to use. Stick with something like this for the first few of weaning.

Munchkin 12 piece soft tip spoons – the soft tip is gentle on the gums and can be a bit of a teething toy at meals too! The longer handle can be better for when baby has had a bit of practice with self feeding, although I did start my baby with this one as you’ll see on my Instagram page.

Bamboo Baby Spoons – After a few weeks of weaning, it is good to give baby practice with different types of spoons. These are bright and colourful. They are different from the other suggestions, so this is a new experience for baby.

 

Bowls:

The Bamboo Baby Bowl has a suction base but I would also let baby experiment with non suction like this one on the days when you can face a little extra cleaning up! Mess is an essential part of learning to eat and I explain why in my Masterclass.

However when you are feeding at home you can always use what you use and place finger foods on the highchair tray. When baby is a little older, between 9 and 12 months – it is a good idea to start using a plate and separating the foods so that baby can start to identify the different foods and colours. Here is a bamboo one. Or you can purchase altogether here.

Out and about!

These are handy for when you are out and about. They are freezer, dishwasher and microwave approved.

I still use these for my now toddler.

 

Bibs

If you struggle with mess then the Bibado bib will help. It covers everything so babies clothes will stay clean. Mess is a really important part of learning to eat and it is something that lots of parents struggle with. Whether you use a bib or the clothes get dirty you end up with washing either way though!

These Silicone Bibs are handy for when you are out and about.

 

Beakers

When starting your baby on solids it is important to remember that they have no idea how to drink from a beaker. For this reason the simplest beaker is the easiest to use for baby. The simplest beakers are often teh cheapest too. A simple beaker teaches baby that their tongue can stop water from pouring out the spout. This in turn helps develop the tongue muscles. Developing the tongue muscles then contributes to speech!

Practice with an open cup is a great skill to develop. The more practice baby gets the better! Check out this post about beakers on my Instagram page.

Out and about:

Save any sort of non spill beakers for when baby is older. Non spill takes some of the learning fun away for baby! Generally if a product makes parents lives easier it is developed for the parents benefit and not child development.

 

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