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There are so many baby feeding products out there to help introduce solid foods to your baby. It can be difficult to decide which ones to purchase and there are always new products on the market.

In this post, I have also included features that I look for when buying a product as we all have different preferences to suit our individual needs.

I have also bought many baby feeding products previously that I decided later were pretty pointless or not utilised that much, so hopefully this list will be helpful to save some pennies too. 

Feeding Chairs

We have owned different types of seats which have different benefits.

Chicco Pocket Snacker Booster Seat

We used the Chicco Pocket Snacker Booster Seat for our boys when we lived in our flat. It’s lightweight,  portable, and designed to attached securely to your dining chair. It’s easy to clean with a removable tray and you can also adjust the height of the seat.

This is a great option if you are short on space and don’t want an additional highchair taking up space. 

Ikea Antilop Highchair

When we moved to a bigger home, we opted for this simple Ikea highchair  as we wanted to free up our dining seat as our family had grown. It’s cheap, sturdy, and easy to clean.

You can also buy padded inserts but I personally prefer less to wash!

Mamas and Papas Baby Snug Seat

This Mamas and Papas Baby Snug Seat was the best option for feeding my youngest daughter when she was introduced to solids at 17 weeks old as it provided good sitting support. 

According to the manufacturer, it is suitable from 3 months or when they are able to hold their head up independently.

It also has the added bonus of a playtime tray and being portable.

Feeding Bibs

There are so many different feeding bib options. You may prefer small polyester bibs that are easy to fold/roll up, full cover ones, or the silicone bibs. My children disliked the full cover ones so although I purchased a couple, I never really used them.

I found that polyester or fabric bibs weren’t as easy to clean but they are very lightweight so this was my preference when introducing solids to a 17 weeks old baby. They consume such a tiny amount of food at that age so I didn’t find it particularly messy at that point anyway.

Skip Hop Zoo Fold And Go Silicone Bib

I liked these Skip Hop bibs because they felt more lightweight than some of the other silicone bibs I purchased. This made it more ideal for my smaller baby.

I tend to have a preference for silicone bibs as they are super easy to clean, fold up well, and catches food that may fall during feeding.

These Tommee Tippee Explora Roll ‘N Go bibs are also  great quality.

Feeding Spoons

These Tommee Tippee Soft-Tip Weaning Spoons are suitable from 4 months. 

A good early feeding spoon would have a tip that is gentle on your baby’s gums and not too deep that it becomes difficult to get the food off the spoon when feeding.

I found that food permanently stained clear silicone- tipped spoons so you may want to factor that in when choosing your cutlery.

 

These Tommee Tippee Self-Feeding spoons are suitable from 7 months.

You don’t necessarily need a long-handled first feeding spoon. I initially wasn’t really sure why it was necessary as it meant needing to buy another set of spoons when self-feeding, but apparently it makes it easier to reach the bottom of a food jar. My favourite low cost short-handled feeding spoon was a Boots own-brand set which unfortunately doesn’t appear to be available any more. These Tommee Tippee spoons are great for self-feeding.

Feeding Bowls

A fair number of bowls I bought became worn and scratched really quickly. I found silicone bowls, like Nuby silicone ones to be the best, or bowls like this Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowl. 

I liked to use trays once my babies were at the self-feeding stage and I continue to use them now. The trays that are use are from Zara and are a good size. Bamboo Bamboo trays are another example of trays designed for the self-feeding stage.

Equipment to blend and mash food

This might surprise some people, but I have never owned a specific baby food maker. 

The puree stage is quite short, so I opted to buy this great mini Kenwood food processor and use that to create purees. I still use this now to create lovely dips and pesto! For any larger amounts I sometimes used my Nutribullet.

I have this Morphy Richards Steamer that I use to steam food.

For the mashed food phase, I love this simple Nuby Garden Fresh Mash ‘N Feed Bowl. It’s easy and quick to mash food to the consistency you want and you can take it anywhere with you.

Food Storage Containers

I bought some 30ml containers but I didn’t get much use out of them before I needed bigger containers, so ended up using them as little paint pots for my kids. I liked these NUK Stackable Pots as the pack contains 3 different pot sizes which are stackable (50ml, 75ml, and 100ml), and I got far more use from these sizes.

Silicone Freezer Trays are useful because you can very easily pop out the contents to defrost, although you do need to remove the main large lid just to get to one pot. If you choose a silicone freezer tray, a silicone lid rather than a plastic one makes it easier to remove once frozen.

Make sure you grab some freezer storage labels so you can label the containers with their contents and dates. 

When your baby has reached the self-feeding stage, you’ll need some boxes to take their snacks along such as this Tritan Portable and Stackable 4-piece Twist Lock Storage Container. Easy to keep your snacks in one place and transport.

These stainless steel Munchkin Snack Pots are designed with soft flaps for snack access which makes it a great non-plastic option.

I really love bento boxes for later on when they are eating a variety of foods. This Munchkin Toddler Bento box is aimed at from 12 months as it contains cutlery appropriate for that age group but you could easily take it out and replace it. 

First Cups

The end goal is to be able to drink from a open cup, so my preference settled on using this simple free-flow Tommee Tippee cup to get used to handling free-flowing water.

360 cups are great as you don’t need to worry too much about spillage. I say not too much because if you have seen one of these being thrown down, you will see that some water does splash out when it lands on the floor. If you pick one up and turn it upside down, water will not spill out. I really like Munchkin 360 Miracle Trainer Cups because they have handles to make it easier to grab and take a sip.

They also have a bigger Munchkin 360 miracle cup with similar colourful designs but without trainer handles. Munchkin recently brought out this stainless steel Munchkin 360 cup version which has the bonus of being plastic-free but comes with a higher price tag.

The Tommee Tippee Trainer Straw Cups are a good starting point for learning how to drink through a straw.

It’s important that the pieces can come apart easily to clean if you are filling the cup with milk, as you don’t want any nasty bugs to grow in areas that may be difficult to reach. Using a straw cleaner makes this task easier and more efficient.

Ice Lolly Molds

Ice lolly moulds like these Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicles Frozen Puree Moulds are great for making your own nutritious lollies.

Splash mat

You may not need a splash mat if you have flooring that is easy to wipe or mop. If you have carpeted floor, invest in a splash mat to prevent your carpet getting ruined by food.

Baby Recipe Books

The Ella’s Kitchen: First Foods book was the first book I used and it’s still a great choice. I have followed the same plan for each of my babies as it worked so well for us. I flicked through some other planners but I always settled on this simple one. There is a wide variety of recipes to choose from and helpful advice.

The River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook is also a favourite of mine.  The recipes are quite simple with a mixture of puree suggestions, family meals, and finger foods. 

I’d love to hear about your own experiences, and if you found this post useful, please share!

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Amal is a paediatrician and mum/step-mum to four wonderful children. She started MedicMum101 to share tips and experiences on all things motherhood. She enjoys writing about parenting, health, and wellness, as well as other life musings from time to time. When she is not working, writing, or running after the kids, you can often find her working on a new piece of art.

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