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As a third time mom, I’m now a lot more relaxed when it comes to feeding my baby. While online articles and baby books can be very helpful for any new parent, I’m now more attuned to my maternal instinct and baby’s cues when it comes to when and how much to feed the baby.
My three kids all showed different preferences when it comes to feeding. One breastfed better, while another bottlefed better. One preferred rice cereal for a long time while another baby loved vegetables and fruits. Just like this, every baby is different and what works for another baby may not be the best for your child.
However, there are basic common ground rules you should keep in mind for your baby’s first solids. In this post I’ll share my tried-and-true tips and essentials that will make your baby’s transition to solids as smooth as possible.
1. Start solids when baby begins to show interest in food
This can be anywhere from 4-6 months. Instead of focusing on the number of months, focus on the cues of your baby. When baby is ready, you will find him/her looking at food intently with interest especially when others are eating. The baby might even move his/her lips as if he or she is hungry. Baby should be able to sit up independently (with or without support).
2. Buy essential feeding items
To begin transitioning the baby to solids, you need the following feeding basics.
- High chair
- Baby spoons
- Baby bowls
- Baby food
Here are some of my top picks.
1.Gerber organic rice cereal $3.39 l 2. Stokke Tripp Trapp ($349.99) l 3. Happy Bellies organic oatmeal ($3.99) l 4. Boon silicone baby weaning spoon ($9.99) l 5. Ooga silicone bowl ($8.99) l 6. Baby Bjorn soft bib ($9.99) l 7. Boon silicone teething feeder ($5.99)
Personal recommendation for high chair
Stokke Tripp Trapp
There are tons of choices for high chairs in the market. One of the most well rated high chair is the Stokke Tripp Trapp. This iconic high chair was designed by Peter Opsvik in 1972 and parents rave about it year after year.
If budget allows, I would highly recommend this high chair because it is designed to grow with your baby. Unlike other high chairs, this one is designed to fit right up to your dining table so baby can eat with everyone else. It’s made of solid beechwood and it grows with your child as it converts from high chair to big kids chair and beyond.
If you plan to have more than one child, this is a good investment piece that can last through multiple children.
3. Start simple
Most parents begin the solids journey with rice cereal because it is least likely to cause allergic reactions. Try introducing simple organic rice cereal or probiotic baby oatmeal.
I started with Gerber organic rice cereal and organic probiotic baby cereal. You can move from thin to thicker consistency so baby gets adjusted to the new taste and texture.
Doctors recommend sticking to one type for about 2-3 days before moving onto the next in case your baby shows an allergic reaction.
My son ate rice cereal for about a week as he adjusted to the texture of the rice cereal and the spoon in his mouth. He was exclusively breastfed for 6 months so this took some time. Initially his tongue reflex pushed out most of the rice cereal and this is totally normal. Just keep trying and baby will eventually learn.
My son was okay with the rice cereal, but really loved the Happy Baby oatmeal. He still enjoys this daily along with vegetable or fruit of the day.
4. Introduce vegetables and fruits
There are so many different ways to introduce vegetables and fruits to a baby, from homemade vegetable + fruit purees, to store bought baby food jars or moving straight to baby-led weaning. I personally like the traditional way of feeding purees because it’s a bonding experience I really enjoy.
For his very first vegetables, I introduced butternut squash and broccoli. To make homemade purée I simply steamed the vegetables, added some water to the steamed vegetable in a blender and blended until I got the right consistency. (I will soon share about how to make homemade baby food)
Start with vegetables, then move onto fruits.
I prefer to start my babies with vegetables rather than fruits so they get used to the bland taste of vegetables before moving onto sweet taste of the fruits. Some moms like to mix them up. This is entirely up to you.
5. Enjoy this bonding time with your baby
And lastly, enjoy this bonding time with your baby. For me, spoon feeding is another parenting experience I enjoy immensely similar to breastfeeding. It gets messy but these are the beautiful messy moments you’ll cherish for a lifetime!
What do you think about my tips and essentials? Which is your favorite?
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24 thoughts on “The Complete Guide To Baby’s First Solids”
All I can say is I NEED that highchair in my life!! We have a new baby girl on the way so I will need to keep this in mind!! & totally agree with your entire guide!
This high chair is so functional and sleek looking. Congratulations on your baby girl!
I’m loving this high chair. It looks great in our kitchen too!
That high chair is amazing!
Super helpful and informative. Saving this!
Glad you found it helpful. Thank you for reading!
The Stokke highchair in gray is seriously gorgeous! I loved this post and really need to get the suit your precious little one is wearing – I have a MESSY eater : )
A friend of mine has that bib for his kids and they are amazing! I need to get some for my daughter too!
I didn’t know about these bibs until this baby. They’re so cute!
That is such a fun highchair! And I agree, the baby showing interest in food is crucial.
Yes it is. More important than how old the baby is. Thank you for reading!
Thank for sharing this post– We are about to actually try baby food for the first time with my almost 6-month old son this month. 🙂
Best of luck! I hope you and baby enjoy the first solids experience! Take lots of photos too 😉
Our pediatrician also instructed us to start with veggies before fruits because they’ll probably like the sweet fruit more…and if they try that first they may not want to try the veggies! I thought that was good advice!
Yeah I follow that advice too because I don’t want my baby disliking vegetables. So far it’s working out great!
We love the silicon teething feeder! My daughter doesn’t like anything shoved in her mouth, she has to feed herself, so the feeder was a lifesaver! She could suck and chew on the food herself and be content. Easier for mommy too!
Great post! OMG I looove that Stokke highchair! I wish I had that chair when my kids were little, it would have been so helpful, I love that it can be used for all the feeding stages!
Great post for us mommas. I have a little one going through the phases of eating and its not all that easy. These are wonderful tools to help the process.
Yes I find them helpful and it eases the frustration. Thanks for reading!
These are great tips. I absolutely wish I had invested in this high chair. Now I feel like it’s way too late 🙁
I really like that high chair. My running theory is that our little girl hates her high chair, making meals more difficult. Maybe I’ll check it out.
That high chair is so beautiful and would look good in so many homes! I love introducing solids to my boys! So fun!
Love your blog mama. Great post. Wish I had found that high chair with my first baby. Looks like it will last a long time and I agree my number one advice is always start with veggies before fruit. This is so true!
So many great ideas! I love that highchair so much…it’s actually highly recommended for kids who have special needs. Those IKEA bibs have been my favorite for years!