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Best supplies for starting baby on food?

We’ll be starting our LO on food soon and was wondering what supplies were most helpful to have in advance? The best spoons to have? Are special bowls necessary? As far as actual food is concerned, I figure it’ll likely be trial & error haha :)

  • Mia
    Aug 08, 2018

    I liked these spoons and these storage containers (I made my own baby food). As for bowl I would just either use a plastic bowl or the feed straight out of storage container depending on what I was giving. Otherwise I would put the food directly on the tray (it had the removable top for easy washing). https://smile.amazon.com/Munchkin-White-Hot-Safety-Spoons/dp/B0013NB70A https://smile.amazon.com/Containers-Reusable-Stackable-Cups-Dry-erase/dp/B007TJVYSM

  • Andrea
    Aug 08, 2018

    I think that this is probably the best thing we bought: NUK Mash and Serve Bowl for Making Homemade Baby Food https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006Z6E8AG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Y54ABb71BB274

  • Kerry
    Aug 08, 2018

    I love the same spoons as Mia, they are flatter than most spoons so easy for baby to get the food. I did buy 2 packs of the spoons as I tend to wash up at the end of the day and sometimes my little one likes a spoon too. Ive just brought the take and toss 4oz pots. I have rubbermaid containers at home but they are harder on my hands (i have arthritis in them) so dont want to be taking those lids on and off constantly, If you already have small containers then no need to buy more. I am freezing all my foods in ice cube trays (1oz servings) I did buy the nuk trays (2oz servings) which are great aswell. We already have a blender (Ninja with smaller blending cups like a bullet). I have a steamer that sits on the saucepan much easier than the little ones that go in the pan. I try to steam or roast the food. (boiling takes out more nutrients)

  • Lulu
    Aug 08, 2018

    Honestly baby led weaning is the best, no equipment necessary :)

  • Kerry
    Aug 08, 2018

    @Lulu What foods are good for BLW, Ive read a little about it but my son struggles to bite stuff off. If the food is soft it ends of squished in his hands or he knocks some off the stick while trying to eat it, so then he never gets it. He will eat some pieces if i help put them in his mouth, i only do that when he is leaning to take the food from me.

  • Mackenzie
    Aug 08, 2018

    I’ve been puréeing fruits & veggies and then freezing it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, I empty the tray into a large ziploc bag and write on it what the contents are. Then I just nook however many cubes in the microwave for 15-30 seconds to defrost before feeding baby. I’ll place 2 cubes in extra small ziploc brand containers when prepping snacks/meals for daycare.

  • PK
    Aug 08, 2018

    I was so tempted to buy all the fancy steamers and baby food blenders but I’m glad I didn’t. My son tolerated purées only for 2 months before completely refusing them so we ended up doing BLW. If you have a food processor or blender at home, it’ll work just fine. Small Tupperware containers work (we used some small 3 oz glass jars lying around). Steam basket. We got Munchkin soft tip spoons at our baby shower. We never froze the food... we made small batches which was kinda a pain so I do recommend looking into using ice cube trays and finding lids for them if your child enjoys the purées.

  • Lulu
    Aug 08, 2018

    Avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, pretty much anything that is soft. If you can press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue and it gives, it's perfect. Also, cut things into spears, so it can be held. You have to be patient. It looks like they aren't eating anything. But don't stress about it. It will be messy. Best way I heard it was first, they are excited about the new squishy toys. Eventually the toys make it into the mouth. They realize these toys have a taste. Shortly after that they chew and swallow. It really is awesome. No worrying about feeding baby while you are trying to eat, and baby gets to be a part. Definitely recommend baths after dinner :) I just strip Abby down for dinner.

  • Kerry
    Aug 08, 2018

    Thanks Lulu

  • Kailynn
    Aug 08, 2018

    I did a mix of puree and baby led weaning and shortly after did just baby led weaning. So far my go to is the grab n go containers from target. They are great to take with you, or if my son didnt want to eat all that I prepared I could save it for later. I also love the munchkin spoons (come in a six pack so plenty if you lose one). Also I made my own purees so a silicone tray to freeze extra purees. Ps. Even with baby led weaning we still use the containers and spoons.

  • Kelly
    Aug 09, 2018

    The best utensils are his hands! And we usually just put the food directly on the high chair tray or table.

  • Michele
    Oct 10, 2018

    I have a bamboo bowl with a suction ring to keep it stable, which is really helpful. The best spoon I have used was a little stainless steel baby spoon. As they grow, they love to feed themselves with their hands.