Preparing for your baby's transition into solid foods is a huge deal. Not only do you need to emotionally prepare yourself for all of the adorable facial expressions that come along with trying new flavors, but it's also a smart idea to get ahead of any potential messes by preparing your home for this big new phase.
A few of the essentials you might want to have on hand? Look for an all-purpose cleaner that you feel comfortable using on your baby's high chair tray, a powerful laundry detergent that works on all those fun new stain colors, and some safe, flavorful purées that are ready for your little one to eat. Once your home is stocked with just a few important (and mostly reusable) items, you'll be free to refocus your sights on the excitement of this new phase.
Luckily, there's no need to spend hours researching the top-reviewed products at dozens of different stores, because Romper has teamed up with Target to track down the essential items that work hard for you and your family. Scroll onward to check out why everything here is truly a must-have for your kitchen and laundry room, then fill your cart at Target and let yourself enjoy this majorly fun milestone alongside your little one.
1. A Surface Cleaner That Doesn't Leave Behind Harsh Fumes
Keeping your surfaces free from spills doesn't have to mean filling your home with strong fumes. In fact, this Everspring All Purpose Cleaner has a delightfully light scent, plus is 91 percent bio-based, is biodegradable, and is made without parabens — all of which essentially means that it's a product you can feel good about using in your family home.
2. A Stain-Fighting Detergent You Can Trust
Because spills happen, even despite your best intentions. A stain-fighting detergent is a must, and this formula is particularly great, since its fragrance is 100 percent natural, and it even works just as powerfully in cold water.
3. Some Non-Slip Bowls
Part of your baby's transition into solids is learning how to feed themselves, so you'll want to make sure you have the right tools for the job. These dishwasher-safe bowls should do just the trick: They have a non-slip bottom and expertly-designed high sides that make scooping up a bite of food easier for your little one.
4. Spoons That Are Designed With Your Baby In Mind
Cloud Island products are made by parents, for parents, and this three-pack of spoons are proof that they know exactly what they're talking about. Not only are they made without BPA, PVC, and phthalates, but they're also designed with a small kickstand that helps keep the head of the spoon (and it's accompanying food!) off of your tabletop or high chair tray.
5. A Super Solid First Vegetable Option
No matter if you're planning on making your own baby food or want to go the store-bought route, it's smart to keep some healthy purées on hand for busy moments. HappyBaby Organics' line of stage one products are a simple solution, containing nothing more than USDA organic, non-GMO produce and water.
6. A Sweet & Trustworthy Intro To Fruits
HappyBaby Organics also offers product options that make it simple for you to introduce healthy fruits into your baby's diet. Also USDA organic and non-GMO, their stage two line of fruit purées are made without any of the eight major allergens, and have a simple recipe of fruit, fruit juices, and a touch of vitamin C.
7. Some Handy Do-It-All Wipes
Looking for a safe wet wipe to clean that adorable face post-meal time? These Cloud Island ones are great; they're made with water and plant-based ingredients so they're easy on sensitive skin, and they're ultra-thick and can stand up to all of your baby's first foods.
This post is sponsored by Target.