Let's just get this out there: Starting solid foods is a huge transition. Not only is your baby's palette officially expanding to more exciting flavors, but it's also a big learning experience for parents — it's easy to be consumed with daunting questions like, 'How will I know if my baby is ready for solids?' and 'What are the best foods to start with?'
With so much going on during this exciting life phase, the most important thing to remember is that all babies are different, and will each have their own experience when beginning this big change.
One helpful way you can prepare? Make sure your kitchen is stocked with all of the best solid food essentials so you can spend more quality time with your little one during dinner, and less time worrying if you've found the best spoon for their developmental stage.
To help make this life transition a bit easier, Romper teamed up with Target to put together a helpful list of products that can offer some serious assistance. From a do-it-all baby food maker, to clothes-saving bibs, to the perfect starter set of serving ware and utensils, this list has it all.
So scroll through, stock up on what you need, and remember: This is going to be a lot of fun!
1. A Bib That Stands Up To Messes
This two-pack of silicone bibs is exactly what your baby needs during those especially messy early days. The flexible silicone is adjustable to ensure a snug fit, plus the expertly designed pocket acts as a spill-catcher. Best of all? The bibs are made without BPA, PVC or phthalates, and are dishwasher safe.
2. Smartly Designed Baby-Friendly Spoons
Cloud Island is a brand created by parents, for parents, so it's no wonder they've figured out how to make something as simple as a spoon even more convenient for families. These particular spoons have a small kickstand on the back that helps keep food off of your high chair or table, plus you can put them in the dishwasher after dinner and make cleanup all the easier.
3. Some Use-On-Everything Wipes
Despite your best efforts, your baby will get messy during mealtime, so you'll want to keep some wipes close by. 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.
4. A Two-In-One Steamer And Blender For Homemade Purées
If you're interested in making your own baby food, this streamlined one-step processor is definitely worth looking into. Here's how it works: Load the glass bowl with up to four cups of raw produce, press "steam + blend," then kick back and relax as this genius sidekick whips up a healthy batch of food.
5. A Handy Freezer Tray
Looking to prep some homemade purées for later? This flexible freezer tray is designed to help. Fill the compartments with fresh purées, place the lid on top, and pop the tray in the freezer. The flexible design makes it simple to take out one serving at a time, so all you'll need to do is thaw and serve.
6. A High Chair That Grows With You
This infant high chair is designed to be comfortable for your baby, and bonus: The whole thing converts into a booster chair later on, so you won't need to worry about adding yet another must-have to your list once the latest growth spurt hits.
7. These Dishwasher-And Microwave-Safe Plates...
Transitioning your baby to solids isn't only about food; it's also about teaching them how to feed themselves! Keep the transition simple and safe with a three-pack of these dining plates which have a nonslip bottom for easier self-serving.
8. ...And Some Bowls To Match!
Similar to the matching plates, these dishwasher- and microwave-safe bowls have a nonslip bottom, and are also designed with high sides to make scooping the next bite that much easier.
This post is sponsored by Target.