As you may know if you follow my Instagram account, we introduced solids to Noam this week. It's been really fun so far, and all of my baby food fears were quelled when he continued to nurse just as he had pre-food. And, while it was a step that I was apprehensive about, to say the least, it's been a really positive experience. I also now understand why babies typically eat naked, everyone calls feeding an 'adventure' and why dogs of households with babies may rapidly gain weight once the baby starts eating.
It's been only a few days of food so far, but I wanted to share some of my favorite baby food buys so far. These are the products that have made it easy and clean (or as clean as it possibly can be) and fun for us to experience the wild world of solid foods. I've broken the products down into preparation, feeding, storage and clean-up categories.
I cannot say enough good things about my BabyBrezza Glass. It was so easy to use and clean and couldn't have been a better way to start out on Our Great Feeding Adventure. I'm also a big fan of the Infantino Fresh Squeezed feeding line. Their Mighty Mill is awesome for smaller batches of food or quick food prep. I also love that it's small enough to take with us if we go out of town.
I use the Medela Harmony manual breastpump if I'm planning on mixing some breastmilk in to the purees I'm making. I've found it's the best manual out there - super easy and effective, and I actually strongly prefer it to an electric pump.
First and foremost, I love our Stokke Steps high chair. Its minimalist, clean design isn't an eyesore in our kitchen but also doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. And its conversion to different types of seats means that my investment will be put to good use as it grows with Noam into the hoods of toddler and child. And finally, its removable tray makes cleaning it super easy.
Now, I know we're just starting out, but I've experimented with a few feeding tools so far and have found the Num Num Dips to be Noam's favorite. He loves being able to feed himself, and he enjoys sticking them in his mouth much more than his fingers. And, as far as drinking, we're trying out a few sippy cups and so far Noam seems to enjoy the ZoLi Bot straw sippy cup the most. We're also experimenting with the silicone feeder. We're trying the Boon Pulp, but I've heard good things about Kidsme and Munchkin feeders as well.
I highly recommend stripping baby naked while feeding solids (at least initially), and I also highly recommend these OXO Tot silicone roll-up bibs. They're soft against baby, so easy to clean (just rinse them off!) and roll up nicely for storing or for travel.
I've decided on two ways to store the food I make for now. The first is with these Béaba multi-portion silicone freezer trays. I love that they're easy to fill and remove food and that each portion is the perfect amount of food for now. These are also great to use to freeze breastmilk and then put in the silicone feeders as teething relief.
The second way I plan on storing food is with the Infantino Fresh Squeezed system, a system to create pouches of food. I have the Feeding Kit, Freezer Sleeve, disposable pouches (the Feeding Kit comes with a reusable pouch and there are a lot of other types of reusable pouches like these or these) and the funnel (which is great for filling the Weck jars too!). It's super easy to use and clean, and I love that I can use it now for purees and later for apple sauce, smoothies and other foods Noam will eat as he gets older.
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't include a section on cleaning up. A few products we're using and really like to help with clean up are the OXO Tot cleaning brush, ZoLi Bot straw cleaning brush, the Boon Grass drying rack and Babyganics high chair wipes.