September 9, 2016

Introducing Baby to Solids + FREE Printable

Introducing Baby to Solids + FREE Baby Food Diary Printable

Since she was born, Morley has LOVED to eat. She does what we call the 'predator shake' - this aggressive lunging and shaking manoeuvre - when food is near. Sometimes even with her eyes closed. Does anyone else's babes do this?

As we approached 5 months, it seemed as if she wasn't as satisfied with nursing or her bottle the same way she was the 4 months before - she was easily distracted, often still hungry after and way more into the food we were eating. So, with the green light from her doctor, we started to introduce solids. Now almost a month later, the girl is an absolute food monster and has loved everything we've given her, from avocado and peas to sweet potatoes and peaches.

Now, I'm no expert at introducing baby to solids, and this is not a "how to" post. You can find plenty of those on Pinterest. Instead, I'm sharing some of my favourite baby feeding products, including a FREE downloadable baby food diary printable.

Best Baby Feeding Products + FREE Baby Food Diary Printable

Favourite Baby Feeding Products

1. Peg Perego Siesta High Chair
This is easily one of our new favourite baby items! The multifunctional, ultra compact high chair has five reclining positions for feeding, playing and resting, providing the ultimate comfort and making it suitable for newborn, baby and toddler. The tray comes with a dishwasher safe liner and is removable, and the chair itself has multiple height positions to allow the child to sit at the table or closer to the floor. Locking wheels allow the chair to move from room to room, and when space is tight, the chair folds quickly and compactly for easy storage. The chair is made from stain resistant, durable fabric that is easy to remove and wipe clean, and comes in six beautiful colours.

2. NutriBullet Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Original
If you plan on making your own baby food, it is smart to invest in a quality blender. Sure there are small baby food-specific blenders on the market, but I recommend purchasing one that is dual purpose and can be used for the whole family. With 600 watts of power, NutriBullet extracts nutrition from within whole foods, providing an easy, tasty, highly absorbable way to consume superfoods like spinach, berries, beets and more.

3. Munchkin Click Lock Fresh Food Freezer Trays, 2-Pack
If you plan on making your own baby food, these freezer trays are also a must. They feature airtight, click lock lids to keep your food fresh and free of odours and freezer burn. The trays are stackable for easy storage and can hold 12 one ounce portions each. They are made from BPA-free plastic and are safe for use in the top rack of the dishwasher.

4. Munchkin Love-A-Bowls, 10-Piece Set
This set of four interchangeable bowls comes with four lids and two soft-tip spoons, making it the perfect starter kit for solid feeding. Love-a-Bowls are guaranteed spill-proof, leak-proof and break-proof and can be used in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher. They are the perfect size to use for dinner time feeds or snacks on the go, and stack for easy storage.

5. Gerber Graduates Rest Easy® Spoons, 5-Count
Each Rest Easy spoon has a built-in support that helps keep germs off the spoon and food off the table. The soft tip and spatula bowl help wipe food from baby's mouth and the long handles are perfect for getting the last few scoops from a deep jar or bowl. These spoons are BPA-free, dishwasher safe and recommended for babies 4 months and older.

6. Sugarbooger Happy Camper Mini Bib Gift Set-of-Two
Kids are messy eaters, especially when they're just learning how. Durable bibs are a must! Sugarbooger has a lot of great bib designs, but we love this one because of its 'outdoorsiness'. Featuring two different patterns, this two-piece go-anywhere mini-bib set has simple snap closures  for easy on and off, and are machine washable.

Best Baby Feeding Products + FREE Baby Food Diary Printable

So you've done your research on when to start, what foods to introduce, how to introduce them or even make them yourself and, thanks to the list above, know all of the gadgets to make feeding time easier. Now, all you need is a way to keep track of what you're feeding and when.

When introducing baby to new solids, timing is important to make sure their tiny bodies can handle certain foods. Once we started introducing different types of fruits and veggies to Morley, I found it more and more difficult to keep track of what we had introduced and when. So, I designed a baby food diary to hang on our fridge. The diary allows us to keep track of what and how much we feed her on a certain day and when we introduce a new food, as well as any notes on feeding. I found that this was also a very helpful tool for communicating with my husband if he worked late and missed dinner, or if family was looking after her for a evening, so that they too could see what she ate that day and let us know how she did at dinner.

Introducing Baby to Solids + FREE Baby Food Diary Printable

Now you can have this printable for yourself! Get To & Fro's FREE Baby Food Diary printable (2 pages, PDF) HERE.

Introducing Baby to Solids + FREE Baby Food Diary Printable

What are your tips and tricks for introducing baby to solids? Do you have any favourite products? I'd love to hear from you!

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