February 18, 2019

Baby Feeding Essentials: 6 Months

The 6 month mark in a baby’s life is an exciting one. Not only are they growing in size, ability to move and vocalness (those baby giggles, cue heart explosion), but chances are, they’ve also started eating solids!

Since she was 5 months old, Baby B has been an eating champ. I mean, she was before when I was exclusively breast feeding, but now that real food has been introduced, she has become an animal. There is no turning back.

Before I share our baby feeding essentials, make sure to check out my breastfeeding journey (and how we taught our toddler what it means) here. I know I’m not alone in the struggle, and am thrilled that my second time around, I have been able to breastfeed this long. But, I am also glad food has now been introduced, because mama (and her boobs) need a break!

Baby Feeding Essentials: 6 Months

Ok, and now to the point of this post…

When it comes to feeding the babe, the products you use are definitely important to making it a comfortable and positive experience for both the feeder and the eater. 

Before you start feeding your baby solids, you should definitely discuss it with your family physician/paediatrician. If you’re nervous to get started, there are many great courses that you can take. If you’re in the Toronto-area, check out this Starting Solids class offered by my friend and registered midwife Care, from With Care. 

I am not an expert. Every baby is different. What we do and the products we love may not work for others. Because of that, this post does not contain advice on how to start eating solids. Instead, this post contains the current products we use and love for feeding our 6 month old.

Baby Feeding Essentials: 6 Months

Baby Feeding Essentials: Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding:

We’ve been a Philips Avent family since our first was born in 2016. (You can read more about our love of the brand here.)

I have tried a few different brands of milk storage bags, and have sadly also lost a few bags of frozen milk due to spoiling. The Lansinoh brand bags were recommended by a few different friends, and I have not had any issues.

While this drying rack has an almost permanent place on our kitchen counter, when not in use, it folds for easy storage. It is also easy to clean.

This handy dishwasher caddy fits pacifiers, spoons,nipples and bottle tops, sippy cup lids, etc. so that they don’t get lost in the dishwasher. It comes in blue, pink and green.

Baby Feeding Essentials: Solid Food

Eating Solids:

1. Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 This highchair offers offers convenience and functionality in the form of an ultra-compact high chair. It fits perfectly in our small space because when not in use, it  folds compactly and with little effort. It can be used from birth because of its full recline and the 7 height positions enable the high chair to grow with child.

2. Munchkin White Hot Infant Safety Spoons These infant spoons contain the patented White Hot System - the spoon tip turns white when baby’s food is too hot so you know exactly when to feed and when to wait and let it cool. The tapered spoon bowl is comfortable for little mouths, and the soft tips are gentle on gums. These spoons are BPA-and phthalate-free and top rack dishwasher-safe.

3. Playtex Sipsters Stage 1 6 oz. Sippy Cup The removable handle allows this cup to grow with your babe and teach them how to use an actual cup.

4. Munchkin Love-A-Bowls The lid allows us to pack food in the diaper bag without having to worry about spills.

5. OXO Tot Baby Food Freezer Tray Most of the time, I make my own puree. This tray helps to freeze the puree into the perfect portion size. Once frozen, I remove from the tray and place in a labelled freezer bag.

6. Tommee Tippee Easi-Roll Up Bib Whether your babe is eating purees or finger foods, these bibs are handy to have around. They will keep clothes clean, have a handy pocket to catch the castaways, are easy to clean and can be rolled up to be packed away in the diaper bag.

7. NutriBullet PRO 900 Series Nutrient Extractor, Blender and Mixer This full size blender can also be used for smoothies, soups, etc.

8. Baby Mum Mum Rice Rusks These “cookies” are not only a snack for the babe, but also help with their hand-eye coordination.

9. PC Organics Baby Food Most of the time, I make my own purees. However, when we are planning to be out and about, I will toss a few pouches in the diaper bag.

10. Nestle Gerber Organic Oatmeal Baby Cereal (Also comes in rice.) I like this baby cereal because it comes in a plastic container with a snap lid. I find that much easier to store and even carry in our diaper bag than a bag and cardboard box (like actual cereal) - it’s less likely to spill.

Am I missing anything? What are your favourite baby feeding essentials? I’d love to hear!

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