Inventive Products for Starting Solids with Your Baby

Make starting solids with your baby a teensy bit easier, a little less messy and a lot more fun with the right gear and gadgets.

Plate, bib, and back of bib. Merchant

EZPZ Plate and Bapron bib set

If your baby doesn't tolerate a bib, tie-on ones are harder to yank off than Velcro ones. (But always supervise your baby while they're eating, for safety reasons.) The matching EZPZ suction placemat-and-plate combo thwarts babies who like to chuck their bowls across the kitchen.

Screw-on spoon attachments for purée pouches

Munchkin spoon attachments for purée pouches. Merchant

Some dietitians and baby development experts dislike purée pouches because babies and toddlers tend to just suck straight from the pouch, instead of learning to eat with utensils. With these screw-on spoon attachments, you don't have to squirt the purée into a bowl at all. Definitely add these to your newborn checklist.


Healthy Planet reusable purée pouches

Healthy Planet reusable pouches. Merchant

Baby food pouches are super convenient, but instead of buying countless disposable ones that will end up in a landfill, try these refillable, dishwasher-safe reusable pouches. Fill them with unsweetened applesauce, yogurt or homemade purées.

Silicone freezer tray for purées

Purée freezer tray. Merchant

Freeze homemade baby food blends in this cute silicone tray, which makes it easy to pop out and thaw a single portion.

BEABA Babycook steamer and blender

BEABA Steamer and Blender. Merchant

If you already own a food-processor, you don't necessarily need to buy a special all-in-one appliance solely for making baby food, but they can be handy. (And this sleek model will look great on your kitchen counter.)


BOON Squirt silicone baby food dispensing spoon

Silicone squirt spoon. Merchant

This is another way to avoid piles of dirty dishes in the sink: load the handle of this refillable spoon with the purée you're serving.

EZPZ Tiny Spoon silicone infant training spoons

Tiny silicone spoons for infant training. Merchant

These itty-bitty training spoons for self-feeding babies are adorable and easy to grip. These make feeding homemade purees and eats from the best baby food delivery services a breeze.

NumNum GOOtensils pre-spoon

Starter spoon. Merchant

When babies are just learning to handle a spoon, the food tends to slide right off. Getting the goop to stay in the scoop is easier with something called a starter spoon.


Waterproof high chair splash-mat

Bumkin splash mat for high chairs. Merchant

If you've got a nice rug in the dining room, you're going to want to protect it from sippy-cup spills and food that's been flung off the high chair. An office mat (like the kind used under wheeled or rolling chairs) will work, as will this patterned Bumkins mat.

Munchkin Love-A-Bowls with snap-on lids and two spoons

Four colourful Munchkin bowls with spoons. Photo: Carmen Cheung

If you're on the go, a bowl with a snap-on lid minimizes mess. You can't beat the price on this set of four Munchkin Love-A-Bowls and two spoons.

BEABA suction silicone meal set

Meal set. Photo: Carmen Cheung

This cute set comes with an adorable mini-sized training cup, a suction bowl and a plate, plus a coordinating spoon.


BOON PULP silicone feeder

Silicone pulp feeder. Photo: Carmen Cheung

Let baby gnaw on new tastes inside a silicone feeder that's easier to clean than the traditional mesh feeders. You can also use frozen food in a feeder to relieve a teething baby's sore gums.

Bumkins long-sleeved bib

Bumkin long-sleeved bib. Merchant

If your self-feeder makes a huge mess (totally normal!), protect all those cute baby outfits with a long-sleeved smock. (Or simply strip them down to their diaper!)

This article was originally published on Sep 17, 2019

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