Starting solids is an important milestone for both the parents and the child. There are few baby feeding essentials that one should keep ready before introducing solids to your baby. Here I have made a list of 10 Baby Feeding Essentials for Starting Solids.
1. Sitting place/ Feeding Chair /Highchair: Baby Feeding Essentials for Starting Solids
It is the first feeding essentials. Make the habit of feeding your child in an upright position and at a particular place every day. You can buy a Highchair/feeding chair also. They are not only comfortable but will also make the child understand that its meal time and in the long run you will not have to struggle, to make them sit to eat. There will be a phase when they will resist sitting, especially when they start crawling or walking. That is ok. Later they will again sit at one place to have food. Just make sure you encourage them to sit in the chair every day. You can check out a few Highchair/Feeding chairs by clicking on the image.
2. Utensil: Bowls/Spoons: Baby Feeding Essentials for Starting Solids
Keep small bowls and spoons ready. Try to avoid plastic materials. Many Indian parents prefer silver bowl and spoons to start with as it is believed to be 100% bacteria-free. Or go for stainless steels.
3. Bibs: Baby Feeding Essentials for Starting Solids
Bibs are very important as feeding times are going to be a messy thing. Invest in a good bib which will last for a long time. Avoid buying the smaller ones. This is another habit that you have to start from the day of starting solids. Again there will be a phase when they will not want to wear them.
4.Napkin/ Face Towel: Baby Feeding Essentials for Starting Solids
Keep paper towels or soft face towels by your side to clean up their face and hands.
5. Saucepan or Small Pressure Cooker:
Saucepans are ideal to make food for the baby. A pressure cooker will be required if you are making dal and later for making khichdi.
Always sterilize your baby’s utensils to make them free from germs and bacteria. A pan or electric sterilizer will be required to sterilizer your baby’s feeding bowls/spoons and toys. Sterilization of baby’s utensils is very important as their immune system is not fully developed at this age and they are more susceptible to infections. An electric sterilizer is optional. They only make things faster and convenient.
7. Cleaning Products (Optional):
You can use soapy water for cleaning or otherwise, various cleaning products are available in the market nowadays. They are specially formulated for cleaning baby’s feeding utensils and toys. You can check them here:
8. Steamer or Food Processor (Optional):
A steamer is optional. But they can make things easier, otherwise, you can steam the vegetables and fruits in your saucepan. And you would require a masher or food processor/blender to make purees. Check here some good food steamer and blender.
9. Insulated Water Bottle:
You would require them if you prefer to boil water and keep them for later use. They can be very helpful when you make ready-to-eat types of food like Cerelac which requires adding only warm water or when you go out with your little one.
10. Keep away from distraction:
It is very important to keep away the child from any kind of distraction during mealtime. Kids should not be allowed any screen time, instead read them a book, tell a story or sing a rhyme. The environment should be ideal.
Hope this list of feeding essentials will be helpful for 1st-time parents. Do leave your feedback in the comment section.