starting baby on solids / 5 ways to simplify

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So I have officially started baby number two on solids this month.  The last time that we did this I just remember it being kind of stressful.  I remember always thinking is he getting everything he needs?  The first month of baby eating solids is literally the baby just trying to figure out how to swallow solids.  Get ready for a messy and fun month of baby test driving foods like rice cereal, and pureed bananas and avocados.  Here are ways to make this process easier for you and baby.

1. Make sure you have a food processor or a blender handy that can hold a large batch of food.  When we started out I had registered on my baby registry for a Baby Breeza one step baby food processor.  The Breeza blender though it was super easy to use wouldn’t hold a half of a batch of food at a time.  The more food you can make at once the easier your life will be.  I highly recommend a Cuisinart Food Processor or a Vitamin for large batches.

2.  You will need about 6 Ice cube trays. One way to save time and money is to invest in some ice-cube trays.  After blending up your foods for the week pour them into an ice tray, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze over night.  The next morning break the ice cubes and pour into a plastic bag labeled with the date and kind of food. Click here to grab ice-cube trays.

3. A rubber bib. I don’t know if you know this but BABIES ARE MESSY. Especially when learning how to eat.  Cloth bibs are great for drool, but when it comes to chow time forget about it. These rubber bibs are a one rinse miracle.

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4. Really great baby food cook book.  Let’s face it, we all need food inspiration.  Real Baby Food by Jenna Helwig is great for some great recipes!  I also found some fun recipes  with The Top 100 Baby Food Recipes.

5. A great set of baby china.  I know this sounds crazy but nice set of baby bowls, plates, and spoons will make your life so much easier. I LOVE bowls and plates that stick to the table or to the high chair. Find them here. Or the placemat plates that stick to the table/highchair are fantastic too. Find them here.

The biggest advice I can give you is to just have fun and try as many different kinds of foods as you can.  Make sure to only introduce one new item in weekly, just make sure the baby isn’t allergic to the new item introduced!

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