Updated July 2018

Baby Feeding Tools

Part 3 of the Starting Solids Series. Did you miss: Part 1 or Part 2?

You don’t need a ton of gear to start feeding solids, but a few key items will make the endeavor much easier: bibs, bowls, and spoons.

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Lucie feeding Alice

Spoons

For Introducing Solids (6 Months+)

Good spoons are key to successful feeding. Spoons with little spoon-heads are perfect (I just said spoon-head, heh heh). You may want to try a few different ones to experiment – below are some parent favorites.

If you’re doing finger foods (can we please NOT call it baby-led weaning? It’s annoying, that’s all), you may not need any infant spoons yet (they can’t spoon-feed themselves until later). But, it’s not a bad idea to have a few on hand.

Munchkin Infant Spoons ~ $5.99/for 4

Quick and dirty. These rounded, soft spoon bowls are the perfect size. We’ve used these spoons for years and they’ve never let us down.

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OXO Silicone Feeding Spoon ~ $6.99 for 2

A softer version (for teething babes and whatnot). Made with Stainless steel for durability.

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For Self-Feeding (Toddler)

NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensil ~ $9.99/for 2

There is no right or wrong way to hold this spoon. You get two spoons in this pack – one for thinner and one for thicker foods.

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Nuby Spoons and Forks ~ $2.77/4-pack (2 spoons & 2 forks)

As your kiddo gets older, you’ll want to start him with a larger spoon head and a thicker fork. Usually made of soft plastic so to not hurt themselves and a non-slip handle, these are the gold standard. However, there are many options to choose from: Lullababy, Gerber Graduates, Munchkin, etc.

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OXO Tot Training Fork and Spoon Set ~ $6.99

Training silverware is the next step, just before actual silverware. They still have non-slip handles, but their rounded heads are made of stainless steel. These are the best, IMO, but again, there are many options to choose from: Gerber Graduates (spoons and forks or set with knife), Skip Hop, The First Years, etc.

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Bowls & Plates

For Introducing Solids (6 Months+)

Start with a bunch of plastic bowls for mixing purees. Simple stacking bowls will do the trick. Don’t even think about anything breakable, since bowl-tossing will be your baby’s favorite sport for the next 12 months or so (yes, I just got nailed in the eye the other day, WTH?).

Munchkin Stackable Bowls ~ $12.92/for 10

These are our favorite kind – you can never have enough and they’re sold everywhere.

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Gerber Graduates Bunch-A-Bowls ~ $4.92/for 4

Another parent-favorite, these come with lids to take on-the-go.

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For Self-Feeding (Toddler)

Of course you can still use the bowls listed above as your baby grows, however, you may want to also stock up on toddler-friendly bowls and plates.

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls ~ $7.95/for 3

These really do work! They even suction to the stroller snack tray. The non-slip side handles make it easy to carry.

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ezpz Happy Mat ~ $25

It’s a placemat and plate in one that suctions to the table: a true game changer for parents. The mat has three compartments for all of the food groups they won’t eat (kidding!) (sort of). Dishwasher safe and easy to travel with.

*Explore the whole collection – including a bowl, mini mat (great for restaurants), and play mat.

EZPZHappyMat Baby feeding tools

Divided Plate from Target ~ $0.59

Yes, you saw that right = 59 cents! Hands down my (Melissa) favorite divided plate, because it’s held up after years of use and washing in the dishwasher. The sections are the perfect portion size and the walls are just high enough for scoop-training.

P.s. Available in all sorts of sizes and colors, but this is my favorite.

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OXO Tot Non Slip Products ~ $varies

The OXO Tot brand makes great quality non-slip tableware. I really like their wide bowls ($3.99 ea), bowls with lids ($9.99 for small and large), divided plates ($7.99 ea) and plates with removable rings ($6.99 ea).

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Playmeal Adventure Bowl ~ $20

Invented by a mom as a training tool to introduce healthy foods to finicky eaters. Motivates kids to finish their meal in order to see the treasure hidden in the bottom compartment.

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Bibs

Feeding babies is MESSY, y’all. There’s no getting around it. Some parents opt for shirtless feeding (the BABY, not you, Mom), which will save on laundry, but may require a bath or wipe-down afterward. Personally, I find the dressing/undressing part to be way more work than just throwing on a bib, but whatevs.

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Bibs will prevent (reduce?) stains on your baby’s clothes. They come in different shapes and sizes; some bibs simply go around the neck and protect the top of the shirt, while others have sleeves and can be “worn” for more protection. I recommend you get some of both, depending on what’s on the menu that day {i.e., some foods are messier than others}. Alice loved to finger paint her body (and the dog) with hummus, so I’m pretty much screwed on those days.

Basic Bibs

Bumkins Bibs ~ $14/for 3

For a simple, basic bib, this is definitely the group favorite. It’s waterproof, comes in cute designs, and is super easy to wash (in the laundry, even). It also has a catch-pocket, which you will come to appreciate. Best of all, you can fold it up into a compact square and easily throw it in your diaper bag.

*Available in sizes: starter (4-9 months), super (6-24 months, sleeved (6-24 months) and junior (1-3 years).

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BabyBjorn Soft Bib ~ $11

Another crowd-favorite. These are super easy to clean, have a deep pocket to catch food, and an adjustable closure to fit a growing baby for many months. These bibs are a bit more sturdy (harder for baby to yank off), but unlike the Bumkins bib, they don’t fold or store as easily.

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Wearable bibs

These will offer more protection, especially around the shoulders and sleeves.

IKEA “KLADDIG” ~ $4.99

An affordable, quick and dirty favorite is the nickname, “the angry viking child.” *Only available in stores. *Fits 0-18 months. 
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Kushies ~ $11

Parents love this simple, SLEEVED waterproof bib. *Comes in different sizes: 6-12 months, 12-24 months, and 2-4 years.

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Hero Bibs ~ $29

Specifically designed not only to keep your little one clean, but also the highchair. Just tuck it under the top tray or let it hang over the sides. Also great for art projects and will last through three years old.

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Miscellaneous

Snack cups

Munchkin Snack Catcher ~ $4.99/for 2

Every parent’s go-to. The lids prevent food from spilling onto the floor but make it easy for kiddos to reach inside and grab their favorite snack.

*If you’re not into plastics, Munchkin also makes a stainless steel version with a lid.

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Nuby Monster Snack Cup ~ $4.49

A fun twist on the standard snack cup. Kids love holding his monster hands. The lid can be tricky to get on and off – but that just means it’s doing its job. 😉

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Placemats

Tidy Tyke Disposable Placemats ~ $20 for 60

Ideal for outings to restaurants, friend’s houses, picnics, etc. These 12 inch x 18 inch disposable placemats pack easily in your diaper bag, are super easy to apply, stick very well (my tot can’t tear it off the table), and are safe and eco friendly – yes, they are biodegradable!

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(No, I don’t work for Munchkin, I just like their stuff). And yes, they are BPA-free.

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