4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Baby for Solid Foods

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Baby for Solid Foods

May 26, 2020

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Baby for Solid Foods

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Baby for Solid Foods

When you first bring your baby home, six months can feel like a thousand years away (will they ever fit into one of those giant 6-9 month rompers?) But milestones come more quickly than you’d think, and before you know it your baby will be ready to take their first bite of real food.

When you start exploring the world of solids, it can feel like there are a ton of choices to be made. Purees? Baby-led weaning? Homemade food? One thing that helps is to remember that milestones are more than a moment; they’re a process. And it’s okay if it takes a few tries for your baby to figure out this new world of flavors.

To help get you ready, we’ve partnered up with Stokke to share a few tips on how to prepare your baby for solids, and make the transition a little easier. In the video above, Babylist scout Jacquie tests Stokke’s Tripp Trapp chair with her food-loving little one. Here’s what she recommends:

Bring Your Baby To The Table

You may not need to wait until your baby is ready for solids to bring them to the table. If you have a high chair with a newborn attachment, like the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair, you can use that to keep baby nearby during mealtimes and acclimate them to hanging out with you at the table while you eat.

Watch for Signs of Readiness

While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends waiting until six months to start solids, that doesn’t necessarily mean your baby will be ready to roll at six months and one day. One way to assess readiness is to pay attention to how your little one behaves when you’re eating. If they frequently grasp at food on your plate or in your hand, it might be time to bust out the baby spoons. As you can see in Jacquie’s video, one nice bonus to the Tripp Trapp chair is that the tray is completely removable, so you can sit your baby flush to the table within reaching distance of your food.

Make Sure They Have Enough Support

High chairs are meant to grow with your baby (in fact, the Tripp Trapp chair can grow with your baby all the way through adulthood. Jacquie is able to sit in hers!). But that means that there’s often a lot of extra wiggle room in those early days. If your chair has added support cushions or an infant-friendly setup like the Tripp Trapp chair, use those to provide stability and keep your baby supported. You can also adjust the height of the seat and footrests for maximum comfort.

Opt for Baby-Friendly Tableware

Half the fun of starting solids is watching your baby explore food with all of their senses (especially touch). Baby-friendly feeding gear like weighted bowls and silicone bibs minimize messes. So your baby can get their hands dirty without getting the rest of your house dirty.

Watch the rest of Jacquie’s video to get the full scoop on the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair, plus what you’ll want to have on hand when you’re ready to introduce your baby to solids.

The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair is designed to grow with your baby from birth to adulthood (yup, adulthood—it’s made out of solid wood and can hold up to 242 pounds). But one of the reasons parents love it most is that the smart design lets you bring your baby right up to the table without a tray. So you can make them part of family mealtimes right from the start.

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