Emma’s been eating “solids” for about four months now, so I figured it was time to share a little bit about how and what she eats. If you’re not familiar with Baby Led Weaning, the elevator pitch is that you skip purées and go straight to “grownup food,” which gives babies the opportunity to self feed and generally makes life easier on you as parents. It’s very possibly the lazy way to feed your baby real food. And I’m totally on board with that.
I plan to do a full post on the hows and whys of BLW eventually, but for now I’ll just share a few things that have made our BLW journey a little easier.
1. Bibs with pockets: We use both of these bibs. The Oxo version usually lives in the diaper bag for restaurant meals and the Tommee Tippee version stays at home. The best part of each of them is obviously the pocket- most of the food that gets dropped by little fingers (or ejected from a little mouth) lands in the pocket. Then when she runs out of food, we scoop up whatever’s in the pocket and put it back in front of her. Recently she’s discovered the pocket and its food-catching abilities and she’ll feed herself right out of it. The perfect pocket bib would be a mashup of these two: the softer silicone of the Oxo (and its fold-up ability) paired with the all-one-piece silicone design of the Tommee Tippee.
2. EZPZ Happy Mat: I have a real problem when it comes to Kickstarter. There are so many ingenious ideas out there, and sometimes I just get sucked into the black hole that is Kickstarter and I’m ready to back all the things. The Happy Mat is one of my most recent Kickstarter backs. It sticks to the table with magic suction. We do use it, but honestly it’ll be a better solution for when she’s older- for now, she can’t quite reach all of the compartments. But I still think it’s totally awesome and I wanted to tell you about it.
3. Stokke Tripp Trapp: I fell in love with this highchair when I was pregnant and wrote it off as something we wouldn’t be able to purchase because it’s pricy, y’all. But lo and behold, people offload these on Craigslist all. the. time. It was just a matter of waiting and stalking before I found the perfect one! We love it because it pulls straight up to the table—no need for a tray— and it’s super easy to clean. Also, it will grow with her so she’ll be able to use it long after she’s left the highchair stage. And it’s pretty good-looking, no?
4. BLASKA Dust pan and brush: Here’s the thing about BLW: it’s messy. Like super messy. I’ve heard people say that if your kid and your floor aren’t a mess, you’re doing it wrong. So this little broom + dustpan set has been really useful for us. Plus, you know, it was $1.49 at Ikea. I hear that having a dog also helps with the whole floor-cleanup thing.
5. Green Sprouts Glass Sip ‘n Straw cup: We really try to stay away from plastic in the kitchen, given concerns about BPA and other potentially harmful components. I didn’t think I would be able to find a glass sippy, but this one has a plastic sleeve outside and glass inside, so it works well. It’s pretty durable so far, but not totally leakproof, so I don’t know that I’d put milk or juice in it and just throw it in my bag. We also have the stainless Safe Sippy 2, but I really prefer to be able to see what’s inside and I just think water tastes better in glass. Emma hasn’t quite figured out the straw learning curve yet, but she’ll get the hang of it eventually. Since all of her hydration still comes from breastmilk, I’m not in a hurry for her to use the cup. I also just learned about SipSnap lids, which are little silicone lids that fit over any cup and turn it into a straw cup or sippy. Perfect for mason jars! I may have to order a set and try them out. I’m thinking they would work well for grownup smoothies and iced coffees in said mason jars, too.