One of the biggest milestones in your little one’s first year is baby’s first feeding. A whole new world opens up for them -- taste, smell and texture -- and you get to guide them through the journey. In fact, it’s a major milestone for you both, since solid foods often signal an end to blow-outs (thank goodness) and the beginning of better sleep (again, thank goodness).
But it’s not just as simple as deciding on the perfect puree. You also need the right gear. And because Googling can be overwhelming (did you know how many baby spoons are on the market?!), we’ve done the hard work for you.
Here are the six most important things you need for baby’s first feeding:
1. the fresco highchair // starting at $599
Pull up a seat for your little one’s first bites with the bloom fresco. Not only is the most stylish high chair on the market, you can also totally customize it to fit the aesthetic of your home. The fresco works for your baby from day one to eight-years-old, reclining from a cradle to an upright chair with the soft touch of a button.
2. fresco mat + bowl set // $89
You had me at dishwasher safe! Let your baby self-feed and stop stressing about the clean-up. This silicone mat fits perfectly into the tray of your bloom fresco high chair and comes with two bowls that secure snugly into place, keeping spills to a minimum. They can go in the dishwasher, freezer and microwave (such a dream!), and they’re free of BPA and phthalates and all that other stuff don’t want anywhere around our kids.
3. Beaba First Stage Silicone Spoons // $19.95
Is it weird to call a spoon chic? Too late. Designed in France, these sleek and stylish spoons are the only ones we’ll get anywhere close to those tiny gummy smiles! Their all-silicone design means every part of the spoon is soft enough for little mouths, and there are no crevices for germs or bacteria to hide in.
4. Glasslock Homemade Baby Food Storage // $27.79
We couldn't live without these small glass baby food containers. Perfect for those homemade purees or leftovers from a pouch (hey, we’re not judging!), Glasslock’s containers are stackable and can also be labeled and dated with a dry erase marker. So genius. They’re airtight and completely leakproof, meaning you can pop them in your purse or diaper bag for snacking on-the-go.
5. Bibito Modern Silicone Bib // $18
If there was ever a cool bib, it’s this one from Bibito. The neutral colors are on point and it’s made of silky-soft silicone (yeah, it actually feels like silk). It’s also stain resistant, which helps because your kiddo is generally not. And the food catching pocket is clutch when it comes to keeping clothes clean. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better: each Bibito bib purchased provides one meal to combat child hunger.
6. Yumi Baby Food Delivery // Starting at $35/week
Every parent thinks they’ll be the ones to stick to making their own baby food. And maybe they will… for a week or two. But then life happens and you’re late for work and you have a looming deadline and, yep, your baby’s still hungry. That’s where Yumi comes in, delivering fresh, organic food for future foodies. It’s an essential, for sure.
We want to see your #bloombaby on Instagram during their first feeding! Don’t forget to tag us @bloomglobal!
Hanna Nakano is a Washington, D.C. based writer and photographer, and mother of two.