Starting solids takes patience, practice and repetition-just like everything else in parenting. And most moms are up for the challenge, but don’t know how to get started. We see you mama and team ezpz is here to help!
Here is a quick overview of the most common questions we receive about starting solids with helpful links and product information to get you going on your feeding journey. We make navigating starting solids ezpz!
What is the Traditional Method?
The traditional feeding method consists of parent’s spoon feeding their baby deliciously smooth purees. In this method, parents are in control of the feeding process; the pace of the meal and learning baby’s fullness cues. Here are a few ideas to think about, as you get started.
- Start purees for the first few weeks of solid food introduction. Once you are sure baby’s swallow is safe on purees, start introducing small amounts of soft foods too.
- Purees are a great texture that will stay into a child’s food repertoire for a lifetime.
To learn more about the different puree textures to give baby and other feeding tips, check out our blog: Three Puree Textures to Try.
Can I start purees at 4 months?
Sometimes families are so excited to start baby on solids that they accidentally begin too early (without knowing some of the risks). Here are some signs of readiness to look for:
- Can baby sit up on their own without losing their balance?
- Does baby reach for your food or drink and/or grasp objects?
- Does baby bring their hand, objects or food to their mouth?
- Does baby have the head control to look up, down and to both sides without falling forward?
- Does baby stare at you intently while you are eating and/or have an interest in food?
- Does baby start to drool, munch on their hand or open their mouth in time with you feeding yourself?
- Is baby’s tongue thrust reflex gone (or decreased)?Does baby have ALL the above skills and is at least 4 months of age?
To learn more about starting solids too soon and other feeding tips, check out our blog: Are you Feeding Baby Too Early.
How do I decrease gagging and choking associated with spoon feeding?
- Make sure the spoon you are using is properly sized for baby’s tiny mouth.
- Don’t overfill the spoon, give tiny bites.
- Pause between bites and give baby time to swallow all the tastes lingering in the mouth.Look for signs of fullness (pushing spoon away, turning away and closing their mouth.
To learn more tips on spoon feeding, check out our blog: How to Decrease Gagging When Spoon Feeding Baby.
Should I spoon feed my baby or try the baby-led spoon feeding approach?
- Select an infant training spoon (a spoon designed for a baby to hold), like the ezpz Tiny Spoon.
- Pre-load the spoon with a puree (and hand baby the spoon) so baby can self-feed. Babies learn more about the tastes and textures of food if they are controlling their eating experience.
To learn more tips on how to avoid mistakes with spoon feeding, check out our blog: Three Mistakes Parents Make During Baby-Led Spoon Feeding.
Can purees help my baby obtain feeding milestones?
It’s important to navigate purees safely, avoid feeding challenges and try to make mealtime less stressful. Choosing the right products can make this feeding journey ezpz!
- Developmentally, at 4-6 months, baby should transition from breast/bottle to sips from an open cup held by an adult, NOT a Sippy Cup. The ezpz Tiny Cup is a perfect choice for teaching open cup drinking with thin and thick purees as well as liquids.Choose an infant spoon that baby can easily hold and self feed with. The ezpz Tiny Spoon was designed to help baby learn how to use a utensil independently and be successful with fine motor milestones of dipping and scooping!
To learn more about infant cup drinking and spoon feeding milestones check out our blogs: Feeding Milestones for Baby: Cup Drinking and Baby-Led Spoon Feeding at 6 Months.
What products do I need to get started?
Yes! Purees can help ensure baby has a safe swallow; assist with open cup drinking and develop self spoon-feeding skills.
Select a bowl that will fit on the tiniest of highchair trays (for when you travel to grandmas, a restaurant, or friend house). Check out the ezpz Tiny Bowl!
Pick a bib that does not tie around baby’s neck (causing irritation, pressure, chafing and increased choking risk). We love BapronBaby bibs which tie around baby’s back.
Choose a spoon that you can start feeding baby with but can easily be given to baby to learn how to self feed. Take a peek at the infant utensil, the ezpz Tiny Spoon.
Pick one that has a stable and moveable foot rest to help with posture and decrease choking
To learn more about products and tips for starting solids, check out our blog: Introducing Solids with the Tiny Bowl.
How do I offer purees to my baby?
Parents want to make sure they safely transition their baby from breast (or bottle) to puree foods. Here are a few of the tips to make purees tasty, safe and fun for both parents AND baby.
- Offer purees that have bright colors.
- Expose baby to a variety of colorful purees to help with variety (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and white).Don’t get stuck on purees. It’s important to make sure that baby can handle a variety of tastes and textures that are safe and appropriate for their developmental age.
To learn more about offering purees and other feeding tips, check out our blog: Introducing Purees.
How do I choose the right purees to start with?
You can introduce purees by purchasing already made purees; cooking your own baby food or starting with whole foods that are easy to mash into a puree. Here are a few ideas to start off with:
The purees in pouches come in vibrant colors and delicious smells, but baby will never be exposed to them if you don’t pour them out of the pouch and into a bowl. The ezpz Tiny Bowl is a great choice for puree introduction!
Like with pouches, jarred baby food needs to be placed into a bowl that baby can see. Remember exposure to is key if we want to avoid picky eating tendencies in the future.
Pick foods that are soft, like avocado. Take an avocado and scoop out the flesh; place it in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add a little breast milk or formula to make it the appropriate texture for baby.
To learn more about making purees and other feeding tips, check out our blog: How to Make Five Quick Purees.
What are the development milestones for feeding?
Lip Control - Having baby learn to close their lips on an open-cup or spoon is a feeding milestone critical for safe swallowing. Improve lip control with the: Tiny Cup + Tiny Spoon
Drink from an Open Cup (Held by an Adult) - Developmentally, at 6 months of age, baby should transition from breast/bottle to sips from an open-cup held by an adult (not a sippy cup). Improve cup drinking skills with the: Tiny Cup
Ready for Thin, Thick and Lumpy Purees - The unique oval shape encourages infants to easily see inside the bowl, making eye-hand coordination for self-feeding more successful. Improve feeding skills with the: Tiny Bowl
Ready for Soft Foods (at 6 Months) – Baby led weaning (BLW) starts at 6 months of age. Since the Mini Mat suctions to the table, it supports stability and posture, allowing baby to pick up strips of food easily. Improve feeding skills with: Mini Mat
Hold and Bring Object / Spoon to Mouth – The properly sized Tiny Spoon, helps baby move their jaw, cheeks, tongue and upper lip in order to decreased gagging associated with stating solids. Improve baby-led spoon feeding with: Tiny Spoon
Rake (Grasp) Objects and Food – Baby can easily rake up foods, making self-feeding more productive since the Mini Mat stays put with it’s suction feature. Improve raking grasp with: Mini Mat