Best tips for starting your baby on solids + the gear you’ll actually use!

Whether you’re a first time mom, a mom of 3, 4, or even 5 kids (like me!), I always have my eyes peeled for the best tricks and tips to successfully starting your baby on solids. Learning about how to introduce solids is equally as important as what solids to introduce to your baby. So, going through this season for now the 5th time with Bobby, I’ve gathered all of my top baby tips and baby feeding products right here in this post. Bonus: everything you’ll need is found at Walmart so you know it's going to be super affordable too! Let’s dive into this one-stop guide to all the best tips you need to know about when starting your baby on solids. 

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Baby tips for starting solids:

Not sure how to safely introduce foods to your baby? Here to help you navigate through it all with these tips!

  1. One Solid Food At a Time: Our pediatrician says they basically start one solid food at a time between 6 months to one year old. And the goal is to have your baby eating what you eat by one year! Babies can eat anything but honey before the age of 1. 
  2. Fruit + Veggies: The Gerber packs are awesome for buying + trying different foods. Definitely recommend starting with one type of food per day so you can see if there are any allergic reactions or possible sensitivities. It’ll be so fun to see your baby explore new flavors and see what they like! I love both of these: the fruit & veggie favorites and these super blends variety pack
  3. Grain Puffs + Yogurt Melts: We love these Gerber grain & grow puffs and freeze dried yogurt melts for snacks while everyone else finishes up dinner if you need to buy some extra time. They’re also so nice to have on the go to keep your baby happy while out running errands. So easy to throw in your purse and a very non-messy food option. 
  4. Pouches: Pouches are the best invention ever for baby food! Talk about how easy it is to throw in your purse and go! Feed on the go anywhere. No need for a spoon, plus your baby can feed themselves. We love this organic Gerber variety pack of fruit & veggie favorites. A great way to switch up and add in different nutritious foods. 

Gear you'll actually use when starting your little one on solids:

  1. Reclining Highchair: A reclining high-chair really helps with babies that aren’t quite sitting up yet! A very affordable (under $100!!) and clean looking version I love is this reclining highchair. It has an infant insert for support, perfect for when starting your baby on solids. It grows with your child all the way to a big kid booster, so definitely worth every penny. 
  2. Neutral Highchair: If your baby is already sitting up pretty well, this neutral highchair is super sleek and, well, pretty! It’s easy to wipe down messes and love that it’s a major space saver and folds down for the easiest storage ever. This highchair is great to start using around 6+ months and is another budget friendly option.
  3. Silicone Feeders: The silicone feeders are AMAZING. Bobby absolutely loves these! SO great for baby-led weaning too. These are a great way to introduce new food through tiny tastes to your baby starting around 4+ months. It’s safe, easy and your baby can feed themselves! Way easier to clean than a mesh feeder.
  4. Silicone Bibs: Silicone bibs forever! They’re way easier to clean and way less messy. Love this 4-pack and all of these cute colors. Such great value and a great price! 
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Your baby feeding cheat sheet!

It can get so overwhelming deciding how best to feed and take care of your babies especially since there’s just so much advice put out there. As a mom of 5, these are just a few of my top tips and must have baby items that have helped make feeding our babies a more enjoyable experience. And thanks to Walmart, everything you need is in one place at the tip of your fingers! We’ve rounded up all of our fave baby feeding items and foods below! Bon appetite! 

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 5 kids, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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