10 kitchen essentials to make introducing first foods to baby a breeze

There are many first foods to introduce your baby to, but there is no need to be overwhelmed. With these 10 kitchen essentials, you will have everything you need for first food success!

After months of a milk-only diet, beginning to introduce solid food to your baby can seem like an epic milestone! After all, it’s their first new taste experience, so you want this introduction to be a success.

Fruit and vegetable purees, along with cereal, are commonly the first foods your baby will try, and these are very simple to make yourself at home.

1. Whizzy stick blender 

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You’ll be able to introduce your baby to his first foods with confidence when you have a stick blender at hand – with a couple of quick pulses, you’ll have a lovely vegetable puree ready to serve in no time at all. The Contempo Stick Blender has two speeds so you can easily control what you are doing at all times.

2. Stylish high chair

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It’s worth investing in a high chair that is durable and stylish – because you are going to be looking at this particular piece of furniture for years to come.

The Grotime Lyon High/Low Chair has two-position height adjustments; perfect for your growing child. It’s fully loaded with features such as a 5-point safety harness, an adjustable and removable tray for easy cleaning (very important!) and sports a strong timber frame to suit children up to 15kg.

3. Very smart baby spoons 

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Always choose a spoon for your baby that has soft tips and sides so it’s gentle on little mouths – once your baby starts grabbing for the spoon and jamming it into his mouth, you want to know that it won’t do any damage in there.

These Tommee Tippee spoons are particularly genius because they are heat-sensing – the tip of the spoon changes colour if the food is too hot – which means you can be confident that the temperature of food is always just right.

No more burning your mouth testing the temperature of your baby’s food, these clever heat-sensing spoons do it for you.

4. Pretty-yet-practical bibs

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Now, feeding bub is a messy business – there is no way to sugar-coat this fact – but all that mess is part of the way they learn about food and how to enjoy it. You can minimise the mess though, by using a bib every time they eat. Look for bibs that are plastic-backed so moisture doesn’t soak through to clothing. You will need plenty of bibs so stock up now!

5. Clever suction bowl

There is nothing a cheeky little monkey likes to do more than upend his plate at mealtimes. It’s such fun to watch mum wiping food up off the floor!

Now you can foil even the most persistent bowl-swiper when you use a suction bowl. The Tommee Tippee Suction Bowls feature a unique, super-strong suction base design to prevent your baby from removing the bowl from highchair or tabletop surfaces. How clever!

6. Handy snack box

munchkin snack catchers

One thing you’ll discover quickly is that babies need to eat often so being prepared with a bunch of nutritious snacks throughout the day will make you Supermum.

Just be sure to store your snacks in well-sealed containers so you don’t find any ‘surprises’ in the bottom of your nappy bag. These Munchkin Snack catchers have soft, flexible flaps so little fingers can easily access the snacks through the flaps. Those same flaps help prevent food spills all over the house and car! A must-have for hungry little ones on the move.

7. Simple section plate

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A lot of young children don’t like to mix their food upon the plate – this is oftentimes because the different textures of foods served all together can be overwhelming, and sometimes it’s just because they prefer one food over another. Whatever the reason, mealtimes are often calmer if you keep foods separated on the plate. This is easy to do when you have a handy section plate like this one from Tommee Tippee.

8. Spill-proof spout cup

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Once your baby starts eating solid food, he’ll need extra hydration too. Offering water at mealtimes in a spout cup will begin the cup-drinking lessons and if you choose a cup with easy grip handles, your baby will quickly learn how to master the cup himself.

9. Nifty silicone freezer trays

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When you’re whizzing up homemade purees for baby, you’re going to end up with more than you can serve in one meal. So use a silicone ice cube tray to freeze small puree portions and then once they are frozen, you can unmold them and store them in a labelled ziplock bag in the freezer, in preparation for future meals.

10. Durable freezer pots

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You’ll be surprised at how quickly your baby goes from eating a teaspoon or two of puree once or twice a day to eating full meals three times a day – plus snacks! The Smash Blue Stainless Steel Snack Pots are leak-proof, airtight and perfect for transporting purees or snacks while on the go. The base is made from durable stainless steel, with a clear Tritan lid and durable easy-to-open clips. Smash Snack Pots also come in four colours: blue, sage green, blush, and black.


now babies can eat first foods without burning their mouth, bibs help to manage the mess and keep clothing clean, clever suction bowls prevent food spills around the house or car, a sectioned plate offers separate spaces for different types of foods, spout cups teach children how to drink from a cup while preventing spills, silicone freezer trays freeze purees into perfect portions that are easy to store in ziplock bags until needed again. Finally, durable freezer pots offer an airtight seal so parents can bring first foods anywhere!

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