When it’s time to start solids, you don’t need a lot of items to get going—but a few well-designed ones can help the process along. Here are my picks for the top baby tableware to use when starting solids with a baby.
After going through the process of starting solids with three kids, I have strong opinions on what is actually needed to make the process smooth. The list is not long, but there are a few things that can make it easier. And help you avoid having to purchase new things every few months.
I’m sharing my top picks for baby spoons, cups, bibs, and highchairs today as that’s really all you need to introduce solids to a baby. I chose these products for:
- Ease of cleaning
- Length of time they last (so being able to use them for more than one child)
With my first baby, I didn’t know any better and went through so many darn sippy cups that broke or were impossible to clean. Or silicone bibs that ripped or broke. I am glad I landed on these essentials and I hope they help you save money and enjoy the process of starting solids.
Best Baby Highchair: Stokke Tripp Trapp
I much prefer highchairs that help baby to sit up straight, rather than ones that have a more reclined position. We’re on our second time around with our Stokke Tripp Trapp and we still love it. It actually has been somewhat of an issue for our older daughter that we took her chair back, since she’d been using it as a stool, so I can totally see why some families end up with two of these!
We originally didn’t have the tray, but after cleaning mashed food off of the side of our wooden dining table proved impossible, we added it to our set.
TIP: Find my full list of highchairs at all price points.
Water Cups for Baby: Lalo Little Cup
This cup from Lalo is great. It can be used as a small open cup, as a sippy cup (that’s super easy to drink from) and as a straw cup (which isn’t always easy for babies to get the hang of right away, but it’s a nice option to have for future months).
The cup is silicone and comes in lovely colors. And at 4 ounces, it’s a nice size for baby.
TIP: Find my full list of favorite Sippy Cups.
Best Spoons for Baby-Led Weaning: Chewtensils
I love offering baby preloaded spoons of purees to let them take the lead on feeding. And these Bumkins Chewtensils are a perfect size for little baby hands. They are silicone, easy to clean, and incredibly durable. The small, short size helps ensure that baby doesn’t put it too far back in their mouth too.
TIP: Find my top picks for all kids utensils here.
Best Baby Bibs: Bumkins
I love both these classic bibs from Bumkins and their long-sleeved bibs. They are durable, easy to wash and rinse, and they dry super fast. I prefer them to silicone (I like that they are lighter weight).
They’re also odor and stain resistant, and fit well through the toddler years.
Baby Bowl: AEGI Silicone Bowl
These AEGI bowls are silicone and they come with a lid, making them incredibly versatile. They are heat-safe and are perfect for storage. I didn’t discover these until my third kiddo and wish I’d known about them sooner!
TIP: My full picks of suction bowls for kids are here.
Baby Plate: Bumkins Divided Silicone Suction Plate
A suction plate can be helpful when feeding babies as they are harder to push onto the floor (intentionally or unintentionally) and these silicone suction plates are super durable, easy to clean, and they will last for years.
They come in a wide variety of colors too!