So your kid is graduating from the boob and/or body and is ready to eat some real food! Whoo hoo! Before you bust out the spoon, here's the feeding gear you need:
- A Highchair: This one may be obvious, but you need somewhere to feed your little fella! Make sure you pick up something that doesn't have a ton of crevices and is easy to clean! Sure, a plush seat looks comfy, but trying to clean a big padded seat is a nightmare. You're better off with a plain plastic or wood model.
- Small Utensils: Pick up some little spoons and forks. And don't be afraid to let your kid try to feed himself even if it's insanely messy. It's good for his development! You can use small stainless steel teaspoons and salad forks or buy toddler spoons and forks with easy-to-hold handles made specifically for little hands.
- Unbreakable Plates and bowls: Invest in some plastic, wood, bamboo or stainless steel plates and bowls for your kid to chow off of. You can pick up stainless steel stuff at a restaurant supply or kitchen store. Save the fine china for when he's 18!
- Unbreakable Cups: Plastic or stainless steel sippy or straw cups are a good, spill-free alternative to regular cups. When your older toddler gets the hang of drinking out of a cup, however, try to let him go lid-free. Pick up some small plastic cups, Dixie cups or stainless steel camping cups. Sure, there may be more spills, but it's important that your kid learn how to use a regular ol' cup!
- A Plastic Mat: Protect your floor from the inevitable gazillion spills your kid will have!
- A Bib: Ditto with his clothes!
Wanna read more? Check out this page full of feeding information for your baby!