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#momming101: Introducing solids. Everything about baby’s 1st year!

by | Apr 23, 2018 | Baby's First Year, Just Motherhood | 70 comments

Let’s talk solids. What a fun new adventure! But… Different opinions on when to start weaning, how to go about it, which food to introduce first, how to prepare it all and how to prevent allergies; leave most moms overwhelmed and unsure.

For us starting solids has always been a fun, positive experience and I’m happy to say we have 3 fuss-free, healthy eaters. So, I’m sharing how we approach solids. Everything from preparing that 1st purée all the way to the finger foods Ava enjoys. Get that coffee moms, this one is lengthy BUT it’s all you need to know.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Life long food preferences are shaped in these 1st 6 months so be sure to establish a good meal plan that encourages healthy feeding habits from the get go! So, when should solids be introduced?

My baby wakes more during the night to feed. It has to be time for solids. No! Not at all. Most babies go through sleep regression at one point or another and sleep patterns are only affected by food in extreme cases.

When a baby is ready differs and it’s up to mom to identify the signs that show your little one is ready. Age does play a role but should not be the only consideration. Most babies will be ready somewhere between 4 and 6 months. Don’t start before 17 weeks but also be careful not to wait too long after 6 months either. Sign to look out for include:

  1. Can baby sit, back supported in a feeding chair?
  2. Good head controls. Is baby able to turn his / her head away to show when they’ve eaten enough?
  3. Does your little one show an interest in food? Grabbing at whatever you are eating and trying to put it in his / her mouth.
  4. Keep an eye on baby’s weight gain and milk needs. For breastfeeding moms it could be that your baby isn’t gaining enough weight even though you are feeding on demand in an attempt to increase milk supply. For formula babes it could be that baby is still hungry and unsettled even after finishing an entire bottle.

Eliana and Lia was exclusively breastfed till 6 months but Ava WANTED and needed food at 5 months.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Now that you’ve identified your baby’s need for solids what’s next?

Approaching solids right!

There is no need to be anxious. Trust your instincts and your baby’s abilities and make this next step fun.

1. Start on a day when you and baby feel happy, healthy and relaxed.

2. Start with a small amount, gradually increasing portion size over time. We took things week-by-week.

3. Introduce new foods in the morning. Then you can monitor baby for signs of intolerance or discomfort during the day.

4. Never force your little one. If things don’t go according to plan or baby doesn’t show interest; take a step back, wait a few days and start again.

5. Be patient. Foodies differ, approaching food differently even from a young age.

6. Be friendly and encouraging. Praising baby when they do get that bite right.

7. Accept that the road ahead will be messy and include a fair amount of food waste but it’s okay! Your goal is to have baby sharing in family mealtime around his / her’s 1st birthday.

8. Make mealtime a positive experience. Smiling, looking baby in the eye and having him / her sit with the family when possible.

9. Also remember to always have water handy. No need for juice or tea. Cooled, boiled water does the trick.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food Everything you need to know for the 1st year.

Baby’s 1st food!

Allergy prevention has been a huge focus these past few years. With Eliana I was told to wait with certain food, now Ava can eat anything! These ever-changing studies make my head spin! But with food allergies on the increase latest research shows that delaying exposure to high risk foods actually increases the risk of allergens. Don’t be scared of any foods. Food allergies are actually not as common as believed. A lot of the time sensitivity to something is actually an intolerance that your little one should grow out of. Just introduce them with caution looking out for signs of intolerance such as a rash, vomiting, fussiness, extra mucus production, bloating, gas and foul smelling stools.

Gut sampling of sensitive foods are recommended by introducing very small amounts once or twice a week and increasing the amount as you see fit.

Here is a list of potential intolerance sensitive foods:

  • Vegetables: Tomato, Carrot, Potato, Garlic, Onion, Pea
  • Fruit: Citrus, Strawberries, Apples
  • Nuts; Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Brazil Nuts
  • Cereal: Grains can be difficult to digest due to the lack of the pancreatic enzyme AMYLASE.
  • Meat: Beef
  • Dairy
  • Eggwhites
  • Fish: Crab, Shrimp, Mussels, Tuna
  • Sundry: Sesame Seed, Soy, Yeast, White Bean, Coconut

PLEASE NOTE, THESE SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUDED! Our Ava hasn’t reacted to any of them, Eliana was dairy sensitive till about 2 years old and Lia still struggles with a runny nose when she eats bananas. This is merely a list to assist in identifying possible high risk foods.

Honey is a healthy sugar alternative for babies. Definitely NOT! Honey can not be given to a baby younger than 12 months. Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness.

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So what can we start with?

Now that baby is eating, milk isn’t as important anymore. Not true at all! Milk stays an important source of nutrition all throughout baby’s 1st year and if you decide to stop breastfeeding when introducing solids, you’ll definitely need to still provide baby with an appropriate formula. For the 1st 7 weeks of solids milk feeds stay the same. You’ll just be adding food to the menu, gradually increasing portions and meals.

Our starter foods of choice has always been sweet potato, pear, butternut, mango and pumpkin. These “soft”, easily digestible options proved gentlest on our girls tummies seeing as they had only been exposed to breastmilk before. We made sure these 1st foods were runny and fed to Ava with a soft spoon.

This is how we introduced those 1st bites.

Week 1: 1 teaspoon of sweet potato in the morning, around 8am.

Week 2: 1 teaspoon of pear in the morning. 1 teaspoon of sweet potato late afternoon, around 4:30pm.

Week 3: 1 teaspoon of butternut in the morning. 1 teaspoon of pear midday, 12:00. 1 teaspoon of sweet potato late afternoon, around 4:30pm.

Week 4: 2 teaspoons of pawpaw in the morning. 2 teaspoons of pear midday, 12:00. 2 teaspoons of sweet potato late afternoon, around 4:30pm.

Week 5: 3 teaspoons of mango in the morning. 3 teaspoons of butternut midday, 12:00. 3 teaspoons of sweet potato late afternoon, around 4:30pm.

Week 6: 4 teaspoons of pumpkin in the morning. 4 teaspoons of pawpaw midday, 12:00. 4 teaspoons of sweet potato late afternoon, around 4:30pm.

Week 7: No signs of intolerance or poor indigestion? Let baby’s appetite lead you. Be adventurous and include as much variety as possible.

I used this handy Baby Meal / Day Planner to keep track of Ava’s routine.

Just A Mamma Baby Meal and Day planner Stage 1

Click on the link below to download and print your own.

Baby Meal and Day Planner Stage 1

More tasty foods we tried:

Avocado Pear, Peeled Baby Marrow, Hubbard Squash, Beetroot, Parsnip. Peaches, Prunes, Dates, Guava, Grapes, Litchi, Apples, Kiwi, Figs, Blueberries… There are too many to mention! Have a look at our January Book Club review, Weaning Sense. It’s a fantastic read on solids and includes loads of delicious recipes to try.

Boost nutritional content by adding good, plant based fats like nut butters, coconut oil and olive paste to daily meals (1/2 – 1 teaspoon). These also helped when the 1st signs of constipation appeared. I still add olive oil to any meal if I notice a hardening in Ava’s stools.

A word on dairy…

NO DAIRY before 12 months.This is true and false.


Yes, cows milk for drinking should only be given to babies over a year. Yogurt and cheese however, can be given beforehand making for convenient snack options. If baby doesn’t show any reaction to these; full cream cow’s milk can be used to prepare porridge and other baby food but still not to drink on its own. We waited until Ava was 9 months old before introducing dairy. Now she loves yogurt, cheese and the occasional sweet potato custard for dessert.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food yogurt


We waited till after 8 months before including meat and complex proteins to Ava’s diet. There is still a fair amount of research showing high concentrations of protein at a young age can place strain on a little one’s kidneys and even lead to adult obesity. It was a personal choice to wait. We started with chicken.

Portion size.

How do I know baby has eaten enough? Look out for baby’s feeding cues:

1. Baby looks at and reaches out to food.
2. Turns to spoon for a bite.
3. Opens his / her mouth to eat.
4. Your little one is happy and excited.

1. Starts eating slowly.
2. Loses interest in food.
3. Turns his / her head away.
4. Keeps lips closed.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

We had ourselves a little “over-eater” with Ava eating herself into a stomach ache every mealtime. No closing her mouth or turning away until the plate was polished. So, I use her age as a guideline for how much she’ll probably eat, 1 teaspoon per month of age. But this is not a rule! Sometimes she’ll eat more and sometimes less. Keeping an eye on her hunger cues is the most important thing. Also remember to have water ready – babies can confuse hunger with thirst. I offer Ava a sip of water before more food.

Preparing baby’s food:

  • Always wash food well before preparing them for baby.
  • Steaming is still your healthiest option keeping most of the nutritional value. (Look out for our baby food appliances review Wednesday).
  • Buy organic and free-range when possible – no chemicals, insecticides and other nasties.

STEP 1: Steam. Although baby food prep can be done in various ways.
STEP 2: Purée. Add baby’s milk, appropriate oils or the liquid used to prepare the food to get the desired purée consistency.
STEP 3: Freeze. Scoop your puréed baby food into ice trays, cover well and freeze.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Making your own baby food has loads of benefits. Firstly, it’s more economical, you can provide baby with a wider range of flavour and texture options. Baby learns to eat Mommy’s food and you know exactly what goes into every meal. Giving food separately also teaches baby about different tastes and helps combat fussy eating.

Frozen foods can later be combined to create yummy variations for baby to enjoy.

Some foods might become thick and starchy when frozen. Just a a few drops of canola, olive or avocado oil to better the consistency. Milk also works well.

Food don’ts:
1. No fast foods.
2. No sweets.
3. No added salt or sugar.

Food do’s:
1. Include iron rich food sources as soon as possible and you may want to consider an iron supplement if your baby is older than 6 months and still breastfeeding. We give all our girls 5ml of Floradix Iron Tonic daily. Including 400 UI Vit D is also recommended but we don’t.
2. Introduce new food one at a time and at least 3 days apart.
3. It’s tempting to start with fancy combinations but rather prepare and introduce food separately at first – let your little one learn what different foods taste like. Expose baby to an array of colours and flavours. When you and your little become more confident, move on to yummy combinations, adding herbs and even some spices.
4. Introduce “gassy” foods (Green Beans, Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower) and strong flavours a little later.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Changes after 8 months:

Now that baby is use to eating don’t just stick to smooth purées. Textures should become coarser and food can have lumps and pieces. Rather use a fork to mash baby’s food. All fruits and veggies can be given now. Meat is introduced as well as egg yolk (whites too if baby doesn’t show signs of egg sensitivity). Remember all the yummy plant proteins such as lentils, chick peas, seeds, pulses and beans too. We also started giving Ava oats and other porridges at 8 months.

Although milk is still important, food intake needs will increase. Snacks in the shape of finger foods are important.

Don’t be scared of finger foods!

Some parents skip purées altogether. Opting for baby-led weaning from day one so there really isn’t any reason to postpone finger foods. If your baby is showing increased independence, interest in exploring food and is able to sit unsupported while picking up and bring food to their mouth. It’s TIME! Even if there isn’t a tooth in sight – Those little gums can chew!

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

A list of finger foods to try:
1. Cut up omelettes and scrambled egg.
2. Steamed butternut and sweet potato fingers.
3. Peeled cucumbers cut length ways.
4. Soft fruits like watermelon, mango, pawpaw, peach, figs and kiwi. Peeled and cut. Banana should be cut length ways too.
5. Add homemade hummus and yogurt as a dipping sauce to veggie sticks and fruits.
6. Cauliflower and broccoli florets, asparagus and baby carrots – all steamed.
7. Stirfried veggies.
8. Thick slices of avocado.
9. Dried mango strips.
10.Chicken, turkey or lamb cooked into manageable pieces.
11. Mini meatballs, cut up patties or fish cakes.
12. Fish cakes
13. Grated cheese.
14. Toast fingers with a dippy egg. Rusks and teething biscuits.
15. Rice cakes, rice balls and puffs.
16. Baby pancakes and muffins.
17. Pasta twists, shells and bows

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Finger foods should easily be squashed between your fingers to lower the risk of choking. Consider steaming harder fruits and veggies like carrots, apples etc.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Place “hard fruit” eg. apple and pear in a “fresh food feeder“. Any food can be placed inside actually. Our favourite is by Haakaa and available locally from Hey Kiwi. Made from 100% food grade silicone the Haakaa fresh food feeder is more hygienic than other similar feeders. It will also last longer, is easier to clean and harbours less bacteria and foul smells than other mesh material types.It also doubles as a teether!  Simply turn your feeder upside down and and let baby chew and suck on the other end.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Risky finger foods:
1. Whole nuts or seeds
2. Popcorn
3. Whole grapes and blueberries, rather peel, pip and cut in quaters.
4. Small dried fruits like rasins is better for older kids and toddlers.

Once again, take things slow, relax about the mess and give baby this valuable opportunity to learn and experiment.

Baby must be sitting when eating finger foods and should never be left unattended. Choking is always a possibility. 

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Drinking independently!

Water is so important and next to breastmilk, it’s still the only thing Ava drinks at (almost) 10 months. Ava uses her sippy-cup like a pro.

While having a go at finger food we also decided it would be a good time to expose her to drinking from cups and glasses too. We assist but she’s actually taken to it quite easily.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

We prefer glass and stainless steal options to plastic. One of our favourite brands is Pura Stainless. These bottles are non-toxic, plastic-free and grows with baby simply by swapping out the lid with different spout options. We bought our tiny glass tumblers from Faithful to Nature.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Ava handles her sippy cup like a pro and this bottles has survived many a throw downs!

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

 After the 1st few months of solids, the routine changes quite a bit…

Now that Ava’s eating more, her schedule has changed. Breakfast and lunch has stayed the same but with the addition of snack time at 09:30 am. Supper has also moved a little later to 05:50pm but with afternoon snack time at 04:00pm.

I’ve included this updated Baby Meal / Day Planner for your own use. It’s been very  helpful (especially for dad) reminding us what to have ready and keeping track of Ava’s day.

Just A Mamma Baby Meal and Day planner Stage 2

Click on the link below to download and print your own.

Baby Meal and Day planner Stage 2

Meal time “hardware”.

Include different spoons, table wear, placemats, serviettes and more. Ensure that every meal is something exciting to look forward too even for you too mama. Some of our favourite products include:

Our beautiful wooden feeding chair:

Friends of our gave us this gorgeous wooden baby chair when Eliana was little. We still treasure it today and hope to one day feed our grandbabies in there too. Any feeding chair providing good back support will do.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Pretty bibs to keep baby clean.

Disposable bibs, silicone bibs, fabric bibs and fancy bibs. There really are more than enough to choose from. Fabric bibs are still our 1st choice and all the ones seen below are by local mama-maker brand, Schnooky Pie, Wolf Wolf and By Roeline & Co.


A variety of dinnerware!

Plates, bowls, cups and food trays. The design options are endless and once again I enjoy adding a bit of pretty to our food dates by investing in gorgeous kids tableware.

I fell in love with the forest illustrations from the Pyrelle dinnerset. (You may recall this name from Sophie la Girafe). If you’re into Peter Rabbit, Mr. Men, Astrix and Moomin ; be sure to visit their online store by clicking here.

Don’t think these sets are just for toddlers. Ava enjoys the beautiful surprise pictures at the bottom of the bowl, cup or plate too and this set works just as well as any other “baby feeding set”. Why waste money on small crockery that baby will outgrow in a blink of an eye?


That’s unless you’re spoiling yourself (and your little one) with a Baby Le Crueset set. These are stunning! Yes, they are a splurge and can break or chip when dropped but sometimes adorableness wins over practicality. Besides, I’ll keep Ava’s set as a family heirloom for her to use with her kids…



Our collection of spoons grows as Ava develops. Starting with soft, silicone spoons to specially designed toddler cutlery. All have a purpose.


Ava’s curiosity and independent spirit had her wanting to self-feed from a very young age. The ChooMee Dip ‘n Spoon available from Kids Cargo gives her the freedom to do just that – or at least try to. Ava simply dips this spoon into her bowl. Food gets caught inside the spoon openings and she instinctively sucks the food off the soft flat head of the spoon.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

The flexible neck makes it easy for her to manoeuvre around her bowl too.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Our fabric serviette collection.

Mealtime is messy so having a damp cloth (or damp fabric serviette) close by helps.


Fun placemats.

The brighter and sillier, the better! Include all the colours of the rainbow. some educational and others just because. It will keep your little one’s attention and work like a charm for years to come.


Currently we are obsessed with our set. These fabric placemats keeps are easy to clean and provide loads to look at. Ava gets lost in the black and white illustrations while Eliana comes up with the most elaborate dinner time stories inspired by her placemat of choice for the evening. Lia’s favourite is the rocking Zebra, or is it a white horse wrapped in a black and red ribbon…? She still hasn’t decided.


Spill-proof bowls.

I don’t know if any of these really work BUT Ava sure enjoys eating out of them and so did our other girls.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

And then, Ava’s best Christmas gift from grandpa…

Her Marcus & Marcus meal set. No need to ever worry about Ava’s food, no matter where we go. They have the perfect solutions for traveling with baby food. Easy wipe clean silicone bibs, collapsable baby bowls, playful feeding spoon dispenser and silicone spoons Ava likes chewing on for hours after she’s finished eating.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food Marcus & Marcus

The thermal food jar is a MUST! This stainless steel, leak proof, 350 ml jar keeps food hot for up to 5 hours or cold for  7+. It’s so handy, I actually need to get Lia and Eliana their own ones too! No more “hangry” kids while we’re on the go; warm food anywhere, anytime you need it.

The cute feeding spoon dispenser is another winning product. Especially for those mamas hating a mess. Simply heat and squeeze! Convenient when out and about as well as at home.

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

REMEMBER: Have fun!

Babies want to explore and learn new things. So, make use of their inherent abilities to ensure that meal time is a fun, positive experience. Play with food and develop a love for breakfast, dinner and supper!

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

Soon, your little one will be eating independently and shared mommy-and-me dates will be a thing of the past, so don’t forget to treasure the now.

Now lets get eating!

Win a cute Marcus & Marcus Thermal Food Jar and silicone feeding spoon of your choice for your little one!

JustaMamma Introduction to solids Babys first food

solidsChoose between Marcus the Lion, Pokey the Pig, Lola the Giraffe, Ollie the Elephant and Willo the Whale.

How to enter:

  1. Please leave a comment below telling us which colour (blue or pink) thermal jar and spoon you would like to win.
  2. Also be sure to follow @marcusandmarcus_sa and @justamamma on Instagram.
  3. Bonus entry: Share this post on Facebook by clicking on the share button below.

3 ways of entering means you’ll have 3 chances of winning!

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  1. Only entries via Instagram, Facebook and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  4. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  5. Competition closes on the 14th of May 2018. The winner will be picked at random and announced on the 16th of May 2018. 
  6. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  7. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.
  8. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but Just a Mamma and Marcus & Marcus do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

PHOTO CREDIT | Anje-Ilana Nel Madison and West.

Special thanks to Sr. Maryna Botha of the Garsfontein Baby Clinic for always providing the best information and advice and especially for helping us make solids easy and a parenting highlight with all three our girls. Any mamas in need of a guardian angel… Sr. Maryna has been ours for the past 6 years.

Disclaimer: This post is our journey through solids and includes the choices we made and what worked for us with our 3 girls. I’m not an expert, just a mom trying to feed her babies the best! 
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  1. Saadiyah

    What a great informative post. My little girl has just started her weaning journey at 5 and a half months and this post really covers all the bases. I love the Weaning Sense book too and i am finding it so fun to whip up different combinations and watch her react! Love the tip to keep fabric napkins on hand… i will definitely be giving this a go! I would love to win the the blue Marcus & Marcus food jar as i have been searching high and low for something to keep her food in on the go! Would love the Ollie the Elephant feeding spoon too.

  2. Celeste van der Berg

    So n oulike blogpost!!! Ek is SO reg om n blou thermal jar te wen met n geel lepel ?

  3. Lauren Hogarty

    What a helpful article as usual! My 6month Old would love a pink thermal jar and the piggy spoon. Thanks also for the charts!

  4. Anel

    We would love the blue jar and Marcus the Lion spoon ?

  5. Raeesah Mahomed

    Amazing post as always! Definitely would love the blue thermal jar! ?

  6. Tanya

    This post was so well written and informative. Thank you! I’d love to win the pink thermal jar for my baby girl and the Ollie the elephant spoon.

  7. Adele

    Such a great read, got plenty of helpful tips for when my little girl starts solids! Would love the pink thermal jar and the elephant spoon

  8. Rianka Louw

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. We just started introducing solids and this has come in so handy! Thank you for sharing these tips. Would love the pink thermal jar and pokey the pink spoon.

  9. Zinat

    A very informative article. Thank you for the tips. My 6 month old would love a pink thermal flask and a pokey the pig spoon.

  10. Rozelle Gaie

    My babatjie is nou 14 weke en ek dink dink al vir ‘n week heeltyd wanneer om dit te doen en hoe. Dankie vir die advies! Ek sal graag die pienk thermal jar en varkie lepel wil wen. Xx

  11. Aaliah Dunn

    Great post for a mom to be to read. My baby hasn’t been born, but I’ve already been worried on how to start solids. At least I have a plan now. Would love the blue thermal jar and the Ollie the Elephant spoon. So cute!

  12. Jessica

    I loved this article! So informative and new brands that I haven’t yet discovered – thank you! I would love to win a pink thermal jar and spoon for my little Ella 🙂
    Looking forward to your appliance review too. xx

  13. Tanith Bennett

    This article came at the perfect time for us, and was very reassuring. I’d LOVE the Marcus&Marcus thermal jar in either colour (I have a daughter but am trying to avoid everything being pink ;)) what a fantastic tool!!!& I love ollie the elephant spoon!!

  14. Gabi van Niekerk

    Pink please ♡

  15. Nina White

    Thanks for sharing. We are in the first few weeks of weaning and really enjoying the journey. I would love to win the blue set please ?

  16. Leandra Krige

    Oe love this giveaway. I would love the blue thermal jar with Marcus the Lion spoon. We are at the stage where i allow Hunter to feed himself- lots of fun for him and lots of cleaning for mommy!!? Love the blog post. Defnitely going to try some of the fingerfoods. Mini meatballs and spagetti for supper. ?

  17. Anri

    What an informative read – Thank you! We are just about to start solids (butternut steamig away as I’m typing) so your post couldn’t come on a better time. My little one would love a pink thermal jar and spoon to suit everything else she owns ?

  18. Louzelle van dyk

    Firstly thank you for this insightful post and sharing!

    And theeen.

    Sebastians favourite toy is a little bath toy which is an orange/ yellow lion, wether it’s the lion or the colour, we don’t know so we’ll love the lion or the giraffe and hope we chose right! He’d love the blue jar!

    Holding humbs for this!!

  19. Megan Jackson

    My little one is 6 months and we’ve just started our solids journey. I thoroughly enjoyed your post, thank you! There are some great ideas that I’d like to try. I’d love a blue thermal jar and an Ollie the Elephant spoon for my son 🙂

  20. Mareli Snyman

    You make motherhood so much easier and fun with all your blogposts and I love your Instagram posts. I’m a first time mother with a beautiful baby girl and she would love the pink thermal jar and Pokey the Pig spoon ? Thank you!

  21. Tamaryn

    Thanks, what great advice. My little one is only 13 weeks now but I’ll be keeping this article and the downloads handy for when she is ready. I’d love to win a pink one.

  22. Leischen Louw

    I would love a pink food jar and pokey the pig ?

  23. Sharne Kriel

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Wish this article had come available earlier but will most definitely assist with baby no 2…
    Have shared to all possible friends and family and all come back with the same response, they loved it!!!
    Would like to have a Blue thermal jar and Ollie the Elephant spoon please…

    Thank you again for going the extra mile to assist all of the mommies out there, this can sometimes be a mission impossible and scary task.

  24. Taneale McFarlane

    Where was a post like this when my first one started solids? Straight forward and easy to follow, thank you!
    We would love to win the pink thermal jar and Ollie the Elephant ?

  25. Rebekka Maseko

    Awesome post! We’d love a blue jar and green elli spoon 🙂

  26. Franci Groenewald

    Some helpful hints. We’d love a blue Jat with an Ollie elephant spoon. ?

  27. Carla

    Such a cool post – currently half way with my first and I am sure this will help sooooo much – definitely bookmarking it! Our little boeta would love a blue jar and Ollie spoon!

  28. Lianne Godfrey

    Definitely sharing this post with my husband –
    I’ve read up a lot on baby-led weaning and introducing solids yet there was still some
    new and very practical information in this post. Also, I’d love to win a blue set for my five month old (not yet on solids but will be introducing very soon!). Thank you!

  29. Sumaya

    Pink thermal tub?the elephant spoon?love this post!! So informative and definitely going to come in handy with second baby on the way

  30. Corlia

    ah this post ?? well done well done! ?
    blue thermal jar and ollie spoon!!

  31. Kirstin Price

    Gosh this is the ultimate cheat sheet for moving onto solids ?
    I would love the pink thermal and spoon ? Thank you for sharing your experience so that I don’t go through this stage guessing and feeling completely overwhelmed!

  32. Lara Eaton

    What a fantastically helpful post. My little girl is 18 weeks now so starting solids is looming fast and as a first time mommy I’m looking for all the advice I can get. Thanks for the fab tips on food options as well as what to avoid. I’d love the pink set for my baba and I. And I just love Willo Whale (although quite honestly they are all gorgeous).

  33. Katherine Bodmer

    This is a brilliant post – thank you. My little boy is six months old and loves his food. He’s at the stage where he tries to feed himself. I would love a blue thermal jar and Marcus the lion spoon.

  34. Bianca Rust

    I love to win a pink one!

  35. Chantel

    I would love to win blue pls for my little boy.

  36. Ane Buchner

    Thank you so much for a great post! We are about to start solids in the next few weeks… so excited! Will love a pink thermal food jar and an Ollie Elephant spoon… ❤️?

  37. Lauren Hogarty

    Pink set all the way and piggy spoon! Such a great article again thanks!

  38. Sofiah

    Blue pls

  39. Tim erikson

    We would really like a blue one for our twins they look amazing.

  40. Sindy du Plessis

    I would love the pink thermal jar and pink and pink piggy spoon. My 6month old baby girl is starting solids. Loved this article and are going to use it. Thank you!

  41. Anusha Naidoo

    A absolutely wonderful read it was interesting, informative, enlightening, a great pleasure to read thank you.
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    Would love the blue thermal jar and the Ollie the Elephant spoon.

  42. Sharine

    Thank you for a fantastic post. My little girl is nearly months old but I’ve been stressed about introducing food and how to go about it before she was even born. Silly, i know. With this article and my feeding sense book ( being delivered next week) I’m feeling a bit more confident.

    I think Mieke would love a pink and purple set to match her colourful and adorable little personality.

    Thank you for the share

  43. Zeenats Carrim

    Blue ? my baby boy is starting solids this week and so happy this info is here for me too peruse…really going too follow these tips ❤️

  44. Tanzila

    Aah no wonder our solids journey isn’t going so well. So many things that you mentioned that I realized I have been doing wrong. It really is a daunting experience for a first time mom who has no clue. Well it’s still early and I will definitely be including the above tips and tricks and hopefully have an easier solids journey. Thank You ?

    Would love the blue thermal jar and Marcus the lion spoon.

  45. Shabana Essop

    Such an informative read! Really enjoyed reading your post. I would like a blue thermal jar with Marcus the lion spoon please.

  46. Kelly-Anne

    Ooo we would love the pink jar and Lola the Giraffe spoon.

    What a great post, we are busy prepping for solids and this has been SO helpful- thank you xx

  47. Camy Adams

    I would love a blue thermal jar and Ollie the Elephant spoon.

  48. Sam

    Blue please!

  49. Louise Megan Rheeder

    Thank you so much, was such a great read, Grayson will be 6 months on the 07 May and cant wait to get stated 🙂 🙂 🙂

  50. Tanya Hugo

    Oohh blue please? we’re just about ready to start our solids journey????

  51. Mumtaz

    I would absolutely love to win the blue jar

    • Mumtaz

      And Marcus the lion spoon

  52. Caryn Rogers


  53. Sally

    Would love Lola the Giraffe and the pink jar would be amazing 🙂

  54. Amy Ferreira

    I’d love a blue jar and an Ollie the Elephant spoon:)

  55. Marelize

    Blue jar with the elephant spoon ?

  56. Sadhna Baskali

    This was just what I needed to read!! My boy has recently started solids and I’m all for all the info I can get. I loved this!!
    I would love a blue thermal jar and Ollie the Elephant spoon xxx

  57. Dani Green

    I would loooove to win the blue thermal jar and red lion spoon for my little Max ?

  58. Zeenats Carrim

    I just started weaning my baby this week..this post is soo helpful

  59. Marile Grobbelaar

    Dankie vir korrekte inligting en oulike wenke!! Sal graag die pienk thermal jar en pienk varkie lepel wil wen!

  60. Deline

    What a great post. Doing some research on how to start introducing solids – baby is 3 months now, so our solid journey is around the corner. Will definitely be using some of your tips and tricks.
    We would love to win the blue flask and the giraffe spoon!

  61. Marliese Folscher

    I would love to win the blue set 🙂

  62. Jenna-lea Kelland

    I love the pink flask and turquoise spoon ❤️ I’m awaiting the arrival of my baby girl and will be keen to try some more baby led weaning this time. Great post ?

  63. Rafaela Tayler

    I would love blue please!
    Lovely read! Thank you ?

  64. Debs

    Such a helpful post! I would love a pink food jar and pokey the pig spoon ?

  65. Louise Trytsman

    Blue please!!! Pretty please!!! Sooo in love with allll your products!!! ??

  66. Izene Filomeno

    Thanks for a great post! Matteo is my second boy but totally different from my first. I enjoy reading up again and see what works for Matteo. He is a little( or big) chubster and gets upset and excited at the same time when anyone dares to eat anything in front of him. We have a baby bullet and love it plus all the attachments! We are a bit more brave and relaxed this time round with rules of solids.
    I would love the Blue Thermal jar and elephant spoon! Love the range!
    You are a beautiful mama I side and out. Keep on inspiring Mari-louise

  67. Copeland

    Pink spoon and pink thermal jar please.

  68. Ayesha

    Blue jar and the elephant spoon

  69. Ronell

    Pink jar and elephant spoon. Thanks for an amazing post…


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