Everyone says that, once you have a baby, everything changes. And that’s true! But what they rarely tell you is that it continues to change every couple of months after that.
Babies grow up so quickly, moving from stage to stage of development faster than we would break in a new pair of shoes. Each stage brings new challenges and delights, as you watch your child grow from a helpless infant into a walking, talking, trouble-making little human!
One of the most challenging transitions for both baby and parent is moving to solid foods. Breastfeeding is something that creates a powerful bond between a mother and child. It’s a multiple-times daily ritual that can be painful and wonderful, fulfilling and draining all at the same time. When it comes time for your baby to transition off breastfeeding to solid foods, it’s easy to feel like you have lost something, a connection. And for the baby, well, they likely won’t like it at all! Solid food? What are they, a peasant? :p
This is why it’s important that you be fully equipped with everything you need come breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With the right equipment, including a bib and other dinner time essentials, you can help create a habit that will start them on the path of healthy eating for the rest of their life!
While some believe that burping your baby stops after you transition over to solid food, this might not be the case. The digestive system of babies develop at different rates, and just because they are now eating pureed carrots doesn’t mean they won’t still have too much air in their system after finishing.
If they’re already on solid foods, burping can become an even messier occasion as now you are dealing with (and I am sorry for using this word, but it’s necessary) “chunks.” This doubles down on the necessity of using burping cloths to make sure that your clothes remain free of stains and other occasional grossness.
Babies can’t help but burp, but you can prevent messes all over the back of your shirt using burp cloths. There are a lot of disposable burp cloths out there that are terrible for the planet. Instead, why not use these 100% organic cotton Apple Park birth cloths. They are 13×20′, making them the perfect size to sling over your shoulder pre-burping. They also come in four patterns and colors, allowing you to personalize it to your tastes (and don’t forget that you can also monogram them with baby’s initials!)
If you’re looking for something a little more “fun,” take a look at the 3 Marthas Burp Cloth Set. These 2-pack 100% cotton, 14.5×21′ burp cloths are a bit bigger, and come with fun patterns and designs.
Eventually, your baby will transition out of burping, usually soon after they start eating solid food. It’s important that you pay attention to how they feel after they eat. If they are still gassy, then burping might occasionally be necessary.
Ok, let’s get this out of the way: Feeding your child solid food for the first time is going to be messy. They probably aren’t going to like it, and they will make their disapproval very, VERY clear.
But as you continue to expose your child to solid food, they might start to look forward to it. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be less messy though. Your baby doesn’t really think in terms of “But I’m going to get my nice new shirt all gross!” Instead, they think, “Yay! Messes are fun! *Raspberry*!”
That’s why having sturdy bibs available is an outstanding idea to prevent pureed peas from ruining their clothes. Angel Dear Jacquard Bibs are 100% cotton and only get softer with every wash (of which there will be many). They are super lightweight and come in two different patterns, bunnies and elephants.
Another option is 3 Marthas Medium Pique Bib. This 100% cotton bib is super absorbent and can be personalized with your baby’s name or monogram. If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, the 3 Marthas Toddler Bib might be perfect. It’s extra big and can be used for children as old as four years old. Just like the Medium Pique bib, it’s 100% cotton and comes with your choice of a pink or blue alligator or bunny. And, of course, it can be personalized, just like all of the other bibs available!
If you’re looking for a comprehensive eating solution, we also offer a few personalized gift sets that include both a burp cloth and bib!
First is the 3 Marthas Personalized Drooler Bib and Burp set with matching fabric and personalization options. And we also have the 3 Marthas Personalized Christmas Bib + Burp if you want an ideal holiday present, either for your own baby or someone else’s!
When your child is transitioning over to solid foods, you can expect a lot of mess and complaining! That’s to be understood. After all, we’ve been eating solid food for decades, but this is their first time trying it! They aren’t yet used to the variety of flavors and textures that come with eating and drinking anything but breast milk. But with the help of these bibs, burp cloths, and some patience, your child will soon be looking forward to their next meal!
What were your experiences with transitioning your children to solid foods? Was there a mess? Share your thoughts in the comments below!