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Tips for feeding baby (and you)

For babies, every day is an exploration, and they like to do a lot of that exploring with their mouths. Make sure you have the right feeding environment for baby and you – from a calm space with comfortable seating to safe and easy-to-use tableware. And with all the focus on baby, don’t forget to feed yourself. It’s just as important as feeding baby. In fact, if you’re breastfeeding, feeding you is literally feeding baby.

A child sits on an adult’s lap eating finger food at a wooden table with fruit and vegetables in bowls and pans.
A child sits on an adult’s lap eating finger food at a wooden table with fruit and vegetables in bowls and pans.

Find the perfect nursing chair

With all the other things to consider around feeding, it’s easy to forget the setting. Whether you’re breastfeeding or using a bottle, baby can feed for up to 20 minutes – long enough to become very uncomfortable in the wrong space. Make sure your seat is comfy and easy-access, and that you surround yourself with warm lighting, soft textiles and natural light.

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Let baby take the lead

All IKEA baby tableware, including HEROISK, is designed from baby’s perspective. That means beakers, bowls and spoons little hands can hold to spur their motor skills, lots of bright colours, dishwasher and microwave-safe, and BPA- and phthalates-free materials (okay, those last parts are more interesting to you).

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See all nursing, feeding & eating

Let’s get messy

Mealtimes should be messy times when baby first discovers food. Long before baby can hold a spoon or fork, they will want to explore food with their fingers. The MATVRÅ place mat helps make messiness manageable. Easy-to-clean plastic with no phthalates or harmful chemicals, its colourful non-slip surface dampens the clatter of bowls while keeping baby amused.

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See all children’s kitchenware & tableware

Fill up your freezer

Feeding baby can become an all-consuming task. It’s easy to forget about feeding yourself. In the build-up to a new arrival, you’re often asked what you need. One of the best presents you can ask for is a few home-cooked meals for the freezer. The freezer-friendly IKEA 365+ range of food containers makes storage simple.

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See all food containers

Highchairs

IKEA highchairs (okay, let’s just call them thrones) meet the toughest safety standards – including tests with a static weight equivalent to a female Southern fur seal (they’re pretty large!). With a wide, stable base and rounded edges, they are made from non-toxic materials and have a safety belt.

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See all baby chairs & highchairs