We Work With Experts Who Offer The Best Advice

Introducing your baby to solid foods for the first time is an exciting milestone, but it can also bring with it lots of questions about the best approach to follow.

Tidy Tot is committed to working with experts in their field, who have helped in the development of our products and who have supported us in our journey. We work together so that we can give you the best advice and support possible.

Whether you decide to follow the traditional weaning practice of introducing new foods and flavors in the form of packaged baby food or Baby Led Weaning (allowing baby to simply feed themselves), our experts have tips to help you make the transition as easy as possible.

Lizzie O’Connor

Lizzie O’Connor, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian from north-western Connecticut, she is currently based out of North Carolina. Lizzie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University.

During her 5 years of practice, she has worked with numerous hospitals, including Yale New Haven Health, providing nutritional counseling services to thousands of patients across the lifespan. Through her own parenting journey, she became passionate about family nutrition and infant feeding. Also, the support parents need, to feel confident and comfortable introducing and serving solids throughout their child’s life. She now offers nutritional counselling and information in her business Mama Dietitian. Check out more from Lizzie at: www.lizzieoconnor.com or on Instagram @MamaDietitian

Lizzie OConnor

Divya Sharma

Divya M.Sc. Nursing, is a post-graduate nurse, a clinical quality specialist, a mom and a blogger with a passion to empower and support women/ parents through education. Bump Bub N Beyond is her platform for existing, expecting and new parents to get information and support related to pregnancy, newborn care, postpartum and raising children.

Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel has pioneered the way families all over the world feed their babies and children. She has become the UK’s No.1 children’s recipe author, best-selling international author, and the mother of all feeding experts with 45 cookbooks…and counting.

Annabel says…

“While lots of parents start out with smooth purees for spoon feeding, baby-led weaning has never been more popular. The idea behind this new feeding trend is that you allow your baby to decide what foods they want to eat, when and how much. It’s all about allowing them to go at their own pace and explore a variety of foods, tastes and textures for themselves. “

Annabel recommends Tidy Tot

Annabel recommends the Tidy Tot Bib & Tray Kit as one of the best weaning products for new parents.

Get recipes and tons of advice from Annabel about everything from pregnancy to parenting on her blog.

Annabel Karmel
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Dr. Gill Rapley

Dr. Gill Rapley is co-author of Baby-Led Weaning, Helping your baby to love good food, and she has also pioneered baby-led weaning as a successful approach to solid feeding after extensive research in the field. Learn More about Dr. Rapley >

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Gill says…

“Baby led weaning babies follow their own patterns when starting solid food. For example, your baby may:

  • Set off enthusiastically, munching on everything in sight, gradually swallowing more and more of it and never looking back. (Probably the least common pattern.)
  • Progress slowly but steadily through looking, experimenting, licking and tasting, and then eating, gradually increasing the amount she consumes.
  • Eat almost nothing for weeks or months (with or without being keen to touch and taste) and then suddenly show enthusiasm for food.
  • Set off enthusiastically and then seem to lose interest in food altogether.

“None of these patterns suggests a problem. Most BLW babies don’t eat significant amounts of solid food until they reach 8 or 9 months, and some not until after their first birthday. Those who start off enthusiastically and then lose interest simply enjoy the novelty of food more than those who start more slowly.”

“The Tidy Tot is a really innovative idea for containing the inevitable mess that happens when babies feed themselves. I defy any baby wearing the Tidy Tot to get food onto the floor or get it down inside their highchair!”