When it comes to weaning your baby, it can be really exciting with all the new flavours and textures they’re about to try and in all honesty, it can be rather daunting too. It’s a huge milestone so you’ll want to do what is right for both you and your baby. My youngest little boy Freddie is currently being weaned and at the age of 9 months, he’s now 3 months into his exploration with food.
Here’s my top five essentials that I recommend you’ll need when it comes to weaning your little one;
1: A high backed highchair
Although all babies are different and have different needs, it’s advised by some health professionals that babies should begin to be weaned once they turn six months old. At six months old, your baby may not be sitting up unaided and therefore a high backed highchair with a safety harness is an essential item you’re going to need.
2: Plastic spoons and bowls
Babies eating their first foods will probably need a little help and so spoon feeding them purees or mushed up foods is a good way to start. Buy plastic spoons that have soft tips which will be kind on little ones delicate gums. Many experts recommend buying plastic bowls with a suction base however in my experience, these only help to encourage my boys to get their hands in their bowl of food. I like to be able to move the bowl easily to prevent little fingers touching warm food. Small plastic bowls are recommended just in case they get knocked off the side of the highchair.
3: Prepare for the mess and buy large bibs or coveralls
No doubt about it, weaning is a messy business. At first I was reluctant to let Freddie get hands on with his food but it’s a brilliant adventure for them exploring new shapes, textures and temperatures and will also help to develop their essential skills such as the pincer grip picking up foods off the tray with their forefinger and thumb.
4: Hand blender or food processor
If you’re serving your baby pureed food, you’ll want to invest in a good hand blender or food processor. This is to blend up the foods that your little ones will be trying. Start with a smooth puree to start then as your baby gets used to the consistency, introduce lumps to their meals and then you can move onto solid foods.
5: Storage pots
Getting organised is the key to a successful start in weaning and preparing purees in advance is a brilliant way to stay ahead of the game. You can prepare food in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer ready for the next mealtime. In the early days of weaning Freddie I had a range of pureed foods in the fridge ready to use just in case he didn’t like the taste of something. Freddie is not a fan of sprouts and would cry when we tried to feed them to him.
As you venture into your journey of weaning with your little one I’m sure there will be plenty of other bits and pieces of equipment that will help you and your baby but these top five essentials will help you get on your way. Good luck!
Emma Shilton is a parenting and lifestyle blogger and ambassador for The Essential One. You can find her own blog at www.mrsshilts.co.uk.