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At MyBump2Baby, we love to help parents and offer them support and guidance on how to teach their little one’s new skills. Lots of parents ask us questions around baby weaning and who can blame them? Baby weaning, baby-led weaning, weaning, finger foods can all sound like a foreign language as a new parent trying to navigate your way through life with a baby.
Today’s blog helps you with what you need for baby weaning. In this blog, we’ll be sharing some great products that you can use throughout your baby weaning journey. If you would like to book an online or local course with a baby weaning expert you can find providers in our baby weaning section.
We also have our new MyBump2Baby Family group with experts ready to tackle all of your weaning plan questions.
What do I need for Baby Weaning
A lot of parents struggle to know where to start with baby weaning. There’s a lot to consider such as which highchair to buy, deciding which food to start your baby on and deciding on the best way to serve them the food. We recently recorded a podcast with Mini First Aid on Home safe baby weaning.
What shall I feed my baby?
Deciding on which food you can try your baby with can be hard, it’s a good idea to try a range of foods so that you can see what they like and don’t like. Vegetables are a great place to start for weaning, they can be mashed, pureed or cut into sticks, just ensure that they are soft so your baby’s gums can get through them. As well as fruit and vegetables, such as apples, pears, carrots, parsnips and others, you can try giving your baby some rice. You must ensure that the food you are giving your baby is soft and is cooled to an appropriate temperature.
There is advice available when it comes to allergens. It is suggested that you should give your baby allergens in very small portions and one at a time so that you can clearly see what’s caused a reaction, should one occur. A list of allergens can be found easily online, so you can be clear about what you’re giving your baby.
Experiencing different flavours
You should try to change up the flavours that your child experiences and also the texture of the food that they eat. This can help to avoid them being picky eaters as they get older. You have two options for delivering your baby’s food, you can lead the meal with a spoon or you can allow them to use their own hands to feed themself. Babies often like to do this as it allows them to feel more independent.
Weaning your baby is a lovely experience, it’s exciting to see your baby trying new food and you’ll probably spot some funny faces as they try foods with flavours that aren’t so sweet, such as broccoli.
The best baby weaning products
At MyBump2Baby, we’ve compiled a list of the best baby weaning products, so that you can have a enjoying experience
This beautifully designed high chair comes with 6 different height positions, along with 3 different tray positions. The tray can also be easily removed from the chair meaning that you can fit the whole family around the dinner table. The chair has built-in padding to ensure your baby is comfortable throughout their mealtimes. The chair is suitable for babies from 6 months up to 3 years, so it’s definitely a durable and long-lasting high chair. It can be folded flat for easy storage, making it easy to take anywhere you need it to go. Click here to purchase
Jess 32 “As soon as I found out my due date I had my eyes on the lookout for the best weaning equipment, I have OCD and like my house to look neat and tidy to the foldable feature was a huge benefit for me. I did seek expert advice through mybump2baby and the expert recommends this highchair – it has been great, my little girl is still in it too which meant we definitely got our money’s worth. Our little girl sits at the dining table with us and is quite happy having finger food whilst mummy and daddy have their dinner”
This fun booster seat will provide hours of fun. It’s extremely portable, so mealtimes can happen anywhere you like. This seat will enhance your baby’s sensory and fine motor skills. Your baby will love the flashing lights and mirrors that are attached to the seat. The colourful yet simple design is stunning, with safety straps included, so you can move the seat around freely and be confident your baby is safe. The toy tray can be pulled apart to reveal a wipeable snack tray, helping to ensure that your baby doesn’t get distracted during meal times. This seat is suitable for babies of 4 months up to 4 years of age. A long lasting design perfect for mealtimes anywhere. Click here to purchase
Sam 29 “This was hands down the best thing I bought when it came to baby weaning even before if i am completely honest, my little boy would sit in here and play with the sensory toy tray till his heard was content, it meant I could get on with jobs and then once he was ready to come off my breast milk and starting finger food we removed the toy tray and replaced it with the easy to clean try for food. I did put a splash mat down underneath where he would eat just for those instances when he decided not to put the food in his mouth and flick his spoons haha and that worked really well.”
We’ve all seen babies flip their lunch off their high chair tray right? Well thanks to these fantastic bowls, you won’t need to worry about that. Their suction bottom means that they will stick to your baby’s tray, so they can’t flip their food all over the floor a great alternative to a splash mat. These beautifully designed bowls are great for the environment. They are made from natural bamboo and food-grade silicone, to protect your baby from toxins. The silicone bottom is also removable, making it easy to transition your baby from a bowl that sticks to the surface to a regular bowl. The bamboo bowl and spoon have been designed so that they are soft to touch for your baby. A durable bowl with a very sustainable design. Click here to purchase.
Susie 37 “I love this set, it is a non-spill set and you can use this with your baby right up to the toddler stage so it doesn’t matter about a growth spurt, this product makes family mealtimes a little easier and means you are not getting up and down picking up the spoons when they throw them on the floor – let’s face it all children like to do that. We last reviewed this with my youngest baby only 6 months ago and it is definitely on my list of essentials when it comes to wean your baby, another word of advice would be weaning spoons for spoon feeding and splash mats “
These bibs are perfect for a happy mealtime. Their fun designs feature animals, which can be used to teach your baby the names of each one. These bibs are easy to wash and wipe, so they can also be used for other activities such as painting. During baby weaning, there will likely be a lot of spillages, so you’ll need plenty of bibs to get you through, these bibs come in packs of 8 for a very reasonable price. These bibs also have a pouch that can be pulled forwards from the back to catch any food that your baby might drop. These bibs are recommended for babies over 6 months. Click here to purchase
Sarah 33 “We got this bib as a gift from a friend that bought a pack and loved it that mum that we bought more versions of the same bib, you actually get 8 in a pack which is more than enough. Finding the right bib is essential when it comes to weaning babies, these are easy to wash and wipe, I often stuck them in the washing machine and we used these for messy crafting as my child got older too. This bib is especially handy with a little one around 6 months old, who is ready to experiment with foods, if you are going to buy any bibs, this is the one to buy”
These trays have a very simple design, with the outline of a bee in the middle to make weaning more fun for your baby. These trays are portable and also use suction to allow them not to move around the table or tray you are using to feed your baby. This tray is a good size, with different sections so your baby can choose what they want to eat in the order they want. This food tray is unbreakable and can be used in the microwave, freezer and even the oven! This durable design is perfect for babies over 6 months. Click here to purchase.
Amy 26 “Make sure you get this suction plate when you start weaning, I saw it recommended in one of my parenting information community groups as one of the tips when it comes to your little one trying foods. This is perfect for all food types, solid goods, finger foods and baby led weaning, whatever kind of weaning you are doing this suction plate was a blessed and it will still get used now even 12 months later. Whatever you have on the menu when you start weaning, this place will fit into your life perfectly. I would recommend making sure you have a high chair that will allow this to sit comfortably in the tray. I would make sure you get the right spoons too, we got spoons my little one gripped and she often practised by putting the spoon to her mouth.
We hope this blog has been helpful on everything you need to know about baby weaning. We are passionate about supporting parents from pregnancy right the way through to preschool. When it comes to foods and babies, it can be a scary time for us to introduce new foods to our babies. It is also difficult to know where to start with foods as there are so many words we hear like “solid food, finger food, ice cube freezer feeding” as well as terms there is also so much equipment out there, it can make you wonder if you are missing something. Weaning is about making sure you are comfortable and your little one is comfortable, you should never feel pressured to wean your baby by a certain time or a certain way, we do recommend you seek advice from your GP or health visitor for the most current health information.
If you would like help and advice on baby weaning then visit out directory to find your local feeding specialist. Click here to find a baby weaning course.