I have been weaning Jaxson from about 5 months old (he is now 10 months), and boy has it been a struggle!
I started with baby rice mixed with breast milk, this went down a treat. After a week or so I moved on to first tastes (single flavour purees). To help me with weaning I used Annabel Karmel’s weaning book, which was extremely straightforward and fuss free.
I always wanted to make my own food, so here is a list of baby weaning essentials I recommend to get you started.
- Baby food maker – after a lot of research, I realised it was important to buy a food maker with a steamer and blender in one. Avent do a brilliant one, a bit pricey, although has little washing up afterwards (perfect for busy mums). I bought my baby food maker from Aldi. It was over half the price, and is lovely and compact for my cupboard.
- The Annabel Karmel Food Masher is fab. Small and easy to use on the go, perfect for mums who want to share their lunches with the little ones.
- Plenty of bowls, spoons and storage pots with lids. Tommee Tippee offer everything you need, and I found their essentials and explora ranges perfect for all stages of weaning. Cheep and cheerful!
- Highchair – once again, I spent hours searching for the perfect highchair. As I was weaning Jaxson before he could hold his head comfortably (only baby rice at this stage), I wanted a highchair that was suitable for younger babies. Highchairs are recommended from 6 months, however the one I bought has an extra padded layer for younger babies, and has 3 reclinging positions. Exactly what I needed, plus had brill reviews – bonus. My recommendation is the Chicco Polly Highchair.
- Bibs, bibs and more bibs! Need I say more? What I will say, is buy cheap – they will get ruined. These Tommee Tippee bibs are a bargin! And once again, I don’t think you can go wrong with Tommee Tippee.
- Freezer pots (varied sizes) – I like to make baby food in bulk. I do it in the evenings, so often spend two or three evenings a month making big batches of baby food, to store in the freezer. If this is something you plan to do, I recommend buy freezer pots in varied sizes. A t first your baby wont eat more than 1 fl oz of puree, so you need tiny pots to begin with. I bought mine from mothercare, however they are no longer available. But after some research I’ve found these Freezer pots.
I hope this helps get you started!
Feel free to email us if you have any questions or recommendations of your own!
Happy Weaning 🙂