Introducing solids has been a hotbed for debate since, well, forever. When my first was born, you weaned at 4 months. By the time his sister came along, it was 6 months. In the years since, Baby-Led Weaning has taken the world by storm. However you choose to cut it, our Winning Weaning collection will help make the process an adventure, not a chore. Just remember the saying - 'Food before one is just for fun'.
“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way towards independence.”
At this stage, you'll want a bib that gives maximum coverage. These cute-as-beans Bibs by Trixie come in four sweet animal designs and are made from soft, terry cotton. The simple snap button on the neck lets you loosen it up as they get bigger.
"It’s a great size, it covers quite a bit of Cora’s body to keep her protected from the inevitable mess."
Holly, Parent Tester
A non-spill cup
This b.box Transitions Set takes your baby from bottle feeding to toddler training in one great value pack. You simply switch lids as they grow, catering to every age and stage.
"One child, one cup makes a lot of sense to us, and this great set makes a brilliant sustainable choice that adapts as they grow."
A food press or blender
Something that makes quick work of puree-ing is ideal at this stage - even if you're embracing Baby Led Weaning. The Skip Hop Fresh Food Press is ace for squashing soft fruits or cooked veggies, as you can squeeze the mush directly into your baby's bowls. If you're making meals ahead of time, it comes with two easy-store containers with lids, which slide onto the press, so prepared food can be popped in the fridge until it's time to dine.
"Forget an electric masher, this food press does the job with a simple squeeze of the handles."
"Aim to treat your baby with the same respect you would any other mealtime companion. That means not telling her what to eat or how much, not constantly wiping her face and resisting the temptation to do the washing-up while she is still eating!"
The textured surface on the Cognikids Weaning Dip-Spoon acts as a net, holding on to puree without having to scoop. They are perfect for letting them have a go at feeding themselves from the word go.
"We weren’t planning on Baby Led Weaning but these spoons are perfect as the head is nice and flat, so it makes getting food on and off them easier."
Hope, Parent Tester
Whether you're batch cooking or keeping leftovers, you'll need pots of pots to do the job. These ones from Babymoov have writable plastic surfaces, so you can keep a record of what's inside, plus they're freezer and microwave safe.
"A set of six handy storage pots, you can write directly onto - so you know what's inside. Clever."
Storage bags and pouches
These Haps Nordic Reusable Smoothie Bags are so-called only because they had call them something. You can actually fill them with porridge, puree, mash, yoghurt - we could go on on and on. They go on and on too - up to 50 uses. They're easy to fill from the bottom and close with a strong double zipper. To warm snacks, you just pop the pack into hot water.
"At last, a reusable version of the serve-yourself pouch that's such a win with babies and toddlers."
This may surprise you
In many cultures around the world, weaning means feeding the child food that's been pre-chewed by the parent - it's called premastication - alongside continued breastfeeding.
The term Baby-Led Weaning was coined around 2003, by health visitor Gill Rapley.
Since only female mammals make milk, only mammals wean their offspring.
Dive a little deeper
Baby-Led Weaning: How To Start (& Do It Right!) - From Ashley of #hapafamilyvlog, a 'YouTube mama with a passion for Montessori' whose hugely informative vlog includes some great time lapse of baby Mia tackling bananas and avocados.
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