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'.

โ€œLittle children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way towards independence.โ€
Maria Montessori

Bibs

At this stage, you'll want a bib that gives maximum coverage. Coverall styles are good for when eating is still a full-body experience. KIDLY Label Recycled Coverall Bib is also made from regenerated polyester, so it cleans up the planet as well as keeping them clean too!

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."
Megan, Buyer

b.box Transitions Set

b.box Transitions Set

"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!"
Gill Rapley

Weaning spoons

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 werenโ€™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

Cognikids Weaning Dip-Spoon - 2 Pack

Cognikids Weaning Dip-Spoon - 2 Pack

Reusable storage pots and bags

Whether you're batch cooking or keeping leftovers, you'll need pots of pots to do the job. These ones from OXO Tot are stackable and secure - in a perfect one-portion size for meals or snacks, plus they're freezer and microwave safe.

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."
Megan, Buyer

Haps Nordic Reusable Smoothie Bags

Haps Nordic Reusable Smoothie Bags

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

BBC Good Food's Guide To Weaning

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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