We started Aria’s weaning journey a couple of weeks ago now, in this time I have picked up a few essential items that I will be sharing with you today. All weaning journeys are different so what is essential to us may not be essential to you, but there are similarities in every journey so hopefully you will pick up a tip or two if nothing else.
IKEA Antilop high chair with tray & supporting cushion
First things first, you may want to buy a highchair. I took to Twitter for highchair recommendations and was very pleased that this seemed to be the winner, why was I pleased? Because the whole thing came to just £19! There really is no need to splash out on an expensive high chair, this one does the job, it wipes clean easily and the supporting cushion is great for keeping teeny, tiny Aria in place.
Organix Baby Food*
Baby rice is a must have, this is great for mixing in with fruit purees or simply mixing with milk. It is also handy to have some pre-made food in, even if you are planning on making everything yourself from scratch, these are so handy to have for the days when you haven’t had time or are rushing out somewhere and need some food to take with you. The Organix range is as good as home made and made with organic ingredients.
This speaks for itself really, weaning is messy, especially when they are eating carrot and sweet potato.
We have a big KitchenAid food processor, we could puree Aria’s food in there but there are so many different bits to wash it is a lot of hassle for a tiny bit of food. It really is ideal to have a mini blender especially for your baby’s food. We picked this one up very cheaply in the Aldi baby event.
Silicone Ice Cube Trays
These are great for freezing your baby purees. Aria currently eats two ice cubes per meal, they easily pop out of these trays ready to be defrosted and eaten.
The Totseat is great, it can be attached to practically any chair to convert it into a highchair. This is so handy to have for feeding when out and about visiting friends, or if you are going away.
Antibacterial Surface Wipes*
These are great to give the highchair a quick wipe over when baby has finished creating their mess/eating.
Available at Boots
, John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado, Superdrug
and Tesco as well as independent pharmacies and nursery retailers.
Tum Tum Easy Scoop Dining Set*
These do just what it says on the tin! You can easily scoop all of the last bits of food out of these, ideal for runny purees. They are also heavy and gripped on the bottom making it very difficult for baby to grab and tip over. The design is bright and colourful making it super attractive to baby.
Vital Baby Suction Bowl & Warm-a-Bowl*
You can never have too many baby bowls! Again, these are bright and colourful making them attractive to baby. The suction bowl is amazing, I have actually tested how strong it is by lifting it up when it is in place on the highchair, it brings the highchair with it! *Please note, Aria wasn’t sitting in the highchair when I performed this test*
The warm-a-bowl is another great product, you fill the base with warm water and it keeps the food warm. Perfect for slow eating babies.
Annabel Karmel’s Baby & Toddler Meal Planner
Obviously the type of weaning book that you want will depend on how you plan on weaning your baby, for example, there are other books available specifically for baby led weaning. We are absolutely loving the Annabel Karmel book, I am currently on week two of the meal planner and following it step by step. I had no idea where to begin with weaning so this book has fast become my bible.
When feeding Aria I tend to strip her down to her nappy and a bib. Instead of ruining her pretty bibs I bought this plastic one that catches the majority of the food and wipes down easily after use. The only downside to it is that Aria likes to chew on this instead of her food.
What are your weaning essentials? Did you/will you use any of these products?
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