We’ve collated a handy list of weaning essentials to help you kickstart your little one’s journey of food discovery.
The weaning process can seem a little daunting at times, and with access to a wealth of often conflicting information online, just knowing when to start can be the first challenge – let alone thinking about recipes or dealing with fussy babies.
However, as parents we are still determined to give our babies the healthiest possible start in life, and so brushing up on weaning knowledge and stocking up on weaning essentials is a must.
7 Top Weaning Essentials
From meal-time must-haves to recipe ideas and expert advice, here’s everything you’ll need to help you navigate your way through the weaning process as safely and seamlessly as possible.
Get recipes and weaning advice from Piccolo
Weaning your baby can be a full-on experience at the best of times. How do you introduce new foods to your child without also introducing them to your walls and floors? Read top tips from Piccolo’s infant Nutritionist, Alice Fotheringham, to help find your balance in weaning. Piccolo makes healthy (and very tasty) meals to help take the pressure off, suitable from 4 months+, all-natural and with no added salt or sugar.
Find out more at mylittlepiccolo.com.
Minimise mealtime mess with Tidy Tot
The Tidy Tot Bib & Tray Kit is an absolute weaning essential, designed to keep the mess of mealtimes away from your highchair, floor and precious outfits. The waterproof, machine-washable bib attaches to the tray to eliminate the gap between baby and highchair, whilst the wipe-clean tray is the perfect platform to allow your baby to explore their food. This handy piece of kit takes away all the stress of post-meal clean-ups!
Find out more at tidytot.com.
Encourage self-feeding with Grabese
Multi award winning Grabease is the first ergonomic self-feeding cutlery set recommended by occupational therapists. The patented choke protection barrier prevents your little one from sticking the cutlery too far into their mouths and gagging. The ergonomic handle is designed specifically for baby’s natural hand grasp. Continued use improves your baby’s fine motor skills and strengthens the pincer grasp. Available in a stunning array of colours. – it definitely earns a place in our list of top weaning essentials.
Buy now from Amazon.
Wean with confidence with Annabel Karmel
Get ready to feed your baby confidently with Annabel Karmel’s new Digital Weaning Course. With the latest nutrition advice, practical guidance, planners, printable checklists, and 100 new recipes, it’s the go-to resource to help give your baby the best start on their food journey. Plus, to celebrate Weaning Week, Annabel is offering £25 OFF her Digital Weaning Course with promo code AKWEANWEEK. Only available until 17th May, so sign up today!
Find out more at annabelkarmelweaning.com.
Nourish your little one with Little Tummy
Life can be hectic – add parenting to the mix and there are not enough hours in the day. Little Tummy delivers organic, cold-pressed baby meals directly to your doorstep! Where other baby food brands use extreme heat to sterilise their food, Little Tummy uses a cold-pressure method (HPP) to retain the fresh, authentic taste, colour and texture of each ingredient!
Most importantly, Dr Sophie Niedermaier-Patramani, in-house paediatrician and co-founder, creates every meal with your baby’s nutrition in mind. Little Tummy is the only baby food brand to offer fresh meals low in sugar and containing dark green vegetables to help your little one set healthy habits for a lifetime. Save 50% on your first purchase with Code BabyP50, valid from 11th May 2020.
Find out more at littletummy.co.
Make it fun with Mealtime Monkey
The Taf Toys Mealtime Monkey is the perfect companion to introduce your little one to finger foods and encourage independent eating. Ideal for baby-led weaning, parents can place food in monkey and reveal it with the entertaining peekaboo element. It allows babies to engage in mealtimes, making them easier and fun for all.
Using finger foods is a brilliant way to develop a child’s motor control and independence. With the suction cup feature, the Taf Toys Mealtime Monkey can be easily attached to any flat surface, meaning your baby can use it self-sufficiently. It can also be used as a fun bonding exercise for parent and baby to enjoy.
Buy now from Halilit
Manage the muckiest eaters with Toddlekind Clean Wean Mats
Practical and functional, Toddlekind’s Clean Wean mats are designed to make parenting that little bit easier. These mats will protect floors from those inevitable meal time messes, whilst looking super stylish. Made from super soft, non-toxic CE & REACH certified PVC, choose between The Ammil Collection, a watercolor design, The Spotted Series which is a simple Scandi-style spotted design and The Jungle Series – a simple leaf design. Multi-functional and wipe-clean, they can also be used under an office desk or dressing table, during arts and crafts activities and even outdoors. The Wean Mats come in 12 coulourways and cost £59.
For more information visit toddlekind.co.uk
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