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.
16 Top Weaning Essentials
From meal-time must-haves to recipe ideas and expert advice, we’ve collated everything you’ll need to help you navigate your way through the weaning process as safely and seamlessly as possible.
100% No-Mess Weaning with the Tidy Tot Bib & Tray Kit
Tidy Tot’s Bib & Tray Kit is the ultimate in mess free weaning, and we can totally see why it’s loved by Baby Led Weaning pioneer Dr Gill Rapley.
Made up of a large sensory tray and detachable weaning bib, its clever design keeps food on the table and lets almost nothing fall to the floor.
Designed to support your baby in exploring their food by keeping it within easy reach, it also encourages portion control; you only need serve what you expect your baby to eat as nothing is wasted to the floor.
Including a large sensory tray that prevents food falling to the floor, and a coverall bib to protect your baby’s clothes from spills, the Bib & Tray Kit has shown to cut food waste by over 75% and save around £1 a day on food bills.
Not only that, but the Bib & Tray Kit has shown to support parents in being able to make more positive food choices for baby during weaning, with a massive 76% of parents saying that using the Bib & Tray Kit makes introducing new food and textures easier.
Easy to assemble, fold away and clean, we firmly believe the Tidy Tot Bib & Tray Kit is a must have for your weaning journey!
You can also get £5 off when you spend over £30 with code BM5 over at www.tidytot.com
Encourage Tidy Self-Feeding with the Ana Baby Silicone Suction Bowl and Spoon 2 Pack Matching Set
If your little ones food ends up everywhere but their bowl, our silicone suction bowls are for you! This sweet yet durable, matching set has a strong suction base on the bowls, making feeding time that little bit easier and keeping their bowls in place. Featuring an easy release tab, you can remove the bowl from the surface quickly when needed.
The bowls come in complimentary, pastel colours that your child will love, and shaped to help guide the natural scooping of food. You can feel confident about the quality, using food grade silicone that is BPA free, there are no nasties near your baby.
The spoons are designed specifically for little hands to hold, and to help introduce and encourage self-feeding. They are strong yet flexible so your baby can scoop food at any angle, whilst protecting their sensitive natured gums and new teeth.
Both the bowls and the spoons can withstand temperatures from -40 degrees to 230 degrees, making them suitable for the freezer, fridge, oven or microwave, plus they are easy to care for as they are dishwasher safe. Arriving to you in a cute, eco-friendly kraft paper box, they are also ideal as a gift.
Shop yours with 15% off at anawiz.com – use code: WEANING15
Homemade Baby Food has Never Been so Easy With the BÉABA Babycook Solo Express
The NEW BÉABA Babycook Solo Express is the a 4-in-1 baby food maker that’s more economical and faster than ever before. With 2-cooking modes (Express and Eco), it steams, defrosts and reheats, plus mixes, blends and chops to create delicious, nutritious home-made baby food in minutes.
Keeping the environment in mind, the BÉABA Babycook Solo Express comes with impressive eco-credentials when used in ‘Eco’ mode, including:
- 30 per cent less water and electricity in its cooking process, when using the Eco function (at full capacity)
- 23 per cent less CO2 emissions when using the Eco function (at full capacity)
When you need meals in a hurry, the ‘Express’ cooking mode will create speedy meals in minutes.
With its large 1,250ml bowl and patented technology, you can steam, blend, defrost and reheat baby food enabling you to create delicious and nutritious meals simply and quickly. Its gentle heat modulation preserves nutrients and flavours, whilst the in-curved double blade allows a variety of textures adapted to the age of your baby.
So if you’re starting your weaning journey and you’ve no time to lose, the BÉABA Babycook Solo Express is the product for you!
Did you also know that you can find lots of recipes and plenty of weaning inspiration at Béaba.co.uk. Recipes can even be searched for using age and stage of weaning.
Visit www.beaba.co.uk for product stockists
Refresh Little One in Hot Weather with Nuby Fruitsicles
Nuby’s Fruitsicles are a weaning must-have, perfect for introducing new flavours to your little one and creating an easy icy snack. Simply fill the perfectly portioned cups with puree, yoghurt, or fruit, pop the easy-to-hold handle in the mould, and freeze overnight.
Each popsicle is the perfect size for little hands to hold, and the arch-shaped handles make each lolly easy to grip. Don’t worry about messes either; the drip tray handle will catch all the drops that miss your little one’s mouth.
These mini lollies are great for cooling sensitive teething tots’ gums, too, providing that much-needed relief.
No Spills Necessary with The doddl Bowl
5-star rated by over 10,000 parents, recommended by experts and recently awarded the Kings Award for innovation, doddl are specialists in feeding and weaning and they have just welcomed their newest arrival: the world’s first truly 2-in-1 baby and toddler bowl*.
Cleverly engineered to adapt as your child grows, the immovable suction base can be removed to reveal a non-slip bowl for toddlers. Simple to remove and reattach from the bowl base when required, so if your child is learning to use a non-suction bowl but are not quite ready yet (think bowl thrown across the kitchen), you can simply reattach the suction to the bowl base with ease until they get the hang of it.
The unique shape – lower and wider front – allows for easy access to food and makes food easier to see, whilst the oval shape and flat base makes learning to scoop easy and avoids your child’s hand bumping the side of the bowl.
The doddl bowl is high quality, dishwasher safe and in usual doddl style helps develop key motor skills, boosting confidence and independence. Recommended by occupational therapists, nutritionists and Development experts you can find out more about doddl products including doddl baby cutlery and doddl toddler cutlery and plates, as well as find helpful resources doddl.com or join the doddl community @doddl.
Let Done by Deer’s New Foodie Collection Serve Up Exciting Stories at Dinnertime
The new tableware inspires your little one to dig in and explore new kinds of foods. Done by Deer introduces the new Foodie tableware collection that serves up exciting stories and inspires your little one to dig in and explore the world of food.
The playful prints on Done by Deer’s new Foodie tableware will bring storytelling to the dining table and make eating fun for little ones. At dinnertime, your child can join the Deer friends’ adventures as they splash in the water, play on the ground, or fly among the clouds.
The tableware is perfect for everyday life with kids – for your home or as a gift for loved ones. The products are suitable for the microwave and dishwasher, and they will survive any toddler’s gravity tests. Elphee, Croco, Ozzo, Birdee, and the rest of the Deer friends will love to move in and join your family at the dinner table.
The Foodie tableware offers a stable basis for children eating on their own. The plates and bowls have anti-slip bases to make sure the dinnerware stays in place during the meal. Anti-slip ensures that the tableware doesn’t slide around the table as your child scoops up the food.
Foodie is made of durable Polypropylene (PP) – free from BPA, phthalates, and other harmful substances. This makes the tableware a safe and sound choice for little ones. Once the Foodie tableware has served its purpose through countless family dinners and fun kids parties, it can be recycled into new everyday life products.
Done by Deer is a Danish children’s brand that designs everyday essentials for families with kids – toys, tableware, and interiors that are fun and stimulating for little ones and pleasing for grown-ups.
Nothing is left to chance – every colour, material, and shape is chosen for a reason. They say that the ‘Deer’ is in every detail. Done by Deer is 100% Danish design with a love for Deer friends.
Let Little One Enjoy the Best Seat in the House with the Joie mimzy™ recline
The Mimzy™ recline by Joie comes with five adjustable recline positions that can cradle your little one from birth to 15kg. Mimzy™ recline lifts little one right to the centre of attention thanks to the seven different height positions that easily convert the highchair into a table chair, as well as offering three footrest positions to adapt to their growing needs.
Baby can enjoy the best seat in the house, cocooned in a plush and padded washable body support that is simple to remove for easy cleaning. Messy mishaps are contained with the extra snack time tray that has handy sections for their favourite treats – and as an added bonus it’s dishwasher safe.
MimzyTM recline won’t take up the whole kitchen either, thanks to a small and tidy folded package that stands upright, allowing you to store it away in the smallest of spaces.
Nourish Your Little One with Nom Nom Kids Reusable Pouches
Nom Nom Kids Reusable Pouches offer parents a more sustainable alternative to all the shop bought pouches filling the baby food aisles. These clever pouches are easy to fill, clean and use again saving waste and money in the process!
Just like many parents when weaning, Nom Nom Kids founder and mum of two, Suzanne always wished she could fill a pouch with her own homemade baby food for taking out and about. Using her product development knowledge, she created her own reusable pouch that was both fun for little ones and practical for parents.
Unlike other pouches on the market, Nom Nom Pouches have a wide side opening ensuring filling and cleaning is super easy. The fun and familiar animal design appeals to babies and toddlers making them the perfect food storage and snack pouch combination.
All Nom Nom Kids products are suitable for use from 6 months and are proud to be BPA, BPS, PVC and Phthalate free, giving you the peace of mind that there are no hidden nasties. The double zip closure ensures no leaks and they’ve been tried and tested to be super strong! They are also freezer safe and Dishwasher safe making them ideal for batch cooking.
Suzanne says “The pouches can help save waste by replacing the disposable pouches found in Supermarkets, they can also help save riper fruits from rotting and save money buying pre-packed meals and snacks. As your baby grows, they also become perfect snack pouch for yogurts, smoothies and jelly”.
The Nom Nom Kids brand of products feature snack bags with fun monster designs to encourage healthy snacking for toddlers and young children. There’s also a range of products aimed at older children, teens and adults so everyone can save money and waste whilst out.
Buy now at nomnomkids.co.uk – use code BABY for 10% off
Teach Them Great Taste with Little Freddie’s Award-Winning Creamy Greek Style Yoghurt
Little Freddie’s organic recipes are suitable for babies starting weaning to toddlers and include the likes of fruit purees, high-in-fibre vegetable medleys, high-in-protein meals and grains specifically tailored for toddlers.
Their multi award-winning Creamy Blueberry & Banana Greek Style Yoghurt is made with calcium-rich, organic whole milk from the West Country and uses special Canadian wild blueberries.
Unlike intensive dairy farming, their cows are left to produce only as much delicious organic milk as they would naturally and are able to graze outside for over 200 days per year, well over the minimum organic requirement!
They source only the finest wild blueberries grown naturally in the Canadian Tundra which are smaller and more flavourful than standard supermarket blueberries. Their smaller size and lower water content doesn’t just affect the flavour, but also makes them more nutritious. They contain double the antioxidant power of standard supermarket blueberries.
Little Freddie also believe no child should ever be too hungry to learn. That’s why they have partnered with Magic Breakfast who provide nutritious breakfasts to school children and young people at risk of hunger in the UK. So, for every one of their Creamy Blueberry & Banana Greek Style Yoghurt Multipacks sold, they will donate the cost of one nutritious breakfast to a child who needs it most. They pledge to donate 30,000 breakfasts in the first 12 months.
Buy now at littlefreddie.com – use code BABYMAG23 to get £10 off the weaning bundle.
Enjoy No-Mess Weaning with the Bibetta Wipeezee™ Collection
Make mealtimes easy with Bibetta’s award winning Wipeezee™ collection of Weaning Bibs, Sleeved Bibs, Coveralls, Splash Mats and craft Aprons.
Bibetta’s amazing waterproof Wipeezee™ material has a super-smooth, wipe-clean polyurethane coating on the front for quick and easy cleaning and an eco-friendly, recycled polyester back, making them comfortable and lightweight for babies and toddlers to wear. When things get messy simply wipe ‘n’ go, or you can wash them in the washing machine.
The Coverall bib covers the baby and the whole highchair for all-over protection from squashed food, spilt drinks and mess! It can be used in three versatile modes depending on your child’s feeding style; full highchair coverage, half coverage (so that suction bowls can be stuck the table) and as an XL bib if they are sat up against the main family table. It is quick and easy to fit by sliding it’s rear ‘pocket’ onto the edge of the table and two elastic straps give extra support on the sides to ensure it fits different shaped highchairs.
A Splash Mat is an essential weaning product and Bibetta’s is more than just a floor mat for under your highchair; it can also be used as a table protector for mealtimes, cooking, crafts and messy play and as a picnic mat for outdoors; you’ll wonder how you survived without it! Our Splash Mat is wipe clean only and has a slip resistant backing.
Four beautiful print designs with cute, happy characters in pink, blue, green and grey are available across the Wipeezee™ range.
Buy now at bibetta.com – use code BIBETTABABY15 at the checkout for 15% off (offer ends 31st August 2023)
Keep Drinking Easy with Babycup Sippeco First Cups
These super-cute little open cups are a weaning essential that look good and do good – and are recognised by dentists and orthodontists as the healthy first cup option.
Designed by a mum, Babycup Sippeco First Cups are specially-sized for little hands and mouths to help encourage sipping, natural drinking, independence and fine motor skills.
They can be used across multiple weaning stages from six months until around two to two-and-a-half years. They are also suitable for first sips of baby’s milk from four months and can also be used to support infant milk-feeding in the early weeks and months.
They are translucent so little ones can see inside, BPA-free, biodegradable, recyclable, Made in Britain and approved by the Oral Health Foundation as the healthy option for babies and toddlers.
£8.99 for a pack of four cups. Available from Babycup, Amazon and JoJo Maman Bébé
Buy now at babycup.com.
Keep Them Clean & Dry During the Messiest of Meals with Bibado Coveralls
Bibado are an award-winning UK baby brand offering easy-wipe, 100% waterproof stain-resistant coveralls that are already a favourite with one in six weaning families in the UK.
The coveralls allow curious little ones the freedom to explore and get messy with new foods at mealtimes, whilst their clothes remain dry and clean underneath! Super versatile, they can be used on all highchairs, pushchairs and table ends, making them perfect for family mealtimes at home as well as when out and about.
You’ll also love the game-changing ‘no-drop’ Handi Cutlery which attach directly onto the coveralls. This lets them drop their cutlery as many times as it takes for them to get the hang of it, minimising frustrations at mealtimes whilst also supporting their development.
Buy now at www.bibado.co.uk.
Keep Prepping Mess-Free with the Babymoov Nutribaby ONE 4in1 Baby Food Steamer Blender
Nutribaby ONE, from the award-winning Nutribaby range, is the ultimate multi-function food prep maker to aid your weaning journey from six months.
Designed to steam, blend, reheat and defrost and sterilise small feeding accessories in one stylish unit, Nutribaby ONE enables easy food prep for parents and nutritious, speedy meals for baby.
With a large cooking capacity of 2L, batch cooking for the week is done in under 20 minutes and mess-free thanks to its dishwasher friendly blender jug and steaming baskets. The food steamer guide included tells you the correct amount of water to add (depending on the food you are steam cooking) and Nutribaby ONE will do the rest.
Buy now at www.babymoov.co.uk.
Encourage Self-Feeding with Doddl’s Baby Cutlery Set
If you want to help your baby get to grips with cutlery as they start their weaning journey, look no further than the doddl baby cutlery set.
The fork and spoon complements baby-led weaning with a design that makes it safe and easy for babies to use when exploring new tastes and textures with their cutlery – helping your baby learn valuable mealtime skills.
The short, contoured handles make it easy to grip, avoiding the gag risk of long-handled spoons – and the expertly-placed soft touch areas help encourage that all important pincer grip strength.
The two utensils in the set will encourage your baby to hold a piece in each hand, developing both sides of their brain equally and helping them become much more familiar and comfortable with using a fork and spoon; getting them ready to progress onto doddl children’s cutlery.
Available at Boots.com, JoJo, Kidly and doddl.com.
Buy now at doddl.com
Minimise Mealtime Mess with EasyTots Feeding Accessories
As seen on Dragons’ Den, EasyTots helps make weaning easier for parents and is the UK’s go-to store for weaning products and feeding accessories to encourage independent self-feeding and drinking, with less hassle and mess.
EasyTots’ signature products include multiple different styles of EasyMat suction plates with five points of suction. The world’s first compact and foldable suction plates, they’re made for everyday feeding and portable for meals on the go. Their new DinkyCup is aimed at aiding babies to learn to self-sip from an open cup right from the start.
Use code WEAN10 for 10% off and free cutlery.
Buy now from easytots.com.
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