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Can you believe it! Your little bundle of joy who was so so tiny will soon be eating food – yes like proper food!
This is an exciting time for both you and your baby. So, make sure you enjoy every moment of it because this is a massive milestone!
Like anything with babies, weaning can be confusing and overwhelming at the best of times.
Knowing what you need and how to go about it in what order.
Before you can start giving your child any food, make sure you do the following:
So, to help you, I’ve put together 10 products that you will need to wean your baby.
1. A SUITABLE EASY CLEAN HIGH CHAIR
One of the main reasons you should only consider weaning your baby when they are able to sit AND hold their head up independently is because, for the most part, they will be in a high chair and being able to hold their head up will prevent the risk of choking.
It’s therefore important to buy a highchair that is suitable, one that will work well for both you and YOUR baby.
With so much choice available, there are some points to consider when buying a high chair.
Get a high chair that is going to be easy to clean, durable and value for money.
The East Coast Combination Highchair, in my opinion, is one of the best value for money high chairs available.
Let me put into perspective, we used this high chair with my daughter, who is now five. Passed it down to her brother, who is two and STILL using it.
When he’s done using as a high chair, it converts into a toddler activity chair and table!
Say what now?! You can’t really complain about that!GRAB YOURS HERE!
2. A BABY FOOD MAKER/ OR A BLENDER
Well, for starters, its fresh and you know exactly what is going into your baby’s food.
Secondly, its super easy to make. If you can boil an egg, then you can make baby food! Honestly.
Especially when using a Baby Food Maker. All you have to do is cut up some vegetables, pop them in and it will do the rest for you.
The best thing is, you can even defrost food in it – So, yes, you can batch cook to save you time and money – Oh just what I Iove to hear!
In the first few days and weeks of weaning your baby, avoid giving your baby some foods that may cause allergies or be a risk of choking. This is especially so when you are following the Baby Led Weaning.GRAB YOURS HERE!
Avoid using your family blender to avoid cross-contamination, especially when it comes to high allergy-inducing foods like nuts!
RELATED POST: 10 Foods You Must Never Feed your Baby
3. BABY FOOD MASHER (FOR WHEN YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT)
You can complement your Baby Food Maker with this Baby Food Masher as a practical way to serve your baby food when you’re out and about!
All I can say is, make sure you are giving your baby a variety of foods and vegetables. You can try some leaves, root vegetables, mix a bit of this and that and just see what your baby loves!GRAB YOURS HERE!
4. INFANTINO SQUEEZE STATION AND REUSABLE FOOD POUCH
If you’re anything like most new moms, you’ll want to be out and about quite a lot, the last thing you want to worry about is overloading your already overloaded Diaper bag with a whole stack of awkward food boxes.
To combat this, get yourself one of these bad boys – a squeezing station!
The easiest way to feed your baby when you’re out (or even at home).
I mean WHAT! I wish I had one of these when my kids where weaning. Especially when you’re in places like restaurants or Church. When you NEED your baby to ‘feed’ themselves for a little while.
You can even pre-make your fresh food and put it in the fridge ready to use when you’re going out!
You can grab yours here!
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to avoid constipation in your baby, make sure the consistency of the food (especially root vegetables) is not too thick – remember, your baby has been on nothing but milk for the past 6 months. Add a little bit of *whatever fluid your baby is drinking* (Breast milk, water or even formula) to the food to make it a little runny!
5. BABY FEEDING BOWLS AND SPOONS
It’s also best to get soft Non-slip Bowls that stick to the eating table are also great as they will be easier to eat from and will not create too much mess.
How cute are these!! The bright colours and the smooth handles are great for the baby. The plastic ends are BPA free so they’re safe too.
If you’re an out and about kind of mommy, the non-stick bowls with lids AND spoons will be your new best friends.
They’re easy to pack the added bonus of an attached spoon means you don’t have to remember to pack one all the time!GRAB YOURS HERE!
6. A TRAINING CUP OR BEAKER
Now is also the best time to start weaning your baby off the milk bottle and to a Training Cup with handles.
Not only easier to drink out of a sippy cup while eating, doing so will help develop your baby’s hand-eye coordination!
So, don’t hold back mama, start training your baby to drink from a cup while you train them to eat solids!
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You know as soon as you give your baby a cup it will be bottoms up – inbuilt instinct – So, you can start off by giving your baby a drinking beaker with a non-spill lid and handles for handling ease, and then gradually move to a straw training cup or even an ordinary cup.
7. FOOD STORAGE BOXES, FREEZER TRAYS, BAGS OR FOOD POUCH!
As you might have already guessed having a baby does not leave your much time to do anything else around your house all your life. So, you will do well to be a smart mommy and cook tour baby’s food in batches (well unless you really want to take on the challenge of cooking food to order – I wouldn’t recommend that by the way).
Batch cooking baby food will not just be easier on your schedule – especially when you have to care for your baby on your own, it will be much much cheaper!
There are two ways in which you can prepare your baby’s food in batch.
- Partial preparation – partially cook pre-cut vegetables, place them into freezer containers and freeze them until they are needed. You can do the same with fruit (obviously, there’s no need to cook the fruit ):).
- Full preparation – Fully cook pre-cut vegetables, blend it or mush it up and pack into small (portion size appropriate) food storage moulds. This will allow you to just reheat the food, add water/milk to it to loosen the texture and feed your baby on demand.
The best way to do this is to cook a mixture of different fruit and vegetables and put them in freezer trays or lunch boxes and freeze them for when they are ready to use.
There you have nice easy weaning meals on demand!GRAB YOURS HERE!
8. LONG ARM FULL BIBS
Save your money and get wipe-clean long full bibs.
The cloth ones ain’t ain’t going to cut it. These heavy-duty bibs worked super for both my kids. And they sure saved a lot of laundry time.
They are easier to clean and they are easier to fit on. I found that normal drooling baby bibs did not just cut it. Food went everywhere it went on trousers it went on tops it went on Floors it went on me.GRAB YOURS HERE!
9. A CHEAP SPLASH MAT
Unless you want to be vacuuming and moving furniture all day long I recommend get a water-proof splat mat.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. Just something to keep your floors clean.
You can even use a shower curtain from the Pound/Doller store – Just make sure your floors are not slippy!
This is especially, especially useful if you have a carpet in your eating area.
Having laminate flooring does certainly cut down cleaning time, but still, imagine having mash potato stuck to your floor – eek!GRAB YOURS HERE!
10. CHEAP OR OLD CLOTHES – FOR BOTH YOU AND BABY
Ok so like mentioned before weaning your baby is Messy there are no two ways about it.
Table etiquette goes right of the window this time.
So, when its feed time, make sure you change your baby’s clothes into some old tired ones. Even when they have a bib over.
Oh, a number of times I had to throw away clothes because they were stained! Sweet Potatoe and butternut squash are the worst.
Never comes out no matter how many times you wash it.
I personally do not like washing baby clothes with bleach. So you best believe if an outfit gets stains on it, well, the stains will not be coming off. So to save myself the tears and heartache, I use old clothes when it comes to feeding.
11. BABY WET WIPES
Make sure to have an extra pack of baby water wipes EVERYWHERE, every time!
Because I guarantee that you’re going to start needing those wipes a lot more than you did before.
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12. A WHOLE LOT OF PATIENCE
Don’t forget, weaning your baby is not something that happens within a couple of hours. It takes time and patience.
And unfortunately, I don’t have an amazon button where you ‘Grab Yours Here!’ :).
But, Ii can say start off really really slowly with extremely, extremely watery food for your baby. Find out what foods to introduce to your baby in this post.
Your baby is not going to be on milk one night and eating a roast dinner the next. No.
Give your baby time to learn to chew your food, to taste and savour it.
Do not try to feed your child 2 minutes before you due to go out of the door.
Do not rush your baby’s room meal times as this increases the risk of choking.
So make sure that when you’re feeling a baby you’re in a nice relaxed comfortable environment.
where you and your baby can both enjoy the meal times and the mess.
So, there you have it!
Have I missed anything or have any questions? Reach out in the comment section below!
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