I think it’s fair to say that weaning your baby can be a rather overwhelming experience. Add sleepless nights, to new parents “winging it” and then throw in the need to start cooking and preparing meals for baby and you can see how some parents get a little anxious. However, it’s important to try to take the stress out of weaning and to instead see it as a time to experiment, have fun with new tastes and to start gradually introducing your little one onto an adult diet.
When it comes to equipment for weaning it’s no different either. Have fun with equipment, experiment with what works and discover the firm favourites for both you and for your baby.
To help sift the wheat from the chaff I’ve broken down your weaning equipment into three categories:
- The essentials
- The ‘nice to haves’
- The fancy pants
When you’re introducing solid foods to your baby, there really aren’t many ESSENTIAL pieces of equipment that you need. The basics that you absolutely need will most likely already be in your kitchen. These include:
- A saucepan for cooking veggies etc.
- Knives for chopping veg/meat etc.
- A chopping board
- A tin opener
- A vegetable peeler
- A potato masher (or a small blender if you’re planning to offer purees!)
- Spoons and crockery
The ‘Nice to haves’
There are some extra pieces of equipment which will be super handy and slightly more practical bits and pieces for your weaning journey. These include some of the items below:
- A splash mat
- A high chair
- Baby spoons that are soft on tiny gums
- A few different baby bowls that aren’t china. Bamboo ones & suction ones helpful
- Open cup or free flowing beaker – this helps to train your little one to take sips from a cup
- A hand blender
- Ice cube trays or freezer pots
- Small storage pots for carrying baby’s food out and about
- Ice packs for taking foods out and about
- Cooler bags for days out
The fancy pants
Here are a few items that are only for those of you who REALLY want to get stuck into weaning and love your fancy equipment. They certainly aren’t necessary, but can make the weaning process a little smoother:
- Steamer blender machines – steam your baby’s veggies and then blend them to the right textures
- Silicone moulds to batch cook foods or freeze them
- Food thermometers for testing the temperature of baby’s foods
- Long sleeve bibs to protect all clothes
- Portable baby food refill pouches for your home made goodies
- High chairs that grow with your child
- Portable high chairs/booster seats (most restaurants have these!)
So getting started with weaning doesn’t have to be stressful.
I have always used a variety with Raffy so that he doesn’t think that things have to be a certain way (certain plate/spoon etc) when he’s fed.