The weaning stage is a process of discovery for your baby, with so many new tastes and textures to try. Moving your baby from liquid to solid food isn’t always easy, but with a little guidance and the right equipment, soon mealtimes will become a breeze.
What weaning equipment will I need?
There are a couple of essential items you’re going to need for weaning your baby.
Invest in a food steamer to make food prep easy with minimal effort. Steam cooking food maintains the freshness, flavour and nutritional value of the food, while also making it soft enough for your little one to chew on. Many food steamers also feature a blending option to help create delicious meals for all stages of the weaning process.
You’re going to need a highchair for feeding times too. Choose with or without a tray, and wooden or plastic varieties. All our highchairs feature comfy padding and a safety harness to keep your little one safe at mealtimes. If kitchen space is tight, you can choose a foldaway option for easy storage.
What’s baby-led weaning?
Baby-led weaning is an increasingly popular method used to introduce your little one to solid foods. The basic idea is to let your baby feed themselves from the very start… and yes, it’s as messy as it sounds!
Let your baby take the lead and place some pureed food on a spoon in front of them. Finger-foods like softened carrots, apples or broccoli are also good options for baby-led weaning.
Are there any safety precautions I should be aware of?
Start with smooth textures to reduce any choking hazards, before you move on to soft finger-foods. Your baby should never be left alone when eating.
The usual food safety precautions apply – use different knives and chopping boards for raw meat, always wash your hands before and after handling food and keep surfaces squeaky clean.
Also if you suspect your baby may have a food allergy, make an appointment with your GP.
Chances are you’ll still be feeding your baby milk in the early stages of weaning, so take a look at our guides on breastfeeding and bottle feeding too. While weaning can be a challenge it can also be lots of fun, and is an important time for forming healthy eating habits early on.