Weaning your little one is an exciting time, but what do you need to get before you start? From plates, bibs and cutlery to gadgets to help make prepping your little one’s food easy, we’ve covered everything in our weaning edit below…
A tray can be less messy than plates or bowls, especially with little ones who like to experiment with turning things over! A design with different compartments is handy for portioning different tastes, like this one from Baby Boosa. Or a cover for your high chair tray is also a good option as you’ll be able to clean it easily. This one from Cove Baby is made from BPA free silicone and fits the IKEA Antilop high chair.
A placemat is useful especially if you have a high chair without a tray that sits directly up the table. Non-slip and easy to clean, we love OYOY Living Design‘s stylish collection.
There are lots of stylish high chair options out there now, but the classic Stokke Tripp Trapp® is still one of the best. The iconic design grows with your child and can be used from birth all the way into adulthood with the corresponding accessories. What we love about this high chair is that you can use it with or without a tray, so you can bring your little one right up to the table to get them involved in family mealtimes. It also comes in every colour and wood finish imaginable, so it will fit seamlessly into your interior.
PLATES AND BOWLS
Even if your little one uses a tray at home, you’ll probably want to stock up on some plates and bowls. They can be useful for eating out and about or if you want to serve up some fruit and yoghurt after dinner. We love these silicone designs from Liewood. Cute, dishwasher safe, and easy for little ones to use.
Convenient though they are, baby food pouches aren’t the most environmentally friendly. These smoothie bags from Haps Nordic are perfect for purees, liquids, and porridge and can be washed and reused at least 50 times. Brilliant for on-the-go eating.
Weaning is a messy business and food is guaranteed to end up on the floor. A splat mat makes cleaning up spillages, splodges, crumbs, and crusts a much easier task. Toddlekind has an array of colourful designs and more muted ones, to fit in with your interior.
Choose a design that’s easy to grip so that your little one can hone their fine motor skills and also learn to feed themselves. Learning to use a knife and fork will come in time, but a spoon is a good place to start. Made from silicone this twisted set from OYOY Living Design is perfect for little hands to grab.
SNACK POTS, POUCHES AND BAGS
For snacking on-the-go, you’ll need a snack bag, pouch or some snack pots. This will help keep food fresh and also help you to avoid too much unnecessary plastic. We love this super cute eco lunch bag from Nobodinoz at Scandiborn.
Batch cooking is definitely the way to go with weaning so you’ll need something to freeze baby-sized portions in. These silicone multi pots from Beaba making prepping meals in advance easy. Just pop out a portion, re-heat, and lunch is served.
A bib is a must for keeping mess at bay. The traditional pelican-style bibs like these ones from Cam Cam Copenhagen are great for eating out-and-about, and we love a cape-style for at home. Liewood has a great range of stylish colours and cute prints, like this nature design.
CUPS AND BEAKERS
For baby-led weaning, it’s recommended to offer your little one a cup without a lid. The handles on this silicone set from OYOY Living Design are easy for little hands to grip. A beaker with a lid will save spillages when you’re on the go though. We love this design from Cove Baby.
Finally, a baby food steamer can be really useful for making sure you prepare your little one’s meals correctly. The Beaba Neo Babycook is the do-it-all gadget that helps you steam to just the right consistency and blend to whatever texture you like.