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Weaning Essentials

We started Aria's weaning journey a couple of weeks ago now, in this time I have picked up a few essential items that I will be sharing with you today. All weaning journeys are different so what is essential to us may not be essential to you, but there are similarities in every journey so hopefully you will pick up a tip or two if nothing else.

baby weaning essentials

IKEA antilop high chair with supporting cushion and tray
IKEA Antilop high chair with tray & supporting cushion 

First things first, you may want to buy a highchair. I took to Twitter for highchair recommendations and was very pleased that this seemed to be the winner, why was I pleased? Because the whole thing came to just £19! There really is no need to splash out on an expensive high chair, this one does the job, it wipes clean easily and the supporting cushion is great for keeping teeny, tiny Aria in place.

oraganix baby rice baby puree and o biscuits
Organix Baby Food*

Baby rice is a must have, this is great for mixing in with fruit purees or simply mixing with milk. It is also handy to have some pre-made food in, even if you are planning on making everything yourself from scratch, these are so handy to have for the days when you haven't had time or are rushing out somewhere and need some food to take with you. The Organix range is as good as home made and made with organic ingredients. 


vanish stain remover
Stain Remover

This speaks for itself really, weaning is messy, especially when they are eating carrot and sweet potato.

mini blender for baby food from Aldi
Mini Blender

We have a big KitchenAid food processor, we could puree Aria's food in there but there are so many different bits to wash it is a lot of hassle for a tiny bit of food. It really is ideal to have a mini blender especially for your baby's food. We picked this one up very cheaply in the Aldi baby event.


baby puree in silicone ice cube trays
Silicone Ice Cube Trays

These are great for freezing your baby purees. Aria currently eats two ice cubes per meal, they easily pop out of these trays ready to be defrosted and eaten.

Totseat
Totseat*

The Totseat is great, it can be attached to practically any chair to convert it into a highchair. This is so handy to have for feeding when out and about visiting friends, or if you are going away.

Available here.

Milton antibacterial surface wipes pack of 30
Antibacterial Surface Wipes*

These are great to give the highchair a quick wipe over when baby has finished creating their mess/eating.

Available at Boots, John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado, Superdrug and Tesco as well as independent pharmacies and nursery retailers. 

tum tum easy scoop dining set
Tum Tum Easy Scoop Dining Set*

These do just what it says on the tin! You can easily scoop all of the last bits of food out of these, ideal for runny purees. They are also heavy and gripped on the bottom making it very difficult for baby to grab and tip over. The design is bright and colourful making it super attractive to baby.

Available here.

vital baby suction bowl and warm-a-bowl
Vital Baby Suction Bowl & Warm-a-Bowl*

You can never have too many baby bowls! Again, these are bright and colourful making them attractive to baby. The suction bowl is amazing, I have actually tested how strong it is by lifting it up when it is in place on the highchair, it brings the highchair with it! *Please note, Aria wasn't sitting in the highchair when I performed this test*

The warm-a-bowl is another great product, you fill the base with warm water and it keeps the food warm. Perfect for slow eating babies.

Available here.

Annabel Karmel's new complete baby & toddler meal planner book
Annabel Karmel's Baby & Toddler Meal Planner

Obviously the type of weaning book that you want will depend on how you plan on weaning your baby, for example, there are other books available specifically for baby led weaning. We are absolutely loving the Annabel Karmel book, I am currently on week two of the meal planner and following it step by step. I had no idea where to begin with weaning so this book has fast become my bible.

pink tommee tippee plastic bib with upturned edge
Plastic Bib

When feeding Aria I tend to strip her down to her nappy and a bib. Instead of ruining her pretty bibs I bought this plastic one that catches the majority of the food and wipes down easily after use. The only downside to it is that Aria likes to chew on this instead of her food.

What are your weaning essentials? Did you/will you use any of these products?

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16 comments:

  1. Aww I loved weaning my boys. The antilop highchair is amazing, we used ours for both children and they are still like new.x

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  2. I'd really wanted to buy high chairs for my boys.

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  3. Great products - as you know we're about to start weaning too and it's an overwhelming milestone. Just as I know what/when/how Isabella has her milk we have to through food into the mix. I'm on puree making duty this afternoon - freezer is quickly filling up :) #TwinklyTuesday

    Helen x

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  4. It looks like you are very well prepared and have everything you need.....What great products x

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  5. Some great weaning essentials here. I wish we had come across the high chair from Ikea before the Mother-in-law bought us one, it's a ladybird one and even though it wipes clean it's a bit of a Ball ache with everything. Those Tommee Tippee bibs are so good, we have one but it's a different brand. Now that Joey is 14 months he loves the Organix finger foods.

    Lauren - The Life & Loves of Lolly

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  6. Looks like you've got it sorted! :)
    Great essentials there.
    My teeny man loves his grub! haha x

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  7. Some great weaning essentials here. I wish we had come across the high chair from Ikea before the Mother-in-law bought us one, it's a ladybird one and even though it wipes clean it's a bit of a Ball ache with everything. Those Tommee Tippee bibs are so good, we have one but it's a different brand. Now that Joey is 14 months he loves the Organix finger foods.

    Lauren - The Life & Loves of Lolly

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  8. Great list! I think we have all of these things! The plastic bibs are essential!

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  9. What a brilliant read and an even better list! You've pretty much covered everything! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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  10. This is such a brilliant list - I could have totally done with this two and a half years ago when we set out on our weaning journey! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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  11. We have always loved Annabel Karmel, and the Totseat is a must have for when you're out and about! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  12. Good list. :) We only do baby led weaning, so we don't mush anything, but for other's this is a really good nice list! I like the high chair though and the tot seat is really nice to take with on trips or to family etc I have found! :D

    #TwinklyTuesday

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  13. Ooh I like the look of that tot seat! I could do with a couple of those, my three year old still needs something like that when we're out and my 16 month old would love it too. I also love that you included vanish in your essentials. 100 per cent yes!!

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  14. I need that suction bowl! Aidan is nearly 16 months and still can't be trusted with a bowl haha

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  15. Awesome post- I am just starting to wean my little girl. We are trying baby led weaning but she isn't completely interested yet so not going to push it, just need to keep offering and I am sure she will start to pick it up once she is ready.

    Azaria
    #mummymonday

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  16. You can spend a fortune and you really don't need to. Keeping it all clean is more important. Be careful with the Milton wipes too - they are really strong and can irritate skin (says on the back avoid contact with mucous membranes)!!!

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