Weaning, like so many parenting choices, can be a minefield. Should you puree or try baby led weaning? Give lots of foods to encourage eating everything or avoid some foods because of allergy worries? Should you spoon feed your child or let them get on with it? As with most things, they is no right answer for all. These parenting decisions are all about finding out what works for you and your baby. These weaning tips and products are designed to help you test out and research some methods and products in order to figure out what will work for you. In addition, one lucky winner could receive a NutriBullet Baby, worth £49.99, to help them on their weaning journey. Check out the Rafflecopter at the end of the post to enter.
Our Weaning Experiences
I have weaned two babies and they could not have been more different. Biggest had severe reflux and it was recommended that I wean him early, at 18 weeks. For these reason, he had a mixture of traditional purees and some finger food. However, even as he got older, he never much liked to feed himself.
Littlest, on the other hand, showed no interest in food at all until around 27 weeks. She refused to be spoon fed at all and would only eat if it was entirely led by her – and so we used baby led weaning.
Two babies, two different sets of circumstances, and two different weaning methods and weaning tips: traditional weaning AND baby led weaning. There is a good explanation on the difference between each method here.
The weaning tips shared below come from a wide range of mums in order to give a broad overview of the best advice from all methods of weaning. Hopefully this will help mums who are weaning for the first time get to grips with the options.
- Beth from Twinderelmo – Buy cheap plastic dust sheets from the pound shops. They are so much cheaper than ones you can get in the baby sections. These saved my floors (and purse!) when baby led weaning with my girls.
- Beth from Bamm Boo says: Try not to keep lists of what they do or don’t eat – just because they wouldn’t eat something one day doesn’t mean they don’t like it.
- Nicola from Nicola Says: Don’t let the fear of choking put you off trying baby led weaning. Read up on how to spot the differences between gagging and choking, do a baby first aid course and be vigilant – but enjoy, it’s lots of fun!
- Emma from Ready Freddie Go says: We did baby led weaning and I found you just need to relax and have fun with it, even when you are out and will probably get funny looks while your little one is scoffing away and decorating the floor.. Just clean up the mess and no harm done. Also at home we have two dogs that are excellent vacuums!
- Jaymee from The Mum Diaries says: I used to give Arthur what we were eating, his first ever meal was Sunday dinner (chicken, potato, veg and Yorkshire pudding).
- Frances from Whinge Whinge Wine says: Be lazy. Give them whatever you’re eating. We had to start weaning early with both of mine as they couldn’t keep milk down and were under the consultant for their weight but once they hit six months I did away with the hand blender and they had to feed themselves. I’ve heard of kids still being spoon fed past 18m who won’t feed themselves – I think often it stems from the parent’s fear of the child choking, so it’s important to understand the gag reflex. I have to say if that were us, my kids would learn or starve. I get everything done while they’re eating! Oh and Antilop high chair from IKEA. Those would be my weaning tips.
- The Frenchie Mummy wrote about her own weaning essentials.
- Irina from Wave to Mummy said: Get them into all kinds of interesting flavours already at the weaning stage. If you aren’t an adventurous cook you can buy all kinds of pouches with flavours like curries. By the time they are toddlers they will be really suspicious of all food and it will be too late. You can also feed them most of your own foods as long as you puree them well and separate the baby portion before adding salt to your food.
- If you want to see some great ideas for healthy snacks you can make while weaning, check out this post from Hannah at Hibaby Blog.
Our best buy for both children was this steamer. It is great fro traditional weaning, as you can make purees so easily, but it was also great to soften slightly harder fruit and vegetables for baby led weaning.
Hannah from The Amphletts says: Little N won’t eat sandwiches, which makes lunchtimes a little tricky when we’re out & about, so we bought a ThermoCafe Barrel Food Flask which has been a life safer – both for homemade meals & heating pouches.
Nicola from Mummy to Dex says: A coverall bib saved my sanity. We were given a BIBaDO to try and I can’t live without it now. I tried a weekend after leaving it at my MILs house and nearly went crazy! It stops a lot of food going on the floor and keeps clothes well protected. The majority of his 6-9 month stuff was stained beyond repair so I started undressing him before every meal. Such a long process with a wriggly baby. BIBaDO put an end to all that!
Kayley from Friendly First Foods says:Our weaning essential would have to be our meal planner. It was really cheap from our local supermarket but helps me to save money each week. I do my food shop and it helps me to make sure I’m offering a balanced diet to my little foodie.
Leanne from A Slice of My Life Wales said: It might be a bit extravagant to purchase just for weaning but our cordless vacuum was amazing for quickly cleaning up all the food mess.
And of course, there is the NutriBullet Baby itself. Making organic, nutritious, preservative-free baby food couldn’t be easier with the NutriBullet Baby. The NutriBullet Baby can make fresh baby food suitable for babies in every stage of development. You can switch between making pureed baby food and chunkier baby food.
You can read a review of the Nutribullet from Jade’s Journey.
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