To make sure that weaning is fun for you and your baby, it’s a good idea to have all the baby weaning equipment you need ready before you start. Think about:
- Baby bouncers and highchairs. Young babies often start weaning in their bouncers, moving on later to a more solid highchair. Choose an adjustable one, so you can still use it when you’re feeding a toddler
- Spoons. Choose a spoon that’s been designed for small mouths, preferably made of soft plastic with a small head for small quantities and rounded rims to avoid hurting little gums
- Bowls. Best to use a plastic bowl that won’t break if it’s knocked over
- Bibs. Always have lots of bibs to hand; soft plastic ones with a tray to collect spills are good
- Storage containers. If you’re planning on making homemade food, it’s a good idea to make batches and store them in small plastic containers
Tips for weaning a baby
Breast milk or formula will still be the basis of your baby’s nutrition in the early days. At first, introduce new foods very gradually.
Ideal first foods are well-cooked, puréed fruit and vegetables. As your baby gets older, you can try soups and foods with more texture, as well as foods they can pick up and eat themselves.
- only introduce solid food in one meal per day
- only introduce one new taste and one new food at a time. As well as helping your baby adjust this will also help you identify the culprit easily if they have an allergic reaction
- the introduction of solid baby food should be gentle and gradual – start with just a couple of mouthfuls
- if your baby won’t open their mouth don’t worry – they just might not be ready yet. Try to avoid conflicts over feeding and try again later
Take it slowly and persevere – soon your baby will love their food and will be ready to move on to the next stage.