Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Getting started with baby led weaning doesn’t need to be overcomplicated, so we’ve pulled together a list of the essentials you’ll need to get going with baby led weaning.
Highchair - we’d highly recommend taking a trip to Ikea for its highchair (and meatballs, of course). There’s no need to waste money on an all singing, all dancing highchair. The Ikea version is loved by parents across the country, for good reason. At £12 it’s an absolute steal.
Bib - goes without saying, doesn’t it? Babies are VERY messy eaters. Don’t let it stress you out though - they’re learning. But also, don’t let them ruin their best outfits, and invest in a full sleeve bib to prevent any unnecessary spillages.
Sippy cup - with all that food, they’re going to need some water to wash it down. We’d recommend the classic Tommee Tippee or the incredible design of the Munchkin Miracle 360 Degree Trainer Cup. We love that latter as it prevents a lot of spilt water, whilst teaching little ones how to drink.
Baby led weaning recipe book - it’s good to get some inspiration so that you’re always feeding your baby exciting and nutritious meals. We love Annabel Karmel’s Weaning book. Alternatively, look out for the Bodycoach’s Wean in 15 book, in early 2020.
Bamboo suction plate - we couldn’t get through a list of essentials without mentioning our plates, could we? On a serious note, BambooZoo plates are made from sustainable bamboo, are easy to clean, and most importantly, the silicon suction cap ensures your little one’s food remains on the highchair.
Food - obviously. Make sure you’re always buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and keeping your baby’s diet varied and nutrient rich. Doing this from an early age will help avoid having a fussy eater further down the line.
So there we have it - everything you need to get started on your BLW journey. You’ll no doubt accumulate more as you go, but the list above will set you in good stead as you start out.
And remember, have fun with it. Making mealtimes enjoyable will result in a happier, healthier, and less stressed family.