Henry has been 6 months old for almost a month, which means we have been weaning for a month already! Where has the time gone? Seriously, I only had him last week I think!? I had big plans to do lovely update posts every month about him, but time has just flown by and I’ve done nothing! Poor Henry!
I was both excited and dreading weaning this time round. It was so easy with Alfie, I want it to be the same this time, but as most things with Henry have been the opposite so far, I’m a little apprehensive. So, I’m prepping like a boss and getting everything ready in advance in the hope I can make things a little easier in myself.
We have been trying baby led weaning again because it worked so well with Alfie. I am going to a separate post about how we are getting on, but to get us started, here are my top weaning essentials!
IKEA Antilop Highchair
We purchased this for Alfie and it’s still going strong. I love it because it is so easy to clean and Alfie always fit it in really nicely. We bought two inserts – one for home and one to keep in the car for out and about. It’s so easy to get baby in and out, and I actually liked that it was upright and didn’t recline. Personally I don’t like the idea of a baby falling asleep during eating in case they have food in their mouth and choke and if they can’t sit upright unsupported, they’re probably not ready ready for food yet either. Biggest bonus of this highchair – it’s blooming cheap!!!
OXO TOT training plate and drinking cup*
With Alfie we started by just placing his food on the tray of the highchair. This time round, I think I want to use a plate or bowl from the beginning. Partly so that Henry knows this is how we eat – start as we mean to go on! I also think if Henry isn’t using a plate, Alfie won’t want to either! This Oxo Tot trainer plate is perfect. It has two sections, so I can divide the food up for Henry to eat, and it also means it cools quicker. There is a handy lid for heating and also for when you’re out and about. The plate is VERY sturdy, which is great for babies with a good throwing arm. The cup is excellent too as it grows with your baby – from first cup with a sippy lid, to trainer cup with a more free flowing action, to an open cup with no lid. Henry hasn’t quite got to grips with it yet, but he’s been practicing well.
You will need aaaaalllll the bibs. Buy loads, and then buy some more. I never had enough bibs with Alfie as he needed one for every mealtime – so three a day, plus sometimes more for snacks! Go for full sleeve ones to minimise mess. We are lucky that Henry is weaning in summer so my plan will be just to have him in a nappy, but that will mean a bath after every meal, so we are still going to need to use bibs. I loved these ones from IKEA and we also got some fab ones from Mothercare at Christmas!
We have always been big fans of Kiddylicious snacks! I discovered them quite late in our weaning journey with Alfie, so he went straight on the veggie straws and fruit wiggles! Even at 3 years old he still loves them. With Henry I can’t wait to try the wafers and fruity puffs with him. The thing we love most about the snacks are they are easy to grab from the cupboard and go but I know that the kids are still having a healthy snack!
We’re having a great time weaning Henry, it’s been so much easier than I expected, but these products really have made our life easier.
What are your favourite weaning essentials?