Over the last 2 months, Little Mr has been introduced to one of my favourite things, food. Some foods are going down well, some not so well. We’ve had disasters, stand offs and tears (both mine and Little Mr’s) but what has been brilliant is the range of products available to help parents wean their babies.
These are some of the products we use at home, we have been set a selection of products from brands and I have declared these throughout the post. The other products are ones we use regularly and have included them as a balanced round up of weaning products.
Tommee Tippee explora range
We are big Tommee Tippee fans in the Shilts household and so when Tommee Tippee offered to send us some essentials for Little Mr’s weaning adventure we were very grateful. We were sent an explora roll up bib, explora first sips cup, explora weaning spoons and an explora cool and mash weaning bowl.
The roll up bib is great and has a handy pouch at the bottom of the bib for any spills or bits of food that baby drops. They have an adjustable neck so very useful but I really don’t like the feel of the rubber on my skin, not that Little Mr seems to mind. (Suitable from 7 months plus)
The first sips cup is getting a mixed reception by the main man. He hasn’t learnt how to suck the teat at the top yet as it’s a harder textured plastic than the teats he’s used too but I’ll preserver with it. The handles on the cup are brilliant and I do use the handle on his milk bottles to encourage him to hold the bottles himself. (Suitable from 4-7 months)
i love the spoons. They are so handy, easy to handle, easy to clean and don’t stain too easily in my short experience. Little Mr likes to hold the spoon himself now and can easily grab hold of the spoon and play drums with it on his highchair. (Suitable from 4 months)
The cool and mash weaning bowl is great as it’s a good size, it is quite deep and can easily hold one of Little Mr’s meals. I love the clip lid as it makes it easy to transport food from our house to Nanny and Grandad’s and you can keep a spoon in the lid too for when you’re out and about! (Suitable from 4 months)
We also love using the Tommee Tippee bowls and storage pots (we bought them from Aldi when the Baby Event was on for about £1 each) They’re very light but durable plastic, can be washed easily and they’re a good size.
We were sent this Oxo Tot divided plate to use at Little Mr’s meal times and it has been good for me to learn portion control for him. Each section is ideal for protein, carbohydrates and grains and comes with a removable ring to stop food falling off the plate. The removable ring also makes it easier for cleaning. We tend to use the plate for larger meals and where there is a variety of food on offer to Little Mr.
Little Mr and I met the MAM team at BritmumsLive back in June, looked at their huge range of baby products and spoke to them about their weaning range. We were sent some MAM cutlery and a MAM feeding bowl to use for Little Mr’s mealtimes and we’ve got on well with them.
The dipper set comprises of a spoon and fork that are small enough for Little Mr’s hands to grab and although he loves putting the tools in his mouth he doesn’t know what he’s doing yet. The spoon has a ribbed edge which is perfect for scooping and the fork is soft enough for babies to use and put in their own mouth.
The MAM bowl is a great size for larger meals such as lunch and dinner and comes with two compartments so you can keep a mash in one side and some snacks in the other. The bowl comes with a handy lid so it’s portable and can be used out of the home.
Apologies for the stock photos (thanks to MAM) I left the bowls and cutlery at Nanny’s by mistake.
We live just 5 minutes away from an Ikea so we do like to go and have a look around when we get chance. I love these KALAS bowls from Ikea, they were an absolute bargain at just £1 for 6. They are all fabulous bright colours, deep enough for a good meal like porridge at breakfast and they wash brilliantly (dishwasher and microwave safe)
Tesco Loves Baby
I bought these nifty little weaning pots on a late night shopping trip to Tesco, they were in the baby aisle during the baby event and I’ve not seen them again but they are so handy and were roughly £2.50 per set.
Each set contains 8 mini plastic pots with completely detachable lid and they all sit in a plastic tray which is perfect for portioning up mashed fruit and veg and ideal for freezing. I’ve found them very handy when cooking up a batch of root veg for Little Mr’s dinners.
Unfortunately you couldn’t just pop one into your changing bag as the lid would very likely pop off and leak the contents everywhere. Still for home use only, they’re good enough.
Brother Max Weaning Pots
I bought these Brother Max weaning pots prior to Little Mr beginning his weaning journey and they are really good but a little pricey for my liking at £5.99 a set. Each set comprises of 6 pots that fit together for storage in the freezer or the cupboard, they have a push up bottom to help get frozen food out of the tub easily and they come with a wipe off pen for labeling so you know exactly what is in each pot.
What products have you found that are great for helping when weaning your little ones? What is your number 1 weaning product?
With thanks to Tommee Tippee, MAM and Oxo Tot for sending us the items mentioned above