As a first time mum I am constantly learning – and worrying! – when it comes to bringing up Parker. There is SO much information out there that at times it can feel overwhelming. I wanted to do some different posts here on the blog, so I am intending to document Parker’s weaning journey.
Parker is currently 5 months old and very independent. Although here in the UK our Health Visitors tell us that weaning doesn’t need to take place before 6 months, I feel that he is completely ready for it.
For today I thought I would simply share with you the equipment I have purchased over the last few months. I aim to give Parker homemade baby food – obviously we will use the pouches when convenient, probably the Ella’s Kitchen ones.
I’ve tried to find links to each product for you. I haven’t been sponsored in any way for this post. Of course, I’m not saying that you need all of these items, these are just things I have purchased.
1. Nuby Fruitsicles
I saw these on Mrs Meldrum’s YouTube channel and had to get them. I thought these would be perfect for Parker in the Summer, to make fruity/yogurt ice lollies. Great for small hands!
2. Tommee Tippee Weaning Cups
The blue one was a bargain at 99p from Aldi, again in a baby event. I thought it would be good to have two, incase one is being sterilised etc.
4. Nuby ‘The Nibbler’
A friend actually recommended this to me, as she used one with her little girl. I’ve bought one for my mum’s house too, from Asda.
5. Tommee Tippee Explora Spoons
Just some simple, basic, silicone feeding spoons.
6. Nuby Feeding Bowls
Again, from an Aldi baby event (my mum got these so not sure on price). Simple, basic bowls.
7. Disney Bib – Tigger
From George @ Asda, £3. It is like a jacket at the front, with no back. I’m hoping this will save some clothes…here’s hoping! Ha.
8. Griptight Bib
Another Aldi bargain. Silicone, easy to roll and store – has a food catcher bit. I can’t find a link for this one, but I’m sure you can get them from other places – Boots, Mothercare, Tesco, Asda.
1. Munchkin Mini Blender
I picked this up during one of Aldi’s Baby Events earlier in the year, for £8.99. We do have a food processor, but as this is smaller (and was pretty cheap) I thought I’d give it a go.
2. Tesco Freezer Weaning Tray
A really simple freezer tray, slightly bigger portion sizes. I probably won’t use this straight away.
3. Tommee Tippee Weaning Pots
I got these on eBay for 99p! (with a little dunk in some Milton, they will be fine!) Again, they have a silicone base to make them easy to pop out – I could also carry these in my changing bag with some snacks in.
4. Nuby Wash ‘n’ Toss pots.
Another Aldi bargain (honestly Aldi’s baby event is fantastic for saving money on branded products!). These are re-useable or disposable. Simple little pots – again great for travelling and storing snacks.
5. 2 x Silicone Ice Cube Trays
These are from B&M Bargains for £1.49 each. I got these to freeze purees – these have silicone bases so I can pop them out and store them in bags to save space.
6. Ikea Storage Bags
I LOVE these Ikea food bags. I use them for everything in our house, they are great and so cheap! I aim to freeze purees in the ice cube trays, pop out and store in these bags – labelled and dated with a sharpie (I like to be super organised!). You can re-use these really well too, as they are completely resealable.
Ella’s Kitchen First Foods Cook Book – £4.99
I pre-ordered this as I love the look of Ella’s Kitchen products and feel that the popular Annabel Karmel can be a little dated. After briefly flicking through it I can tell Parker is going to love some of the meals (I think mummy and daddy might too!). The recipes look fab, and super easy to do!
Have you used any of these products? Do you have any words of wisdom when it comes to weaning? Or are there any products that you couldn’t have lived without?