What supplies do you need to start Baby Led Weaning? Your lovely, hungry baby and some nutritious food - that's really it. Nothing fancy. But if you're looking for food prep, serving, storage and clean-up ideas, here's a list of our family's favourites.
Sit Up: Best Highchairs for Baby Led Weaning
Mamas & Papas Pixi Highchair - A one-piece tray means super easy to clean. If you’re tight on space, this is one of the most compact high chair options. And it looks nice too!
Baby Snug - As you can see in many photos of my wee man digging into his food, we used a Baby Snug for quite a while, instead of a high chair. Comes with a super-easy-to-clean tray you can even stick in the dishwasher. Comes in a variety of lovely colours and has a removable insert so it grows with your wee one.
IKEA Antelope (Antilop) High Chair - Famous among BLW parents. Cheap, easy to clean, small footprint. What’s not to love?
There's overwhelming choice when it comes to highchairs. Letting babes feed themselves means there are a few unique factors you need to consider in a chair. Read our post: Best highchairs for baby-led weaning.
Serve it Up: Best Plates, Bowls & Spoons for Weaning
Boon Catch Plate with Spill Catcher - Well this is neat. Catches spills and funnels them back into the bowl. Great for practicing with a spoon.
Avanchy bowls - These are just too beautiful. Natural bamboo with a suction base. As baby grows, you can remove the suction bottom - this one is a life-long keeper!
Avanchy plates - More beautiful organic bamboo and food-grade silicone.
Avanchy spoons - Matching bamboo spoons made for little hands, with super soft silicone tips gentle on gums.
Toddler Training Bowl - Sticks to a high chair tray with suction comes and has special corners help make scooping easy, for little hands learning how to use spoons and forks.
Happy Mat - One piece silicon placemat and bowl - how cool! BPA free and dishwasher safe. Perfect for joining mum and dad at lunch out, too!
Doidy Cup - Breastfeeding-friendly! Introduce a cup to your young baby without causing nipple confusion. Its special shape helps little ones see the water level, for fewer spills.
Food Prep: Best Kitchen Appliances for Weaning
Philips Avent Steamer & Blender - We used this consistently for wee man’s first two years. A small steamer comes in handy for all kinds of veg, and the blender comes in handy for apple sauce, thick soups, and more. We couldn’t have gotten by without it!
BEABA Babycook - BEABA makes lovely stuff. Defrost and reheat functions are super handy for those of you who batch cook and freeze for later.
Nutribullet baby food processor - Even if you’re skipping purees, a food processor comes in handy. Puree cooked apple or carrot to add to pancakes or muffins, mill oats to make oat flour for baked goods, and mix up easy thick soups.
Spiraliser - when wee man began his fussy phase, spiralised veg came to the rescue! A different shape that makes fun ‘boing’ action when eating 😃 Great for sweet potato, carrot, courgette, and more….
Food Storage: Best Meal Prep Accessories for Weaning
Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie bags - Wee man loves his owlie version, and 3 years into our little gourmet journey we are still getting a lot of use from it. Its insulated bag keeps food cool or warm, and it's roomy enough for resealable containers and cutlery inside.
MB Original Bento Box - This stacking bento box also offers lots of accessories that fit inside so you can make your own compartments for all the snacks your baby can eat! This one has done us well on road trips, picnics and lunches away - and is 'borrowed' by mum on a regular basis for lunches at the office!
Nuby Stackable Suction Bowls - We got a lot of wear out of our Nuby set. Three years later, they are a daily staple! Store your leftovers or pre-pepped food easily. BPA free.
Suit Up! Best Bibs for Weaning
Yes, BLW makes a mess. A good bib and floor mat will save your sanity, I promise!
Bibetta Ultrabib - Waterproof, comfy, and catches the mess before it hits little’s new outfit.
Hippychick Bumkins Sleeved Bib - Now we’re talking. This is the kind of bib you need if you’re serving up spag bol. You can throw the whole thing in the wash. You’ll thank me later.
Babydew Bandana Bibs - These are great to pop underneath a silicone bib, as they keep spills from sneaking into the neckline of that lovely onesie. Between teething and BLW we got so much use from them! I love these bamboo, waterproof unisex ones.
Ana Wiz Bandana Bibs - 100% organic cotton with plush undersides to stop rashes and chafing on gentle skin. Nickel-free poppers too.
The Clean-Up Crew: Best Cleaning Supplies for Weaning
Messy Me Splash Mat - An easy wipe oil-cloth mat to place under your little one as they chow down. Saves the floor and your sanity.
Feed Me Splash Mat - Our mat we used for years - and now use as a spot to picnic on in the garden!
Cheeky Cloth Wipes - These cloth wipes are SO soft and wash up easily. Get a nice big pack to keep you going.
Milton wipes - Stock up! You’ll need 'em all...
Water Wipes - Since wee man was born, these have been our favourite wipes for throughout the years. For nappies, face, dirty hands, all of it. Just water and fruit extract, chemical-free, nothing else.
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