We have had such a great success with baby led weaning and I’ve enjoyed the experience immensely. It has been a huge learning curve: finding out what foods work, finding out how to effectively clean up the mess and finding the right products that work for us. Here I’ve compiled a list of baby led weaning must haves that have been invaluable on our journey.
If you are just starting out or plan to soon, try and get hold of some of them.
1. Nuby Sure Grip Mat
This mat has been the best thing for avoiding a huge mess on the floor during meal times. Before I owned this product, I used to put Dexter’s food on his tray and let him at it. Invariably, he would swipe half of the food off the tray and onto the floor completely accidentally. Since I have introduced this tray, hardly anything falls on the floor. It is a mat that sticks really well to the highchair tray and has two small bowl areas for baby to pick food out of it. The rubber means the mat is easily cleaned. I simply run it under the hot tap after each meal and stick it in the dishwasher at the end of the day. For £7 it’s an absolute bargain.
2. Ikea Antilop Highchair
Pretty much any high chair with a tray will do, but this Ikea Antilope one has rave reviews from other BLWers. The main reason being that the chair can be easily disassembled and thrown in the dishwasher to be cleaned. Trust me, baby led weaning is a messy business and the fact it can be chucked in the dishwasher is a godsend. We currently have a hair chair with pokey holes which means food gets stuck down them which then turns into disgusting mould. That thing has to go in the dishwasher every night and it’s really difficult to get back together. Order this high chair and you won’t need to worry about any of that! Now that Dex is a toddler we actually use the Joie Mimzi Snacker which has a lovely big tray perfect for BLW and is easy to wipe clean. Read the full review here.
3. Nuby Lock and Roll On The Go Bib
These bibs are a must have for catching all the food that inevitably gets dropped by those little hands that are still learning. Firstly, this saves you having to clean up messy legs and secondly, it saves the food neatly in a pile ready to be popped back on the tray again. These bibs are nice and soft, I often have to try and stop Dex from gumming it to ease his teething pains and remind him he is meant to be eating the actual food!
4. Munchkin Hot White Plates
I absolutely adore these plates. Everytime I make food, I place it on these plates and they tell me if the food is too hot by turning white. It’s great for things like I’ve blitzed in the microwave like jacket potatoes and the like. Once I’m happy the food is cool enough, I transfer from the plate to the Nuby sure grip mat. At the moment Dex isn’t ready to have a plate infront of him as he’d simply swipe it off the tray. Munchkin also make hot white bowls too!
5. Numnum Cutlery
I haven’t used this cutlery set yet, but it still on my list because I think it is a fantastic idea. These spoons are ideal for when you are transitioning from using hands to a proper spoon. The ‘pre spoon’ grabs hold of liquid items such as yoghurt and purees and doesn’t spill like a conventional spoon. At the moment these are only available in the US which is a shame for us UK citizens, but hopefully that will change soon.
6. Munchkin Hot White Spoons
I love these Munchkin white hot spoons. They work in the same principle as the plates above. Why spoons on a BLW list though, I hear you cry! Well, I like to offer Dex a pre loaded spoon of yoghurt or porridge in the morning. I simply dip the spoon in the porridge and let him take it off me (or the tray). It can get quite messy, but that’s the fun of BLW right?
7. Baby Wipes
For me, baby wipes are a huge essential for post meal clean up because baby’s face, hands and probably body will be covered in food. I like these water wipes because they contain 99% water and are really, really wet which makes for an easier clean up. You can read more about how WaterWipes can help protect your baby’s skin in winter here.
This amazing coverall bib means that not one scrap of food gets onto baby’s clothes or the highchair. I don’t know how we ever lived without it. Read my full review of this amazing product here. This bib has saved me hours of cleaning up and stopped Dex ruining more vests.
Now that you know what products you need, why not check out some of my yummy baby-led weaning recipes?
What are your baby led weaning must haves? Anything you think I’ve missed?