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 baby led weaning mess and finding the right products that work for us. Here I’ve compiled a list of baby led weaning equipment that has been invaluable on our journey.
If you are just starting out or plan to soon, try and get hold of some of these essential baby led weaning products to make your baby led weaning journey super easy!
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.
Want to purchase a Nuby Sure Grip Mat? It’s available on Amazon for less than £8. Click here
If you’re in the US it’s less than $12 Click here
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2. Ikea Antilop Highchair
Pretty much any high chair with a tray will do, but this Ikea Antilop one has rave reviews from other baby led weaners. 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.
With Dexter, we had a high chair with pokey holes which meant food got stuck down them which then turned into disgusting mould. We then switched to a Joie Mimzy Snacker, which was lovely and comfy, quite easy to clean, but didn’t come apart like this one.
We got this one for Felix and have never looked back!
Want to purchase an Antilop highchair but can’t get to IKEA? It’s available on Amazon for less than £22. Click here
If you’re in the US it’s less than $55 Click 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!
Want to purchase a Nuby Catchall Bib? It’s available on Amazon for less than £6. Click here
If you’re in the US, this similar one by Tomme Tippee is less than $8 Click here
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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 in front of him as he’d simply swipe it off the tray. Munchkin also make hot white bowls too!
Want to purchase a 2pk of Munchkin White Hot Plates? It’s available on Amazon for less than £7. Click here
If you’re in the US, they’re less than $7 Click here
5. Numnum Cutlery
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 baby led weaning 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 baby led weaning right?
Want to purchase a four Munchkin White Spoons? They’re available on Amazon for less than £3. Click here
If you’re in the US, they’re less than $6 Click here
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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.
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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.
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9. Munchkin 360 Cup
I’m often asked what is the best baby led weaning cup and I always recommend the Munchkin 260. It can take a little while for baby to get used to this so I used a free flow teat cup alongside for the first few months, but by 10 months old, baby has usually got the hang of it! I love this cup as there are zero spillages and the ‘spout’ is nice and soft in baby’s mouth.
10. Bamboo Bamboo Suction Bowls, Plates and Spoons
We adore our fox shaped section plate and the stunning bowl. At £14.99 a piece, they’re quite pricey as far as plates go, but they look absolutely stunning and are a must have if you plan to Instagram your journey.
The plates last well, stick to the highchair and are dishwasher safe so for me they’re a great investment. We’ve had our plate for nearly three years and our bowl for six months with zero issues.
Want to purchase a stunning Bamboo Bamboo bowl or plate? They’re available on Amazon for less than £14.99. Click here
If you’re in the US, they’re $19.99 Click here
11. Tots Ahoy Splash Mat
If you have laminate flooring, you don’t need to worry too much about a splash mat (although you will need a dustpan and brush, a mop and a good vacuum cleaner!) but a splash mat is essential if your home is carpeted. This one from Tots Ahoy is good value, easily cleaned and looks gorgeous too!
Want to purchase a Tots Ahoy Splash mat? They’re available on Amazon for £11.99. Click here
If you’re in the US, you can be a similar one for $21.99 Click here
Now that you know what baby led weaning equipment you need, why not check out some of my yummy baby-led weaning recipes?
What is on your list of must have baby led weaning equipment? Anything you think I’ve missed?