Are you ready to introduce your baby to food? It’s a fun milestone that comes with a lot of trial and error - and plenty of mess as your little one explores all those delicious new tastes and textures.
The current advice from the government states that weaning – introduction to solid food should begin around six months. This is in line with the World Health Organisation recommendation gradual introduction to food should start at six months along in addition to breast milk.
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Every baby develops at their own pace of course but if your baby is showing signs that they are ready for solid food – for example, they are sitting up and holding their head steady, they can co-ordinate their eyes hands and mouth and they can swallow food rather than pushing it out with their tongues – you might want to make a start.
But first, there are some essential items you'll want to invest in. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration from your favourite celebrities, we’ve rounded up some of the baby weaning sets and products stars have had success with.
Super soft baby silicone weaning bibs, £10.99, Amazon
Weaning – especially if you’re doing baby-led, means a lot of mess! You need a good bib and these silicone ones are perfect. Lucy Mecklenburgh is a fan and uses these for her son Roman. They’re easy to clean and long-lasting, they’re waterproof, dishwasher safe and are wipe clean. Unlike cloth bibs they won’t go discoloured, and they’re made of super-soft silicone so they won’t dig into baby’s neck.
Bamboo feeding bowls
Stay put feeding plate, £16.99, Amazon
Mrs Hinch and Stacey Solomon both love these cute baby weaning bowls, which come in the shape of different animals and have different little sections to separate out food. They’re made of all-natural bamboo, which means no harmful chemicals and they have a powerful silicone suction base to prevent spills or those cheeky plate tosses that little monkeys like to do when you take your attention off them for a split second.
Baby food freezing cubes
Baby food freezer cubes, £5.25, Amazon
Joe Wicks discovered this handy weaning set when he was weaning for the second time around, with son Marley. The PT shared a handy tip - leftovers can be spooned into these cubes and frozen in the fridge, making your purees go further. "These are great for storing leftovers and reheating in a bowl of hot water," Joe captioned a video of his wife Rosie storing brocolli puree ready for freezing before saying, "Now we have a few days worth of puree."
Baby training utensils
Baby two-piece self-feeding kit, £6.99, Amazon
Doddl three-piece cutlery set, £16.95, Amazon
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Mrs Hinch has a set of the chunkier baby cutlery for her son. Her verdict: "Ronnie finds them funny if anything but they're fab." These ones from Amazon are ergonomically designed for little hands and the bear head 'stopper' prevents babies from putting the spoon or form too far into their mouths. The lime green 3-piece ones, loved by Joe Wicks, are the next step up, and even include baby’s first safe knife.
Ice Lolly molds
Reusable DIY Ice lolly molds, £10.99 Amazon
Homemade ice lollies are a great way to get babies going with solids – you can make them with juices, purees, fruit, yogurt and other healthy ingredients, so a set of reusable ice lolly moulds is a weaning must have. Stacey Solomon’s son Rex has a unique way of eating them. "The way he dips them in the porridge cracks me up," she says.
Joe Wicks weaning book
Joe Wicks – Wean in 15: Up to date advice and 100 quick recipes, £8.49, Amazon
If you’ve got all the other kit ready but are wondering what to actually cook, the nation’s favourite PE teacher has you covered. After weaning daughter Indie, Joe Wicks developed his first baby recipe book, Wean in 15. It’s packed with advice and simple ideas Joe has drawn from his experience of weaning combined with expert guidance from a leading registered nutritionist. It features 100 healthy and balanced recipes, from finger foods and purées with a how-to of adapting your own favourite meals.
Stokke high chair
Stokke Tripp Trapp wooden high chair, £178, Amazon
A baby's first high chair is a big investment but the Stokke Tripp Trapp moel is well worth the money as it is fully adjustable and grows with your baby. It can withstand weight of up to 110kg – so you can use it until children are big enough to sit in a regular seat. Joe Wicks has one for India and his certainly not the only star to love it. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have used one, as has Tori Spelling.
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