Spoons– Get your little one involved by giving them a spoon. Use bright colourful plastics spoon as these will appeal to your little one.
Bowls– Once again colourful bowls will appeal to your little one and a durable bowl is best becauase it will be knocked to the floor a number of times.
Bibs– Be prepared for a mess and have a number of bibs that are ideally made from quick drying fabric.
Chair– Ensure that the place you are feeding your little one is comfortable. They must be sitting up straight and have support for their head if needed.
Blender/ liquidiser– These are very useful for blending the purées to the perfect consistency for your little one.
Steamer– Steaming vegetables lock in the nutrients which are lost when you boil making this a healthy method of cooking for your little one.
Freezable containers– They allow you to freeze purées and defrost only what you need saving you loads of time.
As a new Mum I found weaning a very confusing time. There was a lot of contradictory information out there, especially about when to start. Even the official infant weaning guidelines seemed to change between me having my two boys! The following is what I learned about introducing complementary foods.
First Foods – Not too early & not too late!
No: Before 17 weeks (4 months)
Maybe: 17-26 weeks (4-6 months) – read on!
Yes: At 26 weeks (6 months)
The World Health Organisation recommends that the introduction of weaning foods be delayed until the infant is 6 months old but it is important that infants are not introduced to complementary (first /weaning) foods later than 6 months. Due to the natural variation in physiological requirements of individual infants, research has shown that some infants may require complementary foods before the age of 6 months to support optimal growth and development.
Weaning is the time to introduce as wide a range of flavours as possible. The wider the range of tastes introduced during weaning, the more adventurous your little one’s pallet & tastes will be and the more likely they are to have a balanced, nourishing diet in later life. As your little one becomes older it will become more difficult to introduce foods that they have not previously experienced.