Weaning Advice

8 Ways to Reduce Food Waste During Weaning

5 min read

It’s undeniable that weaning can be a messy time! It’s pretty common for more food to end up on baby’s face, the floor, the dog and the walls than in baby’s tummy.

While this is to be expected, it can feel a bit wasteful, especially when you end up throwing away the remainder on the plate that has been rejected. 

If you’d like to reduce the amount of food waste produced by your household, then we’ve got a few tips to help you out! 

Share the Family Meal

Instead of creating a whole new dish for your baby, offer foods that are part of your own meal. This way, you’re not using up additional ingredients and can always return food to your plate if baby hasn’t touched it. Here at Babease, we have a great range of recipes for the family that everyone can enjoy!

Practice Patience

It can take between 6 to 15 tries for weaning babies to take new foods, so don't worry if your baby is making faces at their food and you've batched cooked the meal; just save it and try again.

Offer Smaller Portions at a Time

Instead of placing a whole plate of healthy baby food in front of your little one, offer one or two bits first to make sure they’re happy to eat it. For example, instead of a whole plate of broccoli, try one or two very small florets first. If they love it, give them more! 

To save time, you can prepare vegetables in one go and pop them in a Tupperware box. Take from this as and when you need for your little one, and any remaining veg can be cooked up in your own meal. 

Choose Helpful Baby Products

There are tons of amazing inventions out there in the world of baby products that can help parents immensely with weaning. Find bibs that catch the food so that any food dropped by your little one can be easily recovered. 

Suction plates and bowls that stay stuck to the highchair are also useful, stopping your tiny taster from flipping their dish onto the floor. 

a high chair with a suction plate and food

Freeze Portions

Once you know what your baby loves and how much they usually eat, freeze any leftovers in portion sizes, so you don’t let a big batch go off in the fridge. 

If you try out a new food that they don’t like, pop that in the freezer instead of throwing it away. Your baby’s tastebuds are developing all the time, and they may come to love that food in the future.

Try Composting

If the food is left in an inedible state, then add it to a compost bin. One day, when your little one is older, you could use this compost to have fun planting seeds together to grow your own veggies! 

Choose Seasonal Ingredients

Eating seasonal foods is just one of the many ways we can do our bit for the environment. Choosing locally produced, in-season foods helps to reduce the energy and CO2 emissions needed to grow and transport food. It also has benefits for the consumer too as seasonal foods are often fresher, more nutritious and cheaper than food that has been imported or travelled a long way.

Send Back Your Used Pouches to be Recycled

While reducing food waste is important, we know that recycling options for your packaging waste are vital to sustainability too. That is why we have teamed up with Enval to offer a recycling solution for your Babease pouches. 

When making your next Babease purchase on our online shop, you can add an Enval envelope free of charge! Just pop any used pouches into the envelope and post them back to the address on the front, and Enval will do the rest.