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Weaning Advice

Weaning Essentials Checklist

4 min read

Weaning is a hugely exciting time for new parents and budding foodies!

If you’re unsure about what you might need (besides nutritious veg!), our checklist highlights everything to consider.

When it comes to what you need to start weaning, the list is really simple. Other than a few necessities, like highchairs and baby cutlery, everything else is just there to make your life a little easier as you move through the stages of weaning.

When to Start Weaning

The NHS and Public Health England recommend starting weaning at around six months. However, this is just a guide. Every baby is unique, meaning some might start a little earlier or later than this.

The best thing to do is look for the following signs that show your baby might be ready to start weaning.

  • Your baby can sit up on their own and hold their head steady.
  • Your baby can co-ordinate their hands, eyes and mouth so they can bring food to their mouth.
  • Your baby has a reduced tongue reflex and has stopped pushing food out of their mouth.

These signs will usually appear at around six months. If your baby shows them earlier and you are considering weaning, speak to a healthcare professional, who can give you advice specific to your little one.

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What Do I Need to Start Weaning?

The weaning journey is always full of surprises. However, if you want it to go a little more smoothly, these items can help.

The complete weaning checklist by Babease

  • High Chair
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Table Mat
  • Mess Mat
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bibs
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Insulated Carry Bag
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Trainer Cup
  • Plastic Beaker

A baby smiling while chewing a weaning spoon

As mentioned above, these items can be a help, but they’re not all necessities. After all, the most important thing is the food!

For more advice on everything weaning, be sure to check out our blog here at Babease, which is full of helpful guides and answers to all your questions.