1. Cosatto 3Sixti Highchair in Strudel
A highchair of some sort is a weaning essential and after numerous recommendations I chose the Cosatto 3Sixti Highchair in the Strudel design. We’ve been using this highchair since Arthur started weaning (a week or so before he turned 6 months) and I’m so impressed with it. Not only does it have a bright, fun and colourful design but it’s also really sturdy so you feel confident your baby won’t be able to somehow knock it over. It rotates 360 degrees so you can swivel it round and the trays are removable allowing for up to the table feeding. It can also be used at different heights with an easy gas-lift button that you press with your foot and has three reclining positions.
The 3Sixti Highchair is really easy to wipe clean and has removable straps that I pop in the washing machine for a deeper clean when necessary. The only thing I would say is that it’s quite heavy to move from room to room (though it does have little rollers) but again, I think it’s heaviness is a reflection of how sturdy and safe it is. Oh and I forgot to mention it has a five-point harness and seat pummel to stop your little one from wriggling out too!
When dining out I tend to use the highchairs available for Arthur but if they're unsuitable or unavailable the Totseat saves the day!
2. Tommee Tippee Easy Drink Sippee Cup
Arthur's tried a few different beakers since he started sipping water at meal times but he seems most taken with the Tommee Tippee Easy Drink Sippee Cup. This beaker comes with removable easy-grip handles and a removable non-spill valve. It's recommended that you let babies learn to drink free-flow without the non-spill valve but when you're out and about or don't want to get liquid everywhere it's definitely a useful thing to have in the beaker! It's BPA-free, dishwasher proof and can be sterilised too.
3. Tommee Tippee Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls & Explora Feeding Spoons
If you're coming up to the time where you'll be weaning your baby, I definitely recommend looking at the Tommee Tippee range. They're my go-to brand for feeding spoons* as Arthur seems to prefer eating his cereal and yoghurt off them. I think their Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls* are great too. They can be stacked for easy storage and are designed to make it easy for you to scoop up puree onto the spoon. You can also buy ones with lids, which are great for taking out and about with you.
4. Vital Baby Prep and Go Food Pots
These weaning pots from Vital Baby are great if you're going out and need to pack food for your baby or you're portioning out food to pop in the fridge or freezer. They have a secure clip-on lid and are BPA-free. You can pick up a multi-pack for around £4.99 so the pots are very reasonably priced too.
5. GumiGem Silicone Dapper Bibs
If there's one piece of advice I'd give a mama about to wean her baby, it'd be prepare for mess and a lot of it. Those cute little dribble bibs you were putting on your little one to catch their milk are no good for weaning - trust me, they'll be destroyed within minutes! Instead, you need something a little more practical and robust in order to keep your little one's favourite outfits free from the brightest coloured staining you'll ever see.
My favourite bibs to put on Arthur are the ones that are made from BPA-free silicone. They're easy to wipe after use, can be put in the dishwasher for a deep clean and often come with a crumb catcher, which works a treat at scooping up missed mouthfuls. Most of the crumb catcher bibs out there are fairly plain in design but if you're looking for something a little more fun for your baby to wear, take a look at the Bling and Dapper Bibs by GumiGem*. Featuring necklace and tie designs, these handy crumb-catcher bibs are anything but boring and ideal for messy meal times. Arthur looks absolutely adorable in his Dapper Bibs and I love that they can be rolled to minimise space in your changing bag when you're out and about.
I was recently asked to become one of GumiGem's brand ambassadors so be sure to look out for my social media posts featuring their bibs and teething jewellery, as well as some upcoming blog posts. They've also just re-launched their website, so head on over to see their fun, baby-friendly products for yourself!
What are your favourite weaning products?