Best Baby Weaning Products And Tips For Mums In Essex
Is your baby ready to move on to solids? Here's our all-you-need-to-know guide...
Weaning your baby on to solid food is an important moment for mothers; it symbolises a new stage in your baby's life.
And it can bring a lot of questions: When will my baby be ready for weaning? What are the best baby weaning products?
NHS guidelines state that babies should be exclusively breast or bottle fed for the first six months of their lives. The majority of little ones are then ready to progress on to solids - whether that's pureed food or baby led weaning.
Whichever route you decide, you'll need the best baby weaning products too.
Annabel Karmel, the baby food and nutrition expert, has compiled the top tips for parents starting the weaning stage on her website - see the full article here.
The first tip Annabel provides is: "Babies sometimes find the process of weaning a little clinical and miss the comfort of sucking milk. When offering your baby her very first taste or two you may find it easier to hold her on your lap so that she feels loved and secure.
"Babies are unable to lick food off a spoon with their tongues, so choose a small shallow plastic weaning spoon so she can take some food with her lips."
As this is a completely new experience for your child, starting off may be a little difficult. If your baby starts to struggle with the use of a spoon, Annabel explains what you should do: "When babies feed from the breast or a bottle they instinctively push their tongue forwards – this is called the tongue thrust reflex. Your baby needs to learn to swallow solids and not push her tongue forwards. If she can’t get on with a spoon, dip a clean finger into the puree and let her suck your finger for a few mouthfuls."
When it comes to sterilising your cutlery, Annabel suggests: "You don’t need to sterilise your baby’s spoons or bowls, simply wash them in a dishwasher. After all, your baby puts everything in reach into her mouth and none of these are sterilised. However it’s important to sterilise your baby’s bottles and teats as warm milk is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria."
Made for Mums has picked three of the best baby weaning products and awarded them a gold, silver and bronze winners. The Infantino Fresh Squeezed Station (£30.99) came out top. It allows you to simply pour pureed food into three tubes and then squeeze into the disposable pouches below. The gold-winning station's rubber press is easy to grip and the base stays firm to prevent slips and spills.
Winning the silver award for best baby weaning products was Doddlebags Re-Useable Travel and Food Pouch (£10.99), perfect when you're out and about as the large pouches are the ideal size for a lunchbox, sealed with a zip at the top and a pouch nozzle on the side with colourful stoppers. There's going to be no puree and liquid spillages here.
MAM Heat Sensitive Spoons & Cover (£6.50) won the bronze award for the best baby weaning products and are perfect when starting to wean. Made form non-slip material, it can be held by your baby easily. But what really sets this apart is the heat sensitive cultery changes colour if the food is too hot.
Discover more of the best baby weaning products from John Lewis Baby & Child, Chelmsford below to help you wean your baby to solid foods.