Your weaning kit
For pureeing food the quickest and most effective way is to use an electric food processor. There are a number of food processors on the markets specifically for baby food, some even steam before processing, but just a standard hand held one would do just as well. Some people manage the puree stage by just pushing food through a sieve – though quite time consuming.
Food holds it’s nutrients better if steamed so you might want to invest in a steamer. A colander over a pan of boiling water also works so again you don’t need to rush out and buy even more gadgets for your baby.
A peeler, a couple of sharp knives and a good saucepan are all the other things you need to make your own baby food.
The least time consuming and most cost effective way of making baby food is to make it in large batches and freeze it in portions. Again there are baby specific containers and food “cube” makers but to save money standard ice cubes trays are just as effective. The rubber kind is easiest to get the food cubes out afterwards
You’ll also need some freezer bags and a pen for writing on the bags so you know the date you cooked the food and what the food is.
As your baby gets older you can collect increasingly larger containers, but again, you can find cheaper plastic boxes that can go in the freezer in discount stores.
Be environmentally and purse friendly and keep plastic containers from food (homous pots, pasta sauce pots etc) to use for your baby food. Most plastic containers are freezable.
You can defrost and heat your frozen baby food in the microwave but try and put the food into microwave friendly glass or china, heating plastic in a microwave can let off small traces of chemical which you don’t really want getting into your baby’s food.
Babies don’t know how to lick or use their tongues to access food from deep spoons etc, so shallow, small plastic spoons are the best to use for the first few months. You can move onto toddler cutlery once your baby has mastered feeding itself with a spoon. And to protect against endless breakages plastic bowls, cups and plates are essential! Some of these come with suckers on the bottom to prevent them being tipped onto the floor.
There are a number of different types of cup/beaker to help you start the move away from bottles. Babies find a new type of “sucking” a little strange and it might be a case of trial and error to find one that your baby will take water or very diluted juice from (and eventually milk).
Weaning kit check list
- Food processor
- Ice cube tray
- Freezer bags
- Varying sizes of Tupperware boxes
- Plastic bowls (with or without suction)
- Shallow plastic spoons
- Bibs (standard, shelf and all over cover!)
- Sippy cups