The Basic Weaning Kit

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I starting Mimi’s Bowl when I was weaning my daughter onto solid food, in 2014. At the time, I was overwhelmed and bewildered by the prospect of starting this next parental challenge; having just emerged from the chaos of newborn life… I had only just started to establish a sleeping routine (that was more human) and I was slowly getting to grips with milk feeds/timings and now there was this was this whole new challenge: real food. I read lots of babyfood cookbooks and couldn’t believe what I was reading. They were dated, the food looked hideous, the flavour combinations were at best revolting. So, I began cooking for my daughter, by trial and error. I started to blog about recipes and simple food ideas that my daughter liked and would eat. As I began to post about what she was eating and what we were eating as a family, I connected with other like minded parents. We would share ideas and soon other mums and dads, grandparents and so on were trying my recipes. Soon this amazing and supportive community sprung up around Mimi’s Bowl.

One of my very first mistakes was to buy a lot of “weaning kit”. Expensive steaming machines, fancy baby plates, a ridiculous high chair that was so hard to assemble I ended up having to box it back up and return it to the retailer… I am not alone, I get asked a lot what I recommend to get started. So, as I start my second baby eating adventure with my son, here are some of the kitchen tools I use again and again. Hopefully some of them are things you might have in your kitchen at home already because the secret it you don’t need very much to get started. This is the basic starter weaning kit that I’m using for the first few months.

 

Feeding & Storage

  1. Beaba Silicon Multi-Portion Trays: https://beaba.co.uk/food-storage/18-beaba-silicone-multiportions.html#/59-size-6_x_90_ml/46-color-blue

  2. Beaba Soft Silicon First Spoons: https://beaba.co.uk/baby-feeding-supplies/87-set-of-4-ergonomic-1st-age-spoons-3384349134143.html

  3. Beaba Portion Pots: https://beaba.co.uk/food-storage/10-baby-portion-120-ml-tritan.html#/46-color-blue

  4. John Lewis Long Sleeve Bibs: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-baby-bear-terry-bibs-pack-of-2-blue-multi/p3409340

 

cooking and prep

  1. Braun Stick Blender from John Lewis: https://www.johnlewis.com/braun-mq523-multiquick-5-baby-food-hand-blender/p3395243?sku=237295541&s_kwcid=2dx92700036667135190&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgIKM75Pc3gIVTLvtCh1-YgDBEAQYASABEgLiGPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

  2. Set of cooking pots, I use Le Creuset which are a real investment but they last a lifetime. I buy one or two each year: https://www.johnlewis.com/le-creuset-3-ply-stainless-steel-saucepan-set-3-piece/p230418209

  3. Basic Steamer Basket: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-steamer-basket-dia-23cm/p639283

  4. Spatula I like the Joseph Jospeh design which has a ledge so it rests off the work surface: https://www.josephjoseph.com/en-gb/elevate-spoon-spatula

highchairs

 https://www.stokke.com/GBR/en-gb/highchairs/stokke-steps/5129.html

https://www.stokke.com/GBR/en-gb/highchairs/stokke-steps/5129.html

I also get asked a lot which high chair I use: I have the Stokke Steps Chair. I love the Stokke products as they are well made, last brilliantly and are easy to clean. The Steps model converts from a bouncer attachment, into a high chair seat, into a seat suitable for a child. I always look for products which will see me through several phases and this one does. However, if you are looking at other brands or models here is my high chair check list:

  1. Easy to assemble

  2. Easy to clean, with removable covers

  3. Will accommodate a reclining position, to an upright position

  4. Removable table, or tray

Miriam Cooper