Your Complete Weaning Equipment Checklist

By Penelope Henderson, MSc, RNutr/ 03/06/2024
weaning equipment for babies including a high chair with a plastic bowl, spoon and pot of baby food on the tray

Are you a new parent or caregiver preparing to start the weaning Journey with your little one? Look no further! In this blog, I will provide you with a complete weaning equipment checklist to help you navigate this exciting and sometimes overwhelming stage. 

From high chairs to bibs, sippy cups to utensils, we’ve got you covered. So let’s dive in and ensure that you have everything you need for a successful and stress-free weaning journey!

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What is weaning equipment?

Equipment for weaning are the things you need to start feeding your baby solids. They are key items to prepare their meals whether you are spoon feeding or baby led weaning.  

My top recommendations for weaning equipment

So what equipment do you need for weaning?

There may be some weaning kit you have and there may be some you haven’t thought about getting. I have prepared a useful equipment checklist that I have researched based on what I see as the best weaning equipment products on the market and my experience of using them with my kids. 

Here is your checklist for weaning equipment buys. 

your complete baby weaning equipment checklist of 9 items
  1. High chair

Once your baby can sit unaided and is developmentally ready then they will need a high chair for feeding. Typically around 6 months. If you are not sure if your baby is ready for a high chair then check out my blog when can my baby can sit in a highchair

It is important to get a good high chair to ensure they are supported and sitting comfortably. Then feeding will be a more successful experience. Some key things you need in a high chair include:

  • Harness – A harness is essential for them not to slip about and try to get out. A 5 point harness is the safest.
  • Versatility –  a high chair that is height adjustable is very important to make it last as long as possible. Ones that offer this can last as long as 10 – 12 years. 
  • Ease of cleaning – Weaning is very messy and having a high chair thats easy to wipe down will save alot of hassle.
  • Footrest – A footrest ensures they are sitting upright and they are less likely to slouch. It also ensures stability with feet flat on the rest. The correct sitting position is so important for helping them learn to eat and swallow properly. 
  •  If you purchase a highchair without a footrest then it is worth making sure their feet are supported with something sturdy. 
baby climbing into a stokke tripp trapp chair

My number choice would be a Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair that grows with your baby. It has all the key features as above and more. Most high chairs last until about 3 – 5 years but this one grows with your child, due to its height and foot rest adjustments. It can last until they are 10 – 12 years old or even use as an adult. It is very sturdy, looks attractive and ensures your baby can join you at the table to enjoy family mealtimes. 

  1. Soft weaning spoons

Choose soft weaning spoons that are made of plastic or rubber are the best to start. Metal ones are too hard on their gums and will conduct heat so stay too hot. I would purchase some heat sense spoons or self feeding spoon with a guard to begin with. Other weaning cutlery will be useful when they are older. 

two soft weaning spoons with a pot of baby food
  • Heat sense spoons

These Tommee tippee heat sensing spoons are great for starting to wean. I love the softness of them and the long handle, which is useful for getting into pouches and jars of food. The unique heat sensing is great if you get anxious about the temperature of serving foods as it changes colour to indicate if it is too hot. However I wouldn’t recommend these for self feeding to begin with or they could push the spoon to the back of their throats causing them to gag. 

  • Self feeding spoons with guard

If your baby is wanting to self feed then a great one to start with is the Upward baby spoon. It is made of silicone so it is soft, non breakable and easy to use. It has a choke guard on it so the spoon can only go a little way into their mouth. 

  1. Bowl or tray mat

Depending on whether you are spoon feeding or baby led weaning will determine what is the right product for you. Some things to consider: 

  • Type – bowl or a mat with divided parts to section the food out. 
  • Durability -plastic or silicone ones are easy to clean and durable. 
  • Suction pads stick the bowl or mat securely to the tray or table so you don’t end up with this on the floor.
  • Dishwasher friendly for ease of washing if you are short on time.

My choice of tray mat

If you are wanting to do baby led weaning or self feeding then this Easytots Minimat is ideal as it is multipurpose. This wasn’t around when mine were little but if it was I would purchase this today. I love the design and the small divided sections for food. It has suction pads to hold it down in four corners. It can also be folded down if you want to take it away and feed on the go, complete with a lid and carry case. As the sections have low sides its  recommended for more baby led weaning than purees.

Weaning suction bowls

If you are doing spoon feeding with purees then I recommend using a bowl with deep sides like this PandaEar suction weaning bowl that has suction pads to hold it down. 

Hygiene

  1. Wipes or cloth

Disposable wipes or a cloth are essential products for weaning. You can expect alot of mess but this is part of their learning process. I would recommend waiting until they have finished feeding until clearing up or you will be doing it constantly. 

I recommend some re-usable cloths. I love these super soft bamboo cloths from Little Gubbins that feel lovely and soft on the skin and are easy to wash and re-use.

  1. Bibs
three silicone bibs with scoops in a pile

Bibs are a must for weaning so they are not getting their clothing completely covered in food. It is your preference as to the type of bib. I recommend the coverall bibs that cover the top half of their clothing as it’s a waterproof top. I also like the scoop bibs that are quick and easy to put on. 

  • Coverall with bib

The best coverall  bib is the Bibado long sleeve coverall as it attaches to the tray so you don’t need to clean the tray as well. It also has the option to attach utentsils so they dont get dropped on the floor. Love it!

  • Scoop bib

I recommend a scoop bib that is sturdy but not ridgid, easy to clean and adjustable with plenty of poppers to adjust as your baby grows. Like these PandaEar silicone bibs

  1. Floor or Mess mat

You may or may not consider this essential. It depends on your floor surface and your ability to cope with mess!. I purchased a waterproof mat when I weaned as I also used it for other messy activities aswell. I like this CLCROBD baby floor mat which is easy to clean as you can simply throw in the washing machine and will save you time cleaning up.

  1. First cup

There are so many different cups on the market it can be a complete minefield. So it is worth bearing in mind these key points: how they will control the cup and how much they swallow. Also learning to master sipping and not tipping the whole lot back!

I remember buying all sorts of different designs and types of cups but there were really only two types that I used the most and recommend to you for different uses. 

  • Open cup

The doidy cup was the first cup I started using with mine from 6 mths. It is uniquely slanted so babies can use the same natural jaw and tongue suckling movements as with breastfeeding. Therefore this makes it an easier transition to an open cup. It also has handles so it can be held when they become more accustomed to it. Also they are great for independence and developing hand to eye co-ordination. The only downside is because it is an open cup you will likely experience some spillages until they learn to control the cup. 

  • Cup with a spout

I also used the Tommee tippee cup with a spout and lid for a long time. If you would prefer a spout cup then the Tommee tippee is the one for you. It’s cheap and cheerful but perfect for sipping and you won’t get any leaks. This one is perfect for taking out and about. 

Food preparation

  1. Baby food maker or blender

If you are going to make your own baby food then it is worth investing in a baby food maker like the Babymoov nutribaby 6 in 1. This is not a cheap piece of weaning equipment however it will make your life alot easier. This award winning baby food maker has 6 functions in one unit that includes steaming, blending, sterilizing, defrosting and reheating both food and baby milk. It can cook all food including meat and fish. It also has three blending speeds so you can adjust to the right textures as your baby goes through their weaning journey. 

Do I need to buy a blender to begin weaning?

No you don’t need to buy a blender if you are doing baby led weaning as food won’t need to be pureed. If you are spoon feeding then a food maker or blender is a must to get the food really smooth. There are various types of blenders. The cheapest option is to buy a hand blender. Make your purees in a saucepan and then blend up with a hand blender to the consistency you need. I recommend the Braun Multiquick hand blender for it’s robust blender stick and it also comes with other attachments that you can use for other tasks.

  1. Food storage containers
three jars of baby food without lids and some vegetabales surrounding them

When you first make purees you will only need small amounts so having a freezer tray is useful for putting small amounts in and popping them out when you need them. I recommend the Fermi Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray for ease of getting the ice cubes out. You can make small batches of first baby food with flexible lids to easily pop out when needed. When your baby grows out of this size it can be used for other things like baking small buns, ice cream etc  so it has multiple uses!

Another alternative is an ice cube tray which you may already have as these will be a similar size. Just ensure they are clean and covered before putting in the freezer. 

Once they are a bit older you might consider some storage or freezer pots bigger in size. The Smiths Mason Glass Baby Food Storage Containers are ideal. These are glass jars, with colourful lids and measurements on the side. Plus handy spoons in the lid to take food out and about.

Do I need to sterilise my weaning equipment?

You only need to sterilise bottles and attachments for expressed milk and infant formula. You don’t need to sterilse your weaning equipment for food unless they are under 6 mths and has been in contact with their milk. 

However whilst preparing baby food it is important to be hygienic so making sure your hands are clean, surfaces and equipment is clean. You can do this by cleaning in hot soapy water and rinsing thoroughly.

Some equipment I don’t think you will need

Thermometer spoons

You definitely don’t need to buy these thermometer spoons or digital baby spoon thermometers. These are expensive for what they are. Just use your common sense and check the temperature with your own hand first. If you are worried about hot food you could go for a heat sensing spoon which are alot cheaper. 

Which pieces of equipment have been invaluable to you? please leave a comment below. I would love to know.

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Author Penelope Henderson

Hi I’m Penelope Henderson RNutr Registered Nutritionist specialising in children’s nutrition and responsive feeding therapy.

I am a mum of 2, with over 15 years of experience in nutrition. I support parents to feel confident in how and what to feed their child. I hope you find my recipes and nutrition posts useful, so you can enjoy stress free cooking and mealtimes.

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