I'm going to write down a few things that I have found useful since weaning Emelia. We all know of the obvious things. Soft spoons, bibs, highchair, blender. But there are a few things that I have found to be really helpful along the way that at first I didn't think to get.
Cheap, easy to use and you can do several different foods at once. I've always used a steamer pan anyway as thats how we always cook our veg. So It just made sense to steam cook Emelias fruit and veg in the same way. I didn't want to have to buy loads of different weaning electricals to put on the side so have pretty much made do with the things we had already.
Ice cube tray & freezer bags
For batch cooking all those delicious meals. Great for getting good portion sizes, and saves on time and food waste. Once frozen you can empty the trays into labelled freezer bags and then just choose which meal for baby day to day.
Maybe a more obvious one but, I would say when you start weaning its a good time to introduce a sippy cup or cup to baby. I feel like they just go hand in hand. Even if it just sits there on the tray, it gets them used to the drink they will have with there meals. Emelia is using a sippy cup at the moment but i'm quite interested in trying the doidy cups aswell (they are cups designed for babies, no lid). I'm hoping a sippy cup is going to help us with the transition from breastfeeding too, but again I'll keep you posted. Currently she thinks she owns my boobs so doubt she will be giving them up without a fight!
Splash mat or table cloth
To catch all that food and drink that your little darling just loves to chuck about. Just makes cleaning up that bit easier ! We haven't quite let Emelia get too involved with food just yet and its already messy. She manages to get it everywhere and we're holding the spoon !? So I can only imagine it will get worse as she gets older. This will be placed underneath her highchair so we can keep things as clean as possible.
Obviously if we have a baby we have these items but its quite handy just to have these at hand and ready to use because its likely you will need them to mop up little ones face or hands or neck or head ect!!... I tend to just dampen a baby wash cloth and then they can be washed a reused. Poundland do a great pack of 6 which are perfect sizes too, I just keep them in the basket underneath her highchair.
I have written a post on our weaning journey which is below