We have been introducing Evangeline to food for the last 3 months and have had major successes and failures in the process. If you’re a parent or parent-to-be then I’m sure you are aware of how expensive shopping can be for babies. It’s important to know that when it comes to weaning you really don’t have to spend excessive amounts to get the essentials. As Eve is our first baby it’s been a matter of trial and error and I wanted to share what has worked well for us. I’m no expert, just a Mum sharing from my own personal experiences. The baby food aisle in your supermarket can feel very overwhelming, especially when all you’ve thought about is milk for the past few months! I hope this can help some parents who may need some guidance with where
Aldi has been one of our favourite shops for Evangeline’s essentials, if you’ve not taken advantage of one of their Baby Events then it’s definitely something to look out for! Ever since Eve’s
Although it’s recommended that you wait until your baby is 6 months old, most puree ranges start from 4 months. As all babies develop differently it’s completely down to parents choice when they think their baby could be ready for the next stage. When Evangeline got to 5 months old I got really excited, cooked loads of veg and pureed it all to store in the freezer to be well prepared. When it was time for her to taste it she absolutely hated it. It was such an anti-climax and I needed to find other options to try with her whilst she was getting used to the purees I had slaved over the stove to make. If you have the time to make and puree your own baby food that’s great but if you’re struggling like we were then there is nothing wrong with buying pre-made either! Remember that it can take 10-20 tastes before a baby likes the taste of something.
One of the most important factors of the weaning process is the equipment that you use, choosing what to buy can be difficult as there is so much choice when it comes to plates, cutlery and storage for meals. With so many high end and indie brands on the market, you are definitely spoilt for choice! I love Instagram
Once you’ve got the Stage 1 purees down you can start to introduce fingers foods and snacks. Baby led weaning helps to encourage your baby to feed themselves and is amazing for their hand-eye coordination skills. With Eve being 8 months old now she’s on 3 meals a day and with each
As finger foods seem to always come in large packets this means you will have multiple servings for your little one. Once these packets are opened you need to keep in mind how they will then be contained and kept fresh. I find that clip top reusable plastic storage containers are great to store snacks in once they have been opened. You can purchase them in all different sizes from pretty much anywhere and they are so handy for taking snacks out on the go without having to take the entire bag with you. If you have excess food in an open packet at home you can always use plastic bag sealing clips to keep them tightly sealed too, I found my pack of 30 in Ikea for literally £2.00.
And that’s all of the basics covered from equipment, purees and snacks. I hope this post can help anyone that’s feeling completely overwhelmed with weaning. Please, always keep in mind that every baby is different so make sure to do everything that works at the right