Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Essential Equipment

Now, you may wonder if I have gone totally mad with this one, but it occurred to me that I have bought or been given a few bits and bobs which have made life easier during this whole weaning lark, so I thought that if I showed you mine, you might show me yours!

So here goes:

High Chair - Our is a wooden Hauck one which works on the same principal as the Stokke Tripp Trapp. It pulls right up to the table, and will "grow" with George!

Table Mat - I bought a wonderful rubber mat from blooming marvellous. It suckers on to the table and has a tray which hangs off the edge to catch dropped food. Best of all, it rolls up so you can take it out & about with you!

I have a second type, a tommee tippee one which can be used to hold a bowl in place. Very good for pasta and stupid attempts to get George to eat raisin wheat's!

Floor Mat - I was a slow start with this one, but after weeks of scrubbing the floor I bought a floor mat from mothercare. I have heard of people cutting up cheap shower mats or using trays for the same purpose!

Bibs - an essential! I use bibs from Adsa that have sleeves. They are material backed with plastic and are about £2 a go! I cannot recommend them enough!

Cups - George has never drunk out of a bottle, and so getting him to drink out of any sort of cup has been interesting! Our HV's up here are very anti the "any way up" type cups (for teeth and speech reasons - I will explain in more detail if anyone isn't sure what I am going on about!), and George cannot get anything out of the one we tried anything. I personally think bf babies struggle with these sorts of cups.

He does best with a cheap nasty frog sippy cup with free flow spout which comes in a set from Ikea for £1! It was a gift to us, and i hated it until I tried the cup in desperation!

I also have a doidy cup, for when I am feeling very calm! Also some tommee tippee cups which have a progression insert in them to move between the spout & an open cup! Even better they were free from sure start!

Bowl - the frog one from the set above, and another freebie from surestart are the only ones I have. The surestart freebie I use more often as I can suction it to the second mat I have!

Cutlery - I have a spoon from the Ikea set, which I have loaded with beans etc, and George will use perfectly well. He also got 2 sets of big boys cutlery which I will try him out on soon! Bit scary as they are metal, but I looked in mothercare this weekend and the cutlery was all mush shovelling spoons or metal in some way! Think this may be an overprotective mother issue! lol

Well that is all I can think of for now.....

What does anyone else think is a great find / useful with Baby Led Weaning?


Mel x


sunfrog said...

We have that same Ikea froggy set, and of all the sippy cups we have (I have bought quite a few) that is the one that Emma does the best with, as well. Go figure!

Mel_x said...

typical eh!

solveig said...

I find the scoop/pelican bibs brilliant as F just fishes out anything she drops that she fancies eating. However, I have found it quite difficult to get a good one for BLW because many of them a very wide and I found it was hindering F's ability to eat with her hands. The best one I have was a cheapo one from Boots which was on sale as I think they were discontinuing them. I left it in a restaurant and haven't been able to find it again in Boots - it sort of went in sightly at baby's arm level so she could easily bring her hands up to reach her mouth. The Tommy Tippee fold up ones are great for out and about, but even these are quite wide, especially when the baby is young. I wish Boots would stock the one I lost again!

jescott said...

Hiya, you mentioned 'any way up' cups and that your HVs were v anti them. what are they? and whats so wrong with them? Also i think one of the many beauties of BLW is that there aren't really any essential equipments - it's wonderful!

Mel_x said...

I know! Can you imaging the length of the list for the slop feeders! lol


Mar said...

re: the pelican style bibs-

In the US you can buy the ones that narrow at the arms at Babies R Us. Kiddopotamus is the brand name, I've heard Right Start has them too. I love these things!