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Best baby weaning products as recommended by parents

Whether baby-led or spoon-led, weaning can be a messy business. Make sure you’re well prepared by stocking up on these baby weaning essentials as recommended by parents.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Feb 11, 2022

baby in highchair with solid food

With so many different weaning products on the market, it can feel overwhelming to decide which ones are best suited to your child and the weaning journey they're about to embark on.

But we’re here to help you cut through the noise. We’ve spent hours trawling through the Mumsnet forums to find the very best baby weaning products that have been tried and tested by parents, taking into account everything from food preparation to the actual feeding itself.

We also researched expert weaning advice from the likes of Annabel Karmel to determine which products would be useful to parents and which would just clutter your kitchen cupboards.

From spoons to sippy cups, here are the best baby weaning products to buy right now, as recommended by Mumsnetters.

1. Best overall baby weaning product: IKEA Antilop

IKEA Antilop

Price: £15 | Buy now from IKEA

“I love the IKEA Antilop. Little ones make SO much mess when they eat and I love how easy it is to clean.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter swaziscot)

As far as Mumsnetters are concerned, the IKEA Antilop is the king of highchairs. Not only is this ubiquitous weaning essential our best overall baby weaning product, it’s hands down also the best highchair to buy too.

The budget-friendly Antilop is easily recognisable with its smooth plastic seat and silver click-in legs. It’s easy to assemble and its unfussy exterior makes it a breeze to clean too.

The IKEA Antilop is a must-have for any parent about to start weaning their baby. And for just £15, you may even afford to buy one for the grandparents too.

Pros

  • Easy assembly with no tools required
  • Three-point lap harness
  • Easy to clean (and dishwasher-safe!)
  • Easy to dismantle for convenient storage
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Static with no option to adjust the height, tray distance or seat angle
  • Only one colour available
  • Not suitable for kids over 15kg

Key specs

  • Age: Suitable when your child can sit up unaided to three years or 15kg
  • Materials: BPA-free plastic (chair and detachable tray) and steel click-in legs

2. Best budget baby weaning product: Tommee Tippee Free Flow First Cup

Tommee Tippee Free Flow First Cup in blue and red

Price: £7.99 for two | Buy now from Amazon

“The Tommee Tippee Free Flow beakers are great. And cheap too! I have six.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Dyra)

Suitable for babies from four months old, the Tommee Tippee Free Flow First Cup is the perfect choice if you want to get your child started with a sippy cup early.

Just like the IKEA Antilop, this Tommee Tippee classic is great for those watching their pennies. It’s also our go-to choice if you’re looking for a lightweight free-flow cup with easy-to-grasp handles for little hands to practice with.

The hard spout flips down to minimise mess, but just be aware that it’s not 100 percent spill-proof. 

Pros

  • Dishwasher, microwave and steriliser-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Encourages sipping rather than sucking
  • Good choice for travelling
  • Available in a range of colours

Cons

  • Not spill-proof
  • Tiny bits of food can get stuck in the spout, but these will wash out

Key specs

  • Volume: 150ml

3. Best baby weaning food cube tray: NUK Food Cube Tray

NUK Food Cube Tray in green with clear lid

Price: £6 | Buy now from Amazon

“One thing I would recommend is a weaning food cube tray. That way you can make a batch of something, freeze it, then defrost one cube at a time. Saves you having to cook something every day, and good when you know you'll be short on time and won’t be able to cook anything.”  (Recommended by Mumsnet user Letsallscreamatthesistene)

If you’ve opted for spoon-led weaning then you’re going to spend a lot of time blending, puréeing and mashing. Batch cooking can help you get ahead of the game, but you’ll need somewhere to store these mushy delights.

The NUK Food Cube Tray comes with nine separate compartments which can each be filled with 60ml of baby food and then stored in the freezer. The trays are made from flexible material, meaning it’s easy to pop out the frozen food when needed, and the clip-on lid prevents any spills.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Flexible material makes it easy to get food out
  • Stackable
  • BPA-free

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Not as easy to store in a busy freezer as individual weaning pots

Key specs

  • Capacity: 60ml
  • Size: 14 x 14 x 5cm
  • Material: Silicone

4. Best baby food blender: Tommee Tippee Mini-Blend Baby Food Blender

Tommee Tippee Mini Blend baby food blender

Price: £24.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I got a small Tommee Tippee Blender from Argos for £25. Have been using it for months and it's come in very handy.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Tee20x)

Baby food blenders don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Trusted baby brand Tommee Tippee makes an excellent blender at just a fraction of the cost of many other blenders on the market.

This blender has two speed settings and a pulse action, allowing you to make your own homemade baby purées as lumpy or as smooth as you like. It’s also suitable for blending a variety of fruit, vegetables, and cooked meat and fish. 

The bowl, lid and blade are all dishwasher-safe, so the ensemble is easy to clean and it’s nice and compact so it won’t take up too much room on kitchen worktops or in cupboards.

Pros

  • Compact for easy storage
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Small volume means its not ideal for batch cooking

Key specs

  • Volume: 250ml
  • Speed settings: 2
  • Dimensions: ‎15 x 20.5 x 16 cm

5. Best sippy cup for baby weaning: Munchkin Miracle 360 WildLove Trainer Cup

Munchkin Miracle 360 WildLove Trainer Cup in pink with a picture of a fox on the front and two blue handles

Price: £7.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“They don’t spill and [they] teach [children] how to sip properly.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter LetsGoChamp)

“Agree - Munchkin [Miracle] 360 is good. Found it only spills if my daughter can get it to land upside down and even then it doesn't spill very much.” (Rated by Mumsnetter FrenchMustard)

We love the oh-so-cute characters on the Munchkin Miracle 360 WildLove Trainer Cups. From elephant to orca, there’s an animal to suit all tastes.

The BPA-free cup itself is pretty much spill-proof, with its special 360-degree drinking edge allowing little ones to drink from any side, sealing up as soon as they stop drinking.

While it’s not one hundred percent free-flow, the Munchkin Miracle does teach children to sip from the edge of a cup rather than gnaw on a spout, which also helps to prolong the life of your sippy cup. It even comes with two chunky handles to help make the transition from sippy cup to open cup a lot easier.

Pros

  • Helps with the transition to an open cup
  • Virtually spill-proof
  • Dishwasher-safe, so it’s easy to clean
  • BPA-free
  • Lots of different designs to choose from

Cons

  • Not completely free-flow
  • Can take a little while for children to learn how to use it

Key specs

  • Volume: 170ml (smaller sizes also available)

6. Best travel highchair for baby weaning: Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat

Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat in grey

Price: £24.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“We have it and love it. We use it every week either eating at places/homes with no highchair and have used it quite a few times for picnics on the grass.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter sunshinefordays)

Whether you’re going on holiday or visiting grandparents for dinner, the Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat is the ideal travel companion.

The seat can easily be strapped to a dining room chair with two robust straps and, when you’re done, it folds down to handbag size with a shoulder strap for easy transportation.

The tray is dishwasher-safe and the plastic seat is easy to clean, so no matter how messy dinner time gets, you can rest assured your highchair will be looking good as new in no time.

Pros 

  • Easy to adjust height and tray distance, so the chair grows with your child
  • Three-point lap harness
  • Pre-assembled
  • Folds down for easy storage and transportation
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Only to be used with an adult dining chair to hold it
  • Seat doesn't recline
  • Pricey

Key specs

  • Age: From six months to three years (or 15kg)
  • Materials: BPA-free plastic (seat and tray) and canvas straps

7. Best baby weaning book: Weaning Made Simple by Annabel Karmel

Weaning Made Simple by Annabel Karmel

Price: From £8.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“Annabel Karmel’s book Weaning Made Simple has been great for us. Also signed up to Ella’s Kitchen which gives you a free chart, little book and regular emails.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Lockdownmummy)

Well, we can’t really write a round-up of the best baby weaning products without an appearance from Annabel Karmel, can we?

Weaning Made Simple, which is billed as ‘your go-to guide for baby’s first foods,’ contains a multitude of useful ingredient lists, meal planners, portion guidance and even real-size illustrations of finger food. In short, everything you could possibly need to know about the wonderful world of weaning.

This comprehensive book also gives handy tips on how to balance solids and milk feeds at the start of the weaning process, plus there’s essential info about allergies, nutrients and special diets to boot. This really is the only weaning book you’ll ever need.

Pros

  • Great recipe ideas
  • One-stop guide to everything to do with baby-led weaning

Cons

  • The price

8. Best bib for baby-led weaning: Silly Billyz Fleece Bib

Silly Billyz Fleece Bib with long blue sleeves

Price: From £8.89 | Buy now from Amazon

“Silly Billyz do really good ones that popper at the neck. Not the cheapest but they wash well and I've found the sizing fairly generous so you can wear [it] for a while.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter RaspberryBlonde)

As most Mumsnetters will tell you, calling baby-led weaning ‘messy’ is a bit of an understatement, which is why a good quality bib with long sleeves is a must-have.

The Silly Billyz Fleece Bib has water-resistant nylon sleeves as well as a durable fleece front, and the backing is made with a water-resistant nylon to keep baby and their clothes clean and dry, whether they’re having their lunch or enjoying a bit of messy play (although one often leads to the other).

The best bit is that the bib is machine-washable and safe for tumble-drying, so it will be ready for another round in next to no time.

Pros

  • Long-sleeves to protect clothing
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for baby-led weaning

Cons

  • Lack of colour and design choice

Key specs

  • Size: Small (6 months to 2 years)
  • Material: Fleece front with water-resistant nylon backing

9. Best spoons for baby weaning: Munchkin White Hot Infant Safety Spoons

Four Munchkin White Hot Infant Safety Spoons with white handles and coloured ends

Price: £3.19 | Buy now from Amazon

“Munchkin spoons that go white if the food is too hot are useful.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Marmite27)

If you’re concerned about food being too hot for delicate gums then the Munchkin White Hot Infant Safety Spoons are a weaning essential.

The brand’s innovative White Hot System means the tip of the spoon turns white when baby's food is too hot, which is around 43.3°C and above. One less thing for anxious parents to worry about. The spoons can also be put in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Pros

  • Tells you when baby’s food is too hot
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Affordable
  • BPA- and phthalate-free
  • Tapered for extra comfort

Cons

  • White Hot colour-change system fades over time
  • Can’t be boiled, sterilised or exposed to prolonged sunlight

Key specs

  • Number in set: Four
  • Materials: BPA- and phthalate-free

10. Best cutlery set for baby weaning: IKEA KALAS 18-Piece Cutlery Set

IKEA KALAS 18-piece cutlery set in pastel colours

Price: £1.50 | Buy now from IKEA

“We did baby-led weaning, so in addition to a highchair (IKEA), I got IKEA bowls and cutlery, a Tommee Tippee Free Flow sippy cup and a bit of plastic sheet for under the highchair.” (Rated by Mumsnetter BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz)

If you love getting value for money, then you really can’t do any better than the 18-piece IKEA KALAS cutlery set.

These cheerful plastic forks, knives and spoons are chunky enough for little hands to grab and ultra-lightweight for picnics and days out.

They’re also durable and dishwasher-safe and you’ll struggle to find a better-value children’s cutlery set.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Multiple colours in a set
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Spoons are a bit shallow
  • Fork prongs can be damaged by vigorous chewing

Key specs

  • Number in set: 18
  • Materials: Polypropylene plastic

11. Best plate for baby weaning: EasyMat Mini Portable Silicone Baby Suction Plate

EasyMat Mini Portable Silicone Baby Suction Plate in [a;e blue, pale pink and purple

Price: £16.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I did baby-led weaning. I really like the EasyMat plate. She can't pull it off the highchair at all and it’s easy for taking on the go.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Scottishmum12)

With its happy face design, the EasyMat Mini Portable Silicone Baby Suction Plate always serves dinner with a smile.

It has strong suction cups, so there's no chance of the plate being frisbeed across the kitchen, and it also comes with a handy lid, so the sections can be pre-filled and sealed for weaning on the go. There are seven different vibrant colours to choose from, including unicorn, dino and zebra.

Pros

  • Comes with a lid for travelling
  • Strong suction cups keep plate in place
  • Doesn’t stain
  • Microwave- and dishwasher-safe

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Suction is reduced on unfinished wood and matt surfaces

Key specs

  • Material: Highest grade BPA-free LFGB silicone
  • Size: 32cm x 27cm and over 2cm deep 

What are the three stages of weaning?

The weaning journey can be broken down into three phases. Stage 1 is the introduction of solid foods from around six months. During stage 2, you can start to introduce more textures and tastes. This is from around the seven-month mark.

Finally, at stage 3 you can start to introduce a wider variety of food, and your baby can start having what the rest of the family is eating from around nine to 12 months.

What weaning equipment do I need?

At a glance, you’ll need the following weaning equipment before embarking on your weaning journey:

  • A highchair
  • Bowls/plates
  • Soft spoons and forks if not trying baby-led weaning
  • Silicone, fleece or plastic bibs
  • Sippy cup
  • Weaning book
  • Freezer cube trays for freezing small portions
  • Baby food blender
  • Lots of patience!

You may also want to consider putting down a mat or newspaper to catch any mess, particularly if you’re choosing the baby-led weaning method.

What is the best food to start weaning a baby?

The NHS recommends starting with single vegetables, such as mashed or soft cooked sticks of carrot, sweet potato, parsnip or broccoli. You should aim to include vegetables that don’t taste sweet to help your baby get used to a range of flavours. This may help to prevent them from becoming a fussy eater as they grow up.

How many bowls do you need for weaning?

You should have two bowls available for each meal, as you may find yourself offering your baby different foods during a single meal. But it also depends on how much time you want to devote to washing up.

How we chose our recommendations

Our expert writers and journalists spend hours researching the very best quality products for our Swears By articles.

All the baby weaning products on this list have been tried and tested by Mumsnet users who have recommended their favourite based on factors including durability, price and ease of cleaning. We include these so you know that real people are behind these recommendations.

We’ve also consulted trusted medical websites, including the NHS, to provide an authoritative voice on baby weaning, so you can rest assured our article contains safe and reliable medical information.

Finally, we collated all that information and then looked at other online reviews to see which baby weaning products have received the best recommendations.

This article is not intended as a countdown of the ‘top 11’ best products, but rather a list of recommendations so you can be safe in the knowledge that you are getting honest and reliable advice on choosing everything you need to start your weaning journey.

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