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When our daughter turned 6 months old we decided it was time to start offering her solids. Once we decided to start solids we had to choose between doing traditional weaning and baby led weaning. There are pros and cons to both methods – you can read my opinion on them here. However, after discussing our options with our pediatrician and doing research of our own we decided to try baby led weaning. We are a month or so into our baby led weaning journey and loving it! Over the past month we have discovered a few products that make dinner time just a little bit easier. I’m so excited to share with you my favorite baby led weaning products today! They’ve helped us so much during this journey and I hope they help you as well.
Ezpz Mats – We feed our daughter all of her meals on the Ezpz mats. They are by far one of our favorite baby led weaning products. Ezpz’s mats can create a strong seal on any flat surface. In the past, I’ve struggled with finding products whose suction could stand up to my child’s strength. However, the Ezpz mats have yet to disappoint! I also loved that instead of just being a flat plate the sides of each section are raised. This is so helpful for my daughter who is still learning to grab her food. She is able to slide it up to the side to get a better grasp. Also, this mat is 100% dishwasher safe. That’s a huge plus for me! Ezpz makes a Happy Mat, Happy Bowl, and Mini Mat (pictured below).
Munchkin 360 Sippy Cup – When we decided to start transitioning from bottles to sippy cups we were so overwhelmed. There are so many options are the market that it’s hard to know where to start. So, we decided to ask other parents what they liked best for their kids. The recommendations for the Munchkin 360 sippy cup started pouring in. It was almost a unanimous vote! We love using the 360 cup with our daughter. It is a slight learning curve at first for some littles, but once they catch on it will be one of your favorite baby led weaning products. I would like to point out that this cup is not 100% leak proof. If you throw it hard enough it may leak a few drops. However, the amount that comes out truly is minor.
Splat Mat – One of the hardest things to deal with when starting baby led weaning is the mess. Seriously, food goes everywhere! That’s why I love having the splat mat on hand for our daughter. You simply roll it out and put it under the highchair and let it catch *most* of the mess. The splat mat is machine washable, so just scrape the food off and throw it in the washer for a quick clean up. We especially love using ours when we eat out. I used to feel so guilty when my daughter would drop food all over the restaurant floor. I tried my best to clean most of it, but it was still a mess for our waiter. Now, we just bring our splat mat with us. It catches the mess and saves us so much stress!
Sleeved Bib – The amount of food that ends up on your child vs. in their mouth is just unreal. So, I suggest adding a sleeved bib to your list of must have baby led weaning products unless you want to follow every meal up with a bath. We love using Bumpkins Sleeved Bibs. These bibs are waterproof, as well as stain and odor proof. She’s had multiple messy spaghetti meals and they have yet to be stained red! They are long sleeved which helps protect her clothing and body. Plus, they have a catch all pocket to help protect her lap. Now, if only they could invent a way to keep her face and hair clean as well!
Grabease Utensils – It is never to early to start introducing utensils to your child during baby led weaning. However, it can be difficult to decide exactly which ones to start with. The utensils that you use with baby led weaning will be very different than the ones you use for traditional weaning. You will want to select ones that will be easy and safe for your baby to handle since they will be feeding themselves. One of our favorite baby led weaning products are the Grabease utensils. They are perfect for babies and toddlers who are self feeding. What make these utensils so unique is their choke protection barrier. This keeps them from going too far back into your little one’s mouth. The handles are designed to be short and round to make it easy for little hands to grab onto. These are a great first utensil for your baby.