If you’re considering weaning your baby onto solid food before they reach their first birthday, current guidelines recommend that you wait until your child is at least 6 months old, although some people start weaning from as early as 4 months. It is advised NOT to wean your child before 17 weeks as your baby’s digestive system, in particular the kidneys is not mature enough to process solid until this stage. Always check with your health visitor before deciding to wean your baby early. He/She will be able to help you recognise the signs of whether or not your baby is ready to be introduced to some types of solid.

There are some good commercial brands out there, such as Ella’s Kitchen, who make fantastic, natural and organic baby foods. But if you would like to make your own food, then you might want to consider buying a steamer/blender such as the fantastic one listed above by Philips Avent.

In a nutshell, you chop up small pieces of fruit, vegetables, fish or meat, add water, steam it, then turn it upside down so that the blade section becomes active and blitz it into as smooth a paste as you like. It’s easy to use and very easy to clean as it doesn’t involve a lot of different parts. The combined steamer/blender comes with a handy weaning guide for baby’s first tastes.

We’d definitely recommend buying this to make your home cooking for baby an easy and stress-free experience. You might be interested in buying it in conjunction with some food cube trays such as those from Annabel Karmel – they allow you to batch steam and blend various different meals for your baby and then you can freeze them in the perfect sized cube trays until needed. Time is of the essence when you’re a new mum after all.

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