Some items to get covered in the mess that feeding brings


1. Vital Baby food pots with lids or Sistema pots to go - great to put freezer meals in and great to take out and about with you as they don't spill or leak. Buy them here.

2. Tommee Tippee explora weaning kit - includes bowl, spoons, non-spill drinking cup and two food pots. A great starting point, and it's available in pink or blue. Buy it here.

3. Ikea Kalas children's bowls - in rainbow colours these brighten up feeding time and are microwave and dishwasher safe (and super cheap!) Buy them here.

4. Ikea Antilop High Chair with tray and striped insert - comfy, stylish and easy to dismantle for travelling. Buy it here.

5. Bumkins bibs.  Generous waterproof, wipe clean bibs with arms that help protect baby's clothes from all the mess.  See also our list of best bibs.

6. Tommee Tippee mini food blender - great value and an essential item. Two speed settings so you can make different textures (smoother for younger babies, lumpier for older babies), dishwasher safe and makes the perfect portion sizes. Buy here.

7. Tommee Tippee steamer blender - the ultimate convenience.  Throw in some raw veg and water, and the machine steams and blends for you with no transfer needed between settings.  We wish we'd been told about this when we were weaning!  Buy here.

8. Ella's Kitchen food pouches - great for emergencies when you've forgotten to defrost a homemade meal or you are out and about. 100% natural ingredients and jam packed full of fruit and veggies, we always keep a few in the cupboard. Buy here.

9. Bamboo bowl -  These clever little bowls have a suction pad that means your baby can't up end them and spread your hard work all over the floor/themselves. Made of all natural materials and comes with a bamboo spoon. We love the scandi look of them too! Buy here.