Baby feeding accessories uk
Award-winning weaning and feeding products for babies and toddler 2021 to buy in UK
This cheerful silicone suction plate encourages kids to feed themselves and works just as well for a highchair at home as it does on holiday.
It has engaging happy-face sections to hold the food, and corner suction cups to hold the plate steady – making mealtimes less messy.
Simply fold up the sides to make a compact carry case and add the lid for use on days out and about.
MFM tester Izabela says: “This is probably the best product we have tried that really helps with weaning and makes the baby interested in trying to feed himself. I absolutely adore it.”
MFM tester Rebecca adds: “It’s really handy to be able to put lid on and carry food while out and about. My son has allergies and I have to take food with me, so this is really easy to take out and have already plated up.”
Available from: Easytots and Amazon2. Bibetta Weaning Pack, £26. 99
Type: Weaning aid
Fun, eyecatching and incredibly helpful weaning aids which really make independent feeding much easier to achieve.
Cars, birds, dinosaurs and safari designs are guaranteed to appeal to kids, while parents will love the extremely practical features.
Every item has a flip out pocket to catch dropped food, and even the placemat folds up into own pocket trapping any mess inside.
The UltraBib with sleeves can also be used for messy play!
MFM tester Annajane says: “The best bib we came across – no marks left on our babies’ clothes. I’m going to buy more from the range!”
MFM tester Magda adds: “Well made and beautifully designed tableware products that help keep your little one clean and tidy.”
Available from: Bibetta3. Bobo&boo 5 Piece Bamboo Dinnerware Set, £9.75
This cheerful, bright tableware from an Australian brand looks fashionable and stylish, while being good for the environment.
It’s made from non-toxic, natural bamboo fibres that are a by-product of the bamboo industry, and comprises a bowl, plate, beaker and cutlery.
It even comes in biodegradable packaging.
The vibrant colours can easily co-ordinate with your home décor, and there is not a cartoon character in sight.
MFM tester Katharina says: “I love this set and it appealed to me straight away. It’s eco-friendly whilst not breaking the bank. The set might be a bit more expensive than others but in my opinion with its sleek and simple stylish design, this set can easily last you from toddler all the way through to primary school.”
Available from: Amazon and Storkz4. Doidy Bowl, £9.99
Type: Weaning aid
Combining Doidy’s long established unique slanted bowl design with a suction pad base has created a winning formula when weaning.
The bowl grips tightly to surfaces while the slanted design helps develop good feeding skills as children can easily see what’s in the bowl.
Made from food grade silicone, it’s flexible enough that you can roll the bowl up for feeding on the go when out and about, and comes with a handy carry pouch.
MFM tester Karen says: “The suction base is a great idea as our 7 month old loves to grab the bowl and try to pull it towards him!”
MFM tester Meena adds: “The suction is easy to use and also easy to release. The bowl is a good size and my daughter can easily see into it. It cleans incredibly easily and is really handy for taking out and about”
Available from: Bickiepigs
5. Weaning, by Annabel Karmel, DK, £12.99
Reaching that all-important milestone of weaning your baby can be exciting, but also a little bit daunting.
DK Weaning is an updated version of a book that has been helping mums since 2010, and contains lots of really helpful advice on topics ranging from bringing up a vegetarian baby, to which foods to avoid in the first year and how to cope with messy eaters.
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MFM tester Rebecca says: “The book was extremely well presented, it contained plenty of opening information and unlike many other books I’d come across, it explained weaning even if you’d chosen to start before the recommended 6 months. I found it the most interesting, engaging and informative weaning book so far.”
Available from: Waterstones and The Works6. Babycup First Cups, £6.99
Type: Weaning aid
Encouraging kids to sip rather than suck from cups is good for teeth, and consequently dentists recommend open cups.
These mini open cups are just the right size for little hands and mouths, while the translucent sides mean that you can see just how much is inside. Babycup First cups are equally handy when it comes to dealing with feeding challenges such as bottle refusal, latch difficulties or cleft palates.
MFM tester Izabela says: “It’s such a cute and great first cup, even my 2-year-old baby girl loves them. I think they are useful and have great quality.”
Available from: Babycup and Amazon7. Babymoov Foodii, £11.99
Type Weaning aid
A useful snack filling and feeding system you can use at home or on the go.
It can be used from early weaning until early years using spoons or a snack spout – you just fill the pre-sterilized pouches with baby foods using the wide-spouted snack filler bottle, and pop on the leakproof cap.
MFM tester Angelita says: “My 8-month-old daughter has a busy schedule, so I was making food to put in containers, and bringing extra spoons, and bowls when we were out. Foodii means I can store food easily and feed her easily with no mess.”
Available from: Babymoov and Amazon8. Infantino Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station, £29.99
Type: Feeding aid
This Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station makes child’s play of filling containers with your home-made purees – literally.
Children love the action of this gold award-winning contraption, which lets you squeeze pureed food from the 3 tubes into disposable pouches.
The soft rubber press gives an easy grip and the non-skid base prevents any slips and spills. It is also dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC and phthalate-free, and comes with 10 pouches included.
MFM tester Oana says: “My little one absolutely loves to fill the pouches so I would really recommend this as an activity with your toddler, as it makes them so excited to prepare their own food.”
MFM tester Lynsey adds: “I found it easy to use, and effective at doing the job it is intended to do. It was also easy to clean and simple to store.”
Available from: Amazon and Argos9. Doddl Spoon Set, £16.95
The Doddl Children’s Cutlery is a lovely little set that reduces mess at mealtimes and helps children develop the pincer grip and fine motor skills.
The knife is very clever, designed to cut food, but safe on skin.
The set makes eating easier for little ones, which makes for a more peaceful mealtime all round. They are high quality and long lasting, and entice little ones to enjoy family meals.
MFM tester Corrine said; “I have used this with my 17 month old and she loved the spoon and it’s easy to use with the fork. It’s easy to clean – the best product I have seen so far for children’s self feeding.”
Available from: Amazon10. MAM Heat Sensitive Feeding Spoons and Cover, £6.99
Type: Weaning aid
This clever set of spoons is great when you start out offering baby their first food. Made of non-slip material, these spoons are easy for baby to hold and also change colour if the food is too hot – an innovative feature that takes the guesswork out of weaning.
A well-designed cover also keeps used and clean spoons separated. This is a great little product to start you and your little one on your weaning journey.
MFM tester Katy says: “I like having 2 spoons as my daughter wants to feed herself but hasn’t yet got the dexterity, so the broader spoon is really helpful and I can also feed her at the same time. The heat sensitive feature is really handy. The container to keep the spoons in is great and something I’ve not seen before.”
Available from: Amazon and Uber Kids
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Made in Britain: for the little ones
The British are extremely proud of their country and everything it produces. There are entire communities that support the domestic industry, such as Make It British. Today we will talk about British brands for the smallest citizens.
One of the leading brands specializing in the nutrition of the younger generation. The company is a competitor to Philips Avent, but it is the leader in sales, and the reviews of its products are much better. Bottles, warmers and sterilizers, nipples, devices for expressing milk, various drinking cups and plates, as well as silicone bibs with a bowl into which food falls - the assortment is very diverse. Tommee Tippee's proprietary technology prevents liquid from spilling out of the cup. The brand also produces award-winning video and audio monitors. There is also a three-in-one model: audio, video communication and a touch plate so that you can not only hear and see your child on the monitor, but also be sure that he is breathing. Quietly leave the child, for example, in another room or even on another floor and do household chores.
The design of Cath Kidston is very recognizable: pastel colors, floral ornaments. This is a hybrid of rustic and vintage style that will decorate any children's room, and certainly the wardrobe of the little ones! The brand produces bags for moms, clothes, accessories for women and children, items for feeding and amazing handmade toys - sewn or crocheted. The brand's iconic prints are bears, bunnies, elephants (they can be found on bibs, booties, and even mattresses). Things of this brand will be a great gift, especially if you are taking them to another country, because Cath Kidston is not sold everywhere.
The first Silver Cross stroller was produced in 1877. And since 1930, the company has become a supplier of strollers for the royal family, and Queen Elizabeth II herself, as a baby, rode in one of them. The model, created especially for the royal family, is called The Balmoral Pram. Today, various options for strollers are produced - for every taste and budget; they are famous not only for their modern design, but also for their special durability. More than ten million strollers have been sold for all time.
This brand remains the absolute leader among lightweight and stylish strollers, it has practically no equal in its category. The first "vehicle" was created in 1965. At that time, the innovative umbrella-like folding system of the stroller became a real hit and since then has been an ideal option for trips to the subway (the lightest one weighs less than five kilograms!) and for air travel. Maclaren also makes hoods and accessories for their strollers.
The first Paddington Bear book was published in 1958, but the toy bear was released by Gabrielle Designs only in 1972. Paddington soon became the most popular national toy, many accessories with symbols, souvenirs with his image appeared. Great gift for a child!
Organix makes a wide range of baby food, from cereals to cereal crackers. All ingredients used by the brand are grown in natural conditions and are considered environmentally friendly. Their fruit purees are so delicious that it takes willpower not to eat it all yourself! The brand is represented in all supermarkets in the country, and production is located in Knapp Mill (Dorset).
It has been twenty years since Annabelle Carmel, baby food guru, wrote her first book. Today, her bibliography includes thirty-nine bestsellers with recipes for mothers, babies and the whole family. Carmel's books came out on top in sales in the UK (in their segment), and more than four million copies have been sold in other countries.
Annabelle, a true businesswoman, didn't stop with books and also launched food products for the little ones. She has collaborated with the NUK brand to create several innovations that make it easier for babies to eat: a mini ice cream cone that helps soothe teething, special containers for storing food in the refrigerator and freezer, a mini bowl with a purifier. Her website has many recipes and ideas that Annabelle shares with her readers.
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This unique wooden play set has won multiple international awards, no wonder it was created by child development experts. The set helps to deepen spatial, language and thinking skills.
The child starts learning and experiments with physical phenomena: force, magnetism, speed and gravity. You can build houses, towers and bridges, play out stories and create your own world. The 70 colorful elements in 18 different shapes are crafted from wood and coated with non-toxic paint, so kids will especially enjoy sorting them by both size and color.
A box containing building materials can be easily converted into a toy car that can be carried along. Another version of the game - stringing cubes on a thread - develops fine motor skills in kids, as well as hand-eye coordination. The huge advantage of the set is that it is equally interesting for both one and a half year old babies and children at the age of four, but you can give it to your child as soon as he starts playing with objects.
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There are many baby care products, accessories and clothes on the market. But which ones are really necessary for breastfeeding? More on this in our helpful list.
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If you are planning to breastfeed, the right kit will make it so much easier. However, it is not so easy to understand which accessories are really needed for this, and which ones can be dispensed with. To help you, we have divided the whole breastfeeding period into several stages, as your needs are likely to change over time. In addition, we asked breastfeeding moms for tips and tricks on the most useful nursing accessories.
Breastfeeding supplies for the early days
The first few days after your baby is born can be stressful, so it's best to prepare ahead of time. Here are some things you're sure to need, whether you're staying in the hospital for a few days or heading straight home:
- nursing bras, nursing night bras and nursing tops;
- nursing nightgowns or pajamas;
- breastfeeding pillow;
- disposable or reusable bra pads;
- nipple remedy for dry skin and cracks;
- shapers* for flat or inverted nipples;
- book on breastfeeding;
- contacts of a lactation consultant, supervising doctor or hotline.
If you are having trouble breastfeeding, your lactation consultant or healthcare provider may recommend the following accessories:
- Nursing pads* if your baby cannot latch on or your nipples are sore. Do not use nursing pads for a long time. If you have any problems or pain, contact your lactation consultant or your healthcare provider.
- Breast pump** to relieve symptoms of breast swelling and/or stimulate milk production.
- Some mums like to use cooling hydrogel pads* that provide relief in the early days after delivery, especially when milk begins to flow.
“Pillows help a lot to support your back, legs and arms. I also need bra pads in case of milk leaks, a nursing bra and loose tops for quick access to the breasts (I converted regular quality bras into nursing bras that better support the breasts). And we also used a sling all the time,” advises Zaria, a mother of two from South Africa.
“Hydrogel pads were my number one product. They were given to me in the first days of breastfeeding, so I never had sore or cracked nipples. I highly recommend hydrogel pads and buy them for anyone who plans to breastfeed,” shares her experience Camilla, a mother from Australia.
“You absolutely need someone to bring you something to drink. I kept forgetting to prepare myself a glass of water before feeding!” says Meg, mother of two from France.
Thermos to drink hot while sitting in bed. Delicious food and light snacks. My mother-in-law cooked me amazing beef stew and delicious pancakes (I had to eat well!). A pillow to put the baby on because I didn't have the strength to hold it. A comfortable chair, a nightlight for feeding at night and a pillow to sit on (I had stitches - not a pleasant feeling!) ”advises Felicia, a mother of two from the UK.
“A caring spouse, girlfriend or grandmother to bring tea and anything else you might need while you sit and feed. And also an e-book to read with one hand!” says Julie, a mom from Spain.
Initial Breastfeeding Supplies
You and your baby will likely get comfortable with breastfeeding in the first couple of weeks. Feeding will occur frequently and take a long time. Here are some tools that will make your life easier and make breastfeeding more comfortable as your milk production begins to stabilize:
- feeding chair;
- breastfeeding mobile application;
- disposable or reusable bra pads;
- breast milk collection pads*;
- Large stock of healthy snacks, drinks and ways to pass the time.
Sooner or later you will get bored with the comfort of home and want to start walking with your baby. For tips on breastfeeding outside the home, see our article on breastfeeding in public.
Tips for breastfeeding moms
“For me, nursing bras, disposable bra pads and large diapers to wipe up leaked milk, cover the baby or cover the breasts were the most useful things. With cracked nipples, I saved myself with lanolin cream, and loose tops and cardigans made the feeding process easier, ”says Tatiana, mother of three children from Switzerland.
“I find the most useful accessory to be a good quality U-shaped breastfeeding pillow. I also had a rocking chair, in which, at a certain inclination, it was very convenient for me to feed the child. To relax, I always listened to music,” says Violeta, a mother from Romania.
“A sports water bottle that doesn't leak, even when open, so you can put it next to you on a sofa or bed. And also an application to track feedings and remind me which breast I fed last time, ”says Francesca, a mother from the UK.
“Breast milk collection pads that are placed inside a bra to collect leaking milk. I had an overabundance of milk, that was the only way I was saved, ”says Lisa-Maria, a mother of two from Switzerland.
“I really liked the D-ring feeding cover to cover my baby and not distract him when feeding outside the house. The slightly rocking chair turned out to be a great alternative to outrageously expensive rocking chairs. Reusable bra pads, in my opinion, perfectly absorb milk, and diapers, as it turns out, can be used in a thousand ways. I regret that I didn’t buy the Medela Easy Expression bustier, it would have been much easier to pump with it!” says Camilla, a mother from Australia.
Breastfeeding accessories for pumping
During breastfeeding, you may need a breast pump to express your milk. The right type of breast pump depends on the individual case and how much milk you want to get. If you plan to express milk regularly, you may also need:
- steam sterilizer, cold water sterilizer, or microwave sterilization bags;
- breast milk storage bags;
- bustier top for hands-free pumping;
- cool bag.
“At first, when I thought my breasts were about to explode, I used the Medela Electronic Breast Pump** just to get rid of excess milk without overstimulating my breasts.