Friday competition: Win a wean machine

The wean machine is amazing!

The Wean Machine from wedding HD on Vimeo.

  • Makes baby food wherever you are
  • Easy to use, just fill, squeeze and feed!
  • Portable, compact and includes spoon
  • Allergy friendly
  • Saves time and money – no need to cook extra meals
  • BPA, Phthalate and PVC Free
  • Easily sterilised and “top-shelf dishwasher safe”
  • Not suitable for microwave sterilisation

Simply Fill, Squeeze and Feed!

For best results, use on soft ripe fruits and well cooked vegetables – don’t over fill and don’t be over ambitious! The Wean Machine has limitations, please avoid foods like: t-bone steaks, chicken wings, pizza, whole grapes (they’re stronger than they look!), peas, fresh tomatoes, bones, stones, pips.

Competition

Simply share your best weaning tip to enter?

Mine would be REMOVE all clothes and strip to nappy to save your clothes

Terms and conditions

UK residents only please

babybudgetings decision is final

1 enty per person AND comp closes next Fri at 4. Winner picked from most innovative  tip!

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35 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Burton
    September 10, 2010 / 8:04 am

    My tip would be “2 spoons”! From a very early age my daughter wanted to do everything herself. She held a spoon to feel like she was feeding herself, but I had one too to make sure she actually managed to get something into her mouth!

  2. emma cella
    September 10, 2010 / 9:11 am

    try to get children to drink from a beaker from six months

  3. Ashleigh
    September 10, 2010 / 10:54 am

    make food in batches then freeze it in ice cube trays. Saves alot of time.

  4. Margaret
    September 10, 2010 / 10:58 am

    be prepared for alot of mess, also a bumbo chair is great for them sitting in when you feed them!

  5. September 10, 2010 / 2:53 pm

    Get them eating the same things as you – though yours don’t need to be so smooth. If they see & smell you eating the same as them, they’re more inclined to try.

  6. Louise Strachan
    September 10, 2010 / 5:48 pm

    Cover the floor under highchair with plastic and let them get stuck in !!!! simply pick up and shake off mess !!!

  7. Rhoda
    September 10, 2010 / 5:56 pm

    If you are going to cook separate food for your wee one, cook it in batches, bag it up and freeze it. Every night you can pick meals out the freezer for the following day – saving time, energy and money!

  8. Michelle Rice
    September 10, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Introduce foods gradually so that you can tell easily if an allergy develops, otherwise it’s hard to narrow down which food has caused the reaction. Especially helpful if there is a family history of allergies.

  9. Amy
    September 10, 2010 / 10:10 pm

    Let your baby experiment with all their food, there is a lot of learning and development that is acheived through, (unfortunately) messy trial and error. It’s so tempting to feed them all the time for convenience and less clearing up!
    Also you can use old plastic coated table clothes as a splash matt under the highchair to save your carpet!

  10. September 11, 2010 / 6:28 am

    Keep baby wipes nearby for quick clean ups. They’re great for getting stains out of baby clothes and your own – works like magic!

  11. September 11, 2010 / 8:44 am

    My tip would be to try to get your little one joining in with family meals as early as possible. Even if they just sit in their high chair and play with a selection of what everyone else is eating, getting them involved in the community side of eating gives a very good foundation 🙂

  12. emma
    September 12, 2010 / 8:03 am

    My best is a money saving tip – whatever your cooking for the rest of the family – part of it is normally suitable for lo. It also means lo will quickly be eating the same as the rest of family – avoiding buying separate foods.

  13. Jenny
    September 12, 2010 / 10:33 am

    Invest in some long sleeved overall bibs to protect clothes!

  14. September 13, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    Don’t be tempted to add salt while cooking baby food. It might seem tasteless to you, but little ones are better off without salt at least until they are one year old.

  15. Caroline Enstock
    September 14, 2010 / 9:50 am

    My best tip is invest in a cheap electric steamer – you can then cook fruit like apples or pears or veggies in around 10 mins and they are lovely and soft – perfect for when you are at the mashed food stage and a quick whizz up with blender and you have a lovely puree – it’s almost as fast as making packet food when you still have to wait for boiled water to cool and much much healthier. Batch cooking is made simple this way too as you get lots from just a couple of pears etc.

  16. Caroline Enstock
    September 14, 2010 / 9:51 am

    My best tip is invest in a cheap electric steamer – you can then cook fruit like apples or pears or veggies in around 10 mins and they are lovely and soft – perfect for when you are at the mashed food stage and a quick whizz up with blender and you have a lovely puree – it’s almost as fast as making packet food when you still have to wait for boiled water to cool and much much healthier. Batch cooking is made simple this way too as you get lots from just a couple of pears etc

  17. Nicola
    September 14, 2010 / 10:06 am

    I steam lots of different fruit and veg and then puree them and freeze them in ice cube trays. Then you can alter the amount of food easily (1 cube or 2) and mix and match the diferent fruit and veg to give diiferent taste combinations.

  18. September 14, 2010 / 10:19 am

    My tip would be – Keep going! The first tastes are so unusual for a baby that they may turn their nose up the first (or more) times, but if you keep trying them they will like most things! Also when the gagging starts at the lumpy stage – don’t give up – it is a reflex, don’t let it scare you into giving up!!

    Keep Going!

    Kelly

  19. Claire Packer
    September 14, 2010 / 10:20 am

    My kids love messy play time. And it can be anything from water, sand, cornflour and water or some baked beans. So my tip is jsut to strip them down to there nappies and just let them have loads of fun 🙂

  20. Teresa Maxwell
    September 14, 2010 / 10:27 am

    When they are weaning, let them try the same foods as you are eating. My daughter eats all sorts of foods that I would not have thought she would as she tried them because mummy was eating them.
    When my new baby comes and is weaned, I’m hoping that by having the 2 children eating together, the youngest will see its older sister eating food and trying them because she eats them.
    I also agree with the plastic table cloth on the floor as the mats you can buy are only tiny but you can buy plastic table cloth by the metre and cover a much bigger area!

  21. barbara
    September 14, 2010 / 11:32 am

    introduce a new taste as often as you can babies explore everything with their mouths so taste and texture are important

  22. Sarah A
    September 14, 2010 / 12:50 pm

    Before starting to wean, let them play/chew the spoons so they get used to the feeling of them in their mouths and don’t fight you when you try to feed them

  23. xxxDIAxxx
    September 14, 2010 / 2:02 pm

    Introduce lumps as soon as possible to save having fussy eaters later on. Also, batch cook various stews/casseroles and freeze.

  24. Louise Goodger
    September 14, 2010 / 9:34 pm

    mine is dont rush weaning, your child will tell you when its ready, our daughter nicked my OHs sandwich and then we progressed onto BLW from then onwards

  25. Victoria Boland
    September 15, 2010 / 9:40 pm

    Try simple things first like mashed ripe banana or avocado so it doesn’t take time to prepare and is not so upsetting if it ends up in the bin.

  26. Amanda H
    September 16, 2010 / 6:31 am

    My best tip is to stew fruit in pure apple juice to naturaly sweeten it, this makes a sweet dessert for children and a brilliant puree for weaning babies, especially those who have sweet cravings. You could try stewed apple with pork for a very tasty dish that babies just love.

  27. Jenny Obrien
    September 16, 2010 / 7:36 am

    My tip is to enjoy weaning your child…don’t stress out or get flustered if they spit their food out, or make a mess.

  28. Sajeda Patel
    September 16, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    Buy little storage pots from supermarkets very cheaply, bulk make a dish (say 6 portions) divide it amongst the containers and freeze it. If you do that with five or 5 different variety of dishes (vegetable/chicken/fish/pasta/lamb/lentil)- then you have enough portions to keep you going for a month. Its cheap, easy and healthy and introduces your baby to al lthe food groups.

  29. Sally
    September 16, 2010 / 2:00 pm

    Don’t feel too much pressure to be earth mother and whisk up lots of little pots of puree. If everything gets too much, keep some jars in the cupboard – there’s lots of choice these days and they are nutritionally good.

  30. Carolina J.
    September 16, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    Whatever you cook for the rest of your family – most of it, I am sure, can be suitable for your baby. This way you will have no trouble making your child getting used to eat the same as all of you.

  31. NATALIE BRADLEY
    September 16, 2010 / 7:09 pm

    ITS BEST TO BOIL OR STEAM LOTS OF VEG/ LENTALS IN A PAN AND BLEND DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS WITH A BIT OF MILK THEN FREEZE THEM ALL I USED TO FIND THAT REALLY SIMPLE AND QUICK

  32. Andrena Harrison
    September 16, 2010 / 9:05 pm

    Batch Cook, Batch Cook, Batch Cook

    Its suprising how much food babies eat once they are on solids. Its great to have a supply in the freezer so you don’t run out.

    Also when introducing textures, you can add cous cous, or baby pasta to smooth purees.

  33. Robyn Clarke
    September 16, 2010 / 9:34 pm

    Would love to win the wean machine, but as I havent go to the stage of weaning baby yet, guess my tip will only be a guess : finger foods, things they can attempt to feed themselves.

  34. Helen maddock
    September 16, 2010 / 9:57 pm

    take your time to wean, dont feel pressured by anyone, be led by your babys needs, all babies are different.

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