Weaning is a real adventure for the family and a key milestone in every baby’s development. As it’s a whole new skill for baby to learn, there’s lots to think about and it can be a messy time! But while you’re getting to grips with this new phase, one thing you don’t need to worry about is eco-guilt – thanks to leading baby brand Nuby. That’s because Nuby has launched a brand new eco-friendly rice husk tableware range to help parents on their weaning journey. The adorable range includes cutlery, a section plate, bowl and beakers, and is made of earth-friendly rice husk material, so as well as being practical and high performing – it’s great for the planet too! To mark the launch, Nuby has teamed up with Female First to offer some cleaner, greener weaning options for families to enjoy together.

Nuby Weaning Set

Nuby Weaning Set

Grow your own

Gardening is a great way of sustainably sourcing your own fresh fruit and veggies and it offers lots of stimulation for your baby! From an early age your little one can watch what you’re doing, and they can see, touch and smell everything that’s growing in the garden until they’re ready to get involved themselves. As your little one grows, it also teaches valuable lessons in responsibility, patience and care, as well as learning the value of the food they eat, building their confidence and encouraging an interest in healthy eating very early on.

Weaning waste? Compost it!

If you are growing your own veggie garden, why not take it a step further and start your own compost heap?

Make the most of your food waste and let it become a fertiliser for your garden

It’s a fantastic way to make the most of the food that baby doesn’t end up eating! And what’s great about Nuby’s new eco-tableware is that it’s 100% compostable too. Once your child has moved on from the weaning tableware, it can all be broken up and thrown in your compost heap to decompose back into the earth.

Plan your meals

Planning your meals ahead of time can really help to save on food waste and save your money. Batch cooking is another great way to avoid waste and can also save you lots of time and energy. Weaning is enough of an uphill battle as it is! Nuby has some great resources you can download to help you plan your weaning week ahead.

Teach your little one about food and have fun with it

It makes such a positive difference to your baby if you stay happy and full of smiles throughout their mealtimes. Try making up little songs or games together about eating certain foods, and encourage healthy and green eating. Even just chatting away to your baby, asking them questions or telling them about the food, will help them feel relaxed and comfortable – even if they don’t understand you!

Prepare for the mess, and embrace it!

Eating solid food and drinking from cups are two entirely new experiences for your baby – so let them get stuck in and explore these new textures, tastes and tableware! That’s not to say you can’t take a few extra steps to keep things under control, such as looking for an easy-clean highchair or even a splash mat to save your floors. But in some cases, such as teaching your little ones to drink from an open cup, simply embrace the mess as part of the learning process.