One of the great things about raising babies in the age of technology is the wealth of information available at the touch of a button. From pregnancy to delivery and all of the milestones thereafter, there are apps, websites, and forums galore filled with professional advice and personal experience. And although it can be overwhelming at times to sort through the endless (and sometimes conflicting) data, at times it can be a true god-send. Weaning your baby is no exception to this rule. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help wean baby that will likely save you lots of unnecessary stress when it comes time to introduce solids.
Weaning shouldn't be an abrupt, terrible process but unfortunately it's what many moms expect. According to Very Well, it should actually be the opposite — gentle, subtle, and over an extended period of time. Similarly, most experts recommend waiting until your baby is at least six months old to introduce any solids, purees or otherwise, according to Baby Center.
These apps will take much of the stress out of deciding which foods to give your baby and knowing when and how to prepare them. Some have allergen information, tips from the pros, and even places to record how your baby is doing. Whether you're introducing solids for the first time, or are a seasoned pro, these apps will simplify weaning and make it more enjoyable for everyone.
With a week by week weaning guide, meal planners, and shopping lists, the MadeForMums app (free) is a must-have.
2. Baby Led Weaning
Baby Led Weaning (free) is based of the method that uses whole foods and avoids purees for babies, and comes with delicious recipes, an allergens guide and more.
3. Annabel's Essential Guide For Feeding Your Baby And Toddler
Annabel's Essential Guide To Feeding Your Baby And Toddler ($4.99) is perfect if you're planning to go the baby-food route or even make it at home. With more than 220 recipes for babies to toddler to children and even parents, this app will replace your most trusted cookbook.
4. Baby Recipes And Health
Baby Recipes And Health (free) is a great option that lets you move your recipes from your cookbook to your shopping cart, making it a simple transition.
5. Baby Food Recipes
With recipes from purees to solids, the Baby Food Recipe app (free) simplifies the weaning process for you.
6. Baby Food Allergy Tracker
The Baby Food Allergy Tracker ($.99) can be a literal lifesaver when it comes to potential allergens and trying new foods. There is an "untried" section for your list of foods to introduce, a "tried" section where you'll chart how your baby responded and when you tried it, a "reactions" section, and even the option to add multiple children.
7. Ella's First Foods
From one of the leading baby and children's food brands, Ella's First Foods (free) is full of recipes by age, a weekly meal planner, timers, email-able shopping lists, and more.