Similarly, when we began thinking about starting Aeneas on solid foods, I rushed to Peter Jones to buy up the entire baby department. Or close enough. I took the list in Annabel Karmel’s book – which is the British weaning bible, by the way, in case you didn’t already know it – to a ‘t’. So when she recommended that I needed a hand held blender, a food processor, a masher and a mouli, I duly bought them all. Even though, to this day, I’m still not entirely sure what a mouli is.
The problem with all the baby kit, however, is that – unlike my snazzy running hoodie that fits neatly into a drawer – it’s cumbersome. It takes over your house. Unaesthetic appliances and accoutrements that you use once and then banish to the top shelf in favour of a fork – because it’s just easier to mash a banana with a fork than it is to get the wretched blender out and do it that way. I realised this when I got all my kit home.
So here is the list of what you will actually need to get your baby started on food: