Baby Weaning Workshop

Meet other local people at our baby weaning workshop, aimed at parents/carers of babies aged 3-9 months* (soon to start weaning / fairly recently started weaning).

Join us for a series of two workshops designed to provide you with everything you need to know to start weaning your baby. Each session includes a lesson; learning the basics, followed by a cookery session making purees and finger foods.

This workshop is run by Westbank's qualified Nutritionist, Emma (BSc RNutr, registered with the Association for Nutrition

This course is on Friday 10th & 17th May, 10am - 12noon (please attend both weeks) 

Each workshop is for a max of 8 people to allow for discussion, questions and cooking.


Topics covered include:

  • When to start weaning
  • Weaning equipment
  • Spoon-fed vs. baby-led weaning
  • First foods
  • Milk intakes
  • How to introduce foods most likely to cause an allergic reaction
  • Texture progression and how to offer finger foods safely. Gagging vs. choking.
  • Foods to avoid.
  • Key nutrients for your baby and supplements.
  • Baby convenience foods and reading food labels.
  • Good store cupboard ingredients and time-saving ideas.
  • Food refusal.
  • Balanced meals.
  • Drinks.
  • Q&A.

Week 1 cookery session: cauliflower puree, cauliflower finger food, cauliflower cheese bites.

Week 2 cookery session: pea and mint puree, chickpea dip and/or roast chickpeas, banana oat bars.

Recipes are subject to change each week depending on ingredient availability. Ingredients will be provided for you to use. 

Recipes include allergens (e.g. cows milk, eggs, wheat). Westbank Community Cookery School also uses all other allergens. If you/your baby/someone you are cooking for has an allergy, please let us know in advance (please email: [email protected]). You could use alternative ingredients, however, because the Community Cookery school kitchen uses allergens there is a risk of cross-contamination.

Resources are available to take home and books are available for hire including topics such as weaning, nutrition, recipes, and children’s books on the topic of food.

Babies and other children are very welcome to join (1 baby/child per adult). Please contact Emma in advance if you need to bring more than one baby/child and we will do what we can to accommodate. During the sessions, you will be responsible for any babies/children you bring with you. During the cookery session, for safety reasons, please bring a pram or pushchair for your baby/child to be in at the side of your cooking station. Alternatively, we have a few highchairs that can be borrowed – if you would like to borrow one please let us know in advance so we can ensure we have enough ready. 

Please email Emma on [email protected]



Friday 10th & 17th May, 10am - 12noon 


Westbank, Farm House Rise, Exminster, EX6 8AT


FREE, although donations are welcome.

(pay what you can, as a charity, we rely on donations) 

For further information, please contact Emma Leitch e: [email protected] 

* NHS advice is to ‘Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old’. More information on when to start weaning and signs of readiness is covered in the workshop or see the NHS website for information on this