Weaning on the go

Weaning on the go

All is good in the world of weaning as long as you stay within the comfort of your home surrounded by all those countless cupboards holding lots of yummy ingredients, as well as the fridge and freezer, not forgetting about the stacks of pots, bowls, food warmers etc etc… however once you leave your home and all those essential comforts behind then things might start to get a bit tricky…

If you have the time and are well organized you will probably plan in advance your days out, we… well… we aren’t so well organized and if you are a regular reader of my blog then most likely you already know that. Home cooking is very important for us but in the case of weaning on the go I much more prefer the ready-made food option.

Cow & Gate were kind enough to send us a selection of their “friends” food pouches – my first spoon.

Weaning on the go with Cow & Gate

“Friends – my first spoon” are design for 4-6 months old babies who have just started their weaning adventure and are really ready to discover new foods. There are four flavours in the collection: carrot, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. When you study the ingredients list… well there isn’t a lot to study… these pouches are made from carrot, peas, broccoli or cauliflower and water and… nothing else. They come in a very handy 50g size and are perfect for beginners. They are ideal for helping to build up your babies taste pallet so they are well positioned to try more complex flavours in the future.

“Friends – my first spoon” are suitable either to be used as a main meal or as a snack for later on 🙂 They do not require any cooking or any other special preparation… just open and serve; this makes them an ideal food for when you are on the go. And just in case you baby isn’t in the mood for your choice of food once it is opened, then you can simply reseal it and store in a fridge for up to 24hours.

I am glad we had the chance to try Cow & Gate Friends pouches; they make feeding outside of the home environment so much easier.

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Have you used any pouches like these when your baby was weaning?

What’s your personal top tip for weaning on the go?

Babypotz – Weaning Made Easy

Babypotz Starter Set – Weaning Made Easy

Weaning means a lot of different foods, a lot of mess and a lot of work, unless you feed just shop bought pouches and jars, but even then you still most likely have some leftover which means… a lot of different foods, a lot of mess and a lot of work 🙂

We were sent a box of Babypotz to help us get through the weaning stage and I must admit they are a great help.

Babypotz - Weaning Made Easy.

Babypotz are dishwasher, steriliser, microwave and freezer safe, BPA Free, reusable and stackable pots. They come in different sizes and our starter pack contained 10 of 30ml, 60ml, 90ml, 120ml and 150ml pots. Babypotz make for an ideal storage solution during weaning. Different sizes are just what you need so you can fill them with different food and quantities depending on your requirements.

As we are just starting for this moment we use carrot, peas, potato, parsnip, pumpkin as well as apple, pear and bananas. Babypotz make measuring of the food easy. I know the size of each pot and I can easily mix different flavours to get the total quantity of food I need for each meal.

Each Babypot comes with its own lid. The lids are quite secure and so far we haven’t experienced any accidents with them coming off. The pots are easy to clean but I wouldn’t personally recommend putting them into dishwasher – they are very light and tend to move to much; after a wash cycle I never seem to find one in the same spot that it was in before the wash program started.

Babypotz Starter Set has a RRP of €21.99 (or £17.98 via Amazon.co.uk) There is an option to order some labels (at an additional cost) or you can purchase pots in your favourite size only – currently you can pick pots starting from 30ml going up to a massive 710ml. For the full stock list please visit Babypotz website.

In addition to using Babypotz during meal times, we also use them for freezing. They are simply ideal for this purpose. Here is our creation of a pumpkin puree ready to take a trip to the freezer 😉

Babypotz – Weaning Made Easy.

Do you batch cook and freeze baby food or do you prefer shop bought pouches and jars?

Do you like the idea of Babypotz?

Babypotz – Weaning Made Easy

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery

Creating a perfect nursery isn’t an easy task. Once you have picked your ideal theme, which is a huge task in itself, you are left with all the buying to do in order to create your perfect space. We settled on a marine theme room or so we like to call it 🙂

Home Decor – Our Marine Theme Nursery

We kept to a white, blue and red colour scheme for most items, we have very carefully picked pieces that create a lovely space, yet it became too sterile and not very child friendly 🙁 We were missing something… we were missing that something special to bring it all together and give it the finished look. Then along came Witty Doodle

Witty Doodle is an exciting and dynamic company, founded by two young mothers, looking to inspire their young babies with nursery art that is playful, creative, stimulating and fun.

Contrary to popular belief, they found in their research that soft pastels are not especially soothing, attractive or interesting to babies and toddlers, and therefore not suitable for developing growing minds. So they came up with the idea to create aesthetically pleasing products that would truly enhance their babies’ environment. With that innovative spark, Witty Doodle, stimulating art for babies and toddlers was born.

Witty Doodle offered us a nursery sticker for review. I have been offered wall stickers for review before but I always end up refusing politely. I am not quite sure why; it wasn’t because I didn’t like them necessarily or that I didn’t really have space for them… I am really unsure as to why, maybe I just didn’t get how good stickers can be… but then, once I had seen the Witty Doodle range of products, I just knew we should have them, I just knew that these Witty Doodle stickers where the missing piece for our nursery… They are like nothing else I’ve seen before – extremely bright with funky shapes and smiley faces.

We obviously picked an underwater sticker to go with the rest of the room, and what a good choice it did turn out to be.

Witty Doodle wall stickers are shipped in a secure tube; there is no chance of any damage in normal transit. The website states: estimated delivery time – up to 7 days, yet ours arrived within just 2 days. The stickers come in a form of a 1mx1m square piece.

Home Decor - Marine Theme Nursery

Features of Witty Doodle Nursery Wall Stickers (as stated on the website):

  • created in consultation with an expert in child development;
  • designed to be use in stages according to the growth and development of your baby;
  • attractive and visually stimulating for babies and toddlers;
  • designed to encourage your baby’s brain and overall social and emotional development;
  • fully removable and repositionable;
  • made from non-toxic material of the highest quality.

The quality of it is really outstanding!

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery with Witty Doodle

The square shape wasn’t ideal for us; so we cut it into smaller pieces in order to create our perfect layout. The sticker is a pleasure to work with. It sticks to the wall with ease; it can be removed without any damage to the wall and repositioned if needed. Its matt finish looks really amazing and reduces the glare most stickers suffer from due to the highly polished finish. The colours are bright and seem to be coming out of the wall. We are extremely happy with them and with our finished nursery! The Witty Doodle wall sticker, not surprisingly, has made a huge difference to the nursery and has finally given the room that super child friendly feeling that we worried was missing.

Witty Doodle wall stickers are priced at £55, which is more expensive than most stickers around but you also get more… You not only get a piece of decor, you get a tool which will help your child to develop, which will be stimulating and encouraging.

In addition to wall stickers, Witty Doodle also offers nursery canvases and nursery prints with the same bold designs, bright colours and smiley faces. And for older children you can download a selection of free printables.

Home Decor -Marine Theme Nursery with Witty Doodle

Will you be getting yours Witty Doodle?

Do you like the idea of bright, bold colours for a nursery?

Ready, Steady, Wean!

Ready, Steady, Wean!

Yes, it is that time already.

Baby is bored with just drinking milk, so the time has some to start weaning.

This is both an exciting time whilst being at the same time scary…

Will he like it?

Will he eat it?

What to try first?

100s of questions and a bag of mixed answers… should we just play “eeny, meeny, miny, moe…” to pick the correct one?

It was time to look for some help.

Cow & Gate offers an online Five Step Weaning Plan with lots of useful information and tons of great tips. The program (as per its name) is split into five steps:

  • First spoonfuls
  • Introducing breakfast
  • Introducing Variety
  • Meat, Fish & alternatives
  • Establishing 3 meals a day

Each step has a clear description and a lot of tips to make this step of the journey as easy and as pleasant as possible for both the baby and the parent. My favourite part of the website is the recipe collections perfect for each step. As we are on step one, we have 10 quick and easy purees to pick from.

Step 1 Recipes from Cow & Gate

We’ve made some Carrot Puree using the quick and easy instructions on the Cow & Gate website:

Ingredients:

1 medium carrot

Your baby’s usual milk or cooled, boiled water

Method:

Peel carrot, and cut into slices ½ cm thick.

Steam them for 8−10 min until soft.

Cool slightly, then add 2 tbsp of the water or milk.

Blend with a food processor or hand blender until runny and smooth. Add more liquid if you need.

It is important to experiment in the beginning. Let your baby pick the flavours he or she likes; let them discover at their own pace what real food tastes like.

For us it wasn’t very hard. Leo was eager to try something new. He opens his mouth and waits for more yummy “mash” to arrive. I think he is enjoying this time, despite making really funny unhappy faces at times.

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Do you have any weaning tips for us?

Something you do or did in the past which made the whole process easier?

* We received a small goodie bag from Cow & Gate containing feeding spoons, sipping cup and a food selection to help us start the weaning process.

How to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby

How to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby

The average new-born baby sleeps for 16-20 hours a day, however as those already with children know, it is usually staggered, and isn’t always at night either! With your baby sleeping so much, there are some things that you need to be aware of to make sure your baby is as safe as possible in order to ensure that everyone will get a peaceful night’s sleep.

Here are five of the most common questions asked by new parents, and what actions should be taken:

How can I make my baby’s room safe?

As a rule, there should be no smoking in the same room as your baby. Other things to look out for include:

– making sure the changing mat is secure if kept in the same room
– making sure all bookshelves and wardrobes are secure so they cannot be pulled down on top of them
– making sure other items are out of reach e.g. baby wipes and baby powder.

We can’t watch our babies every single minute of the day, so a baby monitor can provide additional reassurance when you’re not in the same room as your child. The D-Link EyeOn Baby Camera turns your smartphone or tablet into a monitor, giving you HD clarity and audio for 24/7 monitoring of your baby. The camera also sends instant push notifications to your phone so you know when your baby is stirring or making a noise too.

Where should my baby sleep?

When putting your baby down to sleep, it is important that the environment is right to give your baby the best sleep possible. Depending on the time of day, babies can sleep in cots, moses baskets, prams or in their parents beds providing they have not been smoking, drinking or taking drugs.

A moses basket is suitable for new-borns as the basket is small so will not be overwhelming, providing a cosy sleeping environment. However, it doesn’t take long for your new-born to outgrow a moses basket and need a cot.

Cots are the most common sleep solution and babies can stay in these for years, depending on the size. The mattress should be firm and there should be no more than two fingers width between the cot and mattress. The width between the cot bars should be between 45mm – 65mm wide.

An additional feature of the D-Link EyeOn is that it allows you to communicate with your little one from your smart phone. Either use the two-way audio exchange or play one of the classic lullabies when your baby is restless, no matter where they’re sleeping.

How to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby.

Which position is safest for my baby?

When putting your baby to sleep, it’s important to place them on their back. Statistics have shown that this reduces the chances of SIDS. Although statistics show that over the years the risk of this has been dropping, it is still seen as a risk and should therefore be avoided.

When laying your baby down to sleep, you should put your baby in a feet-to-foot position – ensuring your babies’ feet touch the end of the cot. This prevents them from wriggling down the mattress and underneath bedding.

To reduce the risk of suffocation, all additional bedding items should be removed when your baby is sleeping, including blankets, bumpers, pillows and toys. The only thing that should be in with your baby is the mattress and a fitted sheet, which should come up to their shoulders.

What temperature should my baby’s room be?

When removing additional blankets you may be concerned whether your baby is too hot or cold. The temperature of the baby’s room should be kept in between 16-20’C, and the cot itself should be kept out of draughts from open windows and away from radiators and direct sunlight. Babies should be warm but not hot to the touch or sweating.

Another feature of the EyeOn baby monitor is the temperature gauge, which can be customised and set so when the temperature becomes too high or too low in your baby’s room you can receive push notifications on your mobile or tablet.

You can check to see if your baby is the right temperature by feeling their stomach. If they are too warm you should remove some layers and too cold you can add another vest, footed sleepsuits or a baby sleeping bag.

How often should I check on my baby?

The intervals in which you check your baby is completely down to personal preference. Some parents feel they need to check regularly, whereas others are happy with checking only a few times.

The EyeOn baby monitor has audio functionality and a constant Wi-Fi connection, so can be kept on at all times when you are in other rooms. The camera also has a night-mode setting, meaning you don’t have to go in and potentially disturb your little darling. Instead you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, safe in the knowledge that your baby is sleeping safe and sound.

For more information on the EyeOn baby monitor please visit D-Link website.

*Post in collaboration with D-Link EyeOn Baby Monitor