Big thank you to OXO Tot for providing us with a lovely selection of toddler feeding products.
There comes a time in the life of every toddler when being spoon fed just isn’t good enough. The food looks funky, the colours are appealing and they simple want to have a go themselves… It is a great stage, yet at the same time a very messy period in their development!
Oxo Tot sent us a lovely toddler feeding set to aid in minimising messiness during this time.
The set includes:
- Large bowl
It is design for kids from 12 months old. Well, Leo isn’t 12 months yet… he will be soon… very soon… but he is more than ready and eager to attempt independent eating.
The Oxo Tot feeding set is extremely well made plus it is pleasing to the eye. Its design is very clever and extremely helpful.
Let’s take the plate for example: its base is weighted and non-slip so it is not so easy for it to slide plus it features a raised curved ring, which really helps with keeping the food inside the plate instead of on your floor. The ring can be removed if / when needed which means that plate will grow with your toddler.
The bowl was the perfect size – 360ml. It is ideal for most meals, which means you really have no need for an entire selection of different dishes. The bowl features a non-slip weighted base and high walls to make scooping food an easier task.
I have to admit, we like the set; we like it a lot. It makes feeding time a more enjoyable experience. Plus it is BPA, phthalate and PVC free and it is dishwasher safe (yes, I am just being selfish now but I really dislike doing the dishes). The set is priced at £18 which makes it a great value for money.
The most popular meaning of a playdate would require at least two children to play together, but can you make a playdate with food, arranged in advance yet with a solo attendee?
Well… I think you can.
I wanted to take the basic concept of a playdate and instead of it being just a couple of hours of screaming and running around at 100mph that it would be useful and progressive time for my little one. With this in mind I was thinking that it is very important to help kids develop their taste. Kids learn by watching us as we all know, and if I have a negative reaction to any particular foods, there is a good chance that they might simply pick up on it and have exactly the same response later on, in other words I have decided for them that a particular food is not nice. I think it is essential that they make this decision for themselves.
Youngsters discover the world in such an amazing way, every little new thing seems to be exiting and full of wonders; the same can be said for food… as long as we let them discover it.
Now playdates are supposed to be all about fun, new discoveries and learning new experiences, so why not make a playdate with food. It is so simple to set up when compared to a playdate with a dozen real kids running around. All you need is a selection of foods, an easy to clean area and someone curious to play, simple!
We had a collection of Petits Filous mini pots including some Magic Squares, which I thought where excellent for introducing new flavours, we had a total of seven in our range. It was fun for me to watch the facial expressions as each new taste was experienced. From the big smile and open mouth ready for the next spoonful, to the frown and pursed lips when we are not sure if that is nice or not.
I think our playdate was a roaring success, and will become a regular feature in the house, I am already planning what foods to introduce at the next one. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try the concept with a dozen youngsters for a more traditional playdate feature.
Have you ever had a fun session of introducing new flavours?
If so, how did it go?
*This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.
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.
“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.
Have you used any pouches like these when your baby was weaning?
What’s your personal top tip for weaning on the go?
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 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 😉
Do you batch cook and freeze baby food or do you prefer shop bought pouches and jars?
Do you like the idea of Babypotz?