Weaning is so much fun and I love going out for lunch with Chloe; I recon Chloe enjoyed it more as she has food, lots of distraction and a lot of attention (the 3 things that she can’t live without). But you need so much stuff : wipes, antibacterial wipes, pot with main meal, pot with a dessert, pot with snacks, bib, water, spoon, lunch bag, some toys etc…..
I found lots of very good items out there which make the whole proved a bit easier or just a bum more fun.
1. MAM spoon.
What is great about this spoon is that it comes with a cover! It’s such a smal but genius idea! You know that your spoon is clean and ready for your baby to use it, and once your lunch is over you don’t need to worry about cleaning it or the spoon staining your lunch bag. It comes in few different colours.
2. MAM bowl.
What is great about this bowl is that it’s separated in two so you can have your dinner and a dessert in one container. The way is seperated is very good as it doesn’t let one food lik in to the other part of the container. Saves a lot of space !
3. Lunch bag
There is so many amazing lunch bags out ther, choice is very big. My favourite one will be the one made by SKIP HOP. They do an animal range which is the cuttest ever. We have two now: a zebra one and unicorn one. They are beautiful and so much fun for kids. Chloe loves to play with her bag!
There is a very big choice depending on what you like or what animal your baby loves😊
Do you have any great lunch gadgets or items that you cannot live without or just love ? Please share with me and others!
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL…
CHICKEN WITH GREEN VEGETABLES AND RICE.
– 1 chicken breast
– 1 onion
– 100g of peas
– 100g of spinach
– 50g baby broad beans
– 50g of cooked rice
– 50ml of chicken stock
Cooking instructions :
Fry onion until golden on a little bit of olive oil, then add chicken and fry until cooked.
Steam peas, beans and courgette for 5 minutes then add spinach and steam for further 2 minutes.
Cook rice according to instructions; prepare chicken stock.
Once vegetables been steamed add chicken and onion and blend all together. Add chicken stock to achieve your perfect consistency and finish off with adding rice for texture. If you baby is on 3 stage of weaning then you can also cut all of the vegetables in to small cubes instead of blending it. If your baby just started weaning you can blend it all together.
Sliced Pear, it’s a great finger food. It’s very soft so you don’t need to pre cook it, just cut it and serve.
Baby changing bag … We have there everything don’t we ? They weight a tone and there is so many things which we apparently need to carry in it and lots of “must have” gadgets without which we shouldn’t leave the house. I will tell you what in my experience you need and which gadgets I found very good!
1. Portable changing mat.
I have to admit that I got one as a present on my baby shower. I opened it and started saying how nice it is and pretty etc…. then had to ask … eeehhh and what is it??? I didn’t know that you can get or need a portable changing mat with all of those pockets for nappies and wet wipes. I didn’t even thing about how will I be changing my baby when out and about.
I have to say it was one of the best product ever and I have been using it from day one. I have everything in one place and when Chloe need changing I just take my little bag with me. I recommend very highly to get one of those.
2. Wipes Case.
If you use wet wipes with a standard re-sealable top what you notice is that after having them in your changing bag the top stops sticking (there is just so much a packet of wipes can withstand :-)). Also trying to look for the packet of wipes 100 times a day in a changing bag which has everything is very challenging and frustrating.
Wipes case is so good. It takes wipes inside and keeps in a light fresh inside a plastic case. It has sliding top so you can easily get to your wipes and it attaches in to your pram/changing bag etc. I have the Skip Hop Swipes Wipes Case.
3. Change of clothes.
Always!!! Baby vomit A LOT, explosive poos leak very often ! Make sure you have it at all the time !! I always had a change of clothes on the beginning and then as the time was passing and Chloe was outgrowing her clothes I just stoped putting a spare one in… then while being on a lovely day out in a British Museum with my 8 months old sweetheart her nappy leaked … leaked a lot!
4. Antibacterial wipes.
I go through so many of them ! From the very beginning I was possessed with bacterial and Chloe not getting any of the gems ! So far with my antibacterial wipes and breastfeeding at 9 Months Chloe still hasn’t been sick .
5. Muslin cloth.
Do not leave the house without one. Its handy when it comes to everything and anything.
6. Antibacterial spray.
The is this baby friendly spray. Its all natural so you can spray toys, dummy or anything with it and it will kill all of the bacteria without any chemical fast to it. Its 100% natural so its safe for babies. I bought all of the different wipes which were leaving chemical aftertaste, dummy steriliser which was so much hassle to use I have used it only once.
7. Stain Removing Wipes
I discovered those very recently and I must say they are brilliant. Have you got use to being covered in vomit or fingers food stains? or having to throw away brand new cute baby top just because you can’t get this stain off ? With those wipes you can wipe the stain away or make is less offensive.
8. Calpol / Teething medications.
Those are handy to have especially from around 4 months when lots of babies start testing.
Whatever keeps you baby entertained , whatever your baby likes. Something to distract your baby when it gets bored. I always end up with so many toys !!!!
Spare milk if you bottle feed and once your baby starts weaning food is necessary to have. You never know how long you can end up being out, or if your baby for some reason gets hungry though it shouldn’t (it happens quite often :-)).
Girls anything else you have and cannot live without ?? Anything you don’t agree with ?? How big/heavy is your changing bag ?😂
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL …
Today I have made Salmon nuggets accompanied by sweet potato and great bins. This will be Chloe’s first dinner made only of finger food.
– 150g of Salmon
– 30g of breadcrumbs
– 15g of Parmesan
– 1/2 tsp of Lemon zest
– 1 egg beaten
Cooking method :
Heat your oven to 200 C.
Make sure that Salmon has no bones or skin. Cut in to a bit size pieces. Combine parmesan with breadcrumbs and lemon zest.
Put salmon in to the bowl with egg then coat it in your breadcrumb mix.
Bake for 15 min (until golden) on a non sticking baking paper.
You can serve it with whatever you want or just as a snack. I served it with boiled sweet potato (sweet potato wedges are great alternative), steamed green beans and peas.
A bowl of fresh fruits
When you look at photos of nurseries, or set up rooms in the baby shops they always have nursing chair/ feeding chair.
This automatically makes you think that you need one … But they aren’t the pretties things and they are very expensive.
My werdict is that it’s a waste of money. Why? If you fallow the NHS guidance on how to look after your new born it will mean that you will have your baby sleeping next to you in your bedroom. When you get up 10 times in the middle of the night to feed, trust me you don’t pick up your baby then move to sit on the chair, you just do it on your bed (I am breastfeeding so not sure if this same applies to bottle feeding).
Also at 6 months when you move your baby to its room you don’t feed them that often, and if you are lucky enough your baby will be sleeping through the night all together!
But when you are a first time mum to be you think that it makes sense so you buy one, so did I. Difference is that I bought a lovely armchair which I will be using for much longer than feeding baby. So my advice is use an armchair/chair which you already have or buy one which you love and can use after in your house!
What is your experience ? What is your opinion? Please share.
Yes it is already this time of the year. I know that you are thinking: it’s still hot, I don’t need to buy it for another couple of months. You are wrong! Remember that fashion world works on average one season in advance, and trust me those beauties won’t be round for long. And with baby getting dirty so quickly and so often you will need more than one … Which is a great news right? 😊
For a bit older babies :
Green parka by H&M (we already own one😊) Beige coat by H&M, Leather jacket by River Island and Pink parka by ZARA
Few more fabulous coats to choose from. Grey coat from Mamas & Papas, Leopard print coat from River Island, Beige coat from NEXT.
For small babies / newborn
There is a very cute selection for the tinies babies, practical doesn’t mean boring !
Both of those are from GAP. This quilted velvet all in one is such a great winter choice for a boy.
This Brown bear all In one is from H&M (come also In white) And this beatyfull pink one is from Mamas & Papas.
First day / night with a new born baby.
After waiting for 9 months she was her! She was perfect and so beautiful (we all say that😊). Me and my husband were so happy, excited and high on adrenaline that there was no way etcher of us will go to get some rest (let’s remember that we haven’t slept in around 40 hours). We ended up just staring at Chloe who was fast asleep through the whole day.
I remember thinking this isn’t that bad, we are really lucky as our baby doesn’t cry at all …. I couldn’t be more wrong 😊
It all started as soon as we decided that we need to get some sleep after being awake for 40 hours. Chloe started crying so I feed her, when she finished I tried to put her down in to her cot but she would cry. She cried every time I took her off my breast. After 5 hours or feeding or should I say comfort sucking I couldn’t do it anymore, I had to stop or I would start crying. She was crying and nothing except my breast would calm her and I was in so much pain that I couldn’t nurse her anymore. It was a horrible night, I remember very clearly thinking : what have we done? Our baby is a cry baby! Is this how it will be every night? In the morning we found out that all of the mums been in this same situation. But no one tells you that this is normal, that’s what babies do. On my course I been told that Chloe and will be sleeping all the time for the first 72 hours. By the time we got home (best feeling ever❤️)I was sleep deprived but I just couldn’t go to sleep. Like all of us I got home, sat on the sofa with my husband and with Chloe in front of us and we both said: what do we do now? And like everyone we ended up just looking at her for the rest of the day 😊 First night at home wasn’t much better she cried a lot which is understandable : she didn’t have a clue where she was and what was going on. On the positive side we got some sleep here and there as we kept doing turns through the night 😊. At this point we started to worry, is this how it will be all the time ??!! Don’t worry it’s not. After that Chloe has settled a bit. No, you do not get lots of sleep but you get some 😊. Chloe just wanted to be on the chest most of the time, it does make them feel safe. Chloe would feed every 2 hours for the first month. I know that is sounds little but your body does get used to it.