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My Top 5 Baby Led Weaning Products

When Judah turned six months not only was I left wondering where the time went, I was eagerly awaiting the day where I would introduce him to his first tastes of food.

With Nathanael a whole three years ago we chose to baby led wean. We were confident with this choice because Nathanael had his first two teeth by five and a half months, whereas Judah despite teething since three months had yet to sprout any so we kept an open minded in how the journey of baby led weaning would go.

I am thrilled to say, he has taken to it brilliantly, perhaps it is sitting at the table with us each evening and being enamoured by his brother that has helped him so much. I am not sure, however Judah knew exactly what to do and seemed thrilled that he was finally  allowed to eat.

There are so many gadgets, accessories, “the must have items” when it comes to weaning I thought I would today share my Top 5 products when it comes to baby led weaning.

Stokke Tripp Trapp – We invested in a Tripp Trapp this time around and I am so pleased we did, for a start it takes up minimal room in our kitchen. It is the easiest thing to clean and to move around but the main selling feature is that Judah can sit at the table with us. We have purchased the tray that can attach to it, but he is right at our level, watching what we are all doing and feels included in the meal time which is exactly what I wanted, and has proved invaluable in the weaning process.

Tommee Tippee Roll n Go bibs – With baby led weaning there is mess, there is no way of getting around it and your baby will drop food all the time, however these bibs are great for collecting some of the debris.

Tommee Tippee Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls – there are so many reasons I love these bowls so here goes; they are dishwasher and  microwave save, they are also perfect for when your baby begins to scoop things themselves as the corners are almost like a triangle so no running around the bowl with a spoon. These bowls stand the test of time, our eldest has had them from day one of weaning and they are still going strong for him. I love that they stack neatly into one another, and that you can purchase a lid so great for storage too! What is not to love.

Tommee Tippee Feeding Spoons – These are great for little hands feeding themselves with chunky handles that are easy to keep hold of.

Shower Curtain – A shower curtain is a great, cheap investment for the early, messy days of baby led weaning. You will obviously still need to clean your floors but having something underneath a high chair to collect the mess for easy clean up is essential.

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Judah 7 Month Update

Judah 7 months

Weight: 15lbs 12oz

Length: who knows!

Eating: Judah is now in his first full month of eating and in short he has been fantastic. I wrote in his six month update how we have chosen to baby led wean and Judah has absolutely loved exploring food! We pretty much have him on an early lunch and then dinner routine at the moment.
Judah has tried so many different foods already – broccoli, carrot, parsnip, cauliflower, potato, courgette, peppers, red onion, swede, apple, pear, cucumber, crumpets, homemade bread, savoury homemade muffins, Weetabix, porridge, pasta with homemade tomato sauce. The list goes on and on! Judah has been brilliant at getting to grips with biting (especially with no teeth) chewing and although there has been the odd large gulp or two he is great at getting rid of whatever he doesn’t want to eat.
We have also introduced him to a cup and I have to say I am in love with the Nuby Flip n Flow, I found Nathanael was great with a straw rather than a sippy cup and it seems to be the same for Judah as well.
Still breastfeeding as and when he wants to, which was pretty much the same as last month I think it was only when Nate had more protein in his diet that he dropped feeds.

Sleeping:
Yeah to full nights sleeps all around!! Judah sleeps pretty much from 7.30pm to 7am as standard and Mummy is loving this muchly!

Nappies: Size 3 Pampers.

Clothes: 6-9 months.

Things Judah likes to do: Judah has been so busy this month especially with weaning I am trying to make sure I focus on all the other wonderful things he has been learning this month too! To start with he has made great strides in sitting up and I would say he can hold himself up independently for about 30 seconds or so before he keels over.
We have officially graduated to his big boy pram and with the appearance of some nice spring days Judah has loved to explore more of the world around him. On a Saturday morning Nathanael has football so Judah and I usually take a walk in the village which has been really nice.
Judah’s love for bath time continues, as he splashes and kicks around, now he is a little older it has been great to introduce him to some proper bath toys.
We have now graduated from simply being able to lay Judah down on his play mat and him being ok with that, to laying down will not do – he has to pretty much be upright at all times so he can observe what everyone else is doing – I can’t blame him I would want to do the same!
Recently we have seen the start of Judah trying to shuffle forward, he has been spinning himself around in circles for weeks but recently we have seen the attempts to move forward in a straight-ish line, and I am sure he will be off soon!
Judah and Nathanael’s love for each other just grows with Nathanael always wanting to know where Judah is, and Judah is exactly the same too!
I am loving this age as equally as much as I am missing him being that newborn, time is flying with both my boys!

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Judah Six Month Update

 

Judah 6 months

Weight: 14lbs 8 oz

Length: 66cm

Eating: The start of baby led weaning has begun and honestly I was fully expecting a disaster purely because it went so well with Nathanael. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Judah has dived into food like a champ we started with some crushed carrot on a crumpet and he picked it up and put it in his mouth like he had been eating from the start.
I think it has helped immensely that he has been sitting at the table with us watching for ages, and he also benefits that we have done this before so I know what are great foods to try, and also I am not stressing about the gag reflex.

Sleeping: There has been a momentous occasion in our household this past week – moving Judah to his own room! Say it isn’t so! I am bereft, it is another sign of him growing up (ok I am being a tad dramatic here) the transition has gone really well. I don’t really think Judah had noticed he had moved into another room until a few days ago where because of a cold he has been awake a few times in the night.

Nappies: Size 3 Pampers.

Clothes: 6-9 months.

Things Judah likes to do:
Another month and Judah has achieved so much in this short space of time, to begin with he has found a love for his feet, he is constantly grabbing them while he is on his back, he loves to have them tickled and he has such a fun time in his jumperoo kicking about in there too.
I explained last month that Judah started with the more difficult roll first that being from his back to his front, well he has now mastered the front roll to his back and I will often find him a good distance away from his play mat now in his great travels around the room. The lovingly hand crafted changing table has moved back into storage because we can no longer trust him not to roll away!
I feel like we have been waiting forever and a day for the appearance of some teeth and sadly as of yet none have made an appearance which brings me onto Judah’s favourite thing of the moment is to have his finger, fingers or his whole fist lodged into his mouth pretty much all the time, we must get through 3 or 4 bibs an hour because of all the drool!
I have spoken about Judah’s love for Nathanael but this past month it has been adorable to watch Nathanael play with Judah, it has really helped that Judah can last for longer periods of time in his Mama’s and Papa’s Baby Snug, it’s now become a familiar sound to hear Nathanael asking “Judah play” and of course Judah just beams with delight!

It was perfect that Judah turned six months on Mother’s Day, I absolutely adore both my boys. Judah is such a precious gift to the whole family and I can’t wait to see what the next six months have in store for us all!

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Day Out at Cannon Hall Farm

The other week we took our boys ages 3 and only 5 months to Cannon Hall Farm and I thought I would share my experience with you all!

This September our eldest will be starting nursery and I am making a concerted effort to expose him to as many experiences as possible before we become that family who can only do things in the half term holidays. Although we have all gone to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park that host a huge range of animals I have never taken Nate to a working farm before and he was really looking forward to it, especially the tractors – typical boy!

We went on a Thursday during term time and had a great day out, Cannon Hall is about fifty minutes away from where we live which was perfect for little children who can easily become bored in the car.
As we got nearer to the farm itself I was pleased to find that it was clearly signposted which is great when you are visiting somewhere new, the car park itself also was laid out well and had lots of space – brilliant for if you chose to visit during school holidays.

On arrival you can visit The White Bull one of the restaurants onsite and the Farm Shop without going into the farm itself. I thought this was a good idea should you live more locally that you don’t have to go through the whole farm if you just wanted to shop or eat, The White Bull had an incredible menu (more of that later) and I would love to have Breakfast there on day.

I thought the entry prices were very reasonable, at the time of our visit the tickets were half price but I would not hesitate to pay the full price again for what the farm has to offer. I was very impressed that the feed was only 50p, lets face the whole point of visiting a farm is for your children to join in and this is an area that could be heavily marked up! I was pleased to find there was plenty in a bag and you can get around the farm with just 1, there are machines to purchase more if you get a bit excited along the way.

With our youngest asleep we headed off in search of feeding some animals, there are some hills but nothing too strenuous when pushing the pram at all.
The first barn we got to, had rabbits which Nate loved looking at and there are various hand washing facilities along the way with great instructions for kids.

Nate with rabbits

We then moved onto the rare breed barns, all of these barns you are elevated looking down on the animals via a walk way, this is such a neat idea, little kids are able to look and see what is going off and I can imagine the animals appreciate not having an over excited toddler in their face too.

Nate with pigs

For the feed you simply pour it down the shoots into troughs for the animals to come up and feed from – don’t you just love the photo!

Me and Nate feeding

cow eating

It was about the third barn in when our youngest decided to wake up, and needed to be fed himself! I mention this because as a parent to little kids sometime you need to quickly remove yourself from an area whether that be for a feed, toilets or even a tantrum break! It was very easy to get out of a barn and walk alongside them to return later.

We went to the Hungry Llama a restaurant which has a huge indoor play area. You have to park your pushchair across from the restaurant itself – which if it was the school holidays I would choose to perhaps add something to the pram, like a tag to make it easier to locate.
You can tell that Cannon Hall has thought long and hard about the visitor experience because I was able to feed my youngest as my eldest had a great time running about in the play area, often I feel the mother guilt of spoiling my eldest fun to deal with the youngest or vice versa but the indoor play area only enhanced Nate’s trip.
There was some great sensory items in the play area too for Judah once he had finished feeding and I got to sneak in a cup of tea, so it all worked out.

After about half an hour or so we went off to complete our trip around the barns, with a toddler around the barns I think it would take about an hour, when we went back to the start a second there was a staff member at the barn with the rabbits, so Nate had an opportunity  to pet them as well as have a chat.

There were so many animals to spot, I am sure if you follow me on Instagram you saw my stories where Nate was talking about the piglets who were only 3 days old at the time, as well as sheep, cows, llamas, horses, donkeys and goats.

animals

We then headed to The White Bull for lunch, we had to exit the farm portion but with stickers they give you on arrival it is easy to hop in and out of this section.
The White Bull has a great atmosphere and delicious food! We were really impressed with what they had to offer, from tea, cakes, sandwiches, to full dinner menu there was plenty to choose from. I selected a Jacket Potato with side salad, Luke had a Club hot ciabatta with chips and side salad, and Nathanael had Chicken Nuggets (homemade) with chips and peas. You order from counter to collect your drinks and they quickly brought out our food.

The customer service was fantastic, watching the staff even as they collected dishes, and tidy up they were friendly, joining in conversation with customers and couldn’t do enough for you. I really value when people include my son and will try to figure out his little chats and it is these small touches that I am sure gain them repeat custom.
To note there was plenty to chose on the menu should you have any food allergies or dietary concerns, since my sister was diagnosed with coeliac disease a few years ago I often will glance at the menu to see what options are available.

We had a great day out and I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Cannon Hall Farm especially with young children, the whole farm is set up for the visitor in mind, there is lots to see and do even on a dreary March day. We would love to return in the Summer months for Nate to have a go on the tractor rides, we have also spotted the food festival they host in August and that looks a great family day out too!

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Catch Up!

Hey All,

So this blog of mine has dropped off a cliff recently oops! But if you want to keep up to date with what is going off in real time check out my Instagram stories. I have been loving sharing snippets of what the boys and I are getting up to and I am so pleased that after 24hrs it is erased!
In the interest of keeping my blog somewhat alive I thought I would share what has happened this past few weeks or so …

me, nate and judah

Slimming World – This has been going great, including pregnancy weight in 22 weeks I have lost 44.5 pounds and I couldn’t be more pleased with myself! It has taken a lot of saying no but I only I have 2.5 more pounds to hit my goal and I am so pleased I have achieved this before my 30th birthday!

Clothes Shopping – One joy of dropping the pounds is dropping clothes sizes, however this has in short been a frustrating experience to say the least. What is with “fashion” these days I do not know why clothes look like they are made on a mannequin the shape of Miss Square – everything is boxy and HUGE (before we start, I am buying the right size) everything is horrific looking.
I am a Mum, I am in a state of constant pick up –  I don’t want a crop top, and I don’t want something that would make a polo neck look revealing – what is with that?
Why can’t they make clothes for a woman not some prepubescent boy!
Rant over, hopefully now spring/summer collections are arriving I might have more success although I am not counting on it!

Foot Peel – In the quest for clothes I purchased ASOS premier delivery – what a joy I tell you-  very helpful when I seem to send it all back. Anyway I have wanted to for an age to try a foot peel. I had seen some in Boots but there was no way I was spending £20 on one application so I found StarSkin ones on ASOS and oh my word it was divine!
I put them on for the maximum time allowed and originally thought they hadn’t worked, however within 3 days it started to work it’s magic and everything is peeling off – I will have baby soft feet for the summer. I really think they were worth the cost, much better than filing and horrific foot machines.

Fireplace – If you have been following me on Instagram you will already be aware of my DIY success. When we moved into our current home, we had a 6 week old, it was Christmas, the owners prior to us had left the house in April so it had that un-lived in vibe, the boiler wouldn’t switch on, there was no TV aerial and oh yes we had a six week old.
I tell you this so you will understand that when Luke mentioned he couldn’t get the fireplace working there were far more important things on our list, such as all of the above. There has always been something more interesting or would make more of an impact than the fireplace, our house isn’t cold so we just left it till later, anyway this past weekend I said to Luke – you know what I should try the fireplace and see if I can get it to work, I wasn’t hopeful – I am not great at anything like this but it was worth a shot before we brought someone out.
Well, it turns out that our fireplace was never broken! Within the first go, the fire was lit, the room became toasty warm and poor Luke who on the day of move in was juggling a million and one things and has never checked the fireplace again was left a little bemused as to what has happened – he took it like a champ though and posted on Instagram his “error”

I think I have caught you up with everything that has been going off around these parts, I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to some Spring like weather and perhaps a few posts on what the boys and I are up to out and about!

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