Friday, 28 October 2016

Starting the weaning journey...again.

I'm not really sure how it happened...
five minutes ago I was leaving the hospital with a little newborn bundle and now I'm trying to keep hold of a wiggly little boy who laughs, chews things and watches everything his big brother does in amazement.
I always say it but the time really does fly.
And here I am again trying to work out whether he is ready for food yet..
Only this time I think I'm the one who isn't ready!
I've been so blessed with both my babies to be able to breastfeed them myself quite successfully; (I'm not trying to blow my own trumpet here I'm just going by the alarming rate at which they grow.)
but whereas first time round I was eager to see our little guy eating real food I'm much more apprehensive with Little E. I don't want to accept the speed he's growing at, I love the feeling of being completely relied on and being able to give him everything he needs!
But my feelings are quickly replaced by wanting to see my two boys eating together and watching him grow as big and strong as his brother.
He is now five months old so weaning is definitely on the horizon;
although he isn't sitting independently yet he does hold himself up for a while and has mastered grabbing things and putting them into his own mouth. He also watches with serious fascination when I'm eating!
I do actually love the weaning stage really, as there are so many great ideas out there for introducing different foods and I loved coming up with different things for the little guy to try.
Of course I have headed to pinterest for some new ideas;
my plan is to start with baby rice or rusk as an introductory food and then gradually move into different flavours; I would always go down the baby led route though and be guided by the little one as they know when they're ready.

There are some seriously great tools for the weaning stage so I thought I'd share a few of my favourites that I'm thinking will help us along this journey!

1. I actually haven't seen these for babies before but I think they'd be great for varying consistency and progressing onto more lumpy foods, Great for mashing up bananas, or ripe peaches, avocado etc. This little one is by Annabel Karmel
2. How awesome are these little grass drying racks by Boon?!
Perfect for all those little plastic bits and bobs that always go missing in the washing up bowl.
Also I just think it's adorable.
3. Also by Boon, love this silicone flower brush!
4. We had some of these for the little guy but they were a soft mesh rather then silicone which was difficult to clean and he got fed up of it rather quickly, these by Clevamama look great though. I think they'd be great for teething on too.
5. I'm not one for too much gadgetry but this little 2-in-1 blender by Phillips ticks all the boxes for super easy food prep. It steams fruit and veg and then flips over to blend; no pans or bowls required!
Definitely tempted to treat myself to this one!
6. There are a lot of freezer pots on the market for storing baby food however from previous experience, the individual pots are best for me as you can just grab them and pop into the changing bag rather than having to put them into another container before you go out.
I actually didn't know JoJo Maman Bebe did other baby products, but these look perfect.
7. Soft  spoons are the best for little chewers! These are from the Tommee Tippee Explora range
8. So these little bowls are quite hard to find in shops but I think they're so handy; the bottom part can be filled with warm water and is sealed to avoid spillage. They're just great for taking the chill off baby food without having to use a pan! brilliant for on-the-go feeding too. This one is by Vital Baby.
9. I saw this yesterday and though it was brilliant for messy meal times! Such great way to get your little one learning to self feed and learning about food! Anything that helps contain the chaos is always very welcome too! This genius invention is by Tidy Tot.

So that's my best weaning tools round up;
Have you got any great products to share that take the stress out of weaning and baby feeding?!?


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Mama Mio!

Some months ago in the middle of my pregnancy with Little E, I was asked to write a guest post for the Mama Mio Skincare blog.
I was extremely flattered being asked as I had never wrote for another blog before let alone for one like the Mio company, with such a huge fan-base.
Mama Mio was started in 2005 by four mums who wanted to create a range of great skincare products that were suitable for pregnant women as well as free from nasty chemicals.
Since then they have expanded their Mio range so that all women can enjoy their gorgeous products. Hooray!
 It was a real treat to be able to try some of the Mama Mio range during this pregnancy;
in my first pregnancy I didn't really use many products bar the occasional bit of Palmer's as I had such terrible nausea all the way through and to be honest it just wasn't a priority to me, however I went 12 days overdue and it was those last days that the really purple stretch marks appeared.
I have never worried about stretch marks from a cosmetic point of view, to me they are proof that my body can do an amazing job, but in later pregnancy they can become very red and sore for me and I did start to become concerned about my skin elasticity and its overall condition.
Little E was quite a small bump but my skin was still becoming quite itchy and sore as the pregnancy progressed;
I started using the Mio Tummy Butter at around 20 weeks. Apart from how thick and creamy it is I noticed straight away how soothing it was on the bump and how super soft my skin felt afterwards.
It smells lovely but I the fragrance isn't overwhelming; I struggled with any sort of perfumes or strong smells all through my pregnancies so this was a bonus.
It also helped a lot with the itching which surprised me, as I assumed it would just continue as my skin stretched!
I did use it most evenings and although my faded stretch marks are just visible I didn't notice new or worse ones this time round at all.
I've been using it on my tummy these last few months post-partum and I personally think it has actually improved my skin elasticity; my tummy skin seems to have tightened up quicker and I can barely see my stretch marks at all, whoop!
The Mega Mama cream is just as gorgeous;
It's a little more fluid, like a thick lotion, which makes it easier to use all over your body.
Again it leaves your skin feeling so soft and nourished without being heavy or sticky.
I like to use it after exfoliating so it can really sink in.
It's also brilliant for tired and aching feet (if you can rope your husband into giving you a foot rub!)
Despite staying well clear of fragrances for the whole nine months, I loved Liquid Yoga.
I'm not sure if it can truly disperse family tiffs (!) but it definitely left me feeling relaxed;
I liked to spray it onto my pregnancy pillow before I collapsed into bed on an evening!
It's a gorgeous blend of essential oils which includes Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile and Mandarin.
It is very light and smells like a whisper of scents rather than one overwhelming fragrance.
I'm not a do-er of Yoga but thankfully you don't need to be to enjoy this beautiful space spray!

I'm not surprised so many mums choose the Mio range for their baby growing bodies; it's so difficult to find great products that work and don't have a long list of chemicals we'd rather not be putting on our skin.
At the same time carrying our little bundles is hard work, and being able to feel a bit pampered at the end of the day is enough to keep us sane for just another day of the pregnancy journey, so I'd go as far to say these are serious mama essentials for both pregnancy and after.

Thanks Mio!

N.B: Mio very kindly gifted me this lovely parcel of their products after I wrote for their blog and haven't asked me to review or blog about them at all, but I loved them so much I wanted to share them with you!

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