From first bite to family table

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Feb 232017
 

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I can’t believe how far baby Hattie has come since she had her tongue tie snipped just almost one year ago. After being sent from GP to paediatrician to ENT specialist we finally ended up at a wonderful oral surgeon who listened to our concerns and rectified the issue in a matter of minutes. In the past eleven months our little girl has changed from a grumpy eater who would keep her mouth firmly shut when first starting solids into a inquisitive lady who loves trying new foods!

Harriet 3

Even though we were a bit late introducing solids Harriet quickly caught up and at 17 months old she now joins us for family dinner every day. When feeding baby solids you may choose to start with single flavours/foods so you can easily detect any possible allergies, thankfully Harriet (unlike her siblings) experienced no dramas with most popular solid food for babies so by now she is eating pretty much everything.

french-toast

With 4 siblings to look up to it is no surprise Harriet prefers baby food that she can hold herself, so we’re always trying new baby finger food recipes. You can easily use your child’s favourite homemade baby food or Heinz food pouches and make them into fun finger food for babies that they can eat independently. I love that Heinz baby food is Australian made and approved by nutritionists. You can use the handy pouches on their own (at home and on the go) or as a tasty base to create new recipes for toddlers.

The Banana Pikelets with Strawberry and Vanilla Custard, topped with a few slices of kiwi, make a great (messy!) dessert and the Very Berry French Toast is always a hit with all our kids. Toddler food should be sturdy enough to hold, yet soft enough to break for little hands and moderately easy to chew. You can adjust the consistency of your toddler recipes as your baby grows.

pikelets

Need some more mealtime inspiration? You can find lots of other tried-and-tested baby recipes and toddler food ideas on the Heinz for Baby website, all recipes are quick to prepare and suited to your child’s developmental stage. You can rest assured with Heinz you’re whipping up wholesome baby meals and tasty treats.

If you’ve got a winning recipe to share make sure to drop by at www.facebook.com/HeinzForBabyAustralia so other families can do the taste test too.

Dec 172016
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 17

While you are preparing a delicious feast for your Christmas guests, don’t forget about the baby! Save yourself time and hassle on Christmas Day by planning ahead and whipping up some baby-friendly treats now to pop in the freezer. To help you store and serve your homemade babyhood safely and in style Wean Meister has put together a fabulous $75 prize pack for one lucky reader:

Wean Meister Freezer PodsFirst up is Wean Meister’s hero product and best seller, the Freezer Pod (RRP $25 each or $60 per 3-pack). These clever freezer trays are made from flexible silicone and divided over 9 handy 75ml serves. Fill them up with your own homemade puree, mash, sauce, yoghurt or even breast milk and pop the pod in your freezer, that way you always have fresh and healthy meals on hand in ideal portions for little eaters.

adoraBOWLSIf you are looking for all the benefits of the Freezer Pod but prefer one slightly bigger container look no further than the cute AdoraBOWLS (RRP $25, 2-pack). I absolutely love the beautiful colours of the AdoraBOWL range, my kids would love to pick a bowl each. With a convenient 250ml capacity the AdoraBOWL is perfect for baby and toddler meals, soups or leftovers from dinner and you can heat the contents directly in the bowl.

Not only is Wean Meister storage super pratical, safety is very high on the priority list too. The high quality BPA-free silicone is bacteria resistant and no tiny grooves and corners for germs to hide in). It can even safely be used in freezer, fridge, microwave AND oven (up to 240°C), now that’s what I call multipurpose. Once you’ve tried Wean Meister you’ll definitely want to stock up, make sure to grab one of the well-priced value packs while you are there.

Because baby feeding does tend to get messy Wean Meister has come with a great solution for that problem too. The new Easy Rinse Bibs (RRP $25, 2-pack) with crumb catcher tray are light in weight, prevent spills and crumbs from dropping down your baby’s clothes and have an adjustable neck fastening. Best of all they’re easy to clean, just rinse/wipe off and they’re good to go! The bibs are available in three stylish colour combinations and are suitable for ages 6 months – 2 years.

To find out more about Wean Meister, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.weanmeister.com.au.

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The (s)low down on solids

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Oct 042016
 

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Child health nurses, leaflets, the internet, magazines, books, blogs… I don’t know about you but sometimes I get a little confused by all the conflicting parenting advice that’s out there. When it comes to introducing solids there definitely are plenty of ‘rules’ and opinions to consider. As a mum of five I know all too well that the journey to starting solids is not always a straight forward one and that is OK. Every baby and every situation is different and therefore you may need to sway from the middle road a little to find a good ‘fit’ for you child.

Harriet 3

If you are thinking of holding off on solids for a while it might be helpful to know that there are several common reasons to delay solid foods for your baby:

Immature Digestive System
Research has shown that it takes time for a baby’s digestive system to mature, therefore young babies may struggle to process (certain) foods resulting in upset tummies, gas, constipation etc. As our twins were born prematurely we took this medical advice on board and we kept their adjusted age in mind when deciding when to start solids. After the initial delay they quickly got the hang of it without any tummy trouble.

Hattie High Chair

Food Allergies
As you may remember our Sybil struggled with food from the moment we started her on solid foods, vomiting every 10-15 minutes day in day out. It became clear immediately that most foods did not agree with her very well and we held off on more solids until we were able to establish the offending foods. She was later diagnosed with a cow’s milk and soy allergy and for some time she was on a gluten free diet too.

If you are aware of any allergies or intolerance in your child (or even close family) please consult with a paediatrician and/or allergy specialist to put together a plan to safely introduce solids to your baby. When dealing with food allergies it is often easiest to cook meals from scratch so you know exactly what’s on your baby’s plate.

Heinz Teething Rusk

Oral Development
Having had several children with reflux problems and now also tongue tie I have seen that being able to swallow and properly move your tongue is very important when starting baby on solids. For some babies it is a case of learning as they go, for others some intervention may be needed via medication or surgery. After just one spoon full it was obvious our Harriet (now 12 months) was struggling so we visited our ENT for advice and had her tongue released shortly after. If you have any concerns about your baby’s ability to swallow or chew you may want to check with your doctor to make sure there are no serious issues that need treatment.

When introducing solids to babies you would usually start with a smooth puree consistency that is easy to swallow and does not require biting or chewing. As your baby gets older, becomes more experienced and gets (more) teeth you can move on to lumpier foods. If your child has oral development issues you may choose to stick with puree and mash a little longer, we did with our babies and they all got there in their own time.

In the end it is important to remember, every baby develops at his/her own pace and it’s OK to slow down on solids!

Simple Steps to Starting Solids

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Feb 172016
 

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No matter how much I wish she would stay small forever, our beautiful little Harriet is growing up fast and she is definitely no longer a newborn. Now that she is almost 5 months old and weighs in at an impressive 7kg this gorgeous girl is starting to get very interested in all the ‘grown-up food’ she is missing out on, I think her first try of solids is just around the corner.

Heinz Baby

As cute as that ‘first bite’ photo will look on your wall, after four kids I know that starting solids also comes with a fair bit of work and a huge amount of mess. Here are a few tips and tricks to make this stage enjoyable for all:

Cook in bulk
Instead of preparing one tiny bowl of fresh food every day it is much more time efficient (and budget friendly) to cook larger quantities and store them in your freezer. If you freeze your baby’s meals in bite-size portions you can simply take out a single serve when needed; quick, easy and less wasted food.

Freezer Pod TrayThe practical Freezer Pot Tray holds six convenient 60ml pods, an ideal size for little tummies. Hungry baby? Simply pop out the frozen food to defrost your nutritious home-made meal or microwave the contents directly in the container, yay for less washing up! The tray keeps all your pods neatly organised while the individual pods are great for on-the-go too, the secure clip-on lid avoids messy spills in your nappy bag.

Tip: Use the coloured lids to ‘colour-code’ your meal stash, eg. green for vegetables, pink for fruit/dessert and blue for breastmilk.

Heinz Freezer Tray

Drip, drop, splash
Babies + Food = Mess, and lots of it. Whether you like it or not, as soon as you start solids you are in for a whole lot of gooey, sticky, slippery, crunchy, caked on mess. Thankfully there are a few things that could help limit the damage like a good absorbent bib, a non-spill cup, a splat mat under the table and of course this clever invention:

UnbelievabowlThe innovative Unbelievabowl Suction Bowl uses super strong suction to safely secure your baby’s bowl to the high chair or table. Not only will this keep the bowl from tipping over by accident, it also makes it much easier for baby to scoop out dinner without having to hold onto the bowl AND your cheeky eater can’t throw the bowl on the ground in protest. Now that’s what I call a sanity saver!

Heinz Suction Bowl

Make mealtime fun
You may have heard the saying ‘Food before one is just for fun’, for now it’s all about introducing your baby to different flavours and textures and basically letting them have fun with food. It is no secret that babies love bright colours and interesting shapes so make sure you bring those to the table too.

Heinz Baby SpoonsThese funky Weaning Spoons are available in a range of attractive colours and are sure to appeal to inquisitive babies. The easy-grip handle is specifically designed for small hands that are still learning and the Flexisoft tip is gentle on sensitive gums. As babies grow and gain independence they can start their self-feeding journey with the First Feeding Spoons, the feeding experts at Heinz have all stages covered.

You can find the Heinz Baby Basics range in the baby aisle at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

To find out more about Heinz Baby Basics, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.nicepak.com.au.

Aug 082014
 

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Big Birthday Bash – Day 8

Pureed apple, mashed potato, squashed banana and steamed cauliflower, when you start your baby on solids a whole new world opens up. All this cooking, boiling, blending and mashing is rather time consuming so the best way to win back some precious time is by cooking in bulk. Designed by a clever Aussie mum Wean Meister takes the hassle out of storing, freezing and serving your homemade baby food.

Wean Meister Freezer PodsThe original Wean Meister Freezer Pod ($20, available in 3 colours) allows you store your freshly prepared, nutritious baby food in nine convenient 75ml portions. Just fill, pop the lid on the tray and store in your freezer, then when it comes to meal time simply pop out a cube and defrost, easy as pie! Freezer Pods are made of flexible silicone, they are freezer, microwave and oven safe and free from BPA plus (very handy) they’re stackable too so you can efficiently fill your freezer to the brim!

The gorgeous Wean Meister AdoraBOWLS ($20 per 2-pack) have only recently been added to the range but they’re already a huge hit with modern Australian mothers. Not only are they the perfect size for defrosting and feeding your (Freezer Pod) baby foods, they are also a fantastic bowl for serving kids snacks and storing leftover meals. AdoraBOWLS are made from the same soft and safe material as the Wean Meister Freezer Pods so they make the ultimate healthy mealtime solution.

Wean Meister AdoraBOWLS

To find out more about Wean Meister, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.weanmeister.com.au.

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Annabel Karmel by NUK

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Dec 292013
 

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It has been a bit of a wait but we’ve finally spotted a tooth! Even though she can’t do much biting yet baby Sybil happily chews and chomps on any food we put in front of her. From purees to mash and now soft lumps, it won’t be long until she can join in with the big kids at the dinner table. Dinner time is usually rather busy for our big family so I save myself some time by preparing the baby meals once a week and store them in the freezer:

Fruit and vegies in baby sized portions

Fruit and vegies in baby sized portions

Five months ago this was the first batch of baby food I made and since then the handy Annabel Karmel by NUK range has had quite the workout at our house. Child nutrition expert Annabel Karmel is known all around the world for her best-selling children’s cookbooks  and now she has teamed up with the clever team at NUK Australia to create an innovative range of BPA free baby equipment perfect for modern Aussie families.

NUk Freezer TrayWhen I prepare our baby food I usually fill up the Freezer Tray With Lid first. This food cube tray has enough room for nine 30ml portions, a great size for little ones just starting on solids. As your baby grows and starts eating bigger meals you can put together a mixed meal, eg. one cube of potato, one cube of carrot and one cube of fruit for dessert. The lid clips on tight and creates a flat surface, making it easy to stack in the freezer.

NUK CubesAt dinner time I just pop out one or more of the cubes (they come out easily) and warm it up ready to be eaten. The freezer tray is dishwasher safe so cleaning up is hassle free. For going out I use one of the six Stackable Cubes, each pack contains 2x 50ml, 2x 73ml and 2x 100ml containers. These colourful cubes are freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe, so when you are visiting friends of family you can just quickly warm your baby’s meal without needing a separate bowl (all you need is a spoon).

NUK Food Masher and BowlI generally make larger batches with my Beaba Babycook but even with a freezer full of baby meals there are times when you just want to make a fast, single meal or snack. The Food Masher and Bowl set is easy to use, fool proof (easy for dads, grandparents and babysitters) and you can use it anywhere and anytime. I often end up grabbing this to quickly mash up a serve of fresh fruit or to make our own ‘grown up’ meal baby friendly.

NUK Ice Lolly MouldsThe last product in the range is the Mini Ice Lolly Set, it looks absolutely adorable and it’s perfect for warm summer days (we have plenty of those here in Australia). I have only just started using this as baby has to be a little bit bigger (ca. 9 months+) to be able to hold the ice lollies. Fill the moulds with your child’s favouirte fresh fruit or yoghurt, pop in the freezer, and the next day you have healthy miniature ice blocks that are super tasty and great for sore gums.

To find out more about NUK, to browse the Annabel Karmel range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.nuk.com.au.

Nov 282013
 

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It feels like I just blinked and 9 months went by. Not much longer and Sybbie won’t be a baby anymore, she is standing up, cruising the furniture and eating two whole slices of bread for lunch. With no teeth in sight Sybil is still enjoying her baby meals but she is quickly becoming more independent, feeding herself with her hand and trying very hard with a spoon. If you are about to start your baby on solids you can count on Tommee Tippee to make your life easier. Check out these awesome Tommee Tippee baby feeding products and enter to win them all:

Food ProcessorNow don’t let the name of this multifunctional gadget fool you, the All-in-one Food Processor (RRP $169.95) is so much more than just a food processor! Yes it steams and blends, allowing you to create nutritious, fresh meals for your baby whenever you want (and saving you a bucketload of money compared to store bought jars and pouches) but there is more to this clever kitchen appliance. Aside from the food preparation part it warms baby bottles and foods and it can even sterilise your bottles for you too.

Tommee Tippee Food ProcessorSo that’s 5 great uses in one unit and no, it will not take up your whole kitchen bench. It is suprisingly compact in size and comes complete with storage bag perfect for at home or on holiday. It takes just a few simple buttons to control so even dads and grandparents can master it. You can cook separate meals for your baby or you can just add the ‘family meal’ to the processor for a quick blend, easy as pie.

Soft Bite SpoonsAnd then there you are, a bowl of freshly made up baby food in hand and hopefully a camera ready for those ‘first solids’ photos. The Soft bite spoons (2-pack RRP $7.25, 4 months+) are created with adults and babies in mind: the long spoon is easy to hold for parents (the extra length is very handy when feeding from a jar) and it has a small tip to fit in little mouths. Many babies will ‘insist’ on holding a spoon too so for them the shorter spoon is perfect. Both spoons are soft and gentle on gums and teeth.

Roll 'n' Go BibSolids equals mess: on their face, in their hair, on the high chair, on the ground, you better get the wipes ready! I’ll admit that it is hard to end a meal with clean clothes but you can always try, the Roll ‘n’ Go Bibs (2-pack RRP $14.75, 4 months+) are a great size so they cover most of the front, have a useful food catcher, are easy to wipe clean (plus dishwasher safe) and you can roll them up into a compact package for in your nappy bag.

Fresh Food FeederWe used the Fresh Food Feeder (RRP $6.75, 6 months+) for all of our children and with summer coming up we’ll definitely be using it a lot. Fill these clever tools with fresh or even frozen fruit (our favourites are pear, apple, watermelon, rockmelon and grapes) and you’ve got your hungry little baby a delicious, healthy snack without the risk of choking. They can hold it themselves, it works a treat for teething and comes with keep-clean cover and 2 extra feeding bags.

First Fork and SpoonSooner or later your baby will want to start feeding him/herself, it’s both a delightful and very messy stage but I guess they have to learn by doing it. The colourful First Fork and Spoon (RRP $11.20, 12 months+) may look a little odd to us grown-ups but their ergonomic design make it much easier for little ones to bring the food to their mouth without spilling. They’re BPA-free, easy to hold and feature blunt edges for extra safety.

Miomee First Drinking CupWhether your baby is breastfed or bottlefed, quite early on you can start offering your baby little sips of water in a cup. The Tommee Tippee Miomee First Drinking Cup (RRP $12.95, 4 months+) is specifically designed for young babies featuring a soft feel spout (requiring similar suction to a normal teat) and easy hold handles making it the ideal next step up from a regular bottle. Very practical: the cup, bottle ring, handles and spout are interchangable with the rest of the Miomee range.

Also included is a bonus hard spout and a lid to keep the spout clean and protected when not in use. With a 150ml capacity this is the perfect starter cup for little ones and excellent value compared to other cups, especially because the extra spout is included.

Discovera Trainer CupJust like the spouts on the First Drinking Cup the 260ml Discovera Trainer Cup (RRP $12.95, 6 months+) is fitted with innovative SAMTECH technology, this clever non-spill valve design protects against messy, sticky, inconvenient spills and drips and it can even withstand a good shake (because babies just love shaking their bottles!). The handles will help your baby learn to drink independently.

Discovera Active TipperOnce your baby becomes more confident at drinking from a bottle and drinks larger amount of water he/she can move on to the Discovera Active Tipper (RRP $12.95, 12 months+). All Tommee Tippee Discovera cups and bottles are BPA free and have a very handy write-on area so you can personalise it with your child’s name, that way it is easy for babysitters and childcare workers to give your child the right bottle.

To find out more about Tommee Tippee, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.tommeetippee.com.au.

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