Mar 262016
 

The First Years

Yesterday it was six months ago that our sweet Harriet was born, six whole months of loving on our beautiful girl. Even though we’ve been through this baby stage four times before, I still enjoy every little bit of it. I just love the cuddles and the kisses and all those special ‘firsts’.

Harriet TFY

Babies grow so quickly and their needs change all the time, luckily when it comes to eating and drinking The First Years has got all stages covered.

Wean On Me cupAs Harriet is exclusively breastfed she has not had any experience with drinking from bottles, she doesn’t even take a dummy! However with three little teeth coming through she enjoys biting, chewing and drinking around the clock so we felt a small, spill proof sippy cup with some water might be a welcome distraction. She immediately grabbed on to the handles of the 207ml ‘Wean On Me’ Trainer Cup (RRP $5, 4 months+) and went for it, instant success.

Simply SoftAs your baby gets bigger and becomes more confident with drinking from a cup you can move onto the ‘Simply Soft’ Soft Spout Cup (RRP $5, 6 months+). Like its smaller sibling this 266ml cup has a nice, soft spout that is gentle on sensitive gums and tiny toothy pegs but has a taller, slimmer fit so children can learn to hold the cup properly by using two hands. All The First Years toddler cups are completely free from BPA, after all we don’t want any nasty chemicals near our precious bundles.

Simple SippyFrom 9 months onwards babies can start trying a more rigid spout like the ‘Simple Sippy’ Cups (RRP $8, 2-pack). These colourful cups and lids are stackable for more efficient storage. Not only does The First Years know exactly what works for little ones, they make mum’s life easier too with their clever ‘one piece lid’ design: there are no small pieces to lose, clean, take apart or fit together, so easy! All lids from the ‘One Piece Lid’ collection are interchangeable so you don’t even have to find the matching lid to the right cup saving you time and hassle.

Simple StrawLast but not least there are the cool ‘Simple Straw’ Cups (RRP $8, 2-pack), they are suitable for ages 18 months+ but our 3-year old still loves these ‘bottles’ (and I love the ‘no mess’ part!). Thanks to the pleasant price tag of the ‘The First Years’ feeding range (RRP $5-$8) you can afford to have one cup in the kitchen, one in your baby bag, one at grandma’s and one in the dishwasher, without breaking the bank.

The First Years toddler feeding range is available in many different designs to suit boys and girls and can be found exclusively at Target stores across Australia.

To find out more about The First Years and to browse the range visit www.thefirstyears.com.

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Simple Steps to Starting Solids

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Feb 172016
 

Heinz Baby Basics

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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
 

Weanmeister

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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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May 142012
 

These days when I am filling the plates at dinnertime I find it hard to believe there was a time when the kids ate just a few tiny teaspoons full. Now they eat big bowls full, ask for second serves and still manage to eat plenty of fruit after. But not from our ordinary, boring white plates of course, they prefer something bright and interesting so I know they would love the awesome Oogaa feeding range that recently arrived in Australia.

You can find the fabulous Oogaa products at Boutique Brands, home of lots of hip and stylish goodies for kids. Oogaa ticks all the boxes for modern, eco concious parents: all products are free from BPA and other harsh chemicals, they are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and they won’t break, chip or make loud noises. Of course they will also get the tick of approval from little ones as they are easy to hold and feature bright colours, fun characters and shapes.

It is definitely the cool shapes of those spoons that everyone is going gaga over (or should I say oogaa?). We all know little ones love getting their food delivered by train or plane and with the Oogaa spoons you can take the mealtime journeys to a whole other level. You can buy the Oogaa tableware as a Mealtime Set ($24.95, 1 bowl and 2 spoons) or purchase the Spoons individually ($8.95), there are mutliple colours to choose from.

Although you’d think kids don’t waste a drop when eating from these funky utensils it is better to be safe than sorry which is where the Oogaa Placemats ($10.95) come in. Like their siblings they are made from soft safe silicone which has many fantastic features, one of my favourites being that it will not support the growth of fungus, mould or bacteria and is heat resistant. Plus it is super flexible and folds easily so it is perfect for on the go.

To find out more about Oogaa, to browse the range and to order online visit www.boutiquebrands.com.au. Extra little bonus: enter the code ‘FREEPOST’ to receive free shipping on your order, anytime (not valid for items on special)!

For your chance to win a Oogaa Mealtime and Placemat Set (Green) visit www.boutiquebrands.com.au and answer the following question: Aside from the Oogaa range, name two other labels available at Boutique Brands.

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Minkie Mary the Dummy Fairy

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Nov 152011
 

We have all heard of the Tooth Fairy and most kids are happy to give up their lost teeth in return for a special reward. In a way the Tooth Fairy has a very easy job, pulling out a tiny tooth from under a pillow is a piece of cake compared to the task ahead for Minkie Mary. Minkie Mary the Dummy Fairy is in charge of gently taking away your little one’s dummy, something that can be quite upsetting for both child and parent. Get it right straight away and come prepared with the Minkie Mary the Dummy Fairy kit from Rudy and the Dodo.

The gorgeous Minkie Mary the Dummy Fairy dummy weaning kit ($34,95, consisting of a book, storage pouch and toy mouse) is a great tool for parents as they gently encourage their child to give up the dummy.

The thought of that precious, much loved dummy going in the bin is much harder to swallow than the magical story of Minkie Mary, the friendly dummy fairy mouse who travels around to visit little boys and girls who no longer need their dummies. As a reward for their brave gesture of giving up the dummy Minkie Mary leaves behind a special treasure: a cute little toy mouse that offers the necessary cuddles and security instead of the dummy.

To find out more about Rudy and the Dodo, to take a closer look at Minkie Mary the Dummy Fairy and to order online visit www.rudyandthedodo.com.au.