Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My First Thomas Toy.


Every now and again we receive something baby related and I think that would be perfect for one of our baby friends. We were recently sent a My First Thomas Activity Plush from Tesco* and although it is a little young for Violet, it is ideal for one of her soon-to-be baby friends. 

The toy is lovely and soft and perfect for tiny hands to explore. Thomas is really well made, with lots of small details and a really gorgeous finish, perfect for any train lovers out there. It comes with a mirror, hidden by that really friendly, well known face. Above his little face, the chimney sets off a variety of train sounds which is great for that new born stage, as a little sensory experience. 

The train has lots of different textures and materials - a smooth panel and a crinkle panel, as well as a rattle inside to create lots of interest for little ones. He even doubles up as a teething toy with a cute little mini-Thomas teether to ease those little gums. 

I can't wait to give this Violet's new friend when he's born and let him explore it!

Katie xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Baby Led Weaning Update.

We are somehow into month three of baby led weaning and I think this has to have been our most successful month yet. Violet is consuming more and more every day and really enjoying lots of new tastes. We realised once she was taking in more, rather than just sucking and playing with the food, that she prefers much more exciting flavours. We had been playing it quite safe with fairly bland foods to start, but she has definitely experienced a whole variety of things over the past month or so. 

If you follow me on social media, you'll have seen that we were away earlier this month, which meant we really needed to get our thinking caps on when it came to meal times. Thankfully we sensibly booked a lodge with a well equipped kitchen, to ensure we could prep some food and save some money whilst we were there. I think Violet quite enjoyed the novelty of eating away from home and really came into her own BLW wise. It has definitely helped having the hubby off for the past two weeks, he's far better and more creative than I am in the kitchen!
Violet is still enjoying some of her faves. Anything with peanut butter, bananas, toast and pesto topped food. I have been trying to mix up her bread choices, and we've tried pitta breads, mini-flat bread and tortillas too, alongside the regular loaf. I know if we had a bread maker we would definitely be trying some of the homemade bread machine recipes by Panasonic. It would definitely be more economical and healthy for us to make our own with the amount of bread we go through!
We've also discovered V has some new faves too. Rice with egg, peas, onions and sweet corn - a baby version of egg fried rice goes down a storm. She is also quite the fan of sweet potato curry, red Thai curry and green Thai curry, all homemade by Daddy of course! 


We also made an exciting BLW purchase at the beginning of the month. We picked up a booster seat, we went with the Summer Infant Booster, for using when we're out and about, which has been a godsend. I dread heading to anywhere to eat out in case they have those huge wooden highchairs (why don't people use the IKEA cheap chairs?!). Violet is far too small for the wooden highchairs and constantly slips and doesn't enjoy her meals. So the booster seat has really revolutionised her eating out experience. Plus she can sit right at the table with us and tends to sit for longer and eat more - win win. 

I think you're pretty much up to date before another month or so of baby led weaning commences. I can't rave about how much we all enjoy BLW and it's so amazing watching her try new things and feeding herself throughout the day. 

Katie xx

*In collaboration with Panasonic.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Magical Cloth Bum Leggings.


A few months back I got chatting with the owner of Clayton's Cloth, a baby and children's wear brand. We chatted back and forth on Instagram and we were kindly sent some leggings* to review.    

Clayton's Cloth was a brand set up to help those wearing cloth nappies have clothes that fit well, particularly around the bum. If you use reusable nappies, you'll know the most bottoms don't fit well and you tend to have to size up. Which then means the waist is too big or the legs are too long, especially on my little dot. 

The leggings were designed with our likes and dislikes in mind and made especially to fit Violet. We chose a unicorn fabric (of course!), which is just incredible. They're so well made and fit V like a glove. She has so many plain leggings, I'm glad that we finally have some more exciting bottoms for her. Plus I'm helping to promote a working at home mum too, hooray for small businesses!

You can find Clayton's Cloth on Instagram (@claytonscloth) and on Facebook. 

Katie xx