Monday, 29 July 2013

A weaning great time!

I can not quite believe that we have gone through the whole weaning process again.  It seems two seconds since we were doing this with Belle.  I even wrote about it on this very blog.

We started Spike on solids a week before he was 6 months old.  Some people start sooner but the recommended age is 6 months and he was very happy on just milk until then so we decided to wait.  In true Mummy's Shoes household style he woofed down his first puree (Pear) and could not get enough!  We did a mixture of baby led weaning and puree. It is what we did for Belle too.

Big sister getting in on the weaning action

Rice crackers - A definite favourite snack...he would eat these all day long if I let him!

Corn on the cob - No teeth at this stage but that didn't stop him!

Aside from a few Ella's Kitchen Pouches (love those things, all natural ingredients) I stocked up the freezer with lots of home made purees.  I took a lot of the recipes from the same books I used with Belle...Annabel Karmel's Top 100 baby purees and the complete baby and toddler meal planner book.
We were sent a fantastic new weaning range from OXO tot to try out.  I can tell you the spoons and training cup are the best I have ever come across.  I was already a fan of OXO storage pots anyway so I had high hopes for this range and it didn't let me down.  

Above is Spike at 7 months old using his OXO sippy cup.  This cup is fantastic as it has three different stages and can be transformed into a training cup as well as a normal cup.

These baby food freezer blocks are great and have measurement markings on the sides

I find Spike a little more stressful then I did his sister, when it comes to feeding.  Belle would suck and gum all her food very well and she was quite delicate with her food.  Where-as Spike seems to like to jam his mouth full with as much food as is humanly possible.  This results in a LOT of gagging!  It took me a while to realise when he was choking and when it was just his gagging reflex (which is much further forward on babies then an adults is).  I still (he is now 10 months old) panic a few times a week and I am hoping he will get better now his two bottom teeth have come through or I may just go grey!

We have been very lucky with both of our babies as there is no food they have refused.  Spike will happily gnaw on a gherkin or a raw onion.  I think introducing these tastes early is a good thing.  Belle still loves so many foods and is a magnificent eater!

So all in all weaning went well.  I just hope Spike calms down on the choking soon so I can have more confidence in giving him large chunks of food.  Did anyone else have a baby like this?

Disclaimer:  We were sent the OXO items for the purpose of review however all opinions, words and photos are my own.

Monday, 1 July 2013

A trip to Hamleys where they reveal the TOP toys for Christmas 2013

It may only be June but last week we ate mince pies, sat under a Christmas tree and played with LOTS of toys!

Belle and I were on a press trip to Hamleys where they revealed their predictions for the Top Ten must have toys for Christmas 2013.  Belle was impressed with a lot of the choices but I shall keep you in suspense a little longer by first sharing some snaps from the day...

Train Station...One of the highlights of the day for Belle!

Belle loved this Hollywood Pedal Car, featured as one of Hamleys "Exceptional Eight" gifts for Christmas RRP £250

Hello Kitty Heaven in Hamleys!

A quick visit to the baby section for Spike

In Hamleys Party Room
These 'Zelfs' (shown on Top Middle and Bottom Left) were one of Belle's favourite things and featured as one of Hamleys 'recommended toys' for Christmas.  They are very similar to Trolls.  RRP £9
I also have my eye on the Limited Edition Tutu (Top Right) by Luvley.  Made with Swarovski RRP £250

Another find of the day which I am going to have to get for baby Spike is the new F1 Lotus Trunki RRP £65

One very happy girl full of Christmas spirit en route home!
Thanks for having us Hamleys!

And without further ado I give you Hamleys Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2013!

(From Top Left to Right) 
VIP Pets £14 - These little pets all have their own unique characters, from a bohemian nature lover to Lady Gigi, a famous party planner
Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag £26 - Let your little one become Doc McStuffin who 'fixes' toys with her glittery doctor's bag.
Teska Puppy £75 - A robotic puppy that responds to your voice, gestures, lights and sound. Teska can bark, cry, whimper and you can even teach Teska tricks!
LeapPad Ultra £125 - The LeapPad Ultra is tougher than ever and practically an iPad for kids now. Play, write and draw on the 7" hi-res screen and capture the world with both front and back cameras and video recorders.
The Lion Chi Temple £125 - From an Eagle drone fighter to the rotating tower canon, Lego doesn't get much better than this! 

(From Top left to right)
Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls £23 each - With the Monster High DVD "13 Wishes" due for release later this year these "freakishly fabulous dolls" are set to be a big seller!  
Robo Fish £14 - Already one of the fastest selling toys of all time, there are now eight different Robo fish to collect.  This fish, once placed in water, really does act like a real fish!  
Sulley Monster Mask £40 - Not only can you look like Monster University's Sulley but this mask is truly child powered - you control the facial movements! 
Chasin Cheeky £26 - Try to toss rings onto the tail of Chasin' Cheeky as he moves and be the first to grab the banana. 
Furby Boom £75 - Furby Boom, coming soon! A top seller last year and set to be the same this year but exactly what we can expect is still Top Secret so keep your eyes peeled!