Our weaning journey: baby led, spreads and purees

We battled with weaning, and I felt pressured into weaning our son onto solids with purees rather than opting for the baby led route.  I envisaged our weaning journey featuring spreads, dips, vegetable sticks, and other finger goods.  I knew that we needed to start introducing solid foods around five months. I had a vision of putting out a selection of morsels and preparing lots of homemade foods, including some purees to help with different textures. A combination really, but leading with baby led weaning first. Surprisingly, the pressure when and how to start weaning came from a health visitor.…

Kids parties made easy with ‘Party Bags and Supplies’

  What could be more stressful than deciding to have a birthday party for your three-year-old, the day before you go on holiday? It wasn’t a decision I took lightly. We had decided not to throw one this year, but take him to a Butlins Just for Tots weekend instead. All was running to plan until we went to a bunch of third parties and I was immediately struck by two things: (1) they were so much fun, and (2) guilt. So, with a tiny budget and a limited guest list, we decided to throw a third party after all.…

Cocobelle Baby Coconut Oil: will it help my son’s eczema?

  My son has eczema and given we can’t use steroid cream all the time I’m always looking for oils, creams and products that might help his dry skin. I was delighted to have the opportunity to try Cocobelle Baby Coconut Oil, a brand developed by parents of a child with the same issue. We have tried several coconut oils in the past two years and they’ve been hit and miss. The first was an organic oil from a well known supermarket, which was good but did get lumpy over time. The second and most recent one was a generic…

Coping as a couple when your child doesn’t sleep

Coping when your child doesn’t sleep can be tough and put strain on any couple. Our son didn’t really start sleeping through the night until he was two, and even now he can still wake up at any time after 4am.   It’s okay to sleep apart Almost every couple I know sleep apart at some point with young kids. Better off that one person gets some sleep that nobody does. Throw in hot humid nights or one of you snoring, or having to get up early for work, and it makes sleeping apart even more attractive. If you opt…

Why should parents get help with childcare costs? Because of this…

Why should parents get help with childcare?  That’s something I’ve read a lot on social media. It’s generally wrapped up with comments about people on benefits, or immigrants.  People shouldn’t have kids if they can’t afford them. You get my drift. Of all those sorts of comments, there’s one particularly type which stand out to me. It’s the ” I had it tough, why should you get it easy” type of remark. “ How do you think we managed in our day?” one Facebook community member wrote on a childcare news story. It pops up on posts about lots of…

Turning 44 and life reflections

So, there it is. I’m about to turn  44. It feels like a nothing age really. Everybody gets excited about 40, or 50, but 44. Well, you never get any big parties for that. It’s definitely prompted me to reflect though. I’m probably half way through my life now. I’m officially a bit middle aged. I’ve often thought that life is like a play in three acts. At least I feel like mine has been. The three stages of (wo)man if you will. Becoming a mum has been the most exciting part of my life so far, and the most…