ZAs you might already know we are in the throes of weaning here in the Mamma Fairy house. Its something that I for some unknown reason dreaded! This is what prompted me to write this post. There are a couple of products im using that are making the process a whole lot easier!
BabyPotz are incredibly handy BPA free containers that come in ten differentr sizes. They are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. The are ideal for batch cooking. On my first I used ice cube trays in various sizes but the downside was they just weren’t portable and for us who travel a bit weren’t the most practical. I picked up a set of 20 3oz pots and lids in Bella Baby Maynooth, however they are readily available on line and in stores. They are not expensive at €8.99 for 20 as they are durable and I have been re using them over the last while and they are still in perfect condition. I also have been using them for the oldest fella to send some snacks to playschool in.
There is also a handy associated website that I have been using for tips and advice www.mummycooks.ie which is run by Siobhan Berry, a mum herself.
Neven Maguire – Complete Baby & Toddler Cookbook
I got sent this book by Gill & Macmillian which was perfectly timed as we were just getting ready to commence weaning. This book is very useful, its easy to follow, straight forward and contain lots of different food combinations from the basic first tastes, to more exciting varied tastes suitable for the toddler years.
Its actually really handy for us, as I am using it for the littlest man and also the big man! Slightly off the weaning topic but I love this size and presentation of this book! What I like is that its encouraging me to try out additional tastes on the weaning journey for example, today’s batch cooking consisted of butternut squash with a pinch of cinnamon. For my first I wouldn’t have been brave enough to be introducing herbs and spices this early but the little man devours it. There is also a nice section in the back for handy treats to make for parties or celebrations.
Ill be the first to admit, cooking isn’t my strong point but this book is incredibly easy to follow and the kids are enjoying more of a variety of foods as a result. Book is available in most book shops for €18.99.
Bio Kult Infantis
Not a product as such however this a live ‘good’ bacteria formula suitable for infants and toddlers. The formula also contains omega 3 and vitamin d. I am not a doctor, pharmacists of health practitioner therefore im only taking from my own experience. In my opinion from milk to solids is a big change for the tiny tummies of babies therefore I wanted help my littles man digestive system as best I could. I received a sample sachet of this product which I used over 3 days. I straight away went out and bought a box in my local chemist.
My little man was a great sleeper from 6 weeks from the time weaning commenced this went down hill dramatically! Rightly or wrongly I attributed this to his little tummy finding it hard to process the solids. After 2 days there was a massive improvement. We are one week in now using Bio Kult and he is sleeping much better. Now it may be a total coincidence but im not taking a chance and im going to keep using them. A box of 16 sachets cost me €11.99. I only use about a third of a sachet popped into his milk.
They are easy to use and what I like is they don’t have to be kept in the fridge like other pro-biotics I have used in the past making them very handy if you are out and about or traveling
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