Category: Family Life

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

With Christmas coming up and space in our house limited I’ve been having a bit of a toy overhaul over the last couple of weeks, taking a look at how to effectively store them as well as selling, donating and bagging some up to put […]

Family fun at Kent Life Hops n Harvest Festival

Family fun at Kent Life Hops n Harvest Festival

After a particularly miserable week plagued with illness here I was determined that this weekend would be filled with memory making and quality family time to end a rather lovely summer. The first weekend of September was always marked off in our calendar before we […]

Weaning William: A Combined Approach to Introducing First Foods

Weaning William: A Combined Approach to Introducing First Foods

We’ve reached one of my favourite stages of the baby days. The squishy newborn days are behind us for now and now that William has reached 6 months we’ve moved on to weaning! In truth, we started weaning a little earlier than 6 months – probably around 5 months as he is just such a hungry little thing. I find it so rewarding cooking and preparing new meals with new flavours for a baby and watching them discover a whole new world of food!

We started with baby rice, watered down a little more than advised as he was still younger than the recommended 6 months and that’s just what the Health Visitor had told us to do when we weaned Florence early. He had this maybe every other day to start with and then we introduced some Ella’s Kitchen fruit pouches / homemade fruit purees on the days in between as he began to get used to eating a bit more.

Once he turned 6 months I started to introduce a second meal each day with one of  those being predominantly finger foods – cheese sticks, par boiled carrot sticks, cucumber, toast soldiers for example. He devoured everything I gave him within moments bless him and so before long we moved up to three meals per day.

He now has porridge every morning for breakfast, sometimes with a crust of Florence’s toast he can munch on between spoonfuls.

For lunch, he generally has a baby version of whatever Florence and I are having. A sandwich and some veggie / fruit sticks always goes down well, or sometimes we have pasta with grated cheese which he loves too. Both littles tend to have a yogurt with their lunch too. 

When it comes to dinner, unless what we’re having isn’t particularly baby friendly again he has a version of what I am serving up for everyone else. He’s had  home cooked bolognese, a roast dinner, mashed potato & brocolli, noodles, even a very mild curry and loved it all! If what’s on the menu isn’t suitable for him or we are eating later than he needs dinner, I turn to a baby food jar or pouch. After dinner he’ll tend to have some fruit purree or baby banana custard.

I’ve taken a lot more of a baby led approach this time around while still using some purees to fill in the gaps or rely on when I just need to grab something quick for him. One thing I did forget is just how messy weaning is! Even a few bits of plain pasta leads to a whole host of mess so we either cover him with a giant muslin or strip him down completely.

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How I get out and about with 2 children under 3

How I get out and about with 2 children under 3

One of the things I was most worried about when it came to having two babies so close in age was the logistics of getting out of the house. I don’t drive and Sean works all week so if we want to go out Monday […]

William’s 5 month update

William’s 5 month update

Hey little man, these weeks are just flying by since you were born and you’re already 5 months old. It feels like you’ve been here with us forever and yet at the same time I can’t believe so much time has passed since I held […]

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

I’m back talking about our favourite toy brand, Hape, again. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with them to help showcase their awesome range of sustainably made wooden baby and toddler toys and today I’m taking all about the Hape Scoot Around toddler bike which Florence was very kindly gifted for her birthday. Florence loves bikes and whenever we go to a play group or a friends house she always makes a bee line for them, so when Hape got in touch to see if we wanted try out their Scoot Around Toddler Bike it was an absolute no brainer! And seeing her face light up when she unwrapped it on the morning of her birthday was just priceless!

It is a sturdy 4 wheeled foot powered bike / scooter hybrid and is perfect as an introduction to scooting and riding. Made mostly from strong but reasonably lightweight wood and mark resistant ‘real’ rubber wheels it is designed to stand the test of time and will no doubt be handed down as our family grows. Florence has ridden it practically every day either around the garden/house or to the park and it’s showing barely any wear.

The natural wood & green colour ways make it perfectly gender neutral as well as aesthetically pleasing. No garish plastic in site. And as ever it’s made from 100% sustainable materials, which to me is just so important.

Florence can ride this little bike without help, albeit incredibly slowly – she’s such a little day dreamer – and I hope that she will just continue to gain confidence as she gets more practice.  It is a shame that there isn’t a way to convert it into a balance bike so that it can grow with Florence but we still love it.

Where can I buy the Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike?

The Hape Scoot Around is available at Amazon or £58.91 and is also available on prime if you’re a member, which means it comes with free next day delivery!

JUST SO YOU KNOW

This Hape Scoot Around was kindly gifted to us in return for a full and honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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The Weekend Blog #4 | Summer is here!

The Weekend Blog #4 | Summer is here!

Ahh I am so excited about summer finally being here! This weekend we made a start on ticking off some of the things on our summer bucket list. SATURDAY Sean was working on Saturday morning so I decided to get myself and the littles out […]

Our Summer Bucket List

Our Summer Bucket List

So summer is officially here and I am determined to fill the next 10 weeks with adventures with my little family. We’ll be on a bit of a budget because we’re still saving so I’ve picked out a bunch of mostly free things we can […]