Hiding Away Baby Items

July 4, 2016

One thing I’ve wanted to avoid since I found out we were having a baby was allowing the house to be taken over by baby “stuff”. I’ve seen it so many times– toys start to take over every room of the house and you find yourself buying the baby version of everything. There’s nothing wrong with this if you don’t mind, but I do mind. I guess I feel like our house is a reflection of us, and I don’t want to feel like my entire identity is about being a mom, if you get what I mean (I hope that doesn’t sound bad). It’s important to nurture yourself and your desires!

storage

It’s unavoidable that, as your little one grows, you’re going to acquire more things for them. I keep diaper changing supplies in our living room as well as a selection of toys. To keep these things tidied away, I picked up some interesting baskets.  I feel like these add visual interest to the space while helping me keep the room clean. Of course when Winter is playing, there is a blanket and toys on the floor, but after he goes to sleep, it’s easy to throw them in the basket on the right and have a clean space.

The idea of toy storage in the living room isn’t revolutionary, but I wanted to share that just because you’re storing toys/baby goodies doesn’t mean that the container has to look like it’s for kids. You can choose a solution that’s stylish and works for your space!

Cheeseburger Macaroni for Babies and Toddlers

July 1, 2016

cheeseburger pasta for kids

I had a lot of fun coming up with this recipe. Growing up, I can remember occasionally eating something in the States called Hamburger Helper. It’s a really cheap and easy boxed meal that you just add some minced meat to and have dinner. I wanted to recreate this dish, but without any of the salt or additives. My son loves cheese, so I thought it would be a hit, but I also wanted to add in some vegetables in my version. It went down a treat and would be great for toddlers or the entire family! (My husband and I thought it was delicious.)

cheeseburger pasta for babies

Ingredients

Makes at least 18 ice cubes. Double the recipe to feed 2 adults and 2 children.

250g mince beef (or mince meat of your choice)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 clove of garlice, minced
1/2 cup no-salt chicken stock (I use this)
1 cup milk
3/4 cup macaroni noodles
1 tspn paprika
1 tbspn cornflour
3/4 cup cheddar cheese

Directions

For 6 months +

Brown beef, garlic, and vegetables and drain off fat. Return to pot.

Add milk, broth, and macaroni to pot, then stir in cornstarch and paprika.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cover for the required cook time of your noodles.

Remove from heat, then stir in cheese.

For toddlers, you can serve now. For babies, add everything to blender and blend to the required smoothness for your little one.

Sometimes after freezing, this can thicken up. In that case, add a little water while you reheat to smoothen out.

Baby Banana French Toast

June 26, 2016

banana french toast

If you’re doing baby-led weaning with your little one, or if you’re like me and doing a mixture of that and spoon-feeding, you will find this recipe a fun addition to your breakfast rotation. I like to mix up Winter’s breakfasts to keep things interesting and, while I mostly spoon-feed him, I like to throw in some finger foods to help him improve his motor skills. French toast is the perfect breakfast finger food. It usually calls for sugar, so this alternative recipe is a healthy option. I like to blitz some strawberries to go with it to replace syrup. It’s great for older kids too!

Ingredients

1 bread slice
1 banana
60 ml of baby’s usual milk
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
unsalted butter for cooking

Directions

For 6 months +

Cut the bread into strips. Blend your banana, milk, and spices until smooth. Dip each slice into mixture and fry in butter until brown. Serve with blended fruit– I like strawberries!

Winter’s Nursery Tour

March 27, 2016

IMG_3651As a part of our sleep training process (which I’ll update you on later), we decided to move Winter into his own bedroom. He previously had a corner in our bedroom, and I was concerned we may be waking him up at night by coughing or tossing and turning in our sleep. His corner was decorated, so we had a lot of the things we needed already. We only needed to pop to a couple of stores to get the final finishing touches like his rug, light shade, and other bits. It’s shaping up to be fairly gender-neutral, which I like. I’ve never been a fan of the whole blue-is-for-boys style in fashion or decor.

pillows

Originally, the Stendig calendar was not meant to be part of his room decor, but I like it there for now until I can find a perfect piece to hang in its place. I’m thinking about a big black and white landscape with mountains and trees, but we’ll see what I can find. The pillows and mobile are from OYOY out of Denmark, who I love. I’d like to pick up a few things for our bedroom from there when I can get around to it. IKEA is also the source of his light shade. I don’t believe they sell it online, unfortunately, but it’s worth the trip because if memory serves me right, it was only about £7.

I needed to find a rug big enough to cover the floor that wouldn’t be too expensive, and IKEA came to the rescue! A good rug is hard to find. This one is very soft and reasonably priced. It will be perfect for Winter once he starts crawling and needs a soft place to play and romp around.

I picked up the wall shelves and flower vases from Tiger. Tiger is one of those stores for me that I never think about until I pass one, but every time I go in I want to buy everything. I was so excited to see they had these hexagon boxes for the wall because similar products can be very expensive and these were around £5 each. The ceramic pots were the perfect size to house some cacti that I had in his window, so I snapped those up too.

I’m happy with how things have turned out and I think it’s a room that he can grow into. I’d like to pick up a few interesting items to go in his shelves, but I’m not in a rush because finding such things can take time. It’s going to be fun to see how his room develops over time!

Troubleshooting Baby’s Sleep and Eating Problems

March 11, 2016

I’ve said plenty of times that a lot of mom’s biggest worries when they have a baby center around eating and sleeping. It makes sense because that’s basically all babies do in the beginning, but somehow it doesn’t come as naturally to them as you wish it would.

My four month old has decided in the last week that he likes to wake up hourly at night, which is exhausting. The time has definitely come that I need to sleep train him, but there’s a close connection between eating and sleeping. Babies his age should be able to go for 8 hours at night (I wish), and if they wake up often to eat at night it can mean that they aren’t getting enough milk during the day. I feed him on demand, so I offer him milk as often as he’ll take it, but it’s entirely possible that he needs more milk during the day so he’ll sleep longer.

When I spoke to a health professional for advice she made a few suggestions, but first I’ve decided to do a little troubleshooting. It’s difficult to solve a problem when you don’t know what it is, so before I try to sleep train him or change his feeding habits I’m going back to basics. When Winter was first born I tracked a lot of things with an app. I’ve decided to spend a few days tracking his dirty diapers, sleeping, and eating on the app again and then speak to a consultant.

There’s so much conflicting advice out there when you read general tips, so I’m looking forward to getting some help that’s specific to Winter. Here’s to eventual sleep normality!