I don’t know about your kids but i’d wager that most toddlers are the same, they love to say no especially when it comes to meal times. I get it, we all like a little power, sticking it to the man. I’m partial to it myself! If you think about it, when you’re under 5 there’s not much you really have control over except your poor parents sleep schedules and your own food intake. We’re pretty lucky in that although Luisa is stubborn as a mule she’s also easily coerced (bad parent, I know) so I’ve always found it quite easy to convince her to at least try fruit with the old ‘OH I LOVE STRAWBERRIES let me eat them’. Once she gets going she finds she enjoys it… sucker. Veg is a little tricker though… she will almost always reject vegetable pizza toppings, chunks in a sauce or pieces in…

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    I’ve talked before about our weaning journey with Luisa, to recap she was slow to start and generally unimpressed with actual baby food – preferring ‘real’ food, for grown ups. Looking back, that’s the point when I should have realised she was going to grow up to be an opinionated pain in my neck! Just to further keep me on my toes Lu has now decided, aged 2 years and 3 months that she’s a fan of pouches. Go figure. She calls them a ‘treat’ and who am I to argue?     About a year and half ago we first tried pouches from the brand ‘For Aisha’ and they went down really well. I think Lu was such a fan because there is some actual flavour (yes I tried them too) Well, they’ve now launched a range of toddler meal trays suitable for aged 10 months and above. The…

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There’s nothing simple about having a baby, at least that’s how it feels sometimes. For every age and stage you’re bombarded with opinions and advice. Baby weaning is no exception – in fact i’d say it’s one of the most hotly debated topics in mums groups and forums. I’ll let you in on a little secret, the best way to do it is whichever way works for your family. With that being said – I am here to dish out some fuss free baby weaning advice today but I promise I’m not interested in bossing or judging you. If you’ve read a few of my posts you’ll know I’m a lazy laid back parent. I feel like the path of least resistance is nearly always the best one to take.   Preparing For Weaning I think my love of thte easy life is what first attracted me to baby led weaning…

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If you’ve been paying attention lately you’ll know Luisa has come up to a year of weaning. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, to be honest. This will be our last instalment as part of the HiPP Organic Wean Team but I’m sure I’ll be rabbiting on about Luisa’s diet for years to come.     I find it hard to see myself as having any kind of wisdom to impart when it comes to parenting. I still feel very much live a novice. But I’ve gotten this far so I must have something vaguely informative to share! Our weaning journey got off to quite a slow start, Luisa wasn’t really ready at 6 months but we never put any pressure on her.     Honestly, if I could sum up my parenting style in one word I’d say lazy. You can call it baby led or free range…

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A few weeks ago Luisa achieved a major milestone, she graduated from the HiPP Organic Wean Team. We had a brilliant day in Birmingham celebrating a year of weaning with some lovely bloggers and members of the HiPP team. Here’s the skinny on what we got up to.The graduation party was held in Birmingham Botanical Gardens which is a gorgeous venue! If you’re local to the areas definitely check out the grounds. The graduation party was held in Birmingham Botanical Gardens which is a gorgeous venue! If you’re local to the areas definitely check out the grounds, there were some fab art installations on display when we visited. The HiPP team had set up a great space for all the tots to enjoy full of toys, comfy seating and photos taken throughout the year.     The event was a lot of fun for the little ones who definitely enjoyed each…

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Can you believe it’s almost a year since we started weaning Luisa?! That is just crazy to me, it’s actually scary how fast time passes and at the same time it’s wonderful to look back and see how far she’s come.   As you know we’re part of the HiPP Organic Wean Team so we’ve been really lucky to receive tonnes of expert tips as well as lovely samples over the past year. As the experts in organic baby food, HiPP know the importance of eating tasty, wholesome food, using only the very finest ingredients full of nutritious goodness. HiPP have some useful tips to help you if you are weaning your little one here. If you’re in the first four weeks of weaning, this handy guide could also help you out.   We took a baby led approach to weaning so despite the fact that we made use of HiPPs lovely…

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It’s almost the end of the month so that means it’s time for another Wean Team update. A few weeks ago HiPP Organic sent us out some samples of their toddler meal trays including a few that were new to us. Luisa particularly enjoys all the ‘Ristorante La Mama’ range which even includes baby cannelloni! Cute or what?     The HiPP Organic tray meals are healthy and nourishing with a variety of tastes and textures to encourage the progression to family foods. Did you know that they are the only brand to offer pasta shapes? (zoo animals, alphabet letters,numbers) There’s quite a lot that goes in to the process of creating these meals. Once HiPP’s recipes are approved, tested and tested again, the finished products go through more than 260 quality controls  before they are approved to carry the HiPP label.     These toddler meal trays actually really suit us because…

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Luisa might be a long way off starting school but September still means a return to routine for us. The l.o.n.g summer is drawing to a close and that means all our little clubs and groups will be starting back very soon. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had a lovely summer but it can really drag when your other half is at work 8 hours a day and you’ve no real respite. I can’t wait to get back into our little routine of baby clubs and swimming classes. The chance to enjoy at least half a cup of tea whilst Luisa wreaks havoc in a local church hall sounds like absolute bliss to me right now.     This Autumn it’s Tuesday that will be our hectic day. We have a mums & tots group in the morning from 9-11 then i’ll pop to the coffee shop next door to…

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It seems like summer is finally here, we’ve had a few days of nice weather and there’s that buzz in the air that comes with the school holidays. Despite the fact that Lu is a long way from needing a school bag all the shops and cafes are busy with little ones and I like seeing the parks busy during the day. Lu loves it when we run into other children for her to blow kisses to.   I’m really noticing how grown up Luisa is recently for a few reasons. Firstly, she’s having a lot of opportunities to play outdoors. This means she’s crawling around parks, clambering on climbing frames and chasing my parents dogs about their garden. She’s gotten so physical recently and I think having the opportunity to play outside has really contributed to that.     The second big thing that is really highlighting how grown…

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