THE WEANING DIARIES – WEEK 1

Jacob turned 5 months old on the 8th March, and I decided I would get weaning going. I started with Finlay around 5 and a half months and he took to it really well. I know every baby is different and I believe Jacob was really getting ready and so would give it a try. I know that it’s really important that for the first 6 months of a babys life all they need is their milk, whether you’re bottle or breast feeding, this comes first and so I know that if I feel Jacob is going off his milk in this time then I need to cut back the weaning until around 6 months old.

Even though Jacob is my 2nd child, and I have been through all the weaning before, I really cant remember what I did with Finlay and how much I fed him at what times, so I have been looking around for some advice, and as of yet I’ve not really come across (although I’m sure there is) a diary of what people have fed their children, how much they’ve fed them, how much it’s increased and when they begin to increase the amounts given So I thought I’d do some weekly posts to show just what I’m giving and how much of it I’m feeding Jacob.

With Finlay I only used jars of baby food during the first stages of weaning, and began to give him some of the food we eat when he got a little older, and was having dinners and lunches with lumps in. I personally haven’t seen any problem in the way I’ve fed Finlay, I know a lot of people frown up jars and pouches, but with our lifestyle being out of the house a lot I felt this was the easiest and most convenient way to wean. I’d love to have the time to make an effort to make purees myself but if I’m being completely honest, I just do not have the time, nor the energy when we do finally get home, settled and children to bed to make some purees. It makes me sound so so lazy but it’s just what works for us which I feel is a massive part of weaning. Finlay is the best eater, and will eat literally everything I put infront of him, so It’s not done any harm. Although my bank account will state otherwise. A huge downside to using jars and pouches is just how expensive it can be!

So first things first. What do you look for to know your baby is ready to be weaned? I’ve taken the following information from the cow and gate website, which is full of great tips and useful advice –

Your baby will usually find ways to show you that they are ready for more than just milk -here’s what to look out for:

  • Able to swallow food – getting more in, than around, their mouth
  • Sitting up and holding their head steady
  • Directing objects towards their mouth and putting them in their mouth

Try to wait for a combination of these signs before introducing solid foods. Simply waking up during the night or sucking their their fists does not mean your baby is ready. If you think your baby is ready but is only showing one or two signs.

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Jacob has milk feeds at

7/8am (8oz)
11/12pm (7/8oz)
3/4pm (7/8oz)
7/8pm (7oz)
10pm (8oz)

My Health Visitor told me with Finlay to start with lunch, then breakfast and then tea time. This is so you’re giving all these new foods during the day first rather than at tea time where the little ones will be sleeping soon, so that if they were to have a reaction, you and little one would be awake throughout the day and be able to spot any reactions happening.

She also gave me some advice to start Finlay on veg rather than baby rice as really baby rice has no nutritional value and so is a bit pointless (and like cardboard), and so I decided I would do this little routine with Jacob.

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Weaning Equipment – Bibs (lots of them), and a pack of spoons from the Tesco Baby Range for 4+months.

WEEK 1.

MONDAY 1.30pm – HiPP Organic Carrot and Potato – 2 spoonful’s

TUESDAY 1.30pm – HiPP Organic Carrot and Potato – 3 spoonful’s

WEDNESDAY 2pm – Ellas Kitchen Pouch – Carrot, Apples & Parsnip – 3-4 spoonful’s

THURSDAY 1.30pm – Ellas Kitchen Pouch (leftover from Wednesday) – 3-4 spoonful’s

FRIDAY 1.30pm – Cow and Gate Vegetable Medley – 3-4 spoonful’s

SATURDAY 2pm – Cow and Gate Vegetable Medley (leftover from Friday) – 3-4 spoonful’s.

SUNDAY – None given

Keep an eye out for week 2 coming up and please let me know what you think and if theres anything else you would find helpful to read!

Chloe x

 

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JACOBS NURSERY TOUR

We have recently just moved Jacob from our room, to his own, in a big boy cot and everything! He’s growing so fast, and although I’m really sad not to have my little baby still next to me, it did give me a reason to give the nursery a much needed tidy & de-clutter. We have been using this room as a bit of a ‘storage’ space (more like just a load of rubbish), so I finally took the plunge and completely made it all pretty and tidy again so he could go into it.

I have done a post about Finlays bedroom which you can find here, so I am now finally able to do it for the nursery!

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Chest of Drawers – Mothercare
Storage box – IKEA

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I showed in Finlays bedroom tour his own little harrods bear which he received from my Auntie, and when Jacob was born she bought him one for his year too. I absolutely love them and think they are such a lovely idea.

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This lovely Scrabble frame was a gift from a lovely friend when Jacob was born, its so gorgeous that I haven’t taken it out of its wrapping. I just love the little buses and ticket with his details on. Such a thoughtful gift.

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This lampshade was bought from Mothercare along with all the other bits to the set, I think its so sweet, and since Finlays room is done in Green, I wanted to go for a different colour theme.

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I showed Finlay having one of the little Yankee candles on his shelving unit which was bought for him by his Nanny, she also bought Jacob one in ‘Baby Powder’ it smells gorgeous and I think its just a lovely little keepsake for their rooms.
The Little Brother Big sleepsuit was another gift from a lovely friend, I haven’t opened it to put Jacob into it because I love it in this packaging sitting in his room, I’m a nightmare for being sentimental about things!

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This Cot Mobile is again part of the set we got from Mothercare, it’s a nautical theme and plays music.

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When I was pregnant I really wanted this style of frame so that I was able to put our little boys scan pictures into, I was lucky enough to find one in the same theme as the nursery. I love how it shows the growth of him.

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I absolutely love this shelving unit, it has little hooks so you can hang things up, it was from Mothercare but I’m unsure if its from the same theme. The bookends at the top, one of which is an anchor and the other a boat, again from Mothercare, along with the matching frames.

Chloe x

 

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

To the Parent in Tesco I was staring at whilst your child was having ‘a moment’, I was not judging you with my staring, I was quite simply feeling your distress, for just minutes before I too was standing in the large supermarket with a toddler who had just had the most almighty tantrum whilst everyone stared. You are not alone.

To the Parent who looks on many instagram accounts and see’s nothing put perfection and calm. Let me reassure that these photos are just moments captured. The camera does not show the previous dilemma about the wrong episode of Paw Patrol being chosen. You are not alone, I too have asked myself many a time whether it’s just me not keeping it together.

To the Parent who is worrying about her childs minor illness and feels she is overreacting. You are not alone. I too have worried over the smallest things. Its what we do, it’s what we’re supposed to do.

To the Parent whose house hasn’t been tidied for a week or two, and feels like they aren’t juggling life well. You are not alone. My house is so very often upside down and I simply cannot be bothered to do anything about it.

To the Parent whose washing pile is getting so behind it may take you a week of continuous loads. You are not alone. Mine is practically ceiling height.

To the Parent who is awake at 3am feeding feeling as though tomorrow simply wont happen. You are not alone. I too will be awake with you, maybe not in the same house, county or even country, but I can tell you, not only us but many other parents will be too.

To the Parent whose child wont eat anything but biscuits and chocolates. You are not alone. I can promise you it will not last forever, I can promise you that it will not kill them for this short phase.

To the Parent whose toddler point blank refuses bed time on the day you really need some time alone before you yourself head to bed. You are not alone. I have also been sat on the stairs for hours, listening to my toddler list all reasons why he shouldn’t sleep (in baby language).

To the Parent who feels they haven’t played with their child enough that day. You are not alone. Tomorrow is a new day, it wont harm them for today, just take a break.

To the Parent who forgot to bring the wipes/nappy whilst on an outing and of course the child has been to the loo. You are not alone. I have done this many a times, it doesn’t matter, & it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent.

To the Parent who has snapped at their child when it was unwarranted. You are not alone. You are only human, these things will happen, it doesn’t make you a bad parent, tomorrow is a new day, and it might be better, but equally it might be worse. Do not beat yourself up, move on and tell yourself it’s ok to have a blip.

There are so many moments in a parents life where they feel unsure of what to do, feel as though they are being judged for the way they parent, or feel just very alone in a situation. The next time you see a parent looking a bit lost or losing it at a situation, please do not judge them. I know it can seem like they are being  bad parent, but you never know what kind of day that person has had, sometimes a parent just needs to know that they are not alone, and are not being judged.

 

Chloe x

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{The Ordinary Moments 16} #9 – My Biggest Boy Is Still So Little.

I’ve not been one yet to dress my boys in the same outfits, mostly because Jacob is still too little to fit into the same clothing as Finlay. I have done it occasionally, and I have to say, they look even cuter (if possible) when they are matching. I know its not for everyone to have their children in matching outfits, and that’s fine, but I love to see them look so similar.

On Saturday me and Jack were lucky enough to have a day out shopping in Norwich all to ourselves! I seriously cant remember the last time I went out shopping for the day completely child free, and although to begin with I was anxious about leaving Jacob, I have to say we had such a lovely day. Not having to worry about the next bottle feed being due, or the fact that the toddler is so bored he’s resorted to face planting on a shop floor until we physically have to drag him to his feet (happens rather a lot).

We were in Next and saw a pair of dungarees in Finlays size! I haven’t seen them in his size for a long time and I just adore children in them, I think they’re the cutest thing, Jacob as a dozen pairs and is basically a constant hillbilly baby, but Finlay has none, cue mummy getting beyond excited!

So this weeks Ordinary Moment is seeing my two little boys in their dungarees for the day. My two babies. Fin is growing far too fast, and ever since Jacob was born it’s become even more apparent, but seeing him in his little dungarees just gave me a little glimpse, a little reminder that my biggest boy, is still so very much a little boy, my little boy, in his little dungarees, telling me he wants ‘choc’ and that ‘ruub’ (Rubble) from Paw Patrol is quite honestly the best thing that was ever created in the whole entire world. So innocent.

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Chloe x

 

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