Monday, 25 September 2017

Hipp Organics - First Tastes

When weaning first tastes are so important. Your babies whole world was milk and now its time to introduce them to food. Hipp Organic have some new pure vegetable jars. They are perfect as first foods and are made up of single flavours using organic vegetables. Both me and Harleigh were challenged to test them out.

Parsnips - We started with parsnips. Suitable from 4 months the parsnips are very smooth in texture. Made from only organic parsnips and water. I tried it first and then Harleigh. To me it tasted exactly like parsnips, a little more of a sutble flavour than it would be if i ate a regular parsnips but it was nice. Harleigh wasn't a huge fan first time around but second time she liked it and ate the lot.

Peas - I was excited and a little scared for the peas. I went first and thought they tasted exactly like mushy peas, just pureed, which is a little weird when you aren't used to eating it. Harleigh loves peas and she loved them pureed too. She gobbled it up and couldn't get enough. Again just made from organic peas and water!

White Carrot - Without reading the jar I thought this one was parsnip again, I didn't even think about white carrots! To me they tasted a little sweeter than regular carrot but a nice flavour. Harleigh wasn't a huge fan. It was quite watery so i'm not sure if thats what put her off a little.

Mediterranean Vegetables with aubergines - Suitable from 6 months plus this one has more texture than the first ones we tried. Harleigh really enjoyed it, loved the extra texture and ate it all up without any problems. For me the added texture was very strange but the flavour was very nice, you could taste the vegetables inside which were carrots, tomatoes, courgettes, onions and aubergines.

Vegetables with fish pie - This one was the one I was least looking forward to trying. I am not a fish person and to be honest I hated it. The flavour was quite subtle but I still hated it. Harleigh loved it. This one seemed very smooth compared to the other 6 months plus ones. 

Buttered Vegetables - To me this tasted just like sweet potatoes which I like, again I don't think id ever get used to eating puree foods but the flavour was nice. This was Harleigh's favourite, she loves sweet potato so loved this! It had a little more texture too so I think she enjoyed that too. 

We really loved trying out the pure vegetable jars and Harleigh loved them! I was surprised how well she ate them as usually jars and pouches have some sort of fruit added in to sweeten them a little. I have a voucher which you can use to try out some of the new jars. I'd love to know how you get on.

Nicola Xx

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Harleighs Room

As many of you know we rent our current house, right now we just can't afford to buy but that doesn't stop me thinking about what I would like our future house to be like when we do eventually buy and i'm sure that one day we will! In fact i'm always looking at houses just in case the perfect one pops up!

We are currently in the middle of redoing Harleighs room, I say redoing but in fact we never did much to it before. I'm not one of these people that spend the entire pregnancy decorating a nursery, I've never done it. I think because I get so sick in pregnancy I just don't have the motivation to do it plus don't really see the need. They don't use the room for the first few months of their life. Harleigh is 10 months old and her room isn't finished yet but we are getting there, when it is finished I shall do a room tour.

We didn't paint or anything but added some shelves, pictures and decor. I got bunting off eBay, frames from Ikea and lots of little decor pieces from This Modern Life which I love. I wanted to keep it quite low cost as it isn't our house we didn't want to majorly change anything.

If we owned this house I would love to move Harleigh up into the attic, put in Roof Windows and have her bedroom up there. I think roof windows look amazing and add so much light. We've never had them but my dad does in his attic and I love how they look. If you fancy roof windows yourself check out these 8 tips for choosing a roof window for some great hints and tips! There's so much to think about.

That would also free up the little bedroom for Parker to have his own room as he currently shares with Paige, which they currently love but i'm not sure they will in a year or two. 

For now I will have to add the final touches to Harleighs room and keep dreaming of our attic conversion and roof windows!

If money was no option what would you change about your house?

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Review - Fisher Price Infant To Toddler Rocker

We were recently sent the Fisher Price Infant to Toddler rocker to review. It is a great seat which grows as your baby grows and develops. It has many different features which include:
  • Bright, comfortable seat and calming vibrations help to soothe and relax baby
  • Bat-at entertainment overhead helps to strengthen gross motor skills
  • Fold out the kick stand to turn the rocker into a stationary seat
  • Two comfortable recline positions
  • Suitable for little ones up to 40lbs/18kg
  • Removable toy bar
  • RRP £59.99
  • Suitable from birth+

I love baby items that grow with your child simply because I feel like they are the best value for money. They last your child longer so you get more use of out the product.

The Fisher Price Rocker is just that. It is a rocker which with the kick stand can be turned into a stationary seat which is prefect for a little nap. It also has calming vibrations which help to sooth newborns, I know all my three have loved them. When baby starts to become a little more aware there is the toy bar which has two lovely little toys on that Harleigh loves to bat and grab. It can be removed if you don't want it on too.

Once baby is a little bigger you can remove the toy bar and turn the rocker into a toddler seat. This is perfect for toddlers. Harleigh is almost 10 months old and loves to crawling around the room so she doesn't like to be strapped into the seat for more than a few minutes but it is perfect for keeping her entertained for a few minutes whilst I pop in the kitchen to make lunch. It has a great strap to keep baby safe too!

Once baby is walking around then a little seat is perfect for them to take a break and maybe eat a little snack. I've found that Harleigh is just a little bit too small at the moment but in the next couple of months it will be perfect for her to use a rocking seat. Parker on the other hand loves the seat! He is 3 and the amazing thing is that the seat lasts up until 18kg so is perfect for him as well as Harleigh.

Overall we love the rocker. I think it's a great little chair which is the perfect piece of baby equipment to see your baby through the years. I love how it grows with your baby and changes as their needs change and develop over time.

Have you tried anythin similar?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the item above for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Harleigh - 10 Months Old

How is my tiny baby two months away from turning 1! Time is flying by so quickly and I am hating it. Harleigh seems so big now and will be a toddler before I know it. 

She is still crawling and has got some speed on her now. She is pulling up but for the most part just gets onto her knees when she is using the sofa, if she pulls up on something lower she will get to her feet. She still isn't interested in cruising or walking at all. She has walked twice whilst holding our hands but refuses to do it again. I do love that she is taking her time, both Paige and Parker had already taken their first steps by now and Paige was walking 60% of the time. 

We still have no new teeth but her top four are very close to coming through, you can see them there waiting to pop through. She is having 2/3 meals a day and still her 4 bottles, she has dropped the amount a little though and will have a 7oz in the morning, then two 5oz bottles and then an 8oz before bed.

We still haven't had any first words, she is quite a quiet baby but will babble a little or shout. Its very cute when she decides to be a little chatty box.

Her sleep is a little all over the place. She will wake once a night for the most part and stay awake for 1-1.5 hours. She is still having two naps.

Nicola Xx

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