Bubs Neighbor Totoro – Grannies Totoro Jumper

Have been meaning to share a picture of the jumper that my incredible Granny knitted Little Man for Christmas.

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She proudly told me that she didn’t even use a pattern, when she visited us she snuck into LM’s nursery, took a picture of the Totoro decal on the wall and used that as a guide. LM is still a little too small for it but we can’t wait for him to be able to wear it.

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My Top 5 Natural Baby Products

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My little man suffers with a mild case of Eczema, he gets a few red patches on his legs and belly, but the rest of the time his skin can get quite dry all over. One of my biggest regrets so far was not being more careful what I put on his skin from day one, but once I realised that most of the big brand names would aggravate even adult skin I immediately started looking for natural products to use on my precious little monkey.

1. Coconut Oil – I’m well and truly obsessed with Coconut Oil, it’s so good for you and your baby. We use it all around the house now, from using it on LM’s skin, to help banish my post pregnancy stretch marks and even to roast vegetables for LM’s lunch. It’s great on babies bums for bouts of nappy rash, I have mixed a few drops of lavender oil into a jar of coconut oil for his nightly massage and I’ve even rubbed coconut oil onto his gums whilst he’s teething. The best coconut oil to buy is unrefined, raw, virgin and organic.

2. Burt’s Bees Shampoo and Baby Wash – I received a Baby Bee gift set at my baby shower and instantly fell in love with the amazingly scented products. At present I just use the Shampoo and Baby Wash as a little goes a long way and it is better value than the Baby Bath in that respect. I love nothing more than snuggling my little man up in a towel and sniffing his hair after its been washed with this.

3. Weleda Calendula Baby Lotion – Until I discovered this product I was using prescription Doublebase cream on LM when he had a bad flare up of his eczema, and although it worked wonders I was reluctant to keep applying liquid paraffin onto his skin. This lotion is 100% natural and smells lovely and it works to moisturise his stubborn dry areas just as well as the prescription cream.

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4. Weleda Calendula Baby Bath Cream – I like putting something in LM’s bath but it became apparent that although some of the gentler bath products that were great at soothing him before bed, they also aggravated his dry skin. We tried using nothing for a while but I wanted to find a natural alternative that would also soothe him after an excitable day. This bath cream fits the bill, it feels quite oily so I know that it is moisturising him rather than drying him out. It sits on top of the water slightly, and turns the water cloudy rather than bubbles. The Calendula soothes his skin and the scent and other natural ingredients help to calm him down after exciting pre-bedtime jumperooing.

5. Waitrose Bottom Butter – This stuff smells incredible!!! And its really versatile, great for soothing and protecting from nappy rash. I’ve also used it on his dry knees and ankles and it softens them up a treat. Also many women seem to have found that it works wonders when used as a face cream, plus for under ¬£3 its a bargain.

Which natural products do you use on your little ones? Are there any remedies that you swear by for eczema or sensitive skin?

To Spoonfeed or Not to Spoonfeed?!?

Little Man is now nearly 6 months old! It’s going terrifyingly quickly but I’m learning quickly… as soon as you’ve got one thing figured out something else comes along! For us this is now the minefield of weaning.

After a lot of procrastination and stressing we have finally decided to do a combination of the two main methods, baby led and traditional weaning, mainly as it is going to fit into our lives easier that way, my husband works shifts and we can’t always guarantee we could eat together, we don’t always cook fresh each night and sometimes (between me and you) I’m just plain lazy if I’m on my own.

At the moment the plan is to spoon feed little man his breakfast which at the moment is mashed banana but as of next week will be porridge and then let him feed himself for lunch and dinner with occasional mashed veg if we are in a rush or at a friends house where the mess and time elements of BLW are more of an issue. I know this goes against how a lot of people do BLW but to be honest it’s going to work for us and although it’s taken me a while to accept mixing both, as long as it works for us, that is all that matters. Also I think it’s important to remember that spoon feeding and force feeding are two different things, once little man lets me know he has had enough, I stop.

I’ve struggled a lot making decisions about weaning and I’ve realised that a lot of my struggles with making a decision comes down to feelings I still have about deciding to bottle feed little man, it’s the next big decision that directly effects his health and well being and deep down I still have the guilt that many bottle feeding mamas feel about not being able to feed their baby, even though I know stopping was the right decision for us and helped me keep my sanity, so I have been over thinking it and worrying about making the wrong decision again. I also find it hasn’t helped that a lot of opinions are quite polarised so it is difficult to find advice on combining methods in a way that works for you as an individual family, it also seems BLW is a natural step on from breastfeeding, and as such much of the advice is based around a breastfeeding baby. Because of this I found the incredibly useful book¬†Weaning Made Easy by Rana Conway, it is a non biased look at both approaches, pros and cons of each and also a guide to combining the two in a way that suits you, and although much of it is common sense I found that it made me feel less crazy for obsessing and struggling so much with the decision to combine self feeding and baby led.

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So far he seems to be enjoying both methods, he is definitely hungry so I’m glad I’m feeding him one meal so I know he’s actually getting something (I know he doesn’t need a lot but he definitely wants something), but I’m enjoying watching him discover food during lunch and dinner. We started him slightly early as he’s been sat up on his own for a few weeks and he seemed ready, so, so far he’s only had veg & fruit – banana (mashed and split in half), avocado, steamed carrots and roasted and mashed sweet potato, I think the carrots have been his favourite as they hold their shape long enough for him to have a good gum. Although I haven’t yet made a puree, I did spoon feed him some mashed sweet potato tonight, whilst also letting him go crazy with his hands on a ball of it, I think i will mash rather than puree when I do use this method so that he still has to chew the lumps and won’t just get used to swallowing, but I do plan on making some fruit purees to mix in with his porridge and eventually, yoghurt.

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I am looking forward to him turning 6 months next week and being able to branch out to meals other than veg & fruit. Stay tuned as I hope to share some of our favourite food discoveries.

Please share any favourite recipes or tips and feel free to discuss any struggles you’ve had deciding on the best way to wean your little one.