Baby Led Weaning essentials

I was tagged in a little chain post on instagram and I thought, to just put my baby led weaning essentials in a short blog post. Most of the children will now naturally wean themselves, especially those children, who have older siblings. Baby-led weaning is an approach to introducing solid food where baby is allowed and encouraged to self-feed solid finger foods instead of receiving purées via spoon. A few tips on how to approach it would be:

  • include your baby in family meals
  • keep food in a separate bowl or plate and dose it to the child’s plate slowly (so they are not overwhelmed and also don’t throw all the food on the floor),
  • allow time to discover the textures and flavour. If they don’t want something today, they might want to try it tomorrow.

Besides a few nice plates and bowls, that is good to have on hand (honestly any bowl will do in my opinion), I think these 3 things down below are super helpful to have, when your baby is starting to eat on their own.

1. A GOOD BIB

I find it easier to put them in a nice good big, that is easy to clean, as you don’t really want to change their clothes after every meal. These ones by Hippychick are really good, as they are light, colourful and easy to clean afterwords. They have a variety of them – for starters the ones with a sleeve would be a good choice. Go check them out here!

2. CUTLERY

As long as they’re short and easy to grasp  – these from OXO are great as their handle is chunky and easy to handle. Have a look here.

3. WIPES

I try to be eco friendly when I can. I found these reusable wipes and I love them! So easy to wipe the children when still sitting in the high chair and not use million of disposable wipes in the process. After use, you just pop them in a wash and have them ready for the next meal (you get so many a pack!). You have the option to put them in a box with water and add some essential oils, but I personally prefer to wet them on the go, with fresh warm water. Such a good thing to have when you have small kids – go see them here!

So this is 3 essentials BUT another essential I would say is a great high chair or a seat for a baby when you first start to wean. I have used so many and they all had some perks and faults but my top two choices would be:

BABY BJORN HIGH CHAIR: so easy to use and clean, light, foldable and super safe! A real find!

INFANT/TODDLER CHAIR: perfect for when you start to wean – you can pop it on a table or a counter and feed your baby (but never leave them alone). It is also super versatile, and you can use it on the floor (put the baby in when you hang the laundry..) or if you want to do some arts and crafts/ sensory play but want the baby contained.

BONUS FAVORITE:

SIPPY CUP: BY Munchkin 

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There is so many things I could add, but those are my too essentials for baby led  weaning. I hope that is helpful to anyone who is starting to wean or thinking about it. I have linked all the products so you can find them! Let me know what you think in the comments down below! Would love to hear all the experience and favourites you have!

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The Lovely Nanny xx

 

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Travel safe

I have been very lucky to travel a lot. With job, and alone. I wanted to talk about things that I do before and during the travel so I feel comfortable and safe when I’m somewhere new. I do not mind that much when I travel with my job as we are always very much looked after, but when I’m alone, it totally up to me. So if you wish to travel more, but you are unsure to go alone, this might be something you would like to read.

BE PREPARED

  • Travel insurance is just a basic, and very easy to make these days. I usually get one from here or here, depends on what I need (annual or just for a trip).
  • MONEY: ask your bank what is best to do when you are traveling, but so far for me has always worked to get money from the ATM in the country I am visiting – I get a big amount out and than spread it around – leave some in the wallet, some in the safe, some in the suitcase etc. just so you don’t walk around with a bulk of money.
  • Documents: you can leave your documents in the safe or in the locked suitcase so you don’t walk around with them, but only take the ones you will really need (no need to take the whole wallet with all the things!)
  • Chose a good bag you will be walking around with, that has zippers, and its preferably cross body, so you can pull it under your hand in front of your body and keep it safe for those walks with a crowd. I have been really happy with my Radley bag, because it has so many pockets to put in all you need for a day and it is still small enough to not feel too much pressure on your shoulders, but I think anything similar would be great.
  • Know where you are going! Plan how to get from airport to your hotel in advance. with a little google search it is easy to find the best way. I would say depending on your language situation: if you have hand language, always take public airport and save the pennies for something else, if you have lots of language, maybe consider Uber which is still cheaper than other private transports.
  • In the same line as the last point, make a plan what you want to see, check google maps how to get there, if you plan to walk – see the best route, if you take the bus or underground – check how they work, how to get tickets and ALWAYS screenshot the routes you are planing to make so you can refer back to them when you have no data on your phone. That way you will also sort of know where to go and will not look confused –  you will blend in the crowd well and be less of a target for pick pockets.

 

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PACK LIGHT/RIGHT

  • Take only the things you need clothes wise and technology wise. Remember you will have to leave all your big valuables in the hotel.
  • Another useful tip I learned along the way is comfort before beauty. Unfortunately if you don’t have a personal driver and someone to wheel you around than you might need to just use your own feet. And if they do not have appropriate shoes on, they might not be very happy – which will make you unhappy and prevent you from being thing you wanted in a beautiful new city. That said, comfortable shoes can still look really nice! So don’t worry you will still look just as good on your insta posts but you will also be comfortable! Win win! 😁 So far I’m about to try the brand Ecco and Geox as I thought they look really nice and comfortable. Would definitely love some personal recommendations though!
  • Pack multifunction clothes (like a hoodie – useful In the rain, warm and has pockets etc)
  • Plan outfits in advance – to save you space in the suitcase and time in the morning.

 

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USE COMMON SENSE

  • Look around yourself when you are walking on the streets and in crowded places like around attractions
  • Notice other people and what they are doing
  • There is always a lot of police around these days so maybe have an eye on where they are located just in case you ever need them
  • Do not flash money or values around for everyone to see (make sure you zip your bag back when you open it)
  • When you have headphones – have in on low to medium volume so you can still hear what is happening around you! I am obsessed with my new ones – click here if you want to give them a try!
  • Walk confident, like you know exactly where you are and what are you doing. If you don’t maybe walk a little more out of the crowd or sit on the bench in the park and than have a look on the map etc.

 

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THINGS YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

  • Extra phone charger – I love this one.
  • One thing I have in abundance is Lip balm/gloss – I swear by this ones that I found very randomly, and i like them because they smell good and stay on. Your lips can get so dry when you’re traveling so having a decent lip balm helps.
  • COOL TIP : If you swab your nose with a little Neosporin before you leave the house, you will not be nauseous on the road (tested and if surpassingly works for me – I would get nauseous every time I travel) and would cling to San peregrino mineral water like my life depends on it. I’m kind of good now – but I still like the mineral water 😉
  • Good moisturiser for your face is essential  (traveling dries your skin a ton, also because you don’t drink enough). I love love this serum by Caudalie  and a face mask by Aveene. To me they make miracles and they are travel friendly!

 

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So this is about it. I tried to search and link as many products I could find for you to have an example of what I actually use. If you have any questions or thoughts do write them down here in the comments or on instagram. I would love to hear about your experiences and what do you do to keep safe and comfortable on your travels.

Safe travels everyone! xx