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T & A xxxxx

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta

Last weekend I did a bulk batch of cooking for Amelia as it was our first free weekend in a long time. I took this recipe from my Annabel Karmel Book, Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes.
We love tomato based sauces for pasta,and Amelia loves tomatoes or anything with tomatoes in it, so needless to say we all loved this dinner. I divided out portions for Amelia, and put them in the freezer. This is a sweet sauce, so when adding your sugar,taste as you are adding, I used less than the recipe stated.

Ingredients

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1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed or 1 tsp garlic purée
75g (3oz) roasted skinned peppers from a jar, chopped
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp sundries tomato paste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar
175g (6oz) spaghetti or mafaldine
2 tbsp chopped basil,plus a few whole leaves to garnish
Grated Parmesan, to serve

I didn’t have sundried tomato paste, just regular tomato paste, and I had some sweet peppers in the fridge that needed to be used, so I put them in the oven for 20 mins on a medium heat, and drizzled with some olive oil. When cooked I sliced the skin off, it came away pretty easily.

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Method

* Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds,then add the peppers,tomatoes,tomato paste,balsamic vinegar and sugar and some seasoning. ( I tend to season with salt after for the adult portions.Pepper is ok for the smaller people).
*Bring all your ingredients to the boil and simmer for a minute or so,then blend using a hand blender.

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* While you are making the sauce, cook the pasta in a pan of water according to the pack instructions. Drain, then tip the pasta into the sauce adding your basil also. Toss to coat then serve scattered with basil leaves and Parmesan.

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If you make this, please share & let me know what you think!!

Enjoy

T & A xxxxx

My First Year As a Mum……The Truth

When Amelia was a few weeks old her godfather (childless), our really good friend said ” You signed up for this shit”, in response to my husband moaning about being tired due the sleepless nights (bless him, the 6 months of breastfeeding was draining him!). This is partly true, we did sign up for this, however, no one goes into parenthood for the first time, knowing what lies ahead. No preparation, classes or chats with friends can teach you what the reality is like.

Whether you are a child minder, from a large family, have nieces/nephews or are a healthcare professional, until you have your own baby and are responsible for this little soul, you know very little about the sleepless nights, tears (mum,dad & baby), not showering, not eating, and having arguments at 3 am about who is more tired.

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I am a nurse, and remember thinking when I was pregnant, that I would be fine with the sleepless night, sure I had being doing 12.5 hour nightshifts for the last 13 years between being a student nurse and on qualifying. The big thing I forgot here is pre baby, when I did an all nighter, be it work or out with friends drinking in London, I got to have uninterrupted sleep for at least 10 hour the next day. Although for my whole pregnancy, we had builders next door, needless to say that we were NOT friends. Many mornings after a busy night shift in a central London A&E Department, the builders got the wrath of my tongue.

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I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant, and wished away the next 9 months, because lets face it, pregnancy, as exciting as it is, it can also be pretty boring, so you have a lot of time on your hands to think about the baby (this time use to be devoted on my nights off to my friends Pinot Grigio,Vodka and Corona). Once Amelia arrived,the first month was a whirlwind of getting to know her, figure out what the hell I was doing (I’m still figuring this out), visitors and introducing her to all our family and friends. She was born on a Saturday & did not have her first bath until Thursday, they did not bath the babies in the hospital, and I was so nervous, so I waited for my mum to come. She did the first bath, and to be honest, the second and third one too,until eventually picked up the courage to do it myself. Looking back, I was so tired, that everything seemed like such a mission.Paul went back to work, and then it was just Amelia and I, left in the house.

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Some days I got dressed, other days I didn’t bother. What was the point, if I was not going anywhere I’d change out of one milk stained PJ’s into a clean one. The bed sheet would have to be changed daily, after being soaked in leaking milk from the night before, oh how glamorous. Some nights, if I thought of it, I would put an Inco Sheet down and sleep on that. I used the breast pads, but they just slipped out every night, so I gave up. They don’t stick. There were many days of tears, where Amelia would feed all day long, I was hungry, thirsty, needed the toilet, afraid to leave her for a second. In the early weeks, I would wait until the evening for my husband to come home, and then have a shower. When Amelia was about 3 weeks, I attempted to have a shower while she was sleeping in her mosses basket, only to come out to hear her choking (she wasn’t, she was coughing), that was the end of me showering in the daytime for a while.

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Crying…why? Was she hungry, thirsty, cold, too hot, need a nappy change? Where was the app to tell me this. I regret not giving her a soother/dummy, as I think it would have made my life a whole lot easier. She could have fed all day long if I let her, so we never had the routine of feed every 2 hours and sleep for 2 or whatever babies are meant to do, we just winged it. She has never been a good sleeper, though we are going through a good patch with sleep at the moment, but I know only too well that having a baby gets easier, then harder, then easier, then harder and so on. At 4 months she started to sleep 7-7 and we thought great, this hasn’t been too bad, it lasted a week! Now she sleeps 7-7 with two naps in the day, 2 hours and 1 hour, but this can vary.

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What I have learned in the last 13 months of having Amelia is that :

*Its ok to leave your baby with someone and have some time to yourself, they wont kill them (I’m referring to my husband here).

* No one tells you that you will be arguing at stupid o’ clock about nappy changes or who did it last.

* It’s ok to reminisce and talk about what life was like pre baby (no need to feel guilty), we all do it.

*  It’s  ok to feel like punching someone in the face (sorry how very un PC of me),every time you are told to “enjoy her while she is small, they grow up so quick”, when you are so delirious with tiredness, that you feel there is nothing to enjoy,

*Don’t  stress when your baby is crying in public, it’s not half as loud as you think.

*Don’t worry about your house being dirty or untidy, you can guarantee someone else’s is far worse.

* Don’t be stressing about getting back into your pre pregnancy clothes, half mine still don’t fit. Your body shape changes after pregnancy, my hips are defiantly wider.

* It’s ok to stay in your PJ’s and watch crap TV, box sets or whatever you fancy all day in the first few weeks. However, you need to get out and about and meet friends, go to mummy and baby groups or just take a walk, it is good for your mental health.

 

So, has this been the best year of my life? No, that would have been the first year of marriage, loads of holidays and going out with friends. It has been the most stressful and tiring year I have every had.We had our first baby, in a country without family support, moved house and country, but have survived.  There have been some really crap days, which I still have sometimes, and the really good days. However, it has been the start of the best THING in my life. I love every bone in her body,every day she makes me laugh (and cry sometimes), and I look forward to eventually doing it all over again.

 

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How was your first year as a mum? Would love to hear your thoughts & experience.

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T & A xxxx

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The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name – Book Review



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A few weeks ago Amelia was kindly sent a book from the Lost My Name team. A beautiful illustrated book depicting the story of  a child who has lost his or her name, and bravely sets off to track down the missing letters. Your child’s name is not just in the book, it is what the story is made of, which makes this book stand out from the rest. It’s written as a rhyme, which helps keep your child’s attention.Well as a family, we love an adventure & exploring, so it was right down our street.Fun, surprising, occasionally scary, mostly marvellous and intensely personal. In fact I would say more personal than any book I have seen yet.

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Along the way the child meets lots of weird and wonderful characters, who each give the first letter of their name. This is a brilliant way of teaching your child how to spell their own name, without it being boring and mundane. The books target age range I would say is two plus,but you are never too young to start reading & learning how to spell.

 

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The book is written by three dads (David, Pedro & Asi) and an uncle (Tal). They went about writing the best personalised book ever, and I have to say, it’s fantastic. Well done Dads. They found out when first writing the book that there are  over 14,000 childrens names. So in order to make sure they have a story to suit each name, they have written 30 different stories with illustrations.

 

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In our book the little girl wakes up to find her name missing from her door & did not know what her name was.She set off on a trail to find her name, on the way meeting loads of different creatures & people who help her find her name, such as an Aardvark, Mermaid, Elephant, Lion,Inuit,Angel, who all give her a letter to make up her name.

 

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Books and reading are so important, start from a young age. We love reading to Amelia, and though she has not a clue what we are saying, it’s the practise of reading that is important. “A book is a gift, that you can open again and again” and nothing could be more true for this book. We loved reading it to Amelia & seeing what adventure the next page led to.   I have always said,no matter how much or little money we have, there will always be money for books, and for those who don’t, then utilise your public library.

 

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To create your own book go to www.lostmy.name for £18.99 & Free P&P worldwide,I think it’s a steal & would make a beautiful gift.It is so easy to order,what are you waiting for?

 

I have x 2 15% discount codes.Please like ,share & leave a comment under this post on Facebook,like & share my page A Little Londoner or retweet @alittlelondoner.Winner will be chosen at random on Friday.

 

Disclaimer: This book was sent to is for the purpose of this review. All opinions are all my own.

Quick & Tasty Rice Pudding

Saturday I made a batch of this Rice Pudding for Amelia. I’d never thought of giving her Rice Pudding before, I think selfishly because I don’t like it. Saturday I spent most of the afternoon cooking Amelia new foods to try, while her Daddy took her to the park. I know this is meant to be time for me to sit down & rest, but  I just can’t.I have always been like that, even in my pregnancy I would never nap or sit and rest.

Rice pudding is a good baby food recipe if you add some cooked fruit like stewed plums or stir in a little strawberry jam or golden syrup. Alternatively add some chopped dried fruits instead like dried apricots or semi-dried mango, which can be cooked together with the rice. This is a quicker version of making rice pudding, cooking it on the stove rather than in an oven. I made some stewed apple to go with my Rice Pudding, and added some apple to her porridge this morning & she loved it.

This recipe has been taken from my Annabel Karmel book Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes. See   here  for the book.

 

                  Quick Rice Pudding

 

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Prep 2 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Best for baby 9-12 months plus
Makes 6 portions
Suitable for freezing

 

INGREDIENTS

50g (2 oz) pudding rice
600 ml (1 pint) milk
1 – 2 tbsp caster sugar
1 vanilla pod or ½ tsp vanilla essence

Method

1. Put the rice, milk and sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
2. Split the vanilla pod, if usng, and scrape the seeds into the pan, or add the vanilla essence.

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3. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Mix with fruit or a topping of your choice such as strawberry jam or fruit puree

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Amelia loved her first taste of Rice Pudding, and my husband wanted me to make more for him. I tasted it,it’s nice,but I’m yet to be converted into liking this dessert.
I freeze Amelia’s food in pots from BabyPotz. The smaller green ones are from Tesco. I used these when I first started weaning,they come with a tray. They were fine for storage at the beginning, however the lids kept falling off. I was glad when a friend introduced me to BabyPotz.

T & A xx

Leahys Open Farm Co.Cork Ireland

Yesterday I took Amelia, her cousin Sean & his mummy to Leahy’s Open Farm in Co.Cork. This farm is so well worth a visit. Situated in East Cork, just 3 miles From the lovely village of Dungourney, bordering Cnoc a Ceo Woods, this family run farm is open to visitors of all ages for the Summer and Christmas seasons. They have a large selection of animals on display – Camel, Monkeys, Rheas, Llama, Alpacas, Snakes, Sheep, Goats, Horses and lots more…. While we were there yesterday,a goat gave birth to twin Kids, and the previous day one of the Alpacas had given birth to a baby boy.

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There is so much for the children to do, from feeding the lambs to holding the snake to catching mice and they especially love to cuddle the fluffy rabbits. There is Go Karting and Boat Rides and Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds, Tunnels & be transported by in time, by seeing the old shops,schools, houses & clothes as well as old machinery of bygone years.

The working farm is run by 3 generations of farmers. We met Jack (7) feeding the calves yesterday morning. He had been up working in the farm since 7:30 that morning, by choice.He told us he was on his Easter holidays, and would miss working with his Grandad and Dad when he returned to school, I’ve no doubt they will also miss this hard working boy.A true farmer, witty, clever and a real boy, he showed us all around the farm, introducing us to his own two calves “Johnny & Tommy”, named after his uncles, and that he bought with “his own money”.

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I asked him what his plans were for his calves, and straight to the point, Jack looked at me as if to say “obviously”, sell them at the mart. Our day was made by meeting Jack, we spent far longer than we had planned on the farm, as Jack brought us to each individual animal, telling us stories about the breed & the animal itself.  We were even invited by him to Mass on the Farm that night. I asked Jack why there was a mass, “well my nan is into God and all that”, was the swift reply I got.

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The Open Farm was originally set up by Jacks Grandparents. Eddie and Eileen Leahy married at a young age. They had 7 children and lived in the little old cottage in the centre of the yard which is now known as Farmer Eddies Cottage. The old cottage dates back over 200 years, Eddie and Eileen’s first four children were born into the cottage.

Eddie and Eileen started off their farming life in very humble beginnings with 4 cows. 3 cows were milked in the summer and in the winter, as the stall in the yard could only hold 4 cows. The land was of poor quality and a lot of hard labour had to be endured to reclaim it. As Eddie and Eileen had very little animal housing to begin with every effort was made to expand and very slowly but surely, over the years the farm turned into a very successful Dairy and Pig Farm. While being very busy running the farm, Eddie had a love for vintage farm machinery and he and Eileen often went off to vintage festivals and over the years they picked up a massive collection of vintage machinery.

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In 1996 they took a massive leap of faith and opened the farm to the public showing off what they had collected, with family support behind Eddie and Eileen and the huge interest shown by the public, the next step was to build a coffee shop to cater for the visitors, this proved to be a huge success over the years because of Eileen’s absolute love of home-baking. There are no cakes bought in for the coffee shop. Everything is freshly home made every day by Eileen and other family members.s, this proved to be a huge success over the years because of Eileen’s absolute love of home-baking.

Over the years, the farm has grown from strength to strength attracting thousands of visitors and is now a well known tourist attraction in East Cork, because of Eddie and Eileen’s initial idea to diversify into agri-tourism it has enabled some members of the family to work full time in the business. For Eddie and Eileen, this is a great achievement in keeping their family together. All the members of Eddie and Eileen’s family are so proud of the success of the open farm because if it were not for Eddie and Eileen’s commitment and bravery to diversify from farming, the traditional farming enterprise would not have sustained the employment needed to keep the family working together.

We loved every second of our day yesterday & will be back again over the summer. Amelia fell in love with the lambs, calling the, “Baby”. Perfect for all age groups. Also there is so much to see & do indoors that the weather should not tamper your plans. Buggy Friendly, I took the sling as well,so Amelia could see everything. We had tea & a scone after we had finished, clean, reasonably priced, and beautiful homemade produce. Of course Jack joined us for tea. Clean toilets, with baby changing unit.

I would highly recommend a stop at Leahy’s Open Pet Farm as a Family Friendly Activity around Ireland. You might even be lucky enough to meet Jack & get a free guided tour from an expert.

T & A xx

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To Give The Measels,Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine or Not

Amelia had her Measels,Mumps & Rubella (also called German Measels) (MMR) Vaccine last week. She was 12 months + 3 weeks & will get a second dose before school 4-5 years.

The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to build up protection against these diseases.It is a live vaccine which means it contains weakened forms of the measles, mumps and rubella viruses.

It was an easy decision for me to give it to her,I had read the research papers, spoken to other mums,and to be fair, I knew prior to all this I was going to give it to anyway. I know so many mums who are unsure whether they are going to give the vaccine or not.

 

MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine (3 in 1),that protects against three separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses.
Measles, mumps and rubella are very common, highly infectious, conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.
They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby and can lead to miscarriage.

 

 

The MMR vaccine has gone through the rings of the press in the last few years.Health experts have criticized media reporting of the MMR-autism controversy for triggering a decline in vaccination rate in the UK. The MMR vaccine was the subject of controversy after publication of a 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield et al. reporting a study of twelve children who had bowel symptoms along with autism or other disorders, including cases where onset was believed by the parents to be soon after administration of MMR vaccine.In 2010, Wakefield’s research was found by the General Medical Council to have been “dishonest”, and The Lancet fully retracted the original paper.The research was declared fraudulent in 2011 by the British Medical Journal. Several subsequent peer-reviewed studies have failed to show any association between the vaccine and autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,the UK National Health Service and the Cochrane Library review have all concluded that there is no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

In Japan, the MMR vaccination has been discontinued, with single vaccines being used for each disease. Rates of autism diagnosis have continued to increase, showing no correlation with the change.

Side Effects

1 in 10 will have discomfort, redness or swelling where the injection was given, or will have a fever;
1 in 20 will get a rash six to 12 days later(this is not contagious);
1 in 20 get swollen glands, a stiff neck, or joint pains;
1 in 100 may develop swelling of the salivary glands under the jaw; and
1 in 1000 will have a convulsion (fit);
1 in 22,000 will get a temporary blood clotting problem / bruising or bleeding
1 in 1,000,000 may get encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

 

We are now 10 days post vaccination. Amelia has been off form in the last 3 days, and I noticed a Measel like rash over her torso tonight in the bath. This could all be a coincidence or maybe she is the 1 in 20 children who develop the rash. Either way, I’m still happy with my decision to have given her the vaccine, and will just have to ride the waves with her over the next few days, until she gets better. Calpol & Neurofen will be our friends.

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Have you given your child the MMR Vaccine or decided against?

Please share your views below

 

T & A x

Family Friendly Tomato & Basil Omlette

On Monday I made this Omlette for Amelia’s  tea, it was her first time having an Omlette & it went down well, she ate about half of it. The texture was new to her, so I will make it again next week for her to get use to it. Did you know a baby/toddler needs to taste something at least 10 times to actually decide whether they like it or not. I ended up making another one for myself & my husband after as we love the flavours, I just added some cooked ham to ours.

This receipe has been taken from my Annabel Karmel Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes.

Ingredients

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Serves: 1
Perfect to serve from age 6 months onwards.

A knob of butter
1 tomato, deseeded and diced
1 medium egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp parmesan, finely grated (try another hard cheese if you prefer)
2 tsp chopped basil (optional)

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Method

Preparation time: 4 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

1. Melt the butter in a small frying pan, then add the tomatoes and fry for one minute.

2. Mix the egg, milk, cheese and basil (if using) together in a small bowl.

3. Pour the mixture into the pan and swirl around to cover the base.

4. Once the omelette is set, which should take around 2 minutes, turn over and fry for a further 2 minutes.

5. Once cooked through flip the omelette onto a plate and slice into child-friendly pieces.

* When my mum was teaching me as a child how to cook an Omlette, she let me in on a secret. Instead of flipping your Omlette, place it under the grill,it will be really fluffy & light on top.

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Enjoy T & A xxxx

Baby Proofing

Bank Holiday Mondays have changed for us, two years ago we would have been lying in bed nursing our hangovers from the weekend or getting ready to fly back to London after being at home in Ireland for the weekend.

Today was the perfect chance for us to start baby proofing the house,as Amelia has discovered the love for opening and slamming shut the lower kitchen drawers,and 9 times out of 10 catching her fingers. I’ve already tied ribbon around the TV cabinet,as she slams that shut & there is glass panelling.

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We need to get plug socket covers (she has not yet gone near the plugs) and two stair gates at some point this week.She hasn’t started to climb yet,and she doesn’t crawl,she bum shuffles everywhere,and she can go fast!Upstairs she goes straight for the stairs,so have to keep the doors closed when we are upstairs together. The stair gate I think we are going to go for is this wooden one from Lindman. I like traditional wooden gates.

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Last week we were kindly sent a range of safety products from Hey Mama, HeyMama.ie is an Irish online shop providing a full range of Mother & Baby goods.
Safety, Reliability and Value For Money are the cornerstones of their business. They focus on the products that are Award Winners and Best Sellers. The products that are really, *really* good. The products that you would buy again in a heartbeat.

The online shop provides such a great range of products from gifts,Grobags, Safety Products,pushchairs,changing bags & much more.
They offer Free Delivery within Ireland on orders over €50 and a courier charge of just €4.99 on orders below. Orders placed before 1:30pm are normally delivered next-day.

We were sent a range of products to try out.They couldn’t have come at a better time,as we really needed to start baby proofing.

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I used the cabinet lock by Baby Elegence,on my cupboard with plates.

The Multi Purpose Latch by Baby Elegence, I used in the inside of the cleaning cupboard.Dont make the mistake I did,I placed this on the inside of the cupboard,and can’t open or close it! To be honest this is quite awkward & hard to unhook.It is meant to sit outside corner cupboards,like pictured below.Suitable for lockers or free-standing units.

Lastly we used the Cupboard & Drawer Locks ,by Clipsafe that we were sent, these for us are great, a little hard to get used to as you have to pinch both top & bottom prong to open,almost both adult and baby proof!

We were also sent these Safety Cord Wind Ups,by Baby Elegence, however we are lucky that the house we are currently in has safety cord clasps attached to all the blinds in the house. These are so important as the rate of children accidentally hanging themselves off blind cords is tragically increasing.

Check out www.heymama.ie for more products.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Changing From Breastmilk/Formula to Cows Milk

Amelia turned 1 three weeks ago,and it was time to say goodbye to her formula and introduce cows milk in her bottles. She had been having cows milk in her cereal & food I have made her since she was about 9 months, and eating cheese & yogurts,so I was not worried about allergies as she had been ok so far with cows milk.

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I had already had the experience of changing from Breastmilk to Formula at 6.5 months.I just started by expressing milk & adding an oz of Formula at a time. The transition was pretty uneventful, other than Amelia not taking to the powdered formula.She would cry with her knees bent in her cot,I’m presuming she was having tummy cramps from it.
After speaking to our Health Visitor (Public Health Nurse), she had advised me that some breastfed babies tolerate “pre-made formula” better after the change over from breastmilk,as it tastes more like BM.This is because it is UHT treated,making it sweeter & thicker in consistency in comparison to “powdered formula”. An expensive few months followed,we were spending about £140 a month on formula,but look,we had free milk from me for 6 months,so couldn’t complain very much.

Three weeks ago I started giving Amelia cows milk in her bottle,the day after her birthday.I gave her 3/4 formula & 1/4 cows milk.I increased it every day, maybe a little too quickly mind, as on day 4 she was screaming in pain trying to go for a poo. I even cried with her one day, I felt so sorry for her. She was so constipated.

I stopped the cows milk, gave her brown sugar and cooled boiled water until she was able to go to the toilet normally. Last week I reintroduced the cows milk,(I should add here,always use Whole Full Fat milk), slowly this time. 1 oz at a time,increasing it daily. So far so good. She is still having 1 oz of formula in her bottles for her morning & night time bottle. This will be the last few days of that.Then we can say goodbye to mini Aptamil bottles filling up our cupboards,and searching every shop in our town to find them!!

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I would stay clear of “Follow-on Milks”, as a nurse & on advise from my sister who is a dietician, I know that these are a marketing ploy,encouraging you to spend more money.Your child should be getting all their nutrition from their solid food & cows milk by the time they are 1. The World Health Organisation (WHO), has reiterated its position that follow-on-milks are unnecessary for 6-24 month infants and said they are nutritionally dubious.

How was your experience with the transition from BM to Formula & from Formula to Cows Milk?Would love to hear other peoples experience.

T & A xxxx

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