Harry loves toys these days. He can sit up by himself now (we always put cushions behind him just in case), and can happily play alone with his toys for short periods.
I have been going to a weekly Baby Sensory class and one of the ideas we were given was to make a ‘Treasure Box’ for our babies. Well, Harry LOVES it. It’s basically just a box of random, safe, household items. He has a lot of other ‘proper’ toys and does enjoy them, but the treasure box is what keeps him amused for longest.
You can add anything as long as it is safe for your baby. Harry’s contains:
- 1 pack ball pit balls (about 20 of them for £1 at Poundland)
- Shower puff
- Plastic serving spoon
- Loaf tin
- Bunch of straws (Harry’s absolute favourite)
- Coffee tin filled with pasta
- Hand cream tub filled with rice
- Silk scarf
Harry puts everything in his mouth, shakes things up and down and likes taking things in and out of the box. He spends ages pulling the straws apart and we use the scarf to play peekaboo. He also bangs the loaf tin with the plastic spoon! This is such a simple, inexpensive way of keeping your baby occupied. It helps Harry discover different textures and is a great ‘sensory’ experience for him.
Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is clean, wipe up spillages and other.. fluids, and then wash my hands! So when Dettol contacted me to see if I would like to try out some of their products, I thought ‘perfect!’.
I was sent the Dettol Power & Pure Kitchen spray, Power & Pure Bathroom wipes, and the No-Touch Automatic Handwash System.
All three products were very much welcome and of great use in our house!
The kitchen spray did the trick on freshening up the kitchen and getting rid of any grease or stains.
The bathroom wipes were very handy for giving the toilet, sink and bath a quick freshen up and the packet size was generous. I know wipes aren’t very good for the environment, and we are getting through about a million baby wipes a week at the moment in addition to these, but as far as disinfectant wipes go, these are great. They smell lovely and are very convenient to use.
My favourite product of the 3 was definitely the No-Touch Handwash System. It comes with batteries and a clean, simple looking dispenser. You slot the anti-bacterial handwash into the dispenser, turn it on and off you go. You hold your hand under the top, and the handwash comes out without you having to touch anything. It lasts ages and smells really fresh.
All of the products kill 99.9% of bacteria, which is great with a young baby in our house.
Thank you to Dettol for sending me these products to review. I would definitely buy them again in future.
We started introducing Harry to solids a bit earlier than the recommended 6 months, on advice from our Health Visitor. She said she felt he was ready to slowly start trying some vegetables, fruits and baby rice. So we went for it! This is our experience.
As soon as the first spoonful of baby rice was offered, Harry gobbled it up and hasn’t looked back! We then added pureed carrot to the baby rice and mixed it with formula. Every few days we tried a new vegetable or fruit. One meal a day to start, and then we increased that to ‘breakfast’ and ‘dinner’.
The best foods at that early stage were:
- Sweet Potato
We mixed the above fruit or veg with baby porridge in the morning, and baby rice in the evening.
I then started giving Harry some finger foods after his puree, which have been great for helping him learn to feed himself, and experiment with textures and flavours. So far his favourites are cucumber, reduced sugar rusks, pieces of baguette and porridge fingers!
- 1 cup porridge oats
- 1 cup milk (we use formula)
- half a banana (mashed) / a few raisins or berries (chopped)
- Mix the ingredients together and microwave for 2 minutes. Leave to set before slicing into fingers.
Now that Harry is over 6 months we have introduced meat! So far he has had chicken or beef mixed with vegetables and loves them both!
Chicken or Beef with Root Vegetables
- 1 onion
- 3 carrots
- 1 swede
- 2 chicken breasts/250g diced beef
- half a stock cube
- Slow cook everything in one pot until tender and then puree! Makes approx 8 portions.
I have enjoyed making Harry’s food so far, but it is quite time consuming! I make batches and freeze individual portions so it’s not like I’m doing it every day. He seems to prefer the home made stuff so I will keep doing it as long as I can. Ready made stuff is so much easier for on-the-go though.
It’s been really enjoyable introducing Harry to different foods and he is such a hungry horace he gobbles up everything we give him! He gets so excited when he sees his food and bangs on his highchair in between mouthfuls!
Being a mum is a roller coaster of emotions, a huge life-changing event, an ongoing learning curve, and the most amazing, miraculous thing I have ever done.
The first three months with Harry felt like a ‘baby bubble’. I was a brand new mum and nothing could touch me. I was euphoric, running on adrenaline a lot of the time and probably still slightly in shock that a little human being had come from inside me! It was such a special time and went by in a flash.
Now that Harry is four months, I feel more adjusted to motherhood, but I also feel that I have to be a ‘fully functioning’ mum rather than one still in the safe haven of the newborn bubble!
I think making that leap from your old life to parenthood is a gradual process. It’s so intense and overwhelming at first, with the sleep deprivation, working out how to change a nappy, and the absolute amazement and relief that your baby is here on this earth and is healthy.
The second stage is when it becomes your new normal. When you realise it’s an ongoing adventure! At that point I think you need to start letting go a bit. Letting go of your old life and the pressure to ‘do it all’ a lot of the time. I now realise that it’s not possible, nor does it really matter! It’s all about adjustment, doing the best you can, appreciating every special moment and not being too hard on yourself!
An innocent, pure little baby has the ability to remind us of what is important in life; they strip away all the stresses and strains, judgements, opinions and pressures. They allow us to love, unconditionally and forever. Everyone says being a mum is hard work, and it truly is. But to be given the chance to be one makes me feel incredibly lucky and so thankful. Harry is changing and developing by the day and it’s amazing to watch and help him grow. Like I said, it’s an ongoing adventure and he is teaching me just as much as I am him!
Harry turned 3 months last week! I can’t believe it! He is officially no longer a newborn, which is sad in a way, but it’s amazing at the same time. We are really starting to see his little personality develop, and it seems like he does something new almost every day. He now weighs over a stone in weight – 14lbs 14oz at his last weigh in a few days ago. He loves to chew on his fists, his bib, and any toy that he can manage to navigate into his mouth!
He laughs and giggles when I do ‘funny’ things and actions – this involves me dancing about, making faces and doing weird voices – but he loves it! He sits quite happily in his Bumbo seat now. A good trick is to put him in front of our full length mirror in our bedroom so he can see himself, Ella and me (usually making the bed or sorting endless washing) in the reflection.
He sleeps well at night – usually about 7 hours straight, which we are trying to gradually increase bit by bit, but he hasn’t quite mastered going to bed any earlier than 10.30pm! He also naps during the day but not a huge amount. He loves toys now and enjoys watching TV and just anything interesting that is going on around him! He is going through a growth spurt at the moment I think, because he has been a little bit clingy over the past week. All in all though he is a perfect little boy and we are so lucky! He makes us smile all day every day and I am so excited to continue to watch him grow and develop. Time is passing way too fast!
I was recently asked by That Protein to try out one of their recipes: Blissful Raw Cacao Protein Truffles. They sounded perfect for me, because at the moment I really need easy snacks that I can just grab and eat on the go! I could easily end up eating pretty unhealthily this way, so I need to be clever about what I am snacking on. I had never tried protein powder before, but my husband makes protein shakes after the gym.
I was sent the ‘Blissful Brown Rice Protein Powder with Raw Cacao’ from That Protein and decided to give their protein truffle recipe a go. I have seen lots of protein bite recipes around and had always fancied trying them out.
Ingredients (10 truffles)
- 2 tbsp agave nectar or brown rice syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 50 ml coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
- 200g of gluten-free oats or mixed nuts, such as pecans, hazelnuts and macadamias (I used oats)
- 2 scoops (I used 6 tablespoons) That Protein’s Blissful Brown Rice and Raw Cacao Protein Powder
- Desiccated coconut to coat the truffles
- Put all in a food processor, pulverise the oats (or chop the nuts) until ground and then add in all the remaining ingredients, aside from the coating. Blend up until combined and sticky
- Roll into balls and coat in the coconut
The recipe is high in protein and the truffles taste really, really chocolately and are very satisfying despite their small size. The organic raw cacao is packed with antioxidants and the truffles’ high fibre content helps keep you fuller for longer. They were really easy and quick to make and were so handy to just store in the fridge. I ended up wrapping each one in foil so I could chuck one in my bag on the way out! I will make them again using nuts this time and I think adding a little bit more coconut oil would make them even more moist.
That Protein is a Range of Dairy-Free Organic Plant Proteins infused with novel Super Foods and comes in three variants – Happy Happy Hemp Protein with Baobab (rrp £14.99); Blissful Brown Rice Protein with Raw Cacao (rrp £12.99); and I Heart Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder with Chia Seeds (rrp £12.99). Recommended by VOGUE, the range was developed by nutritionists from Northern Ireland and is packed with vitamins and minerals with proven health benefits to be enjoyed by anyone.
Thanks to That Protein for letting me try this recipe out. Planning to try the Blissful Raw Cacao Protein Shake next!
Sometimes Harry just wants to be held, and sometimes I just want to hold him! I know this newborn stage is just going to fly by so I am making the most of it and getting lots and lots of snuggling done! He is getting so big so quickly!
I am one for multi tasking though, and I have found myself doing all manner of things whilst holding Harry. Safety comes first obviously but there are lots of things you can do whilst holding a baby at the same time! My top ten are:
- Making bottles (using Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep in my case)
Doing anything on your phone – smart phones really are a lifesaver! Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram, plus the Netmums app are my faves. Books are a no go as they require two hands, so I just read everything on my phone! As well as taking a million photos and videos of Harry – you can never have enough!
Eating and drinking certain items – potentially messy but doable!
Doing your make up (badly)
Watching TV / YouTube
Doing the online food shop (Asda click and collect I love you)
Yoga moves and squats (learned at Baby Yoga!)
Kissing and cuddling and smelling that amazing baby smell. And making funny faces and noises to get him to smile!
Writing this blog post!
Ok that’s only 9 things but you get the idea!
Little Harry is two months old now, and growing up so fast! He is giving us beautiful smiles every day and making the cutest little baby sounds. He is already growing out of some of his 0-3 month clothes, and is really starting to love his toys and his playmat. He loves music and does these huge grins when we are making funny faces at him. He is sleeping well at night and guzzling milk like there is no tomorrow! Part of me wants time to stand still whilst another part can’t wait to see him grow and develop. He has his moments like any baby but he is such a good boy and we are so lucky!