After weaning three babies, I can say that I’ve had my fair share of being batted with spoons and smattered with purée.
If your baby is coming up to weaning age, you might be wondering where to start. Which flavours will your child feel drawn towards, and which will they spit out? Should you wear a smile or a raincoat? Is it best to start with fruit or vegetables, invest in a gallon of baby rice, choose baby-led weaning, or just throw your hands up in the air and admit you don’t have a clue?
Think you know all about brushing your child’s teeth? I thought it was one mummy job that I was doing okay.
Now that the weather’s warmer, my kids are playing in the garden more frequently. The trampoline is seeing more action, and toys are strewn across the lawn. Meanwhile my eldest daughter, who loves gymnastics and goes to a class after school, spends every spare moment doing handstands, cartwheels, bridges and other ultra-bendy moves, most of which are beyond me.
More often than not, my two and a half year old turns down dinner.
He takes one look at the lovingly prepared – and, I assure you, very tasty – meal, and says, ‘No. Don’t like dinner.’
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My toddler, aged two and a half, hates vegetables. If he tastes the teeniest slither of pea, he actually picks it out of his mouth. It’s quite astonishing to watch.
Recently, my six-year-old went through a phase of worrying about dying. She asked how it felt, and whether you can move and if your eyes are closed. She told me that her worry about dying seeped into everything she did – nudging at her consciousness while she was watching TV, reading or trying to nod off to sleep.
Regular readers will know that a few months ago, my toddler didn’t eat enough. In fact he was such a fussy eater that he would only eat a handful of different foods and regularly refused entire meals.
As a mum to three kids, I’ve had my fair share of battles with the sunscreen bottle. We all know protecting our kids’ skin is important, but it’s no mean feat when your little ones wriggle or even run away when faced with the prospect of creamy gloop being smeared over their skin.
I’ve recently been researching a load of healthy apps through work, and I’ve started to incorporate some into my life. A few are helping me to become more organised, while others have the potential to make life a bit calmer in other ways. Here’s my guide to the unmissable:
My three kids love playing outside, but they’re not so keen in winter – especially when the ground is getting a soaking or it’s bitterly cold. On those days, getting them to stretch their legs outdoors can feel like an awful lot of hard work.
When my eldest daughter first started at primary school, I was always disorganised. I would forget packed lunches, lose forms and have to leg it with the buggy to make it to school on time. But nowadays I run a much tighter ship before and after the school run, which means I feel calmer and less stressed. I also lose forms less often.