I was so pleased when this gorgeous box of My Little Piccolo organic baby food pouches arrived on the doorstep last month. Both my boys are the biggest fans of fruit pouches even now and the Piccolo organic purées are just so lovely I was thrilled for them to try them out.

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If you’ve been reading my blog since the early days (thank you!!) then you may well have read my post about weaning and preparing food for your little one. You might also have caught my post written second child in about the cheats way of weaning when you don’t even have time to prepare food for yourself!

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But it’s not just fruit, My Little Piccolo have cleverly disguised lots of healthy veg within these delicious pouches so I can relax when they refuse their homemade supper (seriously, how annoying is it when that happens!!) because I know that they have got some amazing goodness from the Italian inspired pouch offered with their meal. They are also fab for days out because they don’t need to be refrigerated if they are unopened so they’re perfect for car journeys or picnics. Oh and teething. Uh-mazing for teething when they won’t eat anything else!! You can also freeze them in ice lolly moulds for when they want to gnaw on something to ease their swollen gums.

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I honestly love everything about them, even the packaging – especially the packaging! The flavours are delicious, yet so interesting, which all include a nod to their Mediterranean roots. Apple & Apricot with a pinch of cinnamon, Peach & Apple with a hint of basil, Banana, Blueberry and Apple with a hint of vanilla, Squash, Red Pepper & Chickpea with a hint of rosemary, Cherry & Yoghurt with wholegrain oats and Spring Greens with a hint of mint.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I really can’t wait for the next range of flavours to be announced, they are bound to be as big of a hit with my boys. They are perfect for all ages if you want to get some organic goodness into your child.

Piccolo also donates 10% of its profits to food education, and is the first baby food brand to work in partnership with the prestigious National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the UK’s largest parenting charity. So all the good feels.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I am so pleased that we got to try out these organic food pouches because I’ve never seen my boys wolf down veg like it!

If you want to get hold of a pouch to test out yourself then head to the below for stockists. I don’t think you will be left dissatisfied, and your bubbas certainly won’t be left hungry! Have you tried the range of Piccolo baby food pouches before?

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As the time got closer for our adventures in North America to begin, one of my main concerns after Henry’s overall safety abroad was the flight. Flying with a baby isn’t exactly something that fills any parent with much joy, after all. But it is a necessity of course, so my search began trawling through the internet to find tips to help me prepare for our 9.5hr flight to Chicago with a 10 month old.

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Our little Henry is by far the most strong willed baby I am sure I’ve ever met, and I’m sure this will stand him in good stead as an adult, however as a baby it means a situation such as our impending flight and our having to restrain him for most of the waking day was a serious worry for me. He doesn’t sit still for more than 30 seconds at home, gets bored of toys immediately and never watches TV. And when he is made to do something he’s not keen on, my gosh do we know about it! (a phase, right??) As you can imagine not the ideal ingredients for a stress-free flight.

We flew with American Airlines, despite booking with British Airways, and I would be complaining about their terrible service with a frown, lack of refreshments, being made to wait an hour to disembark while Henry wailed his little heart out, the seat belt light being on for 4 hours and constantly being told Henry needed to be restrained  despite zero turbulance…IF they had not given us the bulkhead. This was a Godsend!! I had been frantically trying to get it secured on advanced check in which I was continuously calling & being passed around to no avail. But I could have kissed the check in lady at the airport after she managed to secure it for us as I knew just how much difference this would make to us. It meant he had loads of room to crawl about on the floor and play with lots of exciting things whilst flirting with the ladies on our row.

Setting off from Heathrow!

 

If you are reading this, I am sure you too are looking for help and advice so here are my tips for what helped us with a relatively stress-free flight!

Tips For Flying With A Baby Or Family;

Don’t let the pre-flight stress get to you;

The thought of flying with a baby, or taking a baby on holiday may scare you from even attempting it until they are older. But let’s be honest, a trip down the road isn’t what it used to be when you think of all the paraphernalia you need to remember, how much milk or food they may need and timing it around feeds and nap times. So don’t be put off by it, if you set your expectation that it’s going to be horrendous, then I am positive you will be pleasantly surprised. most airlines really cater well for families with young children.

Get the right flight;
The ideal flight time for long haul is over night to fit in with your baby’s schedule. Unfortunately there wasn’t this option for us so we had to go for a midday flight. try your hardest to get a non stop flight as you not only want to get there as soon as possible, but having to get your child in and out of the aircraft, through terminals and customs adds so much more pressure to you all.

Tips For Flying With A Baby.

Book the “best” seats;
These may not be the best for everyone else, but if you can book ahead then go for seat at each end of a 3 person row (if the flight isn’t full it’s highly unlikely a solo traveller will book the middle seat) this will give you more room to play with and them to play in! If the flight is full then book the aisle if you have a baby who wants to walk or crawl everywhere, or the window seat if you want privacy to nurse or a leaning post to set up camp for them to sleep on you. You then have the added bonus of having a bassinet which clips on for them to sleep in, but beware this isn’t a failsafe; Henry was too big at 10m so they aren’t going to fit most babies above around 9 months.

Take a bag of tricks;
Buy new, small toys to entertain your little one; the excitement of these being unplayed with before may keep them entertained for longer and keep them small so you can take quite a few.
Pack as many snacks as you can, all sealed so they don’t get taken away at customs! Brands such as Organix and Kiddylicious make some organic, sugar free selections; I bought everything on offer as Henry certainly has an appetite on him.

Milk is your saviour;
Regardless of if you’re breast or bottle, milk will soothe and satisfy your baby throughout the flight. Make sure you have it at the ready for take off and landing as it will take away the pain of their ears adjusting to the cabin pressure. I’m still breastfeeding Henry and my nipples were shredded by the end of the flight and there was certainly no milk left, but they definitely helped with his ears. A dummy or pacifier would work too if your baby takes one. Make sure you pack more milk than you think they could need as it having too much isn’t half as much of an issue than running out! – while we’re on this, make sure you pack more of everything you need such as nappies, snacks & clothes as you never know how long you may be delayed along the line.

Dress them for comfort;
It may sound obvious, but you really don’t want to be fussing with intricate outfits with tights and shoes or similar when dealing with a dirty nappy in a miniature aircraft toilet, so make sure your dress baby in something easy and comfortable.

Tips For Flying With A Baby.

Take the right equipment;
Some people choose to take a car seat to fly; which would mean the child will need their own seat on the plane, but for us that just looked like far too much to pack and carry with us, so we are renting one along with the car once we arrive at the destination.
Depending on how many flights you are taking (6 in our case) your stroller is going to need to withstand some serious throwing about. Chances are you also aren’t going to want to travel with your big, special pram from home. We bought a Mamas & Papas Barnie stroller for the trip, which compared to my beloved Sola pram I really don’t like much, but it is lightweight, small and ideal for taking on holiday. These days pushchairs like the BabyZen YoYo can fold small enough to put into the overhead locker so you know they aren’t going to get trashed in the hold.

I really hope these tips help you relax a little about your flight, honestly I was really panicking about ours but it was brilliant in the end. Henry actually only slept for 45 minutes in the whole 9.5 hours and I can still say it went really well, we were so proud of him.

Happy holidaying!!

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Just when you think aden + anais couldn’t get any better, they go and launch a Disney collection! The special collection has been released to commemorate their 10th anniversary, and it’s all kinds of cute!!

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I have long been a fan of their iconic cotton muslin products; from swaddles to dribble bibs, and the selection of prints they now have has increased dramatically even in the time I’ve been a Mummy. The quality is brilliant, and they wash so well. In fact, the more you wash them the softer they get!

Admittedly, I don’t need them for milky spillages any more, but they’re still perfect for snotty noses and teething dribble so we still make sure we always have one to hand. I love the original prints, with the simple classic designs, but some of my favourites are the newer style aden + anais prints like Vintage Circus and I’ve seen a peacock feather one which is soooo cool!

I really need to get George some more sleeping bags, as he’s growing out of all of his, so I will definitely be looking at some of the aden + anais ones as they are so soft against his skin and I swear he sleeps better when he’s in them!

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Last week aden + anais held a launch party for their new Disney collection, with all the exciting new designs on show. It’s so hard to choose my favourite new design! What I do know though, is I have got to get myself (me, not the boys!! ha) one of their bamboo Dream Blankets. They are ridiculously soft, I want to just snuggle up under one!

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The aden + anais signature muslins come in 3 iconic prints depicting three of the most popular stories: Winnie the Pooh, Bambi, and The Jungle Book. The designs are hand sketched too which is a really nice touch.

What’s your favourite Aden + Anais design? Take a look at the full Disney design collection at Natural Baby Shower, I’d love to know!

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Funky Giraffe bibs have got to be right up there on the new mum wish lists, along with the Aden + Anais muslins and Frugi clothing.

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I remember looking around a Baby Sensory class once (the first time around, y’know back when I actually had time to go to such groups) and seeing about 50% of the babies all wearing them, each with different designs. Easily recognisably as Funky Giraffe bibs. And rightly so; they are the best cotton bibs I have come across. They have a fleece backing which keeps dribble from soaking through (and man, is there a LOT of dribble) and the double poppers make them adjustable as your baby grows.

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Not to mention the designs. Oh the designs. The time spent deliberating which prints to go for – there are so many options for both boys and girls. They also do bamboo bibs – SO soft, square bibs, fancy bibs, personalised, the list goes on.

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They make the perfect gift too, if you’re stuck for something to buy for a baby shower or present, I guarantee these will go down a treat with any parent of young children.

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So now it’s competition time! I want to give you guys the chance to win SIX bibs – of your choice! With an additional winner who will win a 50% off discount code to use on whatever they wish on the Funky Giraffe site.

It’s super easy to enter; just click below! Good luck xx

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I’m asked all the time what my top baby essentials are, and it’s so hard to narrow it down to just 5, however when you’re about to become a parent for the first time, or even subsequent times, the lists of stuff you think you need is just craaaazy. Now obviously somewhere for them to sleep, nappies, milk etc are all essential, but there are so many gadgets and “must have” accessories to this whole baby lark that you can get overwhelmed as to what you really need.

Having had 2 little boys, I have found out the hard (expensive) way, that you just don’t need all. the. stuff. So here is my run down of the things I use most days which make my life as a mama that little bit easier!

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Baby Carrier – Hands free is the best way – especially when you’re busy or have other children to run around after. They love being close to you and you can get on with the housework, dinner, play with your other children while they contently rest on your chest listening to your heartbeat. The benefits to the baby of baby wearing are incredible – it’s a double winner.

Movement monitor – Now I know there are 2 camps on this one, and yes it might be a bit too much for some people, and I totally get that. But personally there is complete and utter peace of mind once this gets switched on and wherever baby is (cot, moses, travel cot etc), I know that he is breathing and well. I would go as far to say that this is my number 1 baby product ever…ever.

Milk preparation machine – Ok, so this one is new to me. Having BF’d both boys for 2 years collectively once it was time for George to move on to formula, I literally didn’t have a clue how to make a bottle up. No idea. There seemed like so many rules, the water had to be a certain temperature or they couldn’t be made up in advance, the list baffled me so we just went the easy route and spent a fortune on pre-made formula. Then we decided to invest in a Perfect Prep and life was suddenly a whole lot easier. If you’re looking to bottle feed I would definitely pick one of these bad boys up in the sale.

Muslins – Take the amount you think you will need, and triple it. Enough said.

Lansinoh – 2 years on and I still can’t bloody pronounce it, but honestly if you’re considering breast feeding you need this tube of wonder in your life. Nothing compares. Yes, you are rubbing some kind of sheep fat into your sore, swollen, engorged boobs but if you really want to give yourself the best shot at breastfeeding then don’t let cracked nipples be the reason you stop!

Check out my video for my top 5 baby essentials.

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