Steam and mash by Nuby UK

Him indoors and I had discussed this week that now Darcey is 6 months old we should start making her meals rather than relying on pouches.
Also after showing possible signs of food allergies just like her older brother and sister I felt it the right time to pull my finger out and cook for her as I do the rest of us.

So weaning aids. I know I’ve done all this before however that was 15 and 8 years ago, and in all fairness I can’t always remember what I had for breakfast let alone what and how I fed the older sprogs. Haha.
Off to the shops I popped just to have a look, I stumbled across the Steam and Mash from Nuby UK.

In the packet it looked just like a bowl with a lid and child’s masher. (A question I knew I’d get when I posted a picture on social media was ‘surely it’s just a bowl and masher?)

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However it also comes with a steamer which sits comfortably inside the bowl to hold the fruit or veggies.
The bowl also has ridges on one side that helps mash the food as well as the masher it’s self.

So this evening I chopped some sweet potato and added a handful of frozen peas. Placed them in the steamer along with a small amount of water. Placed the lid on and popped in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
Hey presto cooked veggies. 

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Now to mash to my hearts content. With the ridge side I found it so much easier to mash the food. It left small lumps too which were perfect for this next stage of weaning that we are at.

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I am really pleased with this item and Darcey seemed more than happy and ate near on all I had cooked. (Which was meant for two meals)
I have recommended  the Steam and Mash to friends who are about to start weaning and for less than £5 I think it’s a great little buy.
http://www.nuby-uk.com/view-product?path=54&product_id=1064

I would love to hear any recipes, or fruit and veg combinations you have tried and have been a success

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Baby Clubs.. what are we looking for from them?

Since having baby D, myself and a friend who has a baby of very similar age have been looking for local baby groups or clubs that we can take the two of them too.

Our local children’s centre only seems to cater for toddlers and above. Unless you have been referred by our health visitors.
So that is no good.

Our local library has a baby bounce group on a Thursday morning for half an hour. This is free. We are yet to get our butts in gear to attend this group but hope to do this tomorrow.

That is it locally, so now we start looking up online and on Facebook to see if any other mummies can shed light on any groups that the babies (and us) might enjoy.
Brilliant music and movement in the next town! Perfect so we think. Until we email to ask of availability and are told that it is near on £60 for the remainder of the term and we MUST pay upfront and sign up for the whole term.
This is also the case with a baby sensory class in another town local to us.
Now I might be sounding tight however I just wanted to try out these groups for starters to see if it is something we would be interested in attending on a regular basis and my friend is a single mum of two and for her money is very tight. I also have an issue with signing for a whole term as there are days I can barely get myself dressed for a school run let alone attend a group where I will need to smile and make conversation (depression and anxiety is a f****er)

So now we are back where we started only one group to attend on a Thursday for a whole 30 minutes. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

So now we start discussing my friend starting her own group. We throw ideas in the air, we speak to local halls etc to ask about costs. And that is as far as we have got.
So basically my question to all you yummy mummies is what do you look for in a baby group/club. Cost? Time? Signing up termly or being able to pop in one week and not another? Have I missed anything?
I’d be so interested to know so that I can feed this back to my friend and she can put this into her action plan to set up a group for all the local mummies in what seems like a baby boom of late.

Thanks xxx

The Baby Show & Tommee Tippee Big Adventure

Last Friday I travelled into London to attend the Baby Show with Darcey, Boo, My friend and her son Jacob.This is the first time my friend had been to the show and my second. Him indoors and I visited last year when I was 12 weeks pregnant with Darcey. We first visited Bumpkins photography and had the babies pictures done. I booked a full photo soot with them for the whole family.(blog to follow after sitting later next month) Going by the free picture we had the outcome will be fantastic.

I spoke to a number of companies exhibiting cloth nappies. I have since ordered from one company on twitter to try them out and see how we go. ( keep your eyes peeled for an update)

It did feel strange not browsing/buying for the arrival of a newborn, instead I was looking at all things weaning.

This included visiting the launch of Tommee Tippee Big Adventure Sippee cups.

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