Some of our fav gifts and handy products

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As we approach 12 months with Josh I had a little think of the handy gift and gadgets we got along the way and here are our fav. Some things you are told to get are totally unnecessary but some are super handy too!

We got so many fab gifts but some of the first gifts we got that got used again and again include:
Winnie the Pooh projector night light-still used to give 10 more minutes in the cot in the mornings
Clevermama Towel-very handy for bath time
Moo goo shampoo & wash-so gentle on babas skin
Multi mam breast pads-a must for breast feeding mamas
Socks-you can never hade enough socks
Annabel Karmel weaning book-seemed a long way off when I got it but was invaluable when it was time to get Josh onto solids
Avent Dual room and bath thermometer-so handy that you can use for both and that is so accurate
7am Walking buggy hand muffs-A treat from my husband but used to death after getting a fab matching maxi cosi/buggy muff from a friend.
Blankets-We got a good few but he has picked his 2 fav and we use one for playing and one for bed.
The clothes you got for 12 months plus that you are so thankful of now…

Products we got/borrowed and used a lot:
Baby bath-we just picked ours up in ikea but I think when they are are very handy and then a bath
Top and tail bowl-I didn’t think we would use this and my mum laughed when I got roped into buying it and whilst it’s dusty now, we used it loads at the beginning.
Jumparoo-we borrowed this from a friend after Josh loved it in another friends house at about 6 months-he loved it!
Swim ring-Used both for hols and our weekly swim, gives him a little independence
Babypotz-We use these to death! Still do… A really great product!
Ball pool-this was a gift but a great container for toys and playtime
Baby bath support seat-frees up your hands and gives baba a little bit of independence in the big bath!

What I would probably get next time:

I’d put baby straight in a crib rather than moses, crib then cot!
I do think an auld bottle warmer would be handy and maybe an insulated bag, even though I was a breastfeeder.
Better breastfeeding tops.
A good pump.
A 4 door car before all your extra money was taken up with nappies and formula!

Mummycooks Course

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A few weeks ago I attended a course on finger foods for babies with Mummycooks in their home based kitchen in Stillorgan. Josh was eating really well so I wanted to find out a bit more about introducing finger foods and leaving him to his own devices.

Siobhan’s demo kitchen is based in her own home but is by no means a commercial kitchen and would make you drool a little with envy if your own kitchen doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

I brought Josh along and there was one other baby there. There were 6 participants so it was really interactive. We were given handouts, water and Siobhan started the demo promptly.

Her recipes were easy to follow, tasty and gave great inspiration. She cooked some polenta chips, sweet potato with cinnamon & nutmeg and broccoli and cheese muffins along with some homemade houmous.

We talked through other finger food options and she gave some really handy tips. We also spoke about the fear of choking, which I must admit is a constant worry when they lob a whole chunk of something in their mouth. You have to get used to the gagging, keep calm and know their limitations but trust them too.

I really would recommend these classes for whatever stage you are at. Just the inspiration is good and chatting with other mums about food habits is great too. The classes will resume in the autumn.

Siobhan is also the distributor for the wonderful babypotz which you can purchase from her on the day or online too.

http://mummycooks.ie/

Here is Josh enjoying his sweet potato!

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First Aid and Pregnancy & Baby Fair

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It was a busy weekend for us a couple of weekends ago. I attended a ClapHandies First Aid seminar in the morning and then we all went to the Pregnancy & Baby Fair later that day. See links to both below:
http://www.claphandies.com/firstaid.php
http://www.pregnancyandbabyfair.ie/

The seminar was in the city and was well organised. The instructor knew her stuff and kept well to the format and prepared presentation. She gave a brief description of common first aid issues and was happy to have interaction from the 60+ group of attendees. We finished with a demo on CPR and recovery for all ages. I got this through Mothercare offers for €25 and found it useful but not sure if it would be worth the usual full cost of €50. They do a full day First Aid course too if you wanted to extend your knowledge.

Then to the RDS it was. We found the Pregnancy & Baby Fair very useful this time last year when I was at the early stages of pregnancy and wide eyed in anticipation of what lay ahead. This year we went to get some advice on purchasing a monitor. It does seem that all the stalls target market appears to be mums and dads to be as we were not given quite the same ‘undivided attention’ this year and it seemed a bit smaller this year too. We picked up a few handy purchases-babypotz, clevafeed, as per links below & a few good freebies however. We never did get a monitor with not much on offer there but a good day out overall.
http://www.clevamama.com
http://www.babypotz.com/