Tag: Feeding

Starting solids and baby food prep with Philips Avent 4 in 1 healthy baby food maker.

Starting solids and baby food prep with Philips Avent 4 in 1 healthy baby food maker.

You blink and they’re 6 months old and so begins the journey of starting solids. It’s a fun, exciting and a messy time for your little one as they try lots of different fruits and veggies. I found that with Rosie making my own baby food could be really time consuming. Now with Gracie I’m a lot better prepared!

We were kindly gifted the Philips 4 in 1 healthy baby food maker. This clever little machine can steam, blend, defrost and reheat all in the one device. We all want our kids to have nutritious food as its essential to their healthy development. The Philips Avent healthy baby food maker helps you prepare tasty homemade meals, tailored to your baby’s needs, in a simple way.



It supports every step of the way on your baby’s food journey. From very finely blended fruit and vegetables to combining ingredients of meat, fish and pulses and finally offering chunkier textures.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s definitely making my life easier as it saves so much time. Once your ingredients are steamed, all you have to do is lift the jar, flip it over and lock it in place, so you can blend to your desired consistency. Its super easy to clean too and is dishwasher safe which i was surprised about but is an added bonus.


Making your own baby food doesn’t have to be a hard task and I’m so happy that this is working so well within our family.



If you’re on your way to starting solids or looking at an easier option definitely check out their website for further information and where to buy.

https://www.philips.com.au/c-p/SCF875_06/4-in-1-healthy-baby-food-maker

Although we’re at the beginning of our solids journey i know this will be a staple kitchen appliance for us moving forward as we explore the wonderful world of food with our littlest love, Gracie.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have, I’m always happy to connect and help in any way i can.

Happy Cooking!

Danielle Lauren

xoxo





Review: The Milk Genie by Pumpables

Review: The Milk Genie by Pumpables

For a breastfeeding mama a good thing to invest in is a decent pump. Last pregnancy a friend gave me one of her old breast pumps. I was super grateful but it was so loud and didn’t work quite as well as I would like. This time around I knew I wanted a new pump but with so many out there I wasn’t sure which to choose. One of my Insta mama friends recommended The Milk Genie by Pumpables. Not only is it affordable it’s also really quiet meaning it doesn’t wake the baby or disturb my Netflix and pump sessions.

Here are some features I LOVE:

3 Breast shield sizes are in the box – meaning you’ll be able to ensure you get the right fit

Easy to assemble and clean

Rechargeable battery – Never run out of power!

SO quiet – Like seriously, super quiet!

Delivery is free and takes 1-4 business days so there’s not much time to wait between ordering and pumping!

2 year warranty – So good!

It has a Pump2Bag system so you can pump directly into breast milk storage bags.

I’ve had great results using the Milk Genie and I’m so happy with how its working for my little family and I. I definitely believe that this has been made with mums in mind as it really is so convenient. Another thing that I think they are doing right is there fabulous customer service which is so important for any company you’re purchasing from.

So if you or a friend are expecting and looking at buying a pump be sure to check out their range of products on their website using the following link: https://pumpables.co?raf=ref1013281

Happy Pumping

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Support throughout your Breastfeeding Journey with Medela

When i found out i was pregnant with Rosie i knew that i wanted to Breastfeed. I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding so i signed myself up to my hospital breastfeeding class to gain more of an understanding and to try to prepare as much as possible for our breastfeeding journey ahead.

Fast forward to the day she was born and I remember that first latch she took so well. She knew exactly what she was looking for and latched on with minimal issues. Throughout our hospital stay we had our wonderful midwives taking the time to check the correct latch and guiding us through it but what about when you go home? Who guides you then i remember thinking.

Throughout our breastfeeding journey i used Medela products. Medela provide breastfeeding mums, families and communities with leading breastfeeding products, expert insights, and ongoing research and education to support the breastfeeding journey.

I felt well-informed, guided and supported through using their products and with the information they had available to us mums.  Our journey wasn’t always easy but by being supported really helped me overcome any issues we experienced,

Medela showcased a series of artwork produced for Medela by Australian Students depicting what ‘Mother’s Milk Means’ to them. I wanted to share with you my favourite piece from the series.

To me this image represents the unconditional love between mother and child. It shows the close and loving bond between you and your baby and that breastfeeding can be a deeply satisfying experience for both mother and child.

Learn more about how Medela support mums here:

 http://medelabreastfeedingblog.com.au/take-5-medela/

Happy Feeding

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Our first time travelling with a baby and all the tips we learnt along the way

Our first time travelling with a baby and all the tips we learnt along the way

After we booked our recent trip to the UK I instantly started to dread the super long haul flight. 26 hours travelling in a confined space is a long time for an adult let alone a child. Pre-baby days it was just a case of watching unlimited movies while sipping on free booze with the occasional nap. However it wasn’t like that anymore was it? Now we have an 9 month old to travel with us! My mind raced with a million different things I needed to prepare for and my anxiety level increased at how she would behave. Would her little ears hurt? Will she scream the whole time? Will she sleep? We were about to find out.

We went with a night flight so that (Fingers crossed) she would be able to sleep more or less straight away – My mind hurt too much thinking about time differences etc. and the night flight just so happened to be the cheapest so it was a done deal. We only booked this 6 weeks in advance, so it was pretty last minute. A friend told me to book bassinet seats but I was worried we wouldn’t manage to get them since it was so last minute! I rang the airline who confirmed and booked this in on each of our flights. (Phew…Pretty painless)

Then came the packing – I knew she would be totally spoilt by family and friends so didn’t actually take too much. But what about formula? Food? Could I even take those things on the plane with the whole under 100ml only regulation? WHO KNEW? After lengthy research and many FAQ pages later I found that baby formula/food is exempt from this regulation. They just may do extra screening and/or testing which is fine by me. I was super excited to use Rosie’s little matching backpack and mini suitcase. (Kmart special ladies!)

We also had so much to sort out at the other end – Car seat? Pram? Cot? I really did not want to take all of these on the plane. All the car hire company’s quoted a crazy amount extra a day just for adding a car seat so we decided to just buy one at our destination country which saved a lot of money. Our family just picked it up for us and brought it to the airport. If you don’t have family in your destination country then think about hiring the car seat for a day or two, which will give you a chance to pick a seat up. This can save A LOT of money.

Now when the day came to fly and we checked into the airport I honestly felt like a VIP. I did not look like one in my baggy, comfy pants, mum bun and big cardigan but because we had this super cute baby everything and everyone were super helpful, accommodating and just generally really nice. Which was great and everything but I felt like they knew. They knew what hell we were in for or so I thought.

Security put our baby bottles through separate screening and we were given the short queue since we had a little one in tow. Robert enjoyed a beer whilst I went shopping. (duty free come at me!) Boarding time came and again VIP treatment. We boarded ahead of first class and made way to our seats, the airline staff could not of been more professional and loved making a fuss of Rosie. We sat down, took a deep breath and started our trip.

Plane Selfie!

The number one tip I received from my experienced travel mum friends was that you should give your baby a bottle whilst taking off and landing so that their ears can equalise to the pressure. This really worked. As for the bassinet, it was pretty small and we found that every time she would get settled we would go through turbulence and the seat belt sign would be turned on which meant she had to be taken out. (Just our luck) We ended up baby wearing, using the ERGO 360 carrier. She fussed a bit at first but soon settled and we had an extension seat belt so that she was secure.

What we did notice was that she was very thirsty. She drank way more than she usually does so we were glad we packed extra bottles. Understandable really with all that dry air. Nappy changes were not as bad as I was expecting. On all flights pre-baby I have never noticed baby change on a plane – or anywhere for that matter but was pleasantly surprised with the size of the change table. Yes, it was a squeeze in those tiny toilets but us mums learn to change anywhere!

Before we knew it our trip was over and we had managed it with minimal fuss.We had landed and everyone clapped (Is that a thing now?) We had strangers commenting on how well behaved she was. (Proud mama moment) I personally think they were just glad she didn’t scream the whole trip. (Me too people, Me too)

So after 4 flights and countless time zones later my top tips are:

Bring Entertainment – Toys, Teddy bear anything that is going to keep your little one entertained

Book bassinet seats in advance – By having these seats it meant we had extra room so Rosie could sit and play in front of us and also had the option of her sleeping in the bassinet when needed. Just be sure to check weight/length requirements with your airline.

Be prepared – Delays, turbulence, Anything can happen so ensure you pack extra so you aren’t left in any awkward situations.

Take more food and milk than normal – I know all that dry air makes me Thirsty (Wine anyone?) so our little ones are bound to get super thirsty too.

Take changes of clothes for both you and your baby – I can’t stress this enough. No one wants to be covered in food or poop 30 minutes after take off. Take a few spares so when you land you don’t feel like a total grub.

Try to travel light – I know, I know I have told you to pack extra of everything BUT only of the essentials. Try and make sure you don’t fill your cases to your weight limit so that you can buy things in your destination country!

And finally – Just GO WITH THE FLOW. If you are stressed and anxious. You will find your baby will be too. And remember part of the fun is getting there.

Happy Holidays

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

A few things no one told me about breastfeeding…

A few things no one told me about breastfeeding…

Yes yes, I went to all the classes. Which were great and everything but when it came to the negatives I kind of felt like they just glided over the top of them. As soon as I fell pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed but I had no real idea what I was letting myself in for. I had heard how amazing it was for baby and for mum too. I had heard the bond you get with your little one is a feeling of pure joy. And that was true but what I hadn’t heard was that…….

 You must wear a bra CONSTANTLY. Like seriously, never take it off.

You will leak into every top you own and suddenly those wet patches become the norm.

 If the latch isn’t correct your nipples can BLEED and BLISTER.

 You literally STINK. It’s this sticky mixture of boob sweat and milk. I like to call it Parfum de mum.

 You forget the bra pads that soak up your leaking milk are there and then you go to feed your hungry baby whilst enjoying lunch out and BAM milk soaked pad on your plate in public. Ok Maybeeee…just me? 

And if you don’t have a breast pad in – well yeah good luck with that.

 You can get breast and nipple thrush. THRUSH!?! Seriously…. I had no idea this could happen.

 You are hungry most of the time. Actually ALL the time.

 You come out of the shower and it’s a massive race against time to get your bra back on without leaking milk on every. surface. possible.

 Those things called Breast pumps make you feel like an actual cow. Can they make a silent one already? I swear that noise will haunt me forever.

 You can never be too far away from baby or your boobs will physically ache as if they are about to explode. Then when it comes to feeding your baby you will spray their teeeeeny tiny face with your bursting boobs. Poor babies don’t know what hit them!

 Your baby may not agree with certain things you eat. Like dairy, chocolate, coffee which means cutting them out…. All the good stuff basically.

That thing called sex also requires a bra at all times, Yep no nipple play here. Unless your partner wants a side of milkshake.

After you have stopped breastfeeding your once super pert breasts/bossoms/boobs (Whatever your preference in name) will no longer sit where they used to. Think south. Veryyy south.

 They don’t tell you that it’s ok if you don’t enjoy it, many mums don’t and it certainly doesn’t make you any less of a mother.

 I breastfed for 4 months. I loved and hated it all at the same time. It was a battle of recurring thrush, Sore nipples and constant cluster feeding. It got to the point where I was really dreading feeding time. I set 6 months as a goal and I did not want to let myself down by not reaching that point. I put a lot of pressure on myself and It was making me an unhappy mum. I knew something needed to change. I gave Rosie her first formula bottle and felt like a weight had been lifted. Truth is, i wasn’t letting anyone down.

Giving her a bottle did not make me miss the connection. I loved the connection breastfeeding gave me but bottle feeding also gave me that. It was beautiful to see her daddy feeding her too which took some pressure off me.

 Breastfeeding is wonderful but it’s not for everyone and that’s ok. So mama’s don’t judge other mums that feed in a different way to you. You have no idea what they have been through.

 Motherhood is a journey that we are all trying to navigate as best we can so let’s support each other and know we are raising happy tiny humans. After all, a happy mum means a happy bub.

 Danielle Lauren

 xoxo