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5 Usual Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing Homemade Baby Food

As you look to embark upon the adventure to make your own baby food for your child, there are several tips you need to keep in mind to be successful. While making homemade baby food is a healthy way to feed your baby, if it is not done right, it can cause unnecessary illness, which as a parent, you certainly want to avoid.

First, you must understand the reasons why you are choosing to make your own baby food. It can be a time-consuming process, but the results will offer your baby better food choices as well as more vitamins and nutrients in the food that they eat. Plus, you can easily acclimate your baby to solid foods easier and allow them to eat a pureed version of your family’s entire meal.

Before you start preparing homemade baby food, you need to be aware of these common mistakes that most parents make at the beginning of this adventure. If you avoid these mistakes, you will find that making baby food is a cinch. Not only will you feel satisfied with how you are caring for your baby, but they will love the taste and variety too. Continue reading

Review: Kit & Kin All-in-One, worth £21.99

Kit & Kin, All-in-OneReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Kristi Ludlow.

The Kit & Kin brand is marketed to appeal to those concerned with the environment, allergens and clothing longevity. The All-in-one markets at £21.99 for one suit and is available in 4 size options between 0 and 18 months. There are 6 pattern designs with gender neutral and muted palettes to appeal to a wide spectrum of people. The design incorporates fold over cuffs at the hand and feet for versatility, and includes a central popper fastening system.

I requested the 12-18 month size suit for my daughter; she is 7 months old, and as my regularly used brands come up too short for her comfort necessitating this size, upon checking the size guide this appeared necessary with this brand. It arrived with minimal, simple packaging that clearly highlighted the brand and it’s ethos; I liked the lack of plastic that most clothing typically is swamped in; easier to open and does make you feel better about recycling. The suit mirrored the fit of other brands and the fastening mechanism worked fine. The fold over cuff design was easy to use and effective, yet appeared to limit foot space in this instance. I liked the design which had a pale multi-coloured pattern that looked pleasant and received compliments from family. The suit did appear superior in quality; softness and Continue reading

Review: Johnson’s Baby Cottontouch Bundle, worth £8.40

Johnson's Baby CottontouchReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Charlene Newman.

We were given the chance to review the Johnson’s Baby Cottontouch Bundle which included a 2-in-1 Bath Wash, Face & Body Lotion, Hair & Scalp Oil and a Pack of Extra Sensitive Wipes.

The 2-in-1 Bath Wash is lovely, you only need to use a small amount in the water to get lot’s of lather which I think it great as it is going to last us a long time, also, I have used this on one of my sons that suffers from eczema and this hasn’t irritated him at all.

The wipes are lovely and thick and smell really nice and again, there has been no irritation whatsoever when using them. Continue reading

Review: Aveeno Baby Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream and Good Night Emollient Balm, worth £19.98

AveenoReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Hannah Nott.

Both my son, who’s two, and I suffer from dry skin with occasional outbreaks of eczema. I’ve tried many different products in the past to relieve it, including prescription items. I’ve used a couple of different Aveeno products with success in the past, but had never tried anything from the baby range. As my son had recently began to get dry skin again, particularly on his legs and face, this was a great opportunity to try out the Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream and Goodnight Emollient Balm and see if they made a difference to his skin.

We applied the emollient cream after his bath each night. The texture was nice and light, easy to apply and absorbed almost instantly. Even after one night I noticed how much softer his skin had become, and over the next couple of days the dryness had gone. I also noticed that it made my sore itchy hands very smooth and comfortable, so I began using it as a hand cream and it really has made a difference, I found it very soothing and the angry red patches have virtually disappeared!

I then used the goodnight balm on specific patches of eczema on both of us. It was thicker than the cream, so a little went a long way and it really seemed to calm down the redness on my son’s face. Continue reading

Review: Amawrap Baby Carrier/Sling, worth £39.99

AmawrapReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Zoe Calvey.

With not being a fan of dozens of clips and buckles, I love using wrap style slings and I am happy to say that the Amawrap did not disappoint.

Once you’ve had a bit of practice you soon get the hang of it and I can now tie it in under a minute! The Amwrap has a very helpful video to show you how it’s done as well as clear pictures in the instruction manual, it even shows you how to use the wrap in three carrying positions – hip, basic and newborn carry.

The baby sling is able to support newborns and children up to the weight of 15kg so I used this wrap with both my one year old son and my friend’s 3 month old baby.  The material is soft yet strong and it supported my 13kg son comfortably without causing me any discomfort.  It was really useful to have him in the hip carrying positions on days where he wanted to be held a lot – my hands were free to do other tasks! Continue reading

Review: AVEENO Baby Soothing Relief Cream and Wash, worth £17.00

AVEENO Baby Soothing Relief Cream and WashReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Sarah Pickering.

Having had 3 children with varying degrees of eczema I was keen to both try and review the Aveeno baby moisturiser and bath additive.

My 9 month old has dry skin on her face and arms, and through the winter it had become drier due to the weather.  I am sceptical when it comes to creams and like to use what I’m familiar with, however, I must say I was really pleased with the combination of both Aveeno products. The moisturiser worked well and over the period of a week I noticed an improvement in her skin. I used the cream 3-4 times a day on her face and twice on her arms and her cheeks have become less red and are no longer dry. Continue reading

Review: Johnson’s Shiny Drops Bundle, worth £10.47

Johnson's Shiny DropsReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Kerry Clayton.

We have loved using the Johnson Shiny Drops shampoo and spray in conditioner. My toddler isn’t keen on having her hair washed but she is intrigued by the shiny pink bottle. When we get it out at bath time she is much more receptive to having her hair washed given its eye catching colour. The shampoo smells lovely and lathers into a mass of bubbles. We have also used in on her baby sister even though it isn’t marketed as a baby shampoo, however none of it has ended up on her face yet so I don’t know if it is ‘tear free’ but it has been good on her scalp and hair, even with her cradle cap. Continue reading

Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About for Winter 2019

There are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Familidoo Air StrollerFamilidoo Air Pushchair – £150

This lightweight, super-compact stroller has everything you could want. Suitable from birth, it weighs just over 6kg and can easily fold up with a simple to operate, one-handed action. It has a fully adjustable, multi-position seat recline that is perfect for naps on the go, front and rear wheel suspension for smooth rides on all terrains, and an integral 5-point harness and detachable T-Bar for added safety.

Buy from www.cheekyrascals.co.uk

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Review: Johnson’s No More Tangles Bundle, worth £8.17

Johnson's No More TanglesReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Suzanne Cooper.

I have used Johnson’s Baby Shampoo since my little one was born but I usually use the orange/yellow looking shampoo and so this is the first time we have used this ‘no tangle’ shampoo and conditioner. We’ve used various shampoos on our little girl and find several of them do sting when a little bit gets in her eyes which she really dislikes! So I was keen to see if this ‘no tangle’ version was also tear free. The good news is that it is! It leaves her hair feeling beautifully soft without any stinging in my little ones eyes.

So does it really help set angle fine curly locks? It does do exactly what it says on the bottle and yes it is perfect on my little ones delicate hair which often gets tangled and sticky with yoghurt and all kinds of food being liberally applied to it! It left my little girls hair very soft, tangle free, easy to comb and manageable. Her hair looked lovely and clean and shiny too. Continue reading

Review: Organic Cotton SnuggleBoo Sleepsuit, worth £40

BabyBoo SleepsuitReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Vanessa Holmes.

My son Nathan has always been a fussy sleeper. He hates being covered over and I would find him waking up in the night due to him pushing the duvet off and then being cold. In the past we tried using a Grobag but due to Nathan feeling closed in he was not impressed and took an instant dislike to this, so we just put up with the constant checking and pulling the duvet back over him throughout the night.

I had never heard of a sleep suit before and due to past experiences I was very sceptical of Nathan being comfortable with it being on him. Due to the suit basically being exactly like a baby grow but with a tog rating he was fine and so far he has slept throughout the night without waking.

The sleep suit is organically made so that was a big bonus and it is very soft. I’m glad we got the opportunity to try out this product as it has made a big impact on our sons sleep pattern. The design we received wasn’t quite the style that I would choose personally but from looking at the website they offer all different designs depending on your child’s likes/dislikes.

Purchase from: www.babyboo.ie