Weaning Tips with My Little Piccolo and Waitrose

I have been spending a lot of time counting down to milestones- when the baby reaches full term at 37 weeks (today!) for example and how many days left till my predicted due date. Like I’ve mentioned previously, I want to maintain the lifestyle aspect of my blog from fashion to the family, so this is something I’m really trying to focus on doing. I still want those without children to come to my site to read a post about what Cadbury is bringing out this year for Christmas as well as something like this- Weaning Tips with My Little Piccolo and Waitrose. I hope that my new readers as well as long time supporters can sort of co-exist together in one harmonious bubble of awesomeness. Read on to find out what happened when a bunch of mums (and my pregnant self) took over the Kings Cross Waitrose to explore the shelves…

The amazing brand behind the morning trip is My Little Piccolo. They are an organic baby food brand who have been organising trails up and down the country over the past few months to spread the word about best weaning tips. Together with Alice Fotheringham, an infant nutrition specialist and nutritional chef, they have reached out to all sorts of mums and had a big impact on the groups from the tours. I’m here to share a few things I learned myself which I’d love to pass on to any mums going through weaning, or just as food for thought for the future!

Frozen fruit is not cheating

Alice lead us through Waitrose aisle by aisle where we all had different types of questions. One popular question being about fruit and veg and how to incorporate this into a weaning baby’s diet. Frozen fruit is the perfect way to create a lovely dessert for baby and the family. Seasonal fruits such as strawberries can be bought frozen and blended up or cooked to make a compote, smoothie or crumble base. Stewed apples from frozen can settle a sickly tummy too. It’s absolutely fine to feed fruit from frozen to hungry little ones so don’t feel like you have to buy it all fresh.

Don’t be afraid of strong flavours

This is a really great tip I discovered on the tour. Alice explained to us that you shouldn’t be afraid of introducing stronger flavours such as mature cheddar (suitable from one year) or mustard in mashed potato for example. These strong tastes will help your baby to get used to trying out lots of variety, and apparently many weaning babies are fond of tinned mackerel or sardines too! Using different herbs and spices is also a better way of flavouring food instead of reaching for the salt when preparing meals for your baby.

There’s more to dips than just ketchup

A lot of us will open our fridge doors and be greeted with your standard bottle of ketchup, mayo and potentially a BBQ sauce. On our way round the shelves, we discovered that low and behold- there’s more to dips than just these three! Yogurt dips, pesto, and pea hummus are all perfect alternatives to the red sauce, here’s why:

  • It gets baby used to many different flavours
  • It reduces the sugar intake immediately on the plate (especially if dessert is on the menu too)
  • Colour variation in dips and sauces will help teach your child that green isn’t always related to yucky veggies!

Breakfast can be deceiving

So I’m a really big cereal eater. My go to tends to be the Nestle gluten free honey nut cornflakes day to day in the mornings. For babies and toddlers however, cereal is a sure way of starting the day off with too much sugar. It was also interesting to hear that Weetabix (compared to Waitrose own brand) contains three times the amount of sugar- that’s a big difference. We were advised to simply rule out 3/4 of cereals altogether when weaning and focus on porridge.

A huge thank you has to go out to Alice, the My Little Piccolo team and Waitrose for such a great day, I can’t wait to put it into practice in the New Year!

Meanwhile for mums already on the weaning journey, the My Little Piccolo website has a wealth of exciting recipes to try at home and has info on where you can purchase the products seen above.

Saharasplash x

Aldi Baby and Toddler Event

Today is the day!! Thursday 17th August is not just any old Thursday this week- the ever popular supermarket Aldi sees the return of its Baby and Toddler Event across the UK! I’m a huge follower of Facebook pages such as UK Baby Deals and Extreme Couponing which has helped me stay aware of many store events and sales. Returning for a third time this year, I have found an amazing selection of products and new launches on sale and hope that you like them!

So the Aldi Baby and Toddler event has been online for the past week, which meant that I have preordered a few things so as not to miss out. A lot of these are sold out now online BUT are available from within stores today…

Mamia Baby Snuggle Nest £19.99

This snuggle nest rivals the Poddle Pod, but the price tag is much nicer at just £19.99. I cannot wait for it to arrive as I’ve seen a lot of mums use this type of support and they love it.

Dreambaby Back Seat Baby Mirror £9.99

This was definitely a last minute essential on my list, so I grabbed it while the stock was still available. This back seat mirror is great to stimulate baby when on long car journeys so they can interact with themselves and keep them occupied!

Penguin Hooded Towel and Mitt £2.99

I just love anything penguin related as the colour scheme goes so well with my neutral theme. At just £2.99 for a hooded towel and mitt you can’t go wrong.

Avent Baby Soothers £2.79

I haven’t made my mind up about soothers yet. I guess each baby is different so we will just have to see how things go. But it’s nice to have the option there if necessary or required after a sleepless night at 5am! These ones are translucent, but there are lots of colours and sizes to choose from.

Nuby Steam n Mash Set

Now I can’t find these online anymore, but if you like the look of the bowls then head down to your local Aldi for a browse! They have lots of Nuby sets for feeding and these steam n mash bowls look like so much fun!

I’d love to hear if you are an Aldi Baby and Toddler Event veteran or if your’e a first time mum like me looking for some great last minute deals!

Feet are still visible for now!

Saharasplash x

This post was written in collaboration with Aldi. Press samples included. 

More bump cuteness over on my latest fashion post- Being Nautical in Ipswich Suffolk