1. What mum doesn’t know who Annabel Karmel is? Her name is there even if you’re not looking for it. AK’s baby food books are so popular that if you haven’t come across any of her recipes in bookstores you’re sure to hear about her from one of your mummy pals!

    And AK has done it yet again; produced another recipe book. Why not, right?

    If you need some recipe ideas and tips on how to introduce solids, AK’s new book, “Quick and Easy Weaning” has one hundred ideas on what to do with food and heaps if useful info (such as best first tastes, when it’s okay to introduce certain foods and how to get your baby keen on new and different flavours).

    Recipes include tasty purées such as Baked Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash, first tastes of grown-up foods like My First Beef Bolognese, and nutritious sweet treats like Pear, Apple and Blueberry Crumble.

    The idea behind AK recipes is that they are quick (she knows mums and dads are busy), simple and nutritious.

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  2. There is just something about animated TV – babies love it!

    Even if your little one is not actually plonked in front of the TV for a brief moment of ‘please sit still and be quiet while I get through two-days-ago dishes and some of last week’s washing, chances are that your babs will be attracted to cartoons the that he comes into contact with as part of his day – on TVs in shops or at a mummy pal’s house.

    You’ll see his little head careening past your shoulder as Mickey Mouse asks Minnie, Donald and Daisy to come into his club house (Disney Junior, anyone?).

    But why do babies like cartoons?

    I mean, the bright colours and moving images are obviously attractive. But there’s more to it – according to scientists at Birkbeck, University of London. So, you know how mums talk ‘motherese’ to their babies – talking in a sing song voice, modulating intonation, often high-pitched, well, animators do pretty much the same thing! Continue reading →

  3. We’ve talked about the ‘Kate Effect’, we’ve also talked about the ‘Prince George Effect’ …and just in case you need proof of the country’s obsession with what these two fabulous royals are wearing, a new survey my My1styears.com tells the tale.

    Six hundred people were asked to name their best-dressed royal and George came out tops.

    Next on the list was his lovely mum the Duchess of Cambridge, with Queen E in third place and Princess Beatrice, Prince Harry, the Countess of Wessex, and Wills following in consecutive order.

    Mums all over the place are mimicking George’s fabulous wardrobe – I mean, in all honesty, who can resist a baby in dungarees?

    Kate has transposed and translated her classic modern princess style in the form of boy clothes, clones of which are selling like hotcakes. Continue reading →

  4. Hot weather in England is welcomed with open arms and happy hearts. The inclination is to flock to the sun, worshipping its rays as if they were the last bit of natural light one might see weeks…months…years even. Right!?

    I know that especially when the sun is out I am bustling my family into the great outdoors – whether it’s garden time at home or fabulous adventures into town and yonder. 

    Not to kill the summer spirit or anything but there is, however, a thing about lovely hot weather – and that thing is dehydration. Babies and small children are not as good at regulating their body temperature and are consequently sensitive to fluid loss.

    It’s up to us to help our babies keep cool, and in the fun and games of warm weather it’s really easy to be negligent when it comes to topping our kids up with water.

    So basically, dehydration happens when the body loses more water than it takes in. The signs of dehydration in babies might be: sleepiness, not as many wet nappies, dry mouth, fewer or no tears when crying, mottled skin…

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  5. Brushing teeth is one of the great woes of childhood. In general, children are not fans. But on the plus side we are lucky enough to be part of a modern world that prides itself on a plethora of gadgets and gizmos aimed at making money life easier. On that note…

    One clever little invention that is designed to make the whole brushing teeth thing a tad less woeful is the Oral Care Rabbit by MAM.

    Most experts suggest introducing baby to a toothbrush asap – let them play with it, chew on it and consequently learn how it operates so it’s not a big shock when you suddenly inert said brush into babs’s moth and start scraping their little gums.

    MAM’s rabbit glove allows you to start good oral hygiene habits right from birth!

    No parent is likely to stick a toothbrush into the mouth of their newborn baby…but a finger – that might just work!

    The rabbit glove is fits on the hand (two fingers to be exact; ring- and fore-finger) – its ears are made from special microfibres that remove bacteria and thus clean baby’s mouth. The idea is to massage baby’s gums – much like one would do with a toothbrush.

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