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Banana Little Bites by Alice in Healthyland

Banana Little Bites

by Alice Bingham

Banana Little Bites (great for little hands)

Banana Little Bites by Alice in Healthyland is the perfect on-the-go or lunchbox snack!

Snack time is real in all homes with kids…big or small! Some children exist on snacks alone, which is why it’s important to really think about your little ones snack choices. We have been lucky enough to be able to bring you a super easy and delicious recipe from Alice Bingham aka Alice in Healthyland. Alice’s streamlined approach to baking and her commitment to healthy eating is the perfect combination for recipes and snacks that your little one will love. 

 

Not only are Banana Little bites delicious, but they are a great way to sneak those extra fruit and veggies in your little ones daily intake. Sometimes Alice adds a little spinach to these babies too. Great snacks for lunch boxes and the perfect sized portion for little tummy’s and hands.

Ingredients

(Makes approx 12 serves)

1 small zucchini (raw)

2 small bananas

1 organic egg or chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp water)

1 cup oats

1/2 cup coconut water or milk of choice

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Method

1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

2. Pour into mini muffin tray

3. Add in some fresh chopped strawberries or blueberries or raspberries to the top of the muffins if you wish.

4. Bake on 180 degrees in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. They don’t take long as they are only bite size.

Note you can double or triple the recipe and freeze. You may just have to cook a little longer.

Great for lunchbox ideas. 

Enjoy! xx

Alice Bingham

Alice is a Brisbane mama to 4 little ones aged 5 and under. She is a health and wellness blogger @aliceinhealthyland on instagram, a Registered Nurse and loves creating new recipes for her little ones and online community to recreate.

She has recently started her solids journey with her 4th child, baby Arlo. He is 6 months and she is enjoying having a play when it comes to feeding him. He is using our grabease Toddler Fork and Spoon SetSilicone Suction Bowl and 3 in 1 Convertible Cup to explore his new adventure with food. 

To follow more of Alice’s Adventures in Healthyland you can follow her on Instagram here or to visit her website for more delicious recipes, click here

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Solids and Sleep by Abbey O’Hearn

Solids and Sleep

How to manage the introduction of solids whilst maintaining your sleep routine 

by Abbey O’Hearn from Sleep & Co Australia

So you’re about to start the exciting journey of first foods, or you’re about to introduce an additional meal but you’re wondering how to fit it all into the day and not disrupt your baby’s sleep?

You’re in luck: here are some practical tips to help you keep your baby’s tummy full, and their sleep on track;

1. Routine

Implement a ‘feed, play, sleep routine’ if you haven’t already.
The purpose of a feed, play, sleep routine is to have milk and solid feeds at the beginning of your baby’s awake time, followed by play then back to sleep for their next nap. The benefits here are two-fold: milk feeds happen when bub is alert and can take a full feed, and solid feeds (usually about 20-30 mins after the milk feed) have time to digest before the next sleep to prevent your baby from having a sore tummy.

2. Lunch

Start with LUNCH
Whilst adults may be inclined to start with breakfast, as this is traditionally our first meal of the day, babies are better off starting with their solids at ‘lunch’ time. To make this happen, after their morning nap, offer a full milk feed then wait 20-30 mins before offering solids. Once your baby is well established on lunch, the next meal to introduce is dinner, and breakfast comes last.
Hint: ‘Lunch’ for babies is often far earlier than what adults consider to be lunch time!

3. Fun

Starting solids should be fun! If your baby is resisting it, turning their head or clamping their mouth shut, take the pressure off and end the meal. Try again the next day, or a few days later. This is important as not only do we want your baby to have positive experiences with starting solids, we also don’t want the time it takes for them to have a milk feed and some solids to take up their entire awake period - play time is also important for sleep!

4. Choice

Choose your first foods wisely.
The world of first foods is exciting, but make sure that you’re choosing foods which are easy on your baby’s tummy to start with. Foods such as: sweet potato, pumpkin, avocado, apples, pears are all great first foods as they are less likely to contribute to unpleasant gas or constipation. Note: babies love bananas, but these can cause gas in the early stages of starting solids, so they are best offered after a few other foods have been tried and tested first.

5. Location

Solids can be had ‘out and about’.
If you’re worried about managing to fit in solids, naps, and milk feeds all whilst not being house bound - don’t worry! The key here is being prepared. Have your bottles prepared if on formula, your solids ready to go and then feed your baby whilst out and about. This is a great way to change your scenery, get some fresh air. Tip: the morning nap is a great nap to have ‘on-the-go’ in the car, pram or carrier and this works especially well for parents with a toddler, or older kids who need to get out for drop offs, or morning activities.

Abbey O'Hearn Sleep Consultant

Hello – I’m Abbey O’Hearn, a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant and Registered Intensive Care Paramedic.

I’m also a Mum to two gorgeous little girls, and it was my love of helping others as well as my own journey into motherhood which led me down the path of sleep consulting.

I have a huge passion for maternal mental health, and ensuring that families are getting the sleep support that they need

For more information about me, or to enquire about a consultation, head to www.sleepandco.com.au. I would also love to offer a 10% discount on all my services if booked before August 17th 2021. Use the code GRABEASE.

You can follow me for all your sleep advice on Instagram @sleepandcoaust

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Why Baby Led Weaning?

Why Baby-Led Weaning :
Your question's answered

An Interview with BLWing blogger Sarina from ‘Stop The Munchies’!

Thanks to social media, we are now able to meet people we wouldn’t ordinarily connect with from a business perspective. I met Sarina through instagram when she tagged @grabease.au in her posts and this started a lovely exchange between us about food, baby-led weaning and CJ’s (her son) development. I then had the pleasure of meeting her the One Fine Baby Fair in Sydney. When we met in person and spoke, I realised her story was a great one to share with other families in similar circumstances or those researching how they wanted to start solids.

So, here we are…..Enjoy!

Why did you choose Baby-Led Weaning with CJ?

As CJ was getting closer to being ready for solids I found a free online child nutrition course by FutureLearn which led me to the Baby-Led Weaning book by Gill Rapley. This book spoke on the many benefits of BLW including minimising fussiness. Growing up and even to this day I was your typical fussy eater! I hated my veggies. Being a fussy eater, I find is very restricting and often left me feeling anxious in social circles. I do not want this for CJ and as CJ has been exploring new foods I’ve also been trying to retrain myself. I want him to know how amazing Fruits and Veggies really can be!

How old was CJ when you started?

I started CJ at 6 months to the day! However, that doesn’t mean it would be the same for everyone. For me, CJ showed all the signs he was ready; He could support his own head, he would bring toys to his mouth and he had lost his tongue thrust. Before 6 months CJ was showing a lot of these signs, for me waiting also was about making sure his gut was mature enough to handle solids, this is said to happen from 6 months onwards and is a recommendation by The World Health Organization.

What has been the biggest positive of BLW?

The biggest positive was seeing what an independent little boy CJ has become. He is willing to try anything! He doesn’t always like everything he tries but he will continue to explore, taste and feel a variety of foods. To me this is the essence of why I do this!

What has been the biggest negative of BLW?

When I read this question aloud my husband instantly said the MESS! Yes, there is a lot of Mess to deal with at the beginning! But I promise it gets better 😊 the mess is all part of learning, and weather you do BLW or traditional weaning there is always going to be a component of MESS.

What has been the biggest positive of BLW?

The biggest positive was seeing what an independent little boy CJ has become. He is willing to try anything! He doesn’t always like everything he tries but he will continue to explore, taste and feel a variety of foods. To me this is the essence of why I do this!

Tell us your must-have tools to start the weaning journey

There are so many tools out there to help you with this journey and a lot of them developed or sold by some amazing Mums that have been through this experience themselves!

Here are my top 5:

  •  Mumma’s Little Helpers Food Catcher! This saved my carpet
  • Suction Plate!! We use EZPZ Mats. Trust me a suction plate comes in handy for when they start throwing!!
  • Sippy Cups. When bub starts solids, they should also be offered water! Our favourite one to use is by Nuby
  • Smock/Bib we actually use a combo here! The smocks from IKEA are so easy to machine wash and we have a crumb catcher bib from Mummas Little Helpers
  • Last but not least, our Grabease cutlery set. CJ is such a pro with scooping up yogurt and is now working on his fork skills! I stumbled across Grabease after seeing another insta account recommend them and have not looked back since!

The 'Stop The Munchies' story

What to know when starting baby-led-weaning

Sarina is a Sydney based Mum to 3 year old CJ and the Mummy behind @stopthemunchies. Stop the Munchies came about in the hopes of sharing Sarina and CJ’s BLW Journey. Sarina is passionate about educating parents on all things BLW. If Sarina isn’t cooking she’s usually thinking about what she’ll be cooking next!

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Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight Oats
Recipe

by Bourke St Baby

There is nothing better than getting up in the morning and knowing you’ve got breakfast sorted! No more ‘hangry’ baby,  hanging off your leg whilst you prepare a cooked brekkie. With this fab overnight oats recipe from our resident Baby-Led Weaning Blogger, Bourke St Baby, you will have a power-packed and most importantly, EASY start to the morning!

Please make sure you’ve tried your toddler on nuts before adding the almonds to this recipes. If you’re not sure how to do that, read our Introducing High Allergen Foods post for guidelines. 

baby friendly bircher muesli recipe

Ingredients

(Makes approx 8 serves)

5 cups Whole Rolled Oats

1/2 cup Medjool Dates (Roughly Chopped)

1/3 cup Chia Seeds

1/2 cup Almond Flakes

1/2 cup Sultanas

1/4 cup Dried Cranberries

Pre-Mix together all of the ingredients in a large pot or mixing bowl until well combined. Transfer into an airtight container for the pantry. Store until needed. 

 

 

 

Method

When ready to use;

Add 2 cups of your muesli mix to a mixing bowl.

Add 1 cup of Almond milk (or milk drink of your choice. You can also do 1/2 cup tinned coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk for a creamier version)

Add 1/2 cup of coconut yoghurt.

1 Apple (grated)

Mix together until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl so all the Chia seeds are in the mix. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

Serve with your choice of fresh fruit and berries. Top with milk if desired.

This recipe is Dairy-Free but it is easily adaptable. 

Sub out the milk and yoghurt with your favourite dairy alternative to suit your family’s taste-buds!

Enjoy! xx

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Baby-Led Weaning… What’s it all about?

Bourke St Baby Baby-Led weaning

At the beginning, as a new Mum I wasn’t sure what weaning would bring. I was recommended a popular weaning book by a friend. So, I went online to order it. Whilst browsing I noticed a book called “Baby-Led Weaning”. ‘Interesting!’, I thought. So, I ordered it, out of curiosity.

In the meantime, I’d started on baby cereal and my son seemed ok with it but kept pushing the spoon out with his tongue which seemed counter-intuitive to me. I kept at it, thinking he just had to get used to it. Then my books arrived or so I thought. Actually only one arrived. The baby-led weaning book was delivered. I never did receive the original one I wanted….maybe it was fate?

As I read, it all made sense, now I understood why he kept pushing the spoon out. I was also sold on the practicality of the approach…no puree´s, EVER! So, I sold my Babychef and from that day on I was determined to try a baby-led approach and we never looked back!

 

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Baby-Led Weaning at 6 months to 8 months old

 

WHAT IS BABY-LED WEANING (BLW)?

Baby-Led weaning is the introduction of solids ‘by encouraging a baby’s confidence and independence by following her cues.’* At first she will sit with you at mealtimes, either on your lap or your partner’s lap, she will watch the way you eat and start to mimic this behaviour by reaching for your plate and then gradually your food. This is a sign of readiness for baby, also look for when she starts putting food in her mouth. Initially she won’t swallow much. Don’t get too concerned if she’s not ingesting a whole lot. As long as she is getting all her milk feeds, she is getting all her nutrients. In the early stages of BLW its more about developing baby’s chewing, dexterity and hand-eye coordination as well as further down the line helping with speech development.

As her hand-eye coordination develops, so too does her fine motor skills, which means introducing utensils. At first, load her spoon for her and leave it on the table or tray. You can also hand it to her but don’t spoon feed her as this will go over her gag reflex and increase the choking hazard. It will also hinder her natural chewing mechanism.

The reaching for food and bringing it to her mouth, are the first signs of readiness. Also make sure Bubs is sitting by herself and she has also reached her 6 month milestone. Once Bub has these four signs, then she is ready! Offer foods in french fry sized portions for easy handling from plate to mouth. It gets messy, I promise you, but it is hilarious to watch! There is nothing my son wouldn’t try. He even ate a wedge of lemon once and loved it!

What about Choking I hear you ask? 

What I find most fascinating about BLW is the unlikelihood of choking. Did you know a baby’s gag reflex is a lot further down the tongue than an adults? This means that the food has no way of getting too close to the back of the throat because the gag reflex will kick in and bubs will push the food back to the front of the mouth or at worst, vomit, which let’s face it, babies do all the time! My son is now 4 and he never once choked or vomited whilst he was weaning because he was in total control. To read about the difference between Gagging and Choking, click here.

I love everything about BLW and am enjoying the start of my daughter’s weaning adventures. So, watch this space as there will be a lot more posts to come on this topic.

Let the Bolognese fly!

xx

 

 

*Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett