Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a really fun process and it is amazing to see how quickly Edith picked up on the concept of feeding herself and how she is progressing. The only downside to BLW is the mess and let me tell you it can be huge at times. At home we have a whole clean up kit right next to the table for post meal clean up but when we are out things can get a little trickier.
For awhile we were bringing Edith’s portable high chair (the kind you strap to a chair) but it’s not always the most convenient and now she fits in the ones most restaurants have. Now that we aren’t using her own chair that has a tray we have been trying to think of a good way to have her participate in meals out with us without making a huge mess and keeping things sanitary.
We finally got our answer in the form of a package from Modern-Twist. In the package we found a bucket bib and a placemat. Both are made of FDA approved food-grade silicone and are free of BPA, lead,latex, phthalates and other harsh chemicals. They are eco-friendly (bonus)!
They have placemats for the whole family but I have to say I am in love with their farmers market kids placemat. I might just have to add it to my growing list of birthday items for Edith along with their robot love bucket bib.
I have to say I was a little skeptical about the bib because I thought it might be a little too bulky but the soft silicon makes it fold up really easily and it really does catch most of the food Edith inevitably drops. I also love that I can just wash it off and stuff it back in the diaper bag. The same goes with the placemat it protects Edith’s food from the germy restaurant tables and is super easy to clean off, roll up and carry around in the diaper bag.
What are you favorite baby feeding items? I really love having these portable items, they are essentials for us.
What we did this weekend…
We started our weekend off at Vita Cafe where we indulged in a big plate of biscuits and gravy.
We then headed downtown to the library so I could do a little work and Neil and Edith had some daddy-daughter time at Book Babies.
Saturday night we were pretty wild and made homemade pizza and watched TV.
Sunday we skyped with my parents and then we slowly got ourselves together and went out for a 5+ mile run. After our run we were hangry so we headed to Alberta St where I treated us to The Cheese Plate (amazing vegan cheese plate) and Neil Treated us to beer at Captured by Porches.
We then promptly headed home, picked up a few groceries, had dinner and went to bed at 8:15pm.
Gifts For Moms…
For the casual mom this top would be perfect (hint hint Neil).
I love this idea for play money! I can’t wait to make some for Edith.
Speaking of playtime how awesome would it have this room or this room or this backyard?
I am loving this Montessori room.
Bookmarking these ideas for the fall!
I have a little shoe shopping fever so of course I had to do a little online window shopping. I am in the market for a pair of summer sneakers and sandals, however not just any pair. I need a pair (of each) that can take the rain while chasing a very mobile baby around and also they have to be comfortable. Oh and they must be cute. Here is what I have found:
What shoes are you lusting after? (leave a link in the comments!)
Just popping into say hello and hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
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Summer is right around the corner and that means we soon will be packing up the kiddos and taking them to the pool, fountains and beaches to cool off. It also means that it’s time for us mom’s to slip into a new bathing suit. I give major props to the moms who can pull off a string bikini but that surely isn’t happening over here so here are a few of my favorite mom friendly swimsuits.
*On April 9th, 2013 Edith turned 9 months. Please make time slow down!!*
Weight: Around 15 lbs.
Height: Around 27 inches.
Likes: Loves standing. “Typing” on her computer keyboard. Eating Blocks. Taking baths. Reading books. Eating. Breakfast with Babies (meet up).
Dislikes: Getting her diaper changed. Teething. Napping in her Crib.
Sleeping: Sleep this month continued to be a little crazy for us. We had a few nights where Edith was only up once or twice to nurse and many nights where she was up 3-5 times. I plan on doing another post on our sleeping situation.
Eating: Edith nurses anywhere from 6-10 times per day. When she isn’t attached to the boob she is eating solids like a champ. Right now she is hooked on avocado, mango, hummus and artichokes. She has also been really enjoying packets of purees not sure why, maybe because of her teething?
Playing: We have been going (most) weeks to breakfast with babies meet up group and it is great. The meet up event is for pre-walking babies and we get together at a baby friendly cafe and have mom talk while the babies play. At home we spend a lot of time exploring and right now Edith is especially loving unpacking boxes and bags.
Wearing: E is wearing mostly 6-12 month and 9 month clothes but still some 3-6 month onesies.
Coming up on the blog… (finally) our approach to solids part 2, cloth diapering update, struggles with pumping and so much more. If you have any questions for us we’d love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remember last week when I was telling you all about Edith’s new favorite big girl cup? Well thinkbaby has generously offered to provide a reader with a 9oz baby bottle with Stage B nipple (for 6-12mo) plus the conversion kit to turn it into a Sippy Cup, plus the thinkster conversion kit to turn it into our Thinkster straw cup!! How great is this?
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Disclaimer: thinkbaby provided us with there BPA Free Baby Bottle, Sippy Conversion and Straw Cover at no cost. All opinions are our own.
Elena has a great post on maintaining a relationship with your partner while having a new baby.
We have been having a great debate over what to do with cloth diapering (more on that in another post) but here is a good post on cloth diapering on a budget.
I’m all about lounge wear but I could sure use these tips to make myself look a little more put together.
Blog Post I Wish I had Read…
We have long past the Fourth Trimester but I wish had read this post back when Edith was born.
We are leaning towards the Montessori philosophy and I just came across this blog and this great post on Montessori for infants and toddlers.
Over on RWT…
To enter my More Peas, Thank You giveaway!
You’re probably used to reading about the more traditional cleanses and detoxes, an alteration to our diets to help break us of some bad habits. As a matter of fact, Lindsay’s featured some of our experiences with various cleanses or detoxes on Running With Tongs. Lately, one of the habits we’ve gotten into that we’re hoping to break is impulsive and often unnecessary spending. So, we’re going on a spending cleanse. You see, when we first moved to Portland from Burlington, we had sold off all of our furniture and household goods to help make the move go a little smoother (Although, if you’ll recall, the process was anything but smooth). With an empty apartment, there was a lot of shopping that needed to be done to make the place feel like home. On top of that, being in a new city, we were spending every weekend trying new restaurants, food carts, coffee shops and breweries.
We’ve decided that to break ourselves of this habit. In an effort to reign in our spending, we decided it was time to step back and take a look at what our priorities are and really analyze what it is we want and what it is we actually need. This will go a long way in our efforts to cut back on clutter in our apartment as well. Now, obviously we’re not cutting everything out, there are some luxuries that we enjoy but are just going to be more reasonable about as well as discuss any of our major purchases and set priorities for them.
Here are some of the guidelines we’ve set for ourselves with the one exception being that we can purchase things outside of these guidelines with our “allowance” (like when Lindsay goes to mom meet ups or Neil to his computer geek meetups).
We are allowed:
- one of the following per week: breakfast, lunch or dinner out OR coffee (one each) and adult beverage (one each) and appetizer or snack or dessert out
- $20 towards beer/wine fund
- $5 towards chocolate fund
- basic groceries ie. no luxury items –> fancy sauces, vegan cheezes, veggie burgers etc. –> keep things basic (beans, veggies, fruits, some snacks (only sale ones), some convenience (on sale) foods for crazy busy days/nights
- Household/personal hygiene essentials are fine ie. trash bags, sponges, dish soap, shampoo, etc.
- Outings will be limited to $25 for the weekend (I know sounds tough but there are so many free things to do and we have 3 museum memberships we can use)
- running socks/compression socks –> amazon credit
- rain coat for edith
- rain hat for edith
- no slip things for bathtub
- bike shorts for neil
Do you and/or your partner have any plans that you stick to to help keep spending reasonable?