Plastic fantastic surprise

Baby O's favorite toys
Baby O’s favorite toys

Plastic toys? Well, no thank you. At least, that’s what I thought for a long time. When it came to presents for kids, I tried never to buy plastic toys. First of all, they would often already get enough of those, and I was of the opinion that they did not really challenge a child’s imagination. Most of them came prepackaged with a clear story. Even worse were the ones that made sounds.

But, as it’s supposed to be with strongly held believes, I came to realize the world is not as black and white. For one, Lego is made of plastic. And you cannot put those colourful bricks in the category of toys that do not challenge the imagination of a child. But, also some plastic toys we’ve bought for Baby O are turning out to be quite good. Not only do they allow him to go wild with his imagination, they are also great support in his development. You can see the toys grow with him, helping him to practice his fine motor skills, coordination and, in the near future, recognition of colours and shapes.
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Flying through phases

Afternoon walk with the boys

It’s incredible how fast the first almost 10 months of our boy’s life have gone by. It’s especially the moments of change, when you realise that. Such as the other weekend, when we changed the bassinet from his Bugaboo Buffalo into a seat. He looked so bored, lying on his back looking at the sky, that we felt it was time to do that. And he seemed to like it, smiling, looking at all the things that walked or drove by, or that we walked by; sitting like a little prince in his carriage. No longer a baby: a little boy now. Another new phase has begun. It seems he’s flying through them. He even started crawling now. And standing up. Next will be teeth, walking, and all else that comes his way.

Fortunately, in the evening, he still loves to fall asleep in his mother’s arms. Like the baby he still is.

How do you manage the fast-passing phases?

The joy of eating (ice cubed food)

Ice Cubed Food: great tip for giving your baby healthy food
Ice Cubed Food: great tip for giving your baby healthy food

There’s a moment in a parent’s life, when your child is ready to get some ‘real’ food. The first months are all about milk, preferably directly from mom. So it was for our Baby O as well. Until that beautiful moment, when we were having a noodle-bite to eat in town, and Baby O was craving to get some of that tasty looking stuff in his mouth. Surely, there are doctors who say that this is often more the wish to take part in the activity, than a signal of readiness for food, but it was clear for us that he was ready. Age-wise and because he likes to eat and is a curious boy.

We didn’t give him the noodles that day, but the next day I cooked him some carrots, mashed them up with the blender and boy did he enjoy it. No, that’s not it. He loved it. The carrots, the activity of eating, everything about it.

To start, we gave him singular tastes. And just in tiny portions. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnip, sweet potato. He loved most of them, although he had to get used to the cauliflower at first. Apparently, it is good to start your baby off by giving him one thing to eat at a time. To get him, or her, used to all the different tastes. You can mix it up later, as we do now.

Thanks to a great tip from the dutch blog ‘Koken voor mijn dochter‘, we’re now preparing big portions of single foods, and then freeze them in ice cube trays. That way, we can stock a lot, and give him a different mix every day. Plus, we can easily adjust the portions to what he eats. We’re now at 8 cubes. All of the food we buy for him comes from organic supermarkets near us. Just as the fruit he now eats as well. I’ve also learned there is an organic farm in the area, which I will visit shortly. Could be a great way to not only give him organically grown food, but also locally grown food.

Gradually, we have also introduced other foods. Mainly vegetables, but now also potatoes and chicken. He’s still loving it, and also now gets some bread to play with and eat a few crumbs. It’s a real joy.

A first taste of carrots

Ice cubed carrot mash
Ice cubed carrot mash

Last week, on the first day of spring, Baby O had his first taste of carrots. At slightly over 5 months old, he decided it was time for that. He had longingly looked at his daddy’s food the day before, and that was a telling enough sign for us. So, we bought some ecological carrots, cooked them and mashed tem with a sliver of real butter. Apparently, the fat from that is needed to help the vitamins being absorbed in the body. You can also use a vegetable oil, but I would say it has to be a cold pressed one. I also used the cooking fluids to smoothen up the mash. Most vitamins and minerals in vegetables are water soluble, so when you boil them, the vitamins will go into the water. Using that, means keeping the valuable nutrients.
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Full of …, or the Neverending Diaper Test

Wonderful present for Baby O from the neighbours: a diaper cake.

Marketing has a strange effect on me. At least, often it leads me to believe that big brand products are really better than the rest. Something to do with innovation, quality assurance, etcetera. And so it also is for diapers. Yes, diapers. When our baby was born, and we spent those German standard few days in the hospital, I was quite happy to find that we were supplied there with diapers from a big brand, which is globally available. Those were the ones our baby would have, because, well, they were the big brand diapers, so the best.

However, we quickly found that the diapers from this big brand maybe indeed absorbed all the things our baby put into them, but they also tended to stick to baby’s bottom. Quite stubbornly. Maybe they were absorbing too much? Research and development going too far, maybe? I don’t think it was because we changed them not often enough. We did that more frequent than the minimum number of times recommended by the experts at the hospital. Maybe too often? Whatever the reasons for the stick-to-bottomness of these diapers, we decided to try some other brands. Just to see which would be best for our boy.
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