Real Talk Blog

30/04/2020
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INTRODUCING SPICES TO BABIES & TODDLERS

Baby and toddler food shouldn’t be bland! Experimenting with a range of spices can help to expand their palettes and cultivate adventurous eaters who enjoy a range of flavours, textures and are excited by food! Introducing bold flavours early on is essential as babies receptiveness to new tastes narrows as they get older. Broadening their palettes at a young age will hopefully result in appreciation of wholesome, unprocessed and flavoursome food. Furthermore, as salt should be avoided for under 1’s adding spices is a fantastic way to add flavour. Did... Read More

15/04/2020

TEETHING TIPS I DISCOVERED FROM BEING A FIRST-TIME MOM

As a first time mom, teething was that right of passage I knew my baby would enter but what it would entail or how we would get through it? Well, only time would tell. Every baby is different and people can tell you about their experience but the truth is, it won’t be the same as yours.  That, I feel, is the magic of being a Mom. I think I started to assume Austin was “teething” from about 12 weeks old. He was dribbly, hands always in the mouth and... Read More

31/03/2020
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A BABY CARRIER WAS AN ABSOLUTE GAME CHANGER FOR ME

When I was pregnant with my first baby a baby carrier wasn’t even on our list of things to buy, other than seeing the occasional celebrity in OK magazine wearing their baby in a carrier this wasn’t something that any of my close friends or family had used so it really wasn’t on my radar. That changed though when my daughter was born! No matter what I did I just couldn’t keep her happy in the pushchair!  I tried straight after a feed so I knew she wasn’t hungry, when... Read More

30/03/2020
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KEEPING LITTLE ONES GERM FREE HAS NEVER BEEN SO IMPORTANT!

Right now, life has changed pretty much overnight! The uncertainty & anxiety we are all feeling due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is so real and trying to keep our little ones safe & protected against the world has never been more important than it is right now. We are being advised to keep washing our hands, use sanitiser gels & stay away from any germs as much as possible.  I am constantly wiping surfaces and floors but let’s face it, when little ones are running about, they soon need... Read More

27/03/2020

DADDY DOES DOODLES – MAKING THE BEST USE OF OUR TIME & KEEPING BUSY DURING COVID-19

I always find you stumble across a new idea on a chance moment. A snatched conversation, a picture in a magazine or for me on this occasion, it was a Whatsapp chat with a former colleague. In an attempt to identify a creative outlet for me, my friend Allyson @teachlearnwonder (she’s a reading coach so check her out for ideas) suggested the idea of using Doodle Notes in education. As a teacher, who’s always on the lookout for trying something new to help engage students, and being a regular doodler,... Read More

26/03/2020
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GOING OUTSIDE WITH A BABY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Right now, life as we know it has changed and no one can say for certain what impact this change will have on our future. Trying to keep a positive attitude for our children is so tough, especially when we don’t know the certainty of what is going on and all we want to do is protect them from this surreal outside world at the moment. Then of course with the schools closed we have that added pressure of home schooling! I think it is so important to support each... Read More

16/03/2020

KEEPING MY TODDLER HYDRATED!

My baby is growing up, and growing up fast it seems. Once the baby stage has gone all of the new stages seem to come along quickly! Penny is talking a lot more, copying everything & she’s into everything too! When it comes to our babies and their health & well-being it can be so tough as a parent to worry that we are doing everything right, can’t it? One of the main things I try to maintain for Penny is keeping her hydrated. Toddlers can be so full on... Read More

16/03/2020

BUILDING BLOCKS TO A HEALTHY & HAPPY FOOD FUTURE

Weaning is challenging! There is a plethora of information out there and no one size fits all for getting your baby started on solids. Add that we live in a world where highly processed foods, additives and artificial flavourings are fast becoming the norm, so what we feed our children needs to be centred around promoting their health and well-being without compromising on flavour and taste. A broad and varied diet coupled with exposure to a range of flavours from the early years will encourage life-long enjoyment of real food.... Read More

05/03/2020

HOW DO I STOP BREASTFEEDING?

First things first if you’re reading this for advice, I just want to say a massive well done on your breastfeeding journey, whether it’s been 3 days or 3 years you have done amazingly!  I’ve been there, done it and can’t help but tell other mums just how amazing they are because it’s what helped me feel good about it too when others told me the same thing! For what you hear about being the most natural job in the world, for me it certainly didn’t feel natural sometimes. The... Read More