Over the years the research into early years learning and development have changed so much.  From what I was shown when my two were born almost 30 years ago, to a whole new learning for my grandchildren.  It's quite scary when what you thought you knew no longer applies.

When me and my brother were born in the 60's my mum was actively encouraged to bottle feed me.  Breastfeeding was classed as outdated and inconsistent and that new babies would benefit more from the controlled amount and added vitamins and minerals found in formula milk. Of course now we know that this "science" was backed by a huge marketing campaign and created an industry worth Billions.  That said the guidance has come full circle and new mum's are encouraged to "give breast feeding a go". With slogans like "Breast is Best" many more babies are being fed naturally and there is an almost evangelical movement to support it.  Not all mum's succeed, for whatever reason and formula remains a safe and effective substitute.

From milk to solids the guidelines have changed where solid food should not be introduced until 6 months, where 30 years ago it was anything from 12 weeks a baby could have rice or rusks to top up the milk diet.  The idea now is to wait until baby is able to sit up unaided and be competent at reaching and grasping objects.  This will set them up for feeding themself.  No need for purees, if you are planning on having steamed veg and salmon, then baby can have the same.  As long as the food is soft and has no added salt or sugars.  There are dozens of articles online that specialise in this subject which are worth a read and they do recommend you speak with your health advisor if you have any questions.

With this new freedom for baby to tuck in and feed themself whilst learning new textures and flavours we are well aware that things can get very messy and so we have created a super cute baby gift box that contains all you need for a bright and sunny mealtime experience.  Our Mealtime Fun gift set for babies and toddlers contains an eco friendly bamboo bowl and spoon set complete with colourful suction plate to reduce spills and accidents. The colour co-ordinated spoon is soft touch to protect emerging teeth and with that we have included a four pack of super soft baby toothbrushes.  With all the will in the world there will be mucky hands and faces so the pack of farmyard friends feeding cloths will be perfect to clean up those little faces.

We love this giftbox which is just one of a number of baby themed hampers for newborn through to toddler and beyond.  Check out our baby collection here.





January 24, 2022 — Julie Selby