Charity Shop finds

Fig has reached the point where he needs toys that stretch him, toys that do things and challenge him. However, toys are an expensive business, so Saul and I decided to try some charity shops to see what we could find. And we were genuinely astonished at [a] what we found and [b] how much we saved.

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Suction bowl

Says it all, really. It’s silicone, pretty sticky, and Fig can only get it off his high chair tray if he really pulls at it, but otherwise, it stays put and means he is far more in control of what he eats and how fast.

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Baby wearing

As you know, I’m a big fan of baby carriers. They make getting about in shops much easier than a pushchair, and out in the open air, allow us to go places we simply couldn’t even consider with a pram, even a fairly off-road one. Fig much prefers being worn to being pushed, so we never leave the house without a trusty carrier.

We had always used the Babybjorn Original, but Fig was getting too heavy for it, and was ready to face out, so we needed a new one. Initially, I was going to blindly buy the next size up ‘Bjorn, but something made me do a little research, and I was a little unhappy to find that it isn’t considered as good a carrier as I’d thought, and for one very simple reason…

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Little Bird

I’m so bored with dressing Fig in varying shades of blue and grey – have you been round the baby boy sections of clothes shops? It’s like shopping in the army and navy stores! They’re babies! Brights, please! And as if Jools Oliver, of all people, heard my cries of baby-boy-dressing woe, she created Little Bird for Mothercare. OK, she created it a few years ago, but I didn’t have a baby then. The sales assistant, as I bought most of the range in a frantic binge, said that people tend to either love or loathe the seventies throwback look she specialises in, and I can understand that, but for me, a kid in the eighties, this is how little boys should look. I LOVE it! Fig is now ready for Stranger Things Season 2.

Babyproofing Pt1

We have an attic which started off being Saul’s office slash spare bedroom. That description has since expanded to include playroom. Now I’ll be the first to admit that an office (computer cables etc) is probably the worst space to double up as a playroom, but in this case, it actually does work. It’s the only room in the house with lots of empty floor for Fig to crawl around, and as he’ll never be there without one of us, keeping him away from the desk has so far not been an issue.  I’ll let you know how that goes as he becomes ever more mobile… However, the room does have two BIG safety issues – the stairs, and the spindles. So we’ve started babyproofing.

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Weaning – how’s that working out for us?

Fig has been trying solid food properly for about ten days now. By properly, I mean in a more organised and concerted way than we were doing when we started. He was pre-six-months then, so it was just a case of putting a few cucumber sticks in front of him every now and again and seeing what he did with them. Actually, that was really useful, because it gave him practice in picking up sticks of food, and he’s now a bit of an expert on that front. But we’ve been consciously doing a mixture of baby-led weaning and traditional spoon fed mush, and Fig’s really getting into it now.

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