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I love it – The Stokke Tripp Trapp

27 Oct

I have to say, the Norwegians seem to know a thing or two about highchairs! When we had to make the decision about which chair to invest in, there were a few criteria the chair needed to meet:

  • it needed to be safe – so the baby, when he got older, wouldn’t be able to tip himself back
  • a well built chair that would be comfortable for the baby and the toddler
  • a chair that would allow him to sit at the table with us and share our meals
  • a highchair that would grow with the child, so we wouldn’t have to buy another one when he grew older.

There are a variety of highchairs out there that met our criteria, but, being a designer, it was the Stokke Tripp Trapp which caught my eye. It is a superbly designed classic, created in 1974 by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik.

The Tripp Trapp can be used from birth (with the Newborn set), meaning that baby can share a meal with the family right from the start!

The chair also comes with an optional tray, so it can be used both independently and at the family table.

There are special attachments for the feet so that it’s impossible for baby (or toddler) to tip over the chair (and trust me, our son tried many times!)

Once the baby set/harness comes off, the trip trapp turns into a booster seat, so the child always sits at the right level, thanks to the adjustable seat.

And once your child isn’t so young anymore, the Tripp Trapp will easily turn into a great looking chair which can even be used by adults!

Yes, it’s more expensive than many other highchairs on the market (although by far not the most expensive) – but it looks great, is built to last and most importantly will last until the children have long moved out!

Baby food steaming and blending in one: The Beaba Babycook

26 Feb

Tomorrow we are going to start weaning our baby boy. He is 5 and half months old – exactly 6 months by due date tomorrow. Theo was born 19 days overdue, so I tend to go by his due date for certain things. Compared to some babies of a similar age but who were due a few weeks after him, he is clearly ‘older’.

Our lovely neighbour has sold us her baby food steamer/blender. I’m not too much into buying every gadget on the market – and there are lots, but this one seemed to make sense, especially as we don’t have a microwave.

It’s called the Beaba Babycook Steamer and Blender. All I’ll have to do is cut up the vegetables and place them into the attachment to steam them. Once they are steamed I can tip them into the bowl where they get blended to whatever consistency I need them to be – from fully pureed for when baby is 6 months old, to a more lumpy consistency for when he gets older. Additionally I can also thaw frozen purees and vegetables, especially useful as we don’t have a microwave.

5 Month old baby boy and I think it’s time to start blogging!

21 Feb

Since baby Theo was born mid-September 2010 I’ve wanted to start a blog, both as a way to record his development and also to connect with other new mums out there!

Every day I learn new things. Right now I’m just in the process of finally getting Theo onto some kind of a schedule, based on the Baby Whisperer EASY routine. I’m not a big fan of leaving my baby to cry (I think he’s too young for that) but I also felt like I needed a bit of a life again, so this seems to be the best way forward for now. I also joined the baby whisperer forum and they have been so supportive!

But it’s not just big things, it’s also the little things that I love about being a mum – such as Theo’s favourite new toy, his little chewy mushroom. It’s from the same company that makes Sophie the Giraffe, but I think it’s way better (we also have Sophie) as baby can really chew on it. It’s called Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Blue and I can highly recommend it, for teething and just as a generally chewy toy.

Next week I think I’m going to start introducing Theo to solid foods. I’ve bought some cute weaning bowls and spoons and am going to make some carrot mash, freeze loads in small pots and give him a few spoonfuls to see how he likes it. I can’t wait! I also can’t wait for him to finally be able to sit up and sit with us at the table. I’ve already decided which highchair we are going to buy, but more about that in another post.

Yet I know it’s also important to not always think about the future – when is going to start crawling, when is he going to be able to sit up on his own etc. but to just enjoy every minute and how he is today. Just talk to any mum and they all tell you it all goes so fast, and they miss their little baby once they are toddlers. So even if I just really want a good nights sleep for once, I’m going to really try to enjoy every day I have with Theo the baby!