Whether you’re looking for a gift with an extra special touch, or want to add an element of personalisation to your baby’s nursery, look no further than my list below. Here’s a selection of My Top 20 Personalised Baby Gifts & Customised Products.
Made for those who are born to shine
You would think that there is only so much one can do with a blanket. I mean, how many more prints & patterns can they possibly come up with? We thought the monochrome blanket print was a big trend. But then aden + anais go and up the ante – by launching their new metallic range.
Enter a little bit of sparkle… meet the newest must-have baby accessory. We’re giving you a discount code of R150 so that you too can have a bit of everyday shimmer. Plus competition time! Details below.
Pancakes are one of those things that have always intimidated me. Whenever someone suggests making pancakes for breakfast, you immediately conjure up these rosy cheeked images of a white picket fence and everyone frolicking around the breakfast nook, dusted in cinnamon sugar and all things insta-picture- perfect.
So I never really tried them.
Until I did. And it was so much easier than I ever expected. Sure, I burnt them the first several (hundred) times, but once I figured out the perfect stove temp, it’s been smooth sailing ever since.
So much so, that Jake gets pancakes for breakfast (almost) every morning.
Why I love making pancakes for babies:
One pot. But a whole nutritious meal in one! Suitable from 7 months through to Toddlerhood.
Throw it all in together and the result is a wholesome meal-in-one. Veggies. Tick. Protein Tick. Good carbs. Tick. An all rounded & balanced meal indeed. And it freezes perfectly (always my criteria for a successful recipe).
Jake’s been living on this meal-in-one. I have about 20 little Ziplocs of this in the freezer at any given point in time, and he gets it a couple times a week.
And he even enjoyed preparing it with me too 🙂
My secret trick: they’re boiled not baked. I do admit that boiled chicken doesn’t exactly sound like the most appealing meal, but believe me when I say that this recipe is a lifesaver for getting your little one to devour pure protein. These balls are revolutionary! 5 ingredients. Freezes perfectly. Protein packed. What more could you ask for?
Meat balls are the most obvious meal for little eaters, but finding a recipe that works is not as easy as it should be. Most recipes bake the meatballs in the oven, and I found the result to be too dry and tough for little toothless gums.
And so I decided to boil rather than bake – and therein lies the key. Boiling makes them soft & tender, think little tasty dumplings as opposed to crusty meatballs.
Jake’s been eating these chicken balls since he was 9 months old. And now at 27 months, they’re still a staple feature on our weekly meal-plan.
I don’t just get bitten by mosquitos, I get ravaged. Mauled and massacred. A single mozzie bite will leave my skin looking as if it were attacked by angry hornets on heat (interestingly enough, not a single mozzie came near me in pregnancy. Utterly bizarre). But I am a walking, talking human mozzie magnet. And #babyjake has inherited my sensitive skin. So keeping the mozzies away is my life’s ambition.
With the scorching summer heat, the Mozzies have moved in! Here are your top Anti-Mozzie Safe Solutions for the little ones…
Say hello to a new dimension of baby food cooking. Here are my Top 10 reasons to bite the bullet, and invest in a Nutribullet (and surprise: I’m giving one away!)
My stick blender is one of my most trusted, loyal kitchen gadgets when it comes to cooking & preparing baby food. But as is the case with parenting in the 21st consumerism century , there’s always something bigger and better around the corner. And that’s how I came to discover the Nutribullet as a seriously nifty little tool for prepping and creating silky smooth baby purees.
This is a staple dish in my freezer stash for #babyjake. Lentils are an amazing source of plant-based protein, iron & fibre for little tummies. And when cooked into a hearty stew (much like a traditional dhal), the texture & taste is perfect for babies.
Creating a contemporary yet whimsical nursery space for my hipster baby boy
What’s the first thing I did when I found out I was expecting? I took to Pinterest for some hardcore roomspiration. I had pretty severe insomnia throughout my first trimester, so I literally pinned. And pinned. I also pined (not pinned) when I found out #babyjake was a boy, but I very quickly realised that grey can be as exhilarating as pink.
You heard it hear first: Modern Burlap is officially available on SA shores! And we’re giving you 20% off!
I am a sucker for fabric prints, designs and patterns. So I have had my eye on Modern Burlap (together with the other 146k Instagram followers) for a while now. But I couldn’t get my hands on the actual product because it wasn’t available locally. Until now. Thanks to Full of Beans Baby & Kids Boutique, Modern Burlap has officially been ticked off my wish list… and I am the proud new owner of one of these blankets (I chose the Greatest Adventure one).