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Olivers 7 Month Update

Sunday, 21 May 2017
Oliver Jack Wells turned 7 months old on the 20th May.

I started writing these updates thinking I'd enjoy looking back on them in years to come but I had no idea how much I'd enjoy reading them even just a few months later. Every so often, I read back through the early months and reflect on how much Oliver and life, in general, has changed in such a short time. It's odd writing this post, knowing that in a few months I'll be reading it back and thinking, 'wow, things are so different now'. With that said, here's Olivers 7 month update...

Baby Development at 7 Months Parenting Mummy Bloggers UK MAISY MEOW

He's changed so much in the last month. He's now eating three meals a day and loving his food. He loves sweet potatoes, pears, apple biscotti biscuits, scrambled eggs and banana - oh my goodness, he loves banana. He's getting much better at feeding himself, especially with his biscotti's or his wafers and it's the sweetest thing watching him chew with his gumsy little smile. He's still using his fruit feeder and we're still giving him purees too. He went through a short phase where he was getting frustrated being spoon fed, but he seems to have gotten over it again. 

Oliver has had a few days where his gums have been bothering him and he'll have little red cheeks and a red nose, but there's no sign of any actual teeth yet. It hasn't been awful yet and normally he's fine if he chews on his matchstick monkey or has some calpol. I can always tell when his gums are bothering him because he sucks in his bottom lip and pulls the cutest little face.

Baby Development at 7 Months Parenting Mummy Bloggers UK MAISY MEOW

When it comes to development, he's totally thriving. He's very mobile and it's no longer safe to leave him on the bed or anywhere for that matter because he will undoubtedly roll and roll until he hits something. He has an insane amount of strength in his legs (thanks to the jumperoo!) and he's happiest when he's standing up with me holding onto his hands. He loves it so much that he's still refusing to stay in the sitting position for any length of time but if I'm able to distract him with toys on the floor, he can sit up for a few minutes without toppling over. Most of the time, though, he just straightens his legs out and uses anything he can to pull himself up (sometimes it's my hair). If I let him stand against the couch and let go of his hands, he gets the biggest smile on his face!

Baby Development at 7 Months Parenting Mummy Bloggers UK MAISY MEOW

One of the biggest developments this month is that he's starting say 'mum' and 'dada'. He actually said 'mama' first, despite everyone telling us it's always dada! I spent weeks repeating 'mamama' to him and eventually I noticed he was watching my mouth and copying me, within a few days he was shouting 'mamama' himself and it's evolved into just shouting 'mum!' now. He doesn't quite use it in context, but I like to pretend he's shouting on me when he does it! He learned 'dada' within a few days of saying 'mama' and loves practising them both. Watch his video update to see it!

Sleep is something I can finally say I'm happy with. Oliver's still following his bed time routine of bath, blow dry and bed and he'll sleep from 8pm until 6-7am - normally he doesn't wake during the night but if he does, it'll be around 5.30 and he'll usually go back down after it. In the mornings, he'll nap for 2/3 hours most days and then have another 45 min nap around 2pm and then 5pm.

7 Month Baby Update Rolling and Standing Development

He loves to grab faces and giving him his bottle is a whole new experience now with me trying to wriggle away from his little hands and trying to free my hair from him. It's so sweet though, because you can see his little brain working and studying every single part of your face. His little hand is always touching everything in side, and he does the cutest little twirling motion with it which makes my heart melt. 

I say  it every month, but this is my favourite age so far. I'm loving every minute of Oliver and instead of feeling like I need a break every so often (like I did in the early days), I now just want to spend every minute with him and as soon as he's in bed, I'm looking forward to the morning when I can go into his room and see his gorgeous little smile beaming back at me.

Happy 7 months Oliver! 




Five Baby Weaning Essentials

Thursday, 11 May 2017
Weaning was a much bigger deal than I'd originally thought it would be. I always looked forward to when Oliver would have his first foods but when it came down to it, I realised I actually had no idea how to do it. What do you give first, and what time of the day? What if he chokes?

Olivers been having solids for around a month now. He's still having mostly purees but he also has fruit and wafers for a snack. Like everything else baby related, it was all trial and error before we found our feet but I definitely feel more confident now to carry on weaning onto more solid foods.

Here's 5 of the essential baby products that have helped us start weaning..

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1. High Chair | Stokke Steps High Chair 

This high chair is an absolute dream. Oliver can't sit up completely unassisted yet, and this chair gives him really good support to keep him upright at meal times. We've tried feeding him in his pram and in the bumbo but he's at his most comfortable when he's sitting straight in his seat and he loves having the baby tray to bang on in between mouthfuls! 

2. Long Sleeved Bibs | Asda 

When people say it's messy to wean, they're not kidding. I ruined so many of Oliver's vests and onesies in the first few days by using normal bibs. I then moved up to plastic wipeable bibs but these just distracted him and he was more interested in stroking the plastic than eating. The best ones I've found are the asda sleeveless ones as they're wipeable, have sleeves but don't have a stiff plastic fabric that distracts him. 

3. Fresh Food Feeder | Poundland (Similar here although poundland is cheaper of course!)

I am so worried about choking. After a few weeks, we introduced this feeder and it's really helped with his hand to eye co-ordination so he can learn how to feed himself. It's basically just a hand held feeder with a net that can be filled with fruit or veggies (you can see my lovely assistant Oliver giving a demo here). The net which prevents any big chunks coming through while still getting him used to eating proper food.

4. Baby Wafers | Kiddilicious 

Since discovering that rusks were full of sugar (seriously, why are they sold for babies?!) we switched to giving him banana or blueberry wafers. The wafers dissolve in his mouth and I've noticed they've really helped him get used to having bits of food in his mouth rather than soft purees. 

5. Steamer/Blender | BEABA Baby Cook 

We always keep a few jars of baby food in our changing bag for when we're out and about but at home, we make our own. We use the BEABA baby cook to steam and blend fruit and veg. When you buy your own supplies and make it yourself, you realise how cheaply it can be done and it's actually really easy. Watch me make Oliver's favourite sweet potato, carrot and pear puree in this video


What were your weaning essentials? 







Vlog: Ikea Haul & Garden Tour

Tuesday, 9 May 2017
IKEA HAUL NURSERY TOUR GARDEN TOUR UK LIFESTYLE AND PARENTING VLOG BLOGGER MAISY MEOW

Hello everyone! The sun is finally shining in Scotland and more importantly, it's actually warm. We had a lovely relaxing weekend together. We managed to do a little garden makeover and went to Ikea to pick up some bits for Oliver's nursery (tour coming very soon, promise!). 

I vlogged our day together which includes an ikea haul at the end to show you all what I picked up. 

Have a watch and let me know if you liked it. And of course, don't forget to subscribe!

How to Make Your Own Baby Puree | Beaba Baby Cook

Sunday, 7 May 2017
How to make your own baby puree DIY baby food uk lifestyle and parenting blogger maisy meow

I always planned on making my own baby puree but when the time came, we found ourselves giving ready made baby food for Oliver's first tastes. We had been sent a box of Piccolo pouches (which went down a treat) and we tried some others from Heinz and Ella's kitchen but after a few weeks, we began to realise how expensive it is to rely on pouches and jars. Given that we're giving Oliver ready made milk for acid reflux, we're already spending a small fortune in the baby aisle every week and when it comes to baby food, we've no excuse for buying ready made.

We were contacted a few weeks ago by BEABA who offered to send us one of their Baby Cook Food Processors so that we could make our own in the easiest way possible. It's been a total game changer and I'm actually really enjoying using it and trying out different food combinations.

Once we move onto the next stage of weaning, we will use it to make thicker purees and eventually we will simply steam the vegetables which he can chew on himself.

Tonight's video is a really quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own baby puree using the Beaba baby cook food processor.

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Oliver's First Words

Friday, 5 May 2017
Babys first words at 6 months mama baby says mama uk parenting and lifestyle blogger vlogger maisy meow

Tuesday started off as normal and I decided to vlog a 'typical day on maternity leave' however, somewhat 'typically', the day didn't go as expected. It ended up being super stressful in the morning with Oliver's acid reflux in overdrive and then super rewarding in the afternoon.

Oliver has now said his first words! He's always been a chatty baby and he babbles all day long. I've been repeating 'mamama' to him for a few days and he's been watching my mouth intently trying to work out how he can say it too.

Here's the vlog ... 

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Mamas and Papas Opening Event at Glasgow Fort

Monday, 1 May 2017
Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort

Mamas and Papas is by far my favourite store for everything baby related. The baby clothes are dreamy, the nursery decor is exactly my taste and you can always rely on the staff to offer the best advice when you find yourself totally overwhelmed with choice. Since having Oliver, I spend a lot of time in Mamas and Papas so I was super excited to be invited to the launch party on Friday*. The old store at Glasgow Fort has closed and a revamped, updated store has now opened at the other end of the shopping centre. You can find the new store next to M&S and River Island. 

Oliver and I were up bright and early (as usual) so we made our way to the event quite early, thinking we'd arrive and have the store to ourselves for a while before it got busy. It turns out everyone else was just as excited, as the shop was already buzzing at 10am and there was a great atmosphere with goodie bags handed out as we walked through the doors and excited staff members ready to give us a tour of the shop. The goodie bags had Bloom & Bloom products, the cutest cloud covered bib and vest set and the sweetest little rattle that Oliver has been pretty much obsessed with ever since.

It seriously is a beautiful store now. It's decorated in neutral greys and whites with baby clothing sections, a gorgeous homeware area with displays to die for and a full display of prams and car seats towards the back of the shop. But that's not all - Mamas and Papas now have a personal shopping service, with a seated area and dedicated staff that'll talk you through everything you need for a new baby's arrival or for any baby related purchase. We sat in the personal shopping area while I gave Oliver a bottle and it's such a chilled, homely atmosphere with comfy couches and chairs. It helped that they had snacks and drinks laid out for the launch party too - because who wouldn't want a free muffin? 

Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort
Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort


The pushchair area has a mock car set up which can be used to demonstrate how to fit the car seats and the isofix bases. It also doubles up as a fun place for older kids to play on, and we witnessed lots of excited little feet scrambling over the seats as they took their shot in the mint spotted car. They also have an interactive machine, where children stand to have their measurements taken - did any of you see me on my instastories, weighing Oliver and getting his height? It was so cute!

Mamas and Papas sell almost everything you'll ever need for a baby or toddler and it's so easy to spend ages in one section alone, so it's great that the new store has feeding rooms that you can visit if your shopping spree coincides with baby's feeding times. We saw lots of mums making use of the rooms during the day and it just shows how appreciated it is when shops add little details like this. 

We had such a fun day exploring the new store and taking part in the fun games and competitions. On top of the lovely goodie bag, we won a Cowshed candle on the tumbola and I couldn't resist picking up a summer outfit and adorable little shoes for Oliver too. I also left with a huge wish list after seeing all the gorgeous nursery decor and baby boy clothes. Our nursery is themed around their 'Sweet Dreams' collection and I just can't get enough of those prints and colours. 

Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort

There are some beautiful boys clothing in all my favourite colours - khakis, mustard and lots of cute prints and stripes. I can pretty much guarantee that Oliver's going to be head to toe in Mamas & Papas by the end of the month. I just can't resist their baby clothes and he needs a new wardrobe for summer so it's perfect timing too!

Thank you so much to Mamas and Papas and their lovely staff for such a fun day - Oliver and I really enjoyed spending some time in the new store and we will definitely be popping into the store during the week again. Although it's a brand I've always loved, our day at the new store has really confirmed to me that Mama's and Papas are in a class of their own. I can't recommend them enough. 

Did any of you make it to the opening in Glasgow this weekend?

*collaboration with Mamas and Papas

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