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Product review: Cosatto

Before we even starting trying for a baby I’d already picked my travel system. It was all about the brand. It’s quality, it’s distinctive style and the companies passion and personality.

It had to be a Cosatto.

Munchkin agrees too!

Firstly the design. There are just so many dull travel systems on the market and Cosatto challenge that with their beautiful patterns. You’ll often find Munchkin staring up and sometimes chatting to the foxes 😊. It also perfectly compliments our woodland nursery design and is perfectly gender neutral for baby.2 (if baby.2 will be a girl).

A versatile off-roader

We went for the whole nine yards bundle of travel system from 0-4 years, car seat, i-size isofix base, changing bag and footmuff.

It was at the higher end of travel systems yet still a few hundred short of some of the other big brands with more included in the package. It’s easy to use and versatile, handling poor pavement and off-road adventures with ease. It’s easy to navigate and simple to adjust.

Comfy I-size security

I-size car base means it’s super safe too. Which makes us super happy parents πŸ™‚.

Overall I love the brand. But when it comes to buying your travel system go with your heart.

Oh and also wait for the sales! Over nine months of pregnancy you are likely to go through three sale periods at least 😁. There’s no point in paying more than you have to.

Thanks for reading,

Daddy and Munchkin.

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Weaning

The Wonderful World of Weaning

Food glorious food

Just before Munchkin’s 6 month milestone we started weaning. The wonderful world of weaning that is.

From the off you could tell he loved food when he grabbed the first spoonful and took it to his mouth. This surprised us both. Though, it was shortly followed by a face of disgust.

One month later after the taste-test phase we are on to three meals a day. Generally porridge for brekky, a puree for lunch with a crisp and some fruit to suck on and something with more solids for dinner.

Yummy Ella’s kitchen melty crisps which Munchkin immediately took to.

We have tried and tested many baby foods and making our own purees but when it comes to a baby food company, the standout for us is Ella’s kitchen.

This is for two reasons above the good taste, organic ingredients and our Munchkin’s preferences .

For starters, home freezing. Ella’s kitchen purΓ©es are generally freezeable. This was a necessity for us when starting out, as our Munchkin would only have less than a quarter of a pouch.

Secondly, all their packaging is recyclable as part of their Ellacycle scheme via Terracycle. (I’ll praise and tell you more about Terracycle in a future post 😊, but if you want to do more here’s a handy dandy link).

The next weeks’ dinners

I also thought that there is a lot of contradictory information out there on weaning. So what we did is look over that advice and follow what we felt at the time. For example with solids we experimented early and stepped back if it was too soon.

Overall, my main piece of advice would be to enjoy it. It’s messy and can be a worry but it’s fun to discover what your baby likes and seeing them cover themselves in food like our Munchkin in the gorgeous shot below.

Thanks for reading,

Daddy and Munchkin.

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Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave (the reason I started to blog)

Shared parental leave is the government initiative to give the Mother’s partner an opportunity to share the Maternity leave entitlement. It can begin when you opt to end maternity leave and then the remaining leave can be shared between both parents.

For us, we decided that the wifey Natalie would take the first 6 months and I would take the final 3. This meant we would get the same pay entitlements as shared parental pay is equal to statutory maternity pay, which is what Natalie would be receiving in these three months. It also meant Natalie returned to work at an ideal time for her career.

In September 2019 I began SPL and my three months of leave. It’s fair to say it was a rocky start. We were fully breast feeding our Munchkin for the first 6 months. So 6 months began a switch to bottle feeding, the start of weaning and a change from Mummy to Daddy. This was A LOT OF CHANGE and the resulting Munchkin bottle hunger strike was a fair response. But we made it through…

Regarding SPL, the whole process can be a tad confusing and, as per anything like this, there is a lot of forms to complete. It’s also a new-ish process so naturally that comes with unknowns.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me and I’ll try my best to answer them.

Thanks for reading,

Daddy and Munchkin