Postnatal Nanny

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Here at The Postnatal Nanny, we offer practical advice and support for raising children in a busy world. From one parent to another, no matter your philosophy, let's make life just a little bit easier.

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Babies are changeful creatures. The speed at which they develop physically is incredible and with this rapid growth and development inevitably comes a host of different challenges. One of which is a rather fussy and sometimes delicate digestive system. There are so many factors that can upset the balance inside their little tummies.

I totally adore baby-led weaning. As you know, I'm a self-confessed food fan. Nothing pretentious, just simple, home-cooked family comfort food. So when my first was coming up to 6 months, I started to explore the different options for starting solids. Purees seemed like the standard and most common approach. Something about this style of feeding/eating just didn't click for me. I wanted my children to see food as it existed, in its whole, and natural state. That seemed standard and normal to me. Food looking and feeling like food. So I went down the baby-led or 'finger food' route instead. And never looked back!

After writing my Super Speedy 10 Minute Pesto recipe, I decided to have a play around with different weekday family dinner options which included the pesto. It’s definitely not just for pasta! My kids love it, so we do tend to eat it once every couple of weeks and there are so many ways you can use it. This easy salmon recipe would be a great way to use up a jar of homemade pesto in your fridge. Equally, it’s amazing in pitta bread with melted mozzarella and ham.

How many of us, when pregnant, thought about what might happen during labour and birth? How many of us read about practical baby care? Plenty of both I’d imagine. But... How many of us actually prepared for the recovery period, or what is often called ‘the fourth trimester’?

pesto pasta

Most kids love pasta. It’s super quick for a weeknight dinner – this recipe takes 10 minutes from start to finish! The pesto is also ideal for making in advance and stores well in the fridge for up to a week.

Your baby is a day old. The shock of having given birth has finally sunk in and suddenly you are faced with the reality of total unrelenting responsibility for a brand new baby. I’m guessing at this point you’re probably feeling massively overwhelmed by everything and what you’d love more than anything in the world is to curl up in bed, enjoy 8 hours of undisturbed sleep and regain some energy and focus. Then you find out that everything you have ever read in a baby book, or learned at an antenatal class is true. Babies definitely wake up. A LOT.

Someone bring me coffee, please. My youngest is 4 months, and until now, we were plodding along quite nicely, still feeding on demand and seeing each other maybe twice in the night (by night, I mean between 10 pm and 5 am) for a quick feed and back to sleep. Then we hit a bit of a stumbling block. He was back to hourly feeds and very unsettled all night long. It was like being right back at square one in those early newborn days. 

Do you have children who only like to eat boring, repetitive food?

Have you started making separate meals to cater to each child’s preferences?

Is dinner time stressful?

I asked a group of parents for their advice and have put together 10 top tips for fussy eaters. Inspired by real families, the aim is to encourage children to try new foods and bring the fun back to mealtimes.


What Is Colostrum?

Colostrum is the first milk you produce in small amounts during late pregnancy and when your baby is firstborn. It is sticky in consistency and yellowish in colour. Essentially what it is- is a concentrated form of breastmilk packed full of immunological properties to protect your newborn from the sudden exposure to all of the germs in the big, wide world.