Real Nappy Week events, cute nappies

This week is Real Nappy Week, so if you’re thinking of trying them out (or use them already and want to pick up some tips, freebies or preloved nappies), there are lots of events in April to help you: details below.

I’ve posted before about ‘real’ (or cloth / re-usable) nappies, how easy they are to use and why I like them so much, so I won’t repeat all the details here.

But, aside from cutting waste, carbon emissions and cost (and being damn good at containing wee and poo), did I mention how cute cloth nappies are these days?

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Bamboozle Stretch size 2s in ‘Plop’ and ‘Daydream’

Look at these new Bamboozle Stretch lovelies I’ve just bought to top up my stash for my 1-year-old (I got them from the Nappy Lady here, though she doesn’t pay me for affiliate links or anything, I’ve found her to be very reliable and helpful). Super soft knitted bamboo, brilliantly absorbent and… cute. Continue reading “Real Nappy Week events, cute nappies”

Lemon ricotta pancakes

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Lemon ricotta pancake with maple syrup and ricotta

Yet another pancake recipe, I know! But… pancakes are still the best way to get my 1-year-old to eat breakfast or elevenses – and are fun to mix, all in one bowl, for my toddler cook.

Also, ricotta is high in protein for a soft cheese, so this recipe is a way to sneak in some extra nutrients. I try to use a variety of flours too, including wholemeal.

But most importantly, these are delicious!

And did I mention that you can easily keep pancakes in the fridge for a picnic snack, or even freeze them? Same as fritters – see my post on those. Or try cinnamon blueberry pancakes if you prefer. Continue reading “Lemon ricotta pancakes”

London RAF Museum

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View through the hangars with a Lancaster bomber looming in the background

The RAF London Museum is a series of huge aircraft hangers stuffed with real planes. If you’ve a small person who’s into planes or helicopters, this would be a great outing. It’s about 10 minutes’ walk from Colindale on the Northern Line, and it’s free.

The whole place is on a huge scale, so there is lots of room for toddlers to run around. There are wide carpeted walkways between and sometimes under the planes, so it’s very buggy-friendly too. It’s made up of several hangars, and although part of the site is currently closed for development we didn’t even get round everything that was open. Continue reading “London RAF Museum”

 Big Spring Skies 

Greenwich Park with moody March sky

The new March mildness and teasing bursts of sunshine have been enough to get me and the kids much more adventurous about being outdoors.

Even the less summery side of the weather (gale force winds, dramatic cloudscapes, the odd hailstorm) has *mostly* added to the fun.
So we’ve been venturing further afield in search of outdoor play whenever we can.

Here are some of the places we’ve enjoyed Spring Skies, if not sunshine… some in London, some a short trip away.

What are your favourite places to get out in the fresh air at this time of year?

1. Greenwich Park

Fantastic children’s playground, loads of beautiful parkland to explore, wonderful view from the top of the hill… Continue reading ” Big Spring Skies “

Tahini and honey flapjacks

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Tahini and honey flapjacks

These were an unexpected delight. Finn and I wanted to bake together while Little B napped. I wanted to make Welsh Cakes, he wanted to make flapjacks, and he won. Because he is 3, and was not going to change his mind just because I showed him enticing pictures of Welsh Cakes on the internet.

BUT, although they are sweet, these flapjacks are refined-sugar-free, packed with protein and calcium, and even Little B likes them. They also taste great with coffee. So I won too, and everyone was happy.

Seriously though, I am always slightly desperately looking for ways to get calories and nutrients into a 1-year-old whose main interest in food is dropping it from a height. So these are a welcome discovery for baby snack or breakfast on-the-crawl.

Flapjacks are a great baking recipe to cook with a toddler because, apart from melting the butter on the stove, they can do almost all of it – helping to weigh, mixing dry ingredients, stirring them into the butter mix and pressing the stuff into a baking tray. Flapjacks are forgiving of very rough quantities (if your toddler tends to eat ingredients as fast as you measure them) and don’t mind being squashed and patted during preparation, in the way a fluffy cake might. Continue reading “Tahini and honey flapjacks”

Christmassy cooking #2: cinnamon blueberry breakfast pancakes

Blueberry and cinnamon pancakes

Here’s another easy recipe that’s fun to make with kids, especially ones who get up ridiculously early and need entertaining before breakfast.

This is our saturday morning favourite, which I have recently christmassed-up by serving with spiced apple and cranberry compote.

The pancakes are refined-sugar-free, and make great finger food for babies while also making everyone else happy.

Um as usual I failed to measure anything ever when I did this, so these measures are guesses – but it doesn’t really matter as you decide on the batter consistency as you gradually add milk. Here’s the rough recipe: Continue reading “Christmassy cooking #2: cinnamon blueberry breakfast pancakes”

More midwinter sensory play: lightboxes

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Lightbox with felt stars

Here’s an easy way to let young children play with fairy lights safely and an interesting platform for collage art too.

Put a set of battery powered fairy lights inside a clear plastic box with a strong lid closure that baby can’t open. Or you could tape the lid shut. You’ll still need to supervise of course , especially if like me you have a baby and an older child who immediately opens the box and starts taking the battery pack apart…

… in which case, a light box for each child worked well for us. Little B enjoyed looking at his, bashing it and rolling it around. I taped the battery pack to the underside of the lid before sealing the box. Continue reading “More midwinter sensory play: lightboxes”