*This post is sponsored by Aldi
It’s a typical October weekday morning and incredibly, the boys are still fast asleep. I’ve woken up before my alarm clock today which never usually happens but it’s nice to get a mini-lie in before the chaos unfolds.
Freddie wakes up first and is getting increasingly confident in sitting up in his cot. Thankfully, the 8 month sleep regression only last a week for us so he’s been sleeping through which is brilliant. The first thing I do when he wakes up is to give him a big cuddle and his bottle of milk. Then once he’s drunk that, we go into his big brother’s room where his changing table is (the joys of living in a two-bedroomed terrace!)
We’ve been using Mamia Ultra Dry nappies in size 3 since Freddie was born. They’re soft on his bottom, really absorbent and fit really well. We’ve had no leaks or accidents and have been really pleased with them. The only struggle is changing a wriggly baby boy these days as he doesn’t want to lie still for nappy changes. We’ll be trying out the new Mamia Ultra Dry Easy Pants which now come in size 4 which sound perfect for wriggly bottoms like Freddie. I’m interested to see if they help us combat the nappy change struggle as it’s like wrestling a baby octopus.
We’re also regular users of the Mamia Sensitive baby wipes. I tend to get a couple of big value boxes every time their baby event is on and they’ve been great for us to keep in stock and keep to hand for whenever we need them. We’ve also been using the new Mamia Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes and they’ve been fantastic for around Freddie’s mouth and his sensitive bottom. I’m hopeful they’ll sell the Extra Sensitive baby wipes in bulk at the next baby event too!
Wrestling complete and it’s time for breakfast. Freddie now joins his big brother Olly at the dining table each morning and whilst his milk settles he picks on some dry cereal as I help my husband Shilts prepare and serve breakfast. Freddie has been enjoying the Mamia Organic apple and blueberry breakfast which is a Stage 1 puree, it’s a smooth yoghurt and rice mixture and is always a hit. It comes in a pouch which is resealable so I can give him as much or as little as he fancies.
Every Thursday we usually have a baby class but today it’s cancelled so after the school run, we’re off into town with our friends for an hour of soft play and a catch up. It’s the first time Freddie has been to soft play so it’ll be lovely to see him crawling around and exploring with his little friend.
Soft play went brilliantly. He loved exploring and seeing other children and surprised me as he climbed over the soft rockers, he’s such a little adventurer, much braver than his brother was at the same age. After an hour, it’s time for a nap so to make the most of it, I do a spot of shopping and have a good walk around the shopping centre.
Back home, it’s time for lunch. Freddie loves his food and I’m keen for him to try as many textures, flavours and varieties as possible whilst he’s still young. Today’s lunch consisted of a cheese spread sandwich, cucumber fingers, strawberries and tomato wheels from the Mamia snack range. We’re following the baby led weaning approaching so I give him a plate of food and let him choose what he wants to eat. I can’t guarantee he eats it all and he makes a lot of mess but he seems to enjoy most of it.
Another nappy change and now it’s nap time for an hour (hopefully). As much as I’d love to say I sat down with a cup of coffee and an hour of catch up TV, there’s jobs for me to do and housework to crack on with. This house doesn’t clean itself!
Surprisingly I have to wake Freddie up to go and fetch his big brother from school. All that soft play this morning has wiped him out. We walk to school and back and then it’s time for milk and a snack, his big brother always comes out hungry from school. Freddie has been enjoying the new Mamia Red Burst fruit pouches which are brilliant for mess-free snacking. As much as Freddie loves a strawberry or a piece of banana, he makes so much mess with it. He’s also been enjoying the Mamia apple biscotti, they’re suitable from 8 months and great for little ones who are exploring new textures and flavours with their snacks.
Freddie and his big brother love to play games with each other. Freddie’s just mastered his crawling so it’s been fun watching them play together with Freddie crawling off around the house. Their favourite game has been to knock down the toy cubes; Olly stacks them up and Freddie knocks them down.
After an hours play, it’s dinner time and Freddie is having the same dinner as us; Spaghetti Bolognese. We end up stripping him off as he gets in a right mess with sauce and spaghetti down him. He also loves the new Mamia tray meals which are fantastic for little ones. These include Spaghetti Bolognese, Tomato and Mozzarella Spaghetti or Chicken and Vegetable Risotto. They’re low in salt, no added sugar and contain no additives too!
Freddie goes straight in the bath after dinner, he was covered in his dinner. It’s always a sign of a good meal isn’t it? Freddie loves the bath splashing in the water and playing with the bubbles and his toys. I love that he doesn’t mind getting wet, he doesn’t even mind that he has his hair washed!
All clean and fresh and time for bed. Freddie has his evening bottle and then settles down in his cot for a long night full of sleep (with any luck!) ready for another day tomorrow full of fun and adventure.
Disclosure: We are delighted to be working in partnership with Aldi Mamia this year.