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Enjoying the British sunshine with your little one

Top tips to get babies shining when out and about this summer!  

 

  • Parenting expert and Ella’s Kitchen reveal top tips to help little ones explore the world around them
  • Advice addresses the common issues parents face when being ‘on the go’ with little ones, particularly when weaning

 

With Britain experiencing one of its best summers in recent years, there is no better time than now to take little ones out and about to enjoy some fun in the sunshine, experience the wonders of the outdoors and make family memories. According to new research from leading baby food brand Ella’s Kitchen, 96% of British parents believe taking their little ones out and about to be an invaluable experience, and 93% percent attest it leads to creating cherished family memories.

 

Whether a mini journey to the local park, or a bigger adventure to the countryside or overseas, taking kids out of the home and into different surroundings gets them used to adapting to new environments, allows them to explore new sights, sounds and smells, and cues plenty of smiles and giggles!   

 

Notwithstanding the positives, being on the go with littles ones can come with its challenges, with the research revealing half of British parents (51%) have expressed feelings of stress, worry or anxiety about being on-the-go with their children. This is understandably made even more difficult when the child is weaning, with over a quarter (27%) of British parents admitting to not leaving the house for up to three consecutive days during this time.

 

With over half of parents (53%) saying that being stuck in the house with a baby is one of the hardest parts of parenting, Ella’s Kitchen is determined to help parents feel more confident when taking their little ones out and ensure the experience is fun and enjoyable!

 

Working with parenting coach Sue Atkins, and infant nutritionist Claire Baseley, they’ve created top tips to help make the experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

 

  1. Engage your little one’s senses: When out and about with your little one, it is likely they’ll become restless at points. When this happens, try engaging all their senses to keep them busy and happy. Take a look at your surroundings to see if there is something you can make use of to spark their imagination while giving them the opportunity to learn about the world. For instance, point out the colours of cars, sounds of dogs barking and smells like when passing a bakery or garden.  Complementing this, give them a toy they have not used in a while, and for bigger kids, let them choose a toy to bring.

 

  1. Bring a few familiar faces along with you: Having a disgruntled little one whilst cooped up in transport is no fun for anyone. Try taping brightly-coloured pictures of toys and even photographs of your family’s faces on the back of the seat or the surface that your baby will be facing during the trip to keep them engaged. You could even bring a special photo book made at home for your little one of things they love and will be happy seeing, such as pictures of pets, family, friends and their favourite things.

 

  1. Yummy and simple meals on holiday: There are lots of simple meals you can make in a hotel room with a combination of foods you can bring from home or source abroad. Cous cous can be made with boiling water from the kettle and then mashed with avocado and a little tuna that you can buy at your destination. You can boil eggs in a kettle to make hard boiled eggs, and most hotels and restaurants will be able to provide cooked vegetables, omelettes, toast or bread, boiled potatoes, hummus and pieces of fruit, which are all great options for little ones.
  • Keep calm and stay hydrated: If you are travelling on holiday for a bit of sunshine or just out in the sun in the UK, remember your baby’s appetite naturally decreases in a hotter climate. When weaning, you do not need to worry if your baby's solid food intake decreases a little bit during this time. The important thing to make sure is that they are drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t need to offer water separately, but you might want to feed more often. If you’re bottle feeding, offer cooled boiled water on top of your little one’s usual milk.

 

  1. Tickle tiny taste buds when you’re out and about: Traveling and simply being out and about does not need to throw your weaning journey off course. Make it a super smooth and enjoyable trip out by packing a scrummy selection of snacks and baby food for your little one.  
  • Food pouches: For outings longer than a few hours, avoid uncontrollable fussiness by packing their favourite baby food pouches. They are less likely to shy away from flavours they have a track record of loving and the bonus for you is pouches are easy to pack and carry around! 
  • Finger foods: Finger foods are brilliant for practicing hand-eye coordination. By getting hands on with their food, little ones can learn how to feed themselves and have fun at the same time! They’re also super easy to take out and about with you, whether they’re yummy snacks like Ella’s Kitchen Melty Sticks or homemade goodies like cooked, cooled vegetable sticks such as carrot or broccoli or sticks of soft fruit like banana or melon in lidded pots

Parenting Coach, Sue Atkins, commented: “Getting out and about doesn’t need to be a cause for concern, and can in fact be a great way for parents to bond with their children. It is also very important for the child’s development, with popular research showing that children come to know the world and their place in it through socialising and getting out and about in the real world.

 

“Preparation and practice are both important in helping parents build their confidence when leaving the house with young children – and remember don’t put yourself under too much pressure, it’s ok if you forget something or don’t make it further than the park!”

 

Kim Gelling, Marketing Director Ella’s Kitchen, commented: “At Ella’s Kitchen, we’re always looking at how we can support families and make it easier for little ones to develop healthy relationships with food. For us, this comes down to helping every little one enjoy good food by engaging all their senses. Being out and about with their parents is integral to this because youngsters get to experience new sights, sounds and smells and together with enjoying food that they taste and feel, it becomes an exciting, multi-sensorial world for them to explore”.

 

For further information on weaning visit www.ellaskitchen.co.uk

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