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