As a qualified teacher, mum, parenting coach and all-round Early Years expert, Sophie has a wealth of practical, real life experience to share with parents.
As a mum of two and a registered GP, Stephanie has seen more than her fair share of little ones! She has lots of practical tips and professional know-how on hand to help parents.
Laura is our nutrition whizz – bringing her expert advice and experience from working with chefs, schools and nurseries to the Kiddylicious expert panel.
When you’re getting ready for days out, I like to prepare in advance and there have been times where we’ve done it last minute in the morning and you think, I should have done this the night before. Trying to set everything out the night before just makes the next day a lot easier.
I think also that when you’re going out, whether it’s a picnic or a day out, it’s great to have lots of ‘picky’ things. Handheld foods that can be shared, little pots of plain yoghurt, plastic boxes full of chopped up veggie sticks and anything that you can prepare, such as mini pizzas, sandwich fingers and things like that.
Boiled eggs are a good one. I’ll often put some on for the next day while I’m making tea. You can keep them up to a week in the fridge. Crinkle cutters are great to use for prepping bits and pieces for weaning babies because they make slippery things easier to grasp.
It’s nice to prepare lots of different ‘picky’ things. If you’re going for a walk, you can stop and have a little snack, then stop at a later point and have another. If you offer little portions, it can sometimes be easier. You can get reusable plastic bags that you can wash and beeswax paper, to avoid plastic waste and we have baby-sized snack cups with a silicone top. They can help themselves and it takes a bit longer to eat things from the pots, which keeps them occupied.
I don’t think you necessarily need to have baby-specific equipment at the beginning. When they are toddlers, it’s nice for them to have ownership over their stuff but at the beginning, you can use whatever you’ve got at home. It’s a big area in terms of marketing and parents will spend a lot of money on it but you don’t have to go and buy specific things for kids.
We like bento boxes as well because it’s so nice to be able to portion things out and then again, there’s no plastic waste. When you close the lid, everything’s sealed, so you can even add a sliced banana and it doesn’t oxidize. I get asked a lot about cups – what kind of cups are best for babies to use? From a developmental point of view and a dental point of view, we should be teaching kids to drink from an open cup as soon as possible.