Recently I’ve been forking out a bucket load of cash on dairy free & gluten free breakfast bars. It’s been the easiest go to for me in the mornings when I’m not hungry but I need to power eat for energy while breast feeding.
Needing to be 100% dairy free for bubs reflux issues has proved challenging for on the go snacks.
I whipped these up in under 10 mins, aside from been quick and easy to make they taste amazing and I know it won’t upset bubs tummy.
- 1 1/3 cup Oats
- 1/2 cup Coconut shredded/ flakes
- 1 cup Fruit, Seed and Nuts mix
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Peanut butter (100% peanuts)
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbs Linseed meal
Mix all dry ingredients into a big bowl,
Take nuts out of fruit, seed & nut mix and crush if needed then place back in with dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients together.
Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well with hands, there should be no dry bits in the mixture (add extra oats if too wet)
Line baking paper in your favourite shallow baking dish, or spray with coconut oil.
Use the back of a wooden spoon to flatten mixture evenly across pan.
Place in the middle of oven for 20 mins at 160 degrees for fan forced or until oats are looking golden brown.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Cling wrap squares and keep in the fridge.
Don’t do what I did and smash 4 squares into your mouth as soon as they are made, these a one a day granola bars, too many in one go is a bit rich- it was super yummy though!
Swaddling is not easy, it’s not just making a cute baby burrito, it’s more like wrestling a bag of squirrels.
There are several ways to swaddle, all of them can be found on YouTube with clear instructions on how to do it. I found the best way for me and bubs was to buy a LOVE To Dream swaddle, stops bubs from doing the Houdini out of the swaddle, stops him from smacking himself in the face and waking himself up, plus when they start to want to suck on their hands constantly they still can. All big ticks for my needs.
Now popping bubs in his swaddle is like a sleep cue, this is what happens before sleep time. He’s swaddled, popped on the boob while mummy reads him a story, a decent burping, then into bed.
When this perfect scenario fails (most nights) we bop, sing and soothe till he hits snooze town, then it’s Harrison Ford time – see previous post.
Every tubby bubby is different, some will love been wrapped up, some want arms out & up, others won’t like it at all. Thankfully it’ll only test your patience till they can adequately roll from front to back and back to front, about 4-5 months.
We are somewhere in between with arms up, swaddled tight and rolling over no where in sight. Thank god for my Love to Dream swaddle, at least I can get a 2 -4 hour stint of sleep most nights.
Have your change table 100% stocked at all times, don’t ever think I’ll do the refill of wipes, nappies, spit up towels later- it won’t happen and you’ll be up shit creek, literally.
Buy in bulk your wipes & nappies and do it often, always buy a box of nappies when your supply is half full, better to have an abundance then none.
Nappy bags are not for single use, you can shove 3-4 bad boy nappies in those nifty suckers.
Essential items for the change table:
- Sudo cream
- Nappy bags
- Nappy bin
- Spit up cloth squares
- Cloth nappy (the big square terry towel) this goes ontop of the change table and is washed daily- change table cover washed weekly.
- A toy for when Bub discovers their hands can reach their bits and smere poop on themselves – your welcome.
- Hand sanitizer
- A change of clothes
I was not prepared for how often or how much I get peed on daily at the change table. I guess I’m just not quick enough at dodging the fountain that has coated my walls, floors and even made a splash in the kitchen sink!
You’ll laugh though, every time, at the high pitch squeal you’ll make when you realise it’s happening, at the sailor worthy comments you make as you survey the mess to be cleaned but mostly at the angelic, happy to see your reaction little cherubs face staring back up at you- it’s utter perfection.