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Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate

As a mom of three, I have to say that weaning is definitely one of my favourite stages of our childrens’ lives so far. It’s a time to taste new flavours, see new colours and feel new textures. It’s just a beautiful time of exploration for the little ones, and I am honoured to be able to see it happen first hand. Of course during this stage, our children are perfecting their motor skills, and slowly figuring out exactly what eating entails, so messes and spills are expected. With that said, every so often, there comes a time where a product comes out on the market that helps make our lives as parents just a little bit easier. This is where this new plate by Nuby comes in.

The plate I am referring to is the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate. It’s made of 100% silicone, and suctions to most flat surfaces, making it harder for children to pick up the plate or tip it over. We have an adorable and energetic little girl who uses the “pick it up and chuck it” technique to let us know she has completed a meal. Our middle child used to do the same thing, and while it can be cute to see the look of satisfaction on their faces, cleaning up the mess is not always as amusing. These suction plates make it a little harder for children to pick up, which means I have the pleasure of being able to blink without fear of her making a swift move and making a huge mess.

My Favourite Features:
•They are made from 100% silicone, which is BPA free, and a lot safer for our children than plastic plates. Many parents are shying away from plastic tableware because toxic chemicals can leach into the food. That is a scary thought.
•The material is also microwave and dishwasher safe. So you’re free to reheat your child’s food without worry.
•They stick to the table and high chair! If you pick it up from a corner, it comes right up. Our baby girl is a year old, tugs at the sections of the plate, and has no success in flipping it over. I can’t count how many possible messes I have avoided cleaning.
•Separate compartments on one plate allow you to serve multiple items without them touching.

Additional Thoughts & Observations:
The plate does not fit the tray for baby’s high chair. I would love to see a slightly smaller model of plates. In the meantime, if you have the same issue, you can strap baby in the high chair, and push the chair to the table to eat with the adults. You can see from the images above that she’s still slightly short for the table, but she reaches her food fine and enjoys eating at the table with her older siblings.

Another thing I noticed is that if the flat surface of the plate is the slightest bit oily, it will not stick half as well. Be sure to wash it well, be it through the dishwasher or by hand. Also take note that it fits MOST surfaces, and I say that because I have seen one or two reviews stating that it didn’t actually stick to someone’s table. We have a wooden table, and a glass table, and our plate sticks firmly to both with no problems at all. Overall I am happy with our suction plate by Nuby, and our children approve of it as well!

Purchase yours at Sears Canada and Canada’s Baby Store:
http://www.canadasbabystore.com/en/search/Nuby%20Sure%20Grip/brand/n%C3%BBby

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*****I have received a sample for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Sweet Potato & Mushrooms on the go

Baked sweet potato mixed with cooked mushrooms, dragon fruit, blueberries, kiwi and pumped mommy’s milk to drink. We still nurse full time, but we have a bit of a milk stash in our freezer, so I offer it to her in a sippy cup just give us a little break.

Bus platter Innobaby
Stainless cutlery Kiddo Bloom
Stainless cup SipSnap
Silicone universal top SipSnap
Straw SipSnap

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Salad, Dragon Fruit and More!

I took more photos than usual on this day because that head band looked so darn cute on her! Plus, she’s now a year old (wow!!!) and I find myself just watching in aww.

Her plate contained apricot, dragon fruit, strawberries, grapes, salad (lettuce, onion, black sliced olives, ground flax sprinkled on top and pink hummus). You’d be really surprised at what a child can consume without teeth. They have strong gums (ever been bitten by a gummy child?), and I believe our daughter breaks food down with her saliva by sucking on it before chewing. She definitely does that with apple slices quite frequently.

For this plate, she chewed the lettuce and spit it out, then ate small portions of everything else. Normally she wouldn’t finish a plate this big, plus we nurse before she has solids. But I like to offer a variety, and lots of it. They’re more likely to try new things voluntarily this way (our kids at least).

Silicone plate and spoon are by Oogaa

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Avocado & Mango

Ingredients:
1 Mango
2 avocados
2oz pumped breastmilk or cashew milk

Instructions:
Blend ingredients and serve immediately, as avocado may turn brown once it has been in contact with the air for too long. It’ll still be safe to eat, but this process changes the flavour slightly. I froze the remaining portions in my silicone @KiddoFeedo tray.

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Chicco Canada TravelSeat Hook-On Chair

The weaning stage can be such a fun time for children. It’s a milestone in a child’s life that includes the exercising of motor skills, and exploring a new world of flavours and textures with their senses. Weaning is not a stage that is restricted to the home, as some families enjoy eating out, going on picnics and visiting family. In those cases, it can be a hassle to have baby on your lap. Some restaurants and homes have high chairs to accommodate, but to be honest, the combination of germs and my desire to not inconvenience anyone gets in the way. I prefer to bring my own items to do what I need to do when it comes to the kids.

That is where the Chicco TravelSeat comes in. When we travelled to see family and friends in summer, I often brought along our standard travel seat. While it is easy to use at home, it’s bulky and a hassle to carry around. When I first saw the Chicco TravelSeat, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not only is it compact, but it’s sturdy and strong.

Pros:
•Portable: It’s called a travel seat, so the product name is pretty self explanatory. What I mean by this is not just the fact that you can take it apart and bring it to another location. It fits a wide range of household and restaurant tables as well as park benches
•The 3-point harness allows your child to sit safely in the chair during meal time. Our baby girl is pretty active when she eats. The fact that I can strap her in means less worrying for me, and more safe eating for her. Mind you, children should always be supervised while eating,
•Rubberised Arms: Don’t be shy to take these to a restaurant or a friend’s house. The rubberised arms are designed to fit most tables without scratching them.
•Compact: I can’t stress how useful this feature is. I am a mother with three children and only two hands, so being able to reduce a high chair to a single lightweight bag that I can throw over my shoulders means more room for me to grab a child or two, plus my diaper bag.

Cons:
I don’t have any cons about this product, so I had to browse other product reviews to see what people were saying (I’m a huge snoop!). A few people said they found the seat hard to clean, so I will give my take on that. To anyone who has had this issue or thinks this may be a problem, let me share two tips. First of all, the seat is removable. See the snaps on the side? Yep, those ones! You can (very easily and quickly) remove the padded seat and toss it in the machine for a quick cycle. The other tip I will share is that I often cover mine with a seat cover. Brands like Sproutshell make multiuse covers that you can place over your chair to protect it. In this way, you can preserve the seat for a longer period of time, and not have to worry about running it through the wash too often.

Chicco Canada TravelSeat with seat cover

Chicco Canada
Purchase: http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=33602876
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Website: http://www.chicco.ca/

***I have received a sample for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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