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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Bump N Baby Products

I've been eagerly awaiting starting solids with bubba for months. She's been wanting to try food since about 4 months old. First she would stare intently at us eating, then try and copy us chewing. Soon after she started trying to grab my food off the table or out of my hands. I knew she was ready, but because of her allergies the paediatrician said to wait until 6 months so her belly was more equipt to handle solids. We also had to see the dietitian to go through what foods to avoid and what order to try certain foods in.

We saw the drs about 5 weeks ago now and worked out a plan for solids. I always planned on making her food myself, but after seeing the dietitian it's clear that it's pretty much necessary for me to do this whether I wanted to or not. We have to avoid anything which contains any form of dairy (obviously), any soy, flavourings and anything that states "may contain traces of milk/dairy/soy" or "made on machinery that also processes milk/dairy/soy products". The flavourings surprised me, but apparently most of them are based on milk powder, which I never would have thought before. So, with all those guidelines we can pretty much rule out 99% of the baby food on the market. The only baby food we have used is the Rafferty's garden organic rice cereal. I'm making all the rest, lucky I got a baby food processor at my baby shower.

I know lots of people use ice cube trays to freeze baby food, but there's just something about having my baby's food sitting in the same tray I freeze my ice cubes in that doesn't sit well with me. I think its the fact that I hate peas. I don't want there to be any chance of my ice cubes even remotely tasting like peas. Stupid I know, but I can't get the thought out of my head. I also don't think that ice cube trays are the right size for baby food and they're usually a pain in the bum to get the ice out of. In my search to find a different solution I found the perfect product to help me with my baby food production line. The Mumi & Bubi Solids Starter Kit from Bump N Baby Products is the perfect kit for parents who want to make their own baby food.

The kit includes 2 freezer trays and a step-by-step e-guide that also includes 27 recipes. In total there are 42 pods (ice cubes) so they're perfect for making up big batches in one go. Contrary to popular belief, making homemade baby food doesn't have to involve slaving away each day to prepare meals. I only have to spend one day making baby food and then I'm set for the whole week. It literally only takes about an hour to make up all her food for the week including prep, steaming and blending.

Pumpkin is her favourite
The Mumi & Bubi trays are perfectly designed for baby food. The pods are a half moon shape rather than a traditional ice cube (hence why I refer to them as pods). They have curved bottoms which make it so much easier to get the food out. All I do is run some warm water over the bottom of the tray which helps to loosen the food and then it can be removed by just pushing down on one end of the cube. It literally just slides out. No frustrating twisting of the trays to get them out. The dimple design also makes the trays stackable to save space in the freezer, which is great for us as we have a really small freezer. The pods are also the perfect size for baby food. We started out using only one cube mixed with rice cereal and have now worked up to three cubes per meal. I freeze up a big batch then separate them into meal portions and store them in glad freezer bags. It's so simple.

Our journey has been a little slower than others as we need to try one food at a time for a week to see if she will have an adverse reaction. CMPA babies are more prone to have reactions to other foods that have similar protein structures to milk. Eggs, gluten, corn, beef and chicken are particularly risky. We have been relatively lucky so far with only a minor reaction to avocado and apples. We have successfully tried pumpkin, carrots, peas, cauliflower and zucchini without any reactions. I also have pear and broccoli ready in the freezer for later on.

Pumpkin ready for freezing

Zucchini and apple

Carrot and peas after freezing

I highly recommend the Mumi & Bubi kit for anyone who is planning on making their own baby food. The trays are also BPA free so they're completely safe for storing all kinds of food. Once you're past the baby food stage you can use them to store other things like, left over stock, fruit juice or the most obvious choice, ice cubes. They are also suitable for freezing breast milk.

Bump N Baby Products website

Bump N Baby is an online store specialising in products for pregnancy, nursing, babies and toddlers. Owner Trudy started the business to make life less complicated for expectant and new mums by sharing the useful products she had discovered throughout her own parenting journey. She has tried and tested all of the products that she stocks and is also very conscious of the fact that the budget is tight after having a baby. She offers a range of affordable products that don't compromise on quality. Trudy is very approachable and always available to answer any queries customers have. I was very impressed with the level of customer service she provided.

If you need any prenatal or baby goods, Bump N Baby currently have 30% off store wide until Feb 28th.

Toni xx

Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on my experiences with the product.

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  1. I can relate to the overwhelming task of testing the unknown when it comes to bubs with allergies, my oldest had anaphylaxis to milk, egg, soy and peanut as a baby and the gremlins had CMPI as newborns so when we came to start them on solids it was a real trial and error process.
    Fun fact since your wee one had a reaction to avo - avocado is one of a group of foods known to cause a reaction in people with latex allergy, and if you're allergic to one, you have a higher chance of being allergic to others. I can't remember them all off the top of my head but I know they include corn, banana, kiwifruit, pineapple and mango. Our Mercedes has latex allergy and had issues with banana, corn and mango as a toddler, but seems to be fine now, and my brother has latex allergy and is anaphylactic to pineapple.

    1. I was thinking it could be a latex allergy Emma. I have a feeling pear is also on the list for latex so I'm holding off on it for a while just incase.

    2. :( I hope not, latex allergy bites. Well, all allergies bite, but you don't need any more to worry about!

  2. Wow this takes me back - I used to do big batches and then freeze for when I needed it! Peas were another great hit in my house and sweet potato and also avocado! Enjoy this time, it's so cute letting them try all new foods x

  3. I hope you're prepared for some MESS!!! Hahaha, this is such a fun time and it's so funny watching their facial expressions, especially when they don't like something!! Enjoy. Oh and I hate peas too xxx

  4. Your poor little one with all of those allergies. Were you or your partner like that when you were babies? It must be really hard. This looks like a great kit. We had the baby bullet which was similar.