When choosing any co sleeping cot, one that sits aligned to the mattress height of your own bed is essential. With 10 height settings Knuma’s Huddle+ is one of the highest co sleeping cots on the market, ensuring that both baby and parent are safe and comfortable in the night when sleeping. Tall beds tend … Continued
It is Safer Sleep Week in the UK, launched by The Lullaby Trust and partners who aim to reach as many new and expectant parents to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The Trust is dedicated to halving the number of SIDS occurring by 2020 and gives proven advice on how parents and … Continued
At Knuma, we think weaning your baby onto solids is a big and exciting step for mum, dad and baby. You’ll soon get to know what they like to eat and you might get a few new creations for the grown-up menu!
Breast and bottle milk contains all the nutrients your baby needs for the first few months so most parents start weaning (or complimentary feeding) at about six months. The NHS says there are three clear signs you’ll see all together that baby is ready to try solids:
- They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady
- They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves
- They can swallow food – Babies who are not ready will push their food back out with their tongue, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths.
Getting the basics right
One of the first things you’ll discover is just how messy solids can be! Sweet potato puree in the hair, clothes, chair and floor is not easy to clean up, but a good highchair can make a real difference. The Knuma Connect 4-in-1 Highchair is made from stylish beech wood, so not only is it stable for wriggling babies, it’s hardwearing to withstand lots of cleaning.
The Knuma Connect tray is coated in Melamine and is completely flat for easy cleaning in seconds. The machine washable seat cushion is also designed to be hygienic, with no unnecessary creases to trap foodin and a five-point harness that goes over the shoulders and between the legs to keep wriggling to a minimum. What’s more, being a 4-in-1 highchair, Knuma Connect grows with your baby from a full-height highchair to a child’s chair and table, so it rivals other baby furniture like the Stokke Tripp Trapp and the Micuna Ovo and various othersÂ for versatility and longevity.
What will you try first
The good news is, weaning can be much more exciting than baby cereal! By keeping the menu
focused on nutrient-rich foods, you’ll be serving up brightly coloured, naturally tastyÂ foods. And as you both get more adventurous, it’s amazing what herbs and spices you can add, rather than salts and refined sugars.
First foods (you can add a little breast milk or formula to make any of these easier for young babies to eat)
Sweet potatoÂ – babies love their natural sweetness and they’re packed with vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Simply peel, cook and mash the sweet potato into a smooth puree.
AvocadoÂ – rich in unsaturated fat, avocados are great for baby’s brain development. They can be filling so peel and puree them as a side dish.
BananaÂ – babies need carbs to keep their energy levels up and fibre for digestion -Â and ripe, thoroughly mashed bananas are pack full of both.
Although you’re only introducing solids gradually, your baby can become constipated. So keep them well hydrated with water and fruit purees and try making a diluted prune juice.
As your baby’s system gets more used to solids, you can try a whole variety of interesting and tasty baby foods like blueberries, pear, mandarins, butternut squash, lentils, greens, broccoli, meat, carrots, tomatoes and peas. Try these baby recipes:
- Annabel Karmel’s blueberry, pear and banana puree
- Butternut squash risotto for parents and baby
- Lentils with Carrots & Brown Rice, Apples & Pork Lentils and many more lentil recipes
- Super quick courgette, pea and kale puree
- Jamie Oliver’s potato, apple and chicken
- Annabel Karmel’s tomato sauce, butternut squash and red lentils
For older babies aged 10 months plus, try these baby food recipes:
- Minced lamb and pasta
- Heinz’s Shepherd’s pie and peas
- Fish and spinach bake
- Annabel Karmel’s Lovely Rice Pudding
For three dads from Leeds, this has been an incredible month! The Knuma Connect 4-in-1 Highchair is not only exhibiting for the very first time at a lifestyle exhibition in Tokyo, but Knuma Connect has also launched in Taiwan too! It’s a huge delight to everyone at Knuma that this 4-stage adjustable highchair is proving such a hit in Asia.
Connecting with parents in Taiwan
One renowned Taiwanese blogger and photographer, known as Max, is really singing the praises of the Knuma Connect. Rather than focusing on the aesthetics of this stylish piece of baby furniture as many of us do in the UK, this blogger was really impressed by the safety features of the Connect and how easy it was to assemble at every stage.
Max loves how versatile the Knuma Connect is saying “it’s a comfortable child’s table and chair. What’s more, it can be used as a dinner table and chair, where the child can have meals on their own or with parents.” He goes on to say that having just decorated his home in the Muji style, he loves how well the highchair fits in.
“It’s both good-looking and safe”
Max is also really impressed by the well-designed safety features of the Knuma Connect. “At the bottom of the chair legs and the table legs, there are white non-slip feet stopping the chair sliding and leaning forward. There are two grooves at the bottom of each chair frame, which fix the table top in place. In addition, there are safety studs fixing the footrest in place.” He says “the Knuma Connect 4-in-1 Highchair is like a custom-made product as its dimensions are quite suitable for Ray”
Max finishes his article saying that “The designs of children’s products become meaningful when children rely on the products entirely, and love them strongly. This is because children are straightforward and honest. If they like it, they are happy and willing to use it. Otherwise, they don’t use it at all.” So it’s great to hear that Ray (his 2 year old) didn’t want to leave the highchair and that he rushes to the table and enjoys playing building blocks on it!
If you’re a new dad or a dad-to-be you’ll be all too aware that the first six weeks are the most exhausting with your baby’s lack of sleep and for mum and you desperate for forty winks. But it does provide hilarious moments for the rest of us watching dads fall asleep in the most random places!
With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to help one lucky dad or dad-to-be get some more sleep. So we’ve teamed up with the brilliant Dad Network to give away a Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib. It may not be hi-tech, but it’s an essential piece of kit. Just by dropping one side of the crib down, you or mum can sleep next to your baby so that you can feed and comfort your newborn without the hazards of co-sleeping in the same bed. Dad Network awarded it Gold in the Dad Rated Product Awards 2015.
All dads need to do for a chance of winning is enter at The Dad Network here
Winning tips even if you’re not our lucky winner
You’ll probably have a lot of parents sugar-coating the sleep issue for you. Being dads of toddlers ourselves, we thought we’d share a little wisdom and encouragement with you instead.
On average parents get just 5.1 hours of sleep a night in the first year of their baby’s life. Research says you need 6+ hours a night to be refreshed and functioning efficiently, so it’s normal to feel the effects of sleep deprivation on your memory, temper, mood, energy levels and appetite. If you operate machinery or do a lot of driving, please be careful and take this New South Wales ‘Test Your Tired Self’ test.
Try shift sleeping. Let mum do a feed and then go to bed about 8 -Â 9pm whilst you stay downstairs with baby. Do an evening feed and then go up to bed with baby about midnight and let mum do the next feed. That way mum is getting the chance of undisturbed sleep and you hopefully will later on.
On the up side, baby’s sleep patterns do change with their development stages, so if they’re a bad sleeper now, there is the chance that this will change as they develop. One major turning point is often around 12 weeks as they start to develop their day and night rhythm. By about 3 to 5 months most babies have learned to sleep for 5 hours at night.
And last but not least, remember that time flies. So even if you can’t see the light at the end of the sleep deprived tunnel at the moment, your newborn will grow up and you will get more sleep soon!
Competition opens Tuesday 7th June and closes Wednesday 16th June at 00.59pm. Winners will be announced Friday 18th June. Knuma reserves the right to amend or cancel this competition at any time for any reason. Knuma’s decision in all matters will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.Â The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be provided. Open to residents in the UK only.
It may not feel like it, but newborns usually sleep between 16 and 20 hours a day. But having just a 40 minute sleep cycle and tiny stomachs that need food every 3-5 hours, sleep can feel much more elusive than 16 hours, especially at night.
Just like adults, every baby is different and what sends one baby off to sleep doesn’t necessarily help your baby sleep. Whatever methods you try, establishing a good routine is key – how strict this needs to be is up to you. As baby doesn’t recognise day and night until they’re around 4 months old, these tips are about creating predictable signals for your little one to signify bed time.
Daytime routine is as important as night
One popular article, “Teach your baby to sleep (in just 7 days)”Â by Stephanie Wood in Parent Magazine, really focuses on making stark differences between day and evening routines so your baby understands the difference quicker. During the day it suggests:
- putting your baby’s crib by the window with the blinds up at nap time
- making feeds active and fun by tickling baby’s feet and singing along.
Winding down for sleepy-time
As 7pm approaches, start baby’s night time routine by dimming the lights and being less playful with them. Avoid noisy distractions like answering the phone, playing with musical toys, and if you can, ask guests to leave. Try and keep this pattern the same every night to establish a clear signal to baby that this is the lead up to bedtime.
- running baby a warm bath
- putting on their pyjamas and settling down for a feed in a comfy chair
- loosely swaddling, depending on your views
- using a soft voice to read a simple bedtime story or sing a soothing lullaby
- adding white noise from a fan or radio static to mimic the womb
- enjoy a ‘night-night’ cuddle
- settling them in a bedside crib, such as the award-winning Knuma Huddle
Now whether you leave the room and let them self-settle or bring the cot into your room is up to you. It’s important for babies to learn to self-settle early on, but many parents find they sleep better knowing their newborn is close by.
You’ll find that bedside cribs (or co-sleeping cribs) are becoming ever-more popular. On the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib, you can have the cot-side down to comfort baby and night feed in bed, but without sharing a bed. When the side is up on the Knuma Huddle you enjoy peace of mind knowing that baby is protected from you rolling in the night, they’re cooler in their own sheets and well away from your pillows and duvet.
There’s so much to worry about doing right with your first newborn, so luckily most bonding techniques will come very naturally to both mum and dad.
You can imagine that coming from the womb into the big wide world could be quite a shock for baby, so by re-establishing that safe parental bond as soon as possible you can really help soothe and settle your baby. By stimulating all five of baby’s senses with bonding, mum and dad will also help with feeding, sleeping and growing their newborn’s understanding of the world.
Proven baby bonding tips for you both to enjoy
Skin-to-skin contactÂ – this is probably the easiest and most instinctive bonding technique for both mum and dad. Simply lay your baby on your bare chest so they can feel and smell you. On mums, baby will very quickly start to ‘breast crawl’ towards the nipple to try and feed.
TalkingÂ – Your baby is likely to already recognise both mum and dad’s voices from being in the womb. So talking to them often will help to reassure them and also teach them about the world.
Eye-to-eye contact –Â Baby’s vision is limited to about 30cm when they’re first born, so holding your baby really close to your face when feeding is a great way to help them recognise both their mum and dad’s faces.
Nappy changingÂ – You’ll be doing this a lot! So this time can be made into a great bonding experience by talking to baby to soothe them and build their understanding of the world.
Attempting to breastfeedÂ – Whether successful or not, this is a key part of bonding for mum and baby because it gives you another chance to enjoy skin-to-skin contact and talking to baby. If you invest in a bedside cot you can continue this bonding through the night by dream feeding. The Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside cribÂ allows you to drop down one side so you can co-sleep and feed, by breast or bottle -Â without disturbing your baby too much.
This stylish baby furniture isn’t just an award-winning bedside crib, the Knuma Huddle will soon become your baby’s stand alone crib and daytime bassinet. As your baby grows, so does the Huddle, into a child’s desk and bench.
Baby showers have become so popular in recent years that, love them or hate them, most women (and even some men) will probably find themselves at one some Saturday afternoon.
They started as a way of celebrating new life and for nervous mums-to-be to gain parenting tips from mums in the community. Amongst friends they shared their wisdom on everything from giving birth to settling their baby at night and weaning their baby.
Today, a baby shower is a great excuse to have a party! Of course parenting tips are still shared, but now female friends and family get to play games, eat cake and shower mum-to-be with gifts.
If you’re not a mum yourself it can be difficult to know what to buy for a present. Baby showers are normally held in the last trimester of the pregnancy so mum probably already has drawers full of pink, blue or yellow outfits, the nursery-to-be has been cleared out (maybe even decorated) and lots of books, apps and websites have been read by mum. But there are still lots of practical stuff you could get. Of course, all mums are different, but here are our top baby shower gift suggestions:
A box of handy baby essentials like baby shampoo, bibs, nappy sacks, nappies, wipes, baby oil and cotton buds. Experienced mums have their favourite brands and can add those products that first time mums wouldn’t have thought of like a thermometer, baby nail clippers and bath emollient.
Handmade ‘promise’ vouchers offering to do things like cook the family dinner one night, baby sit for their first night out, get on top of the ironing, do the hoovering. New mums are sure to appreciate these simple gestures.
Beauty vouchers for a hair cut, pedicure or facial could lift mum’s spirits in the last few weeks of pregnancy, after all, it could be a good few months before she gets time to do these beauty things after baby is born! You could make it even more of a treat by choosing a beautician who can visit the mum-to-be’s home.
A stylish but practical changing bag can really make those early days out easier. For new mums who have always treated themselves to beautiful bags and shoes, this can be a really thoughtful gift. Of course, you can also fill it with nappies, nappy cream, spare clothes and bibs.
Gift voucher for the new parents’ first night out together (along with the promise of babysitting!). Choose a lovely restaurant for them to look forward to and book when they feel ready.
Photo session with a local photographer to capture those precious first months and early years with mum and dad.
Larger sized baby clothes can be a surprisingly appreciated baby shower gift. Often new mums excitedly buy the tiny outfits, but having a stock of outfits for all seasons and the first 12 months will help mum along for longer.
Email everyone on the baby shower invite list and ask them to club together for a piece of modern Knuma baby furniture. Both the Knuma Connect and Knuma Huddle grow with baby so the new parents will be reminded of your kind gift for years to come.
The Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib lets mum safely co-sleep next to baby so she can easily feed and comfort the little one through the night. In later months this award winning bedside crib can become a standalone crib or a removable bassinet for daytime naps. Then as the child grows so does the Knuma Huddle, to become a child’s desk and bench.[caption id="attachment_464" align="aligncenter" width="416"] Award-winning Knuma Huddle and Connect[/caption]
If the new parents already have a bedside cot, a Knuma Connect 4-in-1 highchair is a modern and stylish piece of baby furniture that not only helps with weaning baby, but transforms into an easy clean highchair and later a child’s table and chair.
Often mothers are eager and enthusiastic to start giving their babies food other than breast milk or formula. When to wean depends on the individual baby, but as they reach four-six months your little one will be sitting up, or trying to, and will be ready to start eating ‘real’ food. It’s a really important step in their development, and it can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures together.
When it is time to wean your baby the question new mums ask is “what food do I wean my baby with?”
There are two different ways to approach weaning:
- Making purÃ©ed fruits and vegetables and spooning them into your baby’s mouth
Blending soft fruits and vegetable in a blender or mashing them with a potato masher, so that they can easily be spoon-fed to your baby. This is about getting the hang of eating and swallowing from a spoon.
- Baby led weaning
Putting small pieces of food in front of your baby and letting them feed themselves. At first, most of the food will end up on the floor (or elsewhere), but slowly your child will figure out how to get the food in their mouth. All that baby-led weaning technically “requires” is a washable high chair and a high tolerance for mess. No blenders, no baby spoons, no plastic plates.
Whichever way you decide to do it (you may decide to swap between the two) here is a list of foods that are easy on your baby’s little tummy and make a great weaning option:
Rice and Oatmeal cereals are the least of the allergenic grains and thus most babies are started out with those cereals. You don’t have to start with cereal -Â you could try avocado instead or banana.
May be served raw after 8 months old or earlier if the fruits are soft and your baby does not have digestion troubles -Â bananas and avocados do not need to be cooked before you give them to your baby.
Always serve cooked until after 12 months old or when baby can chew well enough so that they do not choke.
Breast milk and formula can still be given to you baby whilst weaning, they may still like the comfort that is brings or it can be used when you don’t have time for a proper meal. Do not replace breast milk or formula with cows until after 12 months of age -Â serious health risks are possible. Never give a child under the age of 2yrs old low fat or skim milk products; whole milk is necessary.
Remember your baby was only on breastfeed or formula for the first few months, now that you have introduced other food items, water is a necessity. It will help keep your baby hydrated, clean the systems and aid digestion too.
When you do start weaning remember there will be mess, have the bibs at the ready and with the Knuma Connect, which has just been awarded 5 stars by project baby magazine, cleaning up is easy with our easy to clean hardwearing surfaces, making your life easier.
There are numerous sites that can help answer many questions when it comes to weaning your little one for example:Â NHS. Many, such as this Cow & Gate blogÂ will help you put together a plan for your baby and suggest recipes you might like to try.
All this may lead you to ask, ‘What’s the best highchair for baby weaning?’. We’ve talked a lot in our recent blogs of the benefits of the multifunctional Knuma Connect 4-in-1 highchair and how it can be an integral part of your journey from your baby’s first taste of solids when weaning your baby, all the way through to your child sitting at their own table and chair to feeding themselves. And certainly, for important factors such as durability, ease of cleaning, flexibility and of course, comfort, you’ll find the Connect highchair comes up trumps.
If you need further help and advice speak to a health professional.
Source:Â Wholesome Baby Food
As a new parent you are bound to obsess over how much sleep your baby needs. Is your baby sleeping enough? Should I calculate their naptime more meticulously? Should I be concerned that he/she doesn’t sleep through the night?
Coming up with a soothing nightly routine, setting an appropriate bedtime, and putting your baby to bed drowsy (but awake) all set the stage for helping your baby get enough sleep at night. When baby rouses after dark, keep the lights dim, speak softly, and minimise your interaction so that he/she doesn’t fully wake up.
Schedule your baby’s naps and meals at the same times each day to get them used to being in a routine. This predictability helps them stay calm and happy, which makes it easier for baby to settle down to sleep.
All children are different but here’s a rough guide to how much sleep your little one should be getting:
Zero to six months: This is the most peaceful and restful phase in a child’s life. Your baby should be sleeping anywhere between 16 to 20 hours a day. However, this varies from one baby to another. This might not be a single stretch, and your baby will wake up often for a feed that can be either after two to three hours or even less.
One way to make bedtimes easier and to improve the quality of your sleep is to use a bedside crib such as the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1, voted by Mother & Baby as theirÂ favourite bedside crib 2016, beating the likes of the Snuzpod Crib and the Chicco Next2Me bedside crib.
Keep your baby close by your side in their own defined space for the first six months with the Huddle, which allows you to comfort and feed your baby throughout the night with ease and peace of mind. You do’t even need to get out of bed, which will help you get the important sleep you need as a new parent too.
The multi-functional Huddle can also be used as a stand-alone crib and has a removable bassinet, which is perfect for daytime naps around the home.
Read more about the innovative Knuma Huddle and the ups and downs of sleeping with your baby here.
6 to 12 months: As your baby grows older, they start discovering the world around him/her. Sleep time could be anywhere between 12 to 15 hours, with a nap of around three hours in the afternoon.
1 to 3 years: There is more activity in your toddler’s life than just lying down and sleep. However, on an average, they might sleep for 13 hours with a two to three-hour long nap in between.
3 to 5 years: Of course, this is the age where your child gets busier, social and active. While that is a normal path of development, sleep is also essential. A minimum of 12 hours of sleep is required for this age.
5 to 10 years and beyond: As your child grows, their sleep time can reduce, but make sure that all through their primary schooling, they get a minimum of 10 and maximum of 12 hours of sleep in a day.
Source: The health Site.