Baby products, Child development, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday – Embrace the mess!

A couple of weeks ago something just clicked. Samuel had started refusing food, especially anything taken off a spoon. Weatabix and yogurt that he had once loved he was now turning his nose up at. Then one day I just left the spoon on the table and Samuel grabbed it and put it to his mouth. I placed the bowl in front of him and he began to attempt to scoop out the food using the spoon and put it to his mouth. 

By the end of the meal there was food everywhere with Samuel using his hand to scoop and then licking it off. But he had eaten it and he enjoyed it. The next meal we did the same, gave a spoon to Samuel and placed the bowl in front of him. Again lots of mess but the food was being mostly eaten. 

Now we just give Samuel his food and let him get on with it. We don’t interfere and weatabix and yogurt are back on the menu. Yes it can get messy but let’s embrace the mess. Who said having children was a clean job anyway!

Early Years

New Funiture 😊

An exciting delivery arrived at school on Friday! Our lovely new furniture from Early Excellence. We have been keen to change the units for a while as the old ones were not really suitable for nursery aged children and in my excitement we managed to swap them all over that same evening. And what a difference it has made not only to the environment but to the engagement of the children. In particular the small world play has become more focused and the children have found a new love for it.  

   

The resources are displayed so everything is clear for the children to see and the photographs make tidy time a breeze. 

Another hit has been the home corner. We already had a dressing up trolley but felt that it just encouraged the children to throw things in it and this made it difficult for others to see what we had.  

 

As you can see this one is much more organised and again much easier for the children at tidy time. 

We have also had a new easel delivered with a useful storage space in the top (out of reach of little hands) and space for paper underneath. Another benefit was the wide shelf which is perfect for allowing children to mix their own powder paints.  

 

One of our new shelf units has a lovely big mirror on the back and this evening I set up a dinosaur themed dig, with paint brushes and magnifying glasses. The children can then sort what they uncover and begin to order them by size.  

   

I am looking forward to seeing how the children use it as well as their reaction when they come in.