What is Baby Led Weaning?

Baby Led Weaning (BLW) means letting your baby feed themselves (also known as self-feed) from the start by offering foods that your baby can manage – mainly finger foods. There’s no need for baby food, purees or baby rice. If you want to try:

  • Start of with pieces of everyday food that fit their hand – a largish chip-size piece is a good shape to grip
  • For first foods, steam carrots or sweet potato, cut up broccoli or cauliflower, make toast fingers or cut bits of banana
  • With BLW forget about the idea of three meals – it’s not about amount, it’s about taste
  • If your baby gags, don’t panic, it’s simply a baby’s natural reflex to stop them from choking on food they can’t swallow

 

Returning to Work – Maternity Allowance

If you are returning to work within 9 months of your maternity leave start date, you are entitled to include the 10 days “Keeping in Touch” days before your maternity allowance stops (this assumes that you haven’t worked any “keeping in touch days” during your maternity leave).

For example, if you are returning to work full time on the 1st of August your maternity allowance will only stop once you have worked those 10 days, so your maternity allowance will stop on the 15th of August (the day after 10 days have been worked). Please note that any Bank Holiday’s or annual leave are NOT counted as a work day.

If you want to check that this applies to you if you claim Maternity Allowance, please ring 0800 055 6688 and have your National Insurance number with you.

I would imagine that this would also apply for Statutory Maternity Allowance but I don’t have the details for this. If anyone does, please can you share by adding them into a comment below.

https://www.gov.uk/maternity-allowance/how-to-claim

Pushchair Friendly Walks Near Basingstoke

Review: Alice Holt, Farnham

Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke

Farley Mount – Winchester

  • No toilet facilities
  • Free parking
  • Has an excellent outdoor area for toddlers
  • Farm shop on the way in from Winchester or Waitrose nearby for picnic bits
  • Path’s aren’t distinct but are fairly pushchair friendly
  • See my review of Farley Mount from 2013

Basingstoke Canal – Odiham

  • Castle remains are pretty cool although you can no longer picnic inside it, have to sit outside :-(
  • Path can be quite thin in place but still should still be able to use with an off road buggy.

Frensham Little Pond/Great Pond – Near Farnham

  • Nearest sandy “beach”!

Fleet Pond – Fleet

  • Tiny sandy beach
  • picnic benches
  • jetty’s for feeding the ducks
  • entry road in is a bit hair raising!

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Horndean

Staunton Country Park – Havant

Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton

Other Walks

Aldermaston Common – On the road from Basingstoke to Newbury

  • Several Car Parks around the common

Hook Common – Just off Junction 5 of M3

  • Has big red cows with big horns wandering around and often horses grazing, so if have dogs need to keep control of them.

Yateley Common Country Park – Nr Yately

Newbury Race Course/Watership Down – near Kingsclere, RG28 7NJ

Micheldever Wood

Victoria Park

Medstead Forest – Near to Alton

  • Lovely in spring time when the Bluebells are out

Danebury Iron Age Hillfort – Near Andover