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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: Views & Ramblings

  1. Baby Led Weaning or Baby Food Wearing?

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    The advice on weaning changes from year to year, when my eldest daughter was 16 weeks old, I was advised to give her baby rice and porridge however with my youngest, I have been told not to give her anything but milk until she was 6 months old.  

    7 years ago, I recall standing for hours pureeing foods and freezing it in little pots, only to find most of it spat back out at mealtimes (I am sure this is no reflection of my cooking) whereas now, we are advised to give babies anything they can feed themselves. There have been reports by the NHS that spoon feeding make babies fatter but the research seems to be in its infancy, so once again mothers are left wondering if what they are doing is right. Here is a snapshot of the findings:

    The general trend in results was as follows:

    • Carbohydrates were the most popular food category for the baby-led weaning group, who liked carbohydrates more than the spoon-fed group.
    • Sweet foods were most liked by the spoon-fed group.
    • Preference and frequency of consumption were not influenced by socioeconomic status, although an increased liking for vegetables was associated with a higher social class.
    • Using NHS BMI guidelines, eight children in the spoon-fed group were obese (12.7%) compared to none in the baby-led group. However, nine children in the baby-led weaning group (14.3%) were overweight compared to two in the spoon-fed group (3.2%).
    • Three children in the baby-led weaning group were classed as underweight (4.7%) compared to none in the spoon-fed group.
    • No difference in picky eating was found between the two groups.

    In all honesty, I have found weaning a more enjoyable experience, rather than the one I endured 7 years ago, the little one is definately more receptive to foods at 6 months than my eldest ever was at 4 momths. So we have had great fun with banana, cheese, toast and cucumber, not forgetting the (apparently yummy) rice cakes.  We do spoon feed with our breakfast, I am not entirely sure I would trust her with porridge at the moment, although after a sneeze the other morning, it was more like baby food wearing than baby led weaning!

    There are lots of books about Baby Led Weaning (we are not endorsing any particular one here) or find out another mums perspective on baby led weaning in this great post over on Pink Oddy's blog.

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  2. Kids Holiday Hotspots

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    You know we love children and we are also quite partial to our friends over at, so we are delighted to share this short guest post from Charlotte McColloch ..... get ready for a giggle!

    It’s widely known that kids say the funniest things and when we invited a selection of 4 to 9 year olds to discuss their views on holidays it was no exception. Watch the below video to see what they had to say when TravelSupermarket’s resident travel expert, Bob Atkinson asked them their views on topics ranging from their favourite holiday destination to how much they think a family holiday to Spain would cost.

    If these adorable descriptions of family holidays inspire you to take a break this year, TravelSupermarket has great deals to help make your trip that bit more affordable from cheap flights to all inclusive deals. Thankfully a break doesn’t have to cost as much as some of our mini travel experts think!

  3. Maximum chocolate and minimum self control

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    Happy Easter!

    Today is Easter Sunday and a day to celebrate. Its only the second day of the year that shops are closed and families actually have the time to spend together without thinking that they could be somewhere else. It also obviously means that in the run up to Easter Sunday, everyone panic buys food because the shops are closed for one whole day.

    As a child I loved Easter and I remember having chocolate eggs in the fridge till at least June but as a parent now, I inwardly groan at the mere sight of the ever increasing chocolate egg mountain.

    Dont get me wrong, I love that we have so many generous friends and family who want to buy for our children at Easter time but I am something of a mean mommy and I have to admit to "sharing" the childrens chocolate. I am thinking of the childrens teeth (obviously) when I should actually be thinking of my own waistime (clearly).

    So my challenge for next Easter is to find alternatives to chocolate for Easter gifts .... or should I simply just learn some self control??


  4. Tears before bedtime

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    Tonight we have had tears at bedtime. We are not talking about the well known book or the Elvis Costello song, no we have had tears, in stereo I might add, from the 7 month year old and the nearly 7 year old. (my lovely other half stood on the landing between the two rooms pretending to "conduct" the chorus of cries!)

    The little one just simply didnt want to go to sleep and the big one wanted to snuggle in my bed and watch her new favourite show, The Voice, before going to sleep. Usually I would give in as its the weekend but today my patience has been tested by not being listened to over and over and over again. I am generally quite laid back and like to think of myself as firm but fair but I also dont want to suddenly wake up one day and realise that one is 17 and one is 11 years old and they still dont listen to me. So tonight we have had tough love, early to bed, no programmes, no chatting - just bed.

    TearsHigh drama ensued .... of course!

    So I am sitting here, not watching The Voice (as I will undoubtedly let her watch it on demand in the morning and I dont want to watch it twice) and I am resolute that she needs to learn but sad that she has gone to bed in tears. Both of my girls have strong personalities in different ways and I dont want to crush that strength but they have to know that mummy knows best.

    My children are a gift that I am thankful for every day and whilst they may not be thanking me this evening, hopefully one day they will understand that the only voice worth listening to, is mine!