ONGS BUBBAS

It's no se­cret that mu­sic is an in­cred­i­ble way to get your lit­tle one mov­ing, learn­ing and hav­ing fun. Anika Moa's lat­est kids' al­bum aims to do just that, and is the per­fect way to get those tiny toes tap­ping.

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de­vel­oped quite a sweet tooth. Get­ting them to eat veg­eta­bles and meat (when they are old enough) and any­thing with­out a sweet­ness to it is very chal­leng­ing. So I rec­om­mend keep­ing fruit to a min­i­mum, start with pureed veg­eta­bles, and if you do want to give some fruit to your baby, di­lute it and mix it in with baby rice or bland veg­eta­bles so that it is not too sweet.

Which meal to start with?

When you in­tro­duce solids, you start with just one meal at a time, so the time of day is com­pletely up to you. I tend to go for ei­ther mid-morn­ing or mid-af­ter­noon be­cause when you move your baby from one meal a day to two meals a day, they will be evenly spaced. But again, go with what­ever works for you and your baby.

When, how and what to feed your baby is en­tirely your choice and de­ci­sion but I would en­cour­age you to keep their meals healthy and bal­anced right from the start. Do you own re­search and de­cide what you think is best for your baby, based on what will give them the best start in life, and don’t be afraid to ask for ad­vice! Grace Nixon, BHSC (Mid­wifery), also known as The Baby Lady, is an Auck­land-based new­born spe­cial­ist. Us­ing the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence gained both as a mid­wife and nanny, she helps new par­ents pre­pare for, and ad­just to, life with their new ar­rival. She also has a range of fab­u­lous gift packs. Check her out at the­baby­lady.co.nz, on Face­book at face­book.com/the­baby­la­dynz, or call her on 021 180 4488. Take your lit­tle one's imag­i­na­tion on a jour­ney with Songs for Bubbas 2 - the hotly-an­tic­i­pated se­quel to Anika Moa's mul­ti­award win­ning al­bum, Songs for Bubbas.

The songbird-sto­ry­teller gets her in­spi­ra­tion from her own mis­chievous tamariki, and has pro­duced an al­bum jam-packed with deligt­ful char­ac­ters, sing-along songs, sweet lul­la­bies and some won­der­ful New Zealand flavour.

The 12 songs in­clude en­coun­ters with a naughty mar­tial arts ob­sessed rat who likes to 'chop! chop!', and a tani­wha who is one love­able rogue. The al­bum helps teach Te Reo too, fea­tur­ing a cover of the clas­sic Maori song, A Haka Ma and the beau­ti­ful old hymn, E Teariki.

Anika was able to raise all the funds needed on Pledgeme, thanks to her many fans. The al­bum was then writ­ten in cot­tages all over Aotearoa and recorded/co-pro­duced by her mu­si­cal soul mate, An­dre Up­ston.

Songs for Bubbas 2 is avail­able on itunes, at The Ware­house, JBHIFI and se­lected baby stores.

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