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.
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.