Tots to teens

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Parenting -

FIRST FOODS: Av­o­ca­dos, quinoa and hum­mus are among the foods ba­bies en­joy most dur­ing wean­ing but more tra­di­tional dishes re­main firm favourites too, with 75% en­joy­ing beef stew and sausages and mash on the first taste. The sur­vey, com­mis­sioned to mark the new WaterWipes with Soap­berry, €3.39, also found that most par­ents (three in ev­ery four) feel con­fused when it comes to what they should be feed­ing their baby in the early months.

DRINK UP: Klean Kan­teen wa­ter bot­tles are made with fully re­cy­clable, 18/8, food-grade stain­less steel. Th­ese bot­tles have a wider than usual 4.4cm open­ing for eas­ier clean­ing and give room to drop down ice cubes and fruit. They are avail­able in var­i­ous sizes from 12oz up to 64oz, styles and colours, in­clud­ing in­su­lated bot­tles for hot drinks and have a life­time war­ranty. Prices start at €17.95; www.earth­mother.ie

FOR MUM: Stay cosy in this woollen blend knit from Ir­ish ma­ter­nity brand, The Pod Col­lec­tion. The navy jumper is de­signed with a re­laxed and over­sized fit and has side splits, a lower back hem, and wide rib­bing on the cuffs, hem and col­lar. Like most pieces from The Pod Col­lec­tion, it’s also de­signed to be flat­ter­ing without a bump and the in­vis­i­ble side zips are handy if you are breast­feed­ing, €69; www.the­p­od­col­lec­tion.com

BOWIE ART: An ex­hi­bi­tion of selected works from Gifts to the Star­man, a STEAM-in­spired cre­ative com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren and young adults, is run­ning at Black­rock Cas­tle Ob­ser­va­tory. Eight win­ning pieces fea­ture along­side a hand­made rice pa­per seri­graph ‘Star’, that David Bowie made for a friend as a Christ­mas gift in 1975. The ex­hi­bi­tion is at BCO un­til Jan­uary 7, be­fore mov­ing to Dublin for the David Bowie Fes­ti­val; www.bco.ie

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