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Rex has an upset stomach this week and it reminded me of when I first came across probiotics.

Actually, Michelle recommended I try them because Rex had caught the nora virus (that awful stomach bug that was going around last xmas) and he was basically having the runs every day and despite the fact that he had otherwise improved the runs stayed.

This meant he was waking up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach and sleep was rapidly deteriorating.

Michelle suggested I try giving him 3 months of pro biotic in his milk which I did and to my total amazement the runs cleared up, I did the full 3 months but now keep a stash incase I feel like his gut is getting a bit run down again.

They are especially good for bottle fed babies and if your child has had a course of anti biotics or any other on going stomach complaint.

No surprise, there are lots on the market but the one I went for was imagesBIOCARE Bifidobacterium infantis (Birth-6 months), its a premium quality dairy free infant probiotic and provides a single strain of Bifidobacterium infantis.

Bifidobacteria are the main friendly intestinal bacteria in breast-fed infants and help with the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria.

You can add to milk or water and give as directed.

 

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Mum to be Melissa asked me to suggest the best presents for a one year old.  They are not exclusively ‘green’ but a mix including ones that they will just love!

1.  Hedgehog long sleeved top -£12.00.  This week Green Baby are offering a 20% discount if you quote PRIMA and buy before Oct 31.  All their products are organic and by choosing to buy organic kids clothes you are choosing to make a difference to your future, your kids health and the future of the planet.

Raglan red top

I love this red hedgehog raglan long sleeved top in sturdy 100% organic cotton interlock and machine washable.

2.  At £40.00 this is a bit more pricey but this lovely Noahs Ark is a great way to start learning animals and colours.

noahs ark

It is Fairtrade and made by Lanka Kade (translates as ‘the Sri Lankan Shop’) and aims to provide an outlet for items produced by small craft enterprises in Sri Lanka.

3.  Mini Police Car – £9.54 – This lovely chunky wooden police car is robust enough to take some bashing around and is made from environmentally responsible soupolicerces.

4.  Puff the magic dragon book and CD – £ 3.74.  Right now this book is discounted from Amazon and I have to say I think its my favourite childrens book to date.

puff

I have had such fun with Dixie and Rex reading and singing along to the CD and it really throws me back to my own child hood.  The illustrations are beautiful and the CD makes all the difference.

5.  Duplo brick blocks – £13.

blocksPerhaps not a massive suprise but you CANNOT go wrong with these bricks.  They are chunky enough not to present a hazzard for little children but big enought to build some proper towers.

6. Wooden Walker with bricks £38.95 – Every 1 year old needs one of these.  Just as they are starting to get on their feet these can really help them get around and make the transition to walking.

IMblockswalkerorangeBGOn top of that the bricks are great for building and starting to think about colours.

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I have been on the hunt for a birthday cake I can make Rex which is delicious but not dripping in fat, sugar and artificial sweeteners.  I feel like a bit of a stick in the mud saying it but I just don’t feel he needs all that stuff to have a good time and so I am going to try and create something yummy and that his other baby mates do not turn their noses up at.  I have found a the recipe below that is sounding promising, I am going to give it a dry run before inflicting it on the poor boy.  Pictures to follow…

A yummy chocolate cake with honey and fennel
Makes: 12 squares
Suitable for freezing:
Ingredients: 190g organic runny honey
150g organic sunflower oil
3 large organic free range eggs
140g organic grated fennel (about 1 fennel bulb)
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
175g organic self raising flour
40g organic cocoa powder, plus extra cocoa for dusting
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
Method: Step 1 -Turn on the oven to 180c (fan 160c) or gas 4.
Step 2 -Oil and line the base and sides of an 18cm square cake tin with baking parchment.
Step 3 -Stir in the grated fennel and vanilla extract and mix well.
Step 4 -Sieve the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda.
Step 5 -Mix the dry and wet mixtures together.
Step 6 -Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cake feels firm and springy when you press it.
Step 7 -Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
Step 8 -Cut into squares and enjoy with a dollop of honey yogurt.

Fennel and Chocolate Cake

Fennel and Chocolate Cake

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Give them a squirt

I recently came across the vast amounts of research surrounding the benefits of giving fish oils to children but had wondered how I could get it down them.

Not only do they help children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia, and adults with conditions as schizophrenia and depression, fish oils protect the heart and reduce the pain of arthritis.

A study (admittedly funded by Boots)  found that regular doses of fish oils dramatically boosted young children’s performance at school. Nearly three quarters of the youngsters – who were of mixed academic ability – showed improvements in numeracy, reading and writing after taking fish oil supplements for nine months.

It is the Omega-3 fatty acids – specifically EPA and DHA – they contain that make fish oils so beneficial. But as most parents know getting the kids to eat fish (apart from fish fingers) is not easy.  This has made the Omega-3 supplement trade a booming business.

It’s all about taste…there are a big range out there and many of the supplements contain artificial sweeteners, colourings and flavourings which should not be necessary.  The favourite in my house is Paradox Oils.  They only use fish oil from deep sea fish caught in sustainable fishing grounds in the Arctic Ocean . The oil is then specially purified by a patented process and has passed all EC. and Food Standard Agency requirements for levels of any contaminants.

The powerful antioxidants prevent the oil from oxidizing and going “fishy and it is also flavored with pure lemon oil.  I just add it to yogurt or cereal in the morning and it seems to go down without much complaint!

Paradox Oils

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