Isabelle’s 16 month update



I last had Belle weighed at the beginning of November 2015.  At that time she weighed 8.45kg which is just over 18.5lbs.


Isabelle is a proper little toddler now! She started walking when she was 14 months, and there has been no stopping her since.  We got her first pair of shoes from Clarks; we had to get her a pair of cruisers as her feet were too small for proper soled walking shoes (2.5F).  We picked her a lovely little pair of red leather ones.

Clarks – Little Boo

Belle will wave ‘bye-bye’ to people and try to say it too!  She says ‘quack quack’ for ducks (and most other animals too!) as well.  She will nod or shake her head for ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  If I ask her to get something, for example, a book or a specific toy animal she will usually do so, she does understands a lot!


Food is a little hit and miss, which sometimes stresses me out, even though I try not to let it.  She certainly has her favourites; toast, porridge, scones, crumpets, bananas, pasta (she could eat this all day), chips, fish fingers, baked beans, avocado and raisins.  Hmmm looking back on this list, it does not seem the most healthy! I do try her with new things as much as possible, but I am quite often met with a shake of the head.  That being said, apparently she eats everything from cheese and potato pie to pilchards on toast at nursery!  I need to find out their secret!


Unless Isabelle is feeling under the weather she is typically a great little sleeper, sleeping from about 7:00pm to 7:00am.  Naps are a different matter, they vary a lot! At home she tends to still have two naps a day, whereas she only ever has one at nursery.  I know the time will soon come when she only has one nap at home too, so I am trying to make the most of it whilst it lasts!

Favourite things

Favourite things at the moment are cuddly toys, Mummy and Daddy, Caddy (our cat), penguins, ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ and ‘Peppa Pig’.


Isabelle started nursery at the beginning of October 2015.  As I had expected the first few times I left her, she was not a happy bunny.  However that soon passed and she now loves toddling into nursery!  It makes me very proud.  She goes for two full days a week which seems like a nice balance, as she then has one full day a week with James’ mum, two with me during the week and then of course both days of the weekend with me and James.

Funny things

Isabelle is turning into a cheeky, funny little girl.  At the moment, she thinks that it is really funny to pretend to be asleep.  When I go into her room after a nap, she will go from standing up to pretending to be asleep within milliseconds!  She also likes to pretend to be asleep when I mention a nappy change!



Baby weaning: our journey so far

Getting Started

We started weaning Isabelle onto food as soon as she hit the six month mark.  I was adamant that we were going to give baby led weaning (BLW) a go as after doing lots of research I felt like it was the next logical step following breastfeeding on demand.  However, as all mums will know, what we want doesn’t really come into play once you have a child; their wants and needs take president!  To start out with, I was really excited about the prospect of us sitting down to eat meals as a family, this had always been my vision, but the reality is that I have found the weaning process hard, emotional and draining!

A change of plan

My belief is that whilst some babies will take to BLW like a duck to water, others take a little longer to get a grasp the concept of eating.  Isabelle is definitely in the ‘take a little longer’ camp.  After weeks of Isabelle not eating anything, and throwing my lovingly prepared food onto the floor, I cracked one day and decided to try spoon feeding her some fruit puree.  The guilt I felt for straying from pure BLW was immense, which I realise is ridiculous looking back now, but I want to be honest, and that is how I felt! Isabelle loved the fruit puree (which added to my guilt: I had deprived her of something she liked for so long!), but she was not so keen on me feeding her savoury foods.  And when I say not keen I mean she didn’t let me.  This made me feel uneasy as I didn’t want her to only be eating fruit, I want her to have a balanced diet.  Back to pure BLW we went, with added loaded spoons for fruit and yoghurt (this girl has crazy good hand eye co-ordination!).

Fast forward a few weeks and Isabelle started actually ingesting some of the food placed in front of her. The pride I felt was incredible! I started to relax a little bit about weaning as I could see that progress was being made.  So when we went to stay with my parents for a few days, and I knew our evening meals would be after Isabelle’s bed time, I decided to take some jars to try spoon feeding Belle her dinner.  She started off only eating a few spoonfuls, but this was better than nothing, and soon increased in volume.

Current situation

We are currently doing what I believe would be termed as ‘traditional weaning’.  Isabelle gets a mixture of both spoon fed meals, and finger foods.  This seems to be working for us at the moment, and it gives us flexibility; if I know we are going to be eating out at lunch time then I take a sandwich for Isabelle, or give her some of what we have (if it is suitable), whereas if I know our dinner is going to be after Isabelle’s bed time I give her an Ella’s Kitchen pouch or a HIPP Organic jar (these two brands are my favourite as the ingredients are great).

My top picks for weaning


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  1. Stokke Tripp Trapp – I wanted the Tripp Trapp ever since I saw the Saccone-Joly’s using it for Emilia. I love the fact that Isabelle is sitting at the table with us, and we can (for the most part) eat as a family. We initially used the newborn set when Isabelle was unable to sit unaided.  This literally changed my life.  No longer was Isabelle sat in her swing seat at our feet moaning as she could not see what we were doing at the table, she was now at the same height as us, and able to nosey on what Mummy and Daddy were doing.  Now that Isabelle can sit unaided we are using the baby set with the cushion.  When we ordered the chair, we got a complimentary table top.  I initially didn’t think we would need the table top, but actually it is really useful and I am really glad that we have it.
  2. Brother Max catch and fold bibs – these are pretty self explanatory.  The pack I purchased contained a single plastic catch section for the bib along with three fabric bibs.  I like the fact that if you are using these whilst out and about you can stuff the fabric section of the bib and any food debris (ewww) into the plastic section of the bib, use the poppers to secure it and pop it all into your bag to deal with at home (WARNING: it is not advisable to forget that said bib, full of bits of pitta bread and cucumber, is in your change bag, only to find it a week later when pulling a pack of baby wipes out of your bag).
  3. Doidy cup – there is no denying that these look a little strange but the angle of the cup really does make it easy for babies to drink from it.  We use this alongside the traditional sippy cup, as I think it is important for Isabelle to know how to drink from a variety of drinking apparatus for when she attends nursery.
  4. Tommee Tippee Explora Feeding Spoons – these spoons have relatively short handles compared to a lot of weaning spoons.  This makes them perfect for loaded spoons for baby, as there is less spoon for them to navigate towards their mouth…or eye, or nose.

If you have children, how did you find the weaning experience?