Hi, I’m so glad you’ve decided to stop by. I’m Courtney, a working mum, living in Auckland. I’m not a paediatrician, dietician, nutritionist or photographer, but I was a high-performance athlete and over the years, have collected a lot of information about nutrition and well-being. I am also passionate about food, flavours and feeding my little grub the most nutritious meals and snacks I can muster up.
When I started out on this feeding journey, I was at a bit of a loss. Even after having paid to listen to a talk with a paediatric dietician, I found that there still wasn’t much information out there when it came to introducing flavours and mixing and matching tastes. Or how to do this…and when! Even with a very supportive coffee group to lean on, I found most of us still had the same questions.
I was lucky enough to be able to breast-feed when he was younger and, you know, we’re all told how nutritious that is for little babies. So, I figured, why would I go to all that trouble of making that work, and then give it all away when he starts eating solid food? Not only was the food thing a bit of a mine-field to fumble your way through, I found it to be pretty overwhelming at times. Right from the start. Start typing the word “pram” in to google and you’ll be there for hours trying to figure out which one to go for. And that’s only one piece of equipment! Cots, car seats, bottles, swaddles, bibs and baths….. there are so many things I would have done a little differently had I known then what I do now.
This all prompted me to share what I’ve done, any tips I have or things to think about, in the hope that it benefits others. I also want to help navigate those early months when starting out on solids, and to show that it doesn’t always have to be boring. But ultimately, I want to create a bit of a community, a safe space with no judgement, for like-minded people to interact, share and help each other out. She’s a pretty big job this!
Each week I hope to release a new recipe, starting with the basics through to finger food ideas and as my little grub grows, whatever else works for us. Or, I’ll share some tips with you that may or may not relate to feeding… natural winter cold remedies anyone? This will be a reflection of my personal experiences and what we’ve done at home; there are always lots of different ways to do things. You’ve just got to pick and choose what advice and ideas you want to incorporate in to your lives.
Please feel free to comment on any recipes, ask any questions or let me know what you’d like to see more of. If sometimes I don’t respond very quickly, or you don’t hear from me for a little while, don’t go anywhere. I’m a working mum, this isn’t my job but a passion, and I’ll be back, you can be sure of it!