Summer can disappoint but autumn always delivers.
We love autumn, the trees turn golden and glorious colours, we can dig out our warm winter woollies and favourite winter boots, wrap the kids up and go out conker hunting and splashing in puddles. No more worries about sunhats and suntan lotion for baby. Now, we can head out to give baby their first taste of blackberries or apples straight from the tree. Gone are those tricky, sticky, sunny nights where baby fights sleep and back are the darker, chillier, cosier nights with warm, cuddly bath times, comfy soft pyjamas, and snuggly stories in bed.
Babyblooms have some lovely gifts to help keep baby warm, cosy and happy both day and night. Why not treat baby to one of our supersoft snuggly organic cotton blankets, made even more special when baby's name is embroidered using our luxury pewter thread. Calm and peaceful bedtimes are the holy grail of parenting and cooler, darker nights make this tricky time of day that little bit easier. Our bath time and bedtime hampers contain everything a new mum needs to soothe baby peacefully to sleep. If the colder wind chaps baby's delicate skin then our award winning baby care cream is the perfect balm to soothe, nourish and protect.
During Autumn there are wonderful festivals to look forward to; your baby may not appreciate how fabulous they look dressed as a giant pumpkin for Halloween, but the photographic evidence can be a talking point for years to come. Little ones can"t really join in with the trick or treating but they will love watching the candle in a carved pumpkin and they can enjoy some yummy , baby food made with the inside of the pumpkin (see our delicious and nutritious pumpkin recipes below).
Just a couple of words of wisdom based on past experience, it's probably best to keep baby away from the front door if trick or treaters call, until you have had a chance to ask them to remove their masks. Halloween masks seem to be getting more and more graphic and little ones will not understand that the scary face looming at them from the darkness is supposed to be fun! Finally, always watch baby around any candles or other naked flames, they will insist on getting as close to it as possible and candles and Halloween costumes certainly do not mix.
This new season of mellow fruitfulness is a wonderful time to give birth and our beautiful autumn baby bouquet makes a unique and special gift for a new mum and baby. Or have a look at our pampering repair collection, this award winning skincare is the perfect gift to treat a new mum.
As the year moves forward, the days shorten and we look forward to some clear, cold, bright sunny days, it is a lovely time of year to wrap up warm and venture out with baby to enjoy some autumn adventures. We here at Babyblooms would like to wish you a very happy autumn!
Babyblooms top 5 favourite pumpkin recipes:
- Apple Pumpkin Baby Puree (6-8 months)
-3 Apples, peeled & cored (use Macintosh, Gala, Braeburn or Granny Smith)
-cinnamon, nutmeg (optional sprinkle into the cooking water or when you puree/mash)
-Halve the pumpkin, peel and de-seed it then cut into cubes
-Peel and slice the apples
-Bring water to a boil and then steam the pumpkins and apples gently until soft and cooked. Be sure to check on the water level!
-Let cool a bit then puree or mash as needed for your baby.
- Apple, Pumpkin & Oatmeal Baby Breakfast (6-8 months)
-170g apple puree
-170g pumpkin puree
-510g (cooked) oatmeal
-Dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or ginger
-Mix spices, apple, pumpkin and oatmeal together
-Stir thoroughly or blend if needed
- Bananas & Pumpkin Baby treat (6-8 months)
-170 grams pumpkin puree
-2 small bananas
- Mash 2 small bananas and add the pumpkin puree
- Mix thoroughly, blend if needed for your baby's texture preferences. Makes a yummy addition to baby's cereal or yogurt.
- we recommend you try replacing the bananas with pears or peaches!
- Savoury Pumpkin Puree (8-10 months)
-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-25g diced onion
-225 to 450g of pumpkin peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
-2 cups of vegetable stock
-dried rosemary and basil
-pinch of sugar if desired
Heat the oil in a medium saucepot then add the onion and squash cubes. Saute until the onions are soft and translucent then add the vegetable stock.
-Bring the mixture to a slow simmer and simmer until the squash is tender enough to puree. Season to taste with rosemary and basil
-Make this a sweet puree by adding nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon as the spices instead of the savoury spices and herbs.
-Toss this mixture with cooked brown rice, couscous, lentils or even quinoa for a hearty meal.
- Autumn Smoothie (8-10 months) (serves one grown up and baby)
-170g plain, vanilla or banana yogurt
-1/2 cup milk
-60g pureed apple
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-dash of ginger
Combine everything in a blender. Blend it until smooth. Serve immediately.