Living in a rural part of the county of Cumbria, we can only dream of the day an Ikea store opens within a reasonable distance. Our nearest Ikea store is in Gateshead – a mere two hours drive away! I know, I know, you’re thinking – a day trip to Ikea? Really? That’s the best she can do?! Well, yes. Yes, it is. Because, you see, lately I’ve been really poorly and haven’t been able to get out anywhere really interesting – but Ikea is a big deal to us.
A few weeks ago, we started to introduce solids into Q’s diet as he had reached six months old and was starting to show signs of being ‘ready’. Since then, I’ve found it difficult to fit in a trip out to somewhere any real distance away. To help us with this, we were sent a lovely hamper full of goodies from the Mamia range at Aldi. It included a range of pureed fruit and vegetable pouches, fruit pots, rice cakes and juice as well as a voucher to purchase some Mamia nappies and wipes.
I packed the changing bag full of wipes, a drink and an apple and pear fruit pot for Q and we set off! Unfortunately, the nappies just don’t work well for us as they cause Q’s bum to get a bit sore, but every baby is different and I’ve heard many others love them.
We arrived at Ikea just at lunch time, so we headed into the store and made a beeline for the restaurant! Their popular Antilop high chairs were dotted around the dining area so we sat Q into one and we were set. Q is so enjoying food now, it’s such an exciting time for him. He’s starting to pick up his juice cup to take a drink of water by himself! We gave him about half the pot, as I feel they’re quite big portions for a small tummy, and he really enjoyed it.
I always think you should try whatever you’re feeding your baby yourself – would you give your baby something you wouldn’t eat yourself? Of course, I wouldn’t choose to eat puree at every meal, but I do make sure I taste them. The Mamia products have all been really tasty and do taste of the ingredients on the packet. And a bonus, the pureed food is 100% organic!
After we’d finished lunch, we walked back to the beginning of the store and made our way around with the little paper tape measure, shopping list and a mini pencil. We’ve just ordered a new suite for our living room and so our visit to Ikea was to plan, and potentially buy, any new furniture to revamp our most-used space. Q was so good all the way around, happy for most of the time in his pushchair.
Disclosure: This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia.