Baby car seat Britax Dualfix vs Maxi Cosi

When our baby got bigger, her Maxi Cosi Cabriofix was too small. We had a Familyfix base and was very happy with it. It’s easy to dock the seat on and has recline position so that baby can sleep comfortably. As a result we were going to get the next stage car seat Pearl which is compatible with the base. What put us off what that Pearl wobbles on the base. Not sure whether because it is a bigger seat.
We’ve been looking for one for a while now and eventually I have my eyes on Maxi Cosi Axiss or Britax Dualfix. They both can rotate to face car door for easy access. Dualfix can rotate 360 degree thus make it a rear and front facing combined seat. It costs £200 more than Axiss but it does feel better in terms of design and function. It also takes up less room in the car. Most parents nowadays appreciate that rear facing car seat is safer than front facing.
After much thought, we bought the Dualfix from Mothercare and are trying it out. More update to follow.

Week 1 experience
Having owned a Dualfix for a week, the followings are my finds
1. Although Dualfix can be used from newborn, I will not choose it over maxi cosi because the seat can not be remove from the base. Newborn loves sleeping in car seats therefore one that could be undocked from the base and lightweight to carry is god sent for parents.
2. Our maxi cosi cabriofix has a sun canopy which is extremely useful to keep the sun away from shinning into their delicate eyes, also allow them sleep better. I am disappointed that for the price tag, Dualfix has not got similar design.
3. The five point hardness in Dualfix is good. However, maxi cosi Axiss has devices on both sides to hold the shoulder strips which makes it easier to put baby in without the hassle of fiddling around the strips. Dualfix has none.
4. The 360 degree rotation function was what sold the Dualfix to me. You need to press the button with one hand and turn the seat with the other. It’s a bit stiff and we hope it will get better overtime. The other day when I had my daughter in one arm, fast asleep, I couldn’t turn the seat at all with the other hand. It was a well struggle.
5. Leg room wise, Dualfix is good when both rear and front facing. My daughter is relatively tall as a 18 mth old but still sits comfortably when rear facing.

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周曰是母亲节,早上趁老公带了小妞去公园,打了电话给妈妈。中午带小妞去上游泳课。然后去了Amy 家吃晚饭。Amy做的海鲜饭好好吃,饭后的大黄塔和柠檬塔实在太美味,吃得很有幸福感。

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Savill Garden

 The Savill Garden is an enclosed part of Windsor Great Park in England, created by Sir Eric Savill in the 1930s. It is managed by the Crown Estate and charges an entrance fee. The garden includes woodland, ornamental areas and a pond.–Wikipedia
我们上周四跟我朋友和她的宝宝去了趟Savill Garden。挺漂亮小巧的花园,坐落在温莎大公园里面。因为最近天气好了,有太阳,花园里面开了很多花。
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另一个Ella’s Kitchen胜在口味上有创意,质量很好,偶尔给宝宝吃一下,他们家的麦片价格比较高,性价比低。
最后一个是Organix, 性价比高,含有多种不同质地的原料。其他麦片一勺兑二勺水,他们家的兑六勺水。

















一般宝宝不需要补什么东西,只要饮食均衡。六个月以后可适当补充维他命。我们宝宝一直都是吃WELLKID, 这应该是这里市面上最好的婴儿维他命了,价格也最贵但是物有所值。


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上周五在Bourne End发现了一家不错的农场店,有鱼卖,买了两条John Dory就已经25磅了,价格偏高。这鱼长得很丑,但是肉质很鲜美,我们俩自从在法国吃过以后,都喜欢上了这丑鱼。看来鱼也不可貌相。



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Lentil Baby Food Recipes

Inspired by my friend Amy’s amazing red lentil stew for her baby, I’ve been exploring recipes of these little nutritional legumes.

This was one of the batches I made for Sophia. Tasted lovely and all went down really well. She can now polish one jar per meal.

I’ve found the following info and recipes on the net. Happy cooking!

Lentils readily take on the flavour of foods they are cooked with, making them ideal as a food for your baby. Another point in their favour is that they are rarely responsible for any type of allergic reaction.
And, of course, with their high protein content, lentils make an ideal meat substitute for vegetarian babies.

(Please note – lentils and other legumes may not be suitable for babies with G6PD Deficiency – please see this page for more information).

You may prefer to start off with red lentils…

They do not cause gas as often as brown or green lentils because they contain less fibre (approximately 11% as opposed to 31%). They also cook to a mushier consistency, so they may appeal more to your baby than the firmer varieties.

On the other hand, older babies may enjoy well cooked Puy lentils as a finger food – although it is important to make sure your baby is developmentally ready to eat lentils in this way.

Here are some suggestions for including lentils in your baby’s menu.

Keep it simple and simmer them in a good, homemade broth (see our chicken stock and beef stock recipes).
Mash cooked lentils with your baby’s favourite veggie puree – try carrot or squash.
Use cooked, mashed lentils as a thickener for over-runny purees.
Throw some lentils into your baby’s favourite soup or casserole, at least 20 mins before the end of the cooking time.

Alternatively, why not try these yummy lentil baby food recipes?

Easy veggie and lentil baby food puree
1 tbsp red lentils
2oz (1/4 cup) sweet potato, peeled and diced
2oz (1/4 cup) chopped cauliflower
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
roughly 6 fl oz (3/4 cup) milk – (use breast milk or formula if you prefer)
Rinse the lentils, then put all the ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil.
Next, lower the heat and simmer the mixture until the lentils are cooked and the veggies are tender (about 20-30 mins). You can always add a little more milk if the mixture begins to dry out.
Put the mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth!
This dish freezes well – but remember, you should NOT freeze any dishes containing previously frozen breast milk.

Easy peasy lentil baby food puree with butternut squash
12oz (1 1/2 cups) butternut squash, with peel and seeds removed, then cubed
6oz (3/4 cup) potato, peeled and cubed
2oz (1/4 cup) red lentils
little pinch of ground coriander
roughly 10 fl oz (1 1/4 cups) milk – (use breast milk or formula if you prefer)
Rinse the lentils, then place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are done and the squash is nice and tender (around 20 mins).
Blend the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.

Lentil baby food puree with fruits and veggies
2oz (1/4 cup) red lentils
1 leek, sliced
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
4oz (1/2 cup) cauliflower florets
8 fl oz (1 cup) chicken stock
1 small apple, peeled, cored and chopped
Saute the leek for a few minutes in a little oil.
Pour in 6 fl oz (3/4 cup) of stock, then add the lentils and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins, then add the sweet potato.
Simmer for a further 5 mins, then add the cauliflower and apple.
Simmer for a further 10-15 mins, until all the veggies are tender. If the mixture dries out, add more stock as required.
Puree in a blender if necessary.

Dhal recipe for baby
Dhal is eaten daily in many Indian households. You can add or omit ingredients from the following recipe as your baby prefers – dhal is a very versatile food! You can serve it alone, with rice (brown is more nutritious) or, for older babies, with an Indian bread like nan or roti.

4 oz (1/2 cup) red lentils
little oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic, crushed
around 16 fl oz (2 cups) water
1 small sweet potato
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and saute the onion for a few minutes.
Add the garlic and the ginger and continue to saute for several minutes.
Add the remaining spices and cook for 5 more minutes.
Add 10 fl oz (1 1/4 cups) water and stir, then add the sweet potato and lentils.
Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 mins, until the lentils are cooked. If your dhal looks too dry at any point, add more water.

Lentil baby food – lentil soup with apricots
This sweet and savoury soup makes a tasty treat for the entire family!

little olive oil
8oz (1 cup) red lentils
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 tsp ground cumin
26 fl oz (3 1/4 cup) water
4oz (1/2 cup) dried apricots, chopped
Heat the oil and saute the onions and carrots for around 10 mins, until tender.
Add the cumin and stir thoroughly, then reduce the heat to very low. Cover the vegetables and leave to “sweat” for 8-10 mins.
Add the lentils and enough water to cover the mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20-25 mins, until the lentils are cooked and the carrots are tender (you may need to add more water during the cooking time).
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Pour the mixture into a food processor and add the apricots, along with the remaining water.
Puree until smooth.

Lentil baby food – vegetarian lentil bake
This is a nice, versatile recipe, in which you could substitute the veggies listed in the ingredients for others that your baby may prefer. We like this combination as the resulting dish is deliciously sweet and savoury! This meal is suitable for babies enjoying textured foods and makes a great side dish for the whole family’s meal.

4 oz (1/2 cup) red lentils
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 carrots, peeled then grated
1 small apple, peeled then grated
2 tsp vegetable oil
16 fl oz (2 cups) water
1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 oz Cheddar (1/2 cup) grated cheese wheat germ
Pre heat the oven to 390 deg F, 200 deg C.
In a medium pan, saute the garlic and carrots in the oil until tender.
Stir in the lentils then cook for a few minutes.
Stir in 4 oz (1/2 cup) of the water (stand back – the mixture will probably hiss and spit)!
Lower the heat, then gently simmer. When most of the water has evaporated, add another 4oz (1/2 cup) of water.
Stir, then simmer for 10 mins.
Add another 4 oz (1/2 cup) of water and continue to cook until the lentils are mushy. If you have used up all the water and they are still not done, then just add a little more.
As soon as the lentils are done, add the grated apple, half of the cheese and the herbs, stirring well.
Place the mixture into a small oven proof dish, then sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
Finally, top with the wheat germ and bake for around 30 mins.
The dish is ready when the cheese is golden.
Your baby will particularly enjoy this topped with homemade applesauce!

Lentil baby food – nutritional value

Lentils are VERY good for your baby (and for you, too) – and here’s why they are credited with being one of the 5 healthiest foods by Health Magazine…
Lentils are a good source of

B vitamins
iron (about twice as much as other legumes)
Encouraging a taste for lentils at an early stage is a good idea, because the regular consumption of lentils in later life offers many benefits. Because they provide slow-burning complex carbohydrates and replenish iron stores, lentils increase energy levels. Lentils also help lower cholesterol, which means they are good for the heart.

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今天下午带宝宝去游泳,回家的路上车子爆胎了,打电话叫爸爸从公司过来,帮忙换轮胎以后他就回去上班了。结果我一开,车又打不着火,又得打好几通电话给修车公司,等到拖车来的时候已经晚上六点了,我和宝宝都连续六个小时没吃没喝,可怜的宝宝哭得那个惨啊,最后哭到很累就在我怀里睡着了。爸爸下班过来把我们接回家。回家了我就想把午饭热了吃,结果又把饭倒到地上了。好不容易吃了饭,给宝宝洗了澡,陪她刚刚睡着,她又被爸爸落在卧室里的手机吵醒,我那么火呀! 今天是不是诸事不宜呀。

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