A while back the ladies at Kiwi Mummy Blogs sent us a couple of items from Munch Cupboard to review, both involving baby (and family) meal times. The items we received were a copy of Munch Cookbook by Anna Bordignon – full of seasonal recipes for baby and family; and a Milk Silk Nursing Scarf.
I really love the Munch Cookbook. It has gorgeous illustrations and quotes throughout and lots of helpful information including how to feed new and fussy eaters, information about allergies and key foods and a great section at the back on how to use up leftovers – which is awesome for any budget conscious family (like us); and of course the tasty and nutritional recipes!
The recipes are all named after favourite characters from children’s books which also bring a bit of fun and a discussion point to family mealtimes.
My favourite aspect of the book, however; is it’s emphasis on eating seasonally. I really like the idea of eating local seasonal produce (and especially that from your own garden.) We are very lucky here in the Hawkes Bay to have an abundance of fresh produce to hand, so it the Munch Cookbook is great for finding ways of using what is in season.
Now that we’ve well and truly said goodbye to Summer, I’ve started thinking about what Autumn recipes I’ll cook. Tonight we are eating a version of the ‘Messy Meanies Bolognaise.’ My kids love bolognaise so I know they’ll love this and it will be a great way of getting extra veggies (such as zucchini and mushrooms) into them too! Thanks Munch for the Inspiration.
The second item that we were sent was a Milk Silk Nursing Scarf.
These little scarves are 100% pure silk nursing covers that clip onto your bra to enable discreet nursing (and to block out distractions for your little one).
This is a product I would have loved to have when nursing my oldest, Noah. I have oversupply issues (which I now know how to manage), but in the first few months of Noah’s life it was pretty much impossible to discreetly breast feed him in public. He would come off and on, spluttering and with too much milk. I tried all sorts of nursing covers, but being a Summer baby, everything including the lightest muslins were just too hot for both of us. A Milk Silk Nursing Scarf would have been the perfect solution – it’s so lightweight given that it’s made of silk and not too big (about the size of a large handkerchief.)
Even though I now that I have my oversupply issues and discreet feeding in public well and truly sorted, I still have found nursing scarf very helpful in another way. Pipi who is now 10 months old and has become very nosey when feeding (having an extremely interesting big brother and sister will do that); so I’ve been using the nursing scarf at home to shelter her from such distractions. It works great for this!
The nursing scarf attaches to a bra in several ways (see photo above); When wearing a maternity bra with drop-down clips, the Milk Silk clips in place of the cup. When used with bras without drop-down clips, Milks Silks are attached to the strap using a loop and snap. Because it’s so lightweight it can also tuck away into your bra in-between feeds.
Thanks once again to Kiwi Mummy Blogs and Munch Cupboard for sending us these great products to review. And make sure you check out the rest of the large range of products you can find at Munch's online store.