Otto Has Hatched!

Today is the day! Otto the Octopus has officially hatched from his egg! Parents and babies around the globe now have a chance to get the wonderful octopus baby feeder for themselves! Just head on over to Otto’s Kickstarter quickly to get Otto at a 40% discount (just £15!) for the first 100 feeders sold.

From the initial idea forming, to the designing, to having one Otto made for my own babies, it has been a long journey in bringing Otto to life and available to many more babies. There have been ups and downs throughout the journey but if I had to do it all again, I would.

Otto the Octopus has been tried and tested and I am extremely happy with the results. I hope that all the people who purchase Otto for themselves will received the same amount of joy and happiness that my babies and family have experienced!

Thank you to everyone who has supported Otto throughout his conception to his arrival. This became a project of passion from the moment it started, and so from the bottom of my heart I am truly thankful.

Eleonora

Otto has been featured… Three times!

It has been a great few weeks for Otto the Octopus. An article we published about the healthy and nutritional foods that babies should be eating has been featured on both Textbook Mommy, Playbuzz and Medium!

It feels great that more parents are becoming informed about the importance of their babies eating a healthy diet and the nutritional values that different foods can provide. The article also looks at how Otto can be used to help get babies eating healthy food and recommends some different recipes (which can be found on my blog, below) that contain a multitude of different vitamins and nutrition.#gootto

Many more people are becoming aware of Otto the Octopus and the benefits he can provide to babies, as well as the importance of a balanced nutritional diet. And that’s fantastic!

Otto’s won an award!

Otto the Octopus has now officially been honoured with an award by the A’ Design Award and Competition at a gala event in Como, Italy!

Having my design praised is such a privilege and I feel very fortunate for Otto to be associated with such an esteemed organisation.

Otto started out as just a personal project as a result of the frustration I experienced when feeding my babies during their weaning phase. I designed multiple iterations to ensure that Otto was both safe and appealing to my babies until I finalised on the design. My little ones and my friend’s children ended up absolutely loving it. I knew I had made something special.

Fast-forwarding a little, I noticed the upcoming A’Design Awards competition and thought I would enter to see what others thought of the design of Otto. It turned out that others have a similar love for Otto as my children and I do.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the judges, voters and supporters of Otto through his journey, as well as all my friends and family who have stood by my side over the years.

Otto has since been nominated for the Prime Designer of the Year Award. Wish us both luck in the upcoming competition.

Yogurt Melts

Easy to create with Otto’s main chamber and masher, these really quick to prepare and delicious to eat, yogurt melts are the perfect treat for your little ones and easy to adapt to include your child’s favourite fruit.

Yogurt Melts

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients 
50ml greek yogurt
1 piece of banana
1 tbsp fruit cubed such as strawberries, mango or blueberries

Instructions
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place ingredients into the baby feeder and mash with masher until smooth

If mixture is runny, place in freezer for 10 to 20 minutes covering the top with the lid

Place the plunger of the baby feeder and the spout with big hole and pipe dots onto parchment paper.

Freeze until set, for 2 hours or overnight.
Remove dots from parchment paper.
Transfer to masher containers or other containers.

Quinoa Banana Mash

This Banana and Quinoa Mash is a perfect way of introducing your little ones to new taste and flavours and is delicious!

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

1/2 banana
Pinch of cinnamon
3 Tbl. cooked quinoa
1 Tbl. whole milk yogurt

Directions

Place all the ingredients into the baby feeder

Place the fresh food feeder spout

Push up the plunger to fill the spout 

Serve.

Carrot Apple Smoothie Ice-Pop

We love smoothie pops at our house. They are great when time is limited as they are quick and easy to make.  Otto fresh food freezer pop molds are the perfect size for your little one and they are a great way of getting fruit and vegetables into their diet.  The frozen food pop also helps soothe swollen and sore gums so ideal when your little one is teething.

Ingredients

1 piece of carrot
2 apple slices peeled
1/2 cup plain yogurt
dash of cinnamon

Directions:

Steam the carrot and apple until soft.

Place the pieces into Otto main chamber and mash with the masher.

Place fresh food feeder spout.

Fill the spout, pushing with the plunger.

Freeze and enjoy!

Bluish & Zingy Pear Smoothie-Lolly

‘Otto The Octopus’ 
Bluish & Zingy Pear Smoothie-Lolly
With ‘Otto The Octopus’ it’s a pleasure introducing babies and toddlers alike
 to new textures and flavours!
Healthy fresh start in life, to promote babies and toddlers real love of healthy food
from the very beginning…
Recipe
Suitable from 6 month
Preparation 3 min
This fruity lolly is a delicious combination of zingy fresh berries with smooth banana and pear and requires non cooking!
Ingredients
3 small strawberries
1/2 ripe small pear
1 piece of banana peeled
4 blueberries
4 raspberries
Directions
Place all the ingredients in the baby feeder main chamber place the fresh food feeder spout, push up the plunger until the fresh food feeder spout is full of food.
The lolly is ready to be served to your baby or toddler
Enjoy…
Tips: add yogurt or milk or any milk alternatives.
Sprinkling oats flakes to the mix before serving
it will make this into a delicious creamy smoothie!

Otto The Octopus Cranberry Ice Smoothie:

This smoothie is perfect especially during baby’s teething days!

The ice will cool down and sooth the inflammation of baby’s gums. While the baby is chewing the spout, this will help the baby’s teeth to come out naturally

Ingredients:

1 tbsp fresh cranberries.
20ml milk – any type of milk here is suitable, if there is a cows’ milk allergy you can use almond or soy or coconut milk.
1tbsp liquid glucose or maple syrup – Liquid glucose or maple syrup helps the formation of soft crystal to allow the ice smoothie to be soft enough for the baby’s gums.

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the main chamber of the baby feeder and mash it with the mini masher. Screw on the top of the baby feeder the mashing cup to close it. Place the baby feeder into the freezer and allow to cool.

To serve it with fresh food feeder spout: before freezing place the fresh food feeder spout and push the mixture up, to fill the spout. Place into the freezer and allow to cool. Once frozen it is ready to be served.

To serve it as an ice-lolly: you do not need to place any spout just screw on the top of the baby feeder the mashing cup to seal it. Once it is frozen, unscrew the mashing cup and you can pop up the ice lolly and it is ready to be served!

‘Otto The Octopus’ Baby Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Scrambled eggs aren’t difficult once you know how.

This super-easy version can be made into the baby feeder main chamber or in a coffee mug simply into your microwave!

Cooking time 3 minutes!

Ingredients:

1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp butter

Directions:

Combine the egg, milk and butter into ‘Otto The octopus’ main chamber mixing with masher until yolks and white are well combined. Close loosely the top with the mashing cup. Microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH for 1 minute 30 seconds to 1 minute 45 seconds – stir every 20 to 30 seconds during cooking. Leave covered and let stand for 30 seconds to 1 minute before serving. Eggs will look slightly moist, but will finish cooking upon standing.

Place the fresh food feeder spout or the spout with larger hole and serve or alternatively serve into the cleaned mashing cup with the spoon.

Tip: make scrambled egg just before serving. Remember to start giving your child eggs when the health visitor said it is time to start…

 

 

 

How to make apple or pear mousse in 2 minutes!

How to make apple or pear mousse in 2 minutes!

This is a very simple, delicious recipe, suitable from the very first step of weaning, that every mum should keep as a secret! Gluten, dairy and nut free, this recipe is suitable from the very first step of weaning, a pleasure for all allergies sufferers!

Just simply peel and core 1 apple or 1 pear and place it in Otto’s main chamber

Cook in the microwave,  for 3 and ½ to 4 minutes, on high or until tender and let it cool!

Place the fresh food feeder spout and serve

There is no need to mash this food, because the babies will chew it themselves  through the spout, safely without the risk of chocking. They will naturally learn to chew and swallow food and learn, in no time, chewing food directly with confidence!

Variations

1) Adding 40 ml of formula milk or breast milk before cooling will give more nutrients

2) Vary the flavor of the sauce, by adding ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon or few lemon drops at your choice, it will enhance the taste. Giving our little one, the chance to explore and appreciate the goodness of fresh, natural ingredients since very early stage of weaning.

3) You can prepare this recipe in bigger quantities, into the baby feeder, mash it with the masher and store it in the freezer, in ice cube trays and later serve it with third stage feeder spout.

4)You can share this recipe with the whole family to accompany pancakes as healthy side sauce!