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NOW CLOSED: Are you going through the weaning stage with your baby? Would you be interested in getting some tips on weaning at the Plum Cookery School? Great prize on offer for one MNer

(32 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 17-May-12 11:09:57

We've been asked by Plum Baby, the Organic baby food brand, to find one Mumsnetter with a baby aged approximately 6-12 months to go along to a special two day filming session at the Plum Cookery school in Buckinghamshire on 26 and 27 June.

Plum says: "At Plum, we understand that there are enough sleepless nights when it comes to little ones, without having weaning to worry about too. So, we are opening the doors to the Plum Cookery School to reveal some of the tasty secrets behind Plum?s recipes and support parents through the weaning process. You and your baby are invited to be a part of this unique experience where you can meet our celebrity chefs".

Plum is looking for one Mumsnetter to attend the Cookery School for two days. They will learn all about the weaning journey, take cookery lessons with their little one and have the chance to talk to Plum experts. They'll also be the stars of Plum's all new weaning videos, a guide to help parents across the country with their weaning worries.

As well as being a part of the Plum Cookery School, the selected MNer will also receive travel and overnight accommodation, a video camera to film how their weaning journey continues at home and £500 for their baby.

The Cookery School sessions will be filmed and edited into 'episodes' which will then be shown on YouTube and elsewhere (including on Mumsnet). A total of five mums and babies will be attending and we are looking for one MNer to join the group. Food and drink will be provided during the sessions.

Plum says: "Celebrity chef, Rachel Allen is working with Plum as part of the Cookery School. She'll be on hand to give her recipe suggestions, answer any cooking-related questions and tell her own anecdotes about weaning her children. Together with Rachel, gathered foodies will even work together to help to create the next range of Plum recipes.
"Hosting the Plum Cookery School will be children's food expert, Beverley Glock. Beverley is the author of successful book 500 Baby and Toddler Foods and has 11 years'experience of cooking with mums and babies"

How to get involved
If you think your LO has the makings of a Masterchef winner and you are available for filming in Buckinghamshire on 26 and 27 June then please add your details here

Once we have the volunteers MN will send the list (excluding MN name) over to the team at Plum Baby who will compile a shortlist and be in touch with them directly. The entries will be judges by a panel of experts at Plum. Winners must be available on June 26 and 27 to attend the Plum Cookery School in Buckinghamshire. Entries close at 5:30pm on Monday 28th May. For full terms and conditions, please look here

There will then be a final Skype interview with the shortlist with the company who will be filming the content.

Thanks and good luck

FourYolksAche Sat 19-May-12 11:50:35

Sounds v exciting, but am planning to start DS who is almost 6mo on BLW and skip purees - is this more suited to someone who plans to use purees? Plum make purees so I assume that's the focus.

babloogirl Sat 19-May-12 13:39:45

I can do 26th but I would have a plus one on 27th, can I still join?

nickelbabe Sat 19-May-12 15:22:53

it does sound exciting, but we're going to do the BLW route too.

I've been reading a lot about it, and have decided that puree feeding sounds like force-feeding, which is not okay for adults, so why would it be okay for babies?

UntamedShrew Sat 19-May-12 17:51:33

I'm doing puréed currently - I don't see it as force feeding as I hold the spoon near DD's face and she launches herself out of the bumbo to get her mouth round it grin

babloogirl Sat 19-May-12 18:06:31

doing puree too and it is definitely not force feeding, dd knows how to say she had enough and throw the spoonful in the air


BLW people - we started with that but now use purees too. Definitely not force feeding. He opens his mouth, we offer food. He soon wafts it away if he's not interested.

ceeveebee Sat 19-May-12 20:01:20

I've applied, hope I am eligible as I have twins, just started weaning last week so great timing, am doing mixture of mush and BLW and no I do not force feed my babies!

mamij Sat 19-May-12 20:46:38

I'd love to do it too but am also doing BLW. Sounds fun for whoever gets picked though.

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peggyblackett Sun 20-May-12 09:26:10

What a shame, dd2 will only be 5 months otherwise I'd enter.

For those of you who are concerned about purees you should read the BMJ article from 18 months ago - I'll see if I can find it.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 20-May-12 09:30:49

babloogirl - do apply and state that and they can take that into account.

thanks to everyone who has applied so far....

FourYolksAche Sun 20-May-12 10:02:02

BMJ article here on BLW. Thanks peggyblackett - interesting read.

babloogirl Sun 20-May-12 10:19:00

I have applied but I think I forgot to put my mn name blush

I didn't state who my plus one would be (it is my 14yo sister who is arriving from France on 26th night time to spend 3 weeks with us so not a toddler running around)

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-May-12 13:54:54

babloogirl - I have amended your form for you - thanks.

ghosteditor Tue 22-May-12 21:17:24

Sounds like fun! My baby will be 5.5 months at the time - how strict is the 'approximately 6-12 months' target? I think we will start weaning around that time, though we're focusing on BLW too.

Woofsaidtheladybird Tue 22-May-12 23:08:35

I'd love to enter too - again, are the age limits very tough? DS is now 5 months but will be 6 months by 26 / 27 June? Pleeeeaase? smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-May-12 23:10:33

I think baby would need to be 6 months by 26 June. thanks!

ghosteditor Tue 22-May-12 23:20:41


Woofsaidtheladybird Tue 22-May-12 23:26:30

Thanks! Will apply tomorrow!

OhNoMyFanjo Wed 23-May-12 07:11:35

BMJ article here on BLW. Thanks peggyblackett - interesting read.

Funny cause such a small sample would normally get many mnetters dismissing tge results.

lagoonhaze Sat 26-May-12 16:01:43

Can you check if I actually applied please- think it crashed.

lazymonkeyface Sat 26-May-12 21:48:09

I think I added the wrong information. When it asked about who was coming, i thought they meant details of the baby... whoops!

If this isn't the case, can you ammend it to my mom, birthdate 8/9/66 and no allergies?


AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 27-May-12 18:42:20

lazymonkey - it did mean about the baby you'd go with! thanks

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