The Baby Show Haul

The Baby Show is an event fairly local to where we live in the midlands, I visited for the first time when I was pregnant with Nandy and didn’t purchase much as I felt completely inundated with choice and products which I wasn’t sure I would need.


This year was somewhat different and I visited with a more open mind as to the products which we use and a list of things we needed to buy.

Firstly we went off to see the lovely Kiera at Mama designs. We went last year specifically to buy one of her gorgeous mint and grey cellular blankets – it was a must for us to return to her stand again and purchase one of her gorgeous babasacs with the mono pineapple print on it!! We bagged this at a special show price, however, it has to be said that the normal price is still really competitive as the quality is superb and so so stylish!!!

It was then off for a quick bottom change for Nandy at the Aldi mamia changing area and they certainly didn’t disappoint! They gave us plenty of free nappy samples and whilst I waited they gave me some food samples too including pouches, snacks and even a pack of tommee tippee feeding spoons! All of which will come in extremely handy right now.

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Post Partum Diet & Fitness Journey

Before I had Nandy I was in decent shape a size 8-10 and an avid gym go-er. It’s no secret that I’m not happy with the changes to my body since being pregnant. I estimate I added some 4 stone in weight during pregnancy and the water retention was also pretty major! See my previous post “on Mum Bod


With the need to return to work looming I’ve decided I need to step it up a notch or two on the fitness and diet front. I really don’t want to go back to the office and look like a huge whale and face all the male chants of “oooh still pregnant are we?” Or such things. Plus one thing I’ve realised is that most of my confidence as a successful career woman comes with how I look. The high heels and sharp suits. One of my team politely put it that he was “hoping I would bring the glamour back”.

With being on maternity leave it’s so chilled and relaxed. You are around like-minded individuals who are in the same position and It’s so easy to sit in cafes all day drinking mocha lattes and eating cake chatting about baby sleep routines and milestones isn’t it!!!

So, cutting to the chase – I started my “21 day habit” at the local gym, they have given me a nutrition plan to follow and a set of rules and challenges.

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Nandys’ Holiday Wardrobe 

We go on holiday in a month and therefore it’s time to think about what to pack! It’s our very first ever family holiday – for ease we’ve decided to go away to Devon. So it’s British weather in May. What do we pack? 

Well just see below as to a selection of the items we will be taking with us. 

Most of the items are bought from Instagram shops as we are strong supporters of shopping small!! 

1. Letter Romper – Kids We Love – We have ordered the same as photographed but with a ‘M’ letter! 

We recently discovered this brand. We have ordered a huge haul of products from them and simply cannot wait for them to arrive!! 

2. Whale shorts – Lovebeebaby – We have a selection of items from this Instagram shop – everything is super soft and such incredible quality, always made to perfection and packaged so well. These shorts are the perfect Devon holiday design! 

3. Shark wetsuit – this is from Jojo Maman Bebe – at £19.00 we felt this was perfect for days on the beach to protect Nandy from the sun and the Sea! We will still need a waterproof nappy underneath! 

4. I am Loved Tshirt – I am Loved – we have so many tshirts from this wonderful Instagram shop, this grey colour is so summery and perfect alternative to white, which isn’t practical for us at the moment due to Nandy staining his clothes when eating! 

5. Summer hat – Love Roo – This hat is available in lots of different prints – we chose the linen stripe but we also love the whale print too!!! Perfect to keep little heads cool and protected from the sun! 

I was not sponsored or endorsed in any way to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on what to pack for a holiday with a little one! What are your go to items? Comment below! 

Rebecca 

Kokoso Baby – Natural baby brush review

Nandy has cradle cap – he’s had it since he was very small. It’s an inconvience – it looks ugly and unsightly and I’d do anything to feel his soft and scale free hair and scalp.

It is important to note that Nandy also has eczema which we need specialist prescribed creams for from the GP which limits what we can do with his dry skin / cradle cap treatment and always advisable to seek advice from a health professional if your baby suffers from skin conditions and you’re not sure what to use on their skin. 

We have tried a number of products on his head such as olive oil, dentinox cradle cap shampoo, baby oil, emulsifying ointments and unnatural plastic bristled baby brushes.

Now it can be said honestly that his cradle cap has improved over time with the use of the cradle cap shampoo, and some combing with a plastic comb and brush, but, it’s still there and can occasionally flares up even when we think it’s on the out! Just when I thought that we would be stuck with this issue forever imagine my excitement when this package from @kokoso baby landed!


Their cradle cap brush is made of 100% natural bristles and beechwood and can help with the cradle cap, or so they say….
We set out in testing the theory right away and used the brush to gently exfoliate Nandys scalp only once a day for a few weeks. 

The Result – I can honestly say his cradle cap has almost gone!!! 

Whereas we used to have large sized greasy scales on the top to the front of his head – there are now only the odd signs of tiny white dry flecks which are more like dandruff now rather than scales!

The brush is made so beautifully with it’s beech wood handle so it looks so nice in his nursery too! No more nasty plastic Brushes. 

Kokoso coconut oil and cradle cap brush


You can always finish off after brushing with a nice baby head massage using Kokoso coconut oil. Unfortunately we didn’t do this as we only use the coconut oil on Nandys face to help with any dry patches but it would certainly be acceptable to use on the hair and scalp and may have even helped to clear the cradle cap quicker than just using the brush alone. 

You can purchase the Kokoso cradle cap brush from their website at a great price if only £7.99! 

Rebecca 

We were sent the natural baby brush to review and genuinely love it, we were not paid to advertise this product. All opinions and reviews are my own. 

Note **Kokoso always recommend you carry out a patch test first before using the product to be sure your little one doesn’t react. 

6 Spring essentials for a stylish Mum

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I do like to dress well but since having Nandy I’ve found my shape has changed, I don’t feel the same towards fashion as I once did and I feel unbalanced tottering around in my heels these days. But that doesnt mean we have to dress frumpy or lose our sense of style right?

I’ve therefore decided to write up a blog post about 6 stylish items which I love and which I feel are those must have items for stylish spring wardrobe and dressing table!

1. Jo Malone perfume – I adore Jo Malone products, I have various things such as bath oils and colognes but my must have favourite is one which hubby bought me for christmas – their honey blossom scent is just so sweet and girly!

2. DKNY Blush bag – I recently treated myslef to this goregous blush handbag from DKNY. It goes with everything and is perfect for nights out with friends where you wanr ro dress up and feel glam

3. Cluse Watch – Im in love with anything marble at the moment and I own a cluse watch already, so why not combine the two!? This watch is just sooo pretty!

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4. Suede Biker Jackets – The one shown is from river island but you can get these from anywhere at the moment, I have two one from new look and one from missguided. They are perfect for where you get a bit chilly and need to throw something over a grey t-shirt

5. Jimmy Choo trainers – Im totally in love with these rose gold trainers from Jimmy Choo, I know they are extravagant but they are also awesome. Nuff said.

6. Tom Ford eye pallete – I had this as a gift too, its well worth the money, the colours in the pallette are super shimmery and cute. The perfect everyday spring colours.

 

The views above are entirely my owna nd I have not been sponsored or endorsed to promote these products.

So what are your go to items of clothing? Do you have any favourites? Leave me a comment because I’d love to get inspired!

Our “could not live without” must buys!

I don’t know about anyone else but when I discovered I was pregnant I bought the whole of the baby ailse out of excitement! I had every product going as well as a selection of other bits which it transpires I didn’t even NEED!

So after spending a day cleaning out Nandys room I decided to write a little post of those “must have” buys for life with a baby.

Now everyone has their own preferences so I must stress is important you find what works for you and your baby. Most people know that Nandy suffers from eczema so we are very limited on the products which we can use on his skin.

Below are some of the must have items which I could not have lived without these past 7 months

 

1. Lanisoh Breast pads / nipple cream and breast milk bags – Because I breastfeed I couldn’t live without these products in the early days especially.

2. Kokoso baby – coconut oil – perfect for his face as it gets so dry!

3. Vaseline – we have been using this recently to target dry skin and rash around his mouth from teething and its worked wonders!

4. Sudocream – This is our go to nappy rash cream, Nandy doesn’t really suffer from nappy rash, but when he gets sore I just slather some of this on and its gone within hours!

5. Snufflebabe products – Nandy has always been rather snuffly so these nasal drops and sprays have been a godsend as we were able to use them from an early age. We have recently started to use the rub on his baby grow to help him breathe easier at night.

6. Waterwipes – With Nandy having eczema we have to be careful about what we put on his skin and I’m so glad we always used these wipes from when he was born, they are so natural and just fantastic and don’t have perfumed nasty smell.

7. Aldi Mamia nappy bags – we used to have the nappy disposal system but the cartridges were expensive to replace so we switched to nappy bags, the Aldi ones are cheap and so effective!!

8. Dentinox products – we absolutely swear by dentinox cradle cap shampoo and its been a lifesaver for his head, for some reason I can’t seem to buy it anywhere now! Dentinox teething gel is also the best we’ve found, weve tried a number of teething gels but this one seems to work the best.

 

I would seriously recommend you do what is right for you and your baby and it takes time to find those perfect products, but you will.

I’d love to hear about your ideal products, so leave us a comment!

Rebecca

 

 

 

Mum / Wife / Dogsbody

Yesterday – it was an uber productive day!! Mum came over to watch Nandy so I could get stuff done – I started with the cooker – the gas rings on the rangemaster had turned from shiny silver to grease stained brown, I scrubbed it until it gleaned once more!!

Next on the hit list was the stack of leaves outside – I swept them all up and binned them = happy me.

I then proceeded to make beds / Hoover / put clean washing away / tidy / clean toilets and wash up (after 3 baby led weaning meal times had destroyed my kitchen).

Next on the to do list was to take Nandy to see the doctor about his eczema – I went through the upset of being told his skin is infected and we needed yet more creams, so off I went to collect another prescription from the pharmacy.

Did I mention I hadn’t even found the time to pee at this point?

I even cooked hubby his favourite a Moroccan steak for tea, he walks through the door to a spotless house a happy baby and his dinner cooking … I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, cue hubby tutting and huffing at the fact that I had failed to empty the nappy bin is what went wrong!

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The offensive nappy bin and pile of washing

It was like he had flicked a “crazy” button on the side of my head and I just went into meltdown. A huge row ensued and both of us didn’t speak a word to each other for the rest of the evening!

My point of view :- why do they always pick fault with the one thing you haven’t done rather than focus on the 15 you have done that day?

I scrubbed the gas rings on the cooker and he picks fault at a nappy bin???

Somedays we just want to be told how amazing we are and that we have super powers and we are perfect don’t we??

 

Anyone else feel like a general dogsbody / mum / wife / knackered person? 

5 tips for Travelling light with a baby

Before I gave birth to Nandy I purchased a lovely baby bag from baby beau from very. I chose this bag because I felt it wasnt overly girly and therefore my husband could use it too without being embarrased by some of the pretty coloured ones you can buy!

When the bag arrived I soon realised why it was the perfect choice, inside the main bag was a small bag with lots of compartments and a fold out changing mat. This changing mat has literally transformed the way in which I travel with a baby!

The main bag stays in the boot of the car – including a change of clothing for any bum explosions or sick moments. Leaving me with only his nappy clutch in the base of the pram.

Now, I hasten to add that I am able to travel light because I breastfeed so there are no bottles to transport and also we are only just weaning so we also dont need bibs and food!

My husband is also a great believer that mums carry far too much ‘stuff’ to put it politely. He is quite a hands-on dad and when he attends baby groups he is simply astonished by all the mums who must be riddled with back problems!

Most carry their baby in the car seat with a baby bag (ram packed with stuff) ont heir one shoulder and a handbag on the other and its simply not necessary!

Below are my top tips on how to travel light with a small baby:

  1. Invest in a nappy clutch / nappy roll like this one:
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Nappy clutch from http://www.loveroo.co.uk

These clutches are simply wonderful, not only are you helping to support small business by purchasing handmade but you are also getting a high quality item which has been carefully considered to suit mums needs. I

…..and a nappy roll / travel clutch like this one.

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Baby beau travel clutch

 

Lets take a peak inside my nappy clutches…

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Clutch customised from Love Roo – includes a whole pack of wipes, 2 nappies, 2 nappy bags, a teether, a tude of sudocream and dentinox and a change of top

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My husband uses this nappy roll from baby beau, it has a tear away changing mat and pockets for nappies and wipes.

2. Purchase smaller sized / travel creams

Sudocream do a small sixe nappy cream in a tube which is perfect for transporting arounf (rather than using the big grey tub!) I can fit 2-3 pampers nappies size 4 in my clutch, including a pack of wet wipes, nappy bags and a muslin cloth (for any accidents).

3. Dont go out with things which are not necessary!

Why take the whole pack of nappy bags out with you when you can literally pull out one or two bags and take those? The handy clear pockets in the baby beau changing mat help me to keep these safe.

Pack only a few nappies in the nappy clutch and then eave some more in the main bag in the car for emergencies.

Do you really need 4 toys when they only use 1 at a time? Consider packing more discreet teethers like this one from foxsfelts.

Do you need 3 muslin cloths and 4 bibs? Again keep purely the essentials in the nappy clutch and then carry the rest in the main bag.

4. Have a normal handbag

I cant stress enough how much having a normal hangbag has transformed my life! I hear mums say how much they miss having a normal handbag! well have one then! I carry a modalu england designer handbag around with me and the nappy clutch inside. It makes me feel less mumsy and more like me!

5.Breastfeed (if possible).

I understand that not all of us want or choose to breastfeed our babies, but I dont think I could have bottlefed, its so much work, cleaning bottles, being organised and carrying the formula around – I actually take my hat off to bottlefeeding mummies as its actually harder!! I can be so lazy with breastfeeding, it enbales me to feed wherever and whenever I want with no prep and no mess.

Hope you’ve found this post informative, I’d appreciate any polite comments on how you find it best to travel with your little one.
Rebecca

5 ways to encourage decent baby sleep

So we’ve all been there, your new bundle of joy won’t stop screaming at you. It’s night 5 and you’ve had zero sleep. The only thing that seems to work is constant cradling and feeding. I do assure you that there is a light at the end of that dark dark tunnel. Below I give a few examples of great items which have helped us improve our sleep journey with a newborn!

1. Invest in a co-sleeper!

We decided a Moses basket wasn’t for us and invested in a Cosleeper from chicco. This next to me bed was classy in terms of style and matched our decor perfectly but also acted as a safe and comfortable bed for our newborn to snooze in. Because I was breastfeeding the cosleeper enabled me to nurse and then simply gently place Nandy back into his cot next to me without leaving the bed.

2. Invest in a cocoonababy

So after the above we soon came to realise that Nandy was a reflux baby and therefore kept waking himself up with the Moro reflex everytime he struggled with being flat on his back due to reflux. A friend of ours kindly lent us their cocoonababy and my god it was a lifesaver! I would seriously without doubt recommend anyone with a baby invest in one. They aren’t cheap to buy; but in my opinion well worth every penny!

3. Invest in a grobag.

When I purchased a grobag for Nandy before he was born it resulted in an argument with my husband about why – he said there was no fact behind their statement that it helped reduced SIDS. He thought I was buying one because it was trendy rather than practical. Fast forward 6 months and my husband is the first person in the queue when it comes to these and we now own 5!

Top tip – buy a multipack as the baby is bound to poonami and whilst one is washing the other can be used!

4. Invest in a Dream Sheep.

Ok so I would be the first person to admit that I nicknamed this thing “Ewan the scream sheep” initially as it didn’t seem to help settle Nandy off. Tip: persist!

Now Nandy is 7 months old he actually stares at the dream sheep each night and lovingly touches it before drifting back off into a slumber.

He’s become so used to it now that we couldn’t do without it!

5. Invest in decent nappies

Theres nothing worse than having a sleeping baby who is half asleep / half crying who has overspilled their nappy! I’ve found since we’ve been leaving Nandy in his nappy as long as possible in the night he sleeps better. Pampers extra dry plus have helped keep any wetness away from his skin!

5 ways to achieve a Baby / You Balance

I’ve made friends with a few Mummy friends since having Max and one of the most important things I’ve come to realise about being a Mummy is the need to take some time out!

So what does a typical day look like for me and what do I do to relax and unwind?

Ok so the initial few months of motherhood went by in a blur of constant breastfeeding and shhshhing but now I can see some clear light pathing the way for me.

1. Join the gym / do some excerise

I was an avid gym goer before I fell pregnant and put on a lot of weight during pregnancy which has left me feeling rather crappy, I therefore decided it was time to start getting my fitness back. Ive run a few times and gone to a few spin classes, all of which has left me feeling re- energised and better about myself.

2. Buy yourself something nice

I’m the first to admit I spend 99% of my money on Nandy now and spend little on myself. The other week I treated myself to some new makeup / creams and a pair of jeans – all of which made me feel loads better.

3. Spend time with friends

Recently I’ve been expressing bottles of milk so that I can have a few hours out with friends. I’ve been for a nice meal, to the cinema, out for a drink and shopping. All of which made me feel less “mumsy” and gave me a few hours of non-baby talk.

4. Eat dinner with your other half when baby is in bed / have a date night 

Lately we’ve been putting the baby down early and then leaving time for us to enjoy dinner together so we can talk discuss work / how our days have been.

We also went on a date night to eat nice food and watch a comedy show which gave us much needed relaxation.

5. Get a hobby!

You might be thinking I’m mad but a hobby will give you that down time you need from baby – I’ve recently started reading home improvement books and learning  how to crochet. As boring as that sounds it enables me to switch my brain off from baby for 30 mins!

I hope you’ve found this article informative!

Rebecca