Bathtime Confidence with Flannel Fingers

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The first bath is such a big milestone for first time parents. I remember we put it off for ages as we were so nervous about putting a wriggling newborn into a bath full of water, and it's fair to say that neither of our babies were big fans of their first bath! And although you get more confident as a parent as they get older, the challenges of keeping hold of your baby once they move into the big bath just seem to get harder. When I read about Joey's Flannel Fingers I thought it was such a great idea to help with that transition. It's such a simple idea, but sometimes the simplest ones are the most brilliant, ...

Weaning Made Easy with Bibetta and Annabel Karmel

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I'll fully admit that weaning is one of the stages that I've enjoyed most both times. Even despite the difficulties we've had with Ben's allergies, I don't think you can beat introducing your child to all the different foods and watching them develop their likes and dislikes. But the definite downside of weaning is the mess! I did a great job in keeping the baby clothes lovely and stain free until we hit the weaning stage. Now I'm sure nearly every item of clothing Ben owns has a slight tinge of orange around the neckline. A good bib is one of the best investments you'll make if you like to buy nice clothes for your baby! I'm very much in the ...

Ben’s First Tooth! {With Nibbling Teething Accessories}

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We've hit one of the big milestones with Ben recently, and it's one that he's been thinking we've been on the cusp of for a while now - his first tooth! At 9 months he still had no signs of a tooth, despite having been teething for what felt like ages, so I think we were all relieved when that little white tip poked itself through. And lo and behold the following week it's little partner popped through next to it. We've been dosing him up on the calpol to get us all through, but we were thrilled to be sent these gorgeous teething products from Nibbling to ease his pain - particularly as his favourite way to relieve the ...

Guilt Free Snacking with Heavenly Tasty Organics

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I don't know about you, but there's one food that my fussy eating 3 year old loves, and that's snacks. It doesn't seem to matter what it is - call it a snack, and he's won round! So when the lovely folk at Heavenly Tasty Organics got in touch to see if we'd like to try out their range, I was pretty quick to say yes. The range was developed by mum Shauna McCarney-Blair, with the aim to create healthy snack options for young children and babies. The range is entirely free from artificial colours of flavours, and has no added sugar or salt. It's also perfect for little ones who have food allergies, as they're all gluten free and ...

Why I’m a Johnson’s Baby Ambassador

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I'm so proud to be working with Johnson’s Baby this year as one of their Brand Ambassadors. When it came to choosing products to use on my babies, Johnson’s Baby were the first brand that I went to, and I did it instinctively. They’re one of the brands that I remember fondly from my own childhood – the smell of the big yellow shampoo will always make me feel a bit nostalgic when I recognise it. These are products that my mum used for me and my sister when I was little, and they’re products that are top of my list when it comes to bathing my own children. I think bathtime is a time when so much bonding takes place, ...

Hop Little Bunny! Baby Fashion With The Disney Store

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It's coming up to Easter and my thoughts are filled with all things eggs, daffodils and bunnies. And when you have a cute little baby, the temptation to dress them up whenever you get the opportunity is just too good to miss! We're huge Disney fans in our house; I often think that Disney was the foundation to my childhood, and it's so lovely to be reliving it all again as my sons discover it for the first time. I was so thrilled when the Disney Store got in touch to see if we'd like to test out some of their baby range with Ben. But I was even more excited when I saw what they'd sent us through - a ...

All mess, no stress! {With Messy Me}

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If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that we're currently weaning Ben onto solid food. It's going really well and he's embracing the concept of food, but however you look at it, weaning is a messy process. You end up with food on your baby, on their clothes, on the table, on the floor, even in rooms that they didn't eat in (is anyone else's baby a thrower?) Messy Me is a brilliant range of products designed to make cleaning up the mess easier, with a range that includes splash mats, high chair covers, bibs, mini changing bags, and high chair inserts. They're all oilcloth, so completely wipe clean. Knowing how messy weaning can be, I jumped ...

The Infantino Cruise Around Activity Elephant Review

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With a 3 year age gap between Max and Ben, it's fair to say that I didn't expect it to be easy to find toys that appealed to them both and that they could both play with together. But when I was asked to review the Cruise Around Activity Elephant from Infantino, I wondered whether this might just be the one that fit that brief.     How Does It Work? The Infantino Cruise Around Activity Elephant is aimed at 9 months plus, and is designed to grow with your child, encouraging them to pull themselves up, and then teaching them counting and ball skills once they get to the later toddler stage. It's a great sensory experience, with bright colours, flashing lights, and ...

To Myself As A First Time Mum

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Becoming a parent was the most life changing event in my life. It quite literally turned my life upside down - I'd always considered myself to be quite a selfish person, and yet suddenly I had this little being, entirely dependent on me, who I was desperate to do the best for. It's a really scary time. It's crammed to the brim with emotions, and you're trying to learn things you've never done before with next to nothing in the way of an instruction manual. There is so much that I'd want to tell myself as a first time parent...   Trust Your Instincts As a first time mum, I scoffed at the phrase 'mother's intuition'. I'd never done this before, how could ...

Our Weaning Journey, with Obstacles Along the Way

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Weaning was one of my favourite baby stages with Max. I loved the exploration, watching his little face light up as he tried new flavours, and seeing his mouth wide open, like a baby bird, waiting for you to spoon in his favourite food. I had my first inkling that weaning with Ben might not be that easy when we were advised to try early weaning to help with his reflux, but he didn't even seem to remotely understand the concept of food, and either refused to open his mouth, or gagged on whatever we gave him. We had two very tentative attempts before 6 months, both of which were resounding failures, so I abandoned the idea of early weaning ...