Why A Bedtime Routine Really Can Improve Your Baby’s Sleep

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This is a paid collaboration as part of my Ambassador role with Johnson’s Baby   It’s fair to say that we’ve had an up and down relationship with bathtime in our house. Both of our boys have had phases where they’ve hated the bath, and although we’re in a good phase now, the thought of doing a bath and then the ensuing crying when you get them out is often too much to face at the end of a long day. Our boys tend to get 2-3 baths a week, rather than the bath forming a key part of our bedtime routine. But what if a stricter bathtime routine could help them to sleep better? The Johnson’s Baby 3-step bedtime routine consists of ...

5 Tips You Must Read If You’re A Parent Of A Reluctant Hair Washer

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This is a sponsored post, as part of my Brand Ambassador role with Johnson’s Baby   I can’t be the only parent out there who sometimes (ok, scratch that - often!) dreads bathtime. Max has been through lots of ups and downs with bathtime, and although he now loves it, washing his hair is still a struggle. Sometimes I think our neighbours must question our parenting from the screams that echo down our street during our bathtimes! If the thought of hairwash night brings you out in a cold sweat, then read on for my top tips for how we’ve managed to ease the stress of the hairwash.     The Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser Whale This little whale has been a total game changer for ...

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, ...

Making the night feed less painful with the Meemoobaby Meelight

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I love all the new products that have arrived on the market since Max was a baby, there are so many things that make life easier for life with a newborn. One of the things I was most excited about was the Meemoo Meelight night light, so when Cheeky Rascals sent me one to review I was really keen to test it out. When Max was little, I found the night feeds were hands down the hardest thing about becoming a parent. They continued for us until Max was about 7 months and it was relentless and exhausting. I used to try and keep lights fairly dim, but would have to use my bedside table lamp to get things started, and ...

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 ...