Terrible Twos!

Ok so we’re going through what people call the terrible twos stage.  Below are some tips to help you cope.

 

  1. I found that tantrums usually happen when the child feels they are not being heard.  Try to catch it before it develops fully by listening to what they are trying to tell you.  Are they tired, unsettled, hungry?
  2. Sometimes they can’t always communicate which leads to frustration on both sides.  Again actually coming down to their level physically and asking what they want can help.
  3. We all have busy lifestyles and never seem to have time for everything.  Make sure you set aside quality time with your child every day.  Playing, cooking, colouring, painting, going to the park – whatever it is it’s time between the two of you.
  4. Be firm – no means no.  These little kiddies are very clever and will learn what pushes your buttons and how to get their own way.  Stick to your guns so they know you are being serious.
  5. Use distraction techniques – pick them up take them in the garden for fresh air, ask them if they want to watch their favourite programme or nursery rhyme or play with a favourite toy.
  6. It’s really hard but try not to shout, keep calm, take deep breaths (lots!), be firm and hopefully they will start to realise you follow through with what you say.
  7. Triggers such as being out later than normal, going to Pre-School, potty training, new environments can all be triggers to make them unsettled.  Be wary of these times.
  8. Play dates with other children will help them get used to being around their peers.  They probably won’t play together yet but can start to learn to share (or fight over the same toy!).
  9. Sometimes it can get too much for the parent too – we also need time out.  Let someone look after your child, even if it’s for an hour and take a long bath, walk, read a book, meet a friend, listen to music or shut yourself away.  Anything that makes you feel relaxed and refreshed.
  10. Remind them you love them, shower them with kisses and cuddles.  They grow up fast!

She’s 1 year old!

Ok so baby girl turned 1 a couple of months ago.  Since I last blogged she started walking at around 9/10 months.  She started by standing and taking a step and then cruising along holding the sofa.  Once she got the hang of it she was running around and now I can just about keep up with her!  This means I have a harness for when we go out as if she needs to come out the pushchair I can’t trust her to just hold my hand as she tries to run off!  So I have found a harness to be great.

Food wise I started to introduce more of what we eat as family meals for her but chopped into small pieces and I don’t bother with the baby food anymore.  Lots of fruit and veg and finger foods seem to go down well.

I try to ensure she goes to classes or outings with other children each week as I think it’s good for her to mingle with other children.

Sleeping wise it seemed that suddenly at around 1 year old she stopped waking for her night feeds.  This happened quite suddenly but was great when it did happen!  From waking 2-3 times a night to 0 was amazing!!  Now she sleeps through around 11-12 hours a night with a small nap in the day.  (She’s doesn’t seem to want to nap much)

At around 1 year I also noticed that she seems so much more aware of her surroundings and became a lot more cheeky and knows what she wants (and what she doesn’t!)

Nappy changes are difficult as she doesn’t want to lay down still and just wriggles everywhere whilst shouting at me.  Difficult when it’s mid-nappy change but I try my best to distract her with toys and nappy cream tubs and it seems to work most of the time.

Baby girl definitely recognises words and tries to say some of them back to me such as duck, shoes and book.  I have taken her for Baby Signing classes for months so this may have had an impact on her starting to say words earlier but I’m not sure.  She does sign to me too which is great to see.

That’s all for now.

Some baby items I found really useful…

Hi

Well baby girl has been keeping me really busy!  I thought I would write a blog on some baby items which I have found really useful.

1. Baby Sleeping Bag
I didn’t realise how useful this would be and didn’t buy my first one it was given as a gift.  When baby girl went from sleeping in her small cosy moses basket to the big cot she found it a big change as expected.  Then one night we decided to try the baby sleeping bag and it worked, she slept like a log!  I guess she feels so cosy and cocooned in it.
Anyway it worked so well that when she grew out of that one I got her another and there is a noticeable difference when I use it.

2. Pouch spoons
These are small spoons which screw onto baby food pouches.  The idea is that you when you are out and about you don’t need to take a bowl with you.  You just warm up the food pouch in warm water, screw the spoon on and squeeze the pouch;  the food comes through a hole onto the spoon.

3. Flask for heating bottles/baby food.
A ‘normal’ flask won’t do as the idea is the ‘lid’ is as long as the flask, you pour your boiled water into the large ‘lid’ and place in your bottle or food container to heat up.  There are soup flasks available with large lids which would also do the job.  This is useful for taking out with you.

4. Baby safety cotton buds
The difference is that the cotton end is wide and tapers off into a small point.  Why I like these is that you are less likely to push the bud too far into their little ears.

5. Cold water steriliser
I found this easy to use as you fill up the container (I use Milton’s) with a certain amount of water and add a sterilising tablet.  The water is sterile for 24 hours which means you can remove and add washed items throughout the day.  After 15 minutes the items are sterile.  I use the Milton system but please always check the instructions.

6. Car seat base
When baby girl was newborn and in the first few months we used to take the car seat out the car more (also it attached to the pushchair) but not so much now as she is bigger.  But still the base was and is great as you just place the car seat on and you hear a bleep so you know it is in place properly.  This means no messing around with seat belts over the car seat.  Even though we don’t take the car seat out the car much now it’s still useful as we just place her in the seat and belt her in but we don’t have to fiddle with belting the actual seat in.  A time saver and I’ve heard it’s safer in the model I use which is a Maxi-Cosi pebble seat with a base.

7. Baby bath tub sponge
Great when baby girl was tiny.  You place the large sponge in the baby bath tub and it stops her sliding around and provides cushioning.

These are just some of the things I found useful, I hope you do too.

Thanks for reading.

20 week old baby

Hi

All babies develop at different rates and have milestones at various stages but I thought it would be nice to share what my little baby girl is doing at 20 weeks.

At 20 weeks these are some of the things my baby girl is doing:

* very easily distracted at feeding times
* still teething and chewing fingers – was advised to use teething powder for the pain
* gets excited when I come towards her
* shows a preference/cries for me in particular to pick her up when others are holding her
* recognises people (such as Grandparents)
* rotates wrists and stares fascinated at her own hands
* holds onto her ankles at nappy change time
* can flip onto her tummy completely from her back (but can’t go from her tummy onto her back yet)
* recognises nursery rhymes (loves Grand Old Duke of York and Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer – with actions of course!)
* often fusses in the pushchair as she wants to be held
* possibly recognises her name (not quite sure yet if it’s just a coincidence!) 
* enjoys hugs and kisses

 

John Lewis Baby Elephant Sleeping Bag Review

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I know it’s too hot to be using a baby sleeping bag just at the moment but it’s not long before the weather will start getting colder again.  I have used the John Lewis baby sleeping bag and will give you my experience below.

When baby girl was born she slept in the carrycot/bassinet for a few weeks with a blanket.  Then we decided to use the ‘big’ cot when she slept upstairs and at first she wasn’t happy!  I guess it was quite scary for her being cocooned in the womb and then to be in this large cot.  The transition from her Uppababy carrycot/bassinet where she felt cosy and then to be in this large cot must have been difficult.  Then I decided instead of using a blanket to try her John Lewis Baby Elephant Sleeping Bag…it was the best move for me!  She slept like a dream (pun intended!).  I guess she felt cosy and comfortable again so made her feel secure.  On top of this it gave me peace of mind that she couldn’t pull the covers over her face.

Product Details:
2.5  tog
100% cotton outer and 100% polyester filling
Size 0-6 months
Machine washable at 40°C

I like the fact that it had a zip up the bottom and side and popper buttons on each shoulder, so easy to take baby in and out the sleeping bag.  It has a good quality feel and it has been washed quite a few times and still looks good (very slight bobbles).  Only point I would say is that it says 0-6 months but with baby at 4 months I don’t think it will give her much leg room in a month or 2.  But I guess this obviously depends on the size of the baby but if it had been slightly longer that would have been great. 

At the moment it is too hot for a sleeping bag but I will be using another one when it gets colder again.

All in all a great idea.

 

Uppababy Vista Pushchair/Pram Review

So these days there is so much to think about when buying a pushchair that it can be quite overwhelming.  After much thought I decided to go for the Uppababy Vista as it had so many plus points; award winning (Which best buy), large basket, sturdy frame and wheels, carrycot could be used for overnight sleeping, adjustable pushchair seat, parent and forward facing seat and much more.  Below is my review of the Uppababy Vista.

So I ordered my Uppababy Vista in Red Denny and it arrived in 2 large boxes.  This pushchair is available in many colours but I went for something unisex but wanted something more colourful than black.  The fabrics are washable and interchangeable.

This is what the pushchair and carrycot look like:

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The Specifications of the pushchair are:
Unfolded: 63.5 x 111.75 x 89cm
Folded with seat attached: 63.5 x 45.7 x 81.3cm
Folded without seat attached: 63.5 x 30.5 x 81.3cm
Weight including canopy & basket:
Frame & Seat: 11.5kg, Frame Only: 8.4kg, Seat: 3.1kg, Carrycot: 3.8kg

So what do you get in the box (or boxes!):
Pushchair frame/chassis with seat unit and hood (integrated SPF 50 sunshade)
Carrycot with mattress (and removable mattress cover) and hood (integrated SPF 50 sunshade)
Rain cover for both carrycot and pushchair
Insect net cover for both carrycot and pushchair
Maxi Cosi / BeSafe iZi Go Infant Car Seat adapters

CARRYCOT (BASSINET)
I liked the fact that the mattress in the carrycot was suitable for overnight sleeping (aerated), some mattresses in prams are not.  This was great as it meant we used the carrycot insead of a moses basket from newborn which baby girl slept in really well.  The inside is lined with microsuede, really soft and I think baby girl found it really cosy.  I used a standard moses basket stand and the carrycot fitted this although you can buy an Uppababy carrycot stand if you wish.

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The carrycot fits easily onto the pushchair frame and lifts off with one click by releasing the lever at the back of the hood and lifting off the carrycot by the handle at the top of the hood.
You need to remove the carrycot to fold down the frame.

The mattress has a soft organic cotton/soy fibre removable zipped cover.  The hood can be pushed all the way down and also includes a integrated pop out SPF 50 sunshade.  This is great as you don’t need a parasol as it comes down quite far, the sunshade can be pulled out or pushed back when not in use.  The back of the hood can be zipped away to reveal a ventilated section.  There is also a matching cover which is attached by velcro, a rain cover and insect net cover.

Another great idea about this is that you also receive a dust bag so when you no longer need the carrycot it can be disassembled flat and stored away.

PUSHCHAIR (STROLLER) (To use from 6 months+)

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There are so many plus points to the pushchair which is what swayed me to the Uppababy Vista.  Firstly the seat is higher off the ground than other pushchairs so baby is elevated, good if you are going to a café/restaurant to use as a highchair and also not having to bend down so far when taking your child in and out.  The seat can be parent facing or forward facing and is removed and attached quite easily.  The handle is height adjustable.  The hood includes an integrated pop out SPF 50 sunshade which can be folded into the hood out of the way when not in use, same as on the carrycot.  When your baby is forward facing there is a ‘peep’ cover to check on your child which can be lifted and held down with magnets.  Child is held in the seat with a 5 point harness.

The seat unit can be reclined into various positions from fully flat to upright (5 positions).  There is a bumper bar which can be opened by push button from either side to get your child in and out the seat unit.  The bumper bar has a cover which can be removed and washed.  A push on push off break pedal.  You click down on the pedal from the top to lock and then again to unlock.  You get a rain cover and insect net cover.  Note you need to remove the seat from the frame to fold it down unless you have the seat forward facing.

All wheels (shock absorbing) are easily removable if need be.  The front swivel wheels can be locked.  A great plus point is the rather large shopping basket (never big enough!).  I have seen some other very expensive pushchairs and the baskets are so tiny (some even look like trays rather than baskets!) that once you have put your changing bag in there is no room for anything else.

What else is there to say…. you get Maxi Cosi / BeSafe iZi Go Infant Car Seat adapters.  When baby girl was newborn we often left the carrycot in the house as we were using it for sleeping and so we took our car seat straight out the car and put onto the pushchair with the adapters, great when she was asleep.  Although you shouldn’t keep the baby in the car seat for too long.  If you are going to be long then use the carrycot.  I also found that the rain cover for the carrycot fitted the Maxi Cosi Pebble car seat quite well.

Later if you have another child you can fit on a ‘PiggyBack’ so the older child can ride on the board.  Also you can add a ‘rumble seat’ so you can have 2 seats on the one pushchair frame.

vista_listerYou also get a 2 year Uppababy guarantee included but make sure you register your product with them.

Here is a link to the manual which gives you much detailed information.
Uppababy Vista Manual

I hope you found this review useful.  Overall I am very very happy with this pushchair.  If you have any comments or have this pushchair then please let me know below.

To dummy or not to dummy!

My little baby girl often has her fingers in her mouth due to teething and her gums are obviously aching.  We are using teething gel but I do feel she is often in discomfort.  I also have tried various teethers.  One of the teether’s have water in so you can put it in the fridge to cool it down so it’s more soothing on the gums.  She doesn’t seem to like any of the teethers that we’ve given her, I’m not sure if it’s because she can’t quite control her hand and keep it in her mouth or just doesn’t enjoy it.  She promptly throws it and starts to chew her fingers.

She rubs her head quite often and so has hair in her fingers so we thought it might be an idea to give her a dummy as we thought this might be easier to keep clean.  But on the flip side ideally I didn’t want to give her a dummy as I don’t want her to get addicted to it and also for orthodontic reasons it’s probably not ideal.

Anyway a couple of weeks ago I was given some dummies and I thought it was a sign to give it a try!  I gave her the dummy and surprise surprise she didn’t like it and threw it straight out.  I have tried a few times again when we have gone out just so she has it to soothe herself but she doesn’t seem to like it.

So for now I have decided to hold on the dummy but I may try it again just for when we are out and I can’t feed her just to soothe her.

Let me have your thoughts on dummies below.

17 Week old baby

Hi

All babies develop at different rates and have milestones at various stages but I thought it would be nice to share what my little baby girl is doing at 17 weeks.

At 17 weeks she often has her fingers in her mouth and at times tries to put her whole hand in – I think this is due to her gums aching.  For this I am giving her teething gel and teethers which she has for about 10 seconds then throws away as she prefers her own fingers!

She also had her immunisations last week which neither she nor I enjoyed!  I’m glad the next one’s are now when she is a year old.

Other things she is doing:
Sucks her fingers to soothe herself to sleep
Smiling
Laughing
More easily distracted at feeding times
Plays with feet
Follows me with her eyes when I put her in the cot so sometimes I have to stand there for a while
Has different recognisable cries/shouts for when she’s hungry or wants picking up for example
Feeding less often
Enjoys playing in her bouncer and with the baby gym

Pacapod Napier Changing Bag Review

So my Pacapod Napier arrived, ready for my baby massage class today!  I would like to share my review with you.

Below is the front of the bag.  It has 2 smaller clutch handles and one long adjustable over body strap which can be removed.  On the front you can see the orange Pacapod branded label and a zip around (2 zips) main compartment which holds the main pods which I will come to later.  The outside fabric is a cotton coated canvas with wipe clean finish.  Dimensions are H41 x W31 x D18cm.

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Below is the back of the bag.  There is a pocket halfway down the bag which has a magnetic hold, this is great for items you need to grab quickly, I keep my muslin cloth in here!   Above that there is a small zip pocket with a large zip pull.

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I have pulled the inside of the small zip pocket out of the bag so you can see exactly what this is like.  There are 3 separate sections which have an elasticated top.  You could put things like your mobile phone (if it fits – they seem to get larger and larger each year!), lip gloss, teething gel…
Another idea which I love as it’s one of those things easily misplaced or that you lose at the bottom of a bag is the key fob, you can easily clip your keys on, but not only this, the fob is on elastic so can be pulled out the pocket.

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Below is a shot of the top of the bag, you can see another zip compartment here, you could use this for your purse, baby clothes, toys…  There are 2 pram/pushchair straps which I have pulled out so you can see, these actually keep down in the bag and you just pull them out when you need them.  These straps are adjustable and rather than held with velcro are held together with plastic fastenings which I like.

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OK so the whole speciality of the Pacapod bags are the Pods so let me explain those.  Below is a picture of the front of the bag with the main compartment opened, this opens downwards to reveal the 2 pods. These are held in by velcro straps but each or both Pods can be removed from the bag.  P1030747

Another great design idea is that you could for example just remove the Changer Pod and take this to the Baby Changing Room rather than having to take the whole bag, or take out the Feeder Pod from the bottom of the pushchair.  Not only that but the handle at the back of each Pod has a velcro fastening so you could also attach each pod to the pushchair or take out just the Pod you need,  Great if you want to give your partner one Pod to take out or leave a Pod with a Childminder.

If you do remove the Pods there is obviously more room in the main bag or you could use on it’s own as for example a laptop bag.  When the main compartment is open you can see a pocket in the lid and you can just see the changing mat folded in here.  The changing mat has a velcro fastening to keep it folded.  You can then see 2 pods, one is called a ‘Changer Pod’ (grey) and one is a ‘Feeder Pod’ (black).  This is written on the little orange labels you can see on the Pods. You will also find that in the Pods there are little cute picture labels to tell you where everything goes to keep you organised.

So let’s look and see what’s in the Pods, firstly the Changer Pod, below I have added a picture so you can see what I have put in.  There are 2 zips so you can open up the front which folds open flat.  In the lid there is a pocket where you can slide in nappies, I have 4 in here.  At the back of the Pod are 2 large elastic straps which hold baby wipes but what I love about this is that you don’t actually have to pull the wipes packet out!  You can open the wipes packet from the centre without having to take the whole wipes pack, love it!  Then you have pockets on either side of the Pod, so you could put nappy change cream, nappy disposable bags, hand gel, sun cream etc in here.  There is still room to put other bits in the centre of the Pod.

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The second Pod is the Feeder Pod as below.  This is an insulated bag which Pacapod say holds 4 bottles and keeps them warm for up to 3 hours.  Later this could be used for pots of food and there is a little pocket on the right hand side where you can slip in cutlery.

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I think that’s pretty much everything,  You will see from my previous posts that I have already tried quite a few bags but the Pacapod stands out as quite different.  I have a baby massage class today so this should help me keep really organised which is sometimes impossible with a baby!  I hope you enjoyed this review, if you have any comments or have used this bag please leave me a message below.

First Post – Changing Bags!

OK so my baby girl is 16 weeks old now or 4 months if that makes it easier! (Everything seems to be in weeks when you have a baby)  She was born by cesarean so thing have been challenging but now I thought it would be good to start a blog and share my experiences, reviews and general thoughts.  I hope you find it an interesting read. I thought I’d start with changing bags and my experience so far, I’ve just ordered my fourth!  I first ordered a Jane´ Pram Bag in Blue Moon. 20140703_135344

The reason I chose this bag is as it’s not too girly as my husband is a hands on Father and I didn’t think he’d appreciate carrying a handbag type of changing bag!  It’s a messenger style with a shoulder strap, I found this bag OK, quite roomy but the flap over was a big annoying and and the straps are held down through 2 small loops which I never had the time to bother doing with a baby in tow.  One main zipped compartment, small webbed pocket on outside, the strap was a bit uncomfortable over the shoulder when the bag is heavy stuffed with baby items.  The fabric was good quality and I liked the changing mat although it’s a little on the small side.  Anyway I sold it and thought I’d try another. Second bag, I got the Caboodle Active which is a rucksack, back pack style of bag in black, again so it’s a unisex style.

Caboodle 1 (8) It has a built in side insulated bottle pocket which is handy for keeping milk warm or cold.  Loads of pockets, wet bag and large changing mat.  It looked good in the pictures but when I got it I thought it was quite ugly.  I really didn’t want to use it although I liked the size of the changing mat which was generous compared to the Jané one.

After this I tried the Babymel satchel in navy stripe.  Actually it does feel like the stripes make your eyes go funny.  Also it isn’t actually that roomy inside.

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So I went online and did some research and decided to now try the Pacapod.  I have ordered the Napier and am awaiting delivery any day now. Pacapod Napier I had never heard of these before but they are basically stylish bags and have 2 ‘pod’ bags which go inside.  One is for changing items and the other pod is insulated for bottles/food.  Everything has it’s place in the bag, great if you like to be organised which I do.  So I’ll let you know what I think of it once it arrives and I’m hoping I’ll like this one!

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