Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Important Things Most Mums Forget When Expecting A New Baby

No matter how many kids you have, there are still some things that many mums forget about when having another child. These can be little things such as forgetting to pack some baby wipes in your hospital overnight bag. Or pretty big things that can have a big impact on your child’s development. So, to help all your new and not-so-new mums out, I’ve compiled this list of things that we all usually forget when we’re expecting a new baby!

A Traveller Seat

Everyone knows they need a pram and a car seat. But what not many mums know is that they can get a traveller seat which is two in one! This nifty seat can be fixed into your car for all your journeys. And it can then be taken out and snapped into place in your pram. So it makes travelling super easy. Especially if your little baby falls asleep in the journey! There are now many different brands that make these traveller seats, so you will definitely be able to find one that fits your budget.

Life Insurance

It’s not an easy thing to talk about, but you do need to plan for you and your partner’s deaths. Even at such a young age. You never know when it might happen, and the better prepared you are will make things less complicated for your children. As well as writing up a will, you should also consider buying life insurance policies. Get separate ones for you and your partner, as you can now get specialist policies for mums. You can see more about them at this Once you have taken out a policy, you can be happy in the knowledge that your children will have some financial stability after you go.

A Nursing Pillow

Are you planning on breastfeeding your new arrival? Then you could benefit from buying a nursing pillow. This plump, crescent shaped pillow will help to keep your baby in the optimal position for breastfeeding. But once you have bought your pillow, ask your health visitor for advice on how to use it correctly. If you use it incorrectly, you could actually be making it harder for your baby to latch onto your nipple.

Bottles And Formula

If you are only going to bottle feed, chances are you won’t forget your bottles and formula! But these are also important even if you want to just breastfeed your baby. Not all mums find breastfeeding easy, and many will have difficulty getting their baby to latch on in the beginning. So in the first few weeks, it is important to always have some formula milk handy just in case breastfeeding doesn’t go according to plan.

A Set Bedtime

If this is your second or third baby, it can be easy to lose how organised you were for your first baby. And one of the first things that slips is the new baby’s bedtime routine. It is super important that all young babies have a set bedtime routine. This will help them settle and sleep better. And if they are sleeping better, that means that you and your partner will be as well! Even if you have some older children who are demanding your attention, it is always worth enforcing a bedtime routine for your baby. If possible, try and tie it in with your elder children’s bedtime. Getting all the kids to bed early not only gives them enough sleep, but it also gives you and your partner some quality time together before bed!

Digital Thermometer

Small babies don’t have fully developed immune systems yet. So if they become ill when they are only a few weeks old, it is very important to detect the illness as soon as possible. And the best way to do this is to track their temperature with a digital thermometer. The best type to buy is a digital rectal thermometer. Devices used to test temperature of the ears and foreheads are not too accurate for babies. If you notice a change in your baby’s bodily temperature, take them to your family doctor immediately.

Swaddling Blankets

If your baby isn’t settling at night, it may be because they are disturbing themselves with their startle reflex. This is when they accidently hit themselves. There is one easy way to make sure this doesn’t happen when they are trying to get to sleep. You just need to wrap them in swaddling blankets. This is an age-old traditional that many mothers have been doing for centuries. Babies are tightly wrapped in the blankets to help them feel safe and secure. The sensation of being wrapped in the blanket is very similar to the sensation of being in the womb, which helps relax the baby.

A Baby Carrier

Baby carriers have become very popular over the past few years. They give you the chance to be much closer to your baby while you are out and about, so many parents prefer them to prams and pushchairs. However, it is absolutely necessary to try before you buy. Many shops will let you try the carrier on with your baby in it. Otherwise, you may get it home and find that your baby doesn’t fit in it! Don’t try and get away with carrying a baby in a carrier that isn’t 100% right. Your baby could end up getting hurt or injured.

A Breast Pump

If you are breastfeeding, you should invest in a top-quality breast pump. This will help you when you express your milk. You will want a reliable pump that will last you as long as your baby needs milk. You should also look for one that is durable and portable. Normally, this means paying quite a bit of money for an excellent pump. But it will certainly be worth it!

Now that you’ve read this blog post, you shouldn’t have to worry about forgetting some baby essentials. And you’ll find it much easier welcoming your new bundle of joy into the world!

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Day That ..... Review

Everyone has a day that means something special to them ...
Be it your wedding day,
The day your baby was born,
The day you moved into your new home,
Or the day you met your partner.

The Day That is a website that offers a unique way of celebrating that special day.

They have been taking photographs at dawn down on a beach in picturesque Cornwall every day since 2005.

The photographer gets a range of shots and then uploads them onto the website ready for people to pick that as their special photo.

I wasn't sure what special day I was going to go with, as I have so many.
I couldn't really pick one birth over another without someone getting jealous.
I decided the nicest idea sounded like choosing a photo which was taken on the day that me and Jon met.

We have a beach theme going on in our lounge so knew the photo would fit perfectly in with that.

There were 9 photos taken on November 30th 2010, so I had a decent range to pick from,
number 3 was the one that jumped out at me, so I knew straight away that was the one for us.

Our picture was beautifully framed and ready to hang as soon as it arrived.
You get a choice of frames to pick from, prices starting from £95
Silver Metal
       Black Metal     

If you wanted to get it framed yourself, you also have the option.

Once you have picked your photo, and frame you then go on to pick your size.

Frame size 60cm x 50cm £150
Frame size 50cm x 40cm £120
Frame size 35cm x 28cm £95

I think this whole idea is amazing and would be perfect as a new baby gift or for a wedding gift
It would be a gift that stood out amongst the rest and be placed on a wall for all to see.

I'm so pleased with our photo and every time someone comments on it, it makes me happy.

The website is so easy to use, and on all the dates that I checked there was a big choice to pick from, all as stunning as the other.

"It really does capture the spirit of a new life beginning, such a memorable moment and one we shall never forget. It's so beautiful"
Sir Elton John

**I was gifted the picture in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own** 

The Gang

Yesterday evening I took the gang to the park so they could get rid of the excess energy.

Ru hasn't been going to bed till about 11pm so I was hoping this would help make him fall asleep that little bit quicker.

The park was completely empty so they could do as they pleased.
I made them run around like the Flash, jump up the slide like Spiderman, then fly around like Batman.

They all left the park worn out rather nicely.

My plan worked as Ru eventually fell asleep at 8pm and I had a bit of a child free evening!
Mummy 1 - Ru 0