Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Review - Cocoonababy

Figuring out where your new baby is going to sleep can take a lot of thought. It can be hard to know what option to go with. There are so many different products on the market that claim to be the best for sleep, it can be hard to pick one.

Inside the womb babies are so cosy and held tightly by your body 24 hours a day. They are rocked to sleep with your movement and going from that to the outside world is a huge step. They need to feel safe and secure and the Cocoonababy does exactly that. It was specially designed to provide your baby with a comforting, reassuring, womb-like space to sleep in. The semi-foetal, gently curved position helps reassure baby and encourages peaceful sleep. It also improves the quality and length of sleep, reduces waking with the Moro reflex, limits reflux problems and minimizes the risk of a flat head. The Cocoonababy also includes a tummy band which holds baby securely but still allows them to move their arms and legs. It also has a removable wedge to help position baby in the semi-foetal position.

The Caooonababy is essentially a giant cushion for your baby to sleep on. It is thick and firm but soft enough to ensure that baby is comfortable.

Harleigh has used the Cocoonababy from birth and loves it. We love it too. She is very happy sleeping in it and I feel confident knowing that it is nice and safe for her. It is to be used inside the cot (on the lowest setting) or on the floor. It can be used from 6lb 2.6oz until 3-4 months when baby starts to roll over and change position while sleeping.

The covers are easily removed and washable, they can't go in the tumble dryer but don't take long to dry.

I love that you can adjust the wedge under the covers to grow with your baby.

We love the Cocoonababy and can't fault it. Harleigh looks comfortable, cosy and really calm. We can't recommend it enough and would consider it a newborn must have!
Would you consider trying the Cocoonababy?
Nicola Xx
*Disclaimer - We were sent the Cacoonababy for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Harleigh - 6 Weeks Old

Not much has changed with Harleigh this week.

She is getting really chunky now, you should see her thighs! She is still in size 2 nappies and 0-3 month clothes.

She is smiling more and is more alert during the day. We've had some good sleep this week. When we've put her down she's slept between 4-5 hours, one night it was almost 6!

She is on 5oz bottles now and will eat every 2-4 hours. She usually stocks up a little before bedtime which is why she is sleeping so well in that first stretch. After that she is usually up every 2 hours if not less.
I'll do her next update at 2 months and will then do monthly ones after that as things will be changing a lot less now.
Nicola Xx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Siblings - January

Another month has passed and all the children seem to be so much bigger this month. Harleigh is the one that has grown and changed the most which was always going to be the case. She is looking a lot less like a newborn now. It is really bittersweet. She is almost 2 months old.

Paige and Parker both still adore her. They constantly want to cuddle her, kiss her and play with her. It's going to be so amazing when she actually starts playing with them.

She will now smile in reaction to us and the kids adore that they can make her smile. They get happy if she just looks at them!

My three babies.
Nicola Xx
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My Sunday Photo - 15/01/2017


Friday, 13 January 2017

Review - Belly Bandit

During pregnancy I love my belly. I love watching it grow and feeling the baby moving around inside. After pregnancy I hate it. It feels so empty and jelly like. I'm quite lucky that in previous pregnancies my belly has gone down quite quickly.  Don't get me wrong I'm not one of these amazing women that walk out of hospital with a flat stomach but within a few weeks my belly is more or less back to normal and I just work on toning it a little.
With each pregnancy I've looked into ways to help my belly go down a little faster. One of the first companies I came across were Belly Bandit. Belly Bandit are a really popular brand who are known for their post pregnancy shape wear but now also sell items which are perfect during pregnancy too. 
Just before Harleigh was born I was sent the original Belly Bandit to review and have loved wearing it. The Belly Bandit works by helping to shrink the belly, waist and hips. It also;
  • Adds support to the upper body while breastfeeding
  • Comforts the mid-section after a C-section
  • Helps the body lose inches faster
  • Helps minimize stretch marks
  • Adds support to the back and legs
  • Accelerates the healing process
  • Streamlines the silhouette
  • Boosts self confidence
  • Aids in decreased bloating and swelling
  • Reminds you to utilize your core muscles
  • Helps to gently persuade muscles back together
I was sent the small size and I'm usually a UK size 6-8. I could of got a medium but I wanted the Belly Bandit to last so right after I had Harleigh the Belly Bandit didn't actually fit. I had to wait a week or two for my belly to go down naturally and then I started using the Belly Bandit. 
In the first few days after I started using it I noticed a big difference. My stomach was shrinking faster and I felt supported. My stomach muscles were very weak after pregnancy so the Belly Bandit helped to support my core and back. 
I wore the Belly Bandit most days but never slept in it, although you can. I felt like I needed that freedom at night. Actually wearing the Belly Bandit was fine., it was so easy to put on as it just uses Velcro. It was comfortable  to wear but you could see it under certain clothes. I found myself wearing slightly looser tops to hide the Belly Bandit underneath. After a couple of weeks I was ready to move down a size so if you are thinking of buying one maybe consider buying your size and then the size below, there are full size guides on the Belly Bandit website.
I'm almost 8 weeks postpartum and no longer wear the Belly Bandit. My belly still isn't back to pre pregnancy size but I think it's more to do with weight loss now rather than it shrinking down on it's own. I do think the belly Bandit helped shrink my stomach and would recommend it to a friend and have done. 
Have you ever tried the Belly Bandit or would you consider it?
Nicola Xx
*Disclaimer - I was sent the belly bandit for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*
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