Thursday, 22 September 2016

Baby Buys #2

Here is the second instalment of our baby buys for baby #3. Check out my first post to see what other baby buys we've gotten for baby girl so far.

First up are the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles. We got these from Asda in the baby event for £10, such a bargain! These will go perfectly with our steriliser. We used these bottles with Paige and she loved them so hopefully baby girl will too.

Something else from Asda are these cute panda bibs. As you will know I am a little obsessed with Pandas but I didn't actually buy these, Mark did! He really can't resist cute baby items. At £3 for two you can't go wrong.

I love Next baby clothes as many parents do. Its great quality and they have some lovely items. I fell in love with these Monochrome Fairy sleepsuits and couldn't leave them behind. I'm also eyeing up the Little Sister Fairy sleepsuit.... SO cute!

Next up is a review item that we were very kindly sent from Bambeano. This is the baby bean bag which I can't wait to use with baby girl once she arrived. I love the idea and having a safe place to pop baby down is so important when they are so little. A full review will be coming once we have tried it out so look out for that!

Last up today is this cute headband from a shop called Like Sewiously on Etsy. This was actually the first item I bought when we found out baby was a girl. Surprise, surprise it has pandas on!!

We still need a changing mat and play mat amongst other things.

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Secret Hamper - Newborn Baby Mega Hamper

When a baby is born and you want to give the new parents a gift it can be hard sometimes to know what to give them. You may want to give them something more special or something more practical. I'm personally a fan of a bit of both. I always think it's nice to give something a little more special, maybe a personalised item along with something more practical that will actually be used. are a company that offer very practical gifts. They have hampers which are available for new parents, students, friends and neighbours. They have a couple of value choices in each category so there's sure to be something to suit your budget. Instead of featuring luxury gifts Secret Hampers features everyday essential items to make life a little bit easier for the receiver. The idea is that secret hampers saves you the trouble of going to the supermarket, buying a bunch of items and then delivering them to your person in need. You simply order a box and they deliver to your chosen address. 

We were recently sent the newborn baby mega hamper to try out. The items came in a huge box, to be honest I was expecting some sort of a hamper because of the name. Once opened there were some information leaflets and a letter from secret hampers which included a place for a personalised message which is lovely. 

Included in our box were 
  • Chocolate treat for Mum
  • Shaken Udder Milkshakes Pack of 3
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Curry sauce
  • Size 1 Nappies 3 Packs
  • Size 2 Nappies 2 Packs
  • Wetwipes 4 Packs
  • Small Powder Milk Bottle x 2
  • Muslin Squares x 6
  • Nappy Sacks
  • Cotton Wool Buds
  • Cotton Wool Pleats
  • Sudocrem
  • Saline Drops
  • Infacol
  • Teething Granules
  • Baby Bath 500ml
  • Baby Lotion 300ml
  • Tommee Tippee Baby Care Kit

I love the range of items. The baby items are very practical and will most definitely come in handy. I love that a lot of supermarket brands are included. We love using the supermarket brands and love the quality and price. Everything is very gender neutral which is great.
The medicine related items are also a great bonus. We've used saline drops, Infacol and teething granules with both Paige and Parker and love them all. Sometimes you do forget to buy then so its great to have them handy.

The other items which are included are a lovely thought. Some great cupboard items that are lovely to have a stock of especially when you have a newborn baby and some little treat items for mum and dad. The chocolate especially gets a big thumbs up from me!

Also included in our box were two little masks which the kids loved!

Overall I love the idea of Secret Hamper. I think it would be such a lovely, different and thoughtful gift to give new parents.

Would you ever try anything like Secret Hamper?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above item for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

30 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #3

This week baby is shedding lanugo. She will also put on around half a pound a week until she is born. Her eyes are still developing but she can see, this will improve over the next few weeks. She is around 17 inches long and weighs around 3 and a half pounds. If she isn't already she should be moving into a head down position for birth.

This week my belly is getting in the way, haha. Washing up I've noticed I have to stand further away and then it starts to hurt my back. Baby girls movements are also getting painful at times. I'm having more frequent Braxton hicks too, especially if I do a lot. I'm going to try to take it easy and not do as much in these coming weeks and just let my body rest a little. I've had nausea again this week and heartburn. A not so nice symptom are  nightmares. I keep having horrible dreams about people cutting my belly open and stealing the baby. I'm really hoping they stop soon as they are disturbing my sleep so I'm extra tired.
I got my whooping cough jab too. It was fine and just gave me a dead arm for a few days.

Waist - 29 inch, no change.
Belly - 36 inch, same as last week

Nicola Xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

Top 5 Tips For Helping Your Child To Brush Their Teeth

First Teeth

It can be so hard to get your toddler to brush their teeth. Half of the time they just refuse and then the other times they want to do it by themselves and you just know they aren't doing it properly. Its all about balance. About them feeling big enough to brush by themselves but then you also helping them out until they can do it well enough.

So here are my top five tips and tricks for encouraging a toddler to brush their teeth.

1. Let them pick their own toothbrush out - They are more likely to use a toothbrush with their favourite character on. It doesn't matter if you don't like it, if they do they are more likely to want to use it.

2. Brush your teeth with them - If your child sees you brushing your teeth they might be more likely to copy you because they want to be big like mummy/daddy. I always try to brush my teeth with the kids each day.

3. Make it routine - If brushing teeth is part of everyday routine children will learn and understand it's just something they have to do, like getting dressed or having a bath.

4. Start them young - As soon as that first little tooth pops through start brushing it. This usually happens around 6 months but not always. If they grow up knowing that they always brush their teeth they won't see reason to not do it.

5. Sing or make a little game out of brushing teeth - This just makes it a little more fun for them, maybe try doing a silly dance too. You also want to give them lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement.

We are quite lucky that with these little tips and tricks we've never had much problem with Paige or Parker. They both really enjoy brushing their teeth. Some days they are more willing than others but that's ok. Each day we brush their teeth morning and night, I will brush them first and then they will have a little go while I do mine.

It's so important to look after yours and yours children teeth. For more information why not check out The Centre For Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire.  

Have you got any tips or tricks for helping little ones to brush their teeth?

Nicola Xx

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