Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Harleigh - 3 Months Old

My little sausage is three months old already. I can't believe it. It's flown. She is already 1 quarter of a year old.

She is growing and changing every single day. She is so alert and wants to look at everything. She is super smiley and will do little high pitched giggles which is the cutest thing ever. She loves Paige and Parker and they often get the biggest smiles. She is starting to try roll over and has started hitting toys.

She is mostly still in 0-3 months clothes but does wear 3-6 months sometimes. Her 0-3m sleepsuits are starting to get a little tight. She is in size 2 nappies and just about to move up to size 3. She is still have 5oz bottles every 3 hours. She also has about 4 naps a day ranging from 20 minutes to a couple of hours. At the beginning of February she weighed 12lb.

Her night time sleep was wonderful then we hit a development leap and a growth spurt. She was doing 10 straight hours but now is very hit and miss. Sometimes she will do 4 hours followed by every 2 and sometimes she will do 6-8 hours followed by 1-2 hours.

Her eyes look like they are getting lighter and it makes me wonder if she will have eyes the same colour as Mark, which is a greyish sort of colour. Her cradle cap is getting better but we think she might have eczema like Paige did. She had a bald spot on the back of her head but that is starting to grow back already!

Nicola Xx

Monday, 20 February 2017

Review - Joie Serina 2in1 Swing

One of my top items for a new baby is always a swing. A comfortable place to pop your baby down and somewhere that the majority of the time they are happy to be whether awake or asleep.

With Paige and Parker we had the same swing but then lost it somehow so when I got with Harleigh I started the hunt for a new one. I came across the amazing Joie Serina 2in1 Swing.
This swing is pretty cool. It actually swings two different ways. All you have to do is simply twist the seat to the side and it will then swing front to back instead of side to side. This feature in my eyes is genius. It means that whichever way your baby like to swing they will love the Serina 2in1. Harleigh really likes swinging from side to side but my friends baby loves front to back. They can both enjoy the swing. There are also six different speed settings which is great. Harleigh likes to be on 4 right now but when she was a newborn we used to put it on the first one. The controls are really simple and easy to use.

Another great feature is the 2in1 aspect. The swing is actually a swing and a rocker. You simply click the button and off the seat comes. This makes is super easy to take baby into a different room with you but still keep then comfy and calm in there seat. It also means that if they are sleeping you don't have to wake them, you simply take them into another room with you.

There are also 3 position settings for the seat making it extra comfy for baby and means that when they are that little bit older they can look around a little easier. Two soothing vibrations and 5 classical lullabies and 5 nature sounds also help comfort baby. Harleigh prefers the higher vibration setting and the bird sounds. To use the vibration setting the rocker part does need batteries but the swing itself can be used with a plug or batteries. We use the plug and its so nice to just plug it in and have it ready, I imagine that running out of batteries would be a nightmare.

The swing itself isn't overly big, there are much bigger ones out there. It is a decent size though with plenty of room for baby to grow and will hold a baby up to 13kgs but I find it quite heavy. There are two wheels on the back to help you wheel it around if needed which is super handy. We went for quite a neutral print and I love the look of the swing and think it looks lovely in our living room. The swing doesn't fold up so if you need to take it down you have to take it apart.

There is also a nightlight setting with four brightness settings. We don't really use this now as Harleigh only uses the swing when its light but when she was younger it was a nice option during the evening when the bigger children went to bed.

The seat itself is very padded and looks very comfy. Harleigh always seems comfortable. There is a removable body support which is washable. A must have with a newborn. Its great to be able to remove and wash. There is also a 5-point harness to keep baby nice and secure. It has a soft cover over it to give baby that little extra comfort.

The overhead toy bar is the only thing that I don't love. I wish the toys were a little more interesting rather than just soft toys. I find that Harleigh gets a little bored looking at them but the good thing is that there is room to add extra toys on if you want.

Overall we love the Serina 2in1 swing. I honestly wouldn't want to use another swing now.

Do you think a swing is an essential baby item?

Nicola Xx

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

Friday, 17 February 2017

#win two tickets to the baby and toddler show

The UK’s Biggest Baby & Toddler Show is returning to EventCity, Manchester from 10-12 March
The Baby & Toddler Show, supported by Emma’s Diary, returns to the North West this March and with it comes all the shopping and expert advice new and expectant parents need to give their baby the best start in life.  The largest event of its kind in the North West, The Baby & Toddler Show has an amazing line-up of big name brands, unique innovative products, local companies and services and experts who are ready to give you a helping hand in parenthood.

This exciting time in a parent’s life has been all wrapped up at the show so you can enjoy all this..
* Save money with unbeatable deals on top brands and baby essentials - 100s of unique and useful products which you won’t find on the high street

* Guaranteed best prices on car seats, prams, buggies and furniture – find all the big name brands in one place including Bugaboo, Britax, Mamas & Papas, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny, Silver Cross, Cosatto, Bloom, Cybex, Joolz and many more.

* Over 150+ top brands and products to test, try, compare and buy - meet knowledgeable experts and have hands-on demos to find the right products for you 

* Hear from expert speakers giving new parents everything they need to know on sleeping, feeding, budgeting, first aid and more

Visiting is easy and stress-free – EventCity is really easy to get to, there is free parking, easy access for bumps and babies, and a huge Vital Baby Feeding Area and Baby Changing Area.
Find everything you need in one place and try, test and compare products and get demonstrations from knowledgeable experts so that you get the right products for you including…
Car seats & carriers • Prams • Buggies & travel systems • Cots, beds & furniture 
High chairs & feeding products • Toys • Baby and toddler safety products • Bouncers & walkers 
Nappies & changing products • Baby & toddler clothing • Weaning products • Maternity clothing & products • Bedding & blankets • Bathing products • Pushchair accessories • Maternity lingerie 
Bedding & mattresses • Reusable nappies • Playpens • Monitors • Mobiles • Playmats
Plus – all mums-to-be and new mums will receive a goody bag which includes lots of branded products such as nappies, cream, wipes, cosmetics and more! Visit the website to find out more information and to see the

Enter the competition below for your chance to win two tickets or use code BM16 for 1/3rd off.

Good luck!

Nicola Xx

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Siblings - February 2017

Another month with the three monsters! I'm never a fan of February and it seems the kids aren't either. They've had a pretty rough month, we all have. Rubbish weather, sickness and just general grumpiness. People waking at night, injections and not wanting to go to school.

One amazing thing this month is that they've grown even closer and interact so much more together. Its the most amazing thing to watch. Harleigh is all smiles for both Paige and Parker and loves to just stare at them and watch them. She is so close to giggling and they love trying to make her. They are still the best big brother and sister. I am so proud of them both. I can't wait to watch them grow up together.

Some last minute pictures saved me again, I'm rubbish at getting pictures of them all together. I usually get them in pairs but never all three! I must try harder but I have found myself reaching for my big camera when I do take pictures of them so that's lovely.

Our three little monsters, terrors and perfection all at the same time.

Nicola Xx

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