Saturday, 27 August 2016

Mummy and Me - August


August flew by. In a matter of days Parker will be starting nursery and then a couple of weeks later Paige will be starting reception. I'm not ready for either to happen and they've come around so quickly.

This month was a real mix of moments. I've spent a lot of it struggling with my Hyperemesis. The other parts were spent enjoying the sunshine and trying to just carry on as normal. I'm starting the third trimester very soon so getting to that tired and uncomfortable stage. I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of dreading the nursery and school runs. Especially the ones in October and early November as my due date gets closer. 




We've had some lovely times together this month. Some of my favourites were actually us watching movies and eating doughnuts in a afternoon while we watched films. We've had a few pretty miserable weather days so this has made our afternoons really lovely and relaxing.



Our pictures this months are from our recent trip down to see marks family. We spent the day by the sea. It rained but that didn't stop the fun. Chips and doughnuts were eaten. We also won loads of teddies and just enjoyed each other's company. The pictures aren't particularly great but I love them, me and my babies!

Nicola Xx



Nicola... Life Through My Eyes


Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Booster Seat Regulations

While pregnant I always researched every single product before buying it. I love reading reviews and recommendations from other parents. Its one of the reason I started blogging and love the blogging world so much! One of the hardest things I found researching are car seats. There are so many laws, regulations you have to follow to keep your child safe. We all want what's best for our children and keeping them safe while travelling in a car is a top priority.

Did you know the law is about to change for booster seat rules?

The current law states that all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat appropriate to their weight or height. This is a must until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years in age – which ever they reach first. After this point, they must then use an adult seat belt.

When the new backless booster seat regulations come into force they will include making backless booster seats approved only for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. Backless booster seats don't offer the same protection for children as high-backed car seats. They don't provide the side protection, head support or threaded seat belt guides.

When the new law comes into play it will apply to new products that come onto the market. It will not apply to ones already in use that comply with safety laws. So you won't have to buy a new car seat to meet with the new laws as long as your old one complies with existing regulations, so you don't have to worry about breaking the new laws by using your old booster seat.

It is important to remember that a backless booster seat really doesn't offer much protection at all, especially if you are involved in an accident that involves side impact. Many parents may fear the cost of buying a new high back booster seat but it doesn't have to be expensive. Online4Baby have a wide variety of high back booster seats available at very reasonable prices.

It can be very confusing finding the perfect car seat for your little one and can take a lot of research. As long as it complies to the laws the style and design don't have to be the prettiest around. It just needs to be safe.

Does your child currently use a backless booster?

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

B2S Coats from House Of Fraser

With back to school right around the corner Paige needed a new coat to go with her new school uniform. Her last one is now too small and the Autumn weather will soon be setting in so she needs a little more than a light summer jacket.

We found this gorgeous Joules coat from House Of Fraser and fell in love. They have a lovely range of B2S coats & jackets.


I ordered Paige the age five and I think it fits her really well. She still has a little growing room left which hopefully means it will last through Autumn and Winter. The coat itself is gorgeous and really lovely quality. It is quilted and has a hood which I think is an essential for a school coat. Its also machine washable which is great, we all know how messy children can get.


Like I mentioned before there is a hood. It is a lovely size. The flower print inside is gorgeous but not over powering, if your little girl isn't particularly girly but it is a lovely touch.


One of my favourite things about the coat is the rose gold details. They are so pretty and add a really girly touch. There is also the Joules signature rabbit. I love that its really a small detail and not in your face. The pink looks lovely against the blue of the coat too.


The sleeves are cuffed at the end which means they stay where they are meant to, I also think they help keep the warmth in a little bit more too. The pockets are great and don't have zips or poppers, which means easy access. for younger children.
 

Both me and Paige both love the coat. She looks grown up and I think it will be perfect for when she starts reception in September.

Have you found your little one a back to school coat yet?

Nicola Xx

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

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

26 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #3


Baby
This week baby girl is around 1.75lbs to 2lbs. The brain and lungs are much more developed. She can detect light and dark and can hear outside noises. Her eyes also begin to open this week.


Symptoms
I feel like nothing much had changed this week. My skin is still crap. I'm still having pelvic and back pain. My hair seems really flat and life less but isn't getting greasy quickly which is nice. I'm still experiencing nausea a lot but not 24/7 which is a nice little break.

Baby girl is still moving up a storm and wiggling all the time. Every time I sit down or stop moving she goes crazy.

I am so close to the third trimester. I still  can't believe how quickly it is going. We still have loads to buy! I need to start soon.


Waist - 28.5 inch, so half an inch less than last week.
Belly - 34 inch, so half an inch bigger than last week.

Nicola Xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

Introducing New Pampers Baby- Dry!



Did you know that babies spend around half their time asleep? Those precious hours aren’t just important for their mood, but they also have a positive impact on their development, too! Which is why I am so excited that Pampers are launching a brand new innovation and upgrade to UK parents’ #1 nappy choice: introducing 3 Absorbing Channels! New Pampers Baby-Dry feature a revolutionary nappy design with 3 Absorbing Channels and unique Micro Pearls™ that distribute wetness more evenly and lock it away for up to 12 hours. With less wet bulk in the morning, so your LO can wake up smiling! And, UK parents agree: 

New Pampers Baby-Dry has been recommended by 88% of UK parents *

New Pampers Baby-Dry are also been BritMums Bloggers Approved, Mumsnet Rated, Mother & Baby Tried and Tested and 90% of Netmums mums would recommend New Pampers Baby-Dry.

With New Pampers Baby-Dry working as hard as possible, you’re LO can say goodbye to wet bulky nappy and hello to a dry night’s sleep.

To celebrate the launch of New Pampers Baby-Dry, Pampers are working with baby sleep expert Jo Tantum - who is a member of the Pampers Love, Sleep & Play panel and has 25 years’ experience helping hundreds of families to achieve a peaceful night’s sleep! Jo has identified 5 sleep typologies that may help you to understand your baby’s sleep habits and needs better - so, is your little one a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat sleeper? Take a look and let me know using #PampersBabyDry! 

Starfish 
* This is when your baby sleeps in the same position, on their back with legs and arms out. They also wake up often and regularly, but they don’t go back to sleep easily after you intervene with a sleep prop – which they need to get to sleep!
Jo’s Tip – A muslin square, knotted in the middle. Tuck it down your top before giving it to baby so it smells of you and comforts them. Also, try and teach your baby to fall asleep on their own gently. Start in the day, at nap times, watching for tired signs, then settle them for a sleep in their room.


Skylark 

* These are the babies that wake up early in the morning, singing and shouting, and refuse to go back to sleep whatever you try!
Jo’s Tip – Wave sounds. This can be a sleep App or sound machine. Keep it on continually while baby is asleep, so when they come into a light sleep phase it soothes them back to sleep. Total blackout is also key – remember that babies can’t tell the time! They don’t know it’s 5am! If your baby wakes up early, try and respond to them as though it’s still night, rather than creating a habit of early waking. 


Sloth 

* These little ones love sleep and can sleep anywhere and everywhere - lucky you! But what happens when they wake up? You will know it’s going to be for a growth or developmental spurt or they are teething or not well.
Jo’s Tip – Increase feeding time by 5 minutes, if breast feeding and by 30ml if bottle feeding. If your baby is close to 6 months old, they may need weaning. 



Owl 

* This is when your baby goes to bed late and then wakes up in the night. They’re wide awake for long periods and can’t get back to sleep!
Jo’s Tip – A Sleep Fest! Allow your baby to sleep for 3 hours during the day to reset their internal clock. Babies need lots of sleep and it’s a myth that if you don’t give them naps, they will be so tired that they’ll sleep through the night. 


Meerkat 

* They stand up, move around trying to get comfortable all night and they don’t want to sleep. They’re late to bed and early to rise. 
Jo’s Tip – Wind Down Time. Try bath-story-feed to establish a calming bedtime routine. Your baby is overtired and so they will thrash around trying to get comfortable just like we do. They will have lots of energy around bedtime and early in the morning, as their bodies and minds are overstimulated. 





 If you’d like to try New Pampers Baby-Dry, you can visit http://www.pampers.co.uk/offers-pages/samples-on-demand to claim your free sample. 

*based on a survey of 790 UK Parents, given the samples in May 2016

This post is sponsored by Pampers. 

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