Friday, 30 November 2012

Which Wipes

Which wipes do you use for your little ones?

We have tried Pampers, Huggies, Co op, Johnson's, Tesco and Sainsbury's. Our favourite is Tesco!

I always prefer the unscented versions of wipes. Just a personal preference but I don't see the point in adding extra products in the wipes just to make them smell a little nicer.

When Paige was first born we used cotton wool and and warm water for the 2 weeks on the advice of the midwives in the hospital. By the end of the first week we couldn't wait until the 2 weeks were up so we could have the convenience of using wet wipes.

We used pampers for a little while but because you go through so many we wanted to try something different and cheaper. Pampers were ok. They did the job but we did find them quite expensive.

Huggies Pure
They are meant to be as kind as using water and cotton wool and they very well might be but I found that they break really easily because they are so thin. Very annoying when your changing a dirty nappy.

Co op
We were willing to try anything! The price was good but the wipes were dry, small and kind of rough! Hate them!

Good wipes. I prefer the sensitive ones. Would be great if they had the same plastic lid as Tesco's wipes. Often on offer.

Love love love! We decided to try Tesco wipes as they had won so many awards and I had heard some good things. These are a very close first place with sainsburys in second and I'll explain why later. But they are amazing. I also love the little plastic lid on them that keeps the wipes fresher and wetter. They normally have a fab deal on them too... 3 packs for £2.70!!

These are also fab and are a close favourite. Love the wipes. Do the job. Feel a little small but manageable. Would love them even more if they had the plastic lid like Tesco's

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Which Nappies

When you are pregnant you start to stock up on things you need for when your baby comes. One of the main things... nappies. And we all know babies go through A LOT of nappies!!

At the beginning we were buying Pampers nappies and I know a lot of people continue to use Pampers but we don't. We only used then in the beginning as you get so many vouchers. The same goes for Huggies.

But I feel that Pampers and Huggies are hard! I can't imagine they would be nice and comfortable to wear.

I heard a lot of good things about Asda's Little Angels. So we got a pack to try and haven't looked back since.

For a starter the price. They are normally on offer 2 packs for £10. Which I know pampers do also but in little Angels you actually get more in a pack so better value for money.

They are also alot softer than many of the leading nappies and just feel nicer.

After 6 months using them we haven't had any leaks! And are very happy with them. We will continue to use them until Paige is potty trained.

At just over 6 months old and around 21lbs Paige is in size 4.

Things like nappies are more a personal choice and if you prefer leading brands that's fine but give the others a go and you might be surprised!

Have you tried little angels? What did you think?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Monday, 26 November 2012

Baby Eczema - Update

Thought I would do a little update on Paige's eczema.

If you have been following long you will know how bad and out of control it got.

Well I changed our washing powder to Simply Pure from Sainsbury's. This was actually a recommendation from a lovely lady on Twitter. It is hypoallergenic, non biological tablets. You can view it HERE

We also changed Paige's milk from SMA Gold to Cow and Gate.

And used the steroid creams the doctors gave us. Along with Aveeno bath oil and Aveeno cream.

All this this has so far helped her eczema. It seems to have calmed down a lot and is under control. She still gets little flare ups every now and again but not half as bad as before.

What I have learnt is to trust my instincts as a mum. I wanted to change Paige's milk and when we did things started to improve straight away... Even her dirty nappies!!

Also if some creams aren't working go back to your doctor and try something new. Not the same thing works for every baby.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Baby Led Weaning - Toast

Now Paige is 6 months old we have started our baby led weaning journey.

I decided we would start with toast. Seemed like an easy choice and it has defiantly paid off.

The toast is always lightly toasted with a little margarine. It is meant to be easier to swallow if the bread I toasted rather than just giving the normal bread.

Day one
Didn't go as well as I had planned. Paige played with toast rather than eating it but I figured that it was something different so she was just getting used to it.

Day two
She took a bite! I was amazed. She pulled a face as always with new foods but did have a few more bites.

Day three and four
Like a pro she picked up the toast and straight away took bites and has continued to do so.

She has gagged but not choked. There is a big difference and I'm sure I read somewhere that is it actually good for them to gag as it teaches them. I always make sure to watch Paige 100% of the time when she is eating just in case she doesn't choke!

It's very messy but very fun and I can't wait to try her with more things. She loves picking it up, playing and then feeding herself.

Next up carrots!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Mummy Update - 6 Months Postpartum

6 months after having Paige I feel pretty much back to normal. I have for a while now to be honest.

I've lost around 2st since having Paige. With the last 8lbs in the last 2months when I actually started to lose weight. I have around 7/8lbs still to go to get to my ideal weight. To get to my pre pregnancy weight I would have to lose a few more pounds but I was tiny before and want a little more shape to my figure now. Some fab news is that I now fit into some of my pre pregnancy jeans. They are a little tight but wearable!!

My hair falls out less and everything else seems back to normal. I'm always tired and aren't loving the bags under my eyes but Paige is worth it.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xxx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

6 Months Old

Happy half birthday to my beautiful baby girl!!

I can hardly believe half a year has passed since I gave birth. It has gone so fast. I cant believe how much Paige has changed.

She can now sit very well by herself. She tries so had to crawl but still hasn't quite figured it out. She can get onto her belly from sitting down. She has also started to try to get onto all fours from sitting, at least i think this is what she is doing. Check out the picture below!

She has defiantly found her voice and you can clearly tell when she doesn't like something or doesn't want to do something. She also says Mama, which is very sweet! She also walks if you hold her hands and loves it!

Her sleep is still a little funny. Around a week ago she did start sleeping through again.... A full 11hours. That was the first time in 3 months!! She normally just wakes up once either around 1am or 4am. She goes to bed between 7:30-8pm. And is always awake by 7:15 at the latest which I dot mind as it means we get to see daddy before he goes to work.

She has started having more solid foods and we are starting more baby led weaning in the next few days. So far she loves banana and sweet potato. She still isn't keen on water but knows how to use a sippy cup.

She weighs around 21lbs and is mostly in 6-9m clothes. She's still a big girl!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Do you believe in routines for babies? Does your little one have a routine?

Up until now at nearly 6 months old Paige hasn't been in a routine. At least not a parent led routine. Our days are pretty similar in the fact that she naps around 2/3 hours after she wakes up. Her naps vary in length but she normally has at least one 2 hours during the day. She feeds on demand but normally has a similar amount each day. She has been having breakfast around 8am everyday which I like.

But now she is coming up to 6 months old I want to start getting her on more of a routine and want to have set meal times for when we introduce more meals and set nap times.

Any tips? Did you put your baby in a routine or just follow their lead?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xxx

Monday, 12 November 2012

Weaning - Do We Need Follow On Milk

As Paige quickly approaches 6 months old we were starting to notice follow on milk in shops and supermarket. Been a first time mum I always thought that you had to change over when the baby turned 6 months old. 

After a little research and a lot of lovely people on twitter helping me out I now know otherwise.

One of the main difference I have read about is that follow on milk contains more iron than stage 1 milk. This is because at around 6 months baby iron stores start to drop. With this in mind you might panic when I say that we aren't going to give Paige follow on milk. The reason behind this. If you wean you baby onto food and give them a balanced and varied diet they will be getting all the iron they need from the food you are giving them so have no need for the extra iron in the milk.

With Paige's eczema the change we made from SMA Gold to Cow and Gate seemed to have helped her a lot so I don't want to go changing her milk again just to upset her eczema. 

What do you think about follow on milk? I'd love to know your opinion.

Thank for reading,

Nicola Xx

Friday, 9 November 2012

Bullied At 5 Months Old

The past few Saturdays me and Mark have been taking Paige to our local play gym. We are very lucky in the fact that it is around a 3 min walk away!! :)

While we were there last weekend we took Paige into the ball pit. She loves picking the balls up as well as looking at all the bright colours. Then this little girl came over. She was walking but couldn't talk very well. She sat in the ball pit with Paige and at first played nicely. Paige was so fascinated with her. It was so cute.

The next minute the little girl started throwing balls at Paige. I wouldn't of minded and would of thought she was just trying to play but she was launching them. One hit her in the face, narrowly missed me and mark as she started throwing them at us too. The little girls dad was close by and saw everything. He strolled over with his phone in his hand and casually said that the little girl had a baby sister and wasn't very good at playing nice. Surely her parents would tell her that she has to be careful with little babies... especially as she had a baby sister!!

The little girl carried on throwing balls at Paige. Her dad barely batted an eyelid as she carried on. 

Needless to say me and Mark took Paige out of the ball pool. We went on the bouncy castle instead.

Have you and your little one had experience with not very nice children and their parents?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Paige is around the age when you start to wean. And to wean there are a few essential things you need. Spoons, plates, sippy cup etc.

So when OXO Tot got in touch asking if we wanted to review some of their products we couldn't wait!

Firstly, I have to mention the design of the products. We have the raspberry colour and I love them. The bowls and plates also have a thick rubber material on the bottom so that when they are placed on a high chair for example they are quite hard to knock off, which I love. The bowls and plates are also a lovely weight. They feel such good quality and you feel confident that if you drop them they won't break. I have dropped them, and they survived! I wouldn't suggest throwing them about though. lol!

I also love the packaging! Now before you think I'm some strange person let me explain. Have you ever tried to open that vacuumed pack packaging and either cut yourself or had to find some scissors? I know I have. Well most of the OXO Tot packaging has little tabs on the back that you pull and the product comes right out!! Love, love, love!!

The bowls
In the bowl set there are two different sizes. Both have lids which is super practical. This means I can put whatever Paige is having in the bowl pop the lid on and while I'm putting her in her chair Millie can't eat Paige's food because the lid is on. I also can't spill the food all over the floor... I'm very clumsy. 


The spoons set
With the spoon set you get two. I think the shape to these spoons is amazing. Much better than the tommee tippee ones we have. The tip is more angled so the food stays on the end and it is also easier to get the food into Paige's mouth! They also feel really nice to hold. Mark is a big fan of these spoons!

Sippy cup set
The sippy cup set
We haven't used the sippy cup too much as yet. But Paige has had a little go. She grabs the handles easily and at the moment loves throwing it on the floor for mummy to pick up. The water doesn't spill out thanks to the valve in the top which is nice for me, saves on the clean up. It also comes with a separate lid so it turns into a training cup. It's like 2 products for the price of one!! The ultimate sippy cup that grows with your child.

The plate
The first thing I loved about the plate was the side, which is removable! The side has a curved edge making it harder for food to be pushed off the plate. I love that it comes apart so is very easy to clean.

Trying to feed herself!
Trying out the sippy cup
We also got provided with a snack pot but haven't used this yet. But it is in the cupboard ready and waiting for when she is a little older and I can put some snacks in there for when we are out and about. I was also looking through a copy of baby and mother mag and the snack cup was actually a recommended product!!

All in all we love the OXO Tot products and are highly recommended by us. They also have a good price point! All the products are also available in green and aqua too.

I am looking forward to using the sippy cup and snack pot more. I will let you know how we get on. We are also looking at buying more of the products including the divided plate. I am also eyeing up the gorgeous sprout high chair... can you believe that Paige doesn't have a high chair?! Ohhhhh Mark!!!!! :)

Have you tried any OXO Tot products? I'd love to know what you think.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

*Disclaimer* We were sent these products by OXO Tot to try out but all views and opinions are my own.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Remember, Remember The 5th Of November

On Saturday night we took Paige to her first bonfire and fireworks display. It was just our local one... Literally a 5 minute walk up the road but it still quite big :)

We got there about 6pm just in time for the children's firework display. Paige loved every second! She loved looking at the colours and all the people.

Daddy and Paige looking at the bonfire

The lighting of the bonfire was next. Then Paige started to get a little grumpy as she was tired. She never naps on weekends!! It is very annoying. So we decided we would walk home so I could put my wellies on as my boots were getting muddy. By the time we got home Paige was asleep.

We then went back to see the big firework display. This woke Paige up but again she just cuddled up to her daddy and watched all the fireworks. I also won a giant balloon on hook a duck!! (How cool am i?)

I know she didn't really understand what was going on but I'll always remember her first bonfire and fireworks even if she doesn't!!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Friday, 2 November 2012

Make A Pledge - Medela

We all want the best for our babies. It's only natural.

When I was pregnant I used to talk to my bump and promise different things. Whether to always love her and make her laugh to teaching her how to bake. I'm sure you do/have done that same thing. 

Medela have launched a campaign that is such a sweet idea I had to share with you. Make a pledge to the special child in the life. Receive a certificate to save forever and always remember your pledge.

Check out the sweet video!!

All you have to do is think of a pledge you want to make, visit, fill out your pledge and receive your printable certificate. You also receive a 20% discount code!!

I have so many things I want to pledge to Paige...
To always be there for her,
To take her to Disney Land,
To make her laugh,
To teach her everything I know.

But here is my final pledge...

Dear Paige Ellen,
I pledge to wipe away your tears, kiss away your pain and do everything in my power to make your dreams come true.
Lots of Love,
Mummy Xx 

This is my pledge. What is yours?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

Weaning - Baby Led

If you have seen my other post about weaning HERE you will see that Paige has tried baby rice, porridge, apples and sweet potato. These were all very smooth and given to her using a spoon. She seemed to enjoy it.

She is now 5 and a half months and she hasn't really tried anything else new. I know that she is ready for solids as she shows all the signs but it's not like she is drinking a huge amount of milk that I feel like I have to give her solids everyday.

This got me thinking. I gave Paige a carrot stick the other day, peeled and raw just to chew on to help her gums. She loved it!!! She is so good at picking it up and putting it straight in her mouth. This got me thinking about maybe trying baby led weaning when she is 6 months.

I've read a little into it but I would love to hear your experience, good and bad!

I would also love to hear about some good foods to use for baby led weaning! I'm thinking cooked carrot sticks, banana, avocado. 

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Competition - Zippy Suit *CLOSED*

If you have seen my POST about Zippy Suits you will know how fab me and Paige think they are. 

Now we have a chance for you to win one of your very own, any design and any size!

The rules are simple. Just use the raffle copter form below to enter. 

The competition will be live for 2 weeks. Open worldwide!

Good luck!!

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