30 September 2012

Silent Sunday


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29 September 2012

Baby Nose Clear Room Vapour

Baby Nose Clear is a range of products by 4 Little 1's specialising in relieving baby's colds by clearing a runny or blocked nose. Babies seem to get runny noses a lot and get blocked up meaning sleeping and feeding can become very difficult,a stressful time for both mummy and baby.
After reviewing the Vapour Ring by 4 Little 1's and seeing how fantastic it was, I was eager to try more of their products so when I was asked to review the Room Vapour I jumped at the chance.

The Room Vapour is 100% natural and the pure essential oils are gentle, they help decongest and relax baby to help get a restful nights sleep. 
It is blended with lemon, for its antibacterial properties and refreshing smell, tea tree, a known fighter of infection and is excellent for fever, coughs, colds and flu, sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma, and pine, for restoring strength after illness. 
To use, simply add a few drops to a bowl of warm water and place in babies bedroom (out of reach) and let the vapours take hold of the room. Alternatively you can add a few drops onto a damp cloth and place over a warm radiator and again this warm air will allow the vapours to fill the room and ease cold symptoms.

With the oil being so gentle, you can also add a few drops to the Inhaler Dummy. 
I love the scent of the Room Vapour and sometimes just place a cloth over our bedroom radiator just so it smells nice too and I guess that will always help keep nasty colds away at the same time.


When we received this Thomas actually had a cold and Charlie was starting to show signs of getting one too so I took that opportunity to try it out. First of all I put a few drops into a bowl of warm water and placed it in Charlie's bedroom about an hour before I put him to bed so it could spread out across the room. With Thomas's room, I didn't use a bowl of water as he would end up tipping it out in the morning, so I got a damp cloth and poured a few drops of the Room Vapour on to it and then put the cloth on his radiator. Both boys slept a lot better and apart from Charlie waking for some milk, we had a peaceful nights sleep.

You can purchase the Room Vapour from 4little1's website and from Boots. 
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25 September 2012

Creative Challenge

On these rainy days like today it's always great to have a bundle of creative toys to bring out and play with. Thomas loves creative play and I love the fact that his imagination goes into overdrive and he can create pretty much anything.
Sometimes we get a bit stuck as to what to play with or what to create so over on Babyhuddle I created a list of things Thomas loves playing with when being creative.





Thomas loves painting and so as you will see in the list, we always have an apron and a waterproof mat to stop clothing or flooring getting marked.
Play dough is fantastic for the imagination, you can make pretty much anything and Thomas enjoys making new things and even just squishing it through his hands.
We enjoy all forms of crafting and find that it helps us bond as a family too.

23 September 2012

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20 September 2012

Fruitypot


I always like to get fruit into my boys diets but sometimes it can be hard, especially with Charlie who cant eat some of the harder fruit. Also the cutting up, coring, slicing, peeling can become very time consuming which is a no no when you have young children. Basically,when they want some fruit, they want it NOW!

Fruitypot's are pots of fruit readily prepared in fruit juices or jelly ready for consumption. They even come with their own handy little spoon so you can have one whilst out and about without having to worry about cutlery. Each pot is one of your recommended five a day.


The flavours they come in are:
  • Mandarin segments in fruit juice
  • Pineapple pieces in fruit juice
  • Peach and pear piece in fruit juice
  • Tropical fruit pieces in fruit juice
  • Peach pieces in peach flavour jelly
  • Tropical pieces in pineapple flavour jelly
  • Mandarin pieces in orange flavour jelly

Whilst Thomas enjoyed the pots with the jelly, Charlie loved the ones in fruit juice, although Thomas would drink the rest of the juice out of the pot once all the pieces had gone.


Each pot is high in energy and low in fat, they are gluten free and dairy free too so a great snack for lunch boxes or just a cheeky healthy snack when your pekish. 
I love the fact that they come in fruit juices and jellies as after dinner sometimes I do a dessert so now I just use the fruitypot's with jelly and serve with a little cream for an instant easy dessert. 
I also found that they were great for picnics and outings, for long journeys when they boys get hungry in the back of the car and as an easy supper before bed.

Their not just fruity, their fruitilicious!

You can purchase Fruitypots from Asda, Farmfoods and Iceland stores.

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18 September 2012

Tesco Easy Fit Pants


Now, although I must admit straight away that Charlie isn't n fact ready to use easy fit pants as I would think they are more for potty training, I am basing this review on fit and practicality. 

Easy fit pants are just like a normal nappy but instead of having the tabs that stick to the front of the nappy to secure they have sealed sides, just like knickers. They are still padded like a nappy and will soak up any accidents made by the child but also act as a way to get your child learning to use the toilet. They pull down easily so your child can go to the potty or toilet and then simply just pull them back up and carry on playing. Then when they need to come off you can either pull them down or rip the sides quite easily. 


I found them easy to use, just pull them on as you would a pair of knickers and that's it. They are quite stretchy so easy fit for most young children and are padded, they absorb quite a bit of liquid so accidents are not a problem.

Although, like I said, at the moment I can not fully review these for their help with potty training but being a mummy of a 3 year old who has already been potty trained I can see how much easier these will make it, especially when it comes to accidents.

Tesco's Easy Fit Pants are available to buy in-store and on-line, the pack we received are size 4 (maxi) and are priced at £3.55 for 22 of them.

You can follow Tesco on Facebook and their baby club on Twitter.

Prevalin - The Ultimate Festval Pack


With all the festivals at the moment it's great to have a kit that has everything ready for you. All those little extras that you will no doubt forget all packed away together in a handy bag.
This is from Prevalin and comes with everything you see below!


First up is the actual Prevalin itself. This comes as a nasal spray which relieves the symptoms of hay fever in the nose and eyes without causing side effects. It's triple action formula ensures and effective treatment preventing pollen from irritating inside the nose. Unlike many traditional hay fever remedies which only treat the symptoms once they have taken hold, Prevalin provides a new and revolutionary solution to treating hay fever before the pollen can cause havoc.
With 1 in 4 people suffering from hay fever this is always a great product to have handy.

In the festival pack there is also:
  • Tissues
  • Carex wipes
  • Toilet seat covers
  • Lipsil
  • Mini toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mentos gum
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Sun screen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Shampoo and shower gel
  • Rain poncho
  • and more...

Like I said, everything you will need, all those little extras that we always seem to forget are here in this pack.


I love this set, it seems Prevalin have thought of everything when it comes to keeping clean, fresh and safe whilst not only at festivals but also camping trips or on long journeys.

Even as a handy pack to keep in the car just in case as you never know when your gunna break down or need to stop.

You can follow Prevalin on facebook.

Baby Sebamed

I'm sure everyone has heard of pH values. To be honest it confuses me a little when it comes to skincare. I never knew that our skin was slightly acidic and has a pH value of 5.5. The acidic pH value of the surface of the skin wards off pathogens that cause disease. Also the acidic pH value also stabilizes the skin's function as a barrier. Having a pH of 5.5 prevents water loss from the inside and penetration of pollutants or irritations from the outside. Changes in the pH value of the skin weakens the protective function of the acid mantle. This can cause skin infection, dehydration, skin irritations and allergies.

Unlike conventional soap products which can have a pH value of around 9-11, Sebamed has a pH value of 5.5 which protects the skin's natural balance. The company was founded in 1967 and is the World leader in medical skin care that is known and trusted in over 80 countries. It has been developed in cooperation and recommended by dermatologists and supported with clinical testing.

With both my boys having very sensitive skin which becomes dry easily it's important that I use pH balanced products on them so as to not make their skin worse. Sebamed kindly sent me their range of baby products to review which are:

Children's Shampoo
Ideal for cleansing and care of fine hair and delicate scalp of babies and children minimizing the risk of dryness or irritation.

Baby Bubble Bath
Soap-free formulation with the pH value of 5.5 supports the development of the baby's acid mantle and the moisture balance in the skin.

Baby Cleansing Bar
100% soap-free, mild body cleansing of the delicate baby skin, making it smooth and soft, minimizing the risk of dryness or irritation.

Baby Lotion 
The efficiently moisturising and emollient complex is rapidly absorbed for gentle protection to safeguard baby's delicate skin against dryness.

Baby Cream Extra-Soft 
Excellent protection of the skin against cold weather, prevention of nappy rash and stimulation of the healing process.

Baby Diaper Rash Cream 
Prevention and rapid relief of diaper dermatitis, protection against aggressive substances which could cause inflammation of baby's delicate skin.


Thomas and Charlie love playing in the bubbles from the bubble bath, there is a very generous amount of bubbles just from one little squirt which also smells really nice.

I usually have a fight on my hands to get Thomas to let me wash his hair but because the bottle is shaped so Thomas can hold it easily he enjoys pouring a bit onto his hand and then rubbing it onto his hair himself, I think he's going through the 'wanting to be independent' stage so this is great for him. The scent from the shampoo is so beautiful, not overpowering but also not too subtle that it wears off straight away. It actually stays around long after the bath and I could even smell it the next day when walking Thomas to nursery which was a pleasant surprise. The cleansing bar is also very sift and gentle and produces a lot of foam when rubbed through hands to make washing very easy.

Playing in the bubbles from the bubble bath       -     Getting rubbed down with the baby lotion
The baby lotion again has the same distinctive scent and is very mild on the skin, easy to rub in and makes the skin very smooth indeed. The cream is much thicker and I like to use this on knees and elbows. In the winter months I can see us using this a lot more to protect against the cold weather.
We luckily haven't had to use the diaper rash cream yet but I'm sure if it's as good as the other products in this range then it'll fight nappy rash no problem.

You can buy Sebamed from their own website, from Amazon and from a large range of Pharmacies (too many to mention).
You can like Sebamed on Facebook here.

16 September 2012

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15 September 2012

First week at nursery and immunisations

This week has been very emotional for all of us. For the first time since Thomas was born we had to leave him with someone he didn't know as this was the week when he started nursery. Not only that but Charlie had to have his 12 month immunisations too.

So, let's start with Monday, the first day of School!
When  we first dropped Thomas off I thought he was gunna be fine, no crying or anything. I told him we had to go home and he was fine about it. We left and on the walk back home, me and Simon both were very jittery about having to leave him. About an hour after we'd dropped him off, I rang the School just to see how he was coping and that was a mistake! They told me that Thomas had been crying for about half and hour before settling and going off to play, as soon as I put the phone down I burst out crying which in turn made Simon upset and just for good measure Charlie started too, ever the one to be centre of attention. Picking him up the teacher asked us if it would be ok to pick him up a little earlier and then get later each day just so he gets used to as as apparently a few of the boys had been very upset. I thought this was a great idea so as to get him used to been with other people.

Wednesdays injection day!
The day I was dreading all week, taking Charlie for his injections. With him being at 12 month we had a choice, either he could have one injection but then have to return in a month for another 2 or just have all 3 in one go. Although the latter may sound cruel and painful, it's actually over very quick and means done all in one go rather than Charlie having to go through it twice. I hate the horrible 'hold you breath' cry that he does when he gets his injections done but it only lasted 2 minutes and then he was right as reign trying to get off my  knee to play on the floor. Imms done!

Friday, weekend ahead!
Thomas's last day of the week at last. I couldn't wait for Friday to come so he could get a bit of a break. He actually still wanted to stay at school and although he still cried when we left him, by the time it came to picking him up, he didn't want to leave. It was great to hear from his teacher that he had been playing and interacting with the other children and had been singing and dancing in the hall too.

This week has been the most emotional by far but now it's over I can wait for Thomas to get back to School on Monday and make new friends.

Curaprox

In our house we take teeth cleaning very serious. When I was younger I suffered with a calcium deficiency which left me with horrible teeth. I also had to have braces which was caused by having a dummy when I was a baby and it dragging all my teeth forward with the sucking motion. I've always made sure that both boys brush their teeth or get their teeth brushed twice a day to make sure they have a healthy clean mouth.

Curaprox is a Swiss company that specialises in premium oral care.  Curaprox  offers the most comprehensive range of brushes to ensure you can clean your whole mouth effectively and gently. They agreed to send us a variety of their products, that are suitable for our family, to try out and review how they were for us. The products we received were:

Ultra Soft Toothbrush x2
This is the softest of the Curaprox toothbrushes as even the slightest pressure will remove plaque without the trauma to the gums.

ATA Toothbrush x2
ATA stands for Atraumatic Total Access and is for teeth that have been damaged by over cleaning. The smaller head means itcan clean each tooth separately without too much pressure. This toothbrush is ideal for both adults and children.

Interdental Brushes x2 (pack of 5's)
Made specifically for cleaning between teeth. These come in 5 different sizes depending on the size of the gap between each tooth.

Sensitive Young Toothbrush
Made with a small neck and a rounded brush head to fit easily into a child's mouth. An ideal first toothbrush.

CuraKid Toothbrush
The soft rubber coating of the handle is perfect for small hands, with shape and grip to ensure ease of use and it stands upright on it's foot.

Medical Pacifier (pack of 2)
Designed by orthodontic specialist Dr Herbert Pick as the result of many years of research. His son‘s crossbite motivated him to develop an orthodontically optimised pacifier that reduced the risk of defective tooth positions to an absolute minimum. A usual pacifier transfers the pressure made from sucking to the roof of the mouth whereas a Curaprox pacifier transfers the pressure to the dental ridge supporting a natural a healthy jaw growth.

Enzycal Remineralising Toothpaste x2
Enzycal strengthens and supports the body’s natural anti bacterial system against harmful micro-organisms in the mouth. Sodium Fluoride reintegrates mineral nutrients from the saliva into the enamel. This re-mineralisation can balance or even reverse the lack of minerals in early dental caries. Enzycal is also SLS free (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), SLS can cause mouth ulcers.



Both boys loved trying their new toothbrushes as did Simon and I. Thomas has always hated hard toothbrushes as they would irritate his gums so with these being soft were great for him. The toothpaste we found a nice flavour and not too strong in intensity, leaving all our teeth clean and breath smelling fresh. 
Charlie's a sucker for a dummy and so using the Medical Pacifiers for the first time I thought would go badly, I thought he would scream from his dummy but he liked them. At first he had a look at it, put it in and out of his mouth a few times but then forgot it was different to hi regular dummy and carried on playing. 


I loved the ATA toothbrush as I have got wisdom teeth coming through and they are quite hard to reach with a regular toothbrush but the ATA toothbrush reach with ease, the small head fitting easily between the actual tooth and my jaw line with no pressure at all. The Interdental brushes were great, each fixing easily to the small handle and cleaning between each tooth with ease.
I'm so glad that I have now found toothbrushes and toothpaste that suit all my family and will help us all have healthy, clean mouths and gums.

All the Curaprox range can be bought of their on-line store here.
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Aldi Baby Special Buys

We all love bargains, me especially! I'm one of those women who you will find price checking everything and always going for the special offers. When it comes to buying baby essentials from food, nappies or toys, Aldi has got it covered with their Special Buys. With their Baby and Toddler Event starting on the 20th September, they sent me some of their items to review. They are:

Mamia Nappies
We have had a lot of problems in the past with nappies leaking and so when we were given the chance to review Aldi's own branded nappies we were sure to give them a try.
Opening the packet I noticed the designs on them are cute with little animal pictures, the feel of them was very padded but not too much to make them uncomfortable and the overall look of them was nice.
Charlie seemed to find them very comfortable, at the moment he is crawling loads and trying to walk so needs a very flexible nappy and these seem to do the trick, no rubbing on his legs or groin area at all. 
Overnight they claim to have 12 hour no leaks and this was very true. Not once during the night did I have to change Charlie nor did he get fidgety from the nappy filling up, it seemed to cope very well soaking all liquid up. This is also great for the reason that Charlie has very sensitive skin, urine left on his skin too long would cause him to get a rash but because the Mamia nappy soaks up straight away it caused no problems.
I am actually quite surprised how well they coped with everything, even solids were held in the nappy and there were no leakages. It was actually a great time to review these as Charlie has been getting back teeth through with has given him diarrhoea yet as I've previously stated, no leakages and they held it in very well. It's great to know that I don't have to pay the Earth for a good quality nappy.

Lena Baby Puzzle
Both boys love playing with wooden toys and although Charlie is still to young to actually know how to sort the puzzle out, he still likes playing with the pieces. 
Thomas however, enjoyed placing the pieces into the correct places and aligning it all up. These types of puzzles are great for hand-eye coordination and the bright colours make them appealing to young children.
The quality of the toy and of a high standard, thick pieces that will not break easily and very smooth edging to make them very safe indeed.

Heinz Breakfast Porridge
Charlie is in fact a little old for this but sometimes on a morning likes a bit of porridge to warm his tummy and using Heinz baby products, at least I know they will be of high quality and will have all the nutrients my son needs. 
The texture is of a smooth consistency and can be made as thick or runny as is suited.
Charlie loves the flavour of this and although ideally this is for younger babies I find that this is a great base for making flavoured porridges. Add a little jam or even some mixed berries, honey, anything really to make a little more adventurous for older babies.

I love the range of products at Aldi and the price is fantastic. If your looking for Special Buys then look no further. The Aldi Baby and Toddler Event starts on the 20th September.

You can follow Aldi on Facebook where they show product deals and frequently hold competitions.


9 September 2012

Silent Sunday


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6 September 2012

Save The Children - It shouldn't happen here

I found out about this campaign from Elite Blogger Susanne Remic's post on Babyhuddle.

Save the Children has launched its first ever UK campaign named It shouldn't happen here. The name suits very well as to be honest I never realized that in this day and age, in the UK, there are children who go without food and clothing. Being one of the most powerful countries in the World and yet the recession has left some 3.5 million UK children living in poverty.

I think sometimes we take things for granted too much. I mean just yesterday, Thomas had not only had his three main meals but also had snacks and a few sweets. To learn that some children aren't even getting their basic 3 meals a day is quite shocking and that their parents are even having to go without food themselves to make sure that their children are fed. For instance, did you know that 1 in 8 of the poorest children in the UK go without at least one hot meal a day and 1 in 10 of the poorest UK parents cutting back on their own food to make sure their children are fed, a report revealed. How can that be happening in this country?

"Together, we can turn this around. We can break the vicious cycle that keeps people poor – generation after generation."

Since the recession, so many people have lost their jobs and the Government have focused more on the unemployed status and not the families that are behind the people. 

With Thomas starting nursery this week, I am very distressed to learn that one in seven of the poorest children surveyed say they have to go without a warm winter coat and new shoes when they need them. And nearly a fifth of children living in poverty say they miss out on school trips because their parents haven't got the money. Did you know that 80% of parents have admitted to borrowing money to buy essentials like food and clothing?

"Child Poverty in 2012, It Shouldn’t Happen Here" also reveals for the poorest children:

  • 43% of children see their parents cutting back on things for themselves such as food and clothes (27% of low income parents say they skip meals because they can't afford food)
  • Over a third of children (36%) say their family struggles to pay the bills.
  • 15% of children say they go without new shoes when they’ve grown out of their old ones, 14% go without a warm winter coat and 23% of parents say their children miss out on school trips because they can't afford them.
  • 29% of parents say they can’t afford to have their children's friends over for tea and 10% miss out on celebrating their birthday.
  • 13% have stopped asking for anything because they know their parents can’t afford it, with a further 25% only asking for things they really need. 
"Child poverty. It shouldn’t happen here. It’s wrong and you can do something to help."


Save the Children spoke to more than 1500 youngsters and 5000 parents in their wide-ranging report.  The charity says it's aiming to raise £500,000 to help its work in the UK, targeting the poorest children - the first time it has appealed to the UK public for funds to help children at home.

What do you think about these reports? Were you surprised by the findings? Is the recession affecting you?Have you had to make changes or sacrifices because of it? Please get in touch.

You can donate to Save the Children here.

4 September 2012

Charlie's 1st Birthday!


I can't believe that it has been a whole year since I gave birth to Charlie, it's gone so fast, too fast!

I'm not gunna write too much on this post as I believe the photos will speak for themselves, so enjoy.


Charlie was helped by Thomas to open his presents. I think Charlie was more interested in the cards in fact lol.


After our review of the Silly Monkey Pillow Pet, my parents surprised Charlie with a Ms Ladybird Pillow Pet so the boys now have one each. 
As you can see, they enjoyed playing with his new toys. 


After opening the presents we actually had to go up to Thomas's nursery to fill in the forms before he starts next week. Luckily he seemed very relaxed whilst there and had a look about and the school looks great. Thomas wanted to stay there and play for longer!
When we got back the boys played in the garden for a bit.


We then had a mini tea party. Some yummy ham salad sandwiches which we all enjoyed followed by ouzey toffee and chocolate button fudge cupcakes.
Today was great and I still cannot believe that Charlie is 1 year old already!