29 July 2015

Middle Child Syndrome

It's not often I would write a post like this, but a month ago I was looking at what I do all day and realised that there was one part missing, one part which made me feel so horrible inside. 

You see, my days are filled with blogging, sorting the kids and housework. 

A quick run down would be that I start off by getting the boys up, fed, cleaned and ready for school whilst also giving Joseph his bottle and changing him. Once they're at school, apart from sorting Joseph for a feed, he sleeps in the morning so I do some blogging. 

At lunchtime I pick Charlie up from nursery and he has lunch and then off he pops to play and I get on with more blogging and housework. Thomas is picked up at 3pm and then it's a rush of cooking dinner, playing on the Playstation with Thomas, reading, writing and doing homework with Thomas and then bath time before settling for bed. Throughout all this time, sorting Joseph and cleaning as I go.

Did you notice anything that was coming up short? I did... Charlie. My middle son, my middle child. He just doesn't seem to factor in much. 

I was heartbroken when I actually realised just how much he seemed to get ignored. Well, not ignored really but he just seemed to go with the flow and let both other boys get my attention. 

I know people always talk about the 'middle child syndrome' whereby the first child get attention as they're the first born, the third child gets attention as they're the last child but the middle child, they are just there, stuck 'in the middle' going with the flow. 

When I think back to when I was younger, I understand it too. My dad had 2 older daughters from a previous marriage but with my mum, he had a daughter, me and then my brother, essentially making me the middle child of our family. 

My sister was loud, always making sure she got the attention and of course my brother was the only boy so he was doted on, but I just seemed to get on with things. Everything passed down from my older sister and not really understood. 

Not gone, just forgotten... Okay, okay, I may be being just a little bit melodramatic, but when you're a child and your parents are focusing on helping your big sister with school work or cooing over your baby brother, it does make you feel a little ignored.

So I understood how Charlie was or would be feeling when he starts to realise that all peoples attention is placed on his older or younger sibling. 

It's now time to change!

If you read my blog regularly, you will realise that I no longer post new posts each day like I used to. This isn't because I have no content or nothing to wrote about (gosh, I still have our Cayton Bay holiday to write about) but it's because I have been trying to focus my attention on my middle child, making sure he doesn't feel left out. 

Now when he returns from school we get playing together. Whilst Joseph sleeps we play board games, with his cars, out in the garden and try to get as much fun in as possible. 

This has meant that my blogging has slowed down a little and I find myself being behind with posts which is now why I am trying to catch up by blogging at night taking up my free (usually watching television) time. 

This may meant that I now get no break for myself, but it's worth it to know that my children, all three of them will grow up knowing that I have got time for all of them...

- This is a repost as I still think parents will understand

Win A Summer Prize Bundle (inc. Amazon Voucher)

Today I have another giveaway for you. Your chance to win an amazing prize bundle fit for any adult fun in the sun. 

The prize includes these fantastic holiday items:
  • £10 to spend at Amazon online for books, ebooks, or essentials like sun cream and bikinis
  • A Twister Picnic Blanket (in carry case and with playing board)
  • Bar Bingo – bingo cards for you and your friends to play at the cocktail bar
How does that sound? Not only do you get an Amazon voucher so that you can treat yourself to any holiday essentials you need (or anything you life really) but you get a fun game of Twister on a picnic blanket and you can play your very own game of bingo, make it cheeky bingo with shots for the winner (or losers) to make it extra fun. 

For your chance to win this fab prize to have some fun this summer, enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends midnight 16th August 2015

Summer Bundle has been provided by our prize sponsor Paddy Power Bingo.

27 July 2015

Essentials You'll Need For Baby At 6 Month Old

As any parent knows, babies need a lot of stuff. Humongous amounts when they are newborn but, when they get to around 6 month old, you will need to start gathering more and different items and products, ready for their next milestones. 

All the fun of weaning comes in to play, that messy time where babies get to try new foods and make a mess and then teething starts soon. This can be hard for parents and baby as we need to watch our little ones suffer with not much we can do. So when Chemist Direct got in touch to ask if we needed anything, I jumped at the chance to show what I bought for Joseph now he is about to hit 6 months old. 

Chemist Direct is an online shop where you can purchase medicines, toiletries, travel essentials, baby products and you can also order online prescriptions too. It is a hassle-free convenience as there is so much choice and there are no long queues, win, win!

I got to work scouring the site to find the essential extras I would need for Joseph over the next few months. Whilst around, I noted how easily I could find toiletries for myself and hair care deals (will be ordering some of the fab deals for myself in due course!) but I personally thought that the baby items were a little harder to navigate as there isn't one dedicated area just for them. 

Under 'medicines' you can get baby and child care such as nappy rash ointments, colic, teething aids and pain remedies but then flick to the 'health and wellbeing' section for mother and baby items, everything from conception and baby health to weaning and teethers. There is also baby haircare products under the 'toiletries' section. For me, I prefer if I can easily find everything. If there is one thing I dread, it's trying to find similar products on a website but there all in different sections. Ideally, there could do with being a 'Family' section just for these types of items. 

Anyway, back to the shopping and you can see our whole haul in the above picture. I'll break it down a bit shall I?!

Teething Essentials
The teething stage is a horrible time. There is not much you can do as those pesky teeth need to push through, but there are ways that we can help to ease the pain. 

Teething gels such as Dentinox are a great way to numb the gums and ease the pain a little and are only usually a couple of quid to buy. Chemist Direct have it a little cheaper if you bulk buy as a pack of 3 so now's the time to stock up. There's also Bickiepegs teething biscuits which are finger shaped hard biscuits. They are shaped to help the development of a baby's teeth, jaws and chewing skills whilst also easing teething pain. 

To help with teething during the night and those longer periods where the tooth is pushing through, I like to give a small amount of oral suspension paracetamol. You can buy expensive brands of this but to be honest, it's only the same stuff. 

Stock up of essentials like Dove soap which is great for sensitive skin, Sudocrem for nappy rash and a lovely baby shampoo which is delicate for little ones. Joseph also needs a good quality bath wash such as Oilatum Daily Soothe & Protect Junior Head To Toe Wash which works to reduce symptoms of dry skin and eczema for children and babies as he is prone to eczema on his face. 

Nasal spray and the NUK Nasal Decongester are also good things to have to hand just in case your baby gets blocked up. There's nothing worse than a baby that cannot drink milk due to a blocked nose. 

Weaning Essentials
I never find the need for big, expensive products like blenders and such. I think, apart from the actual bowls and spoons, a good quality masher, such as the NUK Annabel Karmel Masher & Bowl will do the perfect job to give a good baby food consistency. 

If your on your travels or need food in a hurry, it's always good to keep a few jars in the cupboard too, just in case. There are some great flavours to choose from to suit your baby's needs.

I chose a few extras in my haul such as Aqueous cream as it's a miracle cream and you'll never know when it's needed, a MAM Learn To Drink cup and some Simple wipes which are perfect for cleaning up those weaning messes but are still gentle on the skin.

Overall, I think this is some of the essentials I would advise that you need when your baby turns 6 month old, can you think of anything that I've missed?

Pop over and follow Chemist Direct on Twitter to keep an eye out on their deals and offers, and they also hold competitions on there too.

26 July 2015

Win An NSA Deluxe Travel Cot & UV Travel Centre

This week brings another fantastic giveaway. Today you could win a fab NSA UV Travel Centre Deluxe. This is a multi purpose tent that provides a comfortable place for babies to sleep whilst protecting them from harmful UV rays.

With no fiddly poles or frames to erect as you just unzip from its zip-up carry bag, remove the safety strap and the Travel Centre Deluxe pops up ready for use. It also folds away in seconds for easy storage and portability. 

With it being super lightweight the NSA Deluxe Travel Cot can be carried as hand luggage on flights and is easy to carry if you are travelling with a little one in tow. The roll up windows are great for a little nosey baby to have a peek around and the insect mesh protects from any little bites. Perfect for camping trips with your baby as it protects them outdoors whilst the inflatable mattress keeps them comfortable for a good nights sleep. 

You can see more info about the NSA Deluxe Travel Cot & UV Travel Centre on the Boots website.

For your chance to win an NSA Deluxe Travel Cot & UV Travel Centre enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends midnight 21st August 2015

20 July 2015

Planning for the Weaning Stage #WeaningWarriors

When it comes to weaning, this time fills me with a mix of emotions. It means that my baby is getting older and at the right age to give foods a try but it also means that my baby is getting older. 5 month old. How can Joseph be 5 month old already, time is passing way too fast.

But now, back on to the task in hand, weaning. I love the weaning stage. It's a time where you get to know your baby's likes and dislikes when it comes to food and where you have the best opportunity to give them the best start in loving food by trying them with so much variety. 

We are lucky as Joseph and I have been invited to be Vital Baby Weaning Warriors. Vital Baby have a whole range of weaning items, perfect for those starting out on their weaning journey. Sending us out some items to help with this new venture, it has been great seeing Joseph soar at this new task. 

Vital Baby have been working with resident weaning expert, Dr. Rana Conway and below are her top 5 tips for weaning:

1. Offer your baby a wide range of foods so she gets used to different flavours and textures. Babies naturally like sweet foods to start with, but offer slightly bitter foods too such as spinach, broccoli and green beans. Don’t be surprised if these are rejected at first. Every time you try, the chances of success increase.

2. Let your baby set the pace. ‘Responsive feeding’ is key, so if your baby shows signs that he’s had enough don’t keep trying for one more spoonful. Teething and colds can put a baby off their food and pressure to eat will just cause food battles.

3. Don’t give too much milk, as this is one of the main reasons for babies not taking to solids. Babies under 12 months need 3-4 breast feeds or 500-600ml of formula a day and giving more than this can make them too full for meals.

4. Give your baby plenty of opportunities to handle food. Whether you’re starting with spoon-feeding or baby-led weaning, give some finger foods every day. Steamed vegetables such as carrot sticks or pieces of broccoli and soft fruit like bananas and pears are ideal.

5. Make meal times enjoyable by sitting and eating together whenever possible. If you relax and take your time it will help your baby develop a healthy relationship with food.

I know that the new guidelines say that weaning should start at around 6 months, but that's exactly what they are, guidelines. I always say that a baby is ready for food at the point when they start taking notice of your food and getting mad that they aren't joining in with munching on it. 

With Joseph, that was a couple of weeks ago and so I knew that he was ready for this new challenge. Joseph has taken to weaning like a duck to water. Ready to try out a range of different foods and tastes. 

At the moment we are sticking with rice, breakfasts and fruit/veg due to him being under 6 months and not wanting to give him meats or cows milk based products until he reaches that age. So far, I'm happy to say that he's loved it, parsnip and potato purée being one of his favourites and mango is a no, no as he spits it out with a look of disgust. 

I really cannot wait for him toe reach the 6 month mark so that I can start making him full and proper meals from scratch. Then the real fun begins!

12 July 2015

Cosatto Story Owlet Cotbed

Being a lover of big, bold colours, it would make sense that Cosatto is a brand I love. Their motto 'Baby stuff with personality ' suits me to a tee and I have tried to bring the boys up to like a wide range of diverse colours and not be put in to any box. So when the Cosatto Story Owlet Cotbed was released, I knew it would be another winner. 

I first saw the Cosatto Story Cot Bed last year when I visited their HQ on a press day and instantly fell in love. The bright colours stand out from the crowd and give a focal point in any baby's room, just as bright and amazing as their prams and car seats. 

The Owlet is the newest of the Story Cot Beds and I personally think that it was made with Joseph in mind. You see, when I found out I was having our third little boy, I instantly knew that the theme of his nursery would be owls. Seeing the Owlet Cot Bed was a sign that I was on the right track and I then began building his room around this design and colour scheme.

Cosatto’s Story cot bed has surprise after surprise. not only does it come complete with an under-cot drawer and cot-top baby changer but there is no need to buy a separate junior bed as, the cotbed comes with a panel for easily changing to a junior bed. It can also convert to a sofa too to make it a 3 in 1 bed and last the years.

Initial Thoughts
The Cosatto Owlet Cotbed is a stunning piece of furniture. I adore the light mint-green colour with the owl design. It is a style and colour that can be suitable for either boy or girl and creates a peaceful environment to settle down to sleep.

I love how the colour matches in perfectly with the colour-scheme in Joseph's room. Although, to be honest, since it is a soft mint-green in colour, it can gel well with pretty much most colour-ways. Joseph's room is cream and mauve and having this cotbed against the subtle background makes it stand out with pride.

The Cosatto Story cotbed is a 3 in 1 as it can go from a cotbed, to junior bed and then a sofa and is suitable as a cotbed from birth and the junior bed up to 5 years old. Then being converted to a sofa to last the years.

It has safety teething rails and the mattress can be positioned into 3 heights, so as to be lowered as your baby grows and can move around more. Coming with a matching cot-top changer and under-cot drawer to just add to the possibilities with this cotbed.

The cotbed undergoes the equivalent of a 10kg child jumping on it 1000 times in 5 different spots to make sure that it is safe and sturdy enough to take a baby and growing child over the years without being compromised. I love how Cosatto make sure that their products are super safe for babies and it puts my mind at rest when purchasing big baby items, knowing that they have been tested out to such lengths.

The Big Build
Since I was in charge of little Mr Joseph, my husband was in charge of the build. This filled me with a sense of trepidation as he isn't the most DIY averse person. His best tool is a hammer so I was apprehensive and ordered him to call his friend for back up.

When it came to building, it took maybe an hour to get it all up and running although there was a lot of colourful language coming from the nursery whilst they were struggling to get the allen key to turn whilst tightening the underside of the cotbed.

Then it was there, in all it's glory, stood firm and solid. Now all it needed was a little boy to get tired and take ownership of it...

When it came to sorting Joseph's room, I was stumped as to how everything would fit in. He has the smallest of the bedrooms in our house and this became a problem when I wanted to start buying for his room.

We had drawers for clothing, the nursing chair and the Owlet cotbed which take up most for the space. Knowing that we would be needing extra space for blankets, sleeping bags and nappies whilst also having somewhere to change Joseph and dress him after bath time, I knew that this would be a stretch to fit anything else in.

That's why the Cosatto Story cotbed comes in handy. The storage drawer underneath makes for a perfect place to store all Joseph's spare blankets and nappies, in a spot that is easily accessible when either in the cotbed and needing a spare blanket to keep him warm or for nappy changes on the cot-top changer.

Then of course, comes the cot-top changers. How handy is this?! Sitting on top of the cotbed and fastened at the back to stop it from tipping off, it has a large space for Joseph to lay on whilst I am getting him dressed, undressed, changing his nappy, and 2 little compartments to store spare nappies, wipes, creams, whatever you need really.

The Mattress
The Cumfi Kip Cot Mattress is super soft and has been filled with a luxury fibre filling to give that top quality edge. It has a removable cover which is breathable and waterproof to protect against any accidents and can be washed at 60° to give a thorough deep down clean.

As with all Cosatto products, it comes with a free 4 year guarantee which puts my mind at rest knowing that Cosatto are so confident in their products safety that they will protect them for so long. It also comes in 3 sizes, crib, cot and cotbed.

It fits perfectly in the cotbed with no room between the edge of the mattress and the sides whilst giving a comfy place to lay and sleep.

The Verdict
So, did Joseph take to to using the Story cotbed well? I am happy to say that he did. I was planning to have to cotbed in our room and slowly transition Joseph into sleeping in it but due to the size of the cotbed and it being wide and our doors being small, once it was built in Joseph's room, we could not move it out without taking it apart. And for the simple fact that the base is hard to attach underneath due to limited space to fasten with the allen key, this was not an option. So instead, Joseph ventured into his own room and this actually came with its own advantages.

As Joseph was now in his own room on a night, he actually slept more. I think it was a mix between sleeping in a new place which was big enough for him to move around and comfy for him too, and also the fact that he now wasn't woken by myself and my husband moving or snoring on my husbands part.

So overall, the Cosatto Story cotbed is a winner in my eyes. Not only is it a beauty to look at and have so many options with regards to growing older with Joseph, but the cot-top changer and under-cot drawer means that it is a great space saving product too.

Joseph is loving his new cotbed and now only wakes once in the night for a feed and often, not at all, and that's a big plus in my book as now mummy is getting some much needed rest!

And here it is, Joseph's finished nursery in all its glory, what do you think?

Family Fever

11 July 2015

Win A Theraline Original Pregnancy & Baby Feeding Pillow

When I was pregnant, trying to get comfortable whilst sleeping was impossible. That's when Theraline became my saviour and sent me one of their Theraline Original Pregnancy & Baby Feeding Pillows which I then reviewed here

The Theraline pillow is a miracle worker. This super long pillow is filled with 42 litres of odourless polystyrene micro beads which are lightweight and mould to the shape of your body as you sleep to give you comfort and support your bump. Also keeping your legs and tummy supported and even your head and shoulders are too so there is no strain whilst you are sleeping, sitting and even slouching on it. 

I loved using my pillow as it meant that sleeping was now back on the table and I got some much needed rest. It also came in handy once Joseph was born as I used it to support my back and wrap around to the  front so that he could lay onto it whilst feeding so as to not make mummy have to lean forward whilst feeding. It gave amazing support through this time. 

If you want a good nights sleep then you're in luck as Theraline have given me one to give away to one of my readers. For your chance to win a Theraline Original Pregnancy & Baby Feeding Pillow, enter via the Rafflecopter form below. (Pillow design may vary from the pattern shown above)

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends midnight 9th August 2015
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8 July 2015

Personalised Gifts For Teachers - End Of Term Gifts

Teachers are very important people. They are the people that we trust to look after our children for hours a day, through the good and bad times and in my experience of them teaching my children, I have found them to be patient, compassionate and great role models for my children to look up to.

Helping my children through everything and even this year, making Thomas excel in his school subjects and have a profound love of attending school as they make learning fun. 

It can be difficult to find the right gift when it comes to teachers though. We don't really have a chance to get to know the teachers that are with our children which means we don't know their likes and dislikes. We cannot gauge what they would like to receive, although I know that they would be happy if every child just said thank you with a card let alone gifts. 

This year, I am working with Getting Personal to show different gift options for teachers. Items for differing budgets and a plethora to choose from when it comes to gifting. 

When looking for gifts, I chose this one because I thought it would make a change to chocolates but still something for the sweet-toothed teachers. It is a wonderful, thoughtful gift of classic sweets from Cola Bottles, Fried Eggs, Kola Cubes, Jelly Babies, Super Shrimps, Love Hearts, Fizzers and Refresher Chews all enclosed in different letters boxes spelling out the word 'Thank You'. 

Being that this gift comes in 8 separate boxes, I thought it was a great idea, especially when it comes to support teachers and assistants etc, as it means that the boxes can be split up between all the teachers having a couple of boxes each. Priced at £22.99, I think that it will be a great gift that can be shared amongst the teachers. 

A truly beautiful paperweight which will make any teachers desk stand out from the crowd. The silver star is a unique way to say thank you and show your appreciation for all their hard work.

Engraved with the words 'Best Teacher', it can then be personalised with the teachers name to make it even more precious. Thomas chose this one for his main teacher as he said that she has a little silver pot on her desk that holds stationary so it would match in with this. 

This silver star paperweight is priced at £16.99 and can come gift boxed for a few pounds more with the personalisation being added for free. I also like how Getting Personal actually state that the font looks best when capitalised and not using full block capitals, it's good to see them actually thinking about the finished product. 

I love this little miniature token gift. Measuring as a 60mm square, it is a super cute gift that is elegant and would look beautiful stood proud on his teachers desk. cut from glass, this item features the words 'A+ Teacher' and again like the above gift, can be personalised with a teachers name or a message up to 33 characters. 

Not only does is this glass gift look absolutely beautiful but it comes in a gorgeous lined gift box which is the perfect place to store such a precious item. This token gift is stunning and with a tag of £14.99, is the perfect keepsake to gift to a teacher. 

As we know, a teacher loves a good cuppa whilst helping children learn and grow their little personalities, and now Thomas' teacher can sup her drink in her lovely new personalised mug. Getting Personal do a whole range of different mugs to suit different teachers but we chose the' Live, Learn, Teach' mug as I thought it was a great motto for a teacher. 

Written in red and turquoise fonts, as with most other items from Getting Personal, you can personalise it with the name of your teacher (up to 25 letters) and let them know how grateful you are. The standard mug is £9.99 but you can also choose the heat change mug for £12.99 which changes colour when hot. 

Personalised Notebooks For Teachers
All teachers need a pad to write down notes and so I thought it would be great to have one that they can use whilst also knowing just how much they are appreciated by their pupils. Getting Personal have a huge, and I mean vast, range of notebooks to pick from. 

Thomas is always telling us that his teachers is the best ever so going on that basis, for her I picked the World's Greatest Teacher Notebook which comes in a choice of colours and personalisations. Choosing a purple front, I then filled in the personalisation options to fit. This notebook can be used for other options too and not just for teachers. 

For his teaching assistant, Thomas spoke of how she was the one who always had the stationary and would hand it out to the kids, so the Teacher's Pens Notebook was perfect for her. Again, it can be personalised with a name and each notebook comes as standard A5 or for a little extra can be hardback and/or A4 in size. 

After choosing the perfect gift, you then need a beautiful card to match. Again, like many of the other items, there are loads of cards to choose from, literally hundreds. After much looking, I went for the 'Just To Say Thank You Teacher' card. 

A beautifully bright card is made from high quality 350gsm and has a glossy laminated finish in a full colour print. Can come in either A6, A5 or A4 sizes and personalised with your teachers name on the front and personalised message inside. 

With the fact that Thomas has one main teacher, an assistant teacher and 2 support teachers, I decided to get one class card and instead of adding teachers names to the front, I went for the personalisation of 'Yr1 Teachers' instead. 

As you can see, there is so much to choose from and to suit any budget. Not only do Getting Personal offer all this choice of personalised gifts, but when you choose said gift, you can preview exactly what it will look like once done to make sure it looks right before purchasing it which I think is great. 

Thomas can't wait for the end of school now so that he can surprise his teachers with these beautiful gifts, although he is a little sad to be leaving his teachers. If you're struggling to think of a unique gift for your children's teachers, make sure you check out Getting Personal!

5 July 2015

Ewan The Dream Sheep

Over the past few weeks, Joseph has been sleeping with Ewan the Dream Sheep in his cot with him to see how it works in getting him to calm down and settle him into a peaceful sleep. I for one had my fingers crossed that it would help with settling him down as, with having 2 older children in the house who have to be up for school, I know how important it is that they get as much sleep as possible without being woken by their littlest brother. 

So I got to work using Ewan as soon as he arrived to see how Joseph was with him.

Ewan the Dream Sheep emits soothing sounds at a low base frequency, 125Hz pink noise range, and has a calming warm pink glow which they say will help settle a baby down to sleep. The pink glow is supposed to help babies associate this with being in the womb as research has shown that babies are comforted by this and therefore it will help to soothe them as it's something they remember. 

Then it comes to the sounds. Each one of Ewan's feet has a little button which, when pushed, will play different sounds that are proven to have a calming effect on babies. By pressing any of the buttons, you will start off with the heartbeat recording, which then, when pressed again will change to either womb sounds, vacuum cleaner, rain or harp music depending on which of the buttons you press. 

The chosen sound will then play for 20 minutes until switching itself off to preserve battery life which I think is a great idea. No having to pop in once your baby is asleep to turn it off with the risk of squeaky floors waking them back up, it just simply does it itself. 

Joseph is currently 5 month old and at this age, he is supposed to have no loose toys or objects in his cot with him as this is a safety risk (for children under 12 months of age), that's why Ewan comes with a Velcro tail which fastens to the cot bars or moses basket. Leaving him close enough to Joseph so that he can hear the soothing sounds and see the light but I know that it will not fall onto him or he will not pull it onto himself during the night giving me peace of mind.

Overall, I love Ewan. I think that he is a great sleep aid for babies as well as being soft and loveable so that they can cuddle him too when it's play time. Ewan is beautiful and his new grey head and legs give him a new lease of life.

I think it's great how this little sheep can help a baby settle down with its unique sounds. For Joseph, he likes listening to the 'rain' and 'vacuum' sounds but his favourite is by far the 'harp music' and I have regularly found he prefers this one to drift off to sleep whilst listening to it.

Ewan the Dream Sheep is priced at £29.99 which I don't think is a bad price at all when it comes to something that helps to settle Joseph and is designed which babies in mind. You can pop to the Sweet Dreamers website for find out more information or to purchase Ewan. 

2 July 2015

Dr Brown's Natural Flow Starter Kit Giveaway

A few weeks ago Joseph tried out Dr Brown's bottles which I then reviewed here. As a mum of 3 and someone who has used a lot of different bottles over these years, I found them to be ideal for babies who have colic or reflux problems as they have a patented internal vent which is designed to create no vacuum in the bottle and reduce air bubbles in formula which helps to reduce colic, burping and wind.

Also, because no vacuum is created this stops the teat from collapsing inwards, actually cutting down feeding time in the process as babies can get more milk and no bubbles. I personally saw a huge difference in how Joseph was after his bottle, he would still get wind, but it wouldn't be trapped and causing him discomfort and is now rarely sick after a bottle which is a big plus.

And so, to celebrate the fact that these bottles are so good, I am delighted to offer my readers a lovely giveaway today to win a Dr Brown's Natural Flow Starter Kit. 

The Dr Brown's Natural Flow starter kit  includes:

2 x 120 ml Wide Neck Bottle
1 x 240 ml Wide Neck Bottle
3  x Level One Silicone Teats
2 x Level Two Teats
2 x Level Three Teats
3 x Two-piece patented internal vents
1 x cleaning brush

Everything you will need to start off with and even teats that will grow with your baby too. So for your chance to win this fab prize, enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends midnight 26th July 2015

1 July 2015

Cuddledry Gingham Edge Baby Towel

When it comes to routines, I find that bath time is the worst part to sort out. We have every other aspect down to a tee, but even after 3 kids, it is hard work trying to organise baths, especially with a baby with all their lotions and potions, trying to keep them away from harsh chemicals in my own products but still thoroughly clean them top to bottom. Then there is the removing from the bath part...

Have you ever tried lifting a baby out of the bath whilst simultaneously holding a towel with your chin to wrap around said baby? It's hard isn't it, and most of the time it doesn't work, you'll just be stood there trying to grip and slippery baby whilst the towel flops to the floor. Yes, I have done this many times. 

That's where Cuddledry comes in...

Cuddledry towels are unique hooded apron towels that makes bath time safe for your baby. No more having to juggle to get your baby out of the bath with one hand on the towel as Cuddledry towels are here to save the day!

You may have noticed that I have a lovely new badge over there on the right hand side, that's because I am lucky to have been appointed as a Cuddledry Super Blogger and over the next few months will be sharing latest news and offers from Cuddledry as well as trying out some of their new and most loved products.

The Cuddledry baby towel attaches to the parent like an apron leaving both hands free. This makes lifting your baby out of the bath easy to simply picking them up and lovingly snuggling them into your arms whilst drying them. The towel still has a hooded corner to keep baby's head covered too. 

I was sent the beautiful gingham edge organic cotton Cuddledry to test out with Joseph and to give our opinions on. This super soft baby towel is made with the finest unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre, edged with a stylish gingham trim to make it a stand out product. 

The towel itself is silky smooth to the touch and has a unique double-layer system which draws water away from your baby's hair and skin, it is super absorbent and very fast drying to make sure that your baby's skin is left soft and nestled in a comfy cocoon of luxury.

I found the towel so easy to use, two poppers fasten it around your neck like an apron and at the other side of the towel is the hood where your baby will be placed when getting them out of the bath. Just simply fasten the towel onto yourself, scoop up your baby out of the bath placing their head into the hooded part and then snuggle them towards your body, keeping them wrapped up warm and you dry from any wayward splashes.

With natural antibacterial properties the towel perfect for sensitive baby skin as it doesn't rub baby's skin up the wrong way, it just cuddles to them, drawing our any water. 

For Joseph, who has eczema I had found it a struggle to wrap and dry him without annoying his skin before I used the Cuddledry towel but now it's simple as it doesn't irritate his skin at all. I think this is more due to the fact that I now don't need to rub the towel around to dry him, the Cuddledry towel simply absorbs the water quickly without having to move it around. 

Now, after his bath, Joseph loves having a play and wiggle around in his super comfy towel whilst I know that it is soft on his skin and will dry him super quick without affecting his eczema. The biggest plus for me? No longer having to hold a towel with my chin whilst trying to get a wet, slippery and wriggly baby out of the bath!

Your can find more information about the Gingham edge Cuddledry towel and see other products in the range on the Cuddledry website.