There’s no doubt about it, life changes a whole lot the second you become a mother. Your days are suddenly split into four hourly chunks of changing dirty nappies, feeding the baby and tiptoeing around the house in the hope that they’ll nap for just […]
I’ve been meaning to write this post for absolutely ages – ever since we headed to Cornwall from Kent back in November. Holidaying with a baby for the first time can be quite a daunting occasion and even more stressful if there’s a lot of […]
I am always looking for different ways to introduce new flavours and keep Florence’s diet as varied as possible. For us here, breakfast is a really big focal point in our day and without a good filling meal Florence just does not compute! I thought […]
If you have been following my instagram stories lately, you’ll know that I am about to be made redundant from my role as a marketing assistant. If I am completely honest, it has come as a bit of a relief as I had been feeling increasingly anxious about the end of my maternity leave looming and having to make the decision to either go back to work or stay at home with my baby, and the fact that the decision has been pretty much made for me has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. I don’t think I would have returned to my job anyway, but at the same time I felt guilty for expecting Sean to go out and carry onworking while I chose to stay home. Anyway, my role is no longer in existence and so here we are… in the next month or so I will be officially unemployed. Of course, the planner in me has already started trying to work out what to do next and how I can contribute financially to the pot. I’ve found myself standing at a cross roads, with four potential directions to move in but I just don’t know what to do for the best. A lot of my uncertainty, I think, is fear of failing. I don’t want to fall on my arse. If I am going to make something of myself and be a good role model for my daughter, I have to choose wisely.
For a while, I thought about reopening my online baby shop and at times that still seems tempting. I met so many special people through my little business and I always got such a thrill at each sale & piece of coverage. I just wonder now if my heart would still be in it like it was before. I lived, breathed and slept Beebies, and I would hate to reopen and it not feel the same. I wonder if that business model would even work again the way it did? I closed it because I couldn’t cope with being around so many babies when I couldn’t get pregnant and have one of my own. It was personal and just had to be done for my mental health more than anything, but I wonder now that Florence is here whether we could be as successful again?
Over the last 18 months or so, this very blog has become my new corner of the internet and I am so grateful to have recorded so many memories of my pregnancy with Florence and my journey through motherhood so far. I have also had the pleasure of working with some truly amazing brands and that makes me wonder whether I could do this for a living, as so many people do. I love all of the social elements, and I have had so many lovley messages lately about how my blog as helped people with different things – be it with ways to play with their baby, weaning, gift ideas or even their health! It’s been really quite heart warming I have also become quite taken with instagram stories, and document our daily lives on there. I have found a love and a passion which I think could grow into a career if I just had the balls! Perhaps I am a little late to the party? Perhaps not? I do know that I will continue ‘blogging’ regardless of whether it is part of my ‘day job’ or not though. If you come here often, if you read my ramblings I would really appreciate your thoughts on what you would like to see more of here. And I am so grateful for your support.
I have two other options too though… two other things I think I could, maybe, somehow be good at if I could just let myself believe in them. I have / am about to dip my toe into both of them to test the water. One is to focus on my love for event planning! Over the last 7 or so years, I have organised a number of different events – parties, baby showers, charity fundraisers, product launches and at the end of each one people have always told me that I should do it for a living. I love everything about event planning, the initial colating of ideas, the endless to do lists, the chaos of the lead up, the relief and the buzz when all of your hard work has paid off, and that makes me think that maybe I should take this hobby of mine to the next level. But do people really pay for people to plan their parties? Would enough people really pay me to make this something more? I have all of the foundations, a ready made team, a shed load of chair sashes & candelabras, the ground work of a complimentary retail opportunity to run along side it. I have two wedding venue decor clients booked, another two parties in the diary. I am just struggling to make that jump!
And lastly, and perhaps the one I lean towards the most, would be to become a family photographer. Documenting Florence’s little life so far has awoken a passion in me for capturing beautiful natural moments on camera. Over the last week I have been asked by three separate families if I would mind photographing them in return for payment because they have seen the shots I’ve taken of Florence and love them! What a compliment that is! In fact tomorrow I am shooting my first ‘bump shoot’ for my sister in law & I am so honored and excited to have been asked to capture such a special time for her. I’ll be honest though, I don’t have all the fancy kit & I wouldn’t know where to even start with photo shop and that does make me think that I’m punching a bit above my weight by wanting to be a fully fledged ‘photographer.
This is a really funny time for me. Until now, I’ve always had a plan & known exactly what I wanted to do. Whatever path I choose has to be able to work around Florence, not to mention any future babies. What would you do if you were me? What would you do?
We are now into our fourth month of weaning Florence and I for one am absolutely loving this journey,a nd so is Florence. We controversially weaned Florence early, at four months. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but I did do my research and […]
There are just some products that, as a Mama, you swear by. Today I wanted to tell you all about one of my all time top baby essentials, a product I take with me where ever we go and that is the Nod Pod Baby […]
As a busy Mum I am always so thankful when I discover a product that makes the every day tasks we face as easy as possible so that I can make the most of my time with my baby. Our Shnuggle baby bath is one of them. It is something we have used every single day since Florence was just three days old and it has made bath time in our house such a wonderful and relaxing part of our day. Now that Florence has become quite a passionate splasher and pull herself to standing it is sadly time to pack up our trusty Shnuggle ready for our next baby and graduate to the big bath, however I couldn’t do that without sharing all of the reasons we have come to love this baby must have.
Mama can go hands free
The biggest selling point, and the thing that sets the Shnuggle Baby Bath out from the rest is that it’s clever design allows you to bathe your baby with your hands free to wash and play. It has a ‘Bum Bump’ which is basically a ridge in the base which stops your little one slipping under the water. Genius I say!
It can go wherever you go
I love the portability (is that even a word?) of our Shnuggle baby bath. We’ve used it in practically every room in our house bar our bedroom and it’s so easy to move from room to room without a fuss. To start with, we always did bath time upstairs in Florence’s nursery but when we changed the furniture around it became more practical to bring it downstairs and bathe her in the living room. Plus it meant that we could play In the Night Garden on the television in the background and she would be nice and chilled out ready for bedtime. We’ve also used it in the Kitchen sink (yep it fits!) and in the garden on really hot days back in the summer to keep her cool. We have taken our Shnuggle baby bath on holiday, to both our parents’ houses and if we ever went anywhere else around bath time we probably would have taken it with us there too. I think my favourite place though, was in front of the fire at the cottage we stayed in in Cornwall. What better place for a bubble bath?
Safety is at the forefront of the design
Like any parent, safety is always at the front of my mind when it comes to Florence and you can definitely tell that the founders of the Shnuggle bath are parents themselves. I am lucky enough to have met both Adam & Sinead who are the brains behind the brand and their passion for the safe and practical design just shines through. I have already mentioned the bum bump which stops baby slipping under, but the bath is packed with features that ensure that all the potential worries are dealt with from the moment you turn the tap on. The foam back rest offers additional frictional support, stopping baby slipping from side to side as well as keeping her cosy & warm and also has a ‘Max Fill’ line to show you where to fill it to so that the water does not become too deep. It’s got rubber feet to ensure that it is safe and secure on almost any surface and is perfectly designed not to tip over when baby leans back. Literally the only thing I can think of that would improve the safety features of this bath is a built in thermometer, but honestly that’s such a small thing and you can buy one separately as we did for not much money. I think Shnuggle actually sell their own.
It is more than just a bath!
In the absense of a bouncy chair (we just don’t have the room for one!) we were a little stuck for a place to sit Florence so that she could play without being completely laid down. That is until I had a brainwave and decided to put her in the Shnuggle bath with a bunch of toys to discover. Oh my goodness, this revelation was a real game changer and it became the go to place to pop Florence down while I got on with what ever I needed to do close by. She sat and played in it while I had a bath, while I prepared dinner (up on the side next to me!), in the garden while I hung the washing out… the list goes on and because of its raised sides, the toys couldn’t escape either. We’ve even fed her in it a couple of times. So yes, it might be called a bath, but to us it has been so much more and opened up so many different opportunities to play than we would have had without it.
Bath time is a time to bond
The upright position of the bath combined with the way that it takes all of the stress away from bath time means that you can both relax without rushing and enjoy the opportunity to bond. Because she has been able to sit up, we’ve been able to chat and sing to her and as she has grown it has been so lovely to watch her start to interact with us back and Florence’s first real smiles even happened during bath time.
It lasts longer than just a few weeks
The Shnuggle bath is designed to last your baby through her first year, offering support for reclining newborns and a secure place to bathe when baby is able to sit up themselves. It’s not going to be one of those baby purchases you buy that only gets used a handful of times and then sits in the corner gatehring dust waiting for you to put it up on eBay. It’s built to last way longer than 1 year too, in my opinion.
It is easy on the eye
I know this might seem a strange thing to say, but so many baby products are so garish and in your face. A lot of thought has clearly gone into the aesthetics of the Shnuggle bath as it not only serves as a fabulous parenting hack, it’s sleek design fits seamlessly into any bathroom while not in use. It has a bit of a luxury feel about it too, with its cute little roll top detail.
Bathtime can be play time from an early age
Unlike other ‘flat’ baby baths on the market, the Shnuggle offers a chance for bath time to become a time for gentle water play from that very first bath. The reclined position is perfect for watching water fall from a squeezed sponge or for reaching out and grabbing bath toys once that grasping technique is perfected. As a lover of baby play and soeone who is constantly seeking out different ways to engage and play with Florence, this is a big part of why I am so keen to shout about it!
I think you can probably tell that I would recommend the Shnuggle Baby Bath to all new parents or parents to be. I really do think it should be on the top of everyone’s baby buy list! You can buy it here on the Shnuggle website and their delivery has always been fantastic too.
I’ve got something quite special to share with you today. As a thank you for all of your continued support and for coming over here and reading my ramblings I am working with some amazing brands to offer you the chance to win a huge […]
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