Category: Family Life

Pregnancy #2: 24 week pregnancy update

Pregnancy #2: 24 week pregnancy update

Hello 24 weeks! Today I’m 24 weeks pregnant which means we’ve made it to viability – such a huge milestone in every pregnancy. We are officially counting down rather than up now and there’s only 16 weeks to go! Symptoms Other than tired beyond belief […]

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

There are three around-the-house jobs that I just loathe as a parent; tackling the bottomless pit of laundry, cleaning the nooks and crannies of the high chair after an inevitably messy teatime and washing the bottles. Thankfully, Nimble Babies have invented a range of miracle […]

12 Brands you won’t want to miss at The Baby Show this weekend

12 Brands you won’t want to miss at The Baby Show this weekend

It’s a new & expecting Parent’s shopping highlight of the year and having missed it last year due to Florence being poorly I’m looking forward to the Baby Show at Olympia more than ever. In the past I’ve either helped out on the Kicks Count stand or attended with a fellow blogging friend and her babies. This year, I’m taking my sister in law along with both our littles in tow and I’m really excited to introduce her to some of my favourite brands while we are there.

We’ll be starting our day early, having breakfast on the train from Kent  and will get in a taxi from St Pancras to the venue to avoid struggling with prams through the crowds on the underground.

I’m hoping we’ll get to the show ready for the doors to open, or just after, as well be able to have a quick look around and suss our where everything is before going back around for a second time when we will likely stop and do some shopping!

I have some brands that I am really excited about seeing, some I’ve met before and some new ones who’ve recently appeared on my radar and I thought I would share them with you in the lead up to the show because if you’re going too, you won’t want to miss them… I promise!

Old Favourites

Cuddledry | Stand H30

Our favourite bath time brand are exhibiting at the show again this year and I am really excited to see some of their newest products in the flesh. They recently launched three new toddler towel styles and while we have the bunny already, I am particularly keen to get my hands on the panda for Florence. Also, I will be looking yo stock up on some essentials for the new baby too. They have a bunch of reductions on their best sellers at the show so be sure to pop by and see what all the fuss is about!

Joolz | Stand B20

The Baby Show is where I laid eyes on our pram and right then and there I knew it would be the one we would choose. We need to buy the converter kit for our Geo Day2 ready to change it to a double pushchair for the new baby so I will be keeping an eye out for any offers on these while I am there.

The Gro Company | Stand E70

Ah, the Gro Company are a brand who have become my all time favoiurite baby brand. I love all of their products and the emphasis they have on promoting safer sleep. I’ll be checking out their newborn bundle offer which has a show price of £99 rather than £180.

Zippy | Stand E53

I first discovered Zippy (now known as Ziggle) when at the Baby Show in February 2017 and they introduced me to giant muslins – a absolute must have for Mamas. They sell beautiful dribble bibs, zip up front sleepsuits and blankets too.

Poddle Pod |Stand B68

Lovely Charlotte and her team are going to be at The Baby Show and I am so looking forward to popping by their stand. Our Poddle Pod was one of my absolute essentials when Florence was born. I’m hoping to pick up a Toddle Pod for Florence and a Poddle Pod for the new baby while at the show.

My Expert Midwife | Stand D41

This Powerhouse duo are not only making their Baby Show Debut but are also speakers and sponsors of the one-to-one expert sessions too. My Expert Midwife launched their amazing products for Mum’s while I was pregnant with Florence and I was very lucky to be one of the very first people to get to try them! The Spritz for Bits was an absolute miracle worker for me post birth and after just three days I was completely pain free ‘down there’. They also sell a nipple balm, a perineal massage oil and a massage lotion which also acts to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, relieve constipation and prevent dry skin! Trust me, every mum to be should have these in their hospital bag.

Nod Pod | Stand D91

Baby is going to be a winter baby and we will be wrapping him up nice and warm when out and about. The Nod Pod is a wearable baby blanket complete with legs and hood which makes it perfect for use with a car seat or pram. They have an offer on while they are at the Baby Show with all 0-6m Nod Pod blankets are £20 – I definitely have one on my shopping list!

Shnuggle | Stand C89

The inventors of the modern baby bath which was another product we used every day with Florence and became more than just a bath for us! Baby boy will also be sleeping in our Shnuggle Moses Basket downstairs during the day. Shnuggle have launched loads of new products over the past few months so I am really looking forward to checking them out.

New Discoveries

Rockit | Stand E2

The Rockit is a portable baby rocker which attaches to your pushchair and rocks your baby to soothe them. I first saw one on the pram of a friend and according to them it’s an absolute lifesaver when you can’t get your baby to sleep.

Nuby | Stand D10

I went along to Nuby’s new product launch party not so long ago and was so impressed by their product range that I have a whole list of things I’d like to buy both Florence & the Baby. Many of their products will be half price over the weekend.

Doona | Stand A100

Oh my, I have been swooning over the Doona pram/carseat for years and it would be ideal for use in my Mum’s or Sean’s Mum’s car.

Little Bird by Jools | Stand A100

Oh my, are boys hard to buy clothes for? The shop shelves are just a sea of grey and blue and not much in between aren’t they? I am looking forward to checking out the Little Bird by Jools stand to see if I can get my hands on some bright rainbow colours to add to baby boy’s wardrobe.

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What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

I think, when it comes to fashion, this time of year is my favourite. I myself love layering up with lots of knits and slipping on a pair of boots when heading out in the Autumn / Winter. I also love dressing Florence in the […]

Pregnancy #2: 22 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy #2: 22 Weeks Pregnant

What a busy fortnight it has been! We had our 20 week scan and announced that we are indeed having a boy! I’ve had so many lovely comments and messages about our gender reveal so I thought I would take this opportunity to say a […]

Review: The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums

Review: The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums

When I was pregnant with Florence I read every parenting book I could get my hands on. It was my inner control freak’s way of preparing for all of possible things that could be thrown at me in those early days as a Mama and while I took a little bit of value from each of them, only one of them talked about what I could expect from myself and not just from my baby. I was very lucky after having Florence that everything was pretty plain sailing. I’d had a straightforward birth with no stitches needed, and I was up and about pain free three days post partum. The baby blues never came and we quickly fell into a steady routine as a new family of three. Added to that the fact that Florence was a textbook, easy baby and it’s safe to say I felt very very fortunate to find those early weeks with a newborn a bit of a breeze.

However, I have to admit, had I been less confident or had Florence not been quite so ‘text book’ I fear my post natal experience would have been a bit of a struggle. I was missed off of the list of any postpartum care and had to chase up the midwife and health visitors on more than one occasion for the standard appointments, which aside from one, ended up making me feel pretty rubbish.

Had I had midwives and a post natal team like the two women who wrote the book I’m about to tell you about, I’d have had an even better experience. The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums by Beccy Hands & Alexis Stickland is an ultimate guide to what you can expect from your own mind and body once you’ve had your little one. Split into three main sections the two midwife-turned-authors discuss everything from vaginal tears and pelvic floors to nourishing your body and dealing with the baby blues in a no holds barred way. With nothing left unsaid and all of those questions you might be embarrassed to ask, Beccy and Alexis have written in such a way that makes you feel like you’re sitting chatting to your best mate rather than reading a ‘self help book’.

I particularly like the way that both women share their own personal experiences of dealing with the rollercoaster that is the post party in period be it through their own journeys as mothers or their experience of caring for others. The emphasis is definitely on accepting your own need as a new mother to trust your instincts and be kind to yourself more than anything else and that’s such a refreshing message compared to other books and websites we are often subject to.

As well as frank & friendly advice, the book contains easy to read and go handy recipe and top tip pages which I will no doubt be turning to as and when the need arises once baby boy is here. The chicken noodle soup recipe looks delicious so I might even try it beforehand!

The Little Book of Self Care for new mums  highlights the lacking in care provided to new Mum’s in my own local area when it talks about what you can expect from midwife appointments after having your baby, however this time around I feel like I’d be more prepared and empowered to question if I felt that they had missed something or if I felt I needed something more than just a quick chat. Plus, having this little guide in my armoury on the days when things are feeling a bit overwhelming or I feel unsure about something will help no end.

I’d thoroughly recommend this book to any expecting Mama, first time or otherwise, as at a time when your world feels like it’s been tipped on its side we could all do with a little empowerment and reminder that you matter too. It’s available on Amazon here* for £8.27 and would make a beautiful baby shower gift!

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Florence’s 16 Month Update

Florence’s 16 Month Update

Oh little Florrie bum. You are 16 months old – going on 16 years – and have grown so so much over the past four months. It has been my absolute pleasure to watch you become the little clever sass pants that you are. We […]

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

It seems just yesterday that I was writing a post very similar to this, except I was sharing my tips for getting through a long car journey with a baby. Today 8 months on Florence is a fully fledged toddler and so our approach has […]