Category: Reviews

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

Review: Cuddledry Baby & Me Wash Bag – Packing for a Pool Party

Review: Cuddledry Baby & Me Wash Bag – Packing for a Pool Party

It’s always been a bit of a running joke here that Florence has a better social life than either of us. All through the summer we’ve not had a weekend without a party or play date and that’s set to continue right through to September! […]

Dotty Fish Summer Flower Sandals Review

Dotty Fish Summer Flower Sandals Review

It’s not been very long since I last spoke about Dotty Fish. Since discovering the brand and falling in love with their shoes, Florence now has quite an impressive collection. Today, Dotty Fish have asked me to share with you my thoughts on one of their latest designs – these absolutely gorgeous flower sandals.

Just like the daisy shoes I spoke about before, they’re soft soled shoes designed to keep little feet moving just as they would if your child was barefoot. They’re Uber flexible, have a soft leather exterior and extra wide ‘toe box’ to help little ones grip the the floor with their toes promoting all of the healthy movement tiny tootsies need to develop.

The sandal design of these little shoes is perfect for these summer months when the weather is warmer with the holes in the straps allowing feet to breathe and sweat less too. They are waterproof and non slip so are the perfect alternative to jelly shoes on the beach or poolside.

A sucker for anything floral, the beautiful floral design really stood out to me as the perfect addition to Florence’s Spring/Summer wardrobe.

A total bargain at just £9.99 these floral sandals are available in both pink & white along with a whole host of great quality soft soled shoes. Why not head over and take a look.

*We were sent one pair of flower sandals in return for our honest feedback in a review. All thoughts are my own. 

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Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

There comes  a time in almost every woman’s pregnancy when sleep begins to elude her. A combination of pregnancy insomnia (yes, that’s a thing!) and sheer discomfort as your body starts and continues to adapt for the tiny human it is busy growing can lead […]

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but have only just got around to do it. A few of you have asked to see what Florence got for her birthday and so I’ve put together a little (actually incredibly long) list of […]