Category: SECOND TRIMESTER

Planning The Nursery

Planning The Nursery

When this post goes live, I will hopefully be on a train heading to The Baby Show with my friend and bump buddy Jennie. Today is the first day of a super busy baby themed weekend in which I hope to not only meet some […]

Planning a weekend at The Baby Show

Planning a weekend at The Baby Show

This time next week I will be home with my feet up  after two hectic days at The Baby Show. I have been looking forward to my first Baby Show with a bump for so very long having previously attended to network as a business […]

Safe Sleep Solutions with Shnuggle

Safe Sleep Solutions with Shnuggle

One of the baby companies I’ve always loved, even since before I was pregnant is Shnuggle. Back when Beebies was just a baby I had the pleasure of meeting the brains behind the brand, couple Sinead & Adam at The Baby Show where they launched their range innovative baby products designed to make every day early parenting tasks as easy and as safe as possible. I’ve honestly never heard or read a bad thing about Shnuggle products or their service, which I can confirm is second to none. The Shnuggle bath & Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper are high on my wishlist for baby along with pretty much everything else from their range!

Anyway, just before Christmas, I got in touch with the Shnuggle team to let them know about my pregnancy and our plans to create safe sleep stations throughout our house for our little one and they agreed to send me some of their range to test out and feature here.

One of my main concerns when it comes to baby’s day time sleep at home is our dog, Alfie. He’s a very lively, slightly clumsy Jack Russell x Springer Spaniel who has a tendancy to knock into things and so we were looking for a safe haven for our little one where we can put her down without the worry of him knocking over an unstable stand in a moment of excitement which didn’t take up a huge amount of room in our small living space.  The combination of the Shnuggle Basket and Curve stand offers exactly this.safe sleep solutions with Shnuggle 4

The stand arrives flat packed and is easy to put together (I did it all by myself!) with a phillips screw driver. Once up, the four legged design is super sturdy which is just what we’re after. It stands at bed height so baby can sleep at bed level next to you should you use the stand for night time sleep and is perfect for having next to a sofa so you can keep a watchful eye on your baby during her day time naps.

For extra versatility, the Curve stand can be flipped over and used as a low level rocking stand to gently rock baby to sleep or use as an alternative place to lay and play. safe sleep solutions with Shnuggle 6

The stand also has the added benefit of being 100% portable which will be super handy for when we head out for days at our parents’ or want to relocate nap time to the garden in the summer. All you have to do is simply remove the basket and fold the frame in half. It’s light weight too which is a bonus.

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As well as being wonderfully practical, the stand is made from sustainable MDF and painted in white matte paint to perfectly compliment any room in your house.

Unlike other moses baskets I’ve seen, the Shnuggle Basket is made of a super strong, durable and flexible plastic which is easily cleaned and wiped down in a matter of minutes. With the absence of the conventional wicker design, the Shnuggle basket makes no noise when baby moves around in her sleep meaning no unnecessary disturbances to her sleep.  It’s also a lot larger than your traditional moses basket allowing for extra wriggle room and more airflow around your little one promoting a perfect sleep safe environment.

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Included with the basket is a made to size mattress and waffle liners and hood. The stay up hood can be kept in place using the clips either side, perfect for during the day for extra shade in a sunny room or if you’re using the basket in the garden.

The only drawback I can find so far to the basket is its weight. It’s surprisingly heavy, and while the handles either side are strong, I don’t think I would be comfortable carrying the basket with baby inside, even if just transporting from the stand to another surface. This however does not detract from how much I love both of these products.

For night time sleep in the first few months, we are hoping to use a Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper next to our bed on the Shnuggle rocking stand that we already have. I can’t wait for our little girl to try out the Shnuggle range herself and will report back with our findings when she’s here!

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Our ‘Before the Baby Arrives’ To – Do List

Our ‘Before the Baby Arrives’ To – Do List

We have just under 14 weeks until baby is due, and while when you say it like that it still seems forever away, I am told often how quickly this time will fly. I think up until now, we have done a pretty good job […]

26 Weeks Pregnant – We can’t all be Beyonce

26 Weeks Pregnant – We can’t all be Beyonce

When I set about recording this pregnancy, I promised myself (and you!) that I would be 100% totally honest about how I was finding things. Sure I’d always pictured pregnancy for me as this wonderfully enlightening journey where despite the early symptoms of morning sickness […]

Naming a Baby

As a little girl, I loved to play ‘babies’. You’d often find me and my best friend from across the road strutting around our cul-de-sac pushing Baby Born in her buggy with an abundance of fake nappies & plastic food stuffed into a Spice Girls handbag pretending to be ‘Mum friends’ meeting for a play date. As fate would have it, that same childhood friend announced her own first pregnancy around the time that I announced mine and while she’ll likely be having her little boy early, we have the same estimated due date. I find it so strange that history will repeat itself in months to come, except this time we will have real life babies and a little less plastic food stuffed in our not-so-Spice-Girl changing bags. Back then we always gave our dollies names.  Granted, Geri & Emma were favourites but we’d have never ending lists of names in our little imaginations and often their names would change several times in the same game. We were never short of inspiration. So why on earth, now that there’s an actual real life baby growing in my tummy, am I struggling to decide what to call her!? Naming a baby

Well… partly because it’s not only my decision to make. Naming a baby seems like an easy task before you actually have to find one that both you and your partner like equally. And partly because suddenly it all feels like such a HUGE responsibility! This person will have the name you call her forever, from baby to elder and it has to be right.

One thing we do know is that we want her to have a classic name, one that doesn’t need to be spelled out each time she declares it (That’s what comes from having parents called Ami & Sean!) and one that will grow with her. While we probably won’t make our final decision until we’ve met her, here are the contenders we have so far…

P E N E L O P E  G R A C E | This was the name we chose right at the beginning of my pregnancy, before we knew we were having a girl. I adore the shortened version, Penny, and Grace our previous second runner, seems to go with it so well. While the meaning of the name – Duck –  isn’t exactly awe inspiring, to me, she has been Penny from the beginning, but after our 20 week scan Sean declared he wasn’t so sure any more… I have 15 weeks to talk him around…

J E S S I C A  A N N  | Currently at the top of Sean’s list and as lovely as it is, Jessica is the name of the friend I mentioned above AND until she married she shared the same surname as Sean and therefore baby…. for me that’s just a bit too familiar!

E M I L Y /  E M M A  G R A C E | Sean likes Emily, I like Emma, so here I think we’d have to come to a compromise. Either way, ,her middle name would probably be Grace and both are quite hard to shorten, with the exception of Em(!). The only downfall is I know two girls with either name and don’t like either of them!

C A T H E R I N E  E L I Z A B E T H | Classic and pretty, Catherine Elizabeth also has a bit of a regal tone to it! I really love the name Catherine and how adaptable it is – in its original state Catherine is quite a strong and grown up name but she could be known as Katy and grow into Kate if we decided to shorten it. I also really love the nick name ‘Kitty’, like Kitty McAlister in ‘Brothers & Sisters’. She’s a bit of a power house which is exactly how I imagine this little one will be.

H E L E N A  G R A C E | An alternative to Eleanor, Helena has been thrown into the hat more often than I can count. It means “Shining Light” and is the name of one of my best girl friends. For some, this would be a real turn off, but actually I quite like it. Needless to say, my friend, commonly known as Hele, is currently building a campaign in favour of this option!

P O L L Y  A N N | I think this is probably running in close second in my list of names, but for Sean it’s right there at the bottom. Each time I bring it up he sings this annoying Polly Pocket song which only listeners of Radio One about 10 years ago would even recognise. I didn’t realise before starting this post that Polly means ‘Wished for child’ which I think is just perfect, but unfortunately I think I’ve lost the battle on this one.

I R I S  E L I Z A B E T H  | Meaning rainbow, this more traditional name made it onto the list inspired by Kate Winslet’s character in one of my favourite films – the Holiday. It’s such a cute little name and will go so well with any of our middlde name options. Unfortunately Sean doesn’t agree and so I fear I’m going to have to admit defeat and accept that Iris probably isn’t going to make the cut.

F L O R E N C E  G R A C E  | Though it’s getting increasingly popular, I’ve been a big fan of the name Florence for so long and it’s just one of those names that is cute for a baby and classy for an adult so it absolutely has to be a contender! I’ve a feeling this one might make it’s way up the list as time goes on.

L I Z Z I E | I’m not really a fan of the name Elizabeth for a first name, or in fact many of it’s shortenings, but as it’s a family name I can’t really rub it off the list just yet. Out of all of them, Lizzie is actually kind of cool and not very popular.

C O N N I E | Short for Constance, Connie is another name that I LOVE & Sean HATES. Apparently anyone who has seen Ali G would understand why… I’m rolling my eyes!

Q U I N N | Traditionally a boys name, both of us actually quite like the name Quinn for our little girl. We were hard core One Tree Hill fans in our teenage years, and while ‘Brooke’ or ‘Peyton’ don’t really do it for us, Quinn is pretty high up there on the list.

While there are eleven names here, we are not in 100% agreement on any of them. If you’ve any suggestions or have any tips on how you chose what to call your little one please pop them below!

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24 Weeks Pregnant & Viable!

24 Weeks Pregnant & Viable!

We made it! 24 Weeks and viable. *BIG sigh of relief*. This little girl has been growing in my tummy for 24 weeks and from now, if she is born the doctors and midwives have to try to help her survive, no matter how early. […]

22 Weeks Pregnant

22 Weeks Pregnant

Woweee! The last two weeks appear to have flown by. Today, I turned 22 weeks pregnant and it seems like only yesterday that we were waiting patiently at the 20 week scan. I had every intention of doing a little update this time last week, […]