Baby Loves: Whisbear

It’s no secret Arlo doesn’t sleep through the night yet. It isn’t a huge problem really as he sleeps in a cot attached to my bed or in my bed so when he wakes up I just breastfeed him back to sleep and often I fall asleep before he does. However it would be lovely if he could sleep a little longer in the evenings as at the moment he sleeps anywhere from 7 or 8 for a couple of hours or less and I need to go in and…

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#spreadingthelove with From Babies with Love

From Babies with Love is a brand that donates 100% of its profits to help support orphaned and abandoned children. It was founded by a mother, Cecilia Crossley who was out shopping for clothes for her son and got thinking about how she could help the welfare of children who need it around the world. The new range is made from organic cotton and has hand finished appliques and top quality screen printing. There are organic baby clothes such as T-shirts, hats, sleepsuits and blankets and they all feature the vintage post card…

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Boobs glorious Boobs! 6 months of breastfeeding

So I have been breastfeeding Arlo for  very nearly six months now. In a way it seems a little silly to go shouting about it, as it’s a natural thing and only a few hundred years ago or less there was no other option and all mums fed their babies (or employed a wet nurse!) for probably much longer! But on the other hand it IS something to be proud of! Arlo has grown from 7lb 13 to a nice a chunky 19lb plus! He has more rolls than a…

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Baby Loves: Ted and Tess Pram String

Arlo has some new travelling buddies for trips out in the buggy! The Ted & Tess Pram String from Ambi Toys has been accompanying us and Arlo loves to play with the little bears! There are five coloured bears on an elastic with two plastic rings at either end to attach it to your buggy, car seat or cot. In fact it tends to be on the cot more than the buggy for us as that way it will actually get played with as Arlo is in a sling so…

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Arlo & Croup – how to spot and treat it

I’ve written this post to potentially help any parents out there that come across croup, to either help them spot it if it happens to their child or to at least know a little more about it. I asked in twitter if a post would help and got a few yes replies, I’m (obviously!) not a medical professional so this is just my experience. This is what the NHS has to say about Croup. It sounds a lot worse than it is, and the actual barking cough tends to go…

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Baby Loves: Snugrugs Sheepskin

  Last week I bought myself a new (to me!) buggy, as a consolation present for losing a house we really wanted to buy! I know this makes no sense whatsoever but I needed a reason to justify the purchase! This will also be an Arlo-only buggy, one he doesn’t have to share with his sister, plus I’m fairly certain that Athena is too heavy for it! Anyway, when I was offered the chance to try out and review a Sheepskin buggy liner I said ‘Yes Please’ and as it…

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Fisher Price Smart Stages: Scooter and Counting Colours clock

Fisher Price Smart Stages is a clever range of toys designed to last for longer than average and suit different developmental stages, helping your child to learn colours, numbers, shapes and more. As you’d expect from Fisher Price the range is well made, able to withstand even the most boisterous toddler attack and will last for years to come! We were sent a couple of items from the new range, ostensibly for Arlo to last him through baby and toddlerhood but of course Athena got in on the action as…

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Bing’s House from Fisher Price

  Athena only ever asks to watch three programs on TV. One of them is Bing, and it’s the least objectionable of the choices! I like it because each little episode has a nice moral to the story, and it deals with every issues that a toddler comes across; Sharing, potty training, losing things and bath times! Bing’s House is decorated just like the ‘real’ house and there’s even a Hoppity Boosh  (Bing Bunnies favourite toy) on his wall! You get Bing and Flop characters included with the house and can get…

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Babywearing: Manduca Carrier from Cheeky Rascals

  When The Manduca baby carrier dropped onto the door mat (okay, it didn’t it arrived in a nice box and was handed over by a courier!) I was about 38 weeks pregnant, but that didn’t stop me from trying it out with Athena before her brother arrived! After all, I wanted to test out the claims that it can carry children from birth to pre-school age with no extra accessories needed. I’m pleased to say that at over 39 weeks pregnant here I am carrying my two stone toddler…

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Mirror Mirror… with Ambi Toys

Arlo loves to look at himself and I mean really loves it! A few weeks ago we were in a restaurant that had mirrored dividers behind the booths and he spent most of the meal looking over my shoulder and grinning at himself like a complete loon, much to the amusement of us and the family at the table next to each other! So I knew exactly what I wanted to get him from the selection of Ambi Toys, the Baby Mirror! It’s a double sided mirror with a flower shaped…

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Colief playdate

Last Wednesday Athena and Arlo accompanied me to a play date so nothing unusual there really, apart from the fact that was a play date in London complete with some amazing entertainers, lots of toys and activities and then a scrummy lunch!! Whilst Athena was being entertained and worn out I was off learning about Colic and vitamin D, and got to meet and chat to some lovely bloggers too! Colief asked invited us along to this brilliantly organised day to help spread the word about their products but also…

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Baby Loves: Teethers

Arlo has reached that ‘oh look i’ve managed to grab something in my tiny hand by accident, better stick it in my mouth pronto’ stage so although it doesn’t mean a tooth will appear any time soon it probably means he can start to make use of teethers soon! I think Athena got her first tooth around 5 months but she never dribbled or any of that, it just arrived with no drama so I am hoping Arlo will follow suite… I have been collecting a nice little assortment of…

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