Welcome to the world…

Meet Arlo Hayden. He arrived via a planned Cesarean section on 31st March at 2.20pm. It was as natural as a C section could have been and he is utterly adorable, sleeping lots, making snuffling noises and generally being very cuddly. He weighed 7lb 13oz, one ounce less than Athena did! Shes met him and seems quite smitten with him, so we’ll see how long that lasts! I’m desperately hoping to be discharged today so we can get home and get settled! Apologies if this post looks squiffy, I’m using…

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Hello Daisy

At some point late last year I came across Hello Daisy, and the amazing array of beautiful (and reasonably priced) baby gifts on offer. So many baby gift sites  seem to hike their prices up for reasons unknown, but I was surprised by the prices of the items as not being too purse-unfriendly for unique gifts for a new baby, and loved that there was a ‘unisex’ option for gifts too! Here are a few of my favourite items from the huge selection available:  I love the personalised prints specific to…

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What’s in the hospital bag for baby!

  It’s much more fun packing the baby bag than the mama bag (but you can see what’s in my bag for a C section here) and I think I’ve re packed it about 3 times now! I’m using a lovely big Stokke nursing bag to fit it all in and am probably packing more than we’ll need but better to over than under pack! Here’s what I’ve packed: 7  vests (some long sleeved with fold over bits and some short sleeved) 2 sleep suits with no feet (Athena had super…

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Bath fun: Pelican toy storage

View post on imgur.com Athena loves baths and refuses to get out even once the water is cold! She has a lot of toys to play with for watery fun too which doesn’t help matters! Annoyingly the tiles in our bathroom have a slightly raised pattern so nothing with suction cups will stick to them, rendering traditional toy holders completely useless (something I found out the expensive way!) Meet Peli’s Play Pouch, the solution to all of our bath toy problems! Up till now the toys live in the bath…

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Using Cloth Nappies – FAQs

I seem to have accidentally (but very happily!) become an advocate for using reusable nappies over the last few months and have been answering lots of questions from ‘real life’ friends, people in my facebook birth month group, a few on twitter and some on instagram too! I thought I should gather all the cloth nappy FAQs here in the hopes that they will help other people who have questions about cloth! I’m stupidly excited to be using cloth nappies on our new arrival from the start too, how cute…

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Introducing Babymoov!

  I am so excited to announce that for 2015 I will be working with Babymoov as an ambassador! My first ambassadorship, and with an amazing company with brilliantly innovative and useful products to help make life with a baby as easy as possible. They create and develop products that fit into a range of categories, from safety, to comfort to playing and everything in between! Not only that but they offer a LIFETIME warranty on anything purchased directly from them, which is amazing. Not many companies offer a lifetime…

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Babywearing: A Rockin’ Baby ring sling

Although we will eventually get a buggy that will hold both children at some point (when we have decided which one we want, and we’re running out of time!) I am really hoping to do a lot more babywearing earlier with this new arrival. That way I can take Athena out with our normal single pushchair and not have too much to faff around with. The newest addition to my sling-stash is this absolutely gorgeous ring sling from Rockin’ baby. Check out the gorgeous Liberty-esque print! There are lots of…

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Bambino Mio All-in-ones – the overnight test!

A couple of weeks ago you may have seen me post this video on instagram showcasing four new prints from Bambino Mio (I’ve popped it at the end of this post too!) The four new nappy prints are awesome! I think my favourite is Circus Time though even the little popcorn containers have ‘BM’ on them! The all in one nappies are designed to take your baby from birth to potty with the poppers at the front letting to adjust the fit. Velcro tabs at the waist enable you to adjust…

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Fisher Price Soothe & Glow Owl

In preparation for our new arrival I was very kindly sent a Fisher Price Sooth and Glow Owl, and just in case Athena felt left out she got one too! As ‘new baby’ isn’t here yet his Owl is still safely tucked up in his box, but Athena has been making friends with hers already! The Owl is the perfect size to pop into your babies cot or moses basket, and with a quick squeeze of its belly will play gentle music for fifteen minutes, and a light glow comes…

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Stokke Home – a preview of the new collection

Last Friday I was invited along to the launch of the new Stokke Home collection which was being unveiled to the world for the first time at The Baby Show. We were privileged enough to have the designer talking us through the concept from inception to the final products, and I defy anyone not to fall in love with the range! It emits all the simple, sophisticated and functional elements that we’ve come to know and love from Stokke and is definitely going to be popular! The Stokke Home collection…

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Stylish changing bags big enough for two!

When I look back at the first couple of weeks of having Athena I’m always amused at the fact that I literally just look a travel changing mat, a pack of wipes and a few spare nappies out, tucked into the bottom of her carry cot on the pram. No change of clothes (these were slightly pre the poop explosion days) and we didn’t need bottles as I was breastfeeding, and it didn’t occur to me to carry anything else, as I was still using a normal handbag! Fast forward…

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Buggy Chronicles: The tandem buggy decision

Ridiculously one of the first things I started to panic about when we found out I was expecting again was ‘how am I going to cart TWO babies around?’ when really it should have been, ‘can we fit two cot beds in Athena’s room and where are we going to put the blimming jumperoo when it needs to be reintroduced again’! I decided that I’m pretty much certain that I don’t want a side by side buggy, I think it would make things difficult on narrower pavements and smaller shops…

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