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 teethers for him, so thought I’d pop them all together in a post in case anyone needs any inspiration! The Bear rattle and teether is from Ambi Toys, the head rattles and the three body parts of made of a…

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How to: Baby Massage with Little Butterfly Organic

Why massage your baby? It promotes good circulation, can help with wind any belly problems, soothes and relaxed and produces happy hormones! Most importantly it’s a lovely excuse for some proper one to one time with you and your baby! It’s a great way for you both to unwind and as great to use as part of a bedtime routine. What you’ll need: A naked baby! Quiet time (preferably not with a toddler or other kids running around) Soothing music (for us it’s normally just radio 3) A couple of fluffy towels Massage oil suitable for baby How to massage your baby: Start with him on his front with no nappy on top of a fluffy towel. It’s easiest to do this with you both on the floor so no…

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Baby Loves: SnuzPod cosleeper

Meet the SnuzPod. It’s a bedside crib that has three functions; Co sleeper attached to the parents bed, a stand alone crib, and as a bassinet that can be moved from room to room as required. We currently use it as a co sleeper, the level of the cot mattress is level with our own, and the side is drawn down for easy access. The Snuzpod was a godsend in those early weeks after a C-section as I didn’t have to lift him in and out of something with sides and I wish I had known about them when I was recovering from my first C section! As the crib has an open side I can just slide Arlo in and out gently without having to get up properly. It…

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Review: Joie Steadi Rear facing Car Seat

The Joie Steadi car seat enables your most precious of cargo to travel rear-facing until around four years old (up to 18Kg). In light of recent iSize regulations coming into place that state a child must be rear facing until 15 months as a minimum (more info here) this will be something that a lot of parents will need to think about! Athena has been using her new car seat for a couple of weeks now in rear facing mode. Previously she was in a car seat facing forwards, but we had a little bump a few months back and although she wasn’t in the car seat at the time it’s been playing on my mind that the car seat might have had some damage that we couldn’t see. Joie…

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Big girl beds and stairgates

“Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby” they told me after my C section.”that includes your toddler”. Oh. So the decision to take the side off Athenas cot was made rather hastily after Arlo arrived home. We didn’t want to do it all of a sudden though in case it was too much change all at once, what with having to share her life with a tiny new wailing baby! Athena had slept a couple of nights in a blow up ready bed that we reviewed over on the World’s Apart website and seemed to love it! So we popped that on the floor in her room and let her sleep on that for a night, no issues and she didn’t even get out of it when she woke up!…

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Sleep Pod sun shade from Cheeky Rascals

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently you may be aware we’re in the middle of a heatwave! As someone who carries Arlo in a sling 90% of the time this has meant that we both get sticky and I get paranoid about him getting sunburnt! So this week he’s spent more time in the buggy than ever before I think! Thankfully whichever direction we walk in and however hot it is I’ve been able to keep him cool and shaded by using the Sleep Pod made by Outlook from Cheeky Rascals. It cleverly has a few functions and we’ve used them all now so I feel I can do a proper review! Firstly it works amazingly to completely block out the light, well 94% which is good enough…

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Making Baby Bouquets with M&S

So what do you buy for a new baby? The vast majority of us go for clothes but how do you make your present memorable? Make the clothes look like a bouquet of flowers of course! Now there are many people out there who are a lot more crafty than I, and a quick look on pinterest shows that my attempt is firmly on the bottom end of craftiness scale, but hey I tried! You need: some baby clothes! I used a baby starter set from M&S Baby Shop that included 8 items in various patterns to add a bit of colour, along with some elastic bands and some bamboo skewers to use as stems! You could go all out and add in some fake flowers to bulk it all out…

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