Review: SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe

If I were to make a list of my top ten products for anybody due a baby, SnoozeShade would definitely be high up on that list. I was lucky enough to be sent one for the car seat when I had my first baby, 5 years ago. It went everywhere with me and was fab in the heat, out in the sun, protection when it is windy and also to help keep my baby asleep that little bit longer when having a nap out and about. I loved it that much that it got put up when my baby grew out of his car seat and I moved onto the larger version which attached to the push chair – again completely invaluable when out and about – no more pegging a muslin square over the front of the pram.

So its so surprise when Baby number 2 came along, the first thing I did was search out my beloved car seat SnoozeShade – even though it was December. I knew that it wouldn’t be long and I would be using it. In face early on I went to breakfast with my sister and family and along came baby in its car seat covered in the beautiful SnoozeShade.

The most amazing thing then happened; SnoozeShade sent me the new all singing and dancing car seat SnoozeShade. Now this, along with the original pushchair SnoozeShade goes absolutely everywhere with me. My baby loves it, as soon as it goes on the car seat/ pram baby is sound asleep and completely protected from the elements (apart from the rain). I can’t sing its praises enough or highly recommend it.

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You can buy them from www.snoozeshade.com

There is a range of shades for car seats, prams, cots and travel cots. The shades range from £19.99- £69.99.

Vicky

Review: La La Beads Teething Necklace

I had breast fed baby number 1 so I always knew I was going to breast feed baby number 2. The biggest issue once having a baby is what to wear over your post baby body, for me it’s always about being breast feeding accessible. To me this means a stretchy vest that pulls down with some sort of top or cover over the top. This doesn’t give you much scope when trying to wear any form of jewellery. Especially as there’s always a little hand around your neck destined to pull at whatever is there.

Well that was until I was sent a beautiful necklace called Bubble Citron from Lala Beads. This necklace is really funky, a great colour and is a teething necklace.

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So it’s designed with little hands (and gums) in mind as well as hitting fashion trends. It’s made form 100% Food Grade Silicon, the same material used for teething toys and is easily cleaned with soap and water and can also go in the dishwasher. The best part is it is completely durable and looks fab when being worn just over a t-shirt or jumper. I love wearing this necklace, and my daughter loves playing with it too whilst feeding. My daughter is now coming up 6 months and is starting to teeth so is putting absolutely anything she can find in her mouth, she absolutely loves chewing on the necklace and I can look good at the same time.

The necklaces can be found at www.lalabeeds.com. There are 3 different designs of necklaces; bubble, pearl and spice. All come in a cool funky colour and all priced at £15 – which is such a great price for a great piece of jewellery.

Find La La Beads on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Vicky

A Lovely Giveaway to Celebrate the Miffy TV Series Coming to Tiny Pop

One of the brilliant things about being a Miffy Mum is being able to tell you all about all things Miffy.

This Friday the 2nd October the brand new Miffy TV series premiers on Tiny Pop!

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Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small launches at 7pm and will consist of seven minute long episodes which see Miffy and her friends exploring the exciting world around her. My girls are rather excited about this! (and so am I)

To celebrate I three Sensory Miffy toys to giveaway. Made from colourful textured fabrics, Sensory Miffy helps your little one learn all about the body with 14 interactive sensors to press to hear what Miffy has to say.

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To enter follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below:

Closing Date: 14th October 2015

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What Type of Boobies Do You Have?

Today on one of my mummy groups, mummies were celebrating their Breastfeeding Awards.  I thought this was a wonderful idea and wanted to celebrate with you all.1boobie

Breastfeeding is hard work, tiring and also surrounded with pressures and every single day that you manage to breastfeed your baby should be celebrated.  I have had so many problems with Logan, from him being a sleepy feeder, the hospital refusing to discharge me unless I combined fed and more recently I was given medication  that meant Logan couldn’t drink my milk for 7 days.  Through all this I have persevered and am celebrating 10 months of breastfeeding this week!

Well done mummies, keep up the hard work xx

Naomi

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Baby Fears

Logan is now getting to that age where he is starting to react and interact with things around him.  I managed to “sneak up” on him the other day trying to get in his sisters bedroom and he jumped and squealed when I asked what he was doing.

He has even started to play and join in with peekaboo games. DSC_0300 When him and Daddy Bear are playing,he will bury his head to disappear when I tell him to hide.  Or we will spend the afternoon crawling round and popping out from behind corners and doors, a sure way of exhausting him out for bedtime while hearing his infectious little giggle.  Last week we were playing peekaboo; I popped out the lounge to check on lunch and came back to an apparently empty room.  Queue mild panic starting to set in trying to work out where he could have gotten and if he might have hurt himself, until I heard a little giggle…. Can you find the baby in this picture?  He is such a cheeky boy!

Anyway since Logan was born I have done everything to ensure my fear of bugs and spiders does not get passed along.  When out and about, I show them to him and have bravely touched and held spiders to remove them from our home, (then gone and scrubbed my hands and shuddered in the privacy of our bathroom).

But this week he has developed a fear, and I mean real fear.  When he sees this item, he literally stops in his tracks, his little hands shake and he sobs.  Real heart-wrenching sobs of panic.  It is awful to see.  Any ideas what this awful scary monster could be?

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Yes that’s right, a minion.  Specifically this minion bopper, who stands at about 18 inches high.  I have absolutely no idea where this fear has come from, and the only explanation I have is he has an “angry face”.  I know that babies from 4 months will start to recognise facial expressions and emotions but he has never had a need to fear anger, we aren’t shouty parents and his charming little smile melts me the second he does anything remotely naughty.

Luckily this is at a friends house, so we have not had to hide it away and hopefully with time he will forget the scary angry minion.

Do your children have any unusual fears?  If so, what did you do about them?

I had never even heard of Baby Led Weaning until about 18 months ago, and when I did I was still not total convinced that it was as good as everyone was making it out to be.  So when it came around to weaning Logan, I was really pleased to have 2 wonderful friends to talk me through it, share recipes and be on hand to support when I wasn’t sure.  Now a couple of months in to BLW and I am a massive advocate.

baby-84686_1280Around 5 months Logan started to try and steal my food from my plate if I held him while trying to eat; mealtimes often became rushed affairs while he was sleeping or involved me wrestling with him while eating as quick as I could.  He was nearly 6 months when we were at my friends house for lunch and she could see what a monkey he was being, and offered to cut him up some cucumber sticks.  It was my first peaceful mealtime and the start of Logan’s adventure with food.

 

broccoli-767693_1280For those that haven’t heard of BLW, it is feeding your baby “normal” foods, not mush.  It takes all the hassle away of pureeing  and mashing away the lumps, and encourages them to eat real food and master chewing and lumps.

You start by giving them pieces of food that are big enough to be held, then sit back and watch.  If they like it they will eat it, if not not, they will try it and leave it.  I have yet to find anything that Logan will not eat, and there are some things that he adores and makes beautiful yummy noises as he eats.

The most important thing with weaning your child is making sure that you wait until they are ready to wean.  Health visitors recommend waiting until 6 months now, to ensure that your baby’s digestive system is mature enough to cope with food.  The three points that show your baby may be ready for weaning (as advise by the NHS) are:

  1. They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
  2. They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so that they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves.
  3. They can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out with their tongue, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths.

The biggest fear with BLW is, of course, choking.  I attended a baby first aid course when Logan was 4 months old, which made me confident that if he did get into difficulty, I would know what to do.  A baby’s gag reflex is much further forward on their tongue so they have a natural reflex to gag before they choke.  So far, (touch wood), we have not had any problems with Logan choking on his food.

I love the ease of mealtimes now and the fact that we are all eating healthier as a family.  Ordering a takeaway is too much hassle when I need to still need to make food for Logan.  I have started spending much more time in the kitchen making dinners from scratch; a talent that I thought I had lost

What are your favourite family meals?

Naomi

I’m a Miffy Mum

We do love a bit of Miffy here at the Parent Panel, in fact they sent us a lovely gift when Little Miss was born and BG loves their ipad app. So of course when they asked me to be a Miffy Mum well I couldn’t say no!

To start with we were sent a lovely gift box to help celebrate Miffy’s 60th birthday. Yes Miffy is 60!!

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The birthday book is just gorgeous. The fridge magnet looks lovely on our fridge and me and the girls are fighting over the postcards! I have given the tea towel to OH 😉

We had a little part for Miffy and decorated with balloons and the bunting and me and BG decorated cakes.

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We can’t wait to see what arrives next and what being a Miffy Mum will bring.

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