Category Archives: Baby


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



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?


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?

Travelling with Baby

In a sleep fuelled haze I thought it would be a great idea to book a family holiday to my favourite destination, Malta. I managed to get a good deal on flights, and an amazing apartment at a reduced rate, and was feeling good about it all. Me, Daddy Bear, Liz and Logan were off on holiday, my brother had agreed to come with us too, giving me and Daddy Bear some childfree time.  The best thing of all was I had managed to time it perfectly and we would arrive in time for the Isle of MTV, a free music festival which is hosted every summer.
Then as I was packing my bags (yes plural) for a day with my gran, it hit me… How am I going to manage a whole week away, and take EVERYTHING I need?? Yes, I over pack “just in case”, but this has really started to worry me.
I booked the flights without hold luggage as I refuse to pay an extra £50 for a suitcase. I double checked our allowances for luggage, the adults are permitted 1 hand luggage case and a small bag (35×20×20cm) each, Logan is allowed a baby bag (no size stated) and 2 items to go in the hold, 1 being a buggy and another essential item (travel cot, car seat or high chair). I knew a buggy was allowed but was pleasantly surprised at the bag and extra item allowance.

So I firstly have started to hunt for the largest baby bag I can find, as well as 2 more small bags. I must look like an obsessive bag lady with my tape measure and notebook walking round the shops.

Secondly, I have decided to not take my pushchair. A decision I debate most days, but realistically I will struggle on public transport over there and if it got damaged in transit then I would not be held accountable for my actions. I may reconsider closer to the time or look at getting a stroller but I plan on babywearing on holiday.
The babywearing decision is worrying me a little as I know Malta is going to be really hot. We won’t be out and about in the peak times but my Mai Tei feels a little thick and I worry about Logan and myself overheating. I have a few options I am looking into but if any baby-wearing mums out there have any recommendations I would be really grateful for some guidance.

Review: Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food

I was recently asked by Quinola Mothergrain if I wanted to try some baby food with Logan and after looking at their website I jumped at the chance.

Quinola Molthergrain is an organic baby food, which is vegan and gluten free. It is also high in protein, ideal for growing babies. The fact that it was gluten free was very important to me as during my pregnancy I became gluten intolerant and continue to follow a gluten free diet where possible. This is when I first discovered quinoa and it continues to be an everyday essential for me.

We received 2 flavours; carrot, red lentils and quinoa, and sweet potato, beetroot and quinoa. Both of these are from the 6 month + range.

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We tried the sweet potato mix first as this sounded the nicest to me. They were really quick and easy to heat, taking either 30 secs in the microwave or 1 min in boiling water. It took Logan a few mouthfuls to get used to it and then he gobbled it down with lots of lip-smacking and yummy noises.

We tried the carrot mix the next day and again he loved it. I even had to give him his own spoon as I couldn’t feed him quick enough. Curiosity got the better of me and I did try some and enjoyed both flavours.

Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food


The pouches hold a good amount of food, allowing for 2 good sized portions, especially at 6 months. I would have liked if they were resealable for when you are out and about.

I really like the fact that this is a thick and textured baby food. It means that he gets used to different textures and when he tries to feed himself it stays on the spoon, making less mess. I am waiting for a dipping set to arrive and will be testing them together to see how he gets on.

You can find more information on Quinola Mothergrain on their website, or follow them on Twitter @QuinolaUK and Facebook . They have other flavours available and ranges for 8 months and 10 months, and the website has links to a list of stockists. I will certainly be placing an order for some more of these soon.


Elimination Communication

nimI first heard the term Elimination Communication while I was pregnant with my son Logan.  I had read an article and thought “Well that will never work!”, but for some strange reason it stayed with me and I started to try it, just to see.

With EC, you are encouraged to listen to your baby and learn their cues for when they need to go.  The best time to start is from birth to 3 months as this is when they best communicate that they need the toilet as they haven’t gotten used to having a wet/dirty nappy on but you can start at any age.

The cues can include;

  • latching on and off when feeding
  • getting jiggly
  • crying or becoming more verbal
  • becoming very still
  • trumping

At this point you then hold them over a sink/potty so they can relieve themselves.

Unconsciously, we probably started around 5 weeks old.  I like Logan to have nappy free time and when I noticed he was getting grumpy, I would just pop a nappy on him and give him a feed.  This would normally consist of him latching on and off for a few minutes and then settling down to eat and fall asleep.  What I wasn’t realising was he was trying to tell me he needed the toilet.

Also after bathtime we would have skin-to skin while he fed and napped, and I started to notice that we never had any little accidents until he started to wake after his feed.

I consciously decided to really try EC after a really bad nappy rash outbreak.  I went out and bought a potty and kids bed mats and cleared my schedule for a few days.

I started off just watching him and noticing what he did before he needed a wee.  He had a few accidents and several changes of clothes but by the afternoon I had noticed a link between his grumpy wiggles and going for a wee; he had a desperation dance!

And if he wanted to poop then he would get smelly wind and become quite still.  When I spotted the signs I would sit him on the potty for upto 3-4 minutes and sing a potty song (Twinkle Twinkle but adapted by me).

By the end of the day I had managed to get 4 wees in the potty and I was so happy.  That was about 5 weeks ago now and while we are at home we are completely nappy free from when he wake up in the morning until bedtime, and his night time nappies are much drier too.  I hope as Logan gets older, and I become more confident, we will be able to go nappyless when we go out.

It’s common to keep babies under 12 months in nappies as a back up as accidents happen still.

Elimination communication has been an eye opening experience for me and I wish it was something that was more common knowledge.

Have you tried Elimination communication.


How I have Been Converted to Reusable Nappies.

I would like to introduce a new member to Parent Panel, say hello to Naomi!

Naomi happens to be my best friend and Mum to E who is 11 and L who is 7 months. Even though we are best friends we do have different parenting styles and I knew she would make a great addition to the team. 

So here is her very first post:

This week is “Real nappy” week and I thought I would share how I have been converted to reusable nappies.

It was a number of factors that finally gave me the push to switch.  Logan was suffering with really bad nappy rash and when he had a nappy on he was getting really bad leaks.  I had also read an article that real nappies helped EC babies as they were more aware when they were wet or dirty.

I must have spent at least a week researching different brands, comparing costs and reading different reviews before I finally decided on using gPants.


I bought a selection of 6 nappies in different colours,  some spare inserts and disposable liners and they arrived a few days later.  I have also since purchased some cloth liners and flushable cloth liners.

Depending on what I am doing or the time of day depends on what liner I use.  Cloth liners are best for short periods, disposable liners for longer times.

I chose gPants because they are good value, had great reviews and are easy to change.

Instead of changing the whole nappy, you only need to change the liner when wet, or the liner and insert if dirty.  This means a less bulky nappy bag when you go out.  They are easy to wash and quick to dry too.

As an added bonus, they are really colourful and stylish!  I often find myself checking out the limited edition page, justifying just one more outer pant.

I am really pleased I made the switch as I have not had any nappy explosions since switching to reusable, and we have not had any more nappy rash outbreaks either.

Some money saving tips I would like to share for reusable nappies are:

  1.  Check out if your local council offer an incentive for reusable nappies.  A lot of areas do offer this to help reduce landfill waste.
  2.  Instead of buying an expensive wet bag, I bought a cheap “bikini bag” from Primark for £2.
  3.  Check out Amazons “subscribe and save”, I have regular orders set up to ensure I never run out as I can be a bit of a scatterbrain and get the added bonus of discounts on my orders.



Are You Looking After Your Children’s Feet? #AD

Its really important to look after your children’s feet and keep them healthy from any early age. Do you know what you should be looking for in babies feet? or know how to check their posture correctly?

Charles Clinkard have commissioned this brilliantly informative infographic showing you how to keep your children’s feet healthy and what to look out for.

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