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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 quinolababy.com, 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.

Naomi

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.

Naomi

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.

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.

Childrens foot health - final

Review and Giveaway: Emmi Wooden Cradle from Tesco

BG has never really been one to play with babies sort of girl but Little Miss is obsessed with them. She loves real ones and toy ones. She feeds them, rocks them and lays them down to sleep and it is so sweet to see.

I had been planning of getting her a wooden pram and cradle for Christmas, so when Tesco asked me if I would like to test of the Emmi Wooden Cradle I could hardly say no.

It arrived ready to assemble so I set OH to work.

Emmi Wooden Cradle 1

 

It was really easy for him to do. The instructions are really clear and it took less than 10 minutes to put together.

It’s really sturdy and actually much larger than I thought it would be. Little Miss loves wrapping her baby up and rocking her to sleep in her new cradle.

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At £20 I think it’s a really brilliant wooden cradle and would make an awesome Christmas present for any child. There are other items available in the Emmi such a high chair, car seat, 2 in 1 pram carrier and bath set.

The Emmi Wooden Cradle is also part of a 2 for £30 offer they are currently running so you can get even better value for money. You can also get free click and collect from store.

I have a Emmi Wooden Cradle to giveaway to one lucky reader. A little help with the Christmas shopping this year.

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Peach Jogger iCandy Review

Several months ago the people at iCandy sent me at Peach Jogger pushchair to test out and I have to say I really love it.

The Peach Jogger is a three wheel, all terrain and super stylish pushchair.

I don’t drive so need a sturdy, easy to push, large basket pushchair for my daily school run and shopping trips. Little Miss needs a comfy seat and the iCandy Peach Jogger does all that.

We have tested this pushchair out fully and it has very little faults in my opinion. It’s been to the beach, on bumpy terrain and on many, many school runs.

iCandy Peach Jogger

Pros:

  • Easy to fold. I mean really easy to fold. You take off the seat unit (which is also easy) and then then push the handle straight down and it folds up.
  • It has a strap in the base of the pushchair so once you have folded it the chassis can go on your shoulder leaving your hands free for the seat unit. This was a godsend when we were on holiday as we were upstairs and there were no lifts. OH could pop the chassis over his shoulder, have the seat unit in one hand and either BG’s or Little Misses in the other.
  • Once the chassis is folded it stands up all be itself
  • It’s really compact when folded. Its fits nicely in our little Ford Focus and there is still room for shopping. If you want to get even smaller you can remove the wheels.
  • The wheels pop on and off really easily
  • There is a pump in the basket in case your wheels need pumping up.
  • It’s easy to unfold and seat unit just clicks into place
  • The basket underneath is a really decent size. I can get quite a bit of shopping underneath it.
  • The handle is adjustable
  • There are 3 reclinable positions
  • It’s really easy to recline and it’s a smooth transition.
  • The seat unit can be forward or parent facing
  • The leg rest is adjustable
  • Comes with a rain cover which is easy to put on
  • Pushes and steers like a dream
  • Smooth ride for Little Miss
  • Comes with foot muff
  • The hood extends up which is great when Little Miss gets a bit taller

Cons:

  • Little Miss never seems like she is fully upright. She is always reclined slightly
  • The rain cover is quite stiff and doesn’t fold up very small so can take up quite a bit of room in the basket
  • Doesn’t come with parasol

As you can see there are very little cons for me. I really think this is a great pushchair. It’s really sturdy and will last beyond Little Misses needs.

If you want to use it from birth can purchase the carry cot (£195) to go with it.

The Peach Jogger is available in 5; Blackberry, Cranberry, Glacier, Loganberry, Avocado, and Gumdrop.

I have it in Cranberry which I really like.

You can also purchase accessories to go with your iCandy Peach Jogger including cup holder (which we were sent and its fab), parasol, changing bag, mattress, seat liner, and sun shade.

The Peach Jogger starts from £640 which is reasonable for a high spec, high end pushchairs.

If you are looking for hard wearing, long lasting, stylish pushchair you can’t go wrong with the Peach Jogger.

You can find your nearest stockist here.