Category Archives: Baby

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.





You can buy them from

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


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 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.

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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



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.

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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.