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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

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

Review & Giveaway: Heroes of the City

Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero!

Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town.  Meet Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town.

Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? Well it is.

We were sent a lovely little package of goodies to play with:

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The book is lovely full of great pictures and a great story. Both girls love to look at it.

We particularly love the Paulie the Police car and Tilly Train that came. Again both girls love playing with them and other children that have visited are drawn to them. They are well made and look great.

The DVD is great packed full of brilliant episodes. The stories are really lovely and the animation is bright perfect for your little ones.

You can also get an amazing Heroes of the City app which has 6 hours of movies on it! Plus games

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You can get the app from iTunes or Google Play. The app is free and you get one full movie and three games with that then you can purchase extra movies. Its £2.49 for four movies and one game.

For full details of City of Heroes visit their website.

I have one set of Heroes of the City goodies to giveaway to one lucky winner.

You will get a copy of the book, DVD and two die cast vehicles.

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Please note the prize will be sent from Sweden so allow extra time for delivery.

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Review: I Am Lost

There is nothing worse than your child losing their favourite toy or taggy. It can be devastating for them. The look of panic they get when a beloved item goes missing can be heart breaking. I remember BG losing a little dog one day and she was so upset she was planning the lost posters she was going to make when we thankfully found it in a shop.

The I Am Lost coding system is a brilliant way to ensure any lost items are returned to you.  You are given your own unique code and when the item is found the code is entered in to the I am Lost Website or app and you are contacted to arrange the safe delivery of your lost item.

I was sent 20 fabric tags to add to BG’s and Little Misses clothes and toys. It’s such a brilliant idea and so simple to use. I have added them to a few of their items and it’s great to have that peace of mind that if its lost then there is a good chance it will be returned.

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These are a must for any parent especially with the holidays looming, we always lose at least one item on a day trip.

“I am Lost” Packs – each pack includes a unique code allowing you to be contacted when an item is found

  • Stamp it’ Pack – £16.00 – Stamp and ink pad of permanent ink which will work on most surfaces, this makes coding items easy, it will work on metal, wood and fabric. You simply receive your stamp and stamp your stuff! The ink will withstand washing and rain. If you want your stamp to double up as a standard name stamp for school uniforms, just enter a name in the option box.
  • ‘Stamp it Plus’ – £20.00 – Stamp and ink pad, fabric label and stickers, this pack is great for parents whose children are fantastic at losing things. Included in this pack is the above, plus 20 x easy iron on fabric and 20 x small discreet, waterproof permanent stickers. Again you can type in the child’s name if they want one on the stamp.
  •  ‘Stamp it Max’ – £30.00 – Stamp and ink pad, fabric label and stickers, multipurpose tag and luggage tag. This pack pretty much covers everything, including all of the above, the stamp means you can easily mark important items, plus easy iron on fabric labels for those items that cannot be stamped. Also includes 2 x permanent and waterproof stickers for phones, wallets, tablets etc, plus 2 x multipurpose tags, useful for your keys, handbag or a dogs collar and lastly two large bold luggage tags for when you are travelling.
  • Lost Child Pack – £7.95 – a simple, adjustable identity bracelet. Bright and recognisable, with full instructions to follow to get in touch with you quickly, that can be used time and time again. With this, once the code is entered into the website or app, the system will reveal your phone number. The system will call around 3 different numbers until someone answers. This allows you to locate your child quickly and be reunited with them. No more having to write in ink on your child’s arm! Children aged 3 yrs + can be taught if lost to approach an adult and show them their wristband.
  • Design your own pack: prices start at £1.95, products available include; just a code, pack of 2 permanent marker pens for marking a range of surfaces, multipurpose tags, luggage tags, name stamp and ink pad, just a stamp, just an ink pad, fabric stickers and permanent stickers.

You can find more details at www.iam-lost.co.uk

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Blossom Magazine Searches for Britain’s Best Young Story Writer

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I was recently invited along to meet the people behind Blossom magazine, the magazine for little girls. I couldn’t make it but they kindly sent me a copy of the magazine for BG to read.

I was really impressed with magazine it is packed full of things to and comes with a really good free gift. What I really like is no adverts in it so it’s activities and a few stickers.

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In this month’s Blossom Magazine is a story writer completion in association with World Book Day.

The winning story will be printed in the magazine and illustrated by the Blossom artist. The winner will also receive a visit to their school or nursery from the Princess Poppy author Janey Louise Jones, a bundle of books from them and their school library from Random House and a special keepsake bound version of their story.

If that sounds like something your daughter would like to enter pick up issue 10 at your newsagent now and find out the full details. Closing date is 8th March.