I started bed sharing with Joshua when he was newborn, he just would not settle on his own and I needed to get some sleep so into the bed he came. He stayed in our bed for 19 months and if Zara hadn’t been born then he would probably still be there now. I mean, I wake up some mornings and he’s in our bed so I know he’d be a permanent fixture in our bed if he could.
Zara is now in our bed and even though I have been thinking about moving her into the cot, I’m pretty sure she’ll be in our bed for a while. As I’m still breastfeeding, bed-sharing just works and makes it much easier for night feeds. It means I can feed Zara, whilst lying down, and we normally fall asleep together. It’s a very special moment between us.
Whether it is you that is having a baby or you want to buy something extra-special for someone who is having a baby, picking the right products or gifts can be a daunting task. Many people worry about buying the most expensive gift, the most educational toy, or the trendiest outfits, but, how many people stop to consider the safety standards of anything meant for a baby? Besides, the last thing you would want to do is buy a toy that is not appropriate for a new born baby or even synthetic clothing that may harm the baby’s skin. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose gifts that are safe for a baby.
Tantrums are the bane of my life right now. Everyone warned me about the terrible two’s and they were right to. That was an awful year for tantrums. Admittedly it started before Keira turned two, probably around 18 months, but they were terrible. There was no denying it.
What no one warned me about was just how much worse it got once they turned three years old. Wow! I am not kidding when I say the “terrible” two’s were quite pleasant compared to what we’re dealing with now! It’s made a million times worse now that Joshua has learnt how to throw a tantrum, although his are minor and easily treatable, he’s so stroppy but he’s easy to please with a cuddle.
Mother’s Day is upon us (well if you live in the UK) and this year it’s going to be my 4th one! I feel incredibly lucky to be celebrating my 4th year of being a mum to 3 amazing children that constantly drive me round the bend. Anyone who says their children don’t drive them barmy is clearly lying to everyone. Our kids enjoy winding us up and pushing us further than our limits, but I could never not love them.
So Darren asked me that one question I dread the most, what would I like for Mother’s Day – as a gift. I never bloody know what to say because I never normally need anything and the stuff that I normally do need is hella pricey or impossible. That got me thinking. If money were no object, and super
powers were real, what what I like for Mother’s Day?
A while back now we became Nuby UK Brand Reps. Something I have loved being apart of because I genuinely do love the Nuby brand. They do some amazing products and I love nothing more than sharing with my readers this amazing brand.
Zara started teething a while back now, but those pesky teeth are causing more trouble than you can imagine and they haven’t even popped up yet! So I asked Nuby if there were any teething products they had that I could put to the test and they sent me some amazing products to write about.
With Keira and Joshua, my go-to product was always, always Anbesol liquid. Keira had a Sophie The Giraffe
and that’s all that she needed. Joshua had his amber anklet and he flew through teething (I wrote all about Joshua’s amber anklet here
). So I got Zara one too, it hasn’t helped her at all (but maybe that’s because I keep forgetting to put it on her). So I was stuck for teething aids, but that’s where Nuby come in handy.
We were sent a fantastic range of products – all very handy for teething!
These new Chewbies Teethers
have been the biggest hit for us. Zara loves
them! (No exaggeration!) They are the perfect size for her little hands to hold and chew on. There are several different parts for her to have a chomp on, all offering a different texture to help those poorly gums – as well as give them a bit of a scrub as they chew. You all know by now just how much I love products that can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher, and these most certainly can. Perfection.
We’ve had these IcyBite Keys
teether for longer than I care to remember and they have always proved big favourites. The Bug-a-Loop is great for little hands to hold and offers a huge range of bright colours and different shapes and textures – which Zara loves! The IcyBite Keys can be placed in the fridge and because they contain Purelce Gel they keep cooler for much longer than water filled teethers. Perfect, we all know that cold teethers really help on those sore gums.
The Wacky Teether
and Gum Massager
have also proved to be big hits for Zara. The Gum Massager is perfect for taking out the house because it comes with its own case to keep it clean and dust/bit free. Zara loves the soft silicone that it’s made from because it’s extra chewy and it certainly helps to soothe those sore gums. The Wacky Teether is just that, wacky. But Zara has been loving it. Although she tends to suck on the crinkle fabric, but whatever keeps her happy.
The Plush Pet Dog
has been a lovely addition to our collection. He’s super cute and cuddly and Zara loves having a chew on his feet. He’s always attached to the car seat for her to play with when we’re traveling and he has a little squeak – which drives our real dog barmy!
And last but not least are these gorgeous Bandana Teething Bibs
. They not only have a cute design on them, but they’re reversible! Perfect for matching with outfits. They’ve been great because if Zara drops them, she can easily just grab them. For a baby that is forever pulling up her clothes the chew and suck, these are the perfect item. However, I’m not a fan of the velcro fastening. I find the velcro wears away after being washed several times and I normally opt for bibs with poppers but it’s a minor issue for such a great product.
Along with all of these teething accessories I have also been using Anbesol liquid on her gums and Nuby have ever so kindly sent us an Oral Care System
for teeth and gums. It consists of 3 various stage toothbrushes and a little finger brush for those gums. Perfect for introducing your little one to the importance or oral hygiene – even before teeth emerge.
Do you have any successful teething products?