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Baby Annabell Carriage Pram & Stroller Review

Baby Annabell Carriage Pram & Stroller Review

*We were gifted the Baby Annabell Carriage Pram and stroller for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

I’m absolutely blown away that on writing this, our youngest daughter is only a couple of days away from her third birthday. In a lot of ways the last few years have been a blur and now we’re here, with a fully fledged child who is ready to go off to preschool. With a birthday just around the corner, we have been lucky enough to have been sent the Baby Annabell Carriage Pram and Baby Annabell Stroller to review. This project couldn’t have come at a better time!

Baby Annabell Carriage Pram –

This vintage style pram has been a huge hit in our house. We’ve worked with Baby Annabell products before, so this pram has been a welcome addition to our collection. It comes with a changing bag that folds out – just like the one I used to use. The girls love to role play, especially with their dolls. They have nappies, potties, food and everything they need to look after their Baby Annabell dolls, so this pram has been the icing on the cake for them.

Pink Baby Annabell Carriage Pram with changing bag. Taken on green grass in the sunshine.
The Baby Annabell Carriage Pram

Baby Annabell Stroller –

This stroller has an umbrella fold mechanism and has double wheels to make it super easy for the littles to push around. Just like the pram, it’s really well made and the girls love to take their dolls out side by side with both products. The stroller is the ideal size for the youngest of our two, it makes it really easy for her to manoeuvre when she’s taking her Baby Annabell for a walk.

The Baby Annabell Stroller

The verdict –

I’ve always been a fan of Baby Annabell products and these are no exception. I was over the moon when we were asked to review these around our daughter’s birthday and they really don’t disappoint. I also built them up myself, which I found really simple.  They fit dolls up to 45cm and our girls have had them packed with soft toys too. We love all things Baby Annabell, this pram and stroller are no exception!

 

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Johnson’s Baby Ambassador Academy – A Brand we Trust

Johnson’s Baby Ambassador Academy – A Brand we Trust

 

You may have noticed from my Instagram feed, that this year I’m part of the Johnson’s Baby Ambassador Academy team. It’s been an incredible journey so far. Not only have I met so many fantastic bloggers who are on board, I’ve also had the opportunity to indulge my inner geek and get to grips with the science behind the brand!

Johnson’s products have been our go-to baby essentials ever since our first daughter was born.  They were recommended to us by so many people, including my own mother and grandmother, who have used their products on the rest of my family for years. The classics collection, including the baby shampoo from Johnson’s, is my favourite range; it’s so easily recognisable, they’re comforting to use and they smell amazing!

I believe it’s so important to be able to trust the brands, whose products we bring into our homes. As parents, we want to know that our children are being cared for to the best of our ability and that includes what we’re using on their skin. That’s why I’m so excited to be working with Johnson’s Baby this year. They have been there for our family from day one and it’s an honour to get to share the ins and outs of the brand with you all!

 

 

Meeting the Johnson’s Baby Team

 

Our first Ambassador Academy meeting was held in London earlier this year. It was such an exciting day, not only because I got to meet all of the other bloggers in the team, but also because it was the start of an incredible learning journey for me. Johnson’s had bought in the creme de la creme of the science world, the level of knowledge they have in their field is astonishing and I was so ready to listen to everything they had to say.

Unfortunately, there are many common misconceptions where Johnson’s Baby products are concerned. Somewhere along the way, a lot of misconstrued information surfaced and in consequence many facts were blurred and passed from person to person incorrectly. We hear so much scaremongering on the news, in the papers and across social media. It’s often a case of Chinese whispers and all of a sudden, the original story has been blown epically out of proportion.

At our first meeting though, we were given the cold hard facts. Scientific knowledge that can’t be argued with and insight that served to cement my trust in the Johnson’s brand further. Take the issue of parabens for example; they’re an ingredient that so many people are terrified of and one that they actively try to avoid. David Mays of J & J was the main speaker at our meeting and a scientist, he swiftly put to bed these ill-founded ideas about parabens by pointing out that ‘you eat more parabens everyday, than you could ever absorb through your skin’.

Isn’t it ironic that consumers have been avoiding using parabens by discontinuing their use of Johnson’s products, but they have actually been taking in more on a daily basis by just living life. These days Johnson’s Baby products don’t contain parabens. This isn’t because they are harmful, in fact they’re quite the opposite. It’s because consumers have been led to believe they are so dangerous. The lack of parabens in Johnson’s products is purely to address the concerns of the consumer. It seems they’re looking after us in more ways than one.

The most important thing that I took away from my time with the Johnson’s Baby team, is that they spend a great deal of time, money and effort making sure that our children are looked after. They care about the consumer and they want to make sure they’re doing the best they possibly can for our families.

 

 

There’s More to Come!

 

Even though I’ve learnt so much in my short time working with Johnson’s Baby, I also feel like we’ve only just scratched the surface. With more meetings to come, you can be sure that I’ll be back to pass on a few more pearls of wisdom – straight from the horse’s mouth as it were!

 

Are you a Johnson’s Baby family?

 

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Tips for Taking a Baby Outside on a Windy Day

Tips for Taking a Baby Outside on a Windy Day

Autumn is only just around the corner now, meaning that the temperatures are going to drop soon and we are likely to encounter some very blustery days. When it comes to taking your newborn baby outside in these conditions, it’s important that you dress them up right so that they are comfortable for the entire trip. Here’s some aspects to consider:

Don’t believe that the wind causes ear infections

Let’s first get a common myth out of the way — having a baby out in the wind will not result in them getting an ear infection.

This is because the location of an ear infection is found behind the ear drum and way back in the inner ear. Therefore, external exposure like wind or even water will not affect this area.

Instead, the risk factors to bear in mind is their age (ear infections are prominent in children aged between six months and two years old), family history, exposure to smoke and to a small effect, the use of a dummy.

Remember that if you’re cold, your baby will be colder

Now that we have that myth out of the way, it’s time to cover some facts. First of all, it’s totally fine to head outside with your baby right away if you’d like to. However, many paediatricians advise that you keep newborns away from crowded places due to germs being prevalent in such locations. It’s best to delay that trip to a shopping centre, supermarket or a restaurant with your baby by a few months then!

Furthermore, Ed Glasser, M.D., F.A.A.P., clinical associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, has pointed out to Fit Pregnancy And Baby: “Infants lose about 50 per cent of their heat from their heads.”

Add to this the fact that babies will cool down a lot quicker than adults, as well as the point that it is more difficult for them to generate heat once they have lost it, and the need to protect them when it’s cold outside becomes very important.

Some general rules of thumb to bear in mind is to dress your baby in one more layer than you’re going to be wearing when venturing outside, ensure they are wearing both thermal and waterproof layers to protect them from the weather elements, and checking that their fingers, toes, ears, nose and chin are all covered but that they can still breathe easily.

It’s best to only plan on being outside for short periods of time with your baby when it’s cold and windy, as well as heading inside as soon as your newborn looks uncomfortable and you’re unable to shield them from the blustery conditions.

The effects of windy weather on a baby’s skin

Cold and dry air can cause issues to your baby’s tender skin, as the conditions run the risk of sapping precious moisture and leaving their rosy cheeks feeling leathery and wind-burned.

Hands and feet are particularly prime target areas when there’s a chill in the air, so protect their fingers with a snug pair of mittens and ensure their feet are nice and snug by enhancing your buggy, pram or pushchair with some Cosytoes.

A couple of top tips to consider is to change your infant’s mittens or socks if they get wet, with a fresh pair to avoid skin becoming irritated and applying some baby moisturising cream as soon as you spot any of your baby’s skin which looks or feels dry.

 

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Jessie from The Spilt Milk

#MumisBest Guest Post – Jessie from The Spilt Milk

 Welcome to another instalment of my new guest series #MumisBest!  #MumisBest is all about the ever-growing SAHM/working mum debate.  I really want this series to highlight that there’s no right or wrong way, but whatever works for you and you family.  If you’d like to take part do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!  For now I will leave you in the hands of Jessie from The Spilt Milk!

Working is therapy you get paid for!

Today I am not embracing the chaos. I cannot embrace the frustration of my newly clean jeans covered in smooshed pear because the baby won’t sit still.  

I am not able to take the needed deep breath to stay calm with my toddler punching me in the back because I won’t let him eat his stolen sweets from the kitchen cupboard. 

Today I just want to be somewhere else and not be called mummy for a few precious moments. 

I have been a stay at home mum since I graduated uni when Noah was 18 months old. Now he is 3 and a half and Oswin is almost a year old. I have moments of feeling like the luckiest person to have no 3rd world worries and that I can enjoy my little ones being little without needing to leave them. 

In the last couple of months I have had more moments of feeling like: 

“Oh my God I just want to sleep for longer than an hour without a mini boobaholic attaching herself like a joey” and equally:  “will I ever leave the house alone again except for doing the food shopping?”

This week I did get the chance to leave the house and even stay out by myself! To do some temp work inputting questionnaire data on a computer. A few years ago I would have cried at the idea of brain numbing computer work but now, good lord it was like therapy. 

I got the chance to talk to grown ups, well 21 year olds, no-one was in competition about how much their toddler could do or what age the baby starting walking. I didn’t even hear one person say how much they love Sainsbury’s 25% sale for kids clothes! 

It was official I was out of my comfort zone and I loved it. I made one awkward comment of “it’s so nice to have my boobs to myself for the day”. I got at least 3 strange looks before I explained that I breastfeed… Then they looked at me like I was old. Boo

I worked for 6 hours, honestly the longest I have sat still since before both babies came along. It was heaven. I missed them like hell after a couple of hours but it was a good distance for us I think. 

Yesterday I took them both to the sea side and I felt more grateful for the time I have with them. We played on the beach and I cuddled them more than I think I do on a general day. 

I don’t think I could be away from them every day but I am looking forward to working again next week. It’s good to feel needed for a really dull reason rather than to literally keep another human alive. Sometimes it’s nice to just blend in and not be so important! 

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Pam’s Bake and Baby Blog

#MumisBest Guest Post – Pam’s Bake and Baby Blog

Welcome to another instalment of my new guest series #MumisBest!  #MumisBest is all about the ever-growing SAHM/working mum debate.  I really want this series to highlight that there’s no right or wrong way, but whatever works for you and you family.  If you’d like to take part do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!  For now I will leave you in the hands of Pam’s Bake and Baby Blog!

Be yourself, Be happy.
When I got married at 24 I didn’t want a family, but as I approached my late 20’s I felt a pull to be a mother. Now at 32 I have a 3 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. For a while I couldn’t quite believe that this was my life. In fact shortly after having my second child I freely admit I had a ‘what the hell have I done’ moment!

I went back to work after 9 months maternity leave both times. I work in the rail industry and the option for flexi time or part time hours wasn’t an option, so I went back full time – 48 hours a week. I work 12 hour shifts days and nights and although it sounds horrendous it actually means that I get a lot of time off and more time with the kids than if I worked a mon-fri job. It means that we need less childcare as I work weekend and evening so husband is able to cover a lot of it.

Before I had children I would complain about the shifts, about how tired I was working such long hours. Now I don’t have days off. I have two children and a house to look after but much less time to deal with everything. I won’t lie it can be a struggle. And after my first child I took a while to get into a routine. There were tears, arguments and struggles. But now me and hubby are on the same page. He is super supportive of my choices and pulls his weight at home (most of the time!). I can’t stress how important this has been and understand this is not the same for everyone.

I shock a lot of people when I tell them that I enjoy working. When I was at home on maternity leave I felt like a huge part of myself was missing. I struggled to find a happy place and (this still makes me cringe to say but) I felt unfulfilled. Being a stay at home mum wasn’t for me. There I’ve said it. It is the hardest job I can imagine. There is no salary, no bonus for meeting targets and no appraisals to let you know how to improve.

I recently wrote a piece about ‘mummy guilt’ and what everyone thinks about everyone else. Working mums tend to look at stay at home mums with envy. They falsely believe that the mums at home are in their pjs until lunchtime, watching telly then doing incredible crafty, fun mum stuff with the kids every day. They are jealous that the stay at home mums get to attend school events and can seemingly do what they like. Stay at home mums look at working mums and are insanely jealous of their freedom. Freedom to have  a break, go for a pee in peace and get an actual lunch break. They would kill to be wearing something other than mum gear and to have something else on their minds.  Then you have the part time working mums. They have a bit of both sets of guilt. Guilty that they feel they aren’t able to give their all at work in the hours available. Guilty they aren’t doing enough at home. Guilt is a bitch!

We are also bad at hating on each other. In the last year I have heard stay at home mums say they can’t believe that a mother would want to work full time – why bother having kids? Is a statement I hear a lot. Working mums are similarly as bad at dishing out the insults, branding stay at home mums lazy. Why can’t we respect each other more!

Last year I had a breakthrough after I admitted that I enjoyed working. Instead of apologising for doing what was best for me, I am embracing it! Being a working mum makes me happy. But I have also came to the conclusion that we will never ‘have it all’. Whatever you choose then chances are you will have to sacrifice something. And that can be ok as long as you accept this.

To the working mums out there, feeling torn in two I salute you. To the stay at home mammas rocking motherhood, I salute you. To the mothers not having many good days with the littlies, they will get older and leave home someday so I salute you. To the mums waddling though with their eyes half shut I salute you!
There’s no need to be superwoman – that role is old! Be yourself, be happy.

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Pam Lorimer
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Wife of 8 years-been with hubby for 15 years since i was 17,my first love!
Mother of a 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl.
I work in the rail industry and have done for 11 years now. Previous jobs include a chemical technician in a cheese factory, a mental health support worker and a waitress.
I started blogging last year as a way of getting some writing out there. I have written on and off since I was a teen but never seem to have enough time lately (never dedicate any time to it!) So the blog has been the perfect platform to express myself and I have met so many supportive men and women through it.

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Nursery Necessities For Mums

Nursery Necessities For Mums

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When planning your baby’s nursery, the majority of your focus will – quite rightly – be on what the baby needs. You’ll spend hours hunting down the right crib, looking for a stimulating mobile, and making sure you can clean up every spill and nappy change in seconds thanks to everything being to hand.

All of the above is well and good, a normal concern for the expectant parent – but have you given much thought to what you as a Mum might need in the nursery?

Why Do Mums Need To Think About What They Need?

It might go a little outside of conventional thinking, which rightly prioritises the baby – but let’s be clear: the things you should think about as a Mum aren’t a replacement for your baby’s needs. Of course not; that would be ridiculous and no one would ever design a nursery with only Mum in mind!

The needs of Mum should be factored in because, frankly, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in that nursery. It’s probably where you are going to do the majority of feeding, for example. It’s definitely where you’re going to sit night after night, watching your baby sleep and wondering how something so precious could have come into your world. It might be the baby’s room, but it needs to be functional for you too.

What Sort Of Things Do Mums’ Need In A Nursery?

The foremost concern should be one of practicality. These are the items that are going to make caring for your baby easier.

A steady supply of nappies for your changing table is an essential, along with various wet wipes and creams. You should also add in at least a few changes of clothes for both you and the baby; accidents do happen after all!

From that point onwards, you can look towards comfort. You’ll find that tub chairs, with their supportive arms, are really useful when it comes to feeding. Holding your baby up can be tiring, especially if it’s the middle of the night, so every little helps in that regard! You’re also going to want to invest in soft furnishings that will feel comforting and pleasant to be around; a few cushions, a nice rug. This is a room you’ll spend a lot of time in – so don’t be afraid to make sure it’s sumptuous.

What If You Can’t Fit Everything In?

If you have a small nursery, then you might not be able to fit everything into it – which, while not ideal, doesn’t mean you have to compromise.

Storage is always essential in a nursery. It helps parents have everything on hand when they need it, be it a change of clothes for baby or a phone charger so they have something to read after their baby accidentally falls asleep on them. If you don’t have a lot of floor space for storage, then look for shelves or storage cubes which can increase the capacity of your room hugely. This should mean no long trips to the bathroom to retrieve something; you can just have it all on hand, making life easier for Mum, baby, and everyone else!

 

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Kerry from Don’t Drop the Baby

#MumisBest Guest Post – Kerry from Don’t Drop the Baby

Welcome to another instalment of my new guest series #MumisBest!  #MumisBest is all about the ever-growing SAHM/working mum debate.  I really want this series to highlight that there’s no right or wrong way, but whatever works for you and you family.  If you’d like to take part do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!  For now I will leave you in the hands of Kerry from Don’t Drop the Baby!

We all know how much your life turns upside down when you have a baby. Not only do we have to come to terms with all the physical, emotional and mental changes that occur, but before we know it our tiny newborns are nearing that first birthday milestone. We then have to get our heads around the fact that we have to return to a full time job, use our actual brain, and, in most cases, hand our little ones over to a complete stranger to take our place while we go and earn some money. All completely guilt ridden and sleep deprived. No wonder so many women choose not to go back to work, or try to negotiate part-time hours.

I took a full year of maternity leave (the last three months were unpaid), and as the time grew nearer to returning, my anxiety levels were going through the roof. I just didn’t want to go back, plain and simple. The thought of leaving Molly with unknown staff at the nursery caused me so much stress I felt ill. My family and friends all live back home in Wales, so we had absolutely no childcare whatsoever. At that point we hadn’t even left Molly with anyone, so she was only used to me and her dad. I felt sick.

I had a meeting with my manager and she agreed that I could go back part-time, but I would have to downgrade my role as assistant manager to a senior support worker (I worked in a residential home for people with learning disabilities). I wasn’t bothered at all, as it meant that I only had to work two days a week. It just didn’t interest me at the time… as far as I was concerned my role was a mother. We worked it out and, as I was only working 16 hours per week, and after the nursery fees were paid, I was taking home about £50 a month!

But after a lengthy discussion with my partner John, we decided that it wasn’t about the money, it would be good for me to ‘have a little break’ from Molly, and that she would benefit from nursery. I reluctantly agreed. I should have trusted my gut instinct though.

The night before I started back I didn’t sleep a wink, not a single minute. I laid in bed with my heart thumping, thinking about every single dreadful scenario my anxious brain could conjure up. I was shaking as I handed my baby over to the nursery staff, and then cried my eyes out all the way to work.

That was probably one of the worst days of my life. I cannot describe the panic and worry that gripped me all day. I must have called the nursery about 10 times (Molly was fine), and I just counted down the minutes until I could get the hell out of there and go and pick her up.

I lasted about 8 months. 8 months of absolute hell. Molly was constantly unwell. Every single week she would contract another illness from nursery. Most days I went into work with no sleep after being up all night with her, and then had to leave my crying baby with strangers when she just wanted her mummy.

John and I never saw each other. He works a rolling 3 weeks of shifts (nights, mornings and afternoons), and I had to work shifts too. They begrudgingly agreed for me to work a permanent day shift on a Thursday (which most people moaned about), but then I had to work an afternoon shift on either a Saturday or Sunday. John would obviously look after Molly, but I lost count of the amount of times he had to call me at work to say that she had another temperature. Being as I had the car I had to rush home to take her to the walk in centre as inevitably she would always be ill on a weekend.

A few Thursdays I had to call in to say I couldn’t make it into work as Molly was ill – we had a few hospital visits during that time for croup/an allergic reaction plus 15 ear infections. If I had a day off it meant I didn’t get paid, but the nursery still took their fees even though Molly wasn’t there. We may as well have been flushing money down the toilet!

The final straw came when it was nearing to Christmas and I was expected to work on Christmas Day. The thought of not seeing Molly opening her presents while I went to a job that I had grown to hate just pushed me over the edge. The pittance I earned (it was even less when you factored in money for petrol/lunch) just wasn’t worth it. I handed my notice in and left in November 2015. I cannot tell you the relief I felt, it was like I’d been holding my breath for months and I could finally breathe again.

Luckily we were in a position where I didn’t have to work. We could just about cover everything with John’s wage, but it did mean that he had to work overtime most weekends. Although it was hard at times being on my own, I absolutely loved being a SAHM mum. I relished the fact that we didn’t have to be anywhere at a certain time, we could get up in the morning with no stress and decide where we wanted to go, and if Molly was ill and had a bad night it didn’t matter.

After a while though I started to get bored. I missed working and having adult conversations, I missed having my own money in my bank account without having to ask John, and I missed using my brain! However, with the extortionate nursery fees and not qualifying for any help from the government we were pretty much stuck. So I started to think of things I could do around Molly. I looked at what I had – a car, a laptop and now an extensive knowledge of small children. There was only one thing for it – to start my own soft play hire business!

Tipple Tails launched in May 2016 and it’s been steadily growing ever since. I’ve had to turn a few jobs down as I’ve been fully booked. I did everything myself in the evenings when Molly was in bed – wrote a business plan and secured a small loan, researched all the other similar businesses in the area, purchased all the stock, designed my own flyers/business cards, sourced a graphic designer to design my logo and then I designed my own website.  I created the Facebook page and then marketed/promoted/advertised it to the hilt! I knew absolutely nothing about running a business (I failed Business Studies CGSE), and I am really just learning as I’m going along.

I absolutely love it though. Molly gets to come to work with me on the days when John is on overtime which she thoroughly enjoys. She helps me set up/pack away, and most of the time gets spoiled with sweets by my customers! I’ve had 5* reviews on my Facebook page and all of my customers have told me how much fun the kids have had.

The only downside is that it’s not bringing in a full time wage, and there have been some weeks where I haven’t worked at all. That’s the disadvantage of being self-employed I guess. So I have also just taken on another job as the online area manager for Families. Again I just do this in my spare time at home, and it basically involves researching everything that’s going on in the local area for parents/kids, uploading them onto my website and writing articles. I make money by selling advertising space to businesses ( a bit like monetising a blog I suppose). I’ve just started so am still finding my feet, but am really enjoying it so far.

Again, everything comes down to time. What with my business, my new job, my blog, and looking after Molly full time while keeping the house going, there isn’t much time for anything else! I can’t tell you the last time I actually sat and watched a tv show or had a proper conversation with John (we’re both too tired to speak anyway!), but luckily Molly will be going to nursery soon as she qualifies for her free 15 hours of childcare – I have big plans for those 2 days!

My main goal is to continue to be able to work from home as there isn’t another job that offers that kind of flexibility. I will strive to make a success of my business and with Families, and if I can eventually monetise my blog, then happy days! I know all this hard work will pay off in the end.

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Preparing Your Home For Baby’s Arrival

Preparing Your Home For Baby’s Arrival

The thing about having your first baby is that there is absolutely no walk through. You’re totally new to the whole thing and no matter how much information you get (which can feel a lot like walking through mud most of the time) every experience is different. What’s more, there are a million and forty-four things to prepare for and get done before the baby gets here.

As new to this as you are and for all the pointless anecdotes and advice you get, preparing your house for the new arrival is totally universal. Read on for our top preparation tips and tricks!

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Choosing Baby’s Room

Those first months will see you constantly getting up and out of bed throughout the night. That’s just how it goes. So keep that in mind when choosing the baby’s bedroom. This doesn’t make it an easy choice, though. Baby’s room could be close so that it is convenient for night time feeds, it could be as far away as possible so that one of you can be on the ball in the morning.

Get Your Decorating On

This is one of the most exciting times in any new parent’s life because decorating their nursery is totally magical. Of course, decisions and compromises need to be made. First, there are probably things in this room because it previously used to be the spare room. So, decide whether you want to store anything with canningvalestorageunits.com.au or give it away to charity. Safety is another must-have consideration, as is convenience. So only start with the basics of a cot, change table, dresser and a comfy chair and then add to it after the arrival.

Baby Proofing Everything

This is one of those tasks that will never end because, as they grow the protection needs to adapt. When it comes to newborn versus toddler, you’ll see how your home becomes more hazardous. As overwhelming as this may seem, the earlier you start the better. So, ask your husband to get on his hands and knees and have him start protecting any hazards he can see from his new viewpoint; these will be hazards to the baby when they are crawling and toddling.

Baby Monitor

This is for your peace of mind as much as anything, especially in those first few weeks when you haven’t quite got the motherhood swag down perfectly. This is natural by the way, so embrace it. Luckily, there are so many amazing baby monitors on the market that allow you to almost be all places at all times, which a mummy skill you pick up pretty quickly. Some just let you hear when they are crying, other’s play music and some let you see their faces while they are sleeping. So go with what you are happy with.

Your Bedroom

It is inevitable that your bedroom will be taken over and dragged into being a new suburb of Babyland. Try not to let this happen, but don’t stress over it too much. In fact, have a few essential things to help you through the first stages of mummyhood, such as a rocking chair in the corner somewhere and a trunk where you can just throw the baby stuff that litters your floor so it is at least out of sight. Voila. Your home is basically ready!

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Don’t Panic! Dealing with A Sick Child

Don’t Panic! Dealing with A Sick Child

As a parent, it’s easy to overreact if your child gets sick. Every single cough or sneeze will ring alarm bells and before you know it you’re halfway to the hospital, only to find out once you get there that everything is absolutely fine. We’ve all done it at some point, we just can’t help worrying and parents can feel guilty if they feel that they haven’t done enough. There are certain instances when taking your child to see a doctor is definitely the right thing to do, but there are also a lot of situations where caution is better than panic. Some common ailments will clear themselves up given a bit of time so there’s no need to jump the gun. If you are a bit unsure about your child’s health, here are a few tips on dealing with some of the most common health problems.

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Fevers

Fevers happen all of the time, they aren’t anything to be worried about as long as they don’t last too long. When your child has a fever it’s because their body is fighting a virus in their body so it is actually a good thing. If their temperature is between 100 and 103 Fahrenheit, that is normal. If it starts to creep any higher than that, it is a good idea to have a GP at hand just in case. You should also be aware of how long the fever is lasting. It should take a few days for them to fight the infection, any longer than this and you should consider seeing your GP.

Ear Infection

Ear infections are also very common in kids. Having a cough or a cold can often lead to an ear infection afterward. When excess fluid gets trapped in the ear it can get inflamed and become very painful. Parents tend to worry more than they need to about ear infections because they can cause intense pain. Fortunately, they are not as dangerous as you might think. Most ear infections will clear up themselves without needing any antibiotics. It might be a difficult few days but they’ll get through it eventually.

If the infection doesn’t go away naturally after two or three days, then it might be a bit more serious. At this point, you should see your GP and get some antibiotics that can help clear things up. Any children younger than two years should also be taken straight to the GP with an ear infection.

Pinkeye

Pinkeye can be an absolute nightmare if you don’t deal with it properly. The infection, officially called conjunctivitis, is incredibly contagious. Infections like this spread like wildfire amongst children and if you aren’t careful they could pass it onto all of their friends in no time. The first thing to do if your child gets pinkeye is take them out of school. Most schools won’t let them return without a note from the doctor to prove that the infection is gone.

There are different types of conjunctivitis, it could be caused by bacteria or by a virus. If they have a viral infection then they don’t need eye drops, you just need to wait for it to clear up. However, a bacterial infection is a bit more serious and they’ll need treatment. Bacterial infections are more likely in winter, and in younger children. One of the easiest ways to tell if the infection will need treatment is if your child wakes up with their eyes glued shut. If this happens, take them to the doctor straight away.

 

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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Body Beautiful After Having a Baby – Post Natal Care Tips

Body Beautiful After Having a Baby – Post Natal Care Tips

Having a baby is one of the most incredible things you will do in your life, but it’s no walk in the park. Pregnancy is hard on the body, and parenthood can be full of all kinds of challenges. To fully prepare yourself and set yourself up for success, taking care of your mental and physical health is important. As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Now that you have a little person relying on you, you really do need to be on top form. Here are some things to consider.

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Rest as Much as You Can

With a screaming new born, getting any rest might seem like an impossible task. And while you certainly won’t get the same luxury weekend lie-ins and peaceful starts as you once did, every now and again try to sleep uninterrupted. Maybe you and your partner could take ‘shifts’ looking after the baby in the early days. It allows one of you to be awake and alert while the other completely catches up on their sleep. If family and friends offer to help, take them up on it. Life with a new baby is difficult; if anyone is prepared to help you whether it’s doing a load of laundry or fetching some groceries, don’t be afraid to take them up on their offer.

Start a Postpartum Exercise Regime

Once you have fully healed and regained your strength, you can start looking into post partum exercise regimes. With a new baby, fitting in workouts can be a struggle, but they’re so worth doing if you can. You will feel more confident and energized, spring back to your pre-pregnancy body more easily and generally be fitter and healthier. If you don’t know where to start, consider speaking to a fitness trainer. They will give you a tailored routine that works for you, and can help you get back to being ‘you’ after having your baby.

Nourish Your Body and Stay Hydrated

After pregnancy, you will need to promote healing and eat foods which give you energy. Fill up on plenty of healthy produce, making sure you get enough macro and micro nutrients to allow you to repair and thrive. Since the early days of parenthood are so busy, before your baby arrives you could batch cook some meals and freeze them. That way you have healthy home cooked food on hand, and aren’t relying on expensive and unhealthy takeaway and ready meals. It can take a number of months to lose any weight you have gained during pregnancy, don’t rush it or try crash dieting. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle plan is your best bet. If you’re breastfeeding, you will need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated too. Drink enough to quench your thirst, plus a little extra too.

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