Getting my nearly 9 month old baby to take a bottle with NUK Nature Sense Bottles 6-18 Months ( gifted )

If you have been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve been having great difficulty with Baby Jake taking a bottle. Since his birth in May last year Jake has been exclusively breastfed, At around 5 weeks I expressed milk occasionally which he took from a bottle. I made the mistake of not trying again for sometime. At around 4 months I tried again knowing that I had to leave him for a couple of nights because I had an operation looming.

In the lead up to the operation I tried so many brands of bottle including cups, I fed him before the general anesthetic then whilst I was asleep Jake took most of a small bottle of expressed milk from my Husband in a Cafe. Success we thought….

However it was not to be, as he just wouldn’t take a bottle again, so I fed him as I came round half asleep from the Operation. There after I continued to try even every day, I thought with starting weaning he may become interested in a bottle. I had tried several different brands with no success he would just scream and push the bottle away whilst clamping his mouth firmly shut.

He can be fussy when breastfeeding too i.e going on and off a lot screaming etc. He just doesn’t seem to love food or milk!

My Sister recommend NUK bottles, so speaking with the team at NUK they kindly gifted me a bottle to try, and in the spirit of transparency Jake is entertaining this bottle sucking it a little and holding it to his mouth not pushing it away and screaming which is what he did with the others, we still have a way to go but finally making some progress. Which is what I’d hoped for as now feel ready to stop breastfeeding. The NUK Nature Sense is specifically designed for 6 -18 month old babies and recommended by Midwives and Pediatricians with a anti colic vent.

Jake trying NUK bottle
Jake trying NUK bottle
NUK Closer to Nature Bottle
NUK bottle and soothers received

I love the design simple yet classic plus it’s design mimics the tiny milk ducts found in the breast which I think is really clever and not heard of that in other bottles.

All views are my own and I was given ( gifted ) the bottle to review. Thank you NUK.

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Gummee Glove – For all teething stages

The Gummee Glove comes in stages 1-6, covering from 0-33 months old ( also catering for children with additional needs) 

My baby has been wearing the 6 months plus size, which fits perfectly on his hand and didn’t come lose. 

The bright high contrast pattern and colours jumped out straight away at my baby,  The older children were also intrigued and headed over for a play,  they hadn’t seen a teether like it before. 

Gummee Glove

I was very impressed with the design because the glove stayed on his hand, as most other teething toys get dropped on the floor repeatedly then need cleaning which is a pain when out and about. As anyone with a teething age baby knows they drop toys or food continually. So the Gummee Glove was a revelation in this respect, far less bending down for me!

I love that the silicone teether can also be pulled out if required, but also stays held in. You could even add teething granules or gels to it, for helping to soothe sore gums. 

The crackly material also intrigued my baby along with the silicone sides where he likes to chew or hold onto with his other hand. 

The Gummee Glove is 100% cotton, the teethers are food grade silicone, BPA and Phalate free. The Glove is also machine washable and has a travel pouch included for hygienic storage. We love the Gummee Glove and would highly recommend, this would make a great gift for a friend at a baby shower or with a new baby, So definitely worth checking out www.gummee.life

Thank you Gummee for kindly gifting us the Gummee Glove, all opinions are my own. 

Gummee Glove

Christmas Gift Ideas 2018

Christmas 2018 is less than 2 months away

How fast did that come round again? At this time of year I like to start lining up gift ideas for my children . Here are some items that I like the look of and have been reviewing this month.

For 2+ year old

This count with Peppa toy is lots of fun, Peppa helps children count to ten. Whilst also learning to recognize colours and numbers.  My little girl loves playing with this toy at 3 years old she is just learning to count to ten, this toy will  help her practice. My Daughter enjoyed slotting the coins into Peppa’s purse counting them as she went. Peppa also helps children with listening to instructions that are asked and following sequential steps, what’s not to love learning whilst playing. My Daughter is very protective of this toys and likes to show us that she understands what Peppa is asking.

For 4+ year old

This Fuzzikins Campervan is so much fun! The set includes x2 Cat Fuzzikins ( a medium and a large)  that can be coloured in with the x5 felt tip pens included. The inside of the Campervan is amazing the cats can sit at the table on the rubber chairs or the table turns into a bed with the blanket to go over the cats of a night time. There is also 3x Colour your own sticker sheets which my daughter really enjoyed.

All clips away inside the Campervan which is great as less mess and chance of the Fuzzikins or contents going missing. My 6 year old Daughter absolutely loved playing with this toy, being able to colour the cats in was an added bonus, she especially loves letting them pretend to eat together at the table, then putting them down to bed for the night.  She said it’s great because it clips together and my sister can’t open it!

For 10+ year old

This Science Mad – Crystal Growing Kit

Includes 14 experiments that are all safety tested. With everything you need to grow and cultivate your own beautiful crystals.  This comes in a large box , So there’s a lot to get creating with. It’s the kind of gift, I myself as a child I would have been so excited to receive.  We have loved creating crystals, As my eldest Daughter is 6 she needed my help and was really happy with the end result.  Some real one on time with my Daughter. It really brought me back to my childhood. Make sure you wear the goggles and follow the safety instructions, I would recommend the help of a grown up.  So far we’ve only created one set of crystals but still so many more to try, definitely value for money. Science is so much fun!

Some of the crystal’s we made:

 

Baby 6months +

Sophie La Giraffe Beaker, It’s just so cute! I will be getting this for my baby as absolutely love the hidden Sophie in the middle of the beaker.

Match Stick Monkey – These looks like exactly the kind of toy my baby would love at the moment as he can only hold little things. Plus it has a toothbrush at the end to apply teething relief or practice brushing !  Both seen in JoJo Maman Bebe.

*Three of the above items were gifted for review by Wire Pr, The Peppa Pig – Count with me             ( Trends UK ) , The Science Mad Crystal Growing Kit. ( Trends Uk ) and Fuzzikins Campervan.

All opinions are my/ children’s own.

Train Travel with a Young Baby

I took a little trip yesterday into London to meet the team at Talk to Mums.  It was my first time travelling into the city via train alone and something I initially thought would be trickier than it was.

So I decided instead of my double pushchair which could have been tricky to maneuver on and off trains, to take my Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier, which for me made the trip a lot of easier. As I could wear my baby and be hands free.

So my tips would be:

  • Wear a bag that can go on your back with just what you need for that period of time. So for my baby it was a spare change of clothes, wipes, x1 muslin clothes and nappies
  • Carry a spare muslin cloth ( Useful for cleaning dribble and as a cover whilst breastfeeding )
  • Ensure you carry a bottle of water and a snack for you ( I always carry some paracetamol as often get headaches when travelling )
  • Carry hand gel in your bag as again this is useful when touching so many surfaces that have been touched by others
  • Leave plenty of time as everything takes longer when travelling with children no matter how small they may be
  • Purchase the train ticket in advance
  • Travel off peak
  • Install the Trainline app, It’s really useful when you need to change train
  • If I were a regular commuter by train I’d have my phone in a case with my debit card as can see you need to get them out frequently
  • On your return leave in good time as there can often be delays

I am only writing this because I drive and rarely use Public Transport and thought it may be useful to some one.

Pampers Pure Nappies and Wipes

I was very happy to be asked by Pampers to be one of the selected parents in the UK to trial the new Pure range

Pampers Pure

The pure range provides up to 12 hours of dryness like the other Pampers nappies. Yet they are clinically proven for sensitive skin on even the most delicate of little bottoms and are so soft!

The new Pure range of nappies are made with new plant based materials, premium cotton, sugarcane based material and responsibly sourced pulp whilst also being made with 0% perfume, chlorine, bleaching, latex.

The Pure wipes crafted with organic cotton are made up with 99% water and 1% gentle skin protectors, 0% perfume and alcohol free.

I’ve been trialing these nappies and wipes for 5 days now and I am very happy with the results. They fit my little boy comfortably, the designs are very cute ( my favourite being the milk bottle one ) as love clothes in that design too.

The Pampers  Pure nappies also withstood 2 explosions which normally would have been up to his neck ruining whatever he was wearing, so this was a huge plus for me.  Also after a full nights sleep, he woke up with no leaks and seemed very happy, Something I shall be recommending to my friends who are pregnant and those who have young babies.

The Pampers Pure wipes are also great and can be used on newborn skins as they are so gentle.

I also feel more aware now of how much better these nappies are for a baby’s skin and the environment compared to cheaper ones that are not made in such a considerate way.

*I have not been paid to write this review but was provided with a pack of nappies and a pack of wipes to sample.

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Newborn Sleep Deprivation

When I had my first baby at the age of 26, the sleep deprivation was something, somehow I was NOT prepared for!  Despite all the advise I’d been given. ( The photo above was from 15 weeks ago when I had my third baby )

From the moment my little girl was born, Breastfeeding was quite tricky and frustrating as what ever I did I couldn’t get her to stay attached! I had lots of help from various staff on the maternity ward yet it was so tricky to get going, these difficulties I think added to the pure exhaustion early on. What I would come to realise is that it was a skill that I needed to learn as I hadn’t been a Mum before and she hadn’t been a baby before and I think that’s a great way to look at.

I finished work just two days before I was induced because of Pre-Eclampsia so barely had time to get my head around going from work mode to being a Mum.  Once my little girl arrived I started noting every time she fed and everytime I woke up! The latter I wouldn’t advise.

I even kept the record of that sleep schedule on my phone to remind me in the future.

I remember feeling so tired that I could barely function, I don’t think I slept at all until she was about 14 days old. It was hard going and something that I wasn’t prepared for, For some reason I just thought I’d go home and go to sleep for 7 hours. Hilarious looking back now!

So what I learn’t by the second/third time round, was the following:

  • Don’t record your awake times ( Record feeds if it helps, but if feeding is going well I wouldn’t worry )
  • Use a swaddle with a zip up the middle like the ‘Love to Dream’ ones.
  • Understand  that newborns feed little and often because of their tiny tummy’s even more so with breast milk as it digests very quickly.
  • Only change their nappy if full or a poo
  • Put them to sleep in a crib next to you as soon as they are asleep sleep yourself even if you only get an hour it all add’s up and will help you the following day
  • Get out and about in the fresh air
  • Have a low dimmed light on all night ( I found this to help as could see what I was doing in the middle of the night )
  • A little tip I saw on the internet was to place a warm hot water bottle in their cot, then remove allow to cool a little ( test with your own hand/ elbow ) when you feel it’s not hot lay the baby after a feed and I found this really helped my baby feel able to sleep.
  • Rest/ sleep in the day if you can ( annoyingly I never could!)
  • In advance of your baby’s arrival do a good food shop if you can and freeze meals or buy ready meals for when you are just too tired, if all else fails get a takeaway – you deserve it!
  • Drink lots of fluid, water if you can it really helps with milk supply
  • Eat regular meals and lots of snacks
  • For me having a shower every morning really helped, especially as I found you sweat more post birth and if breastfeeding it’s nice to not smell of it ( again a personal thing ) Having a shower really made me feel better and far more awake.
  • Another useful idea for night feeds is having a little area in your room with all the supplies you need for the night for me it was ( glass of water, cereal bar, changing mat, nappies, wipes or cotton wool and a change of clothes in case of a poo explosion )

Last of all, Remember this too shall pass and  before you know it your little baby will start sleeping longer stretches.

Maternity Leave

For me a few months after the initial birth, recovery, sleep deprivation  starts to lift I find myself wondering what I will do when my maternity leave is up, whilst I am not wishing the time away quite the opposite in fact, It does make me think am I doing what’s best for my children and our family. How will we cope with x3 drop off’s and pick up’s in different places? for example.

Questions like should I not return to work, instead of paying extortionate amounts of money in childcare or should I find a more local job closer to home? These are all thoughts currently going round in my head. That I need to make sense of,  Financially I still need to work and I love the satisfaction and sense of pride that comes with my job that I am currently on maternity leave from.

I know that I will definitely not being having any more children ( 3 for us is a great number and slightly scary! ) And the last pregnancy was truly difficult, with gestational diabetes ( insulin controlled ) Horrendous morning sickness and several other issues without wanting to bore anyone reading this!

I’m hoping that as time passes I’ll feel more comfortable with what my future holds work wise and so aware that they are only little for the tiniest amount of time so want to make the most of it whilst still bringing in an income.  I know this is known as ‘Mum guilt’  and it really is.

At the end of my last maternity leave with my second daughter I volunteered on the maternity ward where I would end up having all of my children, It was a great experience. I was able to help support new mothers with nappy changes, making up bottles, attending to call bells and just general company if they were alone. Towards the end of the 3 months I was trusted to do several tasks which I really enjoyed and getting to know patients who had been in a little longer. This is a field I’m really passionate about since becoming a Mother and wonder if this is somewhere my future lies. The other question for me is juggling what would be shift work with my husbands day and occasional evening work.  Sadly I had to give up the volunteering after 3 months because it was tricky juggling it with going back to work and my husbands work.

At this point, three months post the birth of my third baby, I am just going to enjoy him and my girls.