Isn’t the world of baby products just confusing! Let me help you out by providing real and honest reviews of products I have tried and tested.
- Easy access for feeding
- Convenient (You don't have to lift up your top every time you want to feed)
- Perfect to wear with breastfeeding bras
- Elasticated and flattering (helps with that post baby bump)
- They allow you to feed more discretely (this doesn't apply to everyone, but sometimes a little privacy helps you feel more confident feeding in public. As a first time mother I was so nervous, when it came to the second I'm not so bothered!)
I have extremely dry hands, which seem to have become worse in the past few years. I wash my hands over and over again, this isn’t an OCD problem my friends, its simply life with a young child and a baby. A particularly wiggly one at that, who seems to leave me covered at every nappy change. More recently I have used an awful lot of anti bacterial soap/wipes etc to try and evade myself of any bugs ( I succeeded until this weekend when the dreaded diarrhea and vomiting hit me hard!), so my hands have really taken a battering. They have been so dry that they have cracked and I have small cuts on my hands which are really painful. I’ve tried lots of hand creams over the years and even resorted to wearing some gloves at night with cream on (attractive right!?), but nothing seems to fix or ease the problem! Whilst it usually goes away when the good weather comes back I’ve been searching for a solution for some time.
My hands are always busy, washed often & exposed to lots of chemicals.
My thumbs are the worst and they really suffer in the Winter.
My toddler kept showing me his sore thumb... so we used the cream to help him too!
Just a few weeks ago I was sent a sample for Hope's Relief intensive dry skin rescue cream. As Australia’s No.1 natural range for eczema, psoriasis & dermatitis I was very intrigued to give this brand and product a try. Labelled as suitable for babies to adults with sensitive, itchy & dry skin, I immediately wondered whether it would actually work. Just open my cupboard and you can see a whole range of hand cream products which despite regular use, just haven’t cured my sore hands.
When I opened the packet, the cream reminded me of coco butter. It’s quite thick, but there isn’t too much of a smell to it which is nice. I immediately applied it to my hands and was amazed at how much was left over. So it took me a while to rub it all in, I actually enjoyed my little hand massage but quickly realised you don’t need to use a lot of the cream all at once. It felt nice and cool on my skin and after moisturising it in it settled nicely onto my skin. Massage over, I went straight back to folding up the clothes without thinking this product is going to stain the nicely washed laundry.
I used the product 3-4 times a day for the first few days, as directed on the packet. I concentrated particularly on my thumbs which had become really sore. At night I spent more time putting the cream on and rubbing it in. After just a few applications my hands weren't bothering me as much and my skin wasn't catching on things like before.
After a few days I totally forgot about my hands (hurting that is….I was still busy using them). They began to feel feel moist and not at all dry. The cracks had began to heal and my skin didn't feel rough. The skin around my nail wasn't so red. After an eventful week, I realised that I hadn’t applied the cream for a few days but the skin on my hands remained very soft. The same can be said for my toddler who didn't want to sit on my knee and have a picture taken! Pity party over for him, he was off and back playing with his toys.
This is taken just after a few applications!
The cream really works to repair your skin and it still remained soft after a few days of not using it.
I love that the Hope's relief cream is packed with Natural Active ingredients including: Hospital Grade Organic Manuka Honey NPA 10+, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula and Licorice Root. It’s such a natural product, free from sodium laurel sulphates, parabens, coal tar, artificial colours and fragrances and contains no mineral oils or petrochemicals. This is particularly important because I don’t like using products on my babies if they aren’t natural!
The cream costs £16 for 60grams. It isn’t as cheap as your average high street hand cream but it is extremely effective. If like me, you have already brought all the creams on offer in the shops, then you will know that sometimes the £3.50 hand cream right up to £30 don't do the job! In which case, £16 is actually very reasonable. I am always willing to pay more if the product actually does what it says on the tin! I would really recommend this cream if you have dry skin and need a product that works quickly and effectively.
The Hope's relief cream is available online and in stores across the UK (Wholefoods, Nutricentre, Revital, Panacea, Planet Organic, John Bell & Croyden, health stores and independent pharmacies). Take a look at the Hope’s Relief website for more information. You can also find out about a whole range of products including intensive rescue cream, moisturising lotion, body wash and herbal haircare products – all of which are created using therapeutic natural actives which are both fantastically effective and also completely free from all nasties. They deliver free within the UK if you spend over £25.00 and they also deliver internationally for £6 or £9 depending on where you are based. For more information about delivery you can click here.
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If you want a bouncer that is easy to store, lasts longer than 6 months and doesn’t have all the annoying bright colours and awful music then the BabyBjorn Bouncer is the bouncer to choose. It doesn’t come with a cheap price tag but it can be used right through until the baby is 2 years old making it a worthwhile investment.
Babies can bounce themselves from a young age, with every wiggle they move. Genius, I don’t have to have my foot on it all the time and best of all don’t have to fiddle around with batteries.
There are three different positions from upright to lying down. The support is excellent. I have used it from day 1 with both of my children and they look comfortable and supported. The 3 positions make it a great item for babies with reflux, providing a safe place to put them after feeding which doesn’t cause them discomfort.Read more link text
Annabel Karmel: New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner
If you buy one cookbook to take you through from the weaning stages and beyond then Annabel Karmel - Baby and Toddler Meal Planner is the one.
I first came across Annabel Karmel when I was a Nanny in my early 20's (wow that actually sounds like I am really old...). The lady I worked for placed it in my hands after she realised I didn't even know how to boil eggs properly, and then happily left me to look after her two children. She obviously had a lot of faith in Annabel helping the culinarily challenged, and now so do I. Although it's not just for those that can't cook, I'll let you into a secret, even my friend (who is my cooking idol!) has a copy in her kitchen and I know she raves about it too.Read more link text
On the go set
Buy online: www.amazon.co.uk. In Gibraltar they are often stocked at the pharmacists on main street.
If you are out and about this on the go set by Suavinex is brilliant!
It consist of a spoon, a spoon holder (space to keep 2 spoons) and a bib clip that allows you to to turn a simple napkin into an on the spot bib (genius, I always forget the bibs!).
Choose either purple or blue, it is the perfect accessory for feeding baby on the go.Read more link text
I am a big fan of the bebe au lait nursing covers and recommend them as an excellent purchase. Some people don’t rate them as they say you should be able to feed in public without covering up. I agree, but sometimes in those early days it is daunting enough learning how to feed let alone feeling like everyone else is watching you!
So if you would prefer a bit of privacy whilst your baby latches on this cover offers just that. It is comfortable to wear and you can easily see the baby whilst feeding discreetly. They have a small pouch on the inside which is perfect for putting your breast pads away.
Now I have my second I am more comfortable about feeding in public and sometimes don’t use my cover, but I always have it to hand for those times I want some privacy!Read more link text
If you have a newborn that seems to be suffering with wind, I recommend colic calm. I have tried and tested lots of different products with little results. After frantic 2am, 3am, 4am google searches I found out about colic calm. I decided to buy it and have it ready for when baby no 2 came along. I wasn't sure it would be the miracle solution.Read more link text
I’m tired, it is Friday after all and this week I just haven’t been able to sleep. I wish I had an excuse, but this week the kids have actually been sleeping well. Don’t be jealous, I’m taking what I can! But as my toddler hung off my leg at 8.30am this morning insisting I drink some wine, I felt quite tempted! Perhaps it will help me sleep I thought? That was until I remembered there is another solution, not as much fun I know, but it works!
As a parent we all suffer from lack of sleep. Just last week I read that parents are deprived of over 44 days of sleep in a childs first year alone. My first born was a horrendous sleeper suffering from reflux and then adenoids problems. Waking up nearly 10 to 12 times a night became the norm for us for quite some time. At times it felt like torture. But whats worse was my sleep had become so disrupted I couldn’t settle. This often meant I would give in and just start the day at 4am. Then when I started working again after maternity leave I found it difficult to switch off before bed time, thinking about what I needed to pack for the next day - the spare clothes to pack, the snacks, the lunch etc, oh and of course, all the work I was doing in the day! I was dying to find something that helped me fall asleep so I could begin to play catch up on all those lost hours.
I turned to my dad who travels all over the world and has an ability to immediately adjust to different time zones. When I asked his secret he simply passed me a small travel set which he gets free from his visits to the Crowne Plaza. It is called this works and it has 2 mini solutions for a better nights sleep. The first time I used it I slept so deeply, I couldn’t believe it and I raided my Dad’s stash. I have been using it ever since when I need it and I swear by it.
Sadly my stolen stash has run out, but just last night I realised that it is a product you can buy online. It only took me 3 years to figure that out. Whats more, after looking on the website I can see there is whole selection of similar products designed to help you sleep. It really is amazing stuff that I highly recommend.
So if you are having trouble sleeping, there is a solution for you. Some of those products are even designed for use during pregnancy and for babies and children. I am so excited I am off to order some for myself! You can buy some for yourself here.
So just for tonight (yeah right…)I will resort to the wine….
All my reviews are independent and I have not been paid by any company. As a parent I have tried and tested many products (and wasted a lot of money!!). In my Baby products section I provide honest reviews on products I use. Sign up to the blog to receive regular updates on this topic and many others.Read more link text
Star Buy: Nelsons Sootha Cough Medicine
We have dealt with more than a few coughs over the past three years. I once found a fantastic cough medicine that sent my child to sleep all night. Ah what bliss… except then I found that it was no longer on the market. As I carefully guarded my stash I realised I should probably stop using it. After all my research indicated it was taken off the shelves and banned for under 2’s. Something about parents exceeding the doses....eeek.
For a while I mourned the loss of a product that actually worked!
Help is now at hand from Nelsons Sootha Cough Medicine. Suitable from 12 months up it contains homeopathic remedy relief. Unfortunately It is non drowsy.
I have used this product on many occasions and I have had a night of slightly less interrupted sleep (you can only expect so much when you have a newborn and a toddler) so it has my vote!
I have also resorted to using it in the early hours when a cough has been bugging me. It has worked a treat!! Soothing my cough almost immediately.
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I'm not about to tell you the basics of how to breastfeed, I'm still figuring some of that stuff out! What I do want to share with you is a some basic must have items. This is the first post, so keep following to see more.
When it comes to breastfeeding there isn't an awful lot you need to buy. That is the beauty of breastfeeding! But to make everything a bit easier I would highly recommend buying some nursing tops.
Here are 5 reasons why.
These nursing tops are excellent for breastfeeding. They are perfect to wear under t shirts, jumpers or even alone (like the english weather would ever permit that!). They offer easy access to feed and allow you to cover up that belly if you feel a bit self conscious. They are also designed to fit during your pregnancy and after which means you will get great use outof them.
They are excellent quality and I have lived in mine for 3 months. You wouldn't be able to tell, as they have washed fantastically. With all that leaky milk these tops need to withstand a regular wash.
The clasps are strong and sturdy and can easily cope with regular opening and closing (does my baby need feeding...yes boob..nope...ok wind...close clasp...no its feeding...open clasp...oh who knows...close clasp)
They are extremely flattering, the material is 95% Viscose, 5% Elastane. You only need to buy the size you are. No need to go a size up.
So whats the drawback, the only one I can find is they aren't cheap...but trust me, they are worth every penny. If you take advantage of the current offer on ASOS. They are now at £11! They also had another offer £26 for 2. Either way... snap one up quickly.
New Look Nursing Tops 3 for £17.99
I wouldn't recommend the New Look Nursing tops. I am a big fan of New Look, their maternity range was fantastic and so I brought their nursing tops in the hope they would be just as good. But they have got this product totally wrong. These tops are not worth buying, unless your nipple happens to be completely lopsided in which case they will be perfect. I have found it impossible to get my nipple out without feeling like I am trying to put it through a maze.
The material feels nice, but it isn't flattering. Normally I'd be willing to accept this (after all sometimes it needs a miracle to feel flattered after giving birth) but the clasps are flimsy and they get stuck as well. So whilst these look like a bargain, I wouldn't bother!Read more link text
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