• Nap & Bedtime Routine Sleep Diary
    Parenting/Baby Related

    Nap and Bedtime Routine Sleep Diary: Week 1

    If you read my Not So Smug Anymore post, you’ll know that until recently we were really lucky with Theo’s sleeping habits. We had a nap and bedtime routine from early on, he learnt to self settle very quickly and had started sleeping through the night. Then the hot weather hit followed quickly by the four month sleep regression and a reflux diagnosis. Not only was he waking up multiple times throughout the night, he refused to sleep in his cot during the day and was having all his naps being rocked to sleep in his pram while he screamed.┬áSomething had to give. The Science Behind Baby Sleep: I researched…

  • Aldi Baby Event Haul
    Lifestyle,  Parenting/Baby Related

    My Aldi Baby Event Haul

    I’ve being trying to get out of the house to the Aldi Baby Event for the last couple of days but between trying to sleep train Theo and getting trapped in my house by a dangerous tree (true story) I didn’t manage it as soon as I would have liked. So today, after Theo’s morning nap we headed out to investigate and nab ourselves some bargains! Our local Aldi isn’t huge so I wasn’t expecting the baby event to be massive but I was pleasantly surprised, there was loads and loads of great stuff! I managed to contain myself and not go wild buying a lot of things we don’t…

  • Baby Development Activity - Family Photocards
    Parenting/Baby Related,  Tutorials

    Baby Development Activity: DIY Family Photo Cards

    I’m super excited to share with you my first proper DIY tutorial since having Theo! This is a great little project for young children and babies to aid with their cognitive development. Theo is nearly five months old now and he’s much more interested in exploring the world and really playing with his toys now rather than just looking at them. I wanted to make something that would be fun for him whilst also helping his development and learning – everyone wants their child to be a genius right??   Another great thing about the cards is that they’re perfect for making tummy time entertaining (which can be a struggle…

  • CMPA & Breastfeeding
    Parenting/Baby Related

    CMPA & Breastfeeding – Our Story

    When Theo was six weeks old the doctor suggested that he might have an intolerance to milk or a cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). He’s exclusively breastfed so that meant it was the milk in my diet that was causing him problems. I’d taken him to the GP because he’d been straining to poo and then screaming out in pain, that had gone on for a couple of days but then he hadn’t done a poo in 24 hours which was really unusual as he’d been going about 7 or 8 times a day before that. The GP checked him over and commented on the tiny spots and rough skin…

  • Parenting/Baby Related

    Not so smug anymore…

    I’ll hold my hands up, so far I’ve been the smug one that had the baby that slept really well in his own cot without a fuss. I say smug, I knew how lucky we were and felt desperately sorry for my friends who were having a much tougher time with their babies, I wasn’t really smug just grateful. Until now. We’ve had a bedtime routine for weeks and it worked. Bathtime (3 nights a week), nappy change, baby massage, walk into the bedroom singing twinkle twinkle, story on the bed, feed with the MyHummy on, baby into cot to fall asleep. It worked! Then it didn’t. For the last…

  • Baby Travel Essentials
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    Baby Travel Essentials – Holidaying with a Newborn

    Call us crazy but even though it’s the hottest summer the UK has had in a very long time, we decided to take our 3 month old baby to Ibiza! Not for a party holiday, I hasten to add. We chose Ibiza because of the flight time, we looked at a few places around Spain but we got a great deal on an all inclusive family resort on the white isle. I’m a worrier, I’ve told you this before, but I’m also an obsessive planner and list maker. We ended up taking more stuff than we needed so I wanted to share with you my baby travel essentials along with…

  • Best Childrens Books to Read Out Loud
    Parenting/Baby Related,  Product Reviews

    The Best Children’s Books to Read Out Loud to Your Baby

    One of the things I’ve always looked forward to when I’ve thought about being a parent is reading stories together. My mum read me a bedtime story every night when I was little and I want Theo to enjoy it just as much as I did. I started early and read Harry Potter to him while he was still in my tummy and now we have a selection of children’s books that I read to him every night before bed. I wanted to share with you my review of the best children’s books to read out loud to your little one. These books aren’t just fun for kids, they’re great…

  • H&M Haul Vlog 2
    Fashion,  Parenting/Baby Related

    Another H&M Baby Clothes Haul!

    Because I’ve had to replace nearly all of Theo’s baby clothes I placed a massive H&M order and have made another haul video. I really find H&M online so much better than in store for baby clothes. I went to the Trafford Centre branch the other day and they only had one of the styles I’d ordered! The baby section is tiny and full of basics, the toddler section is a bit better but the best styles were still missing. It was all more of what I call “traditional” baby clothes rather than the more modern styles that they have online. I was also a bit annoyed that you can’t…

  • Anxiety During Pregnancy FI
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    My Struggle with Anxiety During Pregnancy | #anxieteaandme

    In support of the #anxieteaandme campaign started by the lovely Charlotte from Mombie Diaries, I’ve written this post about my struggle with anxiety during my pregnancy in the hope that more of us will feel able to share our struggles, normalise mental health issues and seek help. Pregnancy is supposed to be a really exciting, happy time. Preparing a new life for the world is meant to be one of the most fulfilling things a woman can do but unfortunately for me, it didn’t happen that way. I’m naturally a worrier so in my first pregnancy, it came out to play a bit but it was manageable and didn’t bother…