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Dr Brown’s Options Microwave Steriliser & Bottles Review

Having recently just had a baby and becoming a first time mum, I had heard of so many different brands that friends and family recommended for me to use.

When Dr Brown’s got in contact with me offering me their microwave steriliser which included 2x 270ml bottles & 1 x Tongs and a 3 pack of their Anti Colic Starter Kit bottles. I couldn’t wait to test it as my little boy was showing signs of having colic.

The Steriliser is Priced at £29.99 which I feel is very reasonable

The steriliser is really easy to use, load the bottles in using the correect positions, add the correct amount of water dependant on wattage of microwave and just pop it in.

We received the Dr Browns Deluxe Starter Kit also which was a great surprise.

The bottles retail at £23.99.

The Dr Brown’s Deluxe Starter Kit contains:

  • 2 x 150ml/5oz bottles
  • 1 x 270ml/9oz bottle
  • 2 x level 2 teats
  • 2 x level 3 teats
  • Level 1 teats already supplied on each bottle

My little boy adjusted to these very well after moving from another brand of bottle.

*I was sent these products free of charge for the purpose of the review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Hummy Snoozy Toy Review

Over 6 weeks ago I finally gave birth to our first child, A Boy, we named him Freddie.  I can’t believe where the time has gone.

So far he has been sleeping relevantly well and on occasions (5 so far) he has slept through from 11pm – 6pm or 12pm – 7am – Good going little man.  Unfortuantly, the last week or so at night he hasn’t been as settled and we think he has had a mild case of colic – common in babies from about 1 month.

Back in May I was offered the opportunity to review one of my hummy sleeping aids for babies and it couldn’t of arrived at a more convient time.

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I choose the Slate grey “Snoozy” bear as we didn’t know the gender of our baby at the time so we needed something that was semi neutral and would be suitable for either.

I think the selling point for me, is that it worked for us and our baby Boy Freddie.  I put it on every night (when I remembered) for when he goes to sleep in his moses basket.  It is still early days as he is only 6 weeks old but so far we can’t get enough of it.

The snoozy bear not only does the job, but it looks super cute and is soft to touch.  It comes in 3 toy designs to choose from, the teddy bears, the snoozy and the sleepy head. You can pick your favourite from 4 teddy bears, 5 different snoozy’s in pastel colours or 3 different Sleepyhead colours – something for everyone.

The snoozy I choose retails at £49.00, I wouldn’t personally spend this much but it is worth every penny so far.

Here are some of the brilliant selling points for us:

Sizing – It is the perfect size to either hang or pop in the moses basket with them, big enough to be a toy, yet doesn’t take up half the room in the moses basket It’s super soft and can be transfered with them to the cot/bed.

Noise Variety –  My Hummy emits 5 types of white noise resembling: a hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, rainfall, ocean waves and amniotic fluid with heartbeat.  This is because these are some of the most common noises they would hear while in the womb normally.  I can just about work out what noise is what I think.

Sensor – Every myHummy features a Sleep Sensor which knows when the baby is about to wake up. You can also use them in non-stop mode for 12 hours of uninterrupted humming.  Perfect.

Fade out – One of the other functions I like about the Snoozy is the sound fades out after 60 minutes and Non-stop mode for up to 12 hours of uninterrupted white noise to help your little one sleep.

And Lastly…

Machine Washable – 2 of my favourite words. No trips to dry cleaners! Just throw it in the washing machine with peace at mind that your not going to damage it. Remember to remove the sound sensor first, but should it get grubby you know it’s a washing machine job.

Even More Qualities!

  • Suitable from birth and tested for baby safety in every imaginable way
  • Made of top quality materials which babies love to touch, squeeze, hug and suck on!
  • Carefully designed and made entirely in Poland to the highest EU standard was

Snoozy requires 3 AAA batteries (not included) – ADD BATTERIES HERE
Dimensions: approx. 14×23 cm / 5.5×9 in

*I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

MAM 6 in 1 Microwave & Electric Steriliser Review

In May I headed out to the baby Show to see if could get some last minute essentials before our baby arrived in July.

Before arriving I had an email to head over to the Mam stall on the day as they wanted a chat with me about the products they could offer new mums to be.  When arriving at the stall I asked to speak to the relevant person, she gave me lots of information about a new products they had released.

One of which was the Mam 6 in 1 Electric & Microwave steriliser.  They offered it me to review which I was excited about as I didn’t have a steriliser and had heard great things about this brand.

Once baby arrived I couldn’t wait to put it in use and loved the option of being able to use it as both as an electric & microwave steriliser plus much more.

The set includes:

Whats included:
1x Electric Steriliser
1x Express Warmer
2x 160ml Easy Start Anti Colic Bottle
2x Start 0-2M Soothers
1x Teat Tongs
(Only 1 electric base unit included and needed for Steriliser & Warmer)

6 functions in 1 device
1. Microwave sterilising
2. Electric sterilising
3. Express bottle warming
4. Gentle bottle warming
5. Defrost & food warming
6. Keep warm function

The 6 in 1 is retailed at £90.00 which I feel is a little steep, I wouldn’t personally pay that much but I would recommend it as I love everything about it.

The set up of the steriliser is super easy and simple.  I have only used the microwave steriliser part but love it, put 200ml of water in the base, fill with bottles and place in microwave for 11 minutes and leave to cool for a few minute then they are ready to use.

* I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Belo & Me Review

The weeks flew by rather fast till my due date, we couldn’t wait to meet our little bundle of joy.  We still had lots to organise and arrange right up untill weeks before baby cooper was due,  I did see myself as an organised person, but didnt feel very organised coming up to the end of my pregnancy, ran out of energy and was worried I had forgotten .

We had only got a small collection of clothes for baby Cooper together because we didn’t know what we were having so brought a few neutral outfits to start out.

I was approached and offered a collection of milestone cards & wardrobe dividers from the lovely people at belo & me.

I put the wardrobe dividers straight in the wardrobe ready to use, they looked super cute and made the wardrobe look very organised.  It made it so easy to work out what size the clothes were at a glance rather than trying to find the labels and check.

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The milestones cards are another must have and I couldn’t wait to use them.  They are great to remember special moments of your little one.

We have forgotten to use them a few times but are trying to remember them every step of the way so we take photos of them.

I would be sure to visit Belo & Me again for any future products I would like or even gifts to give friends and family.

The Wardrobe dividers are priced at £10.00 and the milestone cards at £12.00 I do feel these are a little pricey for cards.

  •  I was sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Faye & Lou Muslin’s Square Review

When expecting your first baby you have to make sure you have lots of things ready for when they arrive without going over the top.  I have been writing myself some lists and notes of the items I will require definitely and things for my hospital bag.

Back in January, I was contacted by the lovely people at Fay & Lou who offered to send me some of their products.  As the baby wasn’t due till July and the sex is going to be a surprise I did advise them of this and it was fine.

Fay & Lou were due to have a new range of Muslin Squares coming out around March time so I was excited to wait and see what I would receive from the new range.

The middle of March arrived and I was advised their products had been sent out in the post.  A few weeks later I received a parcel which contained the beautifully coloured muslin squares.

A 3 pack of muslins squares in red, green & blue these are priced at £11.95

A pack of 3 Pastel star muslin squares.  These are also priced at £11.95

They are:

  • Size – 60 cm x 60 cm
  • 100% cotton
  • Machine washable at 40c. (The colours are colorfast and will not fade*)

I feel they are great value for money and are soft and delicate to protect irritation on baby’s skin with been 100% cotton.  These muslin squares will also be great for putting over baby on a hot day instead of a blanket to keep the sun of them.  They have many great uses and won’t take long to wash or dry.

  • I was sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Baby Nails Review & Giveaway

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Bringing up my nephew with my parents I know how hard it is to try and clip/cut baby’s nails without them screaming or moving and now when our baby is here no doubt we will experience the same trouble.

Baby Nails may be the solution us parents are looking for. You don’t need scissors to cut your baby’s nails. As you feed or cuddle them, you can gently file them down, avoiding any nasty nips

So how do they work?

You slip on a “Thumble”, with a nail file attached, onto your thumb. As you hold your baby, you can gently file the nails down. The nail files can be replaced and simply stick on the “Thumble” with adhesive. There is an opening at the front so you can wear the “Thumble”, even with a long thumbnail.

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There are a range of three different grit nail files to be used with the ‘Thumble’; newborn babies, 3 months onwards and 6 months onwards. For new babies the finest grit is used, and then a medium grit for 3 months and a coarser grit for 6 months. These are recommended.

So what did we think?

They were really good! They make keeping your baby’s nails trim so easy and painfree.  When my baby boy was born he was born with super long nails and I couldn’t wait to try baby nails out on him.

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I found the baby nail set really easy to use and just perfect in every way, no screaming baby, no get stressed just quick and painfree for everyone.

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  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Entries will close at midnight on Monday 21st August 2017.
  • All entrants must have a UK delivery address.
  • One winner will be selected at random to receive a copy of Jungle Jam in Brazil.
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Cordless Blind Review

Since moving in to our house nearly 3 years ago the one thing we keep saying is we need to change the blinds.  The lounge and one of the spare bedrooms is ok but our room blind is bright Gold and just disgusting and the other back bedroom which will soon to be baby’s nursery is ok but is a wooden long pull cord one and you hear of too many accidents so we are changing that one.

Order blinds got in touch and offered us to review one of their blinds, and because I explained it would be for a baby’s nursery they pointed me straight in the direction of their “Spring Loaded” collection.

They say quoted from their website:

“Spring Loaded Roller Blinds – A Blackout Roller Collection With Safety In Mind…

Our Spring Loaded Roller Blind collection offers peace of mind for parents as there are no looped cords or hazards providing child safety at an affordable price. These are the perfect blinds for kids bedrooms & nurseries. For homes with pets that like to play with cords you can even opt for no decorative pull and simply pull the base of the blind to operate.

We have introduced a new slow rise spring mechanism which will be used on all of our spring-loaded roller blinds. The mechanism is a huge upgrade in that it’s easier to install and you can now control the speed that the blind rises back up at making it easier to use too. “

Each blind comes made to measure – you input the measurements into a form on the website, where you are then given a quote. The blind style we chose started at £57 – we have a biggish window and it came to a total of £76, which I think is brilliant value for money.

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The picture doesn’t do it justice, it is covered with shiny stars.

It took my fiance approx 30 minute to put up, so was fairly easy and quick to put up.

The spring loaded system is lovely and smooth, and most importantly, safe! The small pull cord is not long enough for any child to hurt themselves with.

The guy I had dealt with was called Matthew Forde and he was incredible helpful from start to finish so a massive Thank you to him.

*I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Why I choose to test for Group B Strep during pregnancy and think you should too

Have you heard of Strep B? It is not something I had ever heard of and I hadn’t been told anything about it by my midwife or doctors during my pregnancy either.

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What is Group B Strep?

Group B Strep is a common, natural bacteria carried by around 1 in 4 women, usually unknowingly and without any symptoms. It can also come and go rather than being present all the time, and can be passed to your baby during the birth. The consequences of contracting an infection can be quite serious; one in ten babies will die from this infection, and one in five babies infected will develop serious illnesses such as meningitis, septicaemia, or pneumonia. However, rest assured it can be easily tested for during late pregnancy and if a positive result is found, antibiotics can be administered during labour to treat any potential infection. It’s something which is entirely treatable, and a test that other European countries test for as routine during pregnancy, however in the UK the NHS do not currently offer antenatal testing for Group B Strep as standard.  I do feel this should change.

Doing the test at home

A few weeks back I tested for Group B Strep using a Strepelle home testing kit. The kit contains two swabs, instructions and a pre-paid envelope, and once received by the lab results are sent back as quickly as three working days by text, email, post, or all three if you choose that option. The kit is very simple to use; you just follow the instructions to take a vaginal swab and then a rectal swab, pop the swabs in the special tubes provided, put them in the pre-paid envelope along with your form, but keeping the top part for your reference and post it back. Then, you just have to wait.

The test only cost £39.99 and can be purchased from their website but it is a small price to pay either for reassurance or to get the treatment that might save your baby’s life. I was just over 37 weeks pregnant when I took the test, but you can take it from 35 weeks.  I am glad that I have and would advise others to do the same.

My Results

You are advised to send the samples back off between Monday-Thursday, to prevent the samples sitting in the postal system over the weekend as this may make your result inconclusive if left too long. I sent mine off on a Monday 19th June.

I have to admit that I was getting a bit anxious about my result when I’d still not heard anything by the Friday so I just dropped the women an email, but then first thing on the Monday Morning I received and email and on the Tuesday morning I received a text message with my result. I was really pleased to say that my result was negative, which means that I will be fine to deliver in the hospital as planned. But had my result come back positive, I’d still have been relieved to have found that out, so that I could get the treatment to prevent passing the infection to my baby. It’s such a small price to pay for a test that might make all the difference.

* I was sent this test for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are you pregnant? Have you tested for Group B Strep? If not do it now it could make a big difference.

The Baby Box Review

This is a little on the late side as I received this product back in March, but I am due to have my first baby in July.  I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous baby box from the the baby box company.

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The box I received was the “ultimate baby box“. It contained everything I could possible need to get me started for when baby arrived.

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The box value was worth £250.00 and contained the below items:

1 x Baby Box
1 x Mattress
1 x Machine Washable Breathable Mattress Cover
1 x 100% Cotton Fitted Sheet
2 x 100% Cotton Extra Large Muslin Swaddles (120cm x 120cm)
1 x Soft Toy
3 x 100% Cotton Baby Vests
2 x 100% Cotton Baby Sleep Suit
2 x 100% Cotton Hat
2 x 100% Cotton Bib
1 x 100% Cotton Luxury Blanket
1 x Baby Health & Grooming Kit
1 x 100% Cotton Luxury Bath Robe
1 x 100% Cotton Hooded Towel
1 x Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo
1 x Burt’s Bees Baby Lotion
1 x Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil
1 x Burt’s Bees Diaper Ointment
1 x Burt’s Bees Butter Milk Soap
1 x Changing Pad
2 x Soothers
1 x Pack of Nappies
1 x Jar of Nappy Cream
1 x Pack of Water Wipes
1 x Bag of Cotton Squares

There are different types of boxes avaliable to purchase just check out their website for futhur details on products.

I would say the boxes are a little on the expensive side and wouldn’t personally buy one out of choice but they are a lovely idea and great invention.

Once baby is here I will post a pictures of them in the box themselves and my views on the box itself.  Once baby has outgrown the box it will make a great storage box to put toys and accessories in.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.