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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.

Competition time

Would you like to win a mixed pack for your baby or for friend or family member’s baby? The mixed pack provides the “Thumble” and nail files for all baby age ranges.

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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.

Terms & Conditions

  • 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.

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser with Tablets

As a soon to be first time mum, I didn’t have a clue of some of the products I may need for our baby with some of them been gadgets instead of necessities.  With baby’s been expensive I wanted to try and keep the cost down as much as possible.

When I was contacted and offered a Milton Mini Portable Soother steriliser to review I thought that would be a life saver especially while out and about. You don’t need a microwave or even hot water as it is all done using cold water and a tablet in just a few short minutes.

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It is so simple to use and put together.  Simple take out the box, you have the container plus 2 sponges.

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It is easy to use and set up.  Wash first, fill with cold water, add a milton tablet (Let dissolve), wash sponges, add washed sponge, then add 2nd sponge (With hole), then add dummy but pushing teat of dummy into the hole of the sponge, then screw the top on and leave to sterilise.

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The milton steriliser will fit any brand of dummy in.

It keeps the dummy’s sterilised for up to 24 hours and It is easy to attach to any pram, changing bag or chuck into a bag for when on the go.

They are available from many different shops such as: Boots, Mothercare, Asda, Wilkos, Babies r us, superdrug and many more.  RRP £6.99 which I feel is good value for this product.

It comes with full instructions including picture diagrams.

*I was sent this product free of charge.  However all thought, opinions ands pictures are my own.

Abstract Tree With 3 Owls Wall Print Review

img_79341With my due date fast approaching approx now 2 weeks to go, it was about time we starting planning the baby nursery even though baby won’t be in it for a few months I still want it looking cute and ready.

We weren’t finding out the sex of our the baby so we are having to decorate the room in neutral colours, it is currently magnolia all over but would like to add some colours to the walls in forms of art or pictures to brighten it up.

I was offered a wall print of my choice off Kids prints website to review, we choose this Abstract tree with 3 owls in size medium (approx 150cm x 170cm).  This print is available in 3 sizes, small (approx 150cm x 140cm), medium (as above) and large (approx 170cm x 170cm), it will fit any size room and space available and prices start from just £42.

It was so hard choosing from all the different designs that were available from Kids Print website but eventually, we made up our minds.

We choose the above print as it was suitable for both genders and with us not knowing what were having it would be perfect and would certainly add some colour and a lovely feature to the wall of our nursery.

It arrived in a lovely brightly coloured triangle cardboard box,  with instructions on the inside, the wall art print was rolled up to protect it in the middle.

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It had further instructions with it inside to explain how to apply the wall art and if required remove them as well.

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It looked very complicated

I was under the impressions it came ready made up whole on one sheet, ready to just stick straight on the wall. When I received this I was a little disappointed but may have got it wrong and misread the description.  I was looking forward to the challenge though of how easy it was to put together up on the wall and see my creative side.  I liked the idea you could make it up as you went along and put the Owls where you wanted them too.

The time taken was approx an hour and half.

The cost of the product is RRP £78 which I thought wasn’t bad value for money considering the work that goes into it and the actually size.  The wall we put it on was the perfect size.

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We had great fun putting it together on the wall, yet it was difficult at the same time to try and work out what it was going to look like, plus the amount of times we had to peel, stick repeel and stick it back.  Just hope it stays put now.

  • We received this product free of charge for the purpose of the review.  However, all thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.

My Hospital bag – My First Pregnancy

As this is my first pregnancy I will be able to recognise the most obvious things to pack for me & Baby but it’s the other things I’m not sure about that I may forget.  With a little help from my Sister in Law who’s had 3 boys I should be ok and have everything packed that I need and with plenty of time.

Baby is due on 7th July so hopefully, it will be quite warm and won’t need any big coats or snowsuits to take.

In my bag for the baby I will pack:

Blanket – My mum has brought us baby’s first blanket and it is gorgeous so I am definitely packing that for us to wrap him/her up into coming home.  It was from Boots and is super soft.

Nappies – Another major essential, I have stocked up already on loads as we will get through these quite quickly.  I’m trying different brands of ones and have Sainsburys own brand, Aldi’s & Pampers.

Baby Wipes –  Plenty of these and I have a variety of different brands to try out such as Pampers, Johnson’s, Water Wipes, Asda’s little angels & Aldi own brand.

Nappy cream –  May or not need this but I’ve got a couple of tubes just incase as if the nappies don’t agree with baby’s skin I don’t want a sore baby.

Muslin Squares – From what people have told me these are a must have essential in your baby and to have at hand all the time when feeding and winding your baby so I;ve packed a few of them.

Vests – Plenty of these as they may get through a lot of these especially if we have any explosive nappies.

Sleepsuits –  Lots of these as well because if they are sick on them we will have to change and may get through quite a few.

Bibs – For feeding time and incase they are sick

Comforter –  We have 2 of these at the moment a teddy one and an elephant one so I have packed one to put in with baby when he/she arrives.

Dummy – I am hoping I won’t need it, but it’s there just in case.

In my bag for me I will pack:

Pyjamas –  I will pack a couple of pairs of PJ’s.  I don’t want to stay in the hospital longer than I have to but I will need something comfy for after baby is here.  Someone can bring more up if needed.

Nightie – Something that is cool and not tight round me while in labour or after labour.

Pads – Lovely maternity and breast pads.  Enough said!

Swimwear –  Just in case I get to have my water birth

Clothes & Underwear – To come home in as it will hopefully be warm, but something loose and cool.

Shoes – I haven’t suffered with swollen feet too bad but will take loose shoes and or flip-flops.

Toiletries – I’ve packed shampoo, conditioner & body wash, my toothbrush and toothpaste as well.

Energy drinks & snacks – Lucazade was a must have on my list and some food.

Also to go in my bag, but at the last minute is:
Dressing Gown
Make up
Mobile phone and charger
Camera
Some money
Hairbrush
Maternity notes

So that’s what is in my bag! I have done babies bag but that’s another blog post!

What are/were your must have’s in your hospital bag?

31 Weeks Pregnant update

I am now in single figures for my countdown till baby cooper hopefully makes an appearance and till I leave work to go on maternity leave.

Last Tuesday was my 31-week appointment with the midwife at my doctor’s, she was happy with everything, baby cooper is growing and measuring well. Apparently I am a textbook pregnancy, perfect bump and no issues. Just hope it continues into the labour/birth.  

I booked in to have my whooping cough vaccination as advised at my last midwife appointment, more so for the baby than me, so I had this before my midwife appointment instead of after.  My appointments tend to be every 2-3 weeks to make sure that the growth of the baby is ok and that everything is how it should be. I do still find it amazing how the midwife can tell which the head and bum of the baby.

When you say 9 weeks it doesn’t sound that far away at all, but we still have so much to organize and buy, such as a pram. I have also been told by now I should be thinking about packing my hospital bag but it hasn’t even crossed my mind yet, I have got a few bits together for it but don’t know where to start if you want the truth or even what size bag I need to take.

How have I been feeling?

I have generally *Touchwood* been feeling good, other than been tired (Some days worse than others), horrendous heartburn and starting to slowly slow down I have no complaints and knowing some of the issues women go through from the start I really do count myself very lucky. I never imagined I would feel this good especially with so little time left, but I’m keeping going by exercising as much as I can and I do think that is helping.

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Baby Cooper bump at 31 weeks

Best Ways To Introduce A Beautiful New Baby To Your Home

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Having a child is an amazing, beautiful process. It also comes with its degree of stresses. In fact, it can come with an overwhelming amount of stresses, as any new parent will tell you. Nothing can prepare you for having a child, but when you do, you’ll never be the same again, and that’s in a good way. Having a baby helps us emotionally mature and feel whole, even if some of the duties you need to take care of before the little one arrives can seem endless.

One of those duties is ensuring your home is safe, clean, and the ideal home for a child to grow up in. Another is to make your baby’s room look as great as possible. Obviously, they probably won’t remember it, but a nice, warm atmosphere for your child to rest in during his or her first days will give you peace of mind that you’re providing everything you can, and is a nice, fun way to welcome them to this world of ours.

The following list goes into some of the nicest ways to decorate your baby’s new room.

Warm, Tasteful Colour

You want the walls of your child’s room to have a nice, unimposing shade. Deep reds or dark colours are to be avoided. Instead, consider painting your child’s room a nice beige or blue to help the night time look less oppressive, and increase the ability to see in the room when it’s dark and you’re fumbling for the next diaper.

A Soft Crib

A soft, well secured, stable and clean crib is the foremost thing your child should have access too. While it might be tempting to use one that your parents give you, it’s better to buy new. You want one that’s soft, with fresh linen but with plenty of room for the child to wriggle about in, without being able to roll over.

Letters

Spelling out the baby’s name with plastic sign letters on a shelf or chest of drawers can be a great way to put the child’s stamp on the room in a tasteful way. It’s also a great way to finally conclude what to name your baby if discussions haven’t yielded concrete results as of yet.

A Clean Place To Store Clothing & Other Essentials

You want to store the baby’s essential items: Diapers, pacifiers (if of appropriate age,) and other hygienic products, as well as clothing, out of reach and in a cool, dry place. Don’t store them on the floor, because this habit can potentially lead to nasty fall hazards. Sometimes purchasing a new piece of storage furniture can be a great investment, because it can last for the formative years of your child’s life and beyond.

Having a child is a wonderful, scary, ultimately thrilling ride. Be sure that in your quest to be the greatest parent imaginable you tend to your child’s needs, but also be sure to look after yourself. Expect plenty of lost sleep in the beginning, but catch up on this where available. Your mind, body and emotional state will thank you. Good luck!

Is Your Family Ready For A New Baby?

Preparing for a new baby is probably one of the most exciting times for a couple. It’s better than holidays on white sugar beaches and it’s better than that end of year bonus. A baby is the biggest commitment a couple can dedicate themselves to and being ready for one takes some time. There’s nothing quite like choosing nursery equipment and colour schemes for the newest addition to your family. It’s a rite of passage for parents – especially fathers – to paint the nursery and build the cot.

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You can have all the furniture and all the nappies in the world, but if your house isn’t ready for a baby then you need to get on it, and fast. Preparation is about being financially ready for the new little light of your lives and even if you are on a budget, you can make sure you are secure for your new baby. So, how can you prepare your home for a new baby?

Finances. There is never a good time to be ready for a baby invading your home. You could have all your ducks in a row and the perfect circumstances, and have it all snatched from you in a second. Babies are born into a variety of financial situations every day so all you need to ensure is that your rent is covered, the bills and food are covered and you have the appropriate contents insurance sorted online with renterinsurance.co. Insurance for your home when you have a child joining the family is not only going to be helpful to you on the event of a break-in, but when your child grows up and accidentally boots that football into your flat screen television, you’ll be thankful.

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Plan for extended maternity or paternity leave by saving up enough money to cover your outgoings while one of you is not working. Draft your baby budget and include emergency funds to cover midnight dashes to the local hospital, car breakdown cover and other sundries that can crop up at the last minute when you have a baby in the house.

Safety. This doesn’t just cover your car seat options, but baby proofing in the home. You won’t need most safety features until your little one is old enough to walk, but that shouldn’t stop you getting things ready early. Your house needs to be appropriately finished so that sharp corners of units and plug sockets are covered safely. A new baby in the home means making changes, like moving ornaments and consoles up and out of reach, and if you have stairs installing stair gates to prevent terrible accidents. Home safety costs money, so don’t be afraid to shop around and add the costs to your savings that we mentioned earlier. Always think ahead for your children and their safety and if you are going to be having family or friends babysit, make sure their houses are also suitably equipped for the safety of your child.

Preparing for a new baby is an exciting and emotional time, but try to think practically about your financial situation and what that means for your family along the way.