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Our nappy review

After having 2 children in nappies (one still is!) I feel I’ve worked my way through them all! So here is a quick low down of how we found the different brands:

Pampers – these are meant to be the best.. However we found them the worst for leaking. They never held much urine and quickly were sagging at their knees!

Huggies – I had stocked up on these with my first and ended up giving away or binning them. They were so rigid and again didn’t hold up much to newborn poo!

Lidl – these were ok but reminded me of cheap plastics nappies from when my sisters were young 20 years ago! They could easily cause rashes due to sweating of the plastic. 

Tesco own brand – great nappies and great price. Have had no problems with these at all!

Asda own brand (little angels) – would steer clear of these completely. I can only describe these as having burnt my sons bottom. I wasn’t the only one that found this and I was informed it was a common problem. I was reimbursed from Asda for the discomfort they had caused. 

And now to the ones that I can’t fault at all and they are:

Aldi Mamia nappies – they are very reasonably priced, feel comfortable and hold a lot of urine! They don’t sag like the pampers and the pull ups are equally impressive.  I would highly recommend them for newborns and older toddlers! 

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Am I cut out for mummy life?

Do you sometimes wonder if you are actually cut out to be a mother? 

My eldest is 5 this week and I am suddenly realising that I don’t have that ‘natural’ mummy gene. I thought I did but I don’t think I do. My youngest is 21 months old. He is at that testing age- pushing boundaries and learning about the frustrating world around him. I have to constantly be on my toes. Watching, catching, teaching. 

I have come to realise that I’ve become that shouty mother, the one everyone looks at in the street as you bellow after your child who has clearly forgotten all that you have tried to teach them or have you taught them wrong?  The frustrated mum with the whingy child, but are they whingy? Or are you just not giving them enough attention. I’ve become the mum who is too embarrassed to let anyone in the house, where housework production has halted as I  just can’t seem to find time between juggling the kids and work/university. And whilst tidying one thing, the boys are making more mess elsewhere. But that’s not the kids fault, maybe that’s my fault for taking on too much and thinking I could further my career aswell as bring up my young family. I’ve become the mum who rarely takes her children to the park, soft play or any other activity that might involve a lot of people. I struggle in busy places, too frustrated and worried resulting in the boys having a rubbish time. The boys miss out as I feel I can’t cope. 

I can’t seem to lovingly mother anymore, I feel like I’ve turned into a well oiled machine, doing what has to be done everyday to keep the boys fed, clean and entertained. 

When did this happen? And why do I feel like I’m not cut out for it anymore?

I don’t want to be this person, it’s ironic really with the profession I’ve chosen. I feel like I’m sat on my high horse giving advice to new mothers, experienced mothers or mothers needing help and here I am unable to mother properly myself. 

I need to stop dwelling on it and now I’ve recognized it, do something about it. 

Where do I start?

Connecta Baby Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

We have used Connecta baby carriers since my eldest was first born.

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We love their carriers, they are so comfy and come in some lovely designs. So it was great to hear that they have signed up to the living wage. Their employees will receive a higher rate than the national minimum wage helping families in the current economic state.

Buy from the Connecta store HERE

Read more below:

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Connecta Baby ltd, has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Connecta Baby Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Connecta Baby Ltd Managing Director, Sarah Sadler said: “We are very excited to be accredited as a Living Wage employer. At Connecta we take pride in running our business in an ethical and sustainable way and making sure all our employees are paid a fair wage is a big part of that.

“Connecta Baby Ltd is the first UK baby carrier manufacturer to join the scheme and we hope it will inspire many others in our industry to follow in our footsteps.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Sarah Vero said: “We are delighted to welcome Connecta Baby Ltd to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 2,000 leading employers, including Connecta Baby Ltd, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “

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Getting rid of the baby stuff..why is it so hard!

Bear is one in 7 days…How did this happen! How did he grow from this tiny little thing that popped into the world with a bang to a crawling, babbling boy.
We are unsure if we will have another, its definitely hard work with the 2 boys and working long hours 3 days a week as well as juggling home life, pre school runs and general mummy stuff! Therefore we have been selling things as Bear has grown out of them – clothes, bouncers, etc. However there is one thing I cannot part with for some reason and thats the baby car seat.
It has been used for both Dude and Bear. As car seats have an expiry date of 5 years, I doubt we would be able to use it again if we had further children anyway! But it has some kind of hold over me that I cant seem to shift! I don’t want anybody else to use the seat, it was how we first brought our children home from the hospital. Its only fabric and plastic but it has memories. Firsts, first places we went as a family, first car rides to see the family.
I think it will have to stay with us….just for the minute anyway. Until I can get my head around it. Maybe its the fear of having no more children, maybe its the fear of the children growing up. I don’t know. For now it will have to stay on the bedroom floor.

One day mummy, I won’t be this small. 

  
Pretty much sums up how I feel at the moment. My baby is one in 13 days, how did this happen!

1 year old toy favourites!

  

Bear is one at the end of the month! *cry* I will do a post on what we have got for his birthday soon but for now here are some favourites of his!

1. Vtech play and learn activity table

Now that bear can pull himself up and loves to stand this is great and he will spend ages stood playing with the different toys on this. 

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2. Fisher price Lion walker

Again this is great as it enables bear to be upright and he loves to show off and walk across the room with this. Love how bright it is and is very noisy and interactive. 

Link here
3. Henry Hoover 

If like me you have a child obsessed with the Hoover, then this is brilliant. Bear would follow me around with my hetty Hoover but would mess around with the electric cable. Now he has his own he can Hoover to his heart content and the cable is safe to play with. 

Link here
4. Vtech pop and play elephant

This toy pops out balls which bear loves to chase around. On many occasion I have found him giggling away at this toy!

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5. Little tikes cosy coupe 

Technically this is his brothers toy but bear has taken a like to it and can actually get in and out by himself. He loves being pushed around by his older brother and will happily sit in this watching the world go by!

Link here

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