It’s World Breastfeeding Week. I congratulate anybody who has breastfed, tried to breastfeed or those who have chosen to bottle feed with the negativity towards this in our society. We know the benefits of breastfeeding but equally we know formula is there as a nutritious alternative.
Remember a happy, healthy baby is a fed baby.
Sometimes in life, you need to escape. Escape from the demands of work, parenthood and general day to day pressures. Many people find comfort in their own home but for me this just adds to my stresses and I find more and more things to worry about.
So how do I deal with those hard days? When I am I being pulled in so many directions, i don’t know where to turn first. I pack up the car and head to my favourite place. Cornwall.Whether this be to the beach, to a cosy part of the coast line or simply to an outdoor forest full of fresh air, it offers me total freedom from everything I’ve been thinking about.
The boys get to run around without fear, I get to watch their happy faces and the peace aids my sinking mind. These few hours give me time to reflect on what is important and make tasks more managable and I realise there is no point in worrying about those silly things at 3am.
I am so grateful to live next to a beautiful county full of adventures and breathtaking scenary. I want my boys to grow up knowing they can escape to a great place and realise the true importance of life and not feel under pressure in the neverending spiral we call life.
I’ll leave you with some great pictures of the Cornish coast which always leave me happy.
Anything is possible! Accomplish your dreams!
Within my job I am a keen advocate of safe sleep for babies. Around 5 babies each day die for no known reason. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cannot always be prevented, there is not enough research out there yet to know what exactly causes an infant to suddenly die, devastating whole families.
There is however some key things that parents can do to make sleep safer.
The Lullaby Trust is a great website with a lot of information for new and experienced parents. Guidelines change regularly and this charity carries the most up to date facts and figures. New equipment, bedding and toys are always becoming available and The Lullaby Trust is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Check out the website here: www.lullabytrust.org.uk
Here is a short video with the basics of reducing the risk of SIDS, share with as many people as possible!
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!
Car seats are the bane of my life at the moment. We currently own 4, 2 for dude and 2 for bear, one in each car. My parents look after the boys whilst im at work and so it was inevitable with the school runs, we would need 2 more seats for their car.
For bear we eventually decided on a group 1/2/3 seat so that the seat could grow with him and we wouldn’t have to pay out for yet another seat. Although we are huge advocates of extended rear facing, it was just not feasible in my parent’s small car nor did we have the funds to purchase another ERF.
We bought the Joie Elevate through www.very.co.uk for a reasonable £49.99. When it arrived it was easy to assemble, the booster base simply slotted onto the high back.
- The seat is well cushioned providing a comfortable seat for the child. It was also easily removable in order to put it through the wash.
- Now the weather is warming up, the mesh sides have been great. I always find that car seats make children warm up very quickly and this airflow through the seat definitely keeps them cooler.
- The 5 point harness so far has been great, I get so fed up with straps that constantly twist but these have been easy to buckle with.
- Once installed the car seat is very secure with the 3 point car seat belt. Theres no movement with the seat and I felt confident that it will protect my son.
- It has a handy cup or snack holder which is definitely a plus for us as bear is constantly dropping any type of bowl I give to him in the car.
The Cons (There aren’t many!):
- The seat is installed with a seat belt, I much prefer the security of isofix and an option for this would have been great.
- The release button to lengthen the straps is tricky to get to but tighening is easy.
- Although marketed from 9 months, i believe it is not suitable for a child this young. It is much more suited from 2 years onwards. Babies under this age still nap in the car quite often and there is no recline with the seat meaning that when the child falls asleep their head flops forward. Not only is this a suffocation risk (chin on chest, blocking airway) but it is so uncomfortable for the child.
Overall Bear has been very comfortable in this seat other than when he falls asleep. Its a highly affordable car seat and as it grows with your child its also cost effective. It is listed as fitting most popular cars and it is light and easy to transfer between vehicles.
I would definitely recommend the seat for any toddler over 2 years.
More information is available here and it is available to buy in most retailers.
Disclaimer – All views in this post are mine and in no way affiliated with the company or brand.