Night-Time – Word of the Week 01/04/2016

This week my Word for the Week is Night-Time
Before I had baby girl, sleep was very sacred to me. 8 or 9 hours sleep a night was completely normal to me. I was also a very heavy sleeper and nothing would wake me.
 Isn’t it funny how your body changes to accomodate a new little person in your life?
NightTime - Word of the Week

Now my sleep cycle is completely out of wack. Night-Time is not the same anymore! The first few weeks baby girl was actually a very good sleeper, I was getting 3/4 hour blocks of sleep. Then the dreaded reflux kicked in! Poor baby girl, she could not get comfortable lying on her back. We rose her mattress slightly at one end but that did not help at all. The only way she would get comfortable and able to sleep was lying upright on my chest. I have spent a few weeks sleeping upright. She loved the skin to skin contact as well, its very soothing and calming to her. 
The past week her reflux is much better, hopefully she is growing out of it, fingers crossed. In fact lst night she slept for nearly four hours. Then we did a nappy change and a sleepy feed and then she was back to sleep again. She is much comfortable lying on her back agin now as well.
There is something very special about Night-Time feeds. It’s that magical 2/3am time when all is quiet. I would not change my previous sleep life for anything. To see baby girl’s sleepy smile at night is worth all those glorious undisturbed sleeps. (New mummy – sleep deprived, still basking in new baby arrival, opinions my change after months of sleep deprivation!)
I hope you have all had a really good Easter! 
The Reading Residence

What to keep in your baby changing bag?

I thought I would write a little post on what to keep in your babies changing bag. I really didn’t have a clue to start with. There is lots of information out there on what to pack in your babies bag for the hospital and your own bag, but what do you take with you when you are out and about with a newborn? 
What to keep in your changing bag?

I am sure that every mum’s changing bag is slightly different but the basics will be the same. 
Here is what I include in mine:
  • 8 nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Small pot of Sudocream ( you don’t want to be carrying around a big pot – unnecessary weight!)
  • Changing Mat
  • Nappy sacks ( useful for lots of other things as well as for smelly nappies – now they charge for carrier bags in most places these are ideal for carrying small bits in. I bought a little plant the other day and the bottom was earthy so just placed it in a clean nappy sack so not to get earth over the car!)
  • A change of clothes – I prefer to put in a sleep suit and a vest.
  • Tissues
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer 
  • Spare breast pads
  • Muslin cloth
  • Hat
  • Scratch mits
  • Mummy snacks – because I’m breast feeding I get hungry all the time! More than when I was pregnant! 
                       Baby changing bag essentials
I would love to hear your ideas on what you keep in your baby changing bag. 
Is there anything I am missing? 
A Cornish Mum

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

#MySundayPhoto 27/03/2016

              Baby girl and me.                     
                  baby girl and me
Wishing you and your families a very Happy Easter, don’t eat too much chocolate!

OneDad3Girls

Word of the Week 25/03/2016

This week I have chosen Independence as my word of the week as I have gained back the ability to go out in my car and drive again. I had a c- section with baby girl which you can read about here in My Birth Story, so was advised not to drive for 6 weeks as it would have invalidated my car insurance. To be honest the first couple of weeks I didn’t feel like going anywhere anyway, but these last few weeks have been hard as I live 20 mins away by car from my mum and she doesn’t drive so I have been waiting till my husband was off at the weekend to go around there.

 

Independence - Word of the Week

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BiB Awards 2016

I would love all my readers to consider me for the BiB Award in the Fresh Voice category. I have worked pretty hard over the last year to get it to where I would like it to be. Although there is lots more work to be done! 

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All votes are much apprecited, Thankyou. 
The link to the nomination form is HERE 
My Twitter handle is @RachelBustin which you need for the form. xx

Which baby wipes are best for a newborn?

Before I had baby girl I felt really overwhelmed over lots of little things like what nappies or baby wipes should I buy and use on a newborn. Standing in the baby aisle at the supermarket was mind-boggling. There are lots of different brands of baby wipes and then there are the different kinds as well – scented or unscented? I really wanted to buy the correct baby wipes so as not to affect baby girl’s delicate skin. I also had been reading about just using cotton wool and water, so as a first time mum there is lots of different options out there, it’s just finding the right one for you.
                        packets of baby wipes

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