World Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th August

This week is World Breastfeeding Week. As a breastfeeding mum I want to help spread the word about breastfeeding and how important it is for your baby, but we breastfeeding mum’s need some help from time to time.

#Dad’sGotThis

Tommee Tippee have launched a campaign for the roles of dads in supporting the breastfeeding mums it’s called #Dad’sGotThis. I think this is a fantastic thing to help dad’s get involved. I know my husband would have loved to of helped me out in those early breastfeeding days when it was tough.

Tommee Tippee Dad's got this campaign

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Little Angels Nappy Review

We were asked recently to try out the Little Angels nappies from Asda. Since baby girl was born 5 months ago we have tried out numerous brands of nappies. From expensive Pampers to the budget Aldi nappy. I love to see how they work and if they keep her dry and comfortable over night. Now baby girl sleeps through the night I need to make sure the nappies keep her skin dry while she sleeps for 8-10 hours.

We tested the size 3 Supreme Protection nappies from the Little Angels range for 1 week.

Little Angels Nappies size 3

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Will My Baby’s Eyes Change Colour?

There has been a huge ongoing discussion in my house about our baby’s eye colour, since she was born 4 months ago.
Will her eyes stay blue? 
 
Or will they turn brown?

My eyes are a deep chocolate brown shade, but my husband’s are light blue like the sea. I have always thought brown eyes are a more dominant gene.This got me thinking, so I have decided to do some research into baby eye colours.

Will My Baby's Eyes Change Colour?

I asked my friend about her little boy’s eye colour when he was born as he has deep brown eyes now, and she said his was blue when he was born.OK still hope for my little girl to have my eye colouring. At six months old she said his eyes went brown after being grey for 3 months.

Really, I said to her, so they do change colour it’s not a myth then?

She must have thought I was a bit stupid.

As a first time mum unless you read up on stuff like this in books or on Google you really don’t have a clue.Where do you find the time to do that as a new mummy?

I’m sure most new mum’s like me are up to their ears in nappy changes, feeding, sterilising, clothes washing and the constant tidying up.

Whilst I came up with this idea for a post I thought I had better look up baby’s eye colours and see what exactly happens.Will my husband win the blue eye battle or me with brown eyes?

What are the odds?

I started reading lots of different articles about babies eye colours and they can also have neither of the parents eye colours but can inherit a grandparent’s colouring.Well this has put a cat amongst the pigeons so to speak as my dad’s eyes are a greeny colour!

So that has just thrown another angle into the “discussion”.

So I have discovered that something called melanin is responsible for the colour of the iris and the amount that is present, has something to do with the genes that the baby has.When the baby arrives into the outside world the melanin production in the eyes is kickstarted by the bright light. A small increase in melanin means the eye colour will stay blue. A larger increase produces darker colours like brown.

My findings are that the biggest changes in a babies eye colour happens between 6 and 9 months, so a little bit more waiting for us i’m afraid and our baby will have a 50:50 chance of having blue or brown eyes.
 
So will mum or dad win the battle of the eye colour?
 
 You will have to pop back in a few months time to find out!

 

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Are you keeping your Child off School in protest of the SAT’s for 6-7 year olds?

I have woke up to headlines in the news of parents keeping their primary school children home from school today all across the country in protest of SAT’s for 6-7 year olds. They want the government to scrap all SAT’s for 6-7 year olds.
I don’t have a child in that age bracket, mine is still only 3 months old, but since becoming a mother these sort of topics really interest me now. What will the education system be like in 6 years time for my child? 
sat's - education system - exams

My point of view is that exams are all a part of learning. You go to school to learn don’t you? Well after learning segments of Information tests are naturally the next part. 
Some parents are saying that it’s making their children anxious, stressed and feeling sick and they don’t want to go to school. 
Fair enough. Maybe it’s the parents getting all worked up about the SAT’s and it’s rubbing off on their kids. Putting pressure on them to do well. I honestly don’t know as I am not in that situation. This is my opinion. 
I remember being at school and having weekly tests at that age. What’s the difference between SAT’s and a test that the teacher makes up? Maybe the SAT is on a formal paper, but a test is a test and should be treated the same in the eyes of a 6-7 year old. 
sat's - education system - exams
Let the kids have the experience of taking SAT’s surely it will help them to understand the system further on in their education, and make the next ones easier. Treat it as a learning experience. At that age does it matter if your 6 year old gets every question right? Or any correct at all. The whole experience should be made fun. They are only 6 year olds after all.
What are your thoughts on SAT’s for 6 and 7 year olds? 
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Cornwall Baby Show 10/04/2016

On Sunday we drove up to Fraddon to Kingsley Village where the Cornwall Baby Show was being held. On our arrival we got out of the car and the wind was so strong it practically took our breath away! As we were walking across the car park with baby girl in her Cosatto pram it took both my husband and I to hold tight of the pram. I had visions of baby girl being thrown across the car park, this was my first scary moment as a mummy.
We arrived early so we went for a coffee and a green tea for me into Starbucks to pass a few minutes away. 
When the show opened at 10:30 we were some of the first people in there and I’m glad we went early because by the time we left it was extremely busy. Last week before the show I registered through Facebook for a goody bag. You had to do this before the show as there wasn’t enough for everyone. 
Cornwall Baby Show

We picked up our goody bag at the door and went in for a look around. It wasn’t quite as I expected. I think I expected more exhibits. In the space it was in, there could have been lots more. I didn’t see many baby clothes, and toys. There was an excellent display from Usbourne books. 
The pram and travel system displays were very good. Lots of brands to look at. 
selection of prams
My favourite of course being Cosatto. The British design is bright, colourful funky and just so cool! We won a Cosatto giggle 2 3 in 1 travel system  back in 2014 when we were eagerly awaiting our babies arrival. It was a further 2 years before we got to use it. Never mind that’s a story for a different day.
We had some lovely people come up and comment on our stunning New Wave Cosatto pram that baby girl was in. It made me feel proud that our baby girl is a little trend setter! 
The Cosatto design below is called Firebird which was on display at the show. 
Cosatto Firebird
The egg pram is at the top of the price range . 
Egg pram
My husband is a big guy at 6 ft 4 and we have been searching for baby carriers that will fit him, so we stopped by this display. The lovely lady there said he could try on one of the carriers to check the fitting. We were waiting ages for her to get to us as she was dealing with another customer, and unfortunately we never got round to trying one on. It was really busy at this point. 
baby carriers
We ended up leaving after an hour as it was getting  virtually impossible to get to chat to the everyone. I believe we got what we wanted out of the Cornwall Baby Show. The best part for me was chatting to the lovely lady at Baby Sensory with which has ended with us coming back home and signing up for classes with baby girl. There is a waiting list for the 0-6 month classes so fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long! 
Baby Sensory

When we got home we took a look at the goody bag. It was not quite what I expected. It was full of leaflets which we could have picked up form the individual displays. My husband did like the mini packet of Haribo sweets! I would have liked a pen! 
Don’t they always give away pens at these things?
 Me being a stationery addict was slightly disappointed not to have got a pen! 
Cornwall Baby Show
There was a baby on board car sign included which will come in useful.
Leaflets from the Cornwall Baby Show

I loved the Happy Birth Project display by the midwives from the Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit at Treliske Hospital, which is where baby girl was born. The Happy Birth Project is there to raise money to help the midwives decorate the unit and make it a more of a happy, homely and relaxing place to give birth. They are having some building work starting in the Summer to build water birthing pools which they don’t currently have.
They have a lots of local grannies who knit hats and booties for them to sell to raise money for the project. We could not resist this gorgeous little white hat with a pink flower, and gladly paid £3 for it for the charity. 
The Happy Birth Project
I hope you all had a good weekend!

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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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