Monday, 8 April 2019

Baby Bath Time Essentials

Bath time can be a little exciting/daunting to any new parent, there are so many new 'gadgets' and products out there these days that I thought I would share with you what I find to be my personal baby bath essentials/favourites.  

First off nice and simple is a baby bath. Any will do, but I would recommend the IKEA baby bath I loved the design and funnily enough it was the cheapest one I'd looked at, just £7.

Once it is time to move out of the baby bath the Angelcare baby bath support is an absolute must have. (I do believe it fits in some baby baths, but we never tried it that way) Or you can just go straight into the big bath with this support, but if you want to save some water then a baby bath first.

We actually used the baby bath support a little longer than the recommended age limit, but after that we moved onto the Angelcare bath seat once we felt Harrison could hold himself better.

Harrison has eczema prone skin so we have to be careful what we put into his bath. Our personal favourite is Childs Farm baby bedtime bubbles. It's been approved by dermatologists and paediatricians so we know it is not going to cause a flare up with his eczema, it's also tangerine scented so he comes out smelling sweet and fresh.

We were using the Childs Farm baby shampoo, but Harrison was developing a thick layer of cradle cap at the top of his head (not due to the shampoo) so we switched to Dentinox cradle cap shampoo and it cleared it up really fast. We had used this shampoo previously with the older two children so we knew it worked well.

Last but not least a simple soft sponge. You can get these in a variety of places and they can come in many shapes and sizes, but we use some round ones from Asda.

Harrison has a bath every other day to help not dry his skin out too much, plus that is just how we have always done it. Matt is also the 'main' bather in our house, I think it's nice seeing as there are some things that only I do.

Be sure to let me know your bath time favourites and must haves and who is the main bather in your house?



Friday, 8 March 2019

Trying to find balance...

So I totally abandoned my blog throughout the whole month of February and barely posted throughout January. I have to say I feel a little disappointed with myself for doing so.

I’m not a great writer, hell I'm pretty shit at it let’s be honest! I hated literacy in school and I really struggle to come up with my own ways to be creative with writing, but I love the idea of keeping my blog going.
I love sharing my journey through motherhood, lifestyle and connecting with other mothers who feel the same.

The thing with me is that when I get an idea I have so many others that come flooding in and I just want to try and get them all out there, which leads me to putting so much pressure on myself that I then never end up doing half the things I want to.

So, this is me telling myself that I need to slow down, my ideas aren’t going anywhere and if I sit and take the time with each one I might just get them out there.

Please bare with me whilst I try to figure this all out, I’ve just been really struggling to see how I used to fit it all in before having a baby. It seemed like I was doing so much more and now I’m doing less...or am I? 



Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Six Months of Harrison | Baby Update

Oooooh so this is so so late, but you know what they say 'better late than never' and I can't not share with you Harrison's HALF YEAR update, or 6 months as most people would call it. When I sit here and type or say 'half a year' it puts into realisation just how quick he is growing...and how soon I will have to return to work and be without my baby😢
It's strange because I started working for Tesco when Harley was around 6 months, but now I can't imagine leaving my baby behind during the day. I did start off on evenings/weekends and have worked my way into a lovely office spot with daytime hours, but that is way besides the point. (perhaps I will do another blog post on work/returning) 
What I was trying to get at here was that time is closing in on these glorious days together, so I'm trying to take in as much as possible.

So we have officially started weaning! We dabbled a bit with some cooked parsnip then puree when Harrison was 5 1/2 months old because he was taking such an interest in our food, we personally thought he was ready. Since then we have been testing and trying out lots of new tastes with him. We have tried a variety of purees and home cocked veggies and I'd say his favourite fruit so far is banana and his favourite veggie without a doubt is broccoli, it is the one food he always eats and takes such an interest in. Although I was hoping to get really stuck in with BLW this time, I do find it hard to make up the meals and worry he just isn't interested when I do. I'm finding it A LOT harden this time round and I put that down to him being exclusively breastfed, whereas my first two were formula and it just felt so much easier.

Harrison is still yet to master the art of sitting. He can perch himself up with his arms out in front, but can not stay up for very long if he was to move an arm out of place. I'm not overly worried because babies can sit anywhere between 4-9 months.
I also have a hunch that he will be crawling before he can sit unsupported, like his older brother could. Saying that he is moving around quite a bit. He has learnt to push himself backwards and spin around to reach something that he wants. He has also been getting on his hands and knees rocking back and fourth!


The dreaded teeth! Harrison has defiantly been showing signs of teething as he has been super dribbley, slightly more moany than usual, waking a little more in the night than usual and having a slightly sore bottom. I still can't see any signs of the little pegs poking through, but I don't think any will appear quite so soon. His sister didn't get her first tooth until after her first birthday and shamelessly I can't remember when his brother got his. (I will have to look back through old photos to work that one out)

Harrison has been sleeping in a Chicco next to me since birth and I think he might finally be outgrowing it. This makes me a little sad because that means it is time for him to move into a cot. We were very kindly given a cotbed, but once we had put most of it together we realised it was way to big for our bedroom and it only had one very low down setting, not ideal for me just yet. So we've bought a cot and he will be going into that later this week. He will be staying in our bedroom for now just because he is breastfed so it will make it easier for me, and with him still waking in the night it wouldn't be fair on his brother if he was to wake him too.
His nap time has slightly changed, he will still fall asleep on the way home from the school run and I then move him into his bed where he will sleep for 45mins - 1 hour. He then has a sleep later around lunch time for up to 2 hours. Then he cat naps around 3pm or 5pm and has been going down slightly earlier at 7:30pm - 8pm.

His hair is defiantly thickening out and seems to be growing quite fast, I've noticed it getting quite long around by his ears. He is still sporting a beautiful bald patch on the back, but he has been itching it a lot so I think the hair is finally growing through..if he will let it! His hair colour seems to be very fair, but I mean it could go either way as Harley was the same sort of colour but now he is very dark.
Eye colour I still can't make out. It changes daily and outfit depending can really alter it strangely enough. I've been seeing more of a hazel fleck to them recently.
His 6-9 clothing is getting a bit snug and from some shops he is actually wearing 9-12.

baby led weaning

Now that he is slowly on the move, I'm sure our months ahead are about to become a lot more fun! If you would like to check out Harrison's 6 month update video I have left it down below.

take care xo