Category: Parenting

In The Night Garden Baby

It’s not always easy being the second child. Especially as he’s the same gender as his big brother, though in fairness I don’t think much would have changed had he been a girl. 

I would say that there’s not a day that goes by where B isn’t dressed in something that was his big brother’s….or cousin’s! And as for toys? Well, G’s “big kid” toys have well and truly taken over, and being totally honest, I haven’t made the effort to make space for any baby stuff. But now that B is starting to show more interest and move about a bit more, it’s only fair to give him his share too.

Thankfully we were sent a couple of new toys from the In The Night Garden Baby range to give him his very own toys that he hasn’t had to thieve from big bro! 

They’re really lovely toys. The characters that we are very familiar with (in this house at least) have had a slightly mellow makeover, making them slightly more gentle and pastel coloured, as well as being super soft, just perfect for little ones to grab (and chew!).

Upsy Daisy has a handy Velcro tag, brilliant for attaching to the car seat or pushchair bar to keep them amused on the go. Her skirt is made from ribbon tags which B loves playing with and sucking on, and she has a gentle bell rattle that he loves, but isn’t so loud as to drive me round the twist every time he launches it! 

Iggle Piggle is the softest toy. He’s so lovely and cwtchy, B has loved snuggling up to him at nap time, and G has had to “borrow” him once or twice too. He also features a gentle bell rattle, noisy enough to amuse. It not obnoxious enough to wake anyone up. B loves grabbing at his hands and feet too which crinkle when pressed. Iggle Piggle has become a firm friend…poor sod can’t escape from the army crawler now no matter how far he’s been flung haha! 

I’ve had few “technical” issues (probably because I’m terrible with technology!) getting the photos of B playing with his new friends to upload, but I’ve been trying to get this review up for ages so I wanted to get it posted and tell you all about them. I’ll update this with a few more pics soon, or keep an eye out on my social media channels to spot them! 

Do your littles have a cuddly bff? 

Mrs H xxx 

*Disclaimer – we were sent both toys for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own

It’s Time to Wean!

 

The health visitor came for a home visit recently, to talk about weaning B. Can someone tell me how on earth it’s time for this conversation already!? Didn’t I JUST give birth!? Apparently not.

The time has come to start weaning him onto solids. B certainly has got a strong interest in what we’re all eating and is always trying to grab stuff out of our hands. There’s no doubt that he’s ready for food.

We’ll be weaning in the same way we did with G, just because it’s what feels right for us. Starting with purees, first tastes will most likely be baby rice followed by veg and fruit purees. But we also encourage finger foods alongside this, but found that both boys are similar in actually wanting to eat rather than just play.

It’s been really strange, because I’m so used to making stuff for G or giving him new things to try off my plate, that I’ve had to stop myself from doing the same with B sometimes, but now that the time is coming to give him food I’m struggling to remember what I’ll need and what to make!
 

Luckily OXO Tot have sent us some really lovely things to get started with.


BOWL –

Divided into two sections, it’ll be great to test out new flavours and textures with B. As I said we’ll do a combination of purees and baby led finger foods, so it will be brilliant to have options available at each meal time, without having to lay out several bowls. Less washing up! Always a winner!

The bowl also comes with a clip on feature that will help to have somewhere to rest the spoon and help limit spills, again, a huge bonus. Another clip on feature is a lid. So they didn’t eat all the meal? no problem, because you can pop on the lid and store for later (using common sense and proper food safety of course!).

The bottom of the bowl has a grip on it so that when they start feeding themselves it won’t slip around the highchair tray or table.

SPOONS –



I love that they are ‘proper’ metal spoons, but coated to make sure they are soft and gentle on babies gums. they’re not too wide or deep either, something I found was an issue when we were weaning G. The coating is super soft too, I found that even the plastic spoons seemed quite sharp or tough at times, so these seem a lot more gentle for delicate gums. Concentration will be on tasting the actual foods and not an uncomfortable spoon! Sounds simple but its a big deal to a small baby.

 

CUP –



I can’t believe it’s almost time to start giving B a little cup of water with his meals! G has kindly offered to test it out already, in the interest of “sharing”, and its great. Sturdy and easy to hold, and most importantly of course, it’s free flowing.
Like the bowl it comes with different attachments to change from a spout to a top that makes it more like a regular cup.

Apart from the fact that all items are really practical, and also come with additional extras too which will make them multi use and longer lasting, the most important thing? They look great! They’re a lovely turquoise and white combo, fun and bright but kind of stylish too.

 

 

We bought a new stash of Nom Nom pouches to have ready for homemade purees and snacks, though I need a refresher course on what foods to try and when. I’m sure I had printed some sort of chart off when we weaned G and ticked off stuff as we went along. I’ll need to try and find something for B or I’ll be feeding him all the wrong things! It’s crazy how much you can forget!

We still need to sort out a highchair as the one we have he’s not keen on, and of course we are going to need a huge pile of bibs! 
And to stock up on the stain remover and washing up powder!

Is there anything we’re missing? What are your weaning essentials?

Mrs H xxx

 

 

 

*We were sent the products from OXO Tots for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own

The Siblings Project – February 2017

 

This last month there seems to have been a growth in the boys’ relationship. G is just as lovely with him, wanting to share toys with him, pass him stuff and talking about what they’ll share when B is bigger.

“When he get bigger he can share my toast. But not now. He too little”

“When he get bigger mum he can go on the BIIIIIIIGGGGGGG slide with me!”

“He too little to play. But when he get bigger he share with me”

My. Heart. Is. Melting.

Don’t get me wrong I am fairly certain that I will be reading this back in a few years and scoffing at the idea that they’d “share” and wander off to break up another fight over who’s toy it is they are fighting over, but I can live in hope!

The biggest change this last month is in B. He will of course, change so rapidly over this next year. And this month he has started to become more interactive with G. His eyes follow G around a room, watching where he goes and what he’s doing. And he is giving G huge smiles when he comes over to talk to him. Which means he actually wants to talk to his baby brother that bit more. I guess it’s nice to have some proof that he’s listening to him.

G can almost always make his brother stop and listen, and cheer him up if he’s a bit grumpy (not a full blown crying strop.that’s a job for boobs!). 

We often joke that B isn’t a mummy’s boy or a daddy’s boy. He’s G’s boy!

Mrs H xxx

The Me and Mine Project

The Siblings Project – January 2017

I’m so excited to join in with the Sibling Project! 

Oh how wonderful it is having two fantastic children. After an ectopic pregnancy in 2015, there was a short time I wondered if we would have any more children. We were, of course, really lucky to have G, but it’s been so fantastic to add B into our little tribe.

We talked about the baby throughout my pregnancy, explaining to G that his baby sibling was growing in my tummy, and as the due date neared we talked often about the baby coming out and coming home. G was so lovely, cuddling my bump and saying ‘aww! baby!’ and making cradling actions. He was really excited.

I was sure that he’d be great when the baby arrived at first, but the novelty was bound to wear off, and poor baby was in for a few digs or sly pinches. After all, it’s not easy to share your toys at 2 let alone your parents!

But honestly? G has been amazing! Any jealousy or frustration has been taken out on us and not the baby. Which isn’t lovely, but it’s better than it being taken out on B! And he’s just so loving towards him. Wanting to cuddle him and give him kisses. He tries to share toys he thinks are appropriate for a baby to play with, soft toys etc, and talks about what he’ll share with him when B gets bigger.

He is such a great big brother.

Now that B is 3 months old, his personality is coming through a bit stronger.

He clearly adores his big brother, giving him huge smiles whenever he’s near, and often lets out a big cry when he goes away.

He’s never phased when too big toys come playfully towards his face, or when the cuddles are a little bit smothering. 

I’m so excited to watch them grow together, and hopefully become the best of friends. And to record their special relationship through this linky. 

We love our boys so much!

Mrs H xxx

The Me and Mine Project

Little Angels Festive Nappies

It’s not too late to add that extra little bit of Christmas magic to your day by getting a pack of Asda Little Angel festive nappies. 

Featuring a ‘Santa’s little helper’ Christmas design, each limited edition Supreme Protection nappies will add an extra element of fun to his Christmas time! 

I’m one of these people who needs to go completely overboard at Christmas. I don’t mean budget wise, I’ll be bargain hunting even harder than the rest of the year. These festive Little Angels are as affordable as the rest of the range. I just mean that I love everything to have a festive touch. Wearing Christmas socks and jumpers on a trip to see the lights, wearing tinsel in my hair on shopping days etc. I love that these nappies will let me do that for G too. Unfortunately they only come in 4+ 5+ and 6+ so they don’t come small enough for B yet, he’ll just have to wait until next Christmas.  

They have been given a sprinkle of Christmas magic, but you can rest assure that Little Angels Supreme Protection nappies still provide the same protection, and there’s less chance your little ones will wake up soggy when Santa arrives. 

 

Anna Plester, from ASDA Little Angels, says:
“At ASDA, we know nothing brings more joy than seeing a child’s face light up on Christmas morning. 
“Adding a touch of seasonal magic, ASDA Little Angels Supreme Protection will transform your child into ‘Santa’s little helper’, so they can enjoy every second of the festive period.”

Does anyone else like to go a little bit overboard like me? What festive touches have you got for your day this year?

Mrs H xxx