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10 Dec 13

A whimsical hanging baby cradle

I’ve always liked the idea of a hanging baby cradle. We used a cot for our daughter Hannah when she was an infant, and while it worked out perfectly fine, I think I would insist on a hanging cradle for her first months of life if I could go back in time. They just seem so peaceful, almost romantic, with baby snuggled inside and gently swinging back and forth. I suppose it’s the same sensation that we adults get when looking at a hammock – complete relaxation. Cot vs. crib vs. basket When we were pregnant with our now 3-year-old Hannah, we assumed that we had to buy a Moses basket or crib in addition to a cot because of the size difference. It was hard to imagine such a little baby sleeping in such a big cot! But while baskets and cradles are perfectly acceptable furniture for babies, it […]

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03 Dec 13

A cushiony child’s toilet for potty training

It might seem a bit silly to say, but around the time that our daughter Hannah reached her first birthday, I began to become excited about potty training. It’s a big step, and I really looked forward to those first milestones as a first-time parent (and I continue to do so!). But about six months ago as she started to show interest in that big, white and watery bowl, my excitement about toilet training turned into nervousness. After all, we can’t rely on personal experience to guide us through it because we were too young to remember! At the very least, Chris and I knew we needed to buy a child’s potty. Potty Pod When Hannah started to tell us that she had done a wee or a poo and asked that we change her nappy – a tell-tale sign of potty training readiness – we knew it was time. […]

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28 Nov 13

Baby floor seats with back support

Our daughter Hannah loved to be held as an infant, which is why Chris and I invested in a baby ring sling to free up my hands so that I could do things around the house while still having her close. But even with my hands free, there are simply some things for which I needed to put her down. This was easier when she was younger, as she was usually perfectly content to stare at the ceiling for a few minutes while I finished a task. But as she grew older and could support her head, I needed to keep her entertained, so we began look at options for baby floor seats so that she could sit up and look around. Back support We’re always searching for products made in the UK, so the Cushi Tushi baby seat caught our eye. We also liked that it is paediatrician-approved because of […]

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12 Nov 13

Non-contact thermometers for children

Our nearly 3-year-old daughter Hannah caught the flu or something like it a few months ago. She was miserable, and Chris and I as first-time parents were equally miserable, forced to watch our little one feel ill and uncomfortable. After coming home from the doctor with a prescription for fluids and bed rest, we tried to make her as comfortable as possible, which meant letting her sleep undisturbed. But we also needed to take her temperature to make sure it wasn’t on the rise, so checking her with our ear thermometer wasn’t ideal. What we needed was a non-contact thermometer! Measuring forehead temperature The ear thermometer also wasn’t nice because Hannah’s ears were sore (along with her throat and entire body!). Searching around in a pinch, we found the Brother Max Non-Contact Thermometer, which has got to be one of the cleverest gadgets for parents out there. By holding and […]

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06 Nov 13

Gulping milk, not air: Anti-colic bottles for babies

Not long before our daughter Hannah was born, my husband Chris confessed that he was jealous that only I could breast-feed our newborn because of the intimate mother-baby bond we would have from the start. I had never thought about it before, but he was right! I didn’t want him to feel left out, so I decided that we should buy a breast pump. Even though I planned to be a stay-at-home mum (and still am, at least until Hannah enters school), Chris could then share in those special moments feeding our baby as well as help out with middle-of-the-night feedings. But that meant we had to find the right anti-colic bottles to feed her with. Air bubbles, be gone! Our immediate worry was that bottle-feeding would make our baby suffer wind. Air in the tummy can be very uncomfortable not only for your baby – who may grimace, squirm, […]

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06 Nov 13

Goodbye complicated car seats! Hello easy installation!

For new parents, there is a certain responsibility to show off your little one to your family and friends. Everyone is excited to meet your new addition, which can mean a fair amount overnight guests or car journeys with baby for years to come. We certainly have experienced this with our nearly 3-year-old Hannah. Both Jane and my parents live a few hours’ drive from our house, so we knew from the beginning that we would need a sturdy and reliable car seat for our precious cargo. Infant car seats Friends of ours had a child about a year before we had Hannah, and I remember how frustrating it was for them to set up their first forward-facing car seat. The instruction manual was useless and the car seat installation wasn’t intuitive, so they were forced to take it to the local fire station to ask for help. Now, while […]

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30 Oct 13

Baby ring slings: Convenient, comfortable and colourful!

You are never more aware of the fact that you only have two hands than when you have a baby. Our daughter Hannah loved to be held as an infant, so a pushchair wasn’t always ideal. This meant that I had to juggle holding her and doing things that required my hands, such as preparing food, housework, paying bills, or reading a book. Multitasking like that as a first-time parent wasn’t easy! So, my husband Chris and I searched for a baby carrier solution, and that’s when we discovered baby ring slings. With a sling, Hannah could be snuggled against me while I walked, cooked, or shopped, and I could even discreetly breastfeed her as soon as she was hungry. And ring slings are easily adjusted, so when it was time to swap baby duties with Chris, he could make use of it. BB Sling We settled on the colourful […]

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23 Oct 13

Mum, Dad, that’s me! Personalised storybooks for children

There are many ways to capture special moments with your children as they grow older. You can keep a photo album off or online. You can periodically measure your children’s height and mark it in pencil on the wall. You can also keep a scrapbook or baby book with photos and mementos. For our nearly 3-year-old daughter Hannah, we do all of that and more! What more could there be? To celebrate her first birthday, my husband Chris and I bought a personalised storybook that includes photos of Hannah and her name incorporated into the story. Big firsts Just as all first-time parents experience, Hannah’s first year of life was full of joy, humour and fear. To capture all of that, we ordered the custom-titled Now Hannah is One from It’s Your Story, which combines visuals and notes to document her progress. It is similar to a scrapbook, but with […]

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05 Oct 13

Autumn is the season of kids wellies

It’s that time of year again. Although the passing of summer can be somewhat sad, the cool, crisp and colourful season of autumn is a nice change. We like to take our daughter Hannah to the local woods during autumn to see the trees changing from green to shades of orange and red. Hannah is quite good on her legs now, and she loves to run around, so we joke that the woods are the perfect place to set our little wild child free. Autumn always necessitates a change of shoe wear to something that will cope with the damp piles of leaves, muddy puddles and boggy paths that the season brings. For us, a good pair of kids wellies do the trick. Bright red wellies Hannah’s wellies are not only functional, but they’re stylish to boot! We found these fantastic bright red wellington boots made by Bisgaard on Nordic Kids.co.uk. […]

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30 Sep 13

Bath temperature thermometers for babies

Using the right bath temperature for babies is very important. Infants cannot regulate their body temperature like adults, so it is important that the bath water is not too hot and not too cold. Bath time is also an intimate bonding moment between parents and children, so you want to make sure your baby is comfortable and not left with a chill. When our daughter was a newborn we bathed her in the kitchen sink, so to warm up the draughty kitchen, we used my grandmother’s trick of turning on the oven. For the water, we knew that we could pour it on our inner wrists and elbows to make sure it was not too hot for Hannah. The problem was that Chris and I prefer to have scalding showers, so we feared our tolerance was too high to accurately judge the right temperature for our newborn daughter. Bath temperature thermometer To […]

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