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Monday, 20 August 2012

Be smart, make highchair strap covers!

I'm a bit late on updating you with this, but it's the best thing ever. If you have started weaning your baby, you know how messy it can be. You NEED to make strap covers to save your sanity. :)

These 2 things will make life 10x easier.
  1. You need a splash mat, and no baby splashmat is big enough so buy yourself an oilcloth tablecloth and use that.
  2. You need wipe clean straps. My highchair (Obaby Nanofold) has removable fabric straps which is fantastic, but there's only a certain amount of times you can wash them until you go crazy. So.... I cut a strip off the oilcloth tablecloth and made covers for my straps and now I just wipe clean.

Fantastic, you can do it too!!

Keep it clean!


Sunday, 5 February 2012

Bath Time...

I really hunted for a baby bath when I was pregnant, in fact I ended up buying it a few days before my due date. I was petrified that I wouldn't get one on time and that I would have to bathe Esra in a bucket! :) Luckily I got it just on time!

I opted for the FlexiBath.

Price: £29.99
It's a bit expensive compared to standard baby baths but if you are short on space it's definitely worth the extra £'s!

It's perfect for those wanting to save space as it folds up very neatly and clips shut. It's available in an array of colours, I got the plain white as it was hard to track some of the colours down. (I initially wanted red.) It's been great and they also do toys that attach onto the bath.

I also have a newborn insert but I can now kind of manage without it.

I love the Burt's Bee's products for Esra, they smell lovely and don't irritate her skin. Esra has also suffered with a little bit of dry skin and I initially used E45 but it did nothing, so am using the Oilatum junior which has helped quite a bit. I have been sent some Apivita baby products and have the Body Shops Buriti baby products on the way so it will be good to see how they compare.

What are your bath time favourites?

Tuesday, 31 January 2012


If you live in a cold climate and your baby is susceptible to colds, you NEED NoseFrida in your life!

Why? Because babies can't blow their noses so they just store the boogers (snot) inside and their colds last longer. Esra is recovering from a cold, and it's really painful for a mother to watch their little one suffering, so after some research I ordered the NoseFrida over the traditional bulb nasal aspirators and it came through the post today and wow it's AMAZING, instant results!

I ordered it from Amazon for £8.50 (I love amazon)

How it works is, you pop the pointed blue bit into the nostril (not too much and very gently) and then you put the red bit in your mouth and just suck the boogers out. Check out THIS video on YouTube for a demo.

Don't stress, there is a filter so you don't get the boogers in your mouth! :)

It's a useful piece of kit, and I would recommend it for babies and young children with runny noses. Esra starts smiling during and after the process as she is instantly relieved.

A big thumbs up from me!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Perfect Sunday...

I had the best Sunday afternoon with one of my closest friends Emine, we did a spot of shopping followed by a sneaky little cupcake from the Hummingbird bakery... Yum!

Here are the things we chose for Esra...

Hooded Stripe Cardigan - Next £14

Ditsy Roll Up Blouse - Next £7

White Broderie Rope Shoes - Next £5

Shopping for babies is so addictive, everything is so cute and hard to resist! the cardigan is just so cool and perfect for this time of weather. The ditsy blouse will look great with jeans, and the shoes will match every single one of her summer dresses!

Oh and over the past few days I have made some more hairbands...

Hope you had a lovely Sunday! x X x

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Oi Oi Change Mat Kit...

I realised I needed one of these 'On the go' bags when I used my baby carrier (baby bjorn synergy) for the first time. I tried to use my 'normal' bag but it was just too bulky and not practical. I hunted for a travel change mat that doubles as a whole change system and came across this one. I opted for this navy number with butterflies from OiOi.

It looks a little like a clutch bag..

It has a strap that goes around your wrist which is perfect for those quick trips out.

It has...
  • Space for 2-3 nappies
  • Zip away plastic pocket for wipes
  • Outer zip pocket for keys, wallet, phone etc
  • Easy Velcro closure
  • Easy to wipe clean water resistant fabric
  • Height: 59cm (23”), Width: 80cm (311/2”)

It opens up to be a decent size, and has really proved useful for me.

I usually carry about 3 nappies, but I can fit 4. I pop some wipes, hand sanitizer, cream and nappy bags in the zip compartment and sometimes fold a layer of clothes in between just before I fold the bag up. I even fit my baby record (red book) in between when I'm taking a trip to the doctors.

Here's the back to store all of the essentials.

However, I have noticed one flaw. When you stuff all of your belongings in the zip compartment and then unfold it to put baby on it, it's all lumpy bumpy and not a smooth surface for baby to lie on, it's not that bad as it's padded but still something to consider. Apart from that I LOVE it.

I purchased my bag from Baby Lurve for £30, but this colourway is no longer available but have found this website that sells it for £27.50.

Check out the full collection of change mats from OiOi HERE.

'Pink Lining' and 'Skip Hop' do similar style bags and are also worth checking out depending on your taste.

Do you have an 'on he go' bag alongside your normal 'baby bag'?

I am going to do a review of my Skip Hop Studio nappy bag very soon so keep an eye out for that.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


I am in love with books... Children's books, beauty books, cook books, craft books, baby books, anything you name it, I have it.

I was one of those kids that used to go to my parents with uncontrollable excitement before the book fair came to school so that we could save up for it. My passion still goes on, and lately I am obsessed with children's books, and am building up a collection for Esra.

My favourites include The very hungry caterpillar and Each peach pear plum.

I read to her as often as I can and she really enjoys looking at the pictures and listening to me. I'm storing the books on the bookshelf in the sitting room at the moment, but that's only temporary as it isn't really working as the spines are so thin it takes me a while to find what I'm looking for.

I need something more like this... I'm going to see if I can do a DIY project for children's book storage and let you know if I succeed.

What are your favourite children's books and how do you store them?

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


I got quite happy crocheting when pregnant and I have started getting into it again, here are a couple I made recently...

I'm loving the colour combinations, and can't wait to make more to match some of Esra's summer dresses.