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Mamas and Papas Sales Haul

Sunday, 25 June 2017

I challenge any of you with babies or young kids to walk past the Mamas and Papas sale without 'popping in' for a quick look/shopping spree. It's just a couple of weeks until we go on our first family holiday to Portugal so I felt some holiday purchases were justified, and I'm so happy that I managed to get so much stuff for half price. 

Here's a quick video showing you all what I got - the sale's still on so be quick and go shopping! 

Keeping Baby Cool in The Heat

Monday, 19 June 2017
Teething hit us full force this month. Oliver now has two brand new teeth but for the past few weeks, we'd have days where Oliver would be crying constantly and chewing on everything he could get his hands on. If teething wasn't a big enough problem on it's own, along comes a heat wave. It's not as warm in Glasgow as it is elsewhere in Britain at the moment, but Oliver has still been feeling it. Luckily, we've found one thing that really helps with both teething and keeping baby cool and we can now get outside and enjoy the weather that we've been praying for all year!


The Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicles have been a life saver recently. This little set of 4 moulds can be filled with fruit/veg puree or with breast milk and popped into the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, Oliver has a healthy fruit lolly that are easy to hold and suck on, relieving teething pain and keeping him cool at the same time. Oliver chews down on the ice (which, admittedly, makes me shudder) but I can see how much the cold sensation helps his gums. It's also a good way for him to get a bit of extra water in him when he's sweating more in the heat. 


We usually buy a frozen smoothie bag from Tesco packed with strawberries, blueberries, avocado and spinach. We blend it up with water in our Nutri bullet. It only takes a few mins to make the smoothie and then we've then got 4 days worth of ice lollies ready to use in the freezer. The handle is really easy for Oliver to hold and it's also the right shape to put one of the dummy clips around, to stop your little one from throwing it straight out of the pram (something Oliver regularly attempts!).

We go on holiday in 3 weeks time and these frozen puree moulds have earned their place on my 'essentials' list for packing, and I'm sure Oliver is pretty pleased about that!

Have any of you tried these? What's your top tips for keeping baby cool in summer?

Stokke Steps High Chair Review

Tuesday, 13 June 2017
When it came to hunting for a high chair, we wanted three things. 

Firstly, we wanted one that was good quality and built to last. I'm all for cheap and cheerful but for something that we'll use three times a day, for up to three years and possibly twice over (if we have another baby), it had to be hard wearing. Secondly, it had to be easy to clean. Weaning is a messy business and it doesn't really get much cleaner from then on. I wanted a chair I could wipe clean every meal time, with a cover that could be machine washed on the days that Oliver's extra 'creative' with his leftover weetabix. Last but not least, I wanted it to be stylish. Call me vain but I didn't spend months decorating my living room for a pink and red strawberry printed high chair to waltz in and kill my minimal vibe. So with that being said, what did we go for? 

This high chair meets all the points on our list and more. The gorgeous modern, minimal design is exactly the style I was looking for, the quality is out of this world and despite having the messiest baby ever (seriously, sweet potato everywhere .. all the time), the chair still looks as good as new. 

The Steps high chair is customisable  - you can chose the colour of the legs from six choices, the seat  can be black or white and there's a great selection of colours for the cushion. We chose 'natural oak' legs, with a white seat and 'greige' cushion. This made our chair the perfect neutral combination to blend into our living room seamlessly. I loved being able to chose my own colour scheme and the 'create and buy' feature on the website allows you to view different combinations to help you decided which ones you like best. 

The high chair is made for the newborn stage all the way to age 3+ which is great. What's better is that you can pick and chose what you need, rather than paying for the whole bundle that you might not need. We didn't get Oliver's high chair until we were ready to start weaning (he was around 5 months) so we ordered the chair with the baby set, tray and cushion. We can remove the baby chair when he's a bit bigger and he will then use the standard seat as a raised chair at the table. 

The baby set offers the seat for a young baby that can sit up, with straps to keep the secure. The backrest of the chair can be moved into a forward position, for a smaller baby, or further back when they get a bit bigger. I've tried many high chairs in coffee shops over the last few months that have made me realise how important this feature is. In our Steps high chair, Oliver sits close to the tray and there's no gap where food can fall or where he could lean forward and be uncomfortable. 

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After lunch, I usually give the tray and cushion a wipe down with a damp cloth, as it's always easier to get the mess before it dries in. Every few days, I'll remove the cover from the chair and pop it into a quick 15 minute washing machine cycle. It dries over the radiator in under half an hour and I can have everything back in place in time for his next snack. I love having the option of throwing this into the machine and, with it being such a good quality cover, it hasn't faded or shown any signs of wear and tear in the three months that my son has been vandalising it every breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm confident it'll stay in good shape throughout the years. 

Although we used this high chair from 6 months onwards, I think if we have another baby we will invest in the newborn bouncer too. Looking back, I know that it would have made life a lot simpler if we could have had Oliver at the table with us in the newborn days, rather us taking turns to eat! 

If you're looking for a good quality, stylish high chair that's made to last then I can't recommend the Stokke Steps chair enough. 

Have you tried this chair? What's the top things you look for in a high chair? 

*PR sample. As always, all opinions my own. 

Why was I so scared of stretch marks?

Monday, 12 June 2017
It sounds crazy but one of my biggest worries during pregnancy was stretch marks. I analysed the skin on my stomach and smothered myself in bio-oil and cocoa butter stretch mark cream at least three times a day. I loved watching my bump grow, but looking at each progress picture and seeing how big I was getting also gave me this inner dread. What if I end up covered in stretch marks?

Being happy in my body has always been important to me and I felt like I was having that taken away from me. I don't think it's abnormal to worry about your post-partum body. I knew I wouldn't snap back to normal the next day and that it would take some time to get back to my normal weight but for me, stretch marks were irreversible and if I got them, my skin would be ruined forever. 

It was week 34 and I was doing the daily ritual of checking my skin when I noticed the smallest little line. Over the next few weeks, a few more appeared and it was clear my fears had come true. I was terrified of how much worse they were going to get as I grew. I also had so much regret that I hadn't done more to prevent them - had I used the wrong creams or not eaten the right foods?

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By the time I had Oliver, I had a patch of small red marks to the left of my belly button and after labour, I noticed some red ones on my hips which looked a bit like I'd been scratched. I was devastated. I felt like I'd never be happy in my body again and the weight gain didn't make things any better.

So how do I feel seven months on? My bump has deflated, I've lost my 'baby weight' and the stretch marks have faded a lot from what they were but more importantly, I feel like my whole attitude has changed - I just don't care as much as I thought I would. It's not that I've had a baby and 'let myself go' or that I no longer care what I look like, because I do.

The thing is, I used to be terrified that stretch marks were permanent but that's actually the thing that comforts me now - they're irreversible .. and I need to just accept that. I might not have any control over the marks on my skin but I can exercise and have a healthy diet so that I feel happy with my body and comfortable in my clothes. After all, I'm in my clothes 99% of the time. 

When I'm lucky enough to find myself in a warm country and in a bikini, I seriously won't care if anyone notices my less than perfect skin. When I think about how much time I put into judging other peoples bodies on holiday (and that's none), I realise that no one is paying any attention to my imperfections. Having a baby makes you truly realise what's important and what's not. That change in perspective is something I really didn't anticipate and something that I'm so glad to have now.

If stretch marks are the price to pay for my beautiful little boy and how happy I am now then it's more than worth it. 

Were you worried about stretch marks or your post partum body?

The First Haircut

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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It's been a long time coming, but we finally cut Oliver's hair. The 'mullet' was cute but with his hair constantly in his eyes, it was time for his fashion statement to take a backseat and for practicality to win.

Here's my latest 'day in the life' vlog documenting his first hair cut, a trip to the soft play and what we are now considering might be a lactose intolerance (more on that later)...

When did you first cut your babies hair? 

Nursery | DIY Pom Pom Garland

Monday, 5 June 2017

We're at the very end of decorating Oliver's room and I'm just adding some finishing touches before I film his nursery tour this week (make sure you're subscribed to my channel so you don't miss it!). One of the things on my list was a pom-pom garland to hang from the new shelves we've just put up in his reading corner. 

Oliver's room was decorated around this pom pom cot mobile from Mamas and Papas. I absolutely adore the colours in it and it was actually one of the first things I bought for his room, and what went on to be the colour inspiration for the whole nursery. Anyway, a pom pom garland on the other side of the room was just what we needed to balance out the colours. 

I had a look on Etsy but couldn't find one in the colours I was looking for, so I decided to pop on my crafty hat and make my own. After a quick trip to Hobby craft, I'd picked up three bundles of cotton yarn in mustard, teal and a blue/grey and a pom pom making kit. The pom poms were surprisingly easy to make using the tool and after watching tutorials on line where people used forks and other household items to make them, I'd definitely say the pom pom maker is the simplest way to do it. 


All you do is wrap the wool around both sides, fasten the clip, cut through the centre and remove the tool. Once you've fluffed it up and trimmed any messy bits, you have the perfect pom pom in just a couple of minutes. 

I used black and white striped parcel string to hold the pom poms together, and I threaded the pom poms onto the string using a thick knitting needle. Because the string was so thick, the pom poms couldn't move around much so I didn't have to secure them with anything. 

The whole process took about 45 minutes (although it would definitely have been less if it wasn't for my ridiculously blunt scissors). Once I'd got the hang of making the first pom pom, it came really easily and it's actually pretty therapeutic to chill out watching telly and making things. It's given me a bit of a bug for making things myself, actually. I don't think I saved money doing it, as it was more expensive to buy all the wool etc. but I ended up with the perfect garland in the perfect colours. 

I'm so happy with the end result and think it's exactly what this area of the room needed! 

Nursery Inspiration POM POM garland tutorial Shelves in Nursery Scandinavian Neutral

Here's the video tutorial on how to make the garland if you want to give it a go yourself! 

What do you think? Have you tried any interiors DIYs recently?

Olivers 7 Month Update

Sunday, 21 May 2017
Oliver Jack Wells turned 7 months old on the 20th May.

I started writing these updates thinking I'd enjoy looking back on them in years to come but I had no idea how much I'd enjoy reading them even just a few months later. Every so often, I read back through the early months and reflect on how much Oliver and life, in general, has changed in such a short time. It's odd writing this post, knowing that in a few months I'll be reading it back and thinking, 'wow, things are so different now'. With that said, here's Olivers 7 month update...

Baby Development at 7 Months Parenting Mummy Bloggers UK MAISY MEOW

He's changed so much in the last month. He's now eating three meals a day and loving his food. He loves sweet potatoes, pears, apple biscotti biscuits, scrambled eggs and banana - oh my goodness, he loves banana. He's getting much better at feeding himself, especially with his biscotti's or his wafers and it's the sweetest thing watching him chew with his gumsy little smile. He's still using his fruit feeder and we're still giving him purees too. He went through a short phase where he was getting frustrated being spoon fed, but he seems to have gotten over it again. 

Oliver has had a few days where his gums have been bothering him and he'll have little red cheeks and a red nose, but there's no sign of any actual teeth yet. It hasn't been awful yet and normally he's fine if he chews on his matchstick monkey or has some calpol. I can always tell when his gums are bothering him because he sucks in his bottom lip and pulls the cutest little face.

Baby Development at 7 Months Parenting Mummy Bloggers UK MAISY MEOW

When it comes to development, he's totally thriving. He's very mobile and it's no longer safe to leave him on the bed or anywhere for that matter because he will undoubtedly roll and roll until he hits something. He has an insane amount of strength in his legs (thanks to the jumperoo!) and he's happiest when he's standing up with me holding onto his hands. He loves it so much that he's still refusing to stay in the sitting position for any length of time but if I'm able to distract him with toys on the floor, he can sit up for a few minutes without toppling over. Most of the time, though, he just straightens his legs out and uses anything he can to pull himself up (sometimes it's my hair). If I let him stand against the couch and let go of his hands, he gets the biggest smile on his face!

Baby Development at 7 Months Parenting Mummy Bloggers UK MAISY MEOW

One of the biggest developments this month is that he's starting say 'mum' and 'dada'. He actually said 'mama' first, despite everyone telling us it's always dada! I spent weeks repeating 'mamama' to him and eventually I noticed he was watching my mouth and copying me, within a few days he was shouting 'mamama' himself and it's evolved into just shouting 'mum!' now. He doesn't quite use it in context, but I like to pretend he's shouting on me when he does it! He learned 'dada' within a few days of saying 'mama' and loves practising them both. Watch his video update to see it!

Sleep is something I can finally say I'm happy with. Oliver's still following his bed time routine of bath, blow dry and bed and he'll sleep from 8pm until 6-7am - normally he doesn't wake during the night but if he does, it'll be around 5.30 and he'll usually go back down after it. In the mornings, he'll nap for 2/3 hours most days and then have another 45 min nap around 2pm and then 5pm.

7 Month Baby Update Rolling and Standing Development

He loves to grab faces and giving him his bottle is a whole new experience now with me trying to wriggle away from his little hands and trying to free my hair from him. It's so sweet though, because you can see his little brain working and studying every single part of your face. His little hand is always touching everything in side, and he does the cutest little twirling motion with it which makes my heart melt. 

I say  it every month, but this is my favourite age so far. I'm loving every minute of Oliver and instead of feeling like I need a break every so often (like I did in the early days), I now just want to spend every minute with him and as soon as he's in bed, I'm looking forward to the morning when I can go into his room and see his gorgeous little smile beaming back at me.

Happy 7 months Oliver! 

Five Baby Weaning Essentials

Thursday, 11 May 2017
Weaning was a much bigger deal than I'd originally thought it would be. I always looked forward to when Oliver would have his first foods but when it came down to it, I realised I actually had no idea how to do it. What do you give first, and what time of the day? What if he chokes?

Olivers been having solids for around a month now. He's still having mostly purees but he also has fruit and wafers for a snack. Like everything else baby related, it was all trial and error before we found our feet but I definitely feel more confident now to carry on weaning onto more solid foods.

Here's 5 of the essential baby products that have helped us start weaning..

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1. High Chair | Stokke Steps High Chair 

This high chair is an absolute dream. Oliver can't sit up completely unassisted yet, and this chair gives him really good support to keep him upright at meal times. We've tried feeding him in his pram and in the bumbo but he's at his most comfortable when he's sitting straight in his seat and he loves having the baby tray to bang on in between mouthfuls! 

2. Long Sleeved Bibs | Asda 

When people say it's messy to wean, they're not kidding. I ruined so many of Oliver's vests and onesies in the first few days by using normal bibs. I then moved up to plastic wipeable bibs but these just distracted him and he was more interested in stroking the plastic than eating. The best ones I've found are the asda sleeveless ones as they're wipeable, have sleeves but don't have a stiff plastic fabric that distracts him. 

3. Fresh Food Feeder | Poundland (Similar here although poundland is cheaper of course!)

I am so worried about choking. After a few weeks, we introduced this feeder and it's really helped with his hand to eye co-ordination so he can learn how to feed himself. It's basically just a hand held feeder with a net that can be filled with fruit or veggies (you can see my lovely assistant Oliver giving a demo here). The net which prevents any big chunks coming through while still getting him used to eating proper food.

4. Baby Wafers | Kiddilicious 

Since discovering that rusks were full of sugar (seriously, why are they sold for babies?!) we switched to giving him banana or blueberry wafers. The wafers dissolve in his mouth and I've noticed they've really helped him get used to having bits of food in his mouth rather than soft purees. 

5. Steamer/Blender | BEABA Baby Cook 

We always keep a few jars of baby food in our changing bag for when we're out and about but at home, we make our own. We use the BEABA baby cook to steam and blend fruit and veg. When you buy your own supplies and make it yourself, you realise how cheaply it can be done and it's actually really easy. Watch me make Oliver's favourite sweet potato, carrot and pear puree in this video

What were your weaning essentials? 

Vlog: Ikea Haul & Garden Tour

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Hello everyone! The sun is finally shining in Scotland and more importantly, it's actually warm. We had a lovely relaxing weekend together. We managed to do a little garden makeover and went to Ikea to pick up some bits for Oliver's nursery (tour coming very soon, promise!). 

I vlogged our day together which includes an ikea haul at the end to show you all what I picked up. 

Have a watch and let me know if you liked it. And of course, don't forget to subscribe!

How to Make Your Own Baby Puree | Beaba Baby Cook

Sunday, 7 May 2017
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I always planned on making my own baby puree but when the time came, we found ourselves giving ready made baby food for Oliver's first tastes. We had been sent a box of Piccolo pouches (which went down a treat) and we tried some others from Heinz and Ella's kitchen but after a few weeks, we began to realise how expensive it is to rely on pouches and jars. Given that we're giving Oliver ready made milk for acid reflux, we're already spending a small fortune in the baby aisle every week and when it comes to baby food, we've no excuse for buying ready made.

We were contacted a few weeks ago by BEABA who offered to send us one of their Baby Cook Food Processors so that we could make our own in the easiest way possible. It's been a total game changer and I'm actually really enjoying using it and trying out different food combinations.

Once we move onto the next stage of weaning, we will use it to make thicker purees and eventually we will simply steam the vegetables which he can chew on himself.

Tonight's video is a really quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own baby puree using the Beaba baby cook food processor.

Make sure you click the thumbs up button and subscribe!

Oliver's First Words

Friday, 5 May 2017
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Tuesday started off as normal and I decided to vlog a 'typical day on maternity leave' however, somewhat 'typically', the day didn't go as expected. It ended up being super stressful in the morning with Oliver's acid reflux in overdrive and then super rewarding in the afternoon.

Oliver has now said his first words! He's always been a chatty baby and he babbles all day long. I've been repeating 'mamama' to him for a few days and he's been watching my mouth intently trying to work out how he can say it too.

Here's the vlog ... 

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Mamas and Papas Opening Event at Glasgow Fort

Monday, 1 May 2017
Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort

Mamas and Papas is by far my favourite store for everything baby related. The baby clothes are dreamy, the nursery decor is exactly my taste and you can always rely on the staff to offer the best advice when you find yourself totally overwhelmed with choice. Since having Oliver, I spend a lot of time in Mamas and Papas so I was super excited to be invited to the launch party on Friday*. The old store at Glasgow Fort has closed and a revamped, updated store has now opened at the other end of the shopping centre. You can find the new store next to M&S and River Island. 

Oliver and I were up bright and early (as usual) so we made our way to the event quite early, thinking we'd arrive and have the store to ourselves for a while before it got busy. It turns out everyone else was just as excited, as the shop was already buzzing at 10am and there was a great atmosphere with goodie bags handed out as we walked through the doors and excited staff members ready to give us a tour of the shop. The goodie bags had Bloom & Bloom products, the cutest cloud covered bib and vest set and the sweetest little rattle that Oliver has been pretty much obsessed with ever since.

It seriously is a beautiful store now. It's decorated in neutral greys and whites with baby clothing sections, a gorgeous homeware area with displays to die for and a full display of prams and car seats towards the back of the shop. But that's not all - Mamas and Papas now have a personal shopping service, with a seated area and dedicated staff that'll talk you through everything you need for a new baby's arrival or for any baby related purchase. We sat in the personal shopping area while I gave Oliver a bottle and it's such a chilled, homely atmosphere with comfy couches and chairs. It helped that they had snacks and drinks laid out for the launch party too - because who wouldn't want a free muffin? 

Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort
Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort

The pushchair area has a mock car set up which can be used to demonstrate how to fit the car seats and the isofix bases. It also doubles up as a fun place for older kids to play on, and we witnessed lots of excited little feet scrambling over the seats as they took their shot in the mint spotted car. They also have an interactive machine, where children stand to have their measurements taken - did any of you see me on my instastories, weighing Oliver and getting his height? It was so cute!

Mamas and Papas sell almost everything you'll ever need for a baby or toddler and it's so easy to spend ages in one section alone, so it's great that the new store has feeding rooms that you can visit if your shopping spree coincides with baby's feeding times. We saw lots of mums making use of the rooms during the day and it just shows how appreciated it is when shops add little details like this. 

We had such a fun day exploring the new store and taking part in the fun games and competitions. On top of the lovely goodie bag, we won a Cowshed candle on the tumbola and I couldn't resist picking up a summer outfit and adorable little shoes for Oliver too. I also left with a huge wish list after seeing all the gorgeous nursery decor and baby boy clothes. Our nursery is themed around their 'Sweet Dreams' collection and I just can't get enough of those prints and colours. 

Mamas and Papas Personal shopping experience Store review Glasgow fort

There are some beautiful boys clothing in all my favourite colours - khakis, mustard and lots of cute prints and stripes. I can pretty much guarantee that Oliver's going to be head to toe in Mamas & Papas by the end of the month. I just can't resist their baby clothes and he needs a new wardrobe for summer so it's perfect timing too!

Thank you so much to Mamas and Papas and their lovely staff for such a fun day - Oliver and I really enjoyed spending some time in the new store and we will definitely be popping into the store during the week again. Although it's a brand I've always loved, our day at the new store has really confirmed to me that Mama's and Papas are in a class of their own. I can't recommend them enough. 

Did any of you make it to the opening in Glasgow this weekend?

*collaboration with Mamas and Papas

Can a Chiropractor cure acid reflux in babies?

Sunday, 30 April 2017
UK Parenting and Lifestyle Baby Blog Maisy Meow Acid Reflux Infant Reflux Treatment Cure

I've talked about Oliver's acid reflux a lot on my blog over the last few months. It's something I hadn't even heard of babies having before I had him and although it's not as bad now as it was a few months ago, it's not an easy thing to deal with. Constantly changing his clothes only for him to be sick all over them again within seconds of picking him up - I've had days where I've spent half an hour changing Oliver into 4 or 5 different baby grows because he's been sick on every one as soon as I've put it on him. Then there's me - clothes and hair covered in sick too, which makes getting us both ready to leave the house a bit of a difficult task to say the least. 

We're so lucky that the sick is the only problem with the reflux. It doesn't hurt Oliver, he's somewhat  unaware of it actually. He can be in his jumperoo having the time of his life, throw up a tonne of milk mid-jump and carry on like nothing's happened. I made a video a few weeks ago talking about acid reflux in babies and explained how it started with Oliver and what treatments we had tried so far. 

A few people had recommended that we try seeing a chiropractor to see if they could help. I read up on it and found quite a few people saying they'd had really good results from it so we decided to give it a go. Here's a new video about our visits to the chiropractor for acid reflux .... 

Have any of you had babies with reflux? And did you visit a chiropractor? 

Baby Boy Look Book S/S '17

Sunday, 23 April 2017
Baby Boy Lookbook Outfit Ideas OOTD Spring Summer 2017

Oliver's now moved up to the next size in most of his clothes - yep, the boy who didn't even fit into 'tiny baby' size when he was born is now in the clothes that I referred to as 'man size' when we looked at them a few months ago. He's not quite man size, but he's definitely a bit of a chunk now! 

I thought it would be a bit of fun to film a baby look book for my youtube channel this week, since I've been spending every morning saying 'oh my goodness, you look SO cute today'. We still have more things to pick up for him, and I'm planning on a big Zara haul on pay day (which I'll share too of course). 

Hope you like the video and all the cute baby smiles! Don't forget to like and subscribe! 

Oliver's Six Months Update

Friday, 21 April 2017
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The biggest milestone so far - my boy is six months old! This is the age when everything changes - he's eating solids, he's in his own room, he's moving around more and in the next six months again, he'll change completely again. It scares me how fast time flies but at the same time, Oliver just gets more fun every day and I am so excited to see what he'll be like through all the next stages too. 

I decided to make this update on my youtube channel rather than my blog, purely so I can have some video memories of him at this age too. I'm not sure why but, although I know I probably take more videos and photos than most people, I worry that I'll regret it if I don't keep as many of these memories a possible. 

I'd really love to have your support - please give my video a thumbs up and subscribe! 

The Best Teething Toy | Matchstick Monkey

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Normally I like to trial a product for a long while before recommending it, but we've used this particular one constantly over the last week and it has been an absolute god send. If there's any mums out there struggling with teething babies, I want you to know about this as soon as possible. 

Oliver started teething quite suddenly a few weeks ago. One day we noticed he had red cheeks and within a few days he was drooling everywhere, grumpy and trying to chew anything in sight. I was prepared for teething .. or so I thought. It turned out that all the teething toys I'd bought him were to big for his little hands and rather than them helping him, he'd just get frustrated that he couldn't pick them up or that he'd keep dropping them. That's where the Matchstick Monkey* steps in. 

This little monkey with a curly tail is the perfect size for Oliver's tiny hands. It's made of a soft flexible rubber with toothbrush bumps on the back of the monkey's head, which gives a really good surface for him to bite his gums down on.  It's also a great way of applying Calgel to his gums and making sure it gets to the sore area, which is hard to find when your little one can't talk to you! I just pop a bit on the back of the monkeys head (which is his favourite place to chew on) and Oliver will find the sore area himself. 

This has quickly become an essential in our changing bag - it's up their with the nappies and wipes! When he's crying with teething pain, this will often be the only thing that'll soothe him.

The Matchstick money costs £9.99 and is worth every single penny. You can order yours from in a variety of different colours or you can pick one up from Mothercare if you're out and about. If there's one thing you need to get for a teething baby, this is it. 

What do you think is the best toy for teething babies?

Feeling Like Me Again | Coco Rose London

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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When my pregnancy was coming to an end, one of the things I was looking forward to (apart from the obvious) was 'feeling like me again'. I was tired of having a huge bump, being unable to get out of the bath and wearing awful maternity clothes that made me look even worse than I felt. Fashion has always been something I've loved and in that nine months, my body changed beyond recognition and I had a very limited choice of what I could actually dress it in. I wanted to feel like me again - to have the energy to do my hair, my make-up and to pick a nice outfit that'd make me feel good too.

Little did I know that it'd take a lot longer than my due date for me to get that feeling back again. 

I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't buy any new clothes until I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight and, although it sounds harsh, the horror of wearing old, now oversized maternity clothes was the motivation I needed and I made it back to my pre-pregnancy weight at around 12 weeks. But even then, I didn't feel good about myself. In the three months that it took me to lose that weight, I'd learned to put myself to the very last place on my list of priorities. I only had an hour or two free every day so I'd skip washing my hair in favour of writing that blog post with a deadline, or attempting to catch up with the never-ending pile of washing. I'd feel guilty for taking the time to put make-up on in the morning while Oliver sat in his bouncer waiting for me to play with him. 

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I can honestly say I didn't feel like 'me' again until the last two months. One day, I was writing a to-do list which was way longer than I wanted it to be. I was trying to work out where to start, and realised that I had to sit down and seriously consider what my priorities were. My stress levels were through the roof and a lot of it was down to how I was feeling in myself. I had to stop putting myself to the bottom of the list and start washing my hair when it needed washed, start doing my make-up in the morning and making sure I looked after myself before tackling that never-ending pile of washing. 

As soon as this changed, so did everything else. I felt happier, less stressed and with my confidence  levels back up, I had an extra spring in my step that gave me the energy to do everything else. That old cliche saying of happy mum, happy baby is true. I need to look after myself if I want to be able to look after a baby too. My hair or make-up may not interest Oliver but how it makes me feel does.

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I've started enjoying shopping and putting outfits together again. I picked up this pretty white top from Next and these Topshop embroidered jeans last month. They're slightly cropped at the ankle and I love how they look paired with my Coco Rose London Clapham* loafers. These shoes are the comfiest flat ballet-style shoes that I've ever owned. They're slightly curved in the sole so they fit to the shape of my foot and, unlike other shoes in this style, don't make me feel like I'm going to walk out of them. 

Getting back into fashion and style is something I want to do this year and although my blog will still be lifestyle and baby based, I want to throw the odd outfit post in every now and then. I'll be doing shopping hauls over on my youtube channel too so make sure you're subscribed over there if you want to see what I buy for my spring wardrobe - oh, it feels good to even say that! 

How long did it take for you to feel like you again after having a baby? 

*gifted item for review

Best of BoConcept

Sunday, 9 April 2017
Years ago, I used to visit the same 4 or 5 homeware shops religiously. I'd browse the same stock, all the same styles and still complain that I could never find anything unique or special. Since decorating our house and having to shop in the homeware section more than ever before (not that I'm complaining), I've totally opened my eyes to all the gorgeous home and furniture shops out there. I love discovering new brands and browsing all the things I'd have missed out on before. Having unique, good quality accessories and furniture is something that can give your home that extra bit of style. 

BoConcept* have a fantastic range of beautiful furniture and homeware, in the minimal and scandinavian-style that I love to have in my home. I love this grey sheepskin and have been looking for  something in this exact colour for such a long time. It looks beautiful and thick, and would be perfect as a throw over the rocking chair in Oliver's room. I've got my eye on this grey night 'n' day throw for my living room too because, let's be honest, you can't have too many of those. Adding throws to a room is an effortless way to add texture and make a room a bit more interesting.

I could spend ages browsing all the accessories on the BoConcept site and was super excited to discover there's a new store opened in Edinburgh so I can browse the designer furniture in person next time I'm through in the city. You can find the new store in Rose Street, Edinburgh and you'll probably find me in there too, admiring this beautiful white and wood 'Milano' table and this Adelaide lounge chair. I love how both these items are in a style that's really popular at the moment, yet they both have their own unique twists and I doubt you'd find anything similar elsewhere. 

If you like the look of my favourites, check out the full range here or visit the new store here.

*This a sponsored post

Acid Reflux in Babies : Our Experience

Sunday, 2 April 2017
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I've spoken about Oliver's acid reflux here and there but I wanted to tell the full story in a video to cover everything about our experience so far. Reflux is so common but, from speaking to other mums on social media, it seems the treatment and advice given around it can be so different from place to place. I've had so much advice from posts and videos I've found on line so I'm hoping that sharing ours will be helpful to others too. In this video, I'm talking about all the symptoms he's had, what medication we've tried and what's helped, and also about a new thing we're starting next week that I have really high hopes for. 

Hope you enjoy the video and if you do, please like and subscribe!

Baby Merlins Magic Sleepsuit | Swaddle Transition

Thursday, 30 March 2017
It took us eight weeks to find out how to get Oliver to sleep at night and once we'd found that winning combination, it was heaven. I knew it couldn't last though, because the main thing in that combination was a velcro swaddle and we couldn't do that forever.  It's recommended that babies aren't swaddled past three months, but when we tried to phase it out we went straight back into those sleepless nights. Without a swaddle, Oliver's arms would go straight up in the air within minutes and he'd wake himself up. Then he'd get really upset. So we started swaddling again.

We were sent the Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit to try out, in the hope it would help us with transitioning out of the swaddle. I have to admit, at first I thought it looked crazy but after reading the amazon reviews, I had high hopes for it. The sleep suit muffles the startle reflex that babies have, and creates that warm, secure feeling that swaddling gives while encouraging them to sleep with their arms out. Oliver always fell asleep in his pram suit so I knew he liked that warm, snug feeling.

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When it arrived I was a bit concerned at the thickness. It's a puffy suit, but the material is breathable and the hands and feet are free. It left me wondering what he should wear under it - I didn't know whether I'd be under dressing or overdressing him. In the end, after reading some advice on line, I put Oliver in a nappy and vest with the magic sleepsuit on top. I'm in Scotland and it's still pretty cold at the moment, but with our heating on it's normally around 19 degrees in his room.

On our first night trying out the suit, I half expected Oliver to wake up within a few minutes of being put in his cot. We watched on the video monitor and, as expected, he startled himself within a minute or so but, this time, he didn't fully wake up. We could see his eyes darting around the room in the dark but he must have felt so warm and cosy that he just went back to sleep and we couldn't believe it. That night he slept in exactly the same pattern as he would have done in his swaddle. It actually worked.

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It quickly became part of our routine. After his bath, we'd put him in his sleep suit, dim the lights and give him his final bottle. The suit's really easy to put on because it has a double zip at the front, so there's no drama before bed time. With Oliver's reflux and sickness, I was concerned about washing and drying the suit regularly but it was totally fine and dried over the radiator within an hour or so.

We planned on using the sleep suit for a few months in the hope that he'd get used to sleeping that way and then we could try him in a normal baby sleeping bag. One night last week, though, I realised in horror that I'd forgotten to take the suit out of the washing machine. Oliver was just out of his bath and waiting for his bed time bottle and we had nothing to put him in.

We decided to try to let him sleep in one of the baby sleeping bags, assuming that if/when it didn't work, the sleep suit would be drying in the mean time and we'd put him in that eventually. Can you guess what happened? He slept. He slept just like he did in the magic sleep suit. For the past week, he's slept in his sleeping bag every night and his sleeping pattern has stayed exactly the same. It's something I still can't get my head around.

In just 3 short weeks, the Magic Sleepsuit has trained Oliver to sleep without the swaddle and how to send himself back to sleep if he wakes during the night. I can't believe how useful this product has been. It costs £23.95 and is worth every penny in my opinion, whether you're transitioning from the swaddle or just want to comfort a baby who has trouble staying asleep for long periods. I cannot recommend this enough. If you want to try it out, they've given me a discount code for 10% off via Amazon. Just use the code 'MMBLOG10' to get your discount.

Did any of you have trouble transitioning your baby out of a swaddle?

*item sent for review 

Oliver's 5 Month Update

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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Oliver turned five months last week and for me, it was a huge milestone. I'm not sure why, but five months is a stage when I always thought 'that's when he'll be a big boy'. Reading back through his 4 month update, I can't believe how much he's changed in such a short space of time. He's sleeping better, he can roll from his tummy to his back, he's now in the big bath and he's having the time of his life in his jumperoo every day.

We had him weighed this week and he weighs 14 pounds 10, which puts him in the 9th percentile for his weight. He's smaller than average but that's expected since he was only a tiny 6 pounds at birth. He's getting so much stronger every day. His little chunky legs can hold his full weight and he just wants to stand up all the time, with me holding his hands for support. He's not sitting up on his own, and he's refusing to practice now because he just wants to straighten himself out and stand instead. One step at a time, Oliver!

His sleep has probably been the biggest change in the last month. We realised that putting him to bed even half an hour earlier meant he'd be awake twice in the night but if we had him in bed for 8pm, he'd only wake once. No idea why, but if putting him down a bit later works then I'll go with it. It still gives us time to ourselves in the evening before we go to bed. He wakes around 2/3am for a bottle usually, then sleeps until 6 or 7am. The earlier starts are actually pretty good, I love having a nice long morning and still being able to get out of the house at a reasonable time. 

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Oh, and the biggest development this month? He doesn't need swaddled anymore! I'd almost resigned myself to the fact that I'd be swaddling him until his 18th birthday. I'm going to do a separate blog post on this but we had a major breakthrough and managed to transition him out of the swaddle in a matter of weeks. We now put him in a baby sleeping bag and he's quite happy to have his arms free.

At 5 months, the countdown has started to when we can start weaning. I've spoken to the health visitor and think we're going to start a couple of weeks early to see if it'll help with his acid reflux. I've read online that it either really helps, or makes it worse ... so I'm a bit nervous about that. With the amount of times he's sick every day, we really have nothing to lose by trying it. If any of you have any advice on weaning for a baby with reflux, send it my way!

It's been a great month overall - probably my favourite month since he was born. Everything is just so much fun at this stage. He's always smiling and laughing and we just really enjoy hanging out together. He loves to cuddle in, he laughs when I blow raspberries on his neck and when he spots me from the other side of the room he gives me the biggest smile that just makes my heart melt. 

He just keeps getting better and better! 

White Minimal Living Room Tour

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The long awaited (and over-promised) living room tour is finally live. 

It's been so long since I've filmed a video for my YouTube channel, and I really want to get back into making regular videos. One of the main reasons is that I want to film lots of memories with Oliver so we can show him in years to come, so I do plan on having a little side kick in some videos in future! 

Since my last blogs were all renovation related though, it seemed appropriate to come back with my living room tour. If you haven't followed my blog for long, you might not know that me and Andy started renovating our house in May 2015. It's been a lot of work (more than we'd ever expected) but it's been so worth it and we're both so happy with the home we've made for ourselves and Oliver. 

I'd love if you watched the video, and be even happier if you subscribed to my channel! 

Mothercare Orb Pram Review

Sunday, 19 March 2017
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Any mum or mum-to-be knows how overwhelming it is shopping for a pram for the first time. When you've never had a baby, how do you know what to look for? All I knew was that I wanted one that I could fit my car seat to for short journeys and one that wasn't too difficult or heavy to get in the car boot. Pram prices vary massively and at a time when I already had a huge list of things to buy, I didn't want to overspend but at the same time, I didn't want to buy something sub-standard. 

Luckily, my friend had a baby the year before me and had always raved about how much she loved her Mothercare orb pram. I loved the style, it was affordable and had good reviews on line so a few months before Oliver arrived, I ordered the Mothercare Orb pram in 'Liquorice'. It was on offer at the time and reduced from £429 to £299 which was less than half of the cost of others I'd looked at. (This deal is currently on at the moment too - so go check it out!)

The pram comes in two parts - the wheels and the carry cot/pushchair attachment. For the price you pay, you also get the cosy toes liner and the rain cover. The only additional extra we had to buy were the adapters to allow us to attach the car seat to the wheels - these were just £29 and I suppose, since not everyone has a car, it makes sense to sell them separate.

The main part of the pram can be used as a carry cot from birth, allowing the baby to lie flat on his/her back as per the current guidelines. When the baby can sit up and hold their head steadily, this can be easily converted into a pushchair style seat simply by pulling a few fastenings at the back. 

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We recently converted the carry cot into the buggy, so Oliver can now sit up and see what's going on around him. This is a bit earlier than recommended, but we had gotten to the stage that every walk was with a crying baby in the carry cot who just wanted to see what's going on. He's much happier now that he can see where he is and he's totally fascinated by everything around him.

One feature that makes this pram stand out is that you can switch from forward to rear facing while the baby is still in the pram. A twist and lift of the handle and it'll flip over to the opposite side of the chair allowing the baby to be rear or front facing. This is a great feature if Oliver's getting bored of looking at me on our walks, I can just twist him round and the new view keeps him interested.

The pram is lightweight, easy to push and navigate over the bumpy paths and pavements. If I'm putting it in the car, it's a case of pushing two buttons to detach the top, and another button to collapse the wheels - simple. Once the pram has been converted into a buggy, it can be used up until the child is around 2 years old depending on their weight and height. I'd say two years worth of pram use for just £300 is incredibly good value.  

This is a pram I'd highly recommend to any expectant parents looking for a high quality pram at a reasonable price. If you want to have a closer look, check out the Mothercare youtube video which gives a detailed tour and demo of the pram - I found it really useful when I was making the decision. 

Have any of you tried this pram?

Feeling the Mum Guilt.

Thursday, 16 March 2017
When I went on maternity leave, I had serious plans for my blog. I love writing, photography and the creative side of blogging and it's great being able to make a bit of extra money on the side too. It's a hobby, but I've always felt there's so much more potential in me/my blog and for a while, I've wanted to take it to the next level. Maternity leave was the perfect opportunity, I thought. 

I'm almost 5 months into maternity leave and although I'm proud of how I've grown my blog in this time, I never feel like it's enough. There's always more time I could have worked on something, more effort I could have put in. I find myself feeling guilty for not devoting all my time to it, yet I also feel guilty for not giving 100% of that time to Oliver. 

Maternity leave is supposed to be about spending time with your baby, isn't it?

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If I ask my mum to watch Oliver so I can take photos for my blog, or ask Andy to take him a walk so I can write a new post, I feel guilty because I think that time should be spent with Oliver. I should put my computer away and play with my baby. I have an almost daily argument with myself about whether I'm right to feel guilty for not giving every minute of my time to him.

Ultimately, my dream is to work from home. To make a regular income from blogging that would allow me to work for myself, while being at home and there for Oliver. Working a few hours in the evening or during his naps, rather than going back to working long days and missing out on his early years. I don't want to leave in the morning and come home when he's in bed. My dream is to have the job that allows me to spend more time with my son, but the only way I can get that is by giving up special moments with him now. It's a catch 22.

I recognise that I'm feeling the 'mum guilt' that everyone talks about and that I'll probably feel it no matter what I do. I can't be the perfect mum, the perfect girlfriend, have a perfectly clean home and build a business all at once. I know that I somehow need to find a balance between working for the future and living in the moment. It's a difficult task but I suppose it's one of many that come with being a mother and having a little person depending on your every move. 

Do any of you struggle to get the work/life balance right?

Mum Politics: To The Mum On The Forum

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
To the Mum on the Forum, 

I saw your post and I've been thinking about it ever since. It's one of those thoughts that's making me anxious, because I have so much to say about it and since I don't know you personally, I can't get it all off my chest. Your dilemma isn't huge and you've acknowledged that there are much bigger problems in the world but at the same time, you've said you now feel 'like a terrible mother' and, in my opinion, that's pretty serious.

So your son is approaching his first birthday and in all the chaos of moving house and everything that goes with it, you've realised that you won't have enough time to order him a custom birthday cake. You're now left with the horrifying prospect of presenting him with a shop-bought cake. On top of that, you're worried that the presents you've bought him, albeit expensive, 'don't look like much'. You said you've seen so many pictures of beautiful custom cakes and huge stacks of presents from other mums on Facebook and you feel guilty that you're not giving your son the same. You feel like a terrible mother, and that's the part I can't stop thinking about. 

I'm going to state the obvious and I'm sure this is something that you've probably been trying to drill into your own head too. Your son is almost one. He doesn't know or care if his cake is custom-made, shop bought or if it's a cadbury's mini roll with a candle on top. He doesn't care if he has a huge pile of presents - let's face it, he'll probably play with one of them for a few seconds and then spend the rest of the afternoon going in and out of the cardboard box it came in.

The thing is, you don't want the custom cake for your son. You want the custom cake and the huge pile of presents to impress the other mums on Facebook. You want to meet their standard of a 'good mum' - the mum that goes all-out for every birthday and Christmas, who has angelic, over-achieving children and the perfect (photogenic) family life.

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What you probably don't realise is that each and every mum on facebook has probably had their own variation of your problem. They're all trying to meet that standard. A standard unconsciously created by themselves. A competition that none of them ever wanted to enter but one where they now find themselves both the participant and the judge. Everyone is trying to compete and it's not because they want to brag or make you feel inferior, it's because they don't want to feel inferior themselves.

It's worth mentioning that you went into a secret group on facebook to vent about this. A group where no one knows each other, and everyone has their guard down. It's almost like you stepped back from the fake world of Facebook and whispered your question to the real world, before adjusting your 'mum of the year' badge and heading back in with a huge fake smile. 

I suggest you keep stepping back from that fake world and keep going until you are no longer in it. You don't need anyone to judge your parenting. It's not up to them to decide whether you're a good mum or not. When deciding what to get your son for his birthday, think about what would make him happy, not everyone else. You'll probably find that that's your love, your attention, your time. Spend the day playing with a new toy, singing happy birthday and he'll be over the moon. 

Instead of posting a photo of a huge pile of presents and an overpriced cake, post a picture of your happy, smiling boy on his birthday. Don't enter the competition, set a new standard of your own. Let's face it, anyone who thinks any less of you for it isn't worth your time anyway. If you stick two fingers up to the mum competition, the chances are other mums will feel encouraged to do it too. If you want to post something about your boy's birthday, think about your reasons for posting it and if you find you're doing it for validation from others, stop. Take a step back and remember you don't need it. 

Being a mum is hard enough as it is without that added pressure. Letting go of that competitiveness will be like a weight off your shoulders and will give you the freedom to follow your gut instinct and just do what makes you and your son happy. That's all that matters. 

Have any of you felt the need to compete against other mums on facebook?

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