Friday, 17 October 2014

Clothies (burp cloths)

Isabelle is still breastfed but she's being topped up before bed with a bottle of prescription formula milk which is suitable for babies with cows milk protein allergy and she's been a very burpy baby so these burp cloths have come in very handy so far and I can see us using them for a long time to come. When she was suffering with the milk allergy and we didn't know, my goodness she had a lot of wind so these were fantastic to be able to hold infront of her or over our shoulder while winding her. (we spent alot of time winding her! That baby has done some massive burps for a little lady). It saved our clothes always having baby sick on. 
 As a mum herself, creator of Clothies, Sarah, has created an item that is both gorgeous and actually useful to new parents, something she wishes was around years ago. Have you ever experienced a burp cloth going wet really quickly? Making it actually pointless to even use it. Sarah had noticed the need for a burp cloth that could keep up with babies milk dribbles and therefore designed Clothies with their 100% cotton front and a fast drying micro fleece back they're ideal for windy babies and messy drinkers! (Isabelle's bottle of milk always runs down her neck, I don't think she's got the hang of the difference between breast and bottle).
We were sent a pack of 3 Clothies to review, in the Pink Zoo print which is white, grey and pink. One has animal prints on, another is plain pink and one is pink with white polka dots on it. Size wise they're generous at 18cm x 48cm.

Isabelle has very delicate skin so I love knowing that these are soft and gentle on her little face, she had terrible baby acne to begin with which was actually just due to the dairy allergy so we needed something that wasnt going to upset her skin. I like that you can machine wash these and I actually pop them into the tumble dryer with delicate items on a very low setting - I'm not sure if this is 'ok' but they've always been fine. I sometimes forget to take the washing out of the dryer when its finished... oops. So I have on occasion ironed the cotton side which is allowed but I've never ironed the fleece side as that isnt ok!  

These come packaged lovely and would make a fantastic gift for a new baby or a treat for your own baby because they're cute and why not? They fit nicely into a changing bag while some of my muslins just take up too much space and feel very wet after being used, I don't want that in my bag especially if you're out for the day, it makes much more sense to pop one of these fast drying burp cloths in your bag.


What we love the most about these? The bright designs, the softness and the way the wash up like new again and again. The only thing I'd suggest is maybe more versions that are unisex so either boy or girl could have them. I always like to say on reviews that it's an investment buy, hehe, if the item can be kept if you're planing to have another baby.

The price of these are £14.99 for a set of 3. They also do a Christmas range, so if you know a baby due just before they would make an ideal little gift. There's also free P&P - which I love! 

You can have a look at Clothies here :)

Mary-Kate, x 



please note that these burp cloths were sent to us for the purpose of this review but all of the views are our own.

Cosatto 3sixti highchair

You may have seen in a few photos on twitter Isabelle sitting in a rather lovely highchair, we both love it and now we've used it for a little while I'm going to tell you all about it. Being a second time mum, I obviously have experience of highchairs already and can compare this one to the one I used with Oliver, that little 'baby' of mine that is suddenly a 5 year old. wow. The highchair is the 3sixti by Cosatto which is a lovely company who sell various baby items which are different to your average boring plain colours, they're lively and fun. Oliver loves his robot car seat and we can't wait to get Isabelle a similar girly one. Oh and have you seen their ooba pram? I saw it in person for the first time at an event this week, Danni from It Started With A Squish had it and I don't think she noticed me admiring her pushchair but it looked great and I have a bit of pram envy going on right now. Her little girl looked very comfortable eating her breadstick in it! You should check out her review - Cosatto ooba
 Firstly I'll tell you about how easy it is to set up... Just so you know, I have never put something together successfully by myself before. Usually I get all excited that we've got something new, take things out of the box and give it a go... then get annoyed, give up and wait for Michael to come home and do it - at which point I've made him confused as I've tried to do some of it, mixing all the bits up. oops. So this time instead of just waiting for Michael to get home, what did I do?... That's right, I opened the box and guess what?! put it together myself! In only 15 minutes as well, how good is that? *pats self on head* then sings I don't need a man - until something else needs making or there's a spider to put outside, then Michael actually yes I do need you!! I can't take all the credit though because obviously Cosatto give you all the instructions you need, they make it very simple to follow and if I can do it - you can too!
And what do I do with this?
Is this what I do ?
I love the design we have, it's called 'Orange Sqaush' but I admit I took ages to decide which one to go for because there is so many lovely ones to choose from. I love that it isn't like a usual highchair with legs sticking out. At first I thought 'oh, no handy basket' well actually good because with Oliver's basket all I ever done was clean it out. Having a basket under a little ones highchair where they're going to drop food, you need to be prepared to clean it out all the time as little bits will get in there. Isabelle's go all over the floor and having no basket means it takes less time to clean up. Less time cleaning = happier me.

Isabelle likes to look at our fish tank, so she was delighted when I turned her chair around to see them then I can just turn it back around to face the table again, fantastic feature of the 3sixti. Oliver was delighted to learn that the seat can go around so if he moved to a different part of the room she could still watch him. We have a long room which is out living room and dining aread in one so this feature of 6 different positions is very handy for us. She likes to sit in the highchair with a few toys while I clean up, she hates the noise of my dyson. I admit I tried to hide from Oliver that the seat goes up and down easily but he questioned 'what does this do mummy?'.... Then I showed him and he says 'Weeeeeeee goes Isabelle up' ...' do you want to go back down now Isabelle?' *Isabelle chuckle* oh dear I think, we'll be here for some time now. We were.




The feature of the gas lift height positions is great as it will be able to have baby sitting up at the table, whatever table height you've got. Oliver is 5 years old and he cannot figure out that you need to push the seat unit down a little while pushing your foot on the button on the bass to make it work and go up or down so if you're worried that your older child will just keep moving them up and down - don't be. The tray is fantastic, there is 2 parts to it. With our one the top bit is orange to match the design and easily removes to be clean - oh it's been cleaned alot. The white bit of the tray has a cup section which at the moment Isabelle's cup doesn't fit in because of it's handles but when shes moved on to a bigger little girl cup then it will be perfect. There is also adjustable sections 1,2,3 for the tray to fit on meaning it will grow with your little person, allowing more space if required, the tray could also be moved to let your little one sit up at the table. Actually we haven't done this yet so I'll try that today and I'm sure she will love it.

Another thing I think is fantastic is the fact I can take all the padded cushion off and wipe it clean, it actually cleans nicely leaving no mucky bits of food. It's super simple to take off and put back on which Oliver's just wasn't and it became a nightmare to clean. Also fantastic if you're planning to have more babies as you can keep this clean and then store it away for next time. Oliver often fell asleep in his highchair so he would of loved the fact this one reclines with 3 different positions, suitable for babies from 6 months old. Which is when Isabelle started to use hers.
The last feature I must tell you about is the under base roller so you can move the highchair around to suit you, I take it into the kitchen so when I'm doing something Isabelle can sit there babbling away to me while eating a tasty Organix snack. I have tried to lift the highchair before and it is rather heavy but if you think about it the base needs to be heavy for safety reasons and if you move it about and get it in the right position the under base roller does move easily but you need to move it right.

So it's safe to say we absolutely love this highchair, it is stylish so looks good in our house and very importantly it's comfortable for Isabelle to sit in. The fact that I haven't walked into a leg and bent my little toe sideways is obviously a great plus! Gosh it hurts when that happens doesn't it?

This highchair retails for £165 which if you consider all of the features I feel is a good price, Oliver's cost about £100 back then so to have this one would of been much better value for money. Don't forget that with Cosatto you also get a free 4 year guarantee!

If you're looking for a highchair you can find out more about this lovely one by visiting Cosatto website 

I'd love to know what is your favourite Cosatto item?

Mary-Kate, x



We were sent the Cosatto 3Sixti for review but all of the opinions are our own. As a family we love this product.
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blogfest...

I am really excited to tell you that I am going to blogfest this year thanks to the lovely people at Ardo for sponsoring me to attend!
You may or may not already know that Ardo is one of my favourite brands so far and without them I wouldn't still be breastfeeding. Isabelle's got a cows milk protein allergy and we struggled to begin with.
The first pump I had was tommee tippee one which we brought at the baby show without looking into pumps and although I use their bottles and steriliser which I like, I definitely don't recommend that you buy the electric breastpump by tommee tippee because it sounds awful, ever so loud and it hurt me! Like actually HURT. Isabelle hadn't hurt me so then to get sore nipple from a machine was so irritating, I also got hardly any milk out of my breasts using the tommee tippee and I thought that there was something wrong with my boobs! But actually it was the pump and not me. It wasn't working properly and the brand never actually got around to sending me the replacement bit!

Ardo saved the day

by sending me a Calypso double electric breastpump which completely changed my experience of expressing breastmilk and has helped so much - it doesn't have to hurt and the noise doesn't have to be so unbareable! I can actually express one breast while Isabelle is on the other and she doesn't even realise, honestly it is that silent.

If you're pregnant and looking into breastpumps or currently breastfeeding and in need of a new pump, take a look at Ardo! I hadn't heard of them before but trust me they're amazing.

So because Ardo have helped me so much with my breastfeeding I am delighted to be going to blogfest as their blogger on the ground and I will be telling everyone I talk to how much Ardo have helped me. I'll be posting again soon to tell you a bit more about Ardo and their products.

Are you going to Blogfest?

Mary-Kate, x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Do you have a little Octonauts fan?

Oliver absolutely loves Octonauts! He thinks they're great and I encourage him to watch them because I think the programme itself teaches them a lot about under the sea and helping other people. 

If you haven't heard of The Octonauts, where have you been? But fear not, you can turn Cbeebies on and meet Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso and the rest of the gang. Oliver has books, dvds, toys which he uses in the bath and even the octopod which he loves so I was delighted to be able to get a family ticket to go to the very first Octonauts Live stage show to review which I will do straight after we've been early next year, it's called 'Octonauts and the deep sea volcano adventure' which is starting very soon and continuing into 2015 - are we really nearly in 2015?! When did that happen? Anyway I can't wait to see Octonauts! I haven't even told Oliver yet and I'm already telling you because I just couldn't wait any longer. Would you like to go too? Well just keep reading... 
In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.


Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure
is produced by live children’s show supremos Fiery Light (joint venture by Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions), the team also behind the recent tours of the three successful Peppa Pig stage shows. (ahh Peppa pig, Oliver loved peppa and george, we can't wait for Isabelle to like them) Their most recent – Peppa Pig’s Big Splash - is currently on tour. It has broken box office records for a pre-school show and will return to the West End for fifth consecutive Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre this year. Other Fiery Light productions include the recent tour of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Oliver loves Roald Dahl since his uncle brought him a collection of books for his birthday, I really need to look out for shows to take Oliver to.
Director/adapter Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.’
And Richard Lewis - we can't wait too!
Competition time

Now I feel double lucky today because I've been given the chance to let one of my readers win a family ticket to Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano adventure at a venue and date of their choice through the rafflecopter entry below. A family ticket is for 4 people, a minimum of 1 adult is required. There will be NO cash alternative and tickets are non-transerable. There is no accommodation or travel included.

For tour information please go to www.octonautslive.co.uk 



You can also go to their facebook page to see updates Octonauts Live facebook page
a Rafflecopter giveaway

good luck!

Mary-Kate, x  

Bambino Merino - baby sleeping bag

I had an amazing sleeper with Oliver, he slept all night long from around 7 weeks old and napped loads during the day, to be honest I hardly saw the little chap! Isabelle, his little sister who is 7 months next week is his opposite and hardly ever naps during the day so I am keen to try anything to help her to sleep better because she's often exhausted.

Isabelle has been rolling over since she was 3 months so and sleeps on her front - at the start I did turn her back over onto her back and I always put her on her back to sleep but she gets herself comfortable and no matter how many times you change that, she will go back onto her front. Because she rolls I have never used blankets with her, I just don't trust them and would prefer to use a sleep bag. We have another sleep bag that she's now outgrown it was 0-6 months and it was 1 tog so unsuitable for colder weather thats what I love about this Bambino Merino sleep bag, it lasts from 2 months old until 24 months which is fantastic, no need to replace them every 6 months. 

Price wise at first I thought 'wow, for a sleeping bag that is alot of money' but that was before I read about the product and now actually the £59.95 price tag makes perfect sense because not only does the Merino wool lining feels lovely but it helps to regulate babies temperature meaning it actually helps them to sleep better, it adjusts to what they need meaning they don't have different tog ratings so one sleepbag will be suitable summer and winter! How fantastic is that? I really struggle deciding whats best, vest sleepsuit and bag? or just sleepsuit but with this bag it takes away all the 'what tog do I need to use now?' questions. 


Obviously you don't want to over heat your baby or to let them be cold so it makes sense to use this merion wool one, it allows you to know your precious baby is sleeping safely. You can buy two for £109 which would be ideal if you want one while the other is in the wash. Outer is 100% cotton and lining is 100% merino wool. You can get it in various colours, we have Petal - lovely and girly.

About washing the sleep bag, as it's wool they advise that you only use liquid wool detergent with no fabric softener. If your washing machine has a wool setting you can use that or you can hand wash it but no putting it in the tumble dryer and best to dry away from direct sunlight.They suggest hanging over the cot so it can air during the day, keeping it fresher and resulting in less washing.


When the sleeping bag arrived it was in a matching drawstring bag with a tag attached, containing lots of information.


So what do we think? We LOVE this sleeping bag, Isabelle slept so much better the first night she was in it. I always do a dream feed, to give myself a little extra sleep I think so she went to bed at 6pm and I woke her at 11pm to feed her and the next night I thought hmm should I wake her? So I didn't and she slept 10 hours which for Isabelle is amazing! Even last night although she has a cold, I had to wake her up to feed her at 5am this morning (information overload but I woke up with really sore full of milk boobs! So just couldn't wait until 7am to feed her!) so it's definitely helped Isabelle to sleep better. 

Highly recommend that if you're looking for a baby sleeping bag you take a look at Bambino Merino. 

You can also find Bambino Merino on facebook - here and on twitter @bambinomerino

Mary-Kate, x

Friday, 3 October 2014

someone has learnt to clap

video

Isabelle's room

Isabelle is now in her own room away from mummy's side. She's been in her cot for a while now but we waited until she was 6 months old before putting her in to her own room and she's sleeping so much better, I think often we woke her up! She is a very light sleeper and it's funny but now she's not next to me I actually hear her better! 
Thought I would show you around her room. It's a little mix match small room as Oliver's in the bigger one which is also mix matched and full of toys.

Firstly her cot is from Babies R Us as is the mattress. She has a pink sheet from John Lewis. We do have a bedding bale from lollipop Lane but since Isabelle started rolling I've taken the cot bumper off, just worries me a little especially because she sleeps on her front but will be using the quilt and blanket when she's bigger as it's adorable. Her changing unit was our bargain at £10 from someone local on Facebook, it's by cosatto and has been one of our most useful buys especially after a c-section, if I had to bend over after the c-section I really would of struggled.







The chest of drawers were given to us for free and they're pine, we have the rest of the range randomly around the house actually, tv unit and various cupboards. The nursing chair is by tutti bambini  it cost £145ish and Michael got me it when our health visitor made me cry when Isabelle was 2 weeks old telling me that I wasn't feeding my baby enough..  actually you were wrong she is dairy intolerant so shows how much you know! The curtains are blackout and were in argos clearance for £7.99 :)!  

 







I brought the bunting on ebay, it's personalised with Isabelle's name and a heart either end. It cost £15. The 3d butterflies are from next and are £6 for 6. We also have a little hanging heart from next which says born in 2014. The light shade is from my favourite next bunny range and was £14. 



That's all we have done so far but I'd love a little rug and maybe a wall sticker for the other side?
What do you think?
Mary-Kate x