Top Tips For a Teething Baby

Mole is teething. It is horrendous. Mainly because i’m sad that i’m not going to see her gummy smile for much longer 🙁 We both got hit hard with the 4…

Mole is teething. It is horrendous. Mainly because i’m sad that i’m not going to see her gummy smile for much longer 🙁

We both got hit hard with the 4 month sleep regression and now this :'( TEETHING.

As Mole is my first baby I have no previous experience with a teething baby. I didn’t even know for sure whether what Mole was going through is down to teething until I found myself yet again on Google checking all her symptoms fearing for the worst.

8 Teething Symptoms

Mole has no teeth so far and I was unsure that she was teething because at 4 months old babies do a lot of exploring and learning with their mouth and she has always been one to chew her toys. I had to look out for other symptoms to be sure before I started on any pain killers for no reason.

  • Drooling a lot: I use the word drool as it sounds a lot more severe than dribble. It is so bad some days that I am beginning to think my little Mole is turning into a dog! Her clothes are soaked so we have invested in some cute dribble bibs. I like these ones because they are pink and do the job: https://amzn.to/2P5Y3Rd
  • Chewing on her hands: Scary really because she chews on her fingers that much I am surprised there is anything left of them. If she is not chewing on her own fingers then she is grabbing mine!
  • Flushed Cheeks: This one was difficult for me to notice as we had just come back off holiday and Mole had a cheeky tan. A few weeks later now we are back and the tan has gone I can see her cheeks get flushed when she is on a chewing frenzy.
  • Rubbing her face: This is one of Mole’s symptoms for when she is tired so it was a harder one to spot for teething but she has definitely started rubbing at her face in an agitated way. I have to keep checking her nails are super short so she doesn’t scratch herself.
  • Trouble sleeping: 🙁 🙁 🙁 when you just get out of the 4 month sleep regression and then get hit with this one. She really can not sleep with her teething troubles. Her naps during the day have decreased and at night she is waking up almost hourly again and when she is awake she finds it so hard to fall back to sleep again. Coffee is my best friend right now.
  • Saying NO to food: Mole is a bottle guzzler. Theres no question about it. However, She has recently started pushing the bottle away out of her mouth yet at the same time crying because she is hungry. On the other hand some days are different, which leads me onto my next point.
  • Comfort eating: If she is not pushing the bottle out of her mouth in a temper tantrum she is comfort eating. She will have her bottle even when she is not really hungry or she will have her bottle as a method to fall back to sleep. I may be in the wrong allowing myself to comfort feed my baby but when it is 3:30 in the morning and you have been up 4 times all ready, you pretty much do anything for them to fall back to sleep.
  • I have saved the best till last. Symptom number 8: Explosive poo’s! You know the kind that go up the back and through to their best clothes. TMI. But it is related.

“My mother always told me that teeth are a pain coming and going.”

6 Tips helping Mole through teething

From the second I realised Mole was teething I began to research and ask other mums what they have found to have been the best methods to help relieve their baby’s teething pain. Here are my top tips for teething that have worked for us:

  • Calpol: It is a shame this heavenly stuff doesn’t come on a drip. Now, I am the type of person who won’t take a paracetamol even if my leg is falling off, I’m just not into putting lot’s of medicine into your body if you can really get through it without it if you know what I mean. So I was reluctant to give Mole Calpol but she really needed it. Teething can be so painful for them and they are really not themselves whilst going through teething. Calpol helps to relieve her pain and I notice a big difference in her mood 15 minutes later. Giving my baby paracetamol has helped to bring Mole’s temperature down. Especially at night when she has trouble sleeping due to her pain, it has given her the chance to get her head down for a couple of hours pain free.
  • A good teether: In my opinion I have found the best teether on the market. Matchstick Monkey. They are FDA approved and BPA free. Mole only has a little mouth and so many teethers we have tried in the past haven’t worked because they are too big for her to chew, or she just gets fed up by the sight of them, but, Matchstick monkey teethers are small enough for her to hold and chew and the luminous colour catches her eye. On one side of the teether there are little bumps and she loves the texture. This side of the teether can also act as a toothbrush or an applicator for applying teething gel. There are a variety of colours of the cute little monkey’s so you can pick your favourite! I am a bit funny with making sure Mole’s dummy’s and her teether’s are clean. In the past I have put teethers in the dishwasher and they have come out stuck together and completely ruined. Matchstick Monkey’s are dishwasher safe and you can even put them in the freezer to relieve pain for your baby. Can you tell how much I love them? https://pinkmole.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/img_3808.mov
  • Letting Mole rest: I’m always up and about going places with her, whether it is attending a baby class or going shopping. I have learnt that whilst she is going through this pain just to let her rest at home. We are both not sleeping much during the night so it is just a recipe for disaster forcing ourselves to do physical activities together. Whilst she have been catching up on her sleep during the day it has given me the chance to enjoy my home and have a good chill out too. All the stuff you dream about whilst your in work.https://pinkmole.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/img_4010.mov
  • Pack extra nappies and a change of clothes: As I mentioned before one of Mole’s symptoms have been her bottom. Now I have come to terms with excepting its going to be part of my day dealing with this and getting myself prepared for the inevitable, I have coped much easier. Let’s face it, you have just spent what little money you have from your maternity pay on the cutest outfit ever for your baby and then they go all chicken korma on you. It will test your patience. Especially if you’re out without a spare change of clothes for them. 😮 .
  • Teething Gel: Mole is currently having Dentinox Teething Gel. I use a clean finger or rub it over her Matchstick Monkey to apply it to her gums. So far it can ease her pain for around 20 minutes and then you are allowed to apply more. I also believe that the taste of the teething gel distracts her from the pain for a short while too. Using the teething gel alone, has not been the best solution to completely stopping her pain, but it has helped to comfort her just a little and as Tesco would say “every little helps” 😉 .
  • I have saved the best tip till last 😀 … Lot’s of cuddles and kisses!!!!! Mole has been extra clingy whilst teething and secretly I am loving this side of her. I have been having daytime bed cuddles with her, cuddling her whilst watching Baby TV (her favourite) and holding her hand whilst out and about. There is no medicine out there like mummy’s cuddle medicine.

I hope you find some of the tips here useful!

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Mole at 4 Months Old

Hello Everyone! Here to give you a Mole update I CAN NOT BELIEVE SHE IS 4 MONTHS OLD!  Where did that time go???? You hear it all the time… “They…

Hello Everyone!

Here to give you a Mole update

I CAN NOT BELIEVE SHE IS 4 MONTHS OLD!  Where did that time go???? You hear it all the time… “They grow so quick”, “they change so quick”, “Make the most of them being a baby”… Everyone was so right and now I have found myself jumping on the bandwagon with the sayings.

This fourth month has been the best by far. I feel our bond is so much stronger and tighter than ever. This is also the month where I have seen the most change with her.

Little Miss Roly Poly

Mole’s favourite thing to do is to play on her play mat, I always lay her down on her back, the next second she just rolled on to her belly! She did it so fast as well I couldn’t believe it 😀 .It has got to the point now where Mole with keep rolling every time she is on her back so I now have to make sure everywhere is fully safe and watch her when I can. It’s not so fun when she decides to keep rolling when I am putting her to sleep in her SnuzPod. I didn’t think there would even be enough room but apparently there is! I have even woke up in the middle of the night and noticed she has rolled.

Mrs Roly Poly can keep her head up for a good while whilst on her front now but after a good 5-10 minutes she starts to tire and I can hear “eh, eeeeh, arr, arghhh, EEHHARGH” coming from her little mouth. She gets so frustrated when she is tired and can’t figure out to roll back over.

Little Miss Greedy

Mole now gets a bowl of Hipp Organic Baby Rice before bed. I know she is ready to start weaning as I am constantly holding a bottle to her mouth. I have choose to wean her gradually as she is only 4 months and I believe the recommendation is 6 months. So far so good. Mole loves her baby rice and she gets so excited when she sees her bowl. Her mouth is open and her legs are kicking everywhere. 😀

Little Miss Chatterbox

I think this is by far one of Mole’s favourite past times. She will literally just lie there gurgling away. It is crazy because I still see her as a little baby and I can’t believe she will have a back and forth conversation. Sure its just gargling but I understand her 🙂 .

For some reason she turns into the biggest Little Miss Chatterbox right before bedtime. It is like she is almost trying to convince me she isn’t tired enough for bed yet haha.

Little Miss Giggles

Along with making different noises I heard her first real, proper, kind of adult like laugh!!! She has only done this the once so far and I have spent every day since doing goodness knows what to get her to do it again. She has her usual giggle noises especially when I tickle her but this laugh she did was so different. It genuinely was one of the best moments of my life hearing it.

Little Miss Sleepy

The 4 month sleep regression has hit us hard. Yes me too, what is sleep? I can put her to bed and she look fast asleep, next minute I am up and down the stairs for her every 40 minutes. Any tips??? When Mole does finally go to sleep it is for two hours then she needs feeding again. She has also become really clingy where she wants to hold my hand until she falls asleep. I know I shouldn’t give in but I cant help think to myself that she will be asleep in 10 minutes if I let her do it. She already has me wrapped around her little finger.

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My Favourite Baby Bath Time Products For Sensitive Skin

Like all mums with a baby, you try to establish a night time routine quickly, in the hope it eases them into a good night sleep. My routine consisted of…

Like all mums with a baby, you try to establish a night time routine quickly, in the hope it eases them into a good night sleep. My routine consisted of the usual bath, massage, bottle and bed but, little did I know the products I was using on Mole were making her skin sore 🙁 .

Wrong products irritating sensitive skin

Mole was over due by a few days when she was finally born which resulted in her skin being dry and flakey. I bought bath time products that claimed to clean and moisturise her skin whilst also giving her a good night sleep. Win win. 

Every night I would use the products all from the same brand. I would run the bath, adding bubble bath, washing her skin with the body wash, hair with the shampoo and then moisturising her skin afterwards with the body oil. Then I started to notice red bumps forming on her skin.

“I started to notice read bumps forming on her skin”

The products I was using were from a well known reputable brand so it didn’t come to me that her skin was acting up from bath time, I assumed it was her milk and the washing powder I washed her clothes in.

A few baths later her skin continued to get worse 🙁  within an hour, her skin flared up so much I had to to take a trip to A&E to make sure it was nothing serious.

“We had to take a trip to A&E”

 

The doctor explained that it is more than like to have been the products I was using in the bath and in future I need to stick to very mild bath time products.

The doctor prescribed Ovelle emulsifying ointment to give her skin a boost of moisture. Nothing changed and the cream was a nightmare for being too greasy making Mole feel like she was one of the hash browns from McDonalds 🙁 . There was no change in her skin condition either.

Back at square one I was researching the best products for sensitive skin and I came across Childs Farm.

Childs Farm

Childs Farm products are incredible. I am able to bath Mole every night as part of her bed time routine now without her skin becoming dry and damaged.

Not only are Childs Farm products perfect for sensitive skin, they smell amazing too! Strawberry and Organic Mint smelling shampoo makes Mole’s hair smell like a yummy bubblegum 😀 . Did I mention they are budget friendly too?

“I am able to bath Mole every night as part of her bed time routine now without her skin becoming dry and damaged”

Childs Farm Promise

The Childs Farm promise makes me feel more at ease with knowing 100% that the products are safe on sensitive skin:

  • Dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive and also eczema-prone skin
  •  Suitable for newborns and upwards
  •  Contains naturally derived ingredients
  •  Made with organic essential oils
  •  Never tested on animals, only on people
  •  Tested and approved by my little ones for you to use on yours.

 

Clear Skin

Mole’s skin is now perfect and she has that baby soft feel to her skin its just like silk. I never thought I would be able to stop using prescription creams from the doctors on her but I truly believe Childs Farm products have helped her skin to be the best it has ever been.

Mole loves bath time now, especially because she gets a calming massage afterwards with the moisturiser 🙂 .

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The cure for my baby’s reflux

Oh boy, where do I start with this one. The dreaded word Reflux. From a newborn Mole would continuously cry, scream, all night long. People told me that is what…

Oh boy, where do I start with this one. The dreaded word Reflux.

From a newborn Mole would continuously cry, scream, all night long. People told me that is what newborns are like but I knew that couldn’t be the case with Mole. The type of cry she would do wasn’t her hungry cry or her colic cry, it would mainly happen in the evening and I would literally see every hour of the clock go by night after night. I felt like my soul was leaving my body I was that sleep deprived.

“People told me that is what newborns are like but I knew that couldn’t be the case”

I began to research her cry and came across reflux websites that would also describe other symptoms Mole had but, because I was a first time mum, with no experience what so ever with babies, I thought that is just what babies are like.

Persistent hiccups

From day one in the hospital with Mole I remember holding her and suddenly she got hiccups at only a few hours old. I asked the midwife what I should do and she replied “nothing it is completely normal, maybe just rub her back to comfort her”. So thats exactly what I did, and I never thought anything else of it, every single day when she got hiccups.

Feeding difficulties

I tried my hardest to breastfeed Mole and I lasted for around 7 weeks after that it just didn’t work out for both of us. During breastfeeding Mole would become irritable and keep breaking away from her latch. Sometimes she would start to cry again and the cry would louder and louder. It was heartbreaking to watch and I began to blame myself on being a ‘bad breastfeeder’.

Making the transition to formula milk and feeding Mole through bottles I noticed the same symptom. Struggling with feeding. Constantly turning her head and refusing the bottle or having a small amount of milk and then 10 minutes later wanting another small amount. It got to the point where Mole would start to choke on her feed and then not long after she began refusing her feeds. Her weight wasn’t increasing and I became more and more concerned.

“I began to blame myself on being a bad breastfeeder”

Laying on her back

This was a huge symptom. Every single time I would lie Mole on her back, bam, she would scream her loudest!. I originally had a carry cot on her pram and every single time I placed her in the pram she would scream, but when I would pick her up, she would stop. I use to dread taking her out of the house because I would put her in the pram and listen to her cry but at the time I had no idea it was reflux.

Night feeding her got really hard. She would struggle taking her bottle and then when I put her back in her cot she would cry again. I felt like I couldn’t do anything right. One night, I propped her up on my pillow, whilst I had my head in my hands crying and I noticed that she stopped and I was the only one crying now. Being on a slant helped her. I propped her bed up slightly and managed to get some sleep.

Spitting up milk before or after feeds

At first Mole would do small spit ups after her feeds and I didn’t think anything of it as people told me that is normal for babies. When Mole began to take on more milk it got worse. way worse. She would projectile vomit all over. An alarming amount. She would go through numerous clothes changes a day (me too) and get stuck in the viscous circle of crying because of her vomit then crying because she was hungry. I felt so trapped in the house because it would have been so unfair to take her out whilst she was sick after every feed.

My life became an ongoing roundabout of feeding her, cleaning up her sick changing her nappy and then dealing with her shrieking cry 🙁 I could not help but moan about it or become upset.

“I felt so trapped”

Grunting

Mole from birth would always do grunting noises. The grunts use to make me giggle and I would copy them too at her then pull her in for a snuggle. Little did I know this was a reflux symptom.

What is reflux?

Reflux occurs because a baby’s food pipe (oesophagus) is still developing.

As the baby gets older the reflux should stop as the ring of muscle at the bottom of their oesophagus fully develops and stops stomach contents leaking out.

Trying to fix the problem

There are many types of milk formula out there that brands have made specifically for reflux babies. The formula is thicker than normal formula stopping the milk from coming back up. I tried Mole with a popular brand of anti-reflux milk but it did not suit her stomach.

I got told that reflux can occur if your baby has a milk allergy. So I got Mole milk free formula. Bad idea. I went through a nappy a minute. Gross 🙁

The doctors prescribed her with Gaviscon. The same method as the anti-reflux milk, thickening the formula so it is harder to come back up. She was allowed up to 6 sachets of Gaviscon in her bottles a day. Mole was okay with just 4, anymore than that and she would become constipated and cry for hours with that problem. One thing after another 🙁 .

The Gaviscon worked for a few weeks and I thought I had sorted the problem. But her reflux came back, hard!

Going back to the doctor he prescribed Ranitidine. The doctor explained that this will reduce her stomach acid but she became even worse on this medicine. I’m not even giving my time to it writing about it now. Bad, bad, bad.

I didn’t even want Mole to be continuously on medicine either.

The answer

I was back at square one with searching for an answer. The doctor said the next step would be an operation on her stomach and I was determined to try another way before the operation was the answer.

I came across an article that talked about how an Osteopath can help. An Osteopath can give a baby a deep massage loosening any tight muscles and joints. Tight muscles and joints especially around the stomach area can cause reflux. An Osteopath will release all stresses in the baby. Babies with tight muscles are more likely to benefit from the treatment than those who’s ring of muscle at the bottom of their oesophagus  has not developed. If you think about it, a baby has gone through delivery and growing at a phenomenal rate, their body must be tight.

I thought well what the heck, let’s try it. Mole had a 45 minute massage with Rachel and loved every minute! From that night, I took her off all medicine, including her Gaviscon and went cold turkey. NO REFLUX 😀 . The next day I thought no way, surely just a massage can’t have cured her reflux? but day after day Mole was still reflux free. I booked in a couple more sessions with Rachel and still Mole had gone from vomiting every feed to keeping all her feed down.

It seems a lifetime ago I was dealing with Mole’s reflux. Even writing this blog post now I’m shocked remembering what we went through together.

It is beautiful to see Mole at her happiest now and most of all I can leave the house and go to different activities with her without being riddled with anxiety. As selfish as this sounds, I feel like I have my life back.

“I feel like I have my life back”

If your baby suffers from Reflux, please try an Osteopath. It may not work but it is worth a try. It certainly worked for me.

Here is Rachel’s website:

http://www.rachelnealosteopathy.co.uk/ 

I’m sure she would be happy to provide you with more expert advice 🙂

Please note that not all Osteopaths treat babies, I had to check with a few first. I’m so glad I found Rachel, I genuinely don’t know what I would have done without her!

 

 

Other Helpful Advice

Upright

Keeping your baby upright for at least half an hour after a feed can help to make your baby more comfortable.

Another change I made was her pram. I got rid of her carry cot and got her a pram that would sit her upright. Taking her out was not an issue anymore and she is so much more comfortable. If I feed her whilst out I do not need to worry about holding her upright for half an hour as she is already sat up right in the pram.

Here is the link for the pram: Stokke Xplory V6

 

Anti-Reflux Milk

It didn’t work for Mole but I have heard tonnes of positive reviews on anti-reflux milk helping their baby to be more comfortable and to keep their milk down. If you have not tried this, it is definitely worth a go.

Frequent and Small Feedings

Feeding your baby little and often can help. Their stomachs will have less milk to regurgitate decreasing the chance of reflux.

Adding a thickener

Speak to your doctor about what is safe to add to your baby’s milk to thicken it. This will decrease the chances of it being bought back up. I added Infant Gaviscon and it worked brilliantly for a while.

 

 

Always speak to your doctor first to make sure your baby is having the best care.

 

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What you didn’t know about your baby’s feet that can relax a crying or fussy baby

  According to reflexology experts, massaging your baby’s feet in specific areas can settle an upset or fussy baby. Reflexology is a natural pain relief that is done by massaging…

 

According to reflexology experts, massaging your baby’s feet in specific areas can settle an upset or fussy baby.

Reflexology is a natural pain relief that is done by massaging pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain.

Sounds crazy right? Like how can a massage on the feet calm my baby down? Won’t it just agitate my baby more?

I came across this idea when I was researching different ways to help Molly’s reflux and noticed that when she was having a fussy day or she was crying more than usual and nothing I normally do to try and soothe her worked, this method had an immediate impact.

For it to work, I bathed Molly first. This is one of her usual ways she likes to calm down. The warm water encourages blood flow to her feet which makes the massage more effective.

Different points in the foot work for different areas of your baby’s body. If your baby has trouble with a specific area, then you can focus your massage on that area. It may take a few tries to get use to it but keep at it! Trust me.

Pelvis

Babies grow at an unbelievable rate! You know yourself, you look at them one day and the next they have doubled in size. Growing at a fast rate can cause pain in their hips as some areas of their body grows quicker than other areas.

To solve this problem: Rub your baby’s heel.

Rubbing the heel area can help babies if they suffer from upset stomachs or constipation too.

Upper and Lower Abdomen Pain

Massaging the space in the middle of your baby’s foot and the pads of their feet can help problems with heartburn, indigestion and constipation.

Massaging the middle of the foot and heel will help problems with bloating and painful gas.

Stomach Pain

Massaging the center of the foot just below the pads of the feet where the arch begins will help to solve the problem of upset tummies, tightness and spasms.

How can massaging the middle of a foot help with stomach pain I asked myself?

Well, the center of the foot is a direct link to a collection of nerves between the lungs and stomach called the Solar Plexus.

Chest

Massaging the pad area below your baby’s toes and above the arch can help with congestion in the chest and coughing problems.

Apply a gentle pressure and massage in a circular motion for this to work.

Sinus Pain

We all know how horrible Sinus pain is, well that is if you have suffered from it before. Imagine how a baby feels when suffering from Sinus pain when they are new to the world and have never experienced anything like it before. 🙁

To help, apply a gentle pressure and massage the center underside of your baby’s toes. Instant relief 🙂

Tooth Ache

Saving the best till last. Massaging the very tips of your baby’s toes can help to ease the pain of tooth ache. When your baby is teething you feel helpless in being able to cure their pain. You give them Calpol but sometimes it is nice to have a natural pain relief remedy for teething babies.

Massaging the tips of their toes can help to distract your baby from the pain too and the massage can even be done when your baby is asleep.

Always remember, serious issues with your baby need to be consulted by your doctor. Reflexology is a great way to help with everyday issues and bond with your baby. Give them a go and see how they feel 🙂

Happy massaging!

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What is it like to be pregnant in your first trimester?

As it is #NationalBumpDay today it got me reminiscing my days when I lived as a whale, but more so, my first trimester. Especially as my symptoms were not the…

As it is #NationalBumpDay today it got me reminiscing my days when I lived as a whale, but more so, my first trimester. Especially as my symptoms were not the common ones.

Before I found out I was pregnant, I had the feeling I kind of was as it is obvious there is a chance but, I just needed it really confirming to believe it as I had some symptoms but not all so this kept my thoughts in limbo.

Early Symptoms

The first signs I got when pregnant was that I had cramping and twinges in my lower stomach, similar to period pain. This is so hard when you are unsure because you have to wait till after your due period to take the test too so it felt like it could be that time of the month soon.

Bloating

Along with the cramping came the bloating. Again very similar to mensural symptoms. Nobody likes the feel of being bloated, its so uncomfortable. Nothing I was doing was helping the bloating go, such as drinking lot’s of water.

Loss of appetite

I’m unsure whether I just was not hungry or I could not be bothered to make anything to eat. I really would try and avoid all meals, I never felt sick at all I just did not want to eat. This symptom came as a surprise as I believed that when you are pregnant all you want to do is eat!

Fatigue

Urgh. I have never, ever, until now having a 4 month old baby, experienced that level of tiredness before. i didn’t think it was humanly possible to be that tired! I like to think I am a very active person, well at that time, I went from going to the gym every single day, sometimes twice a day, obsessed much? To not being able to stand up whilst having a shower :’) I would get in from work and the first thing I would do would be to lie on my bed and then i’d sleep till the next day. I had ZERO energy!

Sense of Smell

My sense of smell was stronger. I had noticed when I was spraying perfume or going in the kitchen and the smell of the fridge was very strong, to the point where I use to think, “What on earth is in that fridge?!”. By this point of my pregnancy, I became obsessively Googling, pregnancy symptoms to see if I had any similar and this was one that came up! I wonder how many other of you out there got a sense of smell like a Bloodhound?

Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy tests all differ depending on the brand. Some tests are stronger than others and some tests and more clearer and easier to read than others. I started taking pregnancy tests a few days after my missed period. This is early for your average pregnancy test however, I bought one that said it was sensitive enough to detect my hormone level. The tests said very clearly “not pregnant”. I still felt pregnant by now and there was no sign of my period. I decided to take another test, this time by a different brand where you had to detect two lines in the test. Negative. Before I knew it, I became a pregnancy test addict, I was taking nearly two every day and they all kept on saying negative 🙁 . Whilst researching online, I came across an article that pregnancy tests can be positive but very faint. I gave myself another week and then tried again as my period still did not show up. When taking the tests again, I posted the pictures of them into forums online to see if anyone else could see a line. I even downloaded an app that changes the colour of the lines on the test to be more clear.#desperate 

 

 

I took one last test and thought right no more now! I COULD SEE IT! a very, very, very faint line! And that was it, the start of my new life began. I was growing a little baby Mole inside my belly the whole time 😀

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Baby Sensory Class: An honest review

I’m not the type of person that likes to stay in the house all day.  After  I gave birth to Mole, one of my goals was to be able to…

I’m not the type of person that likes to stay in the house all day.  After  I gave birth to Mole, one of my goals was to be able to leave the house as it helps to break the day up and I don’t go crazy. I soon got bored of going food shopping or pushing the pram up and down the street so I asked my Health Visitor about local baby classes.

Here was her list along with my thoughts:

  • Baby Massage. Mole lay on her back? Bad idea…Thanks reflux.
  • Baby Yoga. Not really in the relaxing yogary mood.
  • Messy Play. Had to be 3 months old and there was a waiting list.
  • Dancing Tots. Babies had to be crawling.
  • Little Athletes. Too young, babies had to be able to run,
  • Musical Babies. Mole is musical enough with her constant cry.
  • Baby Sensory. No idea what this is, no current thoughts persuading me not to go. Let’s give it a try.

It was the best decision I could have made.

When I became pregnant with Mole, I moved from Manchester to Stoke. Even though my family and friends are only 2 hours away, I felt like I had moved to Australia. I was mourning my life before I had a baby. I was so selfish: I would go to the gym when I wanted, shopping when I wanted, I would eat when I wanted and even lie down on the couch all day scoffing Jaffa Cakes, watching repeats of the Kardashians on E! when I had watched the same episodes a dozen times, probably even the day before. I felt like I could not do much with a newborn or more to the point, I was not sure what I was allowed to do with a newborn. The health visitor and midwife made it clear to me that even putting your baby in a pram can result in cot death.

How did the class help?

I was super hesitant in attending the class. As with every new thing in life I have to do. But it really did change my whole outlook on motherhood. Baby sensory strengthened mine and Moles bond. Watching her interact for the first time with toys, sounds and lights filled me with so much joy. I couldn’t believe how proud I was of her for doing the smallest thing like holding a rattle. To be honest, I have more fun there than she does sometimes!

As Mole was young, the class helped me to structure my day by making sure I was awake and out of the house for a certain time. I began to notice my days going to baby sensory were easier than days spent in the house all day. I developed a day time feeding routine and soon after, Mole’s naps linked in, preparing meals linked in, doing the washing linked in. Everything fell into place and I was the happiest mother out there.

What age can your baby attend?

Mole was 8 weeks when she first joined her class and I thought she had to be much older before she was allowed as she did not have all her injections done. Babies can attend Baby Sensory from any age! There was a baby, Oscar, attending at just 3 weeks. Props to his mummy!

What does the class involve?

The class itself stimulates babies with various objects for them to touch, shake and look at. We sing lot’s of songs that the babies love to hear. At Baby Sensory we repeat two songs every week at the start and end of the session so the babies really get use to listening to it and most babies recognise it now when it comes on.

As Mole was only 8 weeks when she first joined Baby Sensory, I was so surprised at how much she interacted with everyone and all of the sensory play toys. I was so use to her at home sleeping most of the day and sitting in her bouncer that I had no idea how even at a young age she could still interact. She must have been so bored 😮 !  I went straight to Mothercare after her first class and spoilt Mole with tonnes of sensory toys to play with and the Baby Sensory play-mat.

Every class each week is different and never repeated. We have done all sorts from Pirate Parties to a Royal Wedding themed party but Mole’s favourite had to be the Cowboy Party where she got to sit on Rody the inflatable bouncing horse. She let out the most biggest burps possible bouncing up and down on the horse.

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No more tears: Tips For Travelling on a Plane with a Baby

Get your holiday off to a stress free start when travelling on a plane with a baby!   You have to first admit to yourself that travelling with a baby…

Get your holiday off to a stress free start when travelling on a plane with a baby!

 

You have to first admit to yourself that travelling with a baby is going to be harder than travelling solo. You can not predict or control everything that is going to happen.

What you can do is make what you can control easier on yourself by being prepared. Preparation is key.

Timing

The one time it is not okay to be fashionably late. Especially with a baby I can tell you from experience arriving at the very last minute adds more stress than you thought possible to the whole process.

I was frantically running from check in then to specialist luggage to drop the car seat off and then to security whilst holding a bottle feeding my baby and pushing the pram. Give yourself plenty of time. You will be able to change your babies nappy, grab a drink and walk casually to your gate rather than sprinting like its the finish line.

 

Milk

Make sure you have all of your baby’s milk to hand. If you are not breastfeeding you can prepare your bottles before you board the flight. I got ready made formula bottles ready as soon as we hit the airport. You can order  your formula at the airport from Boots so you can avoid taking up more space in your luggage. You don’t need to worry if you can take your baby’s bottles through security. Anything for a baby can be allowed through, from my experience.

Soothers

Take any soothers your baby loves with you in your hand luggage so you can grab them straight away. A dummy is great for when the air pressure changes on the plane and can make your baby cry. It is like us chewing gum 🙂 .

Mole loves her favourite pink blanket. As soon as the fabric touches her cheeks she settles straight away. You could try their favourite blanket or teddy if your baby doesn’t take to a dummy.

Toys

This one goes with out saying, long plane journeys are boring for us so obviously a baby will become bored and need entertaining. Pack their favourite toy in your hand luggage to keep them occupied.

You could even try wrapping up toys and your baby has to unwrap them. We know how much babies like to play with paper right? The extra time a baby takes to unwrap their toy, will buy you some quiet time 🙂

Travel Pillow

Planes are very uncomfortable. It is hard to make your baby comfortable in such a small space. I took a travel pillow on board with the intentions of myself using it however, I soon ended up placing Mole on it so she had somewhere comfortable to lay down.

Book your seats

Booking your seats will ensure that whoever you are travelling with can sit together. This makes it ten times easier to keep your baby and even you settled as you can take turns in holding your baby giving you a little break too. It helps when you want to reach for something in your bag or order food or a drink.

Take your pram on board

I check my car seat in at the specials luggage check in so I do not have to carry it around. Then I keep the pram with me right up until we board the plane. This is fantastic as you probably have your own luggage to carry around and it will make it ten times harder to do that whilst holding your baby, unless you prefer a sling.

Pack extra nappies and a cosy outfit

You want your baby when travelling on a plane to be comfortable. Make sure before you board the plane you have changed their nappy so they feel fresh. I always put Mole in a cosy sleep suit so she is very warm on the air conditioned plane.

Dressing your baby in a sleep suit helps to save time when you are changing their nappy as you do not have a complicated outfit to undress and then put back on them.

 

Don’t be afraid to walk up and down the plane

Walking up and down with your baby on a plane when they are unsettled will help to give them a change of scenery and distract them. Walking will give you a chance to stretch your legs a bit too.

Preparation is Key

If you prepare and have everything to have in your hand luggage your journey will be easier. Remember that if you do have a really bad journey, they are only babies and you won’t have to come across the people on your flight ever again 🙂

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Mole goes to Majorca

We have just spent an amazing 7 days in Majorca on our first Summer family holiday.   The Hipotels Hipocampo Palace Hotel & Spa 5*. The hotel served Breakfast and…

We have just spent an amazing 7 days in Majorca on our first Summer family holiday.

 

The Hipotels Hipocampo Palace Hotel & Spa 5*.

The hotel served Breakfast and Dinner at a buffet and provided a good range and quality of food from pancakes to a full english. There was a snack bar at the pool for us to grab dinner and have a break from the sun. The location was incredible, just a five minute walk from the beach, shops and bars. There certainly was no need for a hire car.

As you can see from the picture below, the pool area was very spacious. There was so many deck chairs to choose from no matter what time of day and they all came with a parasol so we could place Molly in the shade. I felt more at ease that there was so much space around everyone so no screams could wake Molly up and when Molly would cry ready for her milk it wouldn’t bother anyone else.

 

How I felt about out first Summer Holiday

 

It goes without saying that the first summer holiday with a baby was going to be a little different than holidays just as a couple.

I was really apprehensive at first, I had so many different thoughts running through my head. “Will it be too hot for Molly?”, “will I have fun in the evenings like I use to?”, “Will places be pram friendly?” Etc.

My advice to myself next time will be not to worry as much. We arrived and everything was perfect, the beach even had the pathways to push the pram across the sand and the hotel was equipped for a baby, they provided us with a travel cot.

As for Molly not getting too hot, I made sure she was in the shade at all times, had regular breaks from the sun, especially when the sun is at its strongest. She was fully covered in a high protective suncream and she had a UV suit with a hat. The key to cooling her down I believe was to take her swimming in the pool. She absolutely loved it! We just made sure not to over do it.

The evenings were not that much different to what I was use to on holidays before Molly. We went for Tapas out in beach restaurants and ice cream and cocktails after.

So what was different to going on holiday with a baby than as just a couple?

Well, I feel like the only difference was earlier nights and not as many alcoholic drinks. Which I really didn’t mind as Molly still feeds regularly through the night so I was glad of the hours sleep I could get haha. And a holiday with no hangovers? AMAZING.

I loved spending time altogether making memories that it didn’t even come into my mind me and my boyfriend wouldn’t get much alone time.

Our daily routine was waking up for breakfast in the hotel, then we hit the pool. The hotel was great for providing enough sun loungers and parasols for everyone we didn’t need to worry about getting to the pool first.

Molly would have her morning nap, then it was pool time ? . We had lunch in the hotels snack bar, very convenient for getting a baby ready for dinner quickly, few more hours at the pool or we would take Molly back to the hotel room to have another nap in the air con, giving us a break from the sun too.

Evenings we could get all dressed up, walk along the beach then get some food and Molly would be back in bed no later than 9pm to stick to some sort of routine.

Already thinking of going on our next holiday whilst I can have the time off work on maternity leave ? .

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The best SPF for my baby

We know that babies should be kept out of the sun at all time right, but sometimes this can not be avoided and they need suncream to protect them from…

We know that babies should be kept out of the sun at all time right, but sometimes this can not be avoided and they need suncream to protect them from the harmful UV rays from the sun.

When choosing a suncream for your baby it is important that you check the UVA and UVB rating.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB Rays?

UVA

UVA rays penetrates deep into the deepest part of the skin. The affects this has is premature ageing, wrinkles and even a suppression of the immune system. UVA rays are around all hours of the day even in winter months, another reason to keep applying sun protection. UVA rays can penetrate through glass and clouds so even if it looks cloudy still apply sun protection to your baby.

UVB

UVB rays will burn the top layers of your skin. UVB rays play a big role with skin cancer. As the rays are shorter they can be stronger and this is where you catch sunburn and develop skin lobster red and sore to touch. Definitely not what we want our babies to get!

 

The recommendation is to look for at least 4 starts UVA rating with a minimum SPF of 15. My opinion would be to go for an SPF of 50 and try and find the sun protection with the most start of UVA and UVB.

I have put together some sun creams to go for:

Childs Farm SPF 50+ £12

Childs Farm new formulation 50+SPF suncream for very high protection, is water resistant and protects young and sensitive skin from UVA and UVB rays, whilst keeping skin moisturised and hydrated. So you can relax while your children enjoy the sun safely.

Suitable for babies and upwards. Dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive and also eczema-prone skin.

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SunSense Kids SPF50 JoJo Maman Bebe £10

 

 

This sun protection is perfect is you are out and about on the go. The easy roll on applicator will have your baby covered in minutes! Its very easily absorbed too! The suncream is unscented which is great for babies sensitive skin. The roll on is small which can easily be kept in your changing bag.

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Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray for Kids, SPF 50+ £4

 

 

NIVEA SUN Children’s Sun Spray combines NIVEA SUN’s advanced protection expertise with the mild care of NIVEA to protect children’s delicate skin. And with its green coloured spray sun protection has never been so much fun. You know exactly where you have applied it so you can be sure you have not missed a spot and your baby will be fully protected!

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Final Verdict

I would go for the Childs Farm SPF. It is so gentle on babies skin whilst having extremely high protection. Always re-apply sun cream after a couple of hours or if your baby has been in water. Try to avoid mid day hours when the sun is at its strongest.

 

 

 

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