5/21/2015

Noah - 18 Months Old


My baby boy is no longer a baby, he's well into toddler hood. He is now 18 months old, 1 and a half! I find this insane, time has just flown by.

Character

His character obviously doesn't change month to month but different aspects of his personality change and take control. Noah is such a funny boy, always wanting to make you smile and laugh. He's very loving, gentle and caring but is also stubborn and feisty when he wants to be too! He's a lot like me in many ways but still so much like Nick too. He's such a little character.

 
Size

Noah is still wearing 12-18 month clothes but is now venturing into some 18-24 months too. People always comment on how tall he is but I don't think he is because surely if he was he would be in bigger trousers if he was? I know that sounds daft but it makes sense to me! I weighed him on our scales lately and he weighed 1st 9lb! He wears a size 4 shoe. 


Health
He's been fine on the health front, a wheeze here and there but that's all. Last month he cut 3 premolars all at once and they are still coming through. So he currently has those cutting through and also another two too, a front tooth and another premolar. So that's 12 teeth he has now!
 


Feeding
Noah still pretty much eats anything you put in front of him and we find ourselves very fortunate for that. He has two 10oz bottles of milk both morning and night, sometimes he has a 6oz bottle in the afternoon. He's on three meals a day and usually has a snack in the afternoon too. His favourite foods are cheese, raisins, apple, lasagne, pasta, carrots, peas.. I could go on.  



Sleep
I touch wood because he's been fine for a while now. He sleeps a solid 12 or 13 hours through the night and has a two hour nap in the afternoon. I have to say I'm dreading him cutting out his nap. It's lovely to have a bit of a break during the day while they nap. A hot cup of tea and your feet up, bliss. 


Speech
Noah knows around 20+ words now and a new one from this month is CAR! He says "car car" and pronounces it "CAA CAAR!" He has also learnt to say baby too which is insanely cute. I find it so fascinating how they decide what words they want to learn and which they don't. For example he can say words like Teddy or Baby but he hasn't sussed out to say ta! I think that's intentional, ha ha. 



Milestones and new tricks

Noah could dance before he could crawl or walk and it's always consisted of bopping up and down. This month he has broadened his horizons when it comes to his dancing as he now sways side to side and alters his dance to the type of music that's on! 

He has also been able to kiss for a good year but now he makes a big pucker noise when he does it, mwaah. 

He will wipe his hands and face with a wipe if you ask him to.

He knows how to txt. Of course he can't spell anything but he presses the screen to form words and then instructs me to send it! 

He's finally climbing! He's never really had an interest in climbing and apparently didn't think it was worth the energy. He is only just starting to try and he likes to stand on different things. 

He now makes a "Brmmm" noise when playing with toy cars. 

When I say "Awww" he will pretend to cradle a baby, rock the baby and say awww too. 


Likes

CARS! This boy is car mad. He has never been interested in any other toy like he is with cars. It has to be the die cast ones too! 


Going out. Noah loves being outside and as soon as you mention that we are going out he will go and get his shoes.

Thomas the Tank Engine. He loves watching Thomas and will dance to the theme tune. My brother used to like the show when we were kids and I despised it then and I'm not a fan now, haha.

Pointing out different things in books or on his plate so that I tell him what they are.

Foot massages. He will ask me for a foot massage by shoving his foot on my lap and pointing at his feet.

Pretending to drive Daddy's car.


The cats. The first thing he mentions when he wakes up in the morning are the cats. "Teddy? Baby?" So sweet.


Nanna and his cousin Tristan. I think they are both his best friends.

Trumping! He will force his wind out and then laugh his head off!  


Dislikes

Having to go inside after a walk.
Getting out the bath.
Being told no. 

Brushing his teeth.
Yollies advert. 




I will part with this little gem of a photo! 

5/20/2015

Personalised Bambino Merino Sleeping Bag from Papucci


If I've said it once I've said it a million times, I love personalised goods. This fact is quite evident once you step into Noah's room and you see his name everywhere. His name is on a beanbag, on the wall in wooden letters, across personalised bunting on the roof and he even has his name on a toy box handmade by his Great Granddad. It's safe to say that Noah must be able to spell his name by the age of three, his name is everywhere!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Papucci who asked if I would like to review an item from their website and I gratefully obliged. If you haven't heard of Papucci before then let me tell you what they are all about. They are a bespoke website that sells luxury personlised gifts for your little ones. From soft toys through to shoes they stock it all and what's best is that you can have the item personalised with your child's name too.

After browsing on their website for a while and admiring the wide range of products I finally decided which item to choose. I opted for the Bambino Merino Sleeping Bag and decided to have it personalised too.


Papucci offer a wide range of options when it comes to personalisation which really gives you creative freedom when choosing your design. I loved so many of the different options we could have gone for but I chose the lovely half moon motif with Noah's name below it. 




The Bambino Merino sleeping bag has been voted Best Buy by Practical Parenting magazine and it’s no wonder! It is made from all natural fibres with a super soft 100% merino wool lining. The blue striped cotton outer keeps baby warm and comfortable throughout the night without the risk of overheating.

This sleeping bag is special because it is designed to be worn in ALL seasons and also fits from 2 months right through to 2 years of age! This you don't get with other sleeping bags and it can be quite costly purchasing the next size up every few months. Thanks to some clever armhole poppers you don't need to do that anymore!

The full length zip allows the sleeping bag to be opened completely flat for easy nappy changing and it comes with its own matching travel bag ready for holidays and visits to grandparents.
Approx length: 95cm
Age: 2 months-2 years
100% natural merino lining
100% cotton outer
Machine washable – wool cycle


What we thought-

I was very impressed with both the product from Bambino Merino and the service from Papucci, I cannot fault either. Both brands I would buy from again and would recommend both to a friend.

I think the sleeping bag is genius. 
To have a sleeping bag which your child can use from 2 months to 2 years is just the best idea since sliced bread. I wish I had come across it sooner because for the past year and a half I have been constantly buying the next size up in all the different togs. It's been so expensive and this sleeping bag could of saved me a lot of time, worry and money. 

The quality of the fabric and embroidery is also next to none. The material is so very soft that I am almost jealous that Noah gets to sleep in it. I want one too!

At £66.00 you might think that this sleeping bag is pricey but it's not. By buying this you are saving money in the long run. No more buying the next size up every odd month and no more fretting over different togs. It's a bargain and a baby must have if you ask me.

If you are on the market for a new sleeping bag for your little one then I can't recommend Bambino Merino enough. You aren't just buying sheer quality but also saving money too because this product is going to last.

Maybe you on in market for a personalised gift or two? Then do take a look at what Papucci have to offer. I can promise that you will be just as impressed I was.

- I was sent this product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own. 

5/19/2015

How to Budget for a New Baby


You’re deciding to take on one of life’s biggest most magical experiences, having a baby. There are so many exciting things to buy and prepare for the arrival of the little one and it’s just a little overwhelming to say the least. You feel the need to shower them in the newest latest most expensive things, but after the initial joy and happiness you may then become struck with fear and worry of how you’re going to afford all of this... don’t fear because with just a few simple ways you can save money and make your little prince/princess feel like royalty on a not very royal budget.

Know your costs
I have found knowing how much you’re going to be spending (however daunting this may seem) will really encourage you to watch your spending and find ways to save money. There are a number of tools online such as this baby cost calculator where you’re able to visually see the average costs of a baby over the period of 3 years. For example it has shown child care being the most expensive at an average of £10,000 per year. Yikes.

Create a plan
Next step is to create a plan by monitoring your spending habits, after this you’re able to create a realistic budget of what you’re able to afford each month. Tally up what you’re spending on essentials and secondly on how much you are spending on the luxuries. Have a look to see what you can cut out of your monthly spending, but remember to keep a little aside to treat yourself. Once you know how much you’re able to spend on your little one every month, it makes it easier to shop for things without being left short for money during the month.

Reuse
To save yourself some money ask friends and family if they have anything such as clothes and other items that they could pass onto. I have also found a lot of baby items advertised on local selling pages such as gumtree where mums sell bulks of their children’s clothes, toys and furniture for a very good price and most of the time it’s all in tip top condition so make sure to have a look and grab a bargain. If you’re planning on having more children then store your previous child’s clothing and toys and keep it for next time around. Babies grow out of clothing so fast that this is a great way to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on clothes and spend it on items that will last longer.

As for childcare, the cost could become cut down if certain family or friends could agree to help out once or twice a week.

Buying new
Buying new things is great and makes it feel more personal to you and your baby, and there are certain things that should be brought new such as bedding items. But an item which must always be brought from a reputable retailer is your little ones car seat. Never buy a second hand car seat as you can’t be sure if it’s been in an accident, and if it has it will no longer give full protection to your child. You may be able to collect vouchers such as Love to shop vouchers which you’re able to spend in Halfords and get money off of your car seat.


Taking your time to make a list of the items you need and doing your research can mean you can make some savvy savings.


- This is a guest post

Top Tips For Furnishing your Kids Room


When you are decorating your child’s room, it pays to choose furnishings that are practical as well as durable. To make the room a haven for your child, allow them to help when choosing colours and furnishings. This injects a little bit of personality into their bedroom too. The furnishings don’t need to be expensive; they can simply add a little bit of fun to the room. Here are some top tips for furnishing your child’s room.


Tough Carpeting

When choosing carpet for your child’s room, there are plenty of factors to consider. As a soft furnishing, a decent carpet provides warmth and comfort to the room. A luxuriously thick carpet is perfect for encouraging playtime as well. To ensure the carpet can stand up to general wear and tear, it is worthwhile investing in a sturdy material that is hard wearing. Professional companies such as Stainmaster Australia have a large range of models to choose from. They even have a handy calculator that can even help you work out how much carpet is needed for your child’s room (you can access it through this URL).


Fun Lighting

If the rest of the furniture in your child’s room is useful and practical, personality and creativity can be expressed through the lighting. The type of lighting you choose will depend on the age of your child – a nightlight might be necessary for young children. A simple overhead light can be dressed up with a fun shade, or you can add a funky lamp to the bedside table. Look for fun patterns or unusual shapes to add personality.


Choose the Right Desk

A desk provides your child with a space to engage in their own activities. They might only use it for homework, or it might be used for drawing, writing or other creative activities. Whatever the intended use, it is important to choose a desk that is the right size for your child. To ensure an ergonomic design that will last as your child grows, an adjustable desk is the best choice. A desk can help encourage creativity and learning for your child, so it is worthwhile splurging a little on a good design.


Make It Fun

Incorporate a little bit of playfulness when you are furnishing a kid’s room. Choose pieces with a bit of colour to liven up a room, like brightly coloured beanbags or bookshelves. Don’t feel that the furnishings or decorations have to ‘follow the rules’ of interior design. A child’s room is the one place that clashing patterns and colours can be embraced. For a personal touch, you can also frame pieces of your child’s artwork to hang on the wall.


Don’t Forget the Storage

Keeping your child’s room clean and tidy will be much easier if there is ample storage room. One of the best furniture pieces a room can have is a storage box with a padded lid. It offers functionality, doubling as a seat for your child to put on their shoes and socks; as well as allowing toys or books to be neatly put away in the box.


There are plenty of ways to decorate and furnish a child’s bedroom. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to furnish a space your children can enjoy. What are some of your top tips for furnishing your child’s bedroom?

5/18/2015

Gro-Clock Review & Giveaway


As a Mother you are introduced to new brands and products on a daily basis. You see advertisements everywhere from on the TV to on your twitter feed. There are so many opinions and products out there and I often find myself thinking do I need this product? Is it worth the money? The whole thing is overwhelming and can be a minefield.

That being said if the product is from The Gro Company you can pretty much guarantee this it's not just a product that you may need but it's one that you are are certainly going to want! 

The Gro-Clock is another innovative product from The Gro Company which is designed to teach children the correct time to go to sleep and wake up. If the screen displays the stars and is blue, it's bedtime/ nap time. If the screen is yellow and shows the sun, it's morning/ time to wake up. It also displays a real clock too so it's going to be of great use when your child is beginning to learn to tell the time too.





The key features of the Gro-Clock-
  • Glowing screen shows stars and the sun appear to communicate ‘sleep’ and ‘wake-up’ time.
  • Bedtime story book.
  • Stars go out one-by-one during the night to communicate the passing of time.
  • Option to set two separate wake-up times (weekday/weekend or night-time/day-time nap)
  • Key-lock option.
  • Silent operation.
  • Adjustable screen brightness.
  • Mains powered (UK adapter included)
  • Optional audible alarm feature.
  • Suitable from age 2+ years.

What we thought

We have been using the Gro-Clock for about two weeks now and have found it to be of great use to us. Although Noah doesn't usually have an issue with sleep and is a little young to understand it just yet, we've still found it to be a great addition to not only his bedroom but to his bedtime and naptime routine too.

For now we are just enjoying the bedtime story, the countdown feature and the soft nightlight glow but it's going to be invaluable as Noah gets older. It's such a fun and easy way to introduce him to a clock and I know we will get so much use from it.

The Gro-Clock is priced at £19.99 which is a bargain if you ask me!

How would you like to win your very own Gro-Clock? Well it's your lucky day as I have one to give away to a lucky reader. To enter all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.






t&c:
1. 1 prize to 1 winner.
2. Prize supplied directly from the PR.
3. Competition ends 15/6/15
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.


- I was sent this product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.