Saturday, 8 January 2022

The Maxi Cosi Iora Review

Advertorial

One of the hardest parts of having a newborn is the sleep deprivation.  It doesn't matter whether it is your first or fifth baby, it is exhausting.  I spent a week living on adrenaline with Rex, able to wake up every hour of the night and still feel human in the morning. Around day 7, things started to change though and the reality was a lot more tiring! 
 
One thing that I find really helpful in combatting just a tiny amount of that tiredness, is having Rex close enough to reach without me having to move at all.  We chose an Iora co-sleeper crib from Maxi Cosi after seeing the options in person for several reasons.  It seemed a great size for a baby expected to be big, had a huge basket underneath and I loved how the design looked. 

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

I didn't end up actually putting it together until the day he was born but thankfully it was really easy to assemble.  The crib has five different heights so it can go alongside beds of varying heights and has long straps to attach it to different types of bed frame.  You have the option to use it as a free standing crib with solid sides, or to have one side down so baby is right next to you.  The box also includes a bag for if you want to travel with the crib but this is something we haven't tried.  It is easy to fold though and I am sure it will accompany us on an overnight trip in the future!

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

With a breastfed baby that wakes frequently in the night, the convenience of not having to stand up at night is fantastic. I can reach out and touch him to reassure him or help him put his dummy back in if he wants it without having to move.  When he needs a feed, I can sit up and reach over to pick him up without having to get out of bed and it is easy to put him back down.  I feel happy being close enough that I can hear his breathing and react to his cues and I hope he will fit in the crib until it isn't safe any longer (usually around 9 months) as it is a generous size.

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

The Iora has a large basket underneath which I use to store nappies and wipes for night time changes and a few small toys so that we can play in the morning without having to get out of bed.  I also have spare muslin cloths and blankets under there and there is plenty of space for more.  I love how the colour of the crib goes well with our bedroom.  It is also available in a lighter grey and a beautiful dark blue so you can plan to your interiors.  The mattress is described as ' the most comfortable mattress your baby could ever dream of' amd it does seems to be very comfortable as Rex is happy sleeping in there every night 

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

I am so pleased that we chose the Maxi Cosi Iora as Rex's crib as it fits all our needs and looks snuggly and comfy for his night time sleeping.   Whilst this one was sent to us so that I could share our opinion, it was our first choice and all the love for it is genuine in every way!

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot

Maxi Cosi Iora, co sleeper crib, bedside cot









Read more ⇨

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Gift Guide for Tweens

The 'Tweenage' years have started in our house, this period between being a child and a teenager, when everything is changing and they are growing up too fast.  I wanted to share some Christmas gift ideas for 10-13 year olds.



Positive Vibration Headphones

These positive vibration XL headphones, available in black or copper, are a great gift for music or gaming loving tweens.  They offer up to 32 hours of playback after charging and come with the option of ANC- Active Noise Cancellation.  Even a 15 minute charge can offer two hours of playback.  They are designed by House of Marley, a sustainable brand created in collaboration with the family of Bob Marley, designed to carry on his love for music and the planet.  These headphones feature 40mm Hi-Definition Drivers for that signature Marley sound and crafted using FSC certified wood, recyclable aluminium and iconic Marley REWIND™ fabric.  I think these would be a huge hit on Christmas morning!

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



This is Silk Hair Scrunchies

Gone are the days of oversized bows, this is the age of starting to look after your hair and a more grown up style.  These pretty silk hair scrunchies are excellent at preventing damage to hair which is caused by elastic hairbands and they protect from friction.  These pure Mulberry silk hair scrunchies also look great on your wrist when they aren't keeping hair up.  I think these would make a gorgeous gift for this age and This is silk have plenty of other products including silk pillowcases which I use for myself to prevent frizz.

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



Mechanics Gravity Track

The Mechanics Gravity Track is a  STEM product is designed to  develop children's imagination and curiosity through the science of magnetic construction and I think my son would love to find this under the tree on Christmas morning.  Harnessing the invisible forces of magnetism and gravity this construction system shows how motion can be achieved without electricity or batteries.  Secondary school begins during this age and the introduction of Physics as a seperate science and I think this kit will help nurture of a love of learning and experimenting.  A great hands on gift for this tricky in between age.

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



Moleskine Notebook

The luxury notebook brand Moleskine released a set of children's noteboooks earlier this year and I think they would make a wonderful gift for tweens.  The start of secondary school falls at this age and this range which includes Hello Kitty and Pinocchio as well as the Little Prince pictured below and they are both fun and special (and may well start a stationery addiction!). 

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



The Best of Sport Logo Game

The Best of Sport and Leisure Logo Game is a great idea for this tween age as they start playing with toys less and games more.  This looks like it would be ideal for families too, something to bring us together as they start pushing for more independence.  There are other versions of The Logo Game is Sport isn't for your tween too.

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



Mega Spin Saturn

If you are looking for a stocking filler for a child this age, then check out the Mega Spin Saturn.  Yoyos are making a comeback and they have been upgraded since we had them in the playground! The Mega Spin Saturn comes with a super smooth ball bearing axle and bright colour changing LED lights.  So much from my childhood is making a comeback at the moment (the fashion included) so I might have to see if I can remember any of the tricks! 

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



Friends Top Trumps

Top Trumps have been a staple family game for us for many years and I am excited to see there are always new versions coming out that are relevent as children get older.  This Friends Top Trumps set is great for the tween age as they start discovering the program that we loved all those years ago! Not only good for playing at home, this is a great set for popping in a bag and playing out and about too.

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



Guylian

You cannot go wrong with chocolate at any age in my opinion and Guylian make beautiful Belgian chocolates that not only look pretty but taste delicious (taking this picture before I popped one in my mouth was challenging!). These are a great stocking filler!

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide



Roxi

ROXi provides unlimited on-demand access to every original music video, album and song with 70 million music recordings which are constantly updated with the latest releases and right now they are offering a free karaoke microphone to anyone who signs up for a 30 day trial.  The microphone works with any TV and allows you to sing along with any of the 140,000 tracks.  ROXi is backed my music royalty Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams and would be great entertainment for tweenage music fans! 

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide

Christmas gift guide, tween gift guide

Hopefully this has inspired some Christmas shopping!






Read more ⇨

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Autumn Style with Angel's Face

Advertisement

In the lead up to giving birth, I wanted to spend some quality time with Cora, reminding her that she is special and loved and that even though she won't always be the baby of the family, she will always be my baby and she will stay as the only girl.  In many respects she is one of the boys, she answers to the collective of 'boys', if they are doing something, she is more than capable of it too and she is part of their pack.  In other ways she is very much different to them and she loves to embrace her more feminine side too with some girls activewear.

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

These photos are from our last trip out together before her youngest brother arrived wearing some gorgeous new girls designer clothing- in fact he was born about 4 hours after some of these were taken.  I think I must have subconsciously known that something was about to happen as it felt like a good day to get out with just her for a walk along the seafront and a hot chocolate and she was desperate to wear her new cosy clothing from Angel's Face.  I used to love dressing her but now she is very much self-styled and led by comfort so the moment she pulled this velour set out of the box she wanted it on.  The hooded top  from the girls designer jumper section has a beautiful pattern on the arms and the joggers are warm and soft.  I used the sizing info on the website when deciding what size she needs and it fits perfectly (she is nearly 5.5 years but 104cm tall so wearing age 4-5). 

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

We walked through the town and along the seafront and she collected special things like colourful leaves to put in her bunny bag.  The bunny bag is ridiculously soft and you can leave the padding inside and remove the strap to snuggle up with it as a cuddly toy (I need to get a photo of him snuggled up in her bed) or take the padding out and wear it as a bag. 

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

Cora knew exactly where she wanted to go for hot chocolate and as it was just the two of us, it was easy to follow her lead.  We spotted a big letter A along the seafront though and she wanted a photo with her new girls designer jacket from Angel's Face.  Not only is it comfy and long enough to keep her legs warm too, it is the perfect Elsa coat for any Frozen fans and I just love her in this shade of blue.  The wind really picks up along the coast so warm and cosy is a priority and we both love how incredibly soft the hood lining is.  Cora has been wearing this coat for a couple of weeks now, including to school and I can also report that it still looks immaculate despite her love for playing with mud and in the sand.

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

Spending time with my children one on one will always be important to me, although there will be a break for a while as we adjust to life with a newborn and how much he needs to be with me. I know Cora will be warm and snuggly all Winter in her new clothes though!

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion


Visit the Angel’s Face website to see the full collection.


angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion

angels face, girls designer clothing, kids fashion, girls designer fashion


Read more ⇨

Monday, 22 November 2021

Baby 5 - A Birth Story

I have had four babies before so I know how painful labour is, but still I found myself looking forward to it in a strange way as I approached our due date with baby no 5.  I think it is knowing what comes at the end of the pain, knowing how worthwhile it all is (and it helps knowing my labours tend to be quite speedy).  I had convinced myself that I was going to give birth on the Tuesday before my due date this time (my last three babies have all come a few days early) so I woke up on Saturday morning determined to use the weekend to get everything ready.

I did three loads of washing, built the crib and took Cora out for some special time as I knew it would be her that will be most affected by the new arrival.  We had a lovely productive day and got home just after 4pm.  Around 6pm, I noticed that I was getting quite a few Braxton Hicks, the painless tightenings but I didn't think they would lead anywhere so I carried on as normal.  At 7pm, after having them painlessly for an hour, they started to change and I wondered whether I could possibly be in early labour. Because my plans for a home birth had been cancelled due to staff shortages, I decided to ring up the hospital and find out what the options were if things progressed during the evening and was told that the midwife led unit was also not able to take any more women due to staff shortages but the labour ward had spaces when I felt ready to come in.  We left it that I would ring back if things progressed.

I called my mum next, who was on standby to look after the other children and told her that I thought this could be it.  I have a history of short labours so I knew I needed to get plans into place early.  My body was telling my to walk so I decided to go for a walk.  As it was already dark, I walked round to the local Asda and paced the aisles.  With Cora, my contractions came fast when I walked and stopped completely when I sat down and I felt like this one would be the same.  I came home and had a quick dinner and then carried on pacing upstairs as things started to kick in more.  Cora could sense that things were happening I think and decided she wanted to hold my hand as we walked around the house. 

I didn't time the contractions and was still able to walk and talk through them, but when my mum arrived around 7.45pm, I decided it was best to make the 15 minute drive to the hospital and then I could walk around the grounds if I wasn't ready to go in yet, but at least we were in the right place.  We parked up just after 8pm and I decided we would go straight in and explain that although I hadn't rung back, I was definitely in labour now.

We were taken into day-care/triage so they could assess whether I was ready for the labour ward yet.  They did my blood pressure and other checks and asked me how my pain was on a scale of 1-10 - I answered a 7, and then left us whilst they checked me in on the system. A few minutes later I felt strong pressure and my waters burst all over the floor. My first thought was to panic about my boots as I hadn't brought any spare shoes with me so I made Ed remove them before he went to get a midwife.  They came back and could see that things were progressing very quickly, so they helped me into a wheelchair and raced me round to the labour ward.  They knew I wanted the MLU so they took me to the room with a birthing pool.  As I stood up from the wheelchair I could feel the baby's head coming, so I had two midwives peeling off my now very wet jeans as I stood up leaning on the side of the pool and gave birth in two pushes to the most perfect baby boy. The midwives passed him up to me and helped me to a bed and left the cord for over 5 minutes before cutting it.

baby five, birth story, positive birth story

He was born 8 days before his due date at 8.28pm weighing a smaller than expected 7lb 13oz.  I don't know if it has just been so long since I held a newborn but he felt so much smaller.  Just like his big brother and sister before him, once he decided to come, things went very quickly! 

baby five, birth story, positive birth story


The placenta came naturally soon after and after a few hours just the three of us, baby and I were transferred to the ward for the night.  Due to a complication during the pregnancy, it needed to be the paediatric doctor doing the new baby check rather than the midwife so we had to stay until we could be seen (which ended up being 6pm the next evening).  Thankfully everything was signed off and we could take our healthy baby boy back to the madhouse to meet his excited big brothers and sister. 

baby five, birth story, positive birth story


We are now 8 days into life as a family of seven (which still feels like a strange thing to write) and this baby has settled in perfectly.  He is so calm and tolerant of the others who want to be hands on and he almost seems more settled when the house is noisy and chaotic than he does when it is peaceful.  He is the final piece we never realised was missing.

After nearly two weeks, we finally agreed on his name  - Rex Arthur

baby five, birth story, positive birth story




Read more ⇨

Monday, 15 November 2021

Baby's First Christmas Gift Guide

With our own baby just arrived, it seemed the perfect year to show some great options for Baby's First Christmas.  We have always used the opportunity to gift a few new toys and treats for the next stage alongside essentials and practical gifts (like the next size up clothing) and this gift guide reflects this idea.  Whether you are buying for a brand new baby or one that has left the newborn stage behind, here are some ideas for a very first Christmas.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Mizzie Teething Toys

It doesn't take long before babies stop waving their arms and legs around with no control and start wanting to use all their senses to experience the world around them, and it often coincides with teething.  Mizzie are a new brand to me but the kangaroo is sure to be a big hit with little hands.  Made from all natural rubber, Mizzie stimulates babies sense of touch, smell, sight and hearing (she can squeak!).  It also helps to sooth sore gums and comes in different styles so you can take Mizzie on the go with you.  Mizzie is available from John Lewis, Amazon and www.mizziethekangaroo.co.uk.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Chicco Rainbow Sky Arch

As new babies sight develops, they become a lot more interested in their surroundings and the Rainbow Sky Arch from Chicco can be fitted on to the Chicco next to me crib and other similar styles to light up and entertain sleepy babies (and hopefully settle them for sleep too).  It comes with a removable, portable night light and the plush toys can also be removed so baby can enjoy for longer.  I love how calm and sweet this looks and I think it makes a gorgeous gift for little babies this Christmas.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Joone BabyCare

Joone is a brand for new babies and parents that offers complete transparancy about what is in their products.  From nappies (which can be delivered so you never run out) to gorgeous tiny clothing, they have a great selection of products, and their baby care range makes a brilliant and practical gift for new babies.  Joone Babycare is organic and good for delicate skin - something very important to me as I have always had problems with mine.  I love how transparent the ingredients list is and the products come beautifully presented.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Nuby Stars and Clouds Play Mat

A playmat is an essential for the early days and I love how soft and snuggly this Nuby Clouds and Stars playmat is, especially with a winter baby due! The fluffy base is machine washable and the bars can be removed for transport and cleaning.  With different textures, sounds and a little mirror, this mat stimulates all baby's senses and when they outgrow it, I know the fluffy mat will still be used for snuggling on!  This is perfectly unisex and I can't wait to try it out with our own baby soon! A great Christmas gift for a newborn.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Gund Kissy the Penguin

Kissy the penguin is just the softest toy for babies aged 10 months + and I couldn't stop stroking it when it arrived!  The buttons on her feet play 'Frere Jacques' as she lifts her flippers to her beak to blow kisses.  Kissy is surface washable and comes with three AA batteries ready to start playing on Christmas morning! Gund have a selection of adorable soft toys suitable from newborn onwards so perfect for baby's first Christmas.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Snoozeshade

Snoozeshade is an award winning pram and pushchair shade for single buggies, strollers and prams that offers protection from the sun and encourages sleep.  It attaches in seconds and protects babies from 99% of UVA and UVB rays as well as encouraging a dark sleeping environment.  This is a practical present that parents are going to love as much as the baby!  It comes with three different colour trims, pastel pink, safety green and a soft grey and folds up in an easy travel bag.  It is breathable mesh and so safe to use, unlike muslins which should never be used to cover prams.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Taf Toys Tummy Time Book

Tummy time is so important for little people and this tummy time book from Taf Toys is designed for babies from birth upwards.  With different pages designed for different stages, the black and white is perfect for early days when their vision is still developing and the mirror and more interactive pages will encourage strong core and neck muscles as they get bigger.  The book is a fantastic gift for a first Christmas.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Frugi Hat and Booties

With Winter coming, most parents are starting to think about how to keep their babies wrapped up and warm and Frugi's matching hat and booties set are perfect.  You can even get a matching blanket if you want to brighten up a colder day.  Everything is made from Organic cotton and this set is wonderfully unisex and perfect for baby's first Christmas.  If you want to treat the baby to new clothing, then check out Frugi's wonderful 'My first Frugi' collection.

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Nuby Portable UV Steriliser

As much a gift for parents as it is baby, Nuby's portable UV steriliser has a handy strap to attach to a pram or bag and can sterilise a dummy without water, chemicals or a microwave in only one minute! I remember how often Finn used to drop his dummy when we were out and about and this would have been a game changer!  This award winning innovative product runs on three batteries or can be plugged in and used through a USB port.  It comes with one dummy ready to go and is such a handy little device, ideal as a festive gift!

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas



Critically Endangered Animal Socks

Is there anything cuter than tiny baby socks? This box of four not only fits perfectly through a letterbox, but every sale of these sustainably made socks helps save critically endangered animals.  This pack of four should fit babies roughly 6-12 months but they can also be used as sock puppets! Supporting the World Wildlife Fund UK, these organic socks are also supporting the protection of the rainforest so you can purchase them and feel great! If you are looking for a gift for a new parent, then check out Critically Endangered animal socks for adult too! 

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

Baby's first christmas, baby christmas gifts, gift guide first christmas

I think there are some great suggestions here for different stages of baby's first year, I hope you find some inspiration! 

Read more ⇨
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...