• Ivy watching TV

    To TV, or not to TV: that is the question

    To TV, or not to TV: that is the question. Forgive my awful modern attempt at Shakespeare, but in this day and age similar questions are at the forefront of every parents mind. However, To iPad, or not to iPad didn’t quite have the same ring to it. One of the many great modern day debates of parents – how much time is too much time when it comes to your kids using technology in a world where tech is quite literally everywhere you look? Let’s firstly look at the key development stages of a baby/toddler in very unscientific terms:  Ball of squidge that can’t move without your help, cries,…

  • Useful Items at 8 Months

    We’re 8 months into this whole parenting business yet I still find myself staring at Ivy, gobsmacked by the fact she’s real, and the fact she’s part of her mum and I. What surprises me most is how this life of parenting has become relatively normal (I use that term VERY loosely). It’s a new normal, nothing like we used to know – we now accept the fact that our living room will forever look like a post-apocalyptic Toys ‘r’ Us with Po from the Teletubbies as the key victim (that, and the sole of your foot). It’s also become normal to find nappy bags and spoons in a variety of items…

  • Weaning

    So it’s time to think about weaning! I think about food 24/7. I’m constantly hungry and I’m a grump without it, so it only makes sense that our daughter is the same. I don’t have many babies to draw comparison, but it’s safe to say she has a decent appetite. At about 8 weeks it became apparent that Ivy wasn’t getting on too well with an ingredient in her formula. After a couple of doctors appointments and some blood tests it was likely that she was disagreeing with a specific protein and we were advised to try a prescribed and (of course) expensive formula. To our delight this worked and…

  • The Need To Feed (Breastfeeding vs Bottle)

    Bottle or breastfeeding? That’s the age old question. It’s a question with no right answer and it’s that very statement that is the root cause of some stress in the lives of first time mum’s. This is a subject area that I have seen become the source of everything from casual discussion to heated debate and everything in-between. I find it quite surprising really, but as with a lot of things these days, despite it being your opinion, someone will view it as WRONG! My intention remains the same with this blog, speak about experience and hope that it can in some way or another help mum’s and dad’s go into…

  • Our First Week Lifesavers

    The first week has been challenging and brought us both a lot more highs than lows, but during those stressful moments we’ve had a few items to hand that have been absolutely invaluable to ease the load. Poddle Pod  The Poddle Pod is an absolute  beauty  and has changed nap time for the better. Ivy will sleep just about anywhere, but the four walls of this napping pod give us confidence when we need a hands free moment that she can lie down without wriggling free. I’m still trying to find an adult sized one for our tired moments. Muslin Cloths These were one of the items I thought we’d gone overboard…

  • Never Did We Ever

    Aside from our beautiful baby girl, there have been a lot of firsts for us this week. Here are a few things we never thought we’d be saying/doing/thinking. Never did we ever think… We’d be ready. Every bit of advice we ever received was right, you’re never FULLY ready to be a parent and that’s the nerve racking bit, but also the best part. Enjoy every new moment. We could get so excited about a trip to 24 hour Tesco. Cabin fever becomes very real and a trip out the house in any form is good for everyone. We’d find so much enjoyment in seeing a baby; sneeze, poo, wee…

  • Hospital Bag (For Her)

    As we moved into the later stages of pregnancy, the hospital bag naturally made its way into our conversations. If all goes the way I think it will, the more prepared we are in the event of her waters breaking, the better! In my head I have the military scenario of ‘GO, GO, GO!’, so the ability to run in and grab the bag and get to the hospital is important. We all know by this stage that the process of labour can take FOREVER but at least we can be ready when it does happen. Throughout the antenatal classes it was made apparent to us that you really can…

  • Pimp My Pram

    Despite the price of all the “stuff” you need. At some point you’re going to have to bite the bullet and purchase. Including the following essentials: Pram Cot Moses basket Car seat Bedside cot Bottles and steriliser Baby bath Bedding Babygrows/clothes Baby monitor The range of products out there is mind blowing, so set yourself a budget and go and attack the shops. Mothercare seems like the obvious option but most well know retailers offer some form of baby product these days, in fact I’m considering going into business myself, there’s certainly money in it. I won’t go into every item in great detail as there are so many options…