Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Life Lately - Baby's First Food

Baby Henry has started his weaning journey! I'd had everything ready for a few months - a cupboard full of spoons, freezer pots, trainer cups and baby porridge awaited me, alongside the ever popular Annabel Karmel's Baby & Toddler Meal Planner. We started things off when Henry was 24 weeks old, trying him with a few teaspoons of porridge (see below for his reaction!) He's since experienced the delights of carrot and pear, and soon to discover the taste of sweet potato and parsnip. I love making up purĂ©e's for Henry. After doing some research, I finally settled on the Philips Baby Steamer and Blender, which makes the process so easy. I steam and blend the food in batches and then freeze, so I all I need to do is heat a pot up each day. Weaning is a very messy, but very fun, experience!

I made this little video to show our families, but I thought Henry's little laugh was too cute not to share! I love the face he makes as he tries porridge for the first time, he doesn't know what to make of it and looks at his mummy and daddy for reassurance!

1. The very cute Fujifilm Instax camera I received from 'Henry' for Mother's Day. I've always wanted a polaroid camera and this camera produces the cutest little photos with a retro vibe. 2. Mum and baby selfie. It was the first warm day of the year and I was finally able to don a skirt, although the wind persisted in blowing it upwards! 3. A little snapshot of my favourite corner of our kitchen. 4. This beautiful vintage style bicycle was a birthday present from Matt but I've yet to use it. Now the weather is brighter and warmer, I'll be taking it for a spin soon!

I'll be back soon with Henry's six month update (how is my little one already half a year old?!)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

eBay Collections

I'm always been a huge fan of eBay. In my student years it was my way of earning a little extra cash - sourcing great clothes, styling them and then selling them on for a profit. These days, I turn to the famous online auction site to find hidden gems at great prices - secondhand furniture that simply needs a new coat of paint, a hand knitted bobble hat for baby, or a beautiful dress which is no longer available in stores.

So I was delighted to be asked to take part in their new launch - eBay Collections. A kind of Pinterest for shopping, eBay Collections allows you to create boards of items that inspire you. Follow, like or share your favourite collections, for an interactive way of sharing your passions and wish lists with the eBay community. As someone who watches hundreds of items on eBay, waiting to snap them up in the last few adrenalin-filled seconds of an auction, this is the ideal way to categorise everything so it's easy to find.

I've curated twelve boards featuring items I love - from new mama must-haves, to pretty pastels, cute items for baby and the all important summer holiday wishlist. If you fancy taking a peek, you can see them all here.

I hope they inspire you to build your own eBay collections, let me know if you do create your own and I'll take a look!

In collaboration with eBay

Friday, 14 March 2014

Shabby to Chic - Upcycled Wooden Highchair

As a fan of upcycling, I knew my hobby would also extend to any baby related furniture we'd acquire. Henry's nursery is a testament to my love for reviving second hand furniture (a nursery tour will be coming up shortly!), so when it came to looking for a highchair for him, I knew I wanted something unique and vintage. After missing out at an antique auction, I finally managed to source this beautiful wooden highchair on eBay for just £35. I love everything about it - the curve of the seat back, the foot rest, the shaped legs - it's a timeless style and unlike anything available on the highstreet.

I started off with two coats of Annie Sloan Old White, then finished with a coat of Dulux Made By Me Satin in Cool White, which gives a long-lasting and waterproof finish. I covered the foam seat pad in pastel polka dot fabric from Laura Ashley, which is PVC-coated so any messes and spills can easily be wiped up. I love the fresh new look, it fits in with our country style kitchen perfectly. I can't wait for the day Henry is big enough to sit in it! 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Baby Bedtime Routine

Every parent lives in hope for the day their baby sleeps through the night. When Henry's silent reflux was at its worst, sleep was a battle. It would often take hours to rock him to sleep, he would wake continuously throughout the night, often just an hour after he'd fallen asleep, and all three of us were completely exhausted. We considered it a good night if Henry managed to sleep 3 hours straight before waking. Our lives completely transformed once Henry's reflux was under control with the right medication when he was 12 weeks old. Once he was no longer in pain, Henry suddenly started being able to fall asleep on his own (no rocking or breastfeeding required!) and completely amazed us by sleeping through the night, much to our joy!

We have a nice little routine in place now, so Henry knows that bedtime is approaching. We start the routine at around 6.15pm, shortly after Matt gets home from work, and Henry's in bed and asleep for 7pm, waking in the morning around 7am. Here's how it goes...

1) Bath or swing - Henry has sensitive and eczema prone skin, so we don't bath him every evening, but when we do, we're careful with the products we use. If it's a bath night, we use Oilatum Junior Bath Formula as an emollient in the water, followed by a mini massage with Melvita Baby Oil or Oilatum Junior Cream. If it's a non-bath day, we pop Henry in his Mama & Papas Slumber Swing for some gentle wind down time. 

2) We dim the lights in Henry's nursery, then change him into a Pampers Baby-Dry Nappy, put on his pyjamas, and zip him into his sleeping bag. 

3) Then it's time for cuddles and a bedtime story in our bedroom where Henry still sleeps. Our favourites are Snuggle Bunny, On The Night You Were Born and When The World Was Waiting For You

4) Time for Henry's last feed, with only the glow from the Angelcare Monitor night light.

5) Kisses goodnight, and Henry goes into his crib awake, with his Cloud B Sleep Sheep on a very low volume and the night light turned off.

What's your little one's bedtime routine?

Friday, 7 March 2014

hush SS14 Wish List & Giveaway

Today I have a fantastic giveaway from the gorgeous clothing brand hush, to celebrate their new SS14 collection. Discovering this brand was a revelation for me, their ethos fits my new lifestyle as a mother perfectly - "a clothing brand aimed at women of all ages who like fashion but are not a slave to it, who want to look good but don’t want to spend ages doing so, who want to be comfortable but not at the expense of style." Something I've really struggled with is finding child-friendly clothing which still looks good. When you're spending hours each day crawling around and playing with your baby, comfort is key! 
Star Print Dolman Sloppy Joe

I love the style of this jumper. It can be worn with anything - dressed up with some leather trousers which is how I wore it on the weekend, or casual and comfy with some leggings

When it came to styling these Anchor Print Pyjamas, I just couldn't resist the opportunity to get Henry involved, so we had a little pyjama party together! I love the print of these pyjamas, the blue anchors against the crisp white background makes them fresh and fun. Soft, comfortable and long in the leg, they tick all the boxes when it comes to fulfilling the requirements for perfect nightwear.

hush are offering one of my readers the chance to win a selection of clothes from their new collection, worth £200. For the giveaway, I've selected my four favourite pieces - I hope you love them as much as I do! 

Two-Tone Sloppy Joe Dress - Relaxed Trousers - Vintage Rose Pyjamas - Marseille Shorts

For the chance to win the four items from my hush SS14 wish list, just enter below. Good luck!

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