Cradle Cap

Gigi had cradle cap but I never bothered treating it as everything I read said it would just go away…and it did…BUT I think it affected her hair growth, so with Blake I decide to treat it!

My online research led me to Loyon. I picked it up in Boots. It worked amazingly!

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I sprayed it on about 3 hours before bath time and then as per the instructions shampooed it off (using the delicious smelling Childs Farm hair and body wash, as its formulated for even the most sensitive skin). I used a Tangle Teaser to brush it through and then a wet cloth to wipe the dead skin away. Easy!

 

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Sleep in Style

Its a slow morning…a late family dinner last night means Gigi is happily watching movies on the sofa and Mr Blake is napping, so I thought its the perfect time for another post. Having recently finished renovating our house we’ve been putting the finishing touches to the kiddies bedrooms.

I’m a big monochrome, minimalist fan…however that doesn’t always translate well into children’s bedrooms, they do need some colour and to be surrounded by things that make them feel happy and comfortable, but also create a calm sleeping environment. So we’ve kept a neutral base (walls, floors etc) and used colour in accessories and included toys in the decorations. This makes it easier to change as they grow up.

We hope you like having a sneak peek into their rooms.

Gigi’s Room

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Blake’s Room

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Bottle Warming

If I am entirely honest I never bothered with this for Gigi, I was a cooled boiled water and powder dispenser mixing kinda gal…..however our maternity nurse for Blake told me this was a big no-no….! Whoops!

Apparently the formula powder needs to hit the water at a min. 70 Degrees Celsius…to kill any nasties. So we used the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine to make up bottles for the day and store them in the fridge. However when it came to going out, or the dreaded night feeds I began to look for a way to warm the milk quickly.

Most places you go will give you boiling water etc to heat the bottle, however sometime its just not practical and during the night it just takes way too long (as do electric bottle warmers)! My Google search led me to Yoomi. These special warming units in the teat of the cute bottles heat the milk as it flows through and gets to temperature within 60 seconds!

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The bottles themselves are very stylish but I would say they are not as good as the wonderful Dr Brown’s, but I imagine for breastfed babies they would be great due to the shape and softness of the teat. For me though, its all about the amazing technology to warm the milk so quickly with just the click of a button.

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The sterilising and charging is a bit annoying (I chose to wash and then boil for 30mins which sterilises and charges at the same time), but to give you a warm bottle so quickly in the middle of the night, it helped hugely with Blake’s sleep training and I can’t recommend it enough!

(Note: I have not been paid for this review and I purchased the item myself)

 

 

Reflux

Just seeing that word gives my goosebumps…Now I’m not pretending to be a medical expert, just a mummy who has experienced this first hand.

It seemed like Gigi was born with this, pretty much from the day we arrived home she screamed at every feed, smelt like she’d been guzzling acid and just needed to be comforted 24/7. However is took about three weeks to get a diagnosis… it was a night nanny (that we had called in sheer desperation for sleep) that picked it up and told me to get straight down to the GP. She also told me they’d try and fob me off with baby Gaviscon – which they did(!) However after about 3 doctors appointments and me taking in a blanket full of acid sick they finally listened to me and prescribed Ranitidine.

This was a game changer! Combined with Aptamil Reflux and Regurgitation, she ate without screaming and SLEPT!

Along our silent acid reflux journey we also found a number of other things which helped us:

  1. Wedgehog – keeps the bed on a slight incline to help keep things down
  2. Dr Browns Bottles – stops so much air so less bubbles to cause regurgitation
  3. Baby seat – any cheap one does the trick, just helps to keep baby upright after feeds and gives you free hands to get on with other things!

Lighting

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Having worked in interior design I know the importance of good lighting, and with babies and toddlers rooms its vital…firstly in the baby stage at night you want to keep it dim and calm, but light enough to see what you are doing, and then toddlers need to start getting some independence over their own lighting choices.

This is why we use the Philips myBuddy. For toddlers is great as you can set a timer for the ‘sun’ to come up on its tummy to tell them its time to wake up. The ‘moon’ can be left on all night to give a soft nightlight, and if they need extra light they can just press its hat to give a brighter light. This gets Gigi to stay in her room until 7:15am despite being awake from 6:30am most days!!

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I decided to buy a blue one for Blake’s room ready for when he was older. However I’ve realised it works very well as a nursery light, either the sun or moon give a soft light, enough for the ‘dream feed’, but not too bright to disturb precious sleep!

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(Note: I have not been paid for this review and I purchased the item myself)

Maybe the best invention ever…

I am talking about the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep formula making machine. We have it in black (obvs!), but it also comes in white.

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The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine makes a fresh bottle at just the right serving temperature in less than 2 minutes…this means no more boiling kettles, waiting for it to cool, getting formula stuck all of the scoop from the steam, trying to see the measurements on the bottles when they are full on condensation.

I was literally dreading the bottle making and sterilising when I was pregnant with Blake. One of my friends said she had seen this devise and was thinking about getting it, well she did and then I did, and its quiet honestly changed my life! It makes bottle prep so much quicker, easier and more precise!

It works with any brand and type of bottle (we use Dr Brown’s)…I personally wouldn’t recommend Tommee Tippee, they let the baby gulp too much air and are generally crap, but this machine is amazeballs (its the only word for it!).

Have a look at the YouTube video for a demo, and look out for deals at John Lewis (we pikced ours up for £70 there).

(Note: I have not been paid for this review and I purchased the item myself)

Gigi & Blake

As the first post of the site we thought we’d just say hi and show our faces…

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#Gigi – Hi I’m Grace (Gigi), I’m three years old and I like to cover myself in stickers, eat pasta and hide under the kitchen table every time my mummy wants to leave the house. Currently I either want to be a vet, a disney princess or a pasta taste tester when I grow up. My favourite phrases are ‘its not fair!’ and ‘can I have that for my birthday?’. My sticker reward chart is making Mummy’s life a little easier though.

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Next Up…

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#Blake – Hi I’m Blake, I’m 11 weeks old and I like to smile, eat copious amounts of formula and poo myself every time my mummy wants to leave the house. Currently I either want to be a night shift worker, a superhero or a baby formula taste tester when I grow up. My favourite phrases are ‘uggle’ and ‘waaaaaaah’. My ability to giggle at basically anything is making Mummy’s life a little easier though.

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And not forgetting…

#Humphrey – Our gorgeous and very tolerant dog, Humphrey! He is a 7 years old black and white cockapoo, we see him as our first born child (and sometimes, actually mostly, the favourite)!

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