For Baby & ME!

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Last night I fell through the door at almost 1am (after a fab evening at my bestie’s hen do!). After negotiating the stairs I made my way to the bathroom. No matter what state I’m in or what time it is, I ALWAYS TAKE MY MAKE UP OFF! I’m not one of those ‘lucky’ ones with perfectly clear skin so washing my face before bed is so important to me. I’m currently having a ‘break out’…. and last night for whatever drunk reason I decided to put Sudocrem all over my face…maybe because it was just sitting there next to the sink looking at me!

This morning when I woke up, I was expecting have a face full of pesky spots, but I have to say they looked MUCH better! I did a google search along the lines of ‘sudocrem spot treatment’, and its everywhere, people using Sudocrem to achieve clear skin. To be fair it does also say on the pot that it can be used to treat acne, but I had never noticed/registered this. So then I got to thinking, what other baby products can be usefully to Mums, and these are some of my favourites:

  • Sudocrem – spot treatment and after sun.
  • Baby Powder – dry shampoo (!) and primer for eyeshadow and lipstick (apparently makes it last for hours).
  • Baby Oil – eye makeup remover, dry heel treatment, and removing any bits of leftover wax after a trip the salon.
  • Baby Balm – cuticle softener.

Now I just need a cure for my hangover!

What do you use your kiddies/babies products for (other than there intended purpose!)???

 

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Postpartum Essentials

This isn’t a list of what you’ll need to be able to sit down without wincing or to help your milk come in…its so much better than that!

When I was pregnant with Gigi the preparation was all about the nursery, putting the Bugaboo together (thank god for YouTube!), washing all the baby clothes…but there was one thing I neglected – ME!

So this time around (we mostly had all the things Blake would need, and we were relying on lovely friends to gift us boys clothes) I made myself a little postpartum goodie bag for when I arrived home from the hospital. I’m so glad I did this, it was such a nice treat!

My goodie bag included;

Since doing it for myself, I have been thinking it would also make a great gift for any new mum, you can put anything you like in a gift bag to help her through those hideous first few weeks!

 

 

 

Crying over spilt (lactose) milk

Poor little Gigi, as well as the reflux she was, and still is lactose intolerant – this is my husband’s fault (!), he has been since he was born. I’ve heard the stories of 20+ poo nappies a day from my MIL a dozen times but bizarrely this isn’t how it presented itself in Gigi.

For Gigi it was the other way, the lactose makes her VERY constipated…so you can imagine the joy (NOT) of a screaming acid reflux baby plus now constipation. Again, as with all these things it took months to get properly diagnosed, despite it being in the family. GPs seem to assume everyone ‘thinks’ their offspring have allergies and intolerances, which maybe they do….but shock horror some of us actually do and they do need proper advice and treatment.

So as not to make this into a thousand word post, I will cut to the chase…we saw a paediatrician (finally when she was one), who was great and got some advice on how to deal with it. He suggested keeping her on formula as it had less lactose than cows milk and confirmed that giving her a little lactose would help her in the long run. It certainly did and now, like my husband, she can take a little lactose (maybe a scoop of ice-cream at a party, the odd Babybel etc), but on a day to day basis we give her Arla Lactofree products (Milk, cheese etc) and it seems to work for her!

So with Blake I was really aware that this might be a problem again and after a lot of research, talking to the midwife and other mums I decided to give him goat’s milk formula. The brand I chose was Kabrita (available at boots.com and Ocado). Goats milk is more easily digested and as far as I understand contains less lactose that cows milk, but still has some.

He started off well with this, but after a couple of weeks he was getting some tummy ache so I added into the formula some Colief drops (they turn lactose in the milk into glucose) which seemed to stop his discomfort. I’ve just this week weaned him off these (14 weeks) and he seems fine….so fingers crossed this more gentle introduction to lactose may have stopped him developing such an intolerance.