My 1st Years review!

There is something really lovely about having everyday items personalised for your baby. Not only does it make them more special but it then makes that item unique and individual to any other. My 1st Years is a company that does just that! They sell a variety of products from teddies and clothes to toys and décor. The pricing is really reasonable and each gift comes with a free gift box; for me I love the way and item is packaged so this is a huge plus! The quality of their products is brilliant and I am going to tell you in a little bit more detail about a blanket we have been reviewing from My 1st Years.

Amelia and I were sent this gorgeous pink fleece blanket with the floral trim. Above the chosen personalisation is also an appliqué floral teddy which I really love! You can have up to 12 characters on your personalisation and it doesn’t have to be your babies name!

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I got so excited when the parcel arrived and opening it to see the signature luxury gift box really made my day. The blanket was wrapped in tissue and then the blanket itself has a little piece of the floral fabric complete with button to hold the blanket together when folded.

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The blanket is a great size measuring 75cm x 100cm and is 100% polyester.

The blanket has had multiple uses for us so far; in her pram, in her cot and to just snuggle up with as it really is so soft! It is perfect size for an extra layer in Amelia’s cot with the colder weather, although its main use has been as a blanket for when we are out with the pram. Most of the blankets I have are much bigger and even if they were folded just wouldn’t tuck in right or stay in the pram. Now she’s bigger and sits right up there isn’t as much space in the Quinny to tuck a blanket in and all the bigger ones drag along the floor or get caught up in the front wheel.  As this is perfect size it does not do this plus it looks super cute with her name on it.

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Amelia was poorly here and this blanket was so nice to cuddle up too!

I have washed the blanket and it washes and dries really well and looks brand new so that is another plus as babies seem to get grubby hands on everything no matter how precious it is!

I can see this blanket being a feature in Amelia’s room as a little throw over the end of her bed or inside her little tepee. It is definitely an item that will be around for a long time not just because of its quality but because of how gorgeous it is and how special it is to have her name on it.

You can get this fleecy blanket in three different colours; pink, blue and cream and there are a variety of text colours you can choose for your personalisation. My 1st Years also do other blankets in knit, cashmere and in different sizes.

For me My 1st Years is the whole package and not just the product. I love the website it is really easy to navigate and the checkout process is simple and fast. Quick delivery and then the products arrival in a beautiful box complete with bow really demonstrates the company’s attention to detail and shows the care put into each of their products.

This blanket gets a massive thumbs up from us and it definitely won’t be the last thing I get from My 1st Years (I already have my eye on a few bits for Christmas!)

If you are after a gift for your baby or a friend’s baby /toddler this year this is definitely the place to shop. It even comes gift wrapped and I am  pretty sure every Mum and Dad out there wouldn’t mind a few of these boxes stacked up under the tree!

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Check out My 1st Years here.

Thanks for reading!xxx

Weaning: Where are we now?

Thought I would write this to update you all on what Amelia is eating these days and how she is getting on with the weaning process.

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Amelia is now nearly 11 months old and has really got it the hang of eating and enjoying food either off a spoon or feeding herself. I guess I do a mixture of spoon feeding and baby led weaning and that works out perfectly for us.

It took Amelia a while to get used to feeding herself and then we would go through phases of a week of it going really well then a week of bad eating but I would say for the last couple months she has been really great.

Breakfast: So for breakfast Amelia will either have porridge or a Weetabix. She used to have the Aptamil baby porridge but now she has the Quaker Oats – Oat so simple. She has both of these with cows milk and had no problem adapting to that!

Mummy & Baby breakfast

Mummy & Baby breakfast

Lunch: At lunch time Amelia will have a sandwich (white/brown/seeded bread) with laughing cow cheese spread, some cheese chunks and a breadstick. Some fruit depending on what we have and then a yoghurt.

She is great with lunch as it is all bits she can pick up and feed herself. She looks toooo cute holding a sandwich and makes her seem like such a little person. Sometimes she will have an omelette or a boiled egg which she really enjoys but it depends how much time we have that day.

It works out really well that she has this more picky kind of lunch as it can easily be packed into a lunchbox if we are out for the day or want to do lunch at a friends rather than having to worry about heating things up and making a mess.

Homemade cheese scones another lunch time fave!

Homemade cheese scones another lunch time fave!

Dinner: At dinner time she will have a variety of things. She will have meals that we as a family have had and then I’ve frozen portions for her or sometimes I cook up separate things for her and freeze them, as there are still some dinners we have that just aren’t suitable for her. Usually she will have; fish pie, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, salmon and veg, shepherds pie, roast of somekind and pasta with a sauce. This part of dinner is spoon fed and she eats a decent portion size! Then she will have some fruit again and a pudding of some kind usually a yoghurt followed by a biscuit.

Amelia now has 3 bottles a day; one when she first wakes up, one mid afternoon and one before bedtime. I think by the time she is 1 she will be ready to drop the afternoon bottle as sometimes she doesn’t drink very much of it anyway. She has a lot of milk in her diet from sauces, yoghurt’s, cheese and with her breakfast so that makes up for the amount that she should be having along with her bottles.

I have kept her on the Aptamil 1 milk as she is gaining weight as she should be and eats a variety of foods so I didn’t need to swap to follow on milk. Amelia will also drink water throughout the day through a beaker; she is still quite lazy and would much rather I held the bottle for her though!

Its hard to judge as all babies are different but I think she is where she should be with eating. Most foods are lumpy and cut into small pieces and she does really well chewing through them and she seems to enjoy meal times. The only slight problem we face is that sometimes she just feeds her entire meal to the dog who is usually perching right beneath her highchair waiting for food to drop, bit of a nightmare so I usually have to be on standby waiting to catch before the dog gets it!

Amelia enjoying a picnic

Amelia enjoying a picnic

How did you find weaning?

Thanks for reading!xx

Spontaneous Pool Session

Wasn’t expecting much sun today but it’s turned out to be a lovely afternoon so got some water in Amelia’s paddling pool and had some fun! A great easy way to entertain babies. Amelia loved it and enjoyed a huge sleep afterwards! As you can see from the pictures Amelia didn’t like keeping her hat on, nightmare baby. And obviously was in need of big cuddles with Nana to warm up afterwards. xx

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A Teething Update!

About a month ago me and Amelia had a terrible couple of weeks! I have said a few times “oo I think Amelia’s teething” she had the red cheeks, the dribbling and chewing signs but her temperament hadn’t changed at all! A couple weeks ago I knew that something was definitely happening with Amelia’s teeth as she was just a different baby. She couldn’t keep herself entertained would burst into tears for no reason was off her milk and food and she stopped sleeping through the night. Amelia went from being a smiley content baby to crying and grumpy. It was so horrible to see as it was so unlike her, not something I’ve been used to dealing with. It was quite a stressful couple of weeks and probably one of the toughest times I’ve had with her in her 9 months.

Finally a week and a half a go her bottom right tooth just started to poke through and just days later the bottom left came up too.

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I was actually quite relieved that she did cut some teeth to have something to show for the complete change in baby!

I managed her teething with the Nelson’s teething granules which I am so impressed with. I would give her calpol about an hour before her dinner so she would get some food in her and most nights she was waking distressed, upset and with a slight temperature about 10-11pm when I would give her another dose of calpol to help her sleep. Amelia usually sleeps 7pm-7am so waking a few times in the night was a shock for us both but thankfully she is back to that now the two bottom teeth have cut through.

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I don’t think her top teeth will be far off as her gums are looking whiter and getting harder. I really hope they don’t give her as much pain cutting as the bottom ones did!

This was the face I was dealing with for just over a week. Cute but grumpy!!

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Amelia absolutely loves brushing her teeth. She will let me brush them properly then if I give her the tooth brush and I brush mine she will copy. It is so cute. At the moment I’m brushing them during bath time or just before. When they are fully there I will start brushing her teeth after her bedtime bottle but I’m still getting her used to it and making it a part of her routine!

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How did you and your little ones cope with teething?

I completely feel for you if you have a rubbish time with it like we did!

Thanks for reading xx

An afternoon at the beach

This afternoon we went to an underones group the one most local to me and as soon as we got there Amelia just was not herself. She was being so clingy and then when we went up to take part in the craft she completely burst into hysterical tears and could not calm down. After twenty minutes of attempting to calm her down with milk, water a snack, walking round and toys I gave in and left thinking that she probably just wanted to be at home or due a nap.

We came home and I tried to get her down for a nap but the tears just continued. I decided we would go for a walk and so we drove down to Sandbanks beach and played in the sand. The car journey was long enough for her to calm down (thankfully). I was running out of options but thought some fresh air might do the trick which it did. She spent ages trying to pick up the sand and crinkling her toes in the sand! It was really sunny but still quite windy but lovely for about half an hour.

Here are some pictures I took!

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As you can see from the pictures Amelia absolutely hates keeping a hat on; so summer is going to be fun!! I feel really lucky to live so close to the beach so that it is possible to just pop down without any hassle!

Have you taken your little ones to the beach?

Thanks for reading! xx

The Bows and Booties Boutique Review…

I was super lucky to receive some bits from The Bows and Booties a company a first came across on twitter! They have bits for boys and girls creating a boutique of shoes, socks, bibs, cardigans and blankets! They have an ebay shop where you can purchase these lovely items (The Bows and Booties Boutique ebay shop)

I wasn’t sure what I would get so was very excited when my parcel arrived!

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As you can see from the picture I was sent a gorgeous white, green and pink floral blanket, a neckerchief  dribble bib and some really cute pom pom shoes!

A dribble bib is an essential for Amelia these days and the great thing about this one is that it comes down quite long rather than some smaller ones that seem to get caught up underneath Amelia’s neck and twist around loads! Its a velcro attachment which is quite big so you do have some leeway with looseness and tightness of the bib. Also it coming in pink is a plus!!

The blanket is my favourite thing I received. It has an indented floral rose print onto it. It is mainly white but has bursts of pink and green a really nice colour combination. I have found that it is the perfect size for a car seat so ever since receiving it that is where it can be found but could be used for in a cot too or just a nice blanket to sit on. It is so soft and washes perfectly. Amelia kicked it off when I was carrying the carseat which led me to stand on it leaving a muddy footprint! I worried it wouldn’t come out but came out the wash looking brand new! Something which has to be possible with babies as washing is just every mums favourite thing to do.

The little pom pom shoes are just sooooo cute. Amelia doesn’t very often wear shoes because she pulls them off and the pom poms seem to taste great according to her but these are really sweet to just pop on which a little outfit. Thankfully the pom pom is on really securely and won’t come off not even with Amelia yanking it! I got a 0-3month size shoes which Amelia has only just grown out of (at 7 months). I think she has quite small feet though but shoe sizes are very difficult with babies. photo 2 (3)Very cute and very girly!

The Bows and Booties can be found on twitter make sure you follow them: Bows and Booties

They also have an ebay websate which can be found here: The Bows and Booties Boutique

From having many emails back and forth with them they are really friendly which makes a company much more appealing for me. The pricing for items is also so reasonable! The quality of the products are great and taking all these things into account its a shop I will definitely purchase from!

Thank you xxx

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Tinyleaf | Review

Tinyleaf logo from tinyleaf website

Tinyleaf is an eco-friendly company I came across via their twitter account which took me to their website!

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Once I got to the website I fell in love with these guys…

tinyfeet characters- Tinyleaf Website

tinyfeet characters- Tinyleaf Website

These characters are printed onto vests, jumpsuits and tshirts (how sweet?!)

My favourite was the zebra so I got the zebra jumpsuit for Amelia in 3-6months.

It arrived quickly in the post which I was very happy about!- nothing worse than waiting forever for that delivery you know is coming.

Amelia has now worn the jumpsuit a few times and I’m really happy with the quality. Its comfy, the poppers do up nicely and the product washes well and dries nicely without shrinking!

This is Amelia in her jumpsuit:

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

I think its a really sweet lazy day playtime outfit. For comfort reasons and it is just super chilled. The cream cotton then just the one animal print on it means there isn’t too much going on.

Jumpsuits- Tinyleaf Facebook

Jumpsuits- Tinyleaf Facebook

Seeing them all in this picture above folded makes me wish Amelia’s wardrobe was filled with them all. Choosing one of the these fun cute characters to put on for the day would be amazing!! What I also think is lovely is that these items are unisex each item would look just as sweet on a little boy or a little girl and any of the characters would suit whatever baby you have!

Tinyleaf are all about organic clothing but not just the clothing itself they take this into consideration for every aspect of the product from start to finish.

Tinyleaf – Why Tinyleaf:

That’s why every decision we make, from the way our tiny clothes are printed to the packaging it arrives in, is made with a planet friendly attitude. If there’s a way to use eco-friendly, organic or recycled materials we’ll make sure we do!”

The fabrics, graphics, label, tags and packaging are all organic, previously recycled items, 100% water-based inks  and are then recyclable themselves.

This is such a great mindset to have and to bring into your child’s life. Not every item of clothing needs to be organic and eco-friendly but just having one or two bits could be really helpful!

I know I will definitely be getting some more.

A really friendly company, excellent prices and great communication.

Tinyleaf logo from tinyleaf website

Tinyleaf logo – Tinyleaf website

How to find Tinyleaf:

Tinyleaf Website

Facebook Tinyleaf

Follow Tinyleaf

Thanks very much for reading and I hope you follow Tinyleaf on twitter and buy some Tinyleaf bits for yourself!

xx

Under Ones Crafts

Today we had one of our under ones baby groups, they quite often do a crafty activity and I especially enjoyed this one. We made Peter and Paul from the dicky birds song.

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Don’t they look cute!!!

The dicky bird song isn’t one I often sing to Amelia but having these as props to use alongside the song makes it quite fun.

If you don’t know the song these are the lyrics or you could youtube it!

Two little dickie birds,
Sitting on a wall;
One named Peter,
One named Paul.
Fly away Peter!
Fly away Paul!
Come Back Peter!
Come Back Paul!

Coincidently enough Amelia has a matching sleepsuits which is covered in funky birds. So tonight before bed we sang Peter and Paul!

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The birds were really easy to make with just lolly sticks felt cut out and feathers and eyes to decorate but I’m sure there are lots of other different ways to make them!

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6 month update…

After reading a few of peoples posts on development updates I was inspired to do one myself for Amelia who is actually now about 6 and a half months (28 weeks). I cannot believe she is over 6 months old absolutely no idea where the time has gone! The fact that she is closer to being 1 than newborn is madness.

She has changed so much and in the last month I would say the most she ever has in every different aspect.

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Amelia’s personality has really developed and along with that a slight temper! When she really doesn’t want to do something i.e. getting dressed or dry after a bath she lets out the most high pitch shrieks and straightens her legs or tosses her head around almost having a mini tantrum (ha!?) We laugh at everything from hitting me in the face, pulling my hair and bashing our toys around but it is a very cute laugh so I don’t mind as much!

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Bath time is great fun we have our cups and ducks in and splash around like a crazy thing. This seat is great as it sticks solidly to the bottom of the bath and keeps her upright so she can enjoy the bath without being held or propped up by me.

Just got Amelia weighed today and she is now 16pounds 9ounces but she feels a lot heavier!!

Currently in the beginnings of weaning. I waited until she was about 24 weeks to start and she is finally getting the hang of it. It is so much harder than I thought it would be though so doing a mixture of finger foods that she can pick up suck/bite/chew herself and then some mashed bits off a spoon from me. This seems to be working out really well for me as she is definitely digesting food but she is also getting really good at the finger foods so a bit of baby-led weaning. (Weaning post to follow)

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She loves her toys now and playing. I think when Amelia was really little I would put toys into her hands and she would just stare at them not interested but now she reaches for what she wants shakes things around, bangs them together and seems to actually enjoy playing. She is actually really good and just sitting with her toys on her own either on her play mat or in the babygym.

We are super busy with baby groups and swimming most days and although had a few sleeping incidents in the last week she is mostly going to bed between 7-8pm and sleeping until about 7-8am followed by a nap immediately after her morning feed (lazy baby!!)

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Amelia is wearing mostly 6-9/6-12month clothes now although some 3-6months bits do still fit and she has some really lovely bits which you can see in my other post Amelia’s spring wardrobe.

I’ve decided instead of selling Amelia’s vests and sleepsuits I’m going to make a patchwork quilt out of them instead. I think dresses and outfits I will sell but I can use other bits towards the quilt. So far I’ve cut out most of the squares I need so I will do a post on how I’m intending to make the quilt soon!

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Think that is pretty much it! 6 months has flown by so quickly and I can’t believe how much of a little person she is now!

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Amelia’s upcoming Spring wardrobe

Thought I would do a post on Amelia’s upcoming wardrobe from 6-9months and 6-12months. Its bits I’ve bought myself, been given as gifts or had for a while that have only just started to fit but I thought I would show you all some of what I’ve got and some of the outfits she will be wearing.

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The bits on the far right were from GAP. A few weeks ago I went in there (GAP castlepoint) and honestly it was one of the best shopping experiences I have ever had. The manager greeted me and my sister on the way in and as we started to look through the baby things he came over with a top in the correct size and told me that he wasn’t sure exactly what size my baby was but this top was just £1 and they had lots of sale items, which he showed me toward. There was lots of great stuff and I managed to get an all in one with a cute collar with mint green bows on as the design reduced down to £7 in the sale!

The manager then asked if we had Grazia this week as inside was a 30% off voucher but not to worry if not as he would send another member of the sales team over and I could sign up online and I would get 30% off my shop today and receive further discounts whenever I shop with them. So from GAP I got a couple of the tops in the sale that were just £1 a pair of jean leggings, the bow all in one and the most gorgeous pink floral jumpsuit which is part of the new Paddington Bear range; all of which came to £24!!!

A-MA-ZING!

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Paddington Bear range floral jumpsuit- GAP

I was so pleased with this and couldn’t justify buying anything else that day because I had got so many bargains all great quality and beautiful clothing plus amazing service and great staff! (Thanks GAP!!)

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These dresses were all gifts over Christmas but have just about started to fit; the pink one will be great for a party dress or a special occasion, I’m thinking Amelia will wear this one for my birthday which is in a few weeks!. The checked blue is another from GAP, the bright blue and white spot is chord from H&M and the purpley spotted one was a Christmas present from The White Company which came with some matching tights; it is actually sized 3-6months but has been slipping off her shoulders so decided to wait until it fitted properly to wear! All really cute Spring-time dresses.

My biggest problem that I didn’t realise until over this weekend was that sleepsuits stop integral scratch mits on baby grows in Next, Mothercare, Marks and Spencer etc. This for me is a nightmare; Amelia just cannot get off to sleep with her hands out (too many distractions) and will not keep the separate mits you can buy on. I managed to find some sleepsuits that do keep the integral mittens on them. Jojo Maman Bebe; this was a shop a friend of mine introduced to me as she got Amelia a few bits from here as gifts at my baby shower but there wasn’t one local at the time only online! But a store was located in Westbourne just fifteen minutes away at the beginning of 2014 which I was SO excited about. I love all of their clothes for babies and they stock some great toys and baby essentials. Now the pricing may seem slightly more expensive but its definitely the best quality baby clothes I have. Baring in mind Amelia’s clothes get washed constantly I have some sleepsuits that basically look brand new haven’t shrunk or bagged or discoloured at all which is a mega plus. So I went on a slight splurge and got 5 sleeptsuits. They have some really gorgeous patterns which made it difficult to choose but I did eventually. Also a plus on these is that they are 6-12 months rather than 6-9months so even though a slightly more expensive purchase at the time I think I will definitely get my moneys worth out of them!

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Jojo Maman Bebe also have some really lovely summer dresses that I couldn’t bring myself to buy just yet but I’m sure I will be back in for those very soon!

http://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/

Just after Christmas I received a late present for Amelia it came with a few bits but included in these was the cutest little leggings and top set from M&Co a shop I hadn’t heard of but have a few items for Amelia that have come as gifts from there. This is 9-12months but I already know that Amelia is going to look gorgeous in this combination.

M&Co- Leggings and Top Set.

M&Co- Leggings and Top Set.

The final bits I wanted to share with you were some things from Mothercare. In Mothercare they stock the Little Bird range by Jools Oliver which again is some really really lovely stuff. I was really tempted by their cot bedding when choosing but they didn’t sell it as a bundle at the time so didn’t go through with it. But its all great patterns and really stylish designs for children and babies which I love. Amelia has a pair of dungarees which look super cute with different coloured vests and tops on underneath but she has grown out of them and I wanted to get her a new pair so managed to get those from this range and these are proper dungarees with the clasps at the top and the pinstripe inside (just like what I used to wear!!)

Little Bird by Jools- Lightwash dungarees- Mothercare

Little Bird by Jools- Lightwash dungarees- Mothercare

I think these are great and will go with a variety of things although they might need rolling up at the ankles until Amelia decides to get a bit taller!!

Got another item from the Jools Oliver collection;

Floral Ditsy Blouse- Jools- Mothercare

Floral Ditsy Blouse- Jools- Mothercare

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Few other tops from H&M reduced in the sale! (Cat print and cream ruffle)

I was also in luck as the local Monsoon was closing down so managed to get some sale items there too!

All of the bits I get in bigger sizes just go in the bottom of a washing bin I have in my room for storage. Now clothes are getting a little tight for Amelia and the new purchases this weekend prompted me to have a bit of a cull again and sort out bits to sell and to put the new bits into her wardrobe.

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New and organised wardrobe!

Hope I haven’t blabbered too much but I love dressing Amelia up in cute outfits especially new clothes!

xx