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Best Baby Buys- the first few weeks

27 Nov

baby buys

Well it’s been 6 and a bit weeks since Freddie joined the Fordham family and I am loving every moment! The first few weeks were tough but I really feel that we have gotten to know each other now.. I understand his cries better and he is much more content in general. He is developing a lovely little personality and his beautiful smiles that he is beginning to show make every sleepless night worth it.

There are a number of products that I have used over the past few weeks that I believe have made life with Freddie even easier and I wanted to share these with you. I have lots of expecting friends at the moment and these are all the things I have raved about to them!

  1. Cheeky Wipes- my top baby buy. I literally can’t imagine nappy changes without them. This reusable wipes kit is super easy to use (as you can chuck them in with any 40 degree wash), smells amazing (lavender bum!) and great for the environment and my wallet! I’ve had these since before Freddie was born and because of that I have only used a disposable wipe on his bum a grand total of 3 times. I adore them and all my NCT mummy friends agree; it’s their favourite baby buy too. (£39-£45 cheekywipes.com)
  2. Ewan the Dream Sheep- ahhhh Ewan! Purchased on a recommendation from an NCT friend after we had used an iPad playing youtube videos of white noise to survive those first few nights! Now we wouldn’t be without him! Ewan is a fundamental part of our nighttime routine. I think it has really helped Freddie to tell the difference between day and night as we only use Ewan at nighttime. The noises keep him calm (even help send me off to sleep!) and the pink light creates a lovely glow. One thing to note: in 6 weeks we have had to change the batteries 3 times… A little too often for me considering we have only used it at night. It’s worth it though for the calm night’s sleep!
    (£29.99 amazon.co.uk)
  3. Shnuggle Bath- we struggled with a standard baby bath for 6 weeks before discovering this on an amazon search. I found it really hard to hold Freddie and bath him effectively… It always felt like he wasn’t very secure and raised my stress levels completely. His first bath in this little thing was fantastic! For the first time we had no tears from him and he actually smiled as he splashed the water with his little hands. The back rest and clever bum bump keep him fully supported, leaving me hands free to wash him properly, and the max water level guide helps the water to be the perfect height (and this keeps him warmer for longer). (£19.99 amazon.co.uk)
  4. Kokoso Coconut Oil- this pot of goodness is completely multi-purpose. I mostly use it on Freddie’s bottom as a nappy cream at every change. We are hoping to go full time into cloth nappies when he is a bit bigger and most standard barrier creams (sudocream, Vaseline etc) interfere with the performance of reusable nappies. It smells divine, melts into his skin perfectly and has prevented any nappy rash so far. I also use it as a general moisturiser for his dry skin and have used it a couple of times to try some baby massage. Of course you can buy lots of different brands of coconut oil but this one is made by a mum especially for mums and is quite good value considering how much you get in a pot. (£7.99 boots.com)
  5. Liberty Sling- baby wearing was always on my baby agenda after a fellow mum friend wore her baby constantly in his first year. She showed me how easy it was and promised to help when my time came. I bought the same wrap she had as it was one of the cheaper ones around but still top on performance. I went for a black wrap (so it goes with most of my clothes!) but they have lots of lovely colours to suit every taste. It took a couple of attempts to feel confident with the tying etc but now Freddie loves being wrapped to me and we often favour this over the pram. I have used it when he is crying and within moments he is soothed and happy. He often falls asleep within minutes and it leaves me hands free to bake cakes, do the washing up or put my make up on!!! Baby wearing is the business!!!  (£24.95 amazon.co.uk)
  6. Babymoov Lovenest- like the shnuggle bath, this is another product I wish we had owned since birth. For the first few weeks of his life Freddie has preferred sleeping with his head to one side. This has meant he has developed a slightly flatter patch on that side of his skull. As his mummy I think it’s 1000% worse than it probably is but I wanted to be proactive about it (and at least stop it getting any worse). I found the Lovenest pillow recommended by a paediatric osteopath on a website and purchased straight away. It has an indented bit which your baby’s head sits in to reduce the pressure and prevent your baby developing flat head. I’m not sure how much it has helped/will help Freddie’s head shape but I feel it gives me a bit more piece of mind. I will be recommending that expecting friends have one from birth as it’s not that expensive but could make a real difference. (£14.99 amazon.co.uk)
  7. Infacol- thank you Lord for the wonder of infacol. For the first 3/4 weeks Freddie was a very cry-y little man. I could tell he was really struggling with trapped wind as he would wail after each feed and draw his little leggies up in pain. I umm-ed and ahh-ed about gjving him anything because it felt a bit too medicinal/clinical but after a fellow NCT mummy raved about how it had changed her little boy’s feeding times I thought it was worth a shot… Anything to reduce those heart-wrenching ‘mummy-I’m-in-pain’ cries! I now give him a dropper full of this before every daytime feed and it really helps him to get the burpies up much quicker and relieve the pain. He is much more content in the day because of this. (£2-£4 at most chemists/supermarkets)

I haven’t been paid/bribed/coerced into writing about any of these products… I just absolutely love them and wanted to share the love with you!!!

 

 

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wish list 002

16 May

clockwise from top left- tweezerman for benefit, bunny suit guy lego minifigure, topshop lipstick in whimsical, julia dress from topshop, real techniques stippling brush, nails inc cupcake collection, amazon kindle

2nd wish list everrrrrr. I’m sort of um-ing and ah-ing about what kind of things to include on these wish lists… I’m not sure whether to keep them quite limited (i.e. beauty, fashion etc.) or to include everything that I’m pining for right now, inclusive of the slightly daft things. This post has got a bit of both; I guess because I am who I am and I like what I like. I’ll go forward with that ethos from now one, but that comes with a warning. There will be randomness!

So with that little disclaimer, here’s my wants and loves:

Tweezers are my nemesis. I need them (thanks bushy eyebrows!) so I buy them and then I either discover that they are totally useless or if I do find one pair I like I usually lose them within the space of a week. With that in mind I wish to try out a new thoery. Maybe if I buy ridiculous expensive ones (I mean £22.50..come on!) I might have more of an incentive to keep them safe and they might actually do their job properly. This tweezerman pair from Benefit come with a hefty price tag but look adorable and might just be worth buying to test drive my theory! John Lewis currently have them in stock.

The husband and I collect lego minifigures. We are not ashamed. I have abosolutely no idea how it started and can’t quite believe we now have 17 of them lining a shelf in our kitchen but somehow it has happened and now I’m ever so slightly addicted! I think it’s the thrill of not knowing which one you will get. Series 7 has just been released and my favourite has to be the bunny-suit guy, I will go far to find him and have saved him a space on the shelf. (wow… we are weird!)

I need to get some lipstick and I need the perfect peachy pink shade. Whimsical from Topshop may just be the answer. I haven’t actually tried any Topshop make-up myself yet but I have read some great reviews on various blogs and it seems to be good quality for how much you pay. At £8 I think I might have to give this a go and hope that it is worthy of my first proper lipstick purchase!

This Julia Dress by Jones and Jones for Topshop caught my eye whilst browsing the site the other day. I’m tragically bad and picky when shopping on the internet and so it surprises me when I find something I like! This dress is stunning, it’s got pastel shades, sequins and pleats! Need an occasion that justifies buying it now!!!

I’ve always applied liquid foundation with my fingertips up until very recently. I purchased Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow a few weeks ago and bought a cheapy foundation brush to use with it because I do know that fingertips aren’t the best method of application but this Real Techniques stippling brush is the one I really want. I seen some great reviews and other bloggers are raving about it. I think I’ll wait a while and see how I get on with the Benefit HFOW before purchasing one of these from Boots.

Gosh this nails inc collection is a dream!!! QVC always have great little sets that you can’t get elsewhere and this cupcake one has to be the best I’ve seen so far. I love the name (they really are cupcake icing colours- makes me think especially of the Hummingbird Bakery!) and the shades are perfect for summer. I’ve already got Haymarket and colours really similar to the yellow (Notting Hill Carnival) and peach (Wellington Square) so that’s the main reason I won’t be purchasing this set just yet but that doesn’t mean I can’t pop it on my wish list and suggest that other people get their hands on it!

A kindle has been on my little wish list in my head for a while now. I keep having little debates with myself as to whether it’s actually worth it as I read a lot of Agatha Christie books and other detective novels that can be picked up for a pretty cheap price from second hand book shops… But then I look at how brilliant it would be to have all my books on a little device that I could carry with me on commutes etc. I’m semi hoping that someone will buy me one of these without me asking because then I don’t have to make the decision myself. I’m so silly!

What are you wanting this week? And any of these things take your fancy?

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