Sunday, 8 October 2017

Heavenly Tasty Organics* Review

As a first time mum, I had all the best intentions prior to motherhood, I was going to be the perfect parent and I wouldn't dream of being anything less than, that is until I became a mother and I am not ashamed to say that I am far from my previous perception of a 'perfect' parent. You see, sleep deprivation and endless tantrums does that to you, and if it hasn't done that to you then I take my hat off to you, but if I have a tantruming toddler in front of me, screaming for another snack whilst I'm trying to survive on four hours sleep, then I hold my hands up and admit, I will give in, call me weak but some days it's what is needed to survive.

Emme has always loved her snacks but then again what toddler doesn't?! The problem is, as much as I try to keep her snacks healthy, think cheese, fruit and yoghurts, I do like to have packaged snacks in my bag for when we're out and about and I don't fancy the chances of strawberry juice dying my iPad cover red but it's hard to keep track of how much sugar your child has consumed when so many foods have hidden or added sugars.

Luckily I have recently discovered Heavenly Tasty Organics who have us covered when it comes to low sugar, tasty snacks for your family, with them being the first baby and toddler food brand to be accredited by sugarwise meaning you don't have to feel guilty when using them as bribery, just me?! 

Heavenly Tasty Organics was founded by mum of two Shauna who came up with the idea for the business soon after starting weaning with her own children. Like many other mums, she started making her own baby food from scratch and when she found that the products on shelves just didn't cater to her children's allergies, Heavenly Tasty Organics Ltd was born. At Heavenly Tasty Organics they promise to produce natural and organic products that are nutritional and innovative, whilst ensuring their customers know exactly what is in their products.

We were recently lucky enough to be sent some of their delicious snacks to try and they have been a huge hit in our house so far! Here's what we were sent:

Coconut Squishies*

Mango, Apple, Banana and Coconut Milk/ Strawberry, Apple, Banana and Coconut Milk

Suitable from 6 months, these delicious pouches contain squished organic fruits with coconut milk and a dash of lemon juice, they seriously satisfy a sweet tooth and are 1 of your 5 a day which means mum points straight away. Emme (and myself) loves sucking them straight from the pouch but they can also be squeezed onto a spoon for babies, making them perfect for changing bags and on-the-go, especially because they don't need to be refrigerated.

Yummy Wafer Wisps*

Spinach, Apple and Kale/Pumpkin and Banana

I think these would be great for teething gums as they're very similar to crisp bread in texture, with a slight roughness that would help to break a tooth through but not rough enough to hurt and they're suitable from 6 months. Some days I can't get breakfast down Emme, other days she has two bowls of breakfast followed by fruit, toast and any other snack she can get her hands on which is when I pull these out to keep her going until lunch.

Mini Italian Breadsticks*

Presented in a handy resealable bag, these breadsticks make the perfect mid afternoon snack. Both Emme and myself enjoyed tucking into these whilst reading books in her teepee last week. Ems is quite the bread fanatic, any kind of bread will do and although we dont usually have breadsticks in the cupboard, she'll always reach for them at a party. I think she quite liked the size of these as they are the perfect for small hands and I'll definitely be picking up Rosemary flavour next time.

With these being so successful, I'm going to pick up the happy halo bites and crispy veggie waffles on my next shop becausethen I don't have to feel so guilty about snack time!

You can purchase these from Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Morrisons, Ocado, Boots among other retailers and online at the Heavenly Tasty Organics Shop!

Have you tried anything from Heavenly Tasty Organics yet?

Love Abbie x

* gifted pr sample, please see disclaimer

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment* Review

We have tried our best to avoid nappy rash at all costs, from using eco friendly nappies to the gentlest wipes and only natural skincare for the first six months of Emme being earth side but it would appear that nappy rash isn't just caused by 'nappies'. Although the term nappy rash is usually used to describe the inflammation of the baby's skin due to prolonged contact with a damp nappy, it can actually be caused by many other factors including antibiotics, bubble bath and teething.

We are currently toilet training Emme but nappy rash cream is still very much a staple product for us as although you would think that less nappies means less 'nappy rash' we have discovered that is not quite the case, so when I was contacted recently and asked if we wanted to review Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, it was a very welcome opportunity. We were kindly sent a very generous hamper of goodies for Emme along with two tubes of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment* to try and with us just at the end of our last tube of nappy rash cream, it couldn't have come at a better time.

We have been applying Bepanthen to her skin as part of her bedtime routine to help protect against the causes of  'nappy rash' as she had previously on occasion experienced inflammation from having accidents in bed which causes her skin to be in contact with urine for a prolonged amount of time, until one of us wakes up and realises. Luckily Bepanthen has a new easy-to-use, flip-top cap so when I wake at 3am to change Emme, myself and the bedding from an accident, its easy to quickly pop some cream on her to soothe any irritation without having to turn the light on and wake her up to look for a lid, perfect for wriggly toddlers.The new tube is also plastic which is much better than the previous metal tube and is much better than other brands tubs which I find to be unhygenic and causes wastage

At first I have to admit, I was unsure about the texture of the cream as upon first contact the product can appear very greasy due to the oil, however the texture is something I very quickly became used to and realised that this meant that a little goes a long way.

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment creates a transparent and breathable barrier to protect delicate skin from the causes of nappy rash whilst the Pro vitamin b5 gently helps to aid skin recovery whilst locking in the skins natural moisture, allowing the skin to recover without drying it out. It is also the 'only leading nappy care product meeting all of the 9 gold standards of an ideal nappy care product which means Bepanthen:

  • is clinically proven for babies delicate skin
  • enhances the natural protection of the skin
  • maintains optimum moisture levels
  • no unnecessary ingredients
  • contains ingredients with documented safety and benefit
  • is free from potentially toxic ingredients
  • is free from potential sensitisers such as fragrances
  • contains no antiseptics or preservatives
  • is pleasant to use'

Although we have been quite lucky in that Emme hasn't had an awful lot of rashes whilst in nappies compared to some babies and toddlers, as statistics show that 1 in 3 has nappy rash at any one time; she does have quite sensitive skin. So if we use a new washing detergent on her clothes or a bath product on her skin, her skin does sometimes react and with her now wearing 'big girl pants' which sit against her skin, this is something I have had to be more mindful of. Emme's most common cause of nappy rash however has infact been when she has cut teeth. If I have ever even had an inkling that she may be cutting a tooth, 'nappy rash' has always confirmed it and with teeth still left to cut, we still have the dreaded rash from that to look forward to too. Luckily we have found that a thin layer of Bepanthen before bedtime has helped to keep Emme's skin protected from irritation due to night time accidents and if she has had any signs of irritation, a thin layer on the affected area seems to soothe the rash, reducing the redness and inflammation and it clears it up quickly too. 

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment is available from all leading supermarkets, chemists and independent pharmacies. RRP £3.99 for 30g and £7.99 for 100g.

So if your starting toilet training and thought your nappy rash cream was no longer needed, you may want to dig it back out just in case. 

Have you used Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment?

Love Abbie x

* gifted pr sample, please see disclaimer

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bath and Room Thermometer Review

Upon becoming a parent, you have to learn to trust yourself, you have to learn to trust your instincts and to know that you are right in many situations and with that comes a lot of guessing. From trusting that you are capable of taking care of your baby when they're poorly, when they have a bump or fall and trusting that you know when they will need to see a doctor. Parenting teaches you things you never thought you would or could know and handle and it comes with a lot of pressures, however one thing I have never trusted myself with is the temperature of things, bath temperature in particular, which is recommended to be between 36.5c and 38c and for this reason we are still using a bath thermometer nearly 2 years later. 

I have often forgotten to pop the thermometer in Emme's overnight bag when she has stayed out at either one of her grandparents, however it hasn't seemed to be an issue as they just seem to 'know' what temperature to make the bath for her, however I still like to use mine for peace of mind. With the recent hot weather I've been giving her much cooler baths than normal but in winter, when my hands are freezing, I struggle to know what's too hot and what's not. Luckily I have the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bath and Room Thermometer* which ensures I get the temperature of the bath exactly right. 

What I love most about this thermometer is that when the temperature is too hot, above 39c, it flashes a red LED warning light, which means that even though the star does float, if Emme puts too many bubbles in the bath, she's quite the little miss independant right now, I can still see the light flashing beneath the bubbles, meaning I don't have to search for it until the bath is at an acceptable temperature. When the light goes off, I then know it's my que to find the thermometer to check the temperature, so that I can re-adjust it if needed. Emme also loves to play with the thermometer in the bath, which i'm entirely unsure of as to why when she has a million bath toys, but thankfully this thermometer is certified as a bath toy so you can happily let your little ones play with it without worrying. 

The design of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bath and Room Thermometer* is designed to fit in with your nursery or bathroom decor and I love how simple it is. When I first tried finding a thermometer for Emme, even before she was born, they were all very much pink or blue or characters, none of which I was a big fan of. The iconic Tommie Tippee star design of this thermometer however is much more me, it's a very cute design and the neutral colours ensure it's gender neutral making it perfect for baby showers, those who choose team yellow and to save for any future babies, it also means that it fits in perfectly in any nursery and wouldn't look out of place, not even in Emme's pink and white bedroom.

With the recent heat wave we've been having, it's been hard to know what to dress Emme in for bed, what cover to put on her, be it a quilt, blanket or nothing at all and the hardest thing is knowing whether or not her room is a comfortable temperature to sleep in, so this thermometer has been amazing to have. Granted it hasn't been a very happy star with Emme's room being so warm but it;s meant that i've been able to check the temperature of her room a little while before bedtime and I have been able to prep the room according to the temperature on the thermometer. Most nights we've had to leave her window open prior to her going to bed and put the fan in her room to try and cool it down enough before she goes in there, it's hard enough for her to sleep with the light nights so it's nice to know I can at least try and control the temperature a little in her bedroom with the thermometer to help her sleep. 

To activate the star's display you simply tap the monitor and the temperature is very quickly displayed meaning you don't have to wait, so if like me you can't help but check on them before you go to bed and several times during the night then rest assured checking the temperature of the bedroom during the night couldn't be easier. If like us your child ends up sleeping in your bedroom at some point during the night anyway but you worry your room is too hot, simply take it with you and pop it on your bedside table for peace of mind.

I would definitely recommend this thermometer to all mums, having one thermometer that does both room and bath temperature is so handy and cuts down on costs, which is always a big help and this thermometer is currently on offer in Kiddicare for just £10** which is an amazing price, especially considering you can pay more than that for either a bath OR room thermometer and here you have both.

Have you used a bath and room thermometer or do you prefer having two?

Love Abbie x

* gifted pr sample, please see disclaimer

** correct as of 27.05.17

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Munchkin Travel Booster Seat Review

Munchkin Travel Booster Seat packaging

Packing a bag for the day out with a baby or toddler is hard enough, never mind packing for a mini break or even a holiday because babies and toddlers need so much stuff. We have only taken Emme away once and at the time she was just 15 months old, luckily she was already out of the early baby stage of needing bottles and sterilisers, formula and weaning foods but we still had plenty to pack and i'm one of those people who packs everything ' just incase.'

We have a mini break at Center Parcs with Dan's parent's coming up soon and this time around I'm determined to pack more wisely, ensuring we only take the things we need. One thing we will be taking with us is the Munchkin Travel Booster Seat because I know we will probably eat out a lot and I find it so frustrating when you go to a restaurant and there are so few highchairs that you have to wait for one to become available before you can even order your meal. Since we bought the Munchkin Booster Seat for Emme she actually prefers this to her high chair, I think she likes feeling grown up sat at the table with everyone else as her highchair doesn't fit well at the table and she tends to be a little further back when she's in that. 

What I love most about the booster seat is that it isn't just great for travel and meal times, we also use it for craft time and messy play because it's so much more handy for me to place a messy mat on the kitchen table for Emme to do her activities on and pop her in her booster seat, than to try and balance everything on her tiny high chair tray which guarantees me cleaning the floor afterwards.

Munchkin Travel Booster Seat being used

The booster seat is a gorgeous mixture of grey and blue, so very gender neutral which I love as I know we can use it for future children too. It features a swirl design on the top and side and of course the signature munchkin heart. It has a very stable and secure frame which can accommodate a toddler or child aged approx 12-36 months up to 50lbs so with Emme being such a dainty little thing, I know we'll get our money's worth from this. The frame features a handy little compartment to pop things like drinks and snacks in or sometimes ill pop nappies and wipes in which means that I can leave the changing bag at home. 

The seat has a 3 point harness system which is fairly easy to use, my only niggle is that the straps around your child's waist are quite stiff to tighten, which I guess means that once you've figured them out, will give you peace of mind that your child is strapped in well, i'm just not the strongest person and I do struggle with them. The chair straps also double up as a shoulder strap which I think is such a unique design, this means it's so easy to carry and it's really lightweight too which will be amazing for a place like Center Parcs where we could be walking around all day but still want to take it along for when we decide to stop at a restaurant.

Munchkin Travel Booster Seat compartment

The material is wipeable and so easy to clean, I may have accidentally thrown a whole cup of coffee over this and the nice cream chair it was on top of and luckily they both came clean straight away so you can just take my word on that one.

This was one of those items that Dan insisted on buying and initially I wasn't too bothered about as I simply didn't think we needed it, however we have had so much use out of it already and it get's way more use than our highchairs so it has definitely been worth the money! I would highly recommend it to all parents and parents to be.

Do you have a travel booster seat? Have you tried the Munchkin one?


Abbie x

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