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

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Toilet Training Regression

I have been more than open about my struggles as a parent from having a child that hates sleep to a much shorter breastfeeding journey than I had set out for, lets just say that my parenting hasn't turned out exactly how I imagined it to. So when we recently started full on potty training not long after Emme turned two and she pretty much aced it within a week, including day trips and bed time, I have to admit I was quick to post about it on social media. Not to brag by any means but because I was bloody well proud that we'd managed something with ease and I wanted to be able to look back and remember how proud I felt and remember that we'd managed to crack something ahead of schedule, instead of being behind.

Of course as soon as you hit that button to tell the world something positive, you know for a fact that you have well and truly jinxed yourself. Fast forward nearly three weeks and we've all of sudden had countless accidents. The first being the worst explosion Emme has possibly ever had whilst out in the city centre, I don't even think she had a nappy this bad as a baby, followed by many nights of bed wetting, something she mastered from the first night but seems to have completely back tracked on and I'm not entirely sure why.

Part of me wonders if I've moved everything on far too quickly for her. We started off bedtimes with nighties and going commando so that she didn't have anything to even feel remotely protective like a nappy, in the hopes that she would not wee and she grasped it amazingly with no accidents at all, (at least at first) so I then moved onto putting pants on under her nightie and very quickly moved onto putting pyjama bottoms on when her nighties were in the wash, when maybe she just wasn't ready for such a quick progression.

The explosion however I think and hope was just a one off, it did resemble that of an upset tummy and therefore is completely understandable but with the bed wetting too, it makes me question where things went wrong.

Emme is still telling me when she needs to wee during the day, and she loves to use it as an excuse several time before bed so I know that she hasn't given up on toilet training altogether, it's not that she's taken a disliking to going, in fact sometimes she's quite happy to sit there and have a chat whilst she goes. She has started using 'I need a drink' several times before bed as an excuse not to go to sleep and I'm wondering if she's possibly drinking far too much before bedtime but I don't feel like I can deny her a drink.

The only other thing that has changed since we started her toilet training is that we have been trying to get her to sleep back in her own bed at night after months of sleeping in ours and I'm wondering if maybe I've tried approaching that far too soon with her, even though she initiated the idea as she wanted to sleep in her big girl bed because her new thing is to 'be a big girl like Ella' (my four year old cousin). She is still coming into our bed in the early hours but she goes to sleep in her own bed, she has had accidents in both ours and her own bed.

So where I thought we had been lucky and were sailing our way through toilet training with ease, we've encountered a bump in the road that I hadn't expected. Accidents I did expect, attempting toilet training and having to wait a little longer because she wasn't ready, I expected too but for her to pick it up so quickly and then to start backtracking wasn't something I expected and is a completely new learning curve. I don't want to push her, she's only two and its completely normal to have accidents even after being fully toilet trained but I don't want to completely back track and start putting her nappies back on, so here's hoping this is only a blip in the road and that we get back on track shortly.

Did you experience toilet training regression with your toddler? How did you overcome it?

Love Abbie x

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
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