baby, Fitness, Home, Mum

2nd Time Around: 10 Things I will do Differently with our New Baby

Our little girl took us by surprise and arrived two weeks earlier than anticipated which meant that I ended up missing my last day of work and starting my maternity leave earlier than expected.  I was going to have a couple of weeks to get myself sorted and prepare for her birth whilst spending as much one on one time as possible with our son.  As so often happens in life, events didn’t quite go to plan so I was left hurriedly buying some newborn sleepsuits on the way to hospital!

Looking back at the time around our son’s birth I feel I learned a lot from the choices I made in the early days, especially during my maternity leave. There are a few things that I would like to approach in a different way this time.

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Life, Mum, toddler

Bluestone Resort: Our Free Range Family Adventure

We booked our trip to Bluestone early in 2017 having heard from some friends about it’s existence and about how good it is for families.  They have returned to Bluestone with their son for the last 3 years and after hearing of their recommendation we decided to book a break in October 2017 which happily coincided with their next stay.

Part of the reason we wanted to go in October was to tie it in with my husbands and my birthdays at the start of October and with Z having another year before starting school we thought we would take advantage of an out of school holiday break.

At the time of booking we didn’t know I would be 34 weeks pregnant when we stayed at the resort.

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baby, Mum, pregnancy

My Downloadable Hospital Bag Checklist

As I’ve now entered the third trimester of my second pregnancy, my thoughts have started to increasingly wander to its inevitable conclusion.  Also, we moved house a week ago and I’ve started to come across some of the items that I plan on taking to hospital for the big occasion as I slowly empty the boxes that have overtaken my living space. As I am one of those people who likes to be prepared and because I don’t want to lose any of my essential items I have started to put them all together in what I suppose will eventually be the bag that tags along with me when I head to hospital to give birth.

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baby, Mum, sleeping

8 Benefits of the Bednest: A Review

*Please note that I am not receiving any monetary compensation/free equipment/anything else in return for writing this review and the links included in this post are not affiliate links. This review is based on my own genuine opinions regarding this piece of baby equipment and has not been endorsed in any way*

We got a Bednest for my son when he was around 2 months old. I wish that I had known about it earlier because I would have definitely used one from birth. In fact, as soon as we got it, I sold the Moses basket!

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dental, Mum, pregnancy

Looking After Your Dental Health During Pregnancy

Looking after your teeth is essential at all times but it is of particular importance when you’re pregnant. Many people blame pregnancy for the deterioration of their gum health, the development of cavities and even the loss of teeth and this may be true, indirectly. It is likely that the increase in dental health problems during and after pregnancy are probably due to a change in oral health habits and diet during pregnancy and therefore is entirely preventable.

Read on to find out how you can prevent your own dental problems from developing as a result of pregnancy.

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Mum, toddler

Should we be more like our toddlers?

I have a 2 year old son who is strong willed, high energy, tenacious and loud. He never walks anywhere but prefers to run everywhere instead. He hates to be restrained and he makes A LOT of noise! He is exhausting!

To many people he is a ‘naughty child.’ He doesn’t listen, he rarely does as he’s asked and he laughs when I raise my voice.

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Home, Mum, toddler

Top Ten FREE Things To Do with Toddlers

Entertaining an energetic toddler with a short attention span can be quite testing at times so it is useful to have a few ‘failsafes’ in your pocket for when your little one needs entertaining and you’re low on ideas.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get outside, although I am a great believer in ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’ or money is tight which limits the options available.
I’ve included my top ten for things to do in these circumstances, they may not suit everyone but they work really well for us.

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Life, Mum, Wife

My Idea of a Perfect Mother’s Day

Ahhhh, Mothers Day.  I have fond memories of the homemade cards I presented to my mum when I was at primary school and she always looked delighted to receive my colourful splodges. When I got  a bit older I even used my pocket money to buy her a box of chocolates and a bunch of carnations.

Now, as a mum myself I have my own idea of what a perfect mother’s day would involve and surprisingly, it wouldn’t cost the earth!

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Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay. Are they linked?

As a dentist and a breastfeeding mum this is an area that I did a lot of personal research into following the birth of my son and when I decided to continue breastfeeding beyond 6 months. During my training at dental school we were told that ‘extended’ breastfeeding beyond 18 months, especially at night, increased the risk of developing tooth decay. My 2 and a half year old son still breastfeeds and only stopped feeding at night after turning 2 so this is a topic that is very important to me.
Whilst researching this subject I was shocked by how little relevant, up to date, high quality research is actually available on the subject and this disappoints me greatly.  Surely, this is an important subject that deserves to be well researched especially due to the shocking number of children who are admitted to hospital in the UK to have teeth removed.

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Why I’m not potty training my 2 year old

Potty training is a hot topic amongst my friends and acquaintances at the moment with some early accomplishers and others who are older and still in nappies.  There is definitely an element of competition and pressure to conform especially as some nurseries will not allow children into preschool if they still wear nappies.  This baffles me, as the average age for daytime dryness is 3 years old, which is the age that preschool starts.  Now, please note, that  this is the ‘average’.  This means that some children will be closer to 4 or possibly even older when they are consistently dry during the day.  I do appreciate that there can be medical causes for a delay but those are not sufficient to skew this average.

I think there is excessive pressure placed on parents to start potty training when their kids aren’t ready.  This pressure  may be passed on to the children and can lead to anxiety in both parent and child. I don’t think this is a healthy place to start developing a new skill  and that is why I will not bow to the pressure just to conform.  I will wait for my little boy to show me when he is ready.

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