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What's In My Changing Tables Top Drawer

22 February 2014


I'm pretty nosey, and loved to see posts on 'what's in my hospital bag / changing bag/ handbag' etc. I thought this was along the lines of those, and I always find it interesting to see what products everyone is using so I decided to post my own, about what's in Noahs' top drawer of his baby changer.
We have two little white baskets, which I purchased from TK Maxx I believe, they were very good value at only about £6 each, they're wood with a white linen lining. In the middle of the two baskets, we have Noahs' bibs and dribble bibs. Which I tend to pop on him for 30 minutes or so after a feed, just in case we have a little sick up, or a dribble, then his clothes aren't ruined for the day.


In the first basket, I have some Sudocrem, which I think is pretty much a staple for most Mummys. We use it every time we change Noah, just to be on the safe side. We also have Metanium which is another form of nappy rash / barrier cream. From working in a Nursery I know this is the best out there for even the most severe of nappy rashes, so I keep some just in case. Luckily, I've yet to use it. Pampers wipes are our wipes of choice, sensitive ones for Noahs' newborn skin. He's never had any issues with these and I find them to be the best for him, they're not very wet or very dry, so they're the perfect medium and work well for us. I keep some cotton buds just to clean his outer ear from time to time, they also come in handy for getting little bits of sleep under his eyes, so I'm not poking my huge fingers near his eyes. The cotton wool pads are also for little mop ups, or for wiping Noahs' bottom, as I know John sometimes prefers to use cotton wool & water. Lastly I keep a comb, brush & some scissors. The comb and brush for obvious reasons, to keep our little man looking on point. And the scissors to cut off labels. He has lots of clothes that are new, so when I'm getting him dressed I don't have to wander around searching for scissors to chop off labels & tags.

In the left basket we have some extra cotton wool pads, which are Little Angels from ASDA, we usually just pick any up from anywhere when we're running low. And nappies, lots and lots of nappies, Noah is in newborn size 3, we use Pampers because they've always worked well for us. We did have a bit of an issue a while ago with leakages, but I think it's because we needed to pop him up a size, and now we have, there is no issues. Also something I forgot to photograph above, is scented nappy sacks. We have them too and pop his nappies in one of those every time, it just reduces the smell in the bin & is a whole lot tidier.
So there you have it, that's what is in Noahs' changing table drawer.

What's in yours?

John Lewis Baby Bath Support Review

20 February 2014

I would recommend this product to anyone. This was our game changer for bath times with Noah. We purchased it a few days after Christmas, so Noah was around three weeks old. And up until that point, he'd absolutely hated baths. Perhaps he could sense we felt a bit anxious holding him over his baby bath? Or maybe he generally just didn't like being held in the water, we'll never know. But what I do know now he is absolutely LOVES bath time, and I can safely say it's down to this seat / support.

We use it like this:

We purchased it from John Lewis at around £10, you can get that here. It can clip rest over the edge of a baby bath like above, or you can pop it laying down in your normal adult bath. It makes it so much easier, especially if I'm bathing Noah alone, because I have both my hands free, although I like to keep one on him anyway (just in case) It's made of cloth which I particularly like and find different to most baby supports / seats, because that way I can pop it in the water first, so it's nice and warm on his back. It also means he isn't sliding around on it, or is it sticking to his back, like plastic would. Plus, it's then machine washable, which is a huge bonus. Noah could sit in the bath for hours I'm sure if we let him, he sits so contently on his seat, looking around, smiling, and it's made washing him very easy as he's not screaming his little lungs out and fidgeting around. Bath time is now a delight in our household & we look forward to it every evening, as I'm sure Noah does too!



Noah You're Two Months Old!

13 February 2014

So it's been a full two months since you were born, it's cliché but I really don't know where the time has gone. You really are starting to look like a proper little boy now, you're getting so so big.

Feeding
Once again we've upped your ounces of your milk, you were draining a full 7oz and we were often beggining to give you a bottle every 3 hours instead of the normal 4, so we upped it to 8oz and now you're very content. I hope it stays this way for a while, because our Tommee Tippee bottles only go up to 9oz. Then I'm unsure what we'd do. You've struggled with wind a few times this week, so I've given you Infacol which has sorted you out straight away.

Routine
You're finally starting to go to sleep a bit earlier, which is lovely. You often drop off now around 10/11 (not too early I know, but a marked improvement) and then after your midnight feed, you sleep right through until 6am, sometimes even longer. Apart from that your little routine hasn't changed much, you're still a very, very happy boy in the mornings, I often bring you onto my bed and chat to you, you babble back and smile. We've even had a couple of giggles as I'm chatting away. You still absolutely adore bath time and I wish I could keep you in all day because it makes you so happy. We play away with the sponges and you sit, smile and stare at us in awe. I'm pretty happy with your routine now, and very soon we're going to start popping your moses basket into your cot! How exciting.


Milestones
You are such a smiley baby, it's unbelievable. You love being spoken to, you smile at me when I come into your view and you always love me making a 'brrrrrring brrrrring' noise. As said above, I've even had a few little giggles from you, I cannot wait till you're giggling more, they are the most adorable sounds I've ever heard. You had your jabs as you turned eight weeks, you cried for no more than 10 seconds and was totally fine. I think I was more worried about them than you. In the evening you got pretty clingy and the littlest things really upset you into a crying state, so we used Calpol for the first time. We've not had to use it since because you really are just a super happy contented baby. We love you Noah!

How I get through night feeds.

9 February 2014

Night feeds are one of the most exhausting things about being a parent. I am a lady who unashamedly loves her sleep, and nothing feels worse than when you've spent hours settling your little one late at night, to realise now they're finally asleep but will be up in a couple of hours for a feed. Of course I would do anything for my son, without a doubt, but it's hard, it's an exhaustion that no amount of book reading, can prepare you for. Here are a few of my little ways that help me get through.

1. Recording programmes. I'm often so busy in the day, I don't really get time to sit down and watch my favourite programmes on TV, so thank The Lord for Sky+. During the daytime I set many different programmes to record, and then it makes it slightly easier getting up, knowing I have a good documentary to watch whilst I'm feeding and settling Noah back to sleep. It makes the time fly and takes my mind off how tired I feel.

2. Prepare my mind in advance. If I tell myself he's going to be awake for an hour and a half, then if he drops off any sooner it's a total bonus for me in the extra sleep department. The nights where I'm convinced he'll drop off straight after his bottle, are often the nights he ends up being awake for a good couple of hours. A bit of fooling myself always work. If I tell myself he's not going to settle quickly, it's a lovely surprise when he does, and if he doesn't, I was expecting it anyway.

3. Appreciation. Night time feeds won't last forever, and although tiring, I'll miss sitting on the sofa, looking down at my peaceful, content little boy, who's usually staring straight back at my, studying my face so carefully. It's a special bonding time and in those precious minutes, nothing can compare.

4. At least I'm not John. Slightly mean, but I do like it after Noah's 5am feed, when I'm settling him back to sleep and the other half is getting up for work. Yeah I might be tired, and still trying to get him to sleep in another half an hour, but, I get to return to that nice cosy bed. Something which John won't see again till the evening. I can slob around all day in my pjs if I want, and who cares if I don't venture outside into the freezing cold? Unfortunately the other half doesn't have such luxuries. (Ha ha) 

Noah's two months yesterday and already he sometimes sleeps through his night feed, so I know they will go completely shortly. I won't be as tired and it'll make the daytime easier, but for now I'm happy to spend some peaceful one on one bonding time with my little pudding, in the deep hours of the night. 

The Mummy Tag

8 February 2014

Thank you Emma (over at emmasandalfiesworld.blogspot.co.uk) for tagging me.


                                  
   

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?
I am a working mother, I'm a nursery nurse at a private nursery.

2. Would you have it any other way?
Of course I'd love to spend all day everyday with Noah, but what when he goes to school? Plus if I work, I have more money to spend on him.

3. Do you co-sleep?
Once or twice a week yes, but never all night. It's usually around 5/6am, if he wakes when he isn't due a feed, I bring him in with us till he's due one.

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Every baby is different. But ours for Noah is the birthing ball, bouncing on it with him relaxes him to sleep so easily.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
I'd love two, so Noah is never alone when we're gone. But for now, I'm happy with Noah.

6. Date nights? How often do you have them? 
My parents look after Noah usually once/ twice a month, but we often stay in and just relax. Although we are going out for valentines.

7. Your child's favourite show?
He's a little too young for TV shows yet. Although my big brother showed him some old school Fireman Sam & Pingu, Noah was mesmerised.

8. Name one thing you brought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
Bibs. We always use muslins, as bibs are just too impractical for a baby, some of their socks end up being projectile and a bib would catch it all. Maybe when he's older.

9. Your child's favourite food?
Milk, milk, milk.

10. How many cars does your family have?
Only 1, I got a new one at Christmas, the other half is currently learning to drive, then he'll get one.

11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
I didn't put much on while pregnant, but since having Noah I have ate quite bad. Oops.

12. Dream holiday with your kids?
I've been privelidged enough by my parents to travel all over the world to some amazingly exotic places and I would love to be able to give Noah the same expierence. Our first holiday is in July!

13. Dream holiday without your kids?
My holiday wouldn't be a dream if Noah was at home. I'd miss him so, so much.

14. How has your life changed since having kids?
You can't pee/ shower / do anything without worrying if he's ok!

15. Finish the sentence "It makes heart melt when..."
I wake Noah and he's in the sleepiest state, it's completely adorable.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Next, John Lewis, Tk Maxx, Boots miniclub, anywhere we go we look at the kids section and if we see something we like, we get it

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
Benefit high beam has been my favourite at the minute, just because it makes me look awake and glowing. Even though inside I'm shattered & dull!

18. Huggies or Pampers?
Pampers! They're our favorite and from working in a nursery, I knew beforehand they were the best and most reliable. Although at work I always likes Asdas little angels, but we've never used them. Pampers work for us, so don't fix what isn't broken.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
I didn't really expect to have them this early, but of course I'd always loved to have children.

20. Best part of being a mum?
Having a new best friend, seeing him grow and do something new every single day, he makes me so proud!

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