Saturday, 24 September 2016

An Introduction to Baby Wearing & a GIVEAWAY!

I'd done some research on baby wearing before my little one came along, and knew it was something I wanted to give a go. My hubby and I share a car, which means unless I'm willing to do the hour-round trip to take him to work at 6am, I'm car-less during the week. Of course, we have a gorgeous pram which really does have its place but nothing for me, beats carrying your baby on you. 

Being a new mum, the world of baby wearing is pretty daunting. Thankfully there are tonnes of sling libraries out there, where you can give different styles/types of slings and carriers a go and talk to the experts about the do's and don'ts. I found my local library really easily on Facebook!

My biggest concern was safety for Violet, but with a bit of practice at home and few short trips to try out my sling, I soon got the hang of getting her in the prime position - close enough to kiss. For tiny babies, the general advice it to be carried on your front with the head supported, which is exactly where my Wuti Wrap* from We Made Me comes in

We Made Me have won tonnes of awards for their fab slings and carriers and I'm super excited to be sharing one with you. The brand was original influenced by an Indian tribe, which brought about the cool names for all of their products. The website explains the word "wuuti" means "woman leader" in Hopi, and so the Wuti Wrap was born. 

For anyone completely new to wrap slings, they're basically a long piece of material which can be wrapped around your body to produce a comfy seat for your little one. The Wuti Wrap is made from a stretchy, woven fabric which is designed to be super breathable and doesn't sag with the weight of the baby. I've tried a couple of wraps and this one is by far the most comfortable to wear. The material is a great support, but doesn't make you super sweaty like some of the jersey fabrics I've tried. 

The wrap has a fool-proof piping around the edge to ensure the wrap is in correctly and is in the prime position for you and baby. And due to the style of this sling, can be easily adjusted throughout your babies life and has been tested for safety up to 35lbs. Plus the stretchy material means one size fits all, no adjustment required, just pop the wrap on your body and off you go. 

Using a sling makes my life so much easier. You don't realise how small shops are or how difficult it is to manoeuvre a pram around tiny spaces until you have to do it solo. And getting on and off public transport can be a nightmare. However, if V is strapped to me, I have no issues getting out and about. Plus she loves being cuddled in all day. 

If you're looking into trying baby wearing, I would absolutely recommend starting out with a wrap style sling. They can be used from birth and once you've mastered the wrapping and getting baby in/out, you'll never look back!

One last, very exciting piece of news, is that I have one of the Wuti Wraps to giveaway! All you need to do is enter below. The giveaway is open to UK residents only, and will close on 8th October 2016. Good luck!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Making Mama Friends.

Being a new mum is tough. It's even harder when you're left alone with your tiny baby, after your partner goes back to work. I knew there was no way I could spent weeks and weeks trapped in the house, so I've made a conscious effort to make sure we have something planned almost everyday. 

Before getting pregnant I had zero mummy friends in my local area. So I dragged my hubby to antenatal classes to ensure I had some friends to hang with on maternity leave. Thankfully we've made some lovely friends and baby dates are so much fun. 

I've been pushed out of my comfort zone and headed to a few baby groups within walking distance from my house. I turned up a little apprehensive and nervous but we've been welcomed into a group at the community centre and one in the local church hall. There are lots of baby sensory toys and other mums to chat too. Plus they're ran by volunteers, so cost no more than £1.50 and includes unlimited drinks and snacks (usually for the children, but we sneak a few in too!). 

We've also signed up to a baby massage course, which is going really well at the moment. I'm learning lots of techniques to help relax Violet as well as helping with reducing her reflux and any colic or constipation she may get. The sessions are so relaxed, if the babies aren't up for it we can just have a cuddle and learn the techniques to try at home. 

I've also managed to find a few monthly baby activities too! We headed to HOME in Manchester last week, to a parent and baby screen of Cafe Society. I went along with one of my Hypnobirthing friends and her little boy and it was just lovely. 

Our next activity to try is baby yoga, I'm not sure what to expect but the main thing is that I'm getting adult conversation and meeting other mums. 

I can't stress how important it is to get out there. It's scary taking a baby out for the first time but once you're out it's fine. And every other mum has been in your situation. I've found the more relaxed I am, the more relaxed Violet is. Plus if I've forgotten anything, I'm never too far from a shop to resolve the situation. Getting out there and meeting new people is brilliant and really important for your baby's development too.

I'd recommend looking for local Facebook groups and checking out NCT website for groups near by. My health visitor provided me with a few groups too, and I've discovered more from talking to other people too.

 I've gone from being a nervous new mum to feeling confident and looking forward to our baby dates each week!

Have you found any local baby groups? Come say hi to me on Twitter, I love making new mummy friends!

Katie xx

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Baby Friendly Skincare.

Newborns are notoriously known for having sensitive skin. We decided before Violet arrived that we wanted to use natural skincare products to ensure she didn't have any skin issues. Taking after me it was inevitable that she would have super sensitive skin, so we didn't want to take any chances. Thankfully the lovely people at Child's Farm* came to the rescue and sent us some gorgeous baby-friendly products to try.

First up we received a cute travel set, which will be perfect for our little holiday next month. The set includes a miniature body wash, moisturiser, nappy cream and bubble bath. These are the perfect size to trial with your baby, instead of picking up the full sized products. We have been trying out the nappy cream for a few weeks now and it does an incredible job at clearing up any redness. 

We also received a full sized baby moisturiser and baby wash, which we've been really enjoying using. The moisturiser is brilliant for using with the baby massage techniques I've been learning and it really helps to prevent Violet from getting any dry skin.

All of the products are dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved as being safe to use on baby's delicate skin. We were immediately drawn to the Child's Farm brand for their 'Happy Skin Promise' which states all products are free from parabens, SLSs, mineral oils and artificial colours. The ingredients are 98% natural and have been tested on babies to be suitable from birth.

Child's Farm is certainly a brand we will continue to buy from in the future and I can't wait to try out a few more products from the brand.

Katie xx