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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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#Competition: Latch Newborn Starter Kit

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas | Posted on 24-12-2014

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Breastfeeding is a tricky business. In theory – and in the mountains of leaflets and information you receive whilst you’re pregnant – it sounds easy enough, but when it comes to doing it it’s never quite as simple as you’re led to believe. It’s also rather painful. As someone who failed to breastfeed either of my boys – for genuine medical reasons before the mafia get me – I only ever experienced the tougher side of feeding. I know plenty of people who take to it with ease, whose babies are pro’s from day one, and who feed with minimal effort for months and months.

One of the decisions we made when I was pregnant with both my boys is that it was important for us for Daddy to feed too, both for the bonding experience and to allow him to do occasional night feeds to give me a chance to get any sleep. Now sadly on both occasions the decision was taken away from us – appendicitis is never advised, and my second labour experience is best not talked about near anyone planning to have any babies – so we bottle fed pretty much from the start. Little Man was combination fed from day 4, moving on to purely bottle fed from week two, and Little Dude managed about 24 hours of me feeding him before everything went a little bit wrong.

Had we had the opportunity to purely breast feed, and had we had the option to provide expressed breast milk in a bottle, we would certainly have been keen to try out the new Latch bottles from Munchkin. Unlike other leading brand bottles which are designed to look like breasts, Latch bottles are designed to mimic the movement of the breast during feeding. The teat on a Latch bottle is designed to move in the same manner your nipple would, extending as your baby latches on and replicating the feeding process s if it were your breast he was feeding from. This is the ideal bottle if you want to combine bottle and breast feeding as there’ll be no confusion from your baby and no difference in the feeding experience from their point of view. Also, due to the “accordion style” way the teat flexes, your baby is able to stay correctly latched on, so there chance of air being taken in is decreased, therefore reducing the danger of colic. Colic is definitely something to avoid where possible. Trust me.

The team at Munchkin have got one of the super Latch Newborn Starter Kits to giveaway. The kit contains four bottles, teats, a bottle cleaning brush and a brush to clean the valve too. Its everything you need to get your Latch experience off and running. To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.

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Review: Tommee Tippee Steri Bottle

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews, Travel | Posted on 10-11-2014

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On my recent trip to the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough I decided I didn’t want to drag our steriliser all that way just for one night, and what was eventually just a few hours in the hotel. Its a large, though essential piece of equipment and as you will all know packing space is often at a premium when travelling with babies. We are Tommee Tippee fans here, having used their bottles and equipment with Little Man and repeating this with Little Dude. A few weeks before my trip I was offered the chance, purely by coincidence to review their brand new Steri-Bottles, and thought I’d found the perfect solution.

Steri_Bottle_TommeeTippeeWe were sent two packs of their Steri-Bottle twin packs to test out on our trip. Little Dude has been using Tommee Tippee bottles since day one after a rather traumatic birth left me unable to even consider breastfeeding so I thought these bottles would be ideal for him. The bottles come ready to use and already sterile. They are incredibly well packed, and the instructions ensure you don’t touch the teat or the inside of the bottle when unpacking them or when preparing your feed. They are single use BUT are recyclable which I love. They sounded too good to be true.

Sadly for Little Dude they were. Despite almost six months of daily Tommee Tippee bottle use these bottles were not for him. The teats were too different to the ones he’s been using that he simply refused to drink from them. We use ready made formula which he isn’t the biggest fan of, much preferring it to be made fresh in the Perfect Prep machine, but whether it was cold or warm, or ready made or fresh, he just wouldn’t drink it. I’d taken some of his usual bottles with me too, so we had to do a bit of make shift sterilising by soaking bottles and teats in boiling water fresh from the kettle.

In theory these are brilliant. A safe sterile way of feeding your little one if you’re away for the night and can’t face lugging your steriliser with you. I guess the ultimate test is whether your baby is as fussy as mine! Great idea Tommee Tippee, sadly not for us though.

Product Review: Oxo Tot Training Cup

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 21-08-2012

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As you all know my Little Man is going to be 2 in October. We’re very lucky as he’s always been great at eating since we began weaning him at four months, and he’s always enjoyed his milk. He was breastfed for just two weeks after I fell ill and couldn’t continue, so he has been bottle fed formula and then cow’s milk since then. Now as he approaches his 2nd birthday he is still insistent on drinking milk from a bottle, though he is only having two bottles a day – one small one after his midday nap, and one big feed before bed. I’ve tried a multitude of sippy cups and beakers, but he just pulls a face when he takes a drink. Transfer the same milk into a bottle and he finishes it without pausing for breath. I decided we needed a new different cup to try with, so I spoke to the team at Oxo Tot and they sent me a Training Cup to try.

The training cup holds 200ml of liquid so is the perfect size for his milk feed at night. It has an open top, but with an insert which features small holes around the edge. This allows children to get used to open top cups but with the flow much slower to reduce the potential for spillage. It also has a similar shape and feel to his usual bottles so I was pretty hopeful.

One afternoon when he got up from his nap I gave him the Training Cup with 120ml of milk in – his usual feed size at this time. He was excited about a new cup and he brought it to his lips and took a successful sip. I was thrilled – mainly because he hadn’t poured it down himself, proving that this cup does work! Unfortunately this was followed by his usual appalled face and the swift turning over of the cup. Needless to say milk is a little tricky to get out of carpet, but if you do it fast enough there is no lingering smell.

So we are still using bottles for milk, but this Training Cup works really well for meal time drinks. If anyone has any ideas on getting my son off the bottle, or any products that might do the trick, I’d really appreciate your thoughts!!

The Oxo Tot Training Cup is available in green, aqua and raspberry, and you can read more about it here.

Product Review: The Original Baby Ba

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 20-10-2011

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On Monday I had a very enjoyable day out at the Baby Show For Trade where I got a sneaky peek at lots of brand new products and innovations set to hit the market in 2012.  One of my product highlights was this – The Original Baby Ba.

Okay I know you’re now wondering what on earth that is! This is The Original Baby Ba and it is designed to hold any size or style of babies bottle so that baby – from the age of 3 months – can feed themselves. Seriously.  I know my Little Man is slightly older than 3 months – he turned 1 last Saturday in fact – but here is my gorgeous boy demoing the Ba.

Whilst we were at the show Little Man needed a bottle and was good enough to travel around in his buggy drinking from his bottle using the Ba – brilliant!

Now The Original Baby Ba – like all good products I’ve found – was designed by parents.  Three Dad’s from Oregon came up with great little invention after their own experiences feeding their children.  As well as making life that little bit easier for parents it also helps develop a sense of independence in children – and to be honest all parents would jump at the chance to make their lives a bit easier!

The Original Baby Ba is available in three colours – blue, pink and green – and is made of BPA-free, FDA-approved silicone. My Little Man also likes to use it a chewy toy at the moment whilst he’s teething. The Original Baby Ba is lightweight and flexible and dishwasher friendly. Its nicely sized to allow babies to grip it in any manner of ways and it doesn’t roll under the sofa – unlike most of Little Man’s toys!

The Original Baby Ba is distributed by Banz Ltd in the UK and retails at £12. Five retailers signed up to sell the Ba at the trade show but I’m sure many more will follow soon.

For further information on buying a Ba or if you are a retailer interested in stocking Ba’s contact Louise at louise@newinnovashun.com