During a recent visit to Lush Henry Street, I came across a fantastic multi-purpose soft bath product for children and adults. The Lush Fun range is a bubble bar, body wash, solid shampoo and even for play. My four-year old hates getting her hair washed, it can be somewhat of an exaggerated and traumatic ordeal, now with this Play-Doh like substance bath-time has changed forever. (more…)
What is Yoga
Yoga is a technique of exercising your mind and body through relaxation, mediation, controlled breathing methods and stretching.
What is Babatots?
Babatots is a service providing courses in mum and baby yoga, pregnancy yoga, baby massage, antenatal breast feeding classes, antenatal positive birth classes and is also a lactation/breastfeeding consultancy.
Helena Brady the founder of Babatots has a passion for helping mums achieve the best experience in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. With this Helena decided to provide a professional and experienced service to families with a list of qualifications including a degree in Nursing, including a postgraduate diploma in Public Health Nursing and in Mental Health.
Benefits of Yoga for Mum
Practicing yoga can help you recover and restore your body after child birth. It is the ideal postpartum exercise to get back in shape physically, strengthening pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
Yoga teaches self-discipline, physically, mentally and spiritually.
It is great way to meeting new friends and mums alike.
You get to spend precious one-on-one time with your baby.
Benefits of Yoga for Baby
Yoga aids bonding and social interaction.
It can help to soothes baby, it can promote better and deeper sleep.
It can help alleviate wind, colic and constipation.
Babies bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems.
When Helena from Babatots invited me along, although very interested I could only picture myself twisting Frankie into funny positions, breathless and attempting impossible poses.
Helena took a very relaxed approach, with calming and soothing music. Each hour long class commenced with some simple breathing exercises. We would unwinding in meditation learning how to control our breathing.
Class followed with some simple stretches bending babies’ knee into their chest, crossing their arms over, stretching, stimulating and helping to improving their muscle development. We played, we sang and we had special one-on-one bonding time with baby. My yogi-bear loved the stretches, he still does, he chuckles every time.
Then we moved onto some of the funny positions I mentioned earlier. I did feel a little silly when we started the poses at my first class. One of the women on my course clearly did gymnastics, she twisted and posed to perfection. I was a breathless octopus (hands and legs everywhere) struggling to keep my posture and hold me ten-tonne baby correctly. Helena was brilliant at direction. She wanted us to feel comfortable and she helped anyone struggling with a pose.
There’s no alphabet to yoga but by class three if there was, I would have been able to spell yoga with my poses. I had great confidence once I became comfortable with holding my koala bear all thanks to Helena.
Each class ended with a relaxation exercise. Helena would have us falling asleep at her feet, unwinding in a trance. After each class Frankie would have a peaceful deep sleep and he would always be in fantastic humour upon wakening.
I’ve now been practicing yoga three months effectively and I feel great. My bodily posture has improved immensely. When we are having a bad day or if I get anxious I practice my breathing exercises and it really helps me regain control. I loved playing and having that special one-on-one bonding time with Frankie, all while exercising.
I really enjoyed the course of mum and baby yoga with Babatots and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to shift some pregnancy weight, meet some new friends or anyone looking for some precious and productive one-on-one time with baby.
Babatots have a host of classes around Dublin in everything from bump to baby at various times, you can check them out HERE. They also have a regularly updated Facebook page with informative shared content that you can also check that out HERE.
**Disclaimer: I received a free course of mum and baby yoga for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.
At first, when Kayla’s dad and I broke up and began co-parenting I would probe her, hound her with a million questions. Where were you? Who were you with? How long were you there for? Who is she? (more…)
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Are you looking for a healthy alternative for the little babógs this Christmas? Your toddler will love the Organix Goodies selection box full of tasty and organic snacks. Thanks to their No Junk Promise you can rest assured they contain no unnecessary artificial ingredients.
The selection box is suitable for children over the age of 12 months and inside your little ones can create their own pop up winter farm scene. The Organix Goodies Selection Box is available for a limited time only this Christmas and includes five yummy and delicious treats.
1 x Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Stars
1 x Raspberry & Apple Fruit Moos
1 x Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar
1 x Mini Gingerbread Men
1 x Alphabet Biscuits
The Organix Goodies Christmas selection box is €3.76 and available from Organix, Boot UK and Asda.
I have THREE Organix Goodies selections boxes to GIVEAWAY!!
To enter COMMENT below and tell me what your toddler or child’s favourite snack is.
Giveaway closes the 5th of December at 6pm. Winner will be contacted directly and announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page.
**Disclaimer: I was giving this product to run a giveaway and for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.
Marie the owner of Bobby & Belles after many years trying to source affordable and unique clothing for her little boy decided to set up her own business distributing inexpensive and timeless pieces. Bobby & Belles and has continued to source beautiful one-off pieces sourced in mainland Spain that regularly sell out. The range includes newborn, girls and boys clothing from tights, dresses, onesies, jumpers, trousers and even hair bows from age 0-7.
We recently received a beautiful floral navy and white dress from Bobby & Belles to review. I don’t normally get clothes online for Kayla, personally I like to touch and feel the quality and verify Kayla likes the the dress too. Even at four, she has her own sense of style and knows exactly what she likes to wear.
The dress arrived last week and once opened she had to wear it straight away. The dress hit below her knee and cupped at her wrists, no cardigan necessary for the winter months. The quality and durability of the fabric is outstanding, it’s washed really well and did not lose shape. The dress costs €17.95 and is worth every penny. I would certainly buy from this store in the future.
I love my dress. It’s lovely and warm. I look like Laura from The Little House on the Prairie. I wore it to my friends house and she loved my dress too.
Bobby & Belles have lots of unique outfits for girls and boys on the website you can check them out HERE. Use voucher code MYLITTLEBABOG for 10% off at checkout (valid until 18th of December). Bobby & Belles also have a frequently updated facebook page you can check it out HERE.
**Disclaimer: I was giving this product for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.
As featured in my Mummy Christmas Gift Guide, Irish company A Present For My create beautiful illustrated books for little people to give to big people.
Telling a short story of the difficulty trying to find the perfect present, the child decides to get a pair of socks that hidden within the book.
The colourful book is available for mum, dad, teacher, uncle, aunt, grandpa and grandma.They make the perfect gift for any small child to a big person. They come beautifully wrapped with a tag and the book is hardback so the quality of the book is excellent.
A present for my books are available to purchase in Avoca and Gifts.ie. Harvey Norman, Arnotts, Meadows & Byrne, Blarney Woollen Mills, Carraig Donn, Kilkenny Store, Meaghars Pharmacy, Cara Home, Sam McCauley Pharmacies, McCabes Pharmacy and all good bookshops.
I have a present for my dad book to GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader. Any dad who enjoys reading to his small will really appreciate and adore this bundle of cuteness.
To enter comment below and tell me your smalls favourite story book, easy peasy!
Giveaway will close at 8pm on the 2nd of December. The winner will announced on my Facebook page and contacted directly by email.
We headed off to the Christmas Toy Show yesterday afternoon. Situated in the main hall of the RDS, it had all the toys you need for Christmas under one roof from this year’s must-haves to the all-important stocking fillers, yeh know the one’s kids will actually play with! There was a timetable of live entertainment and music, along with activities and entertainment for everyone, adults included.
Upon arrival fashion icon Barbie was meeting and greeting her fan at the entrance. Kayla tripped over herself when she seen her. She got all her words mumbled and almost cried with excitement.
We started at the Play-Doh workshop, squishing, mushing and creating. Mr Play-Doh made an appearance. He jumped, skipped and danced, all the children were giggling and laughing as his play-doh pot bounced about the place.
Kayla spotted the Lego workshop next, she must have spent an hour here. She is looking for Princess Lego off Santa this year so she decided to practice making a Rapunzel castle.
Frosty the DJ kept everyone entertained when the live entertainment was on a break. We chilled back in a bean bag filled area and watched an amazing magic show by Silly Billys and Eclipse stage school performed some brilliant routines.
There is so much to do, you could spend the whole day there. There was a host of interactive family fun from ride-on tractor racing tracks, remote control challenges to Nerf and Rebellen target ranges. There was a storytime area, football challenges and not forgetting the Santa experience too.
It is a day not to be missed. I would recommend to bring some sandwiches if you are going to head along. There is a couple of vendors selling food but none to our taste, we are very fussy eaters. We are now feeling all christmassy and getting ready to pull the decoration out and christmify the house top to bottom. God, I love Christmas.
Buying gifts for Christmas can be a struggle especially for women. So I’ve rounded up some of my top Christmas gift idea’s for any new mom, wife, sister or friend.
Last week I attended the Stellar Shine Awards the only Irish awards that is solely dedicated to recognising, celebrating and applauding young women aged 18 to 35. There was ten categories with over 75 awesome Irish women nominated including best author, best actress, best sports star, best singer and best radio personality. I was there amongst some of Irelands finest women because I was nominated in the best blogger or vlogger category (yes I’m still pinching myself).
I attended the awards hosted by Mia Dunphy in The Spencer with my friend Louise, we sipped cocktails, we chased and nibbled on the delicious food hovering around the room, mingled with some of Ireland’s biggest role models and I enjoyed my five minutes of fame as my name was called out along with the other finalists. Suzanne Jackson an amazing role model, beauty and fashion blogger won my category. I’ve been a huge fan of hers three years now. She is a huge inspiration to many young women including myself.
Katie Taylor won best sports star, Cecilia Ahern won best author and Una Healy from The Saturdays won best singer, who unfortunately couldn’t make it on the night to accept their shine award gongs. While Jennifer Maguire best known from Republic of Telly won best TV presenter. The hilarious Hillary Rose won best comedian. The beautiful Aoibheann McCaul won best actress on the night and best fashion designer went to Chupi Sweetman-Pell. Nikki Hayes from Spin 103.8 also won the best radio personality. The biggest and most inspirational award on the night was awarded to Louise McSharry for best role model.
It was a fantastic night, I’m honored and still quite speechless I was a finalist with my parenting blog. I never expected anyone to read my blogs except for friends and family. It’s six months since I set up My Little Babog and I’m loving every minute of it. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you who nominated me. I will treasure this moment forever!!
The Christmas Toy Show is back and this year it’s even bigger and better. Taking the main stage in the RDS from the 22nd-30th of November, the Christmas Toy Show promises to be a nine-day magical and memorable experience.
There will be live entertainment throughout the nine day spectacular from disco’s, ventriloquism puppet shows, Play Doh workshops, music classes, magicians, story-time and football challenges. There will also be a giant photo wall at the Show where children can get their picture taken with their favourite cartoon characters including snow queen Elsa.
One of the great features about the Christmas Toy Show is the Elf Service. There will be hundreds of the must have toys this Christmas along with some fantastic stocking fillers. The Elves will be on hand with their clever ways to help you to your car, stash them in Santa’s storeroom for pick up at a later date or to help organise home delivery.
The Christmas Toy Show is hosting an amazing Santa experience this year which includes a train ride through Santa’s magical kingdom, a story from Mrs. Claus and a Christmas Elf will guide you through Santa’s grotto. Advanced booking is strongly advised. Tickets are €15 and each child will receive a gift from Santa. You can book your tickets HERE.
Admission to the Christmas Toy Show at the RDS is €6 per person or a family ticket admits five people at €25, children two and under are free.
For more details about the Christmas Toy Show extravaganza visit www.christmastoyshow.ie