Having a baby is the most beautiful natural and wonderful process in the world but not many tell you the truth of what really happens during and post pregnancy. Whilst some lucky mums-to-be are blessed with a ‘glowing complexion’, bypass on the heartburn and get no strange weird cravings at 3 am. There are some things your friends and family forgot to tell you. We normally only share all the pretty things about being pregnant and having a baby so here is a list of things I would tell my best friend about having a baby. (more…)
Mika B Teething Necklace
Mikab teething jewellery is a family business. Inspired by their own daughter Marlenka, Dominika and her husband Szymon set up their business. The jewellery was created ‘for mums with babies in mind’.
In vibrant colors you will find teething bangles suitable from birth at a very reasonable €9.50. Pendant necklaces costing €12.50 in various different shapes and sixteen beautiful ribboned necklaces, my personal favorite at €16.50 a piece.
Made of non-toxic, food grade silicone. It is the same kind of silicon you will find in baby soothers and baby bottle nipples. They come with a breakaway clasp for extra safety and comfort. Mikab teething jewellery complies with very rigorous EN71 toys safety standard. Dominika recommends you throw it away if you see any signs of damage or wear and tear. Also it’s recommended that MikaB teething pendants and necklaces are not toys so never leave them baby unattended with it. All teething jewellery can be washed with soap and warm water.
I received my modern and on trend purple ribboned necklace almost seven weeks ago now and as Frankie was so small, we have only been able to use it more recently. He just woke up one day and started chewing his little hands. Perfect timing to get my new purple teething charm to work.
At first I thought the big silicone beads were quiet large and he may struggle to munch and chew on them. I was proven wrong straight away, he was absolutely loving it. Pulling and tugging, chewing to his hearts content.
I will try anything to help Frankie get through his teething pains and prefer natural remedies unless absolutely necessary. He looks so violent when chewing on the necklace, almost abusing it, its so funny to watch. It’s also quick entertainment when out and about. It will entertain baby whilst out having a coffee with friends.
I’m now a huge fan of Mikab teething jewellery and recommend their jewellery to anyone with a little teething monster. For more information on these products visit www.mikabteethingjewellery.ie.
*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. Opinions are my own.
I read somewhere that most mothers are able to tell what their babies want by the sound of their cries. We understand the difference of a hungry and pain cry. The first time I heard Frankie’s ‘pain’ cry I got really worried and we ended up in hospital that night (see Frankie got a Freddie). I’ve been listening to his cries and done some research to try understand the difference in babies cries. Decoding their cries can help ease both mummy and baby frustration at such a helpless age.
The Hungry Cry (or thirst)
This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries. It’s a repetitive cry and just gets louder and louder. It eventually turns frantic. This cry tends to sounds like ‘Neeeh’ it comes from the suckling reflux.
Some other signs of hunger is smacking of the lips, putting hands in their mouth, pushing head from left to right in a swift fast movement. If they put their tongue to the top of the mouth, it’s more than likely that they want a feed.
The Wind Cry
Shortly after eating if your baby lets out piercing or intense cries they may have tummy pain. If they draw up their legs or are visibly uncomfortable when you lay them on their back. The cry ‘Ehhh’ is the reflex sounds usually associated when they are trying to push wind from their belly.
The usual repeated back-rubs and gentle smacks, holding babies back and chin up straight usually do the trick and bring relief to baby. Infacol and Gripe-water are some mummy favourites to help relieve trapped wind also.
The Tired & Overstimulated Cry
This is when your baby’s cry is inconsistent and it may alternate between laughter and fussing. Your babies crying can be fairly soft, and it starts and stops. You may be able to soothe your baby, but eventually the crying intensifies. The yawn reflex normally sound like ‘Owwwh’
Babies grow so much in the first few months. Even though it looks like they don’t do much other than goo and gaah, their growing each and everyday and that can leave the body exhausted. Some days they may need more sleep than others.
The Constipation Cry
It’s hard angry like grunting cry, sound like ‘Ehhair’. Baby may need to have a bowel movement or have intestinal gas. Stimulating the rectum, cycling the legs and pushing them up can help ease and relieve some pain. Some people tend to feed brown sugar and water to help quicken bowel movement also.
The Pain Cry (Sick)
This is the cry every mothers worst nightmare. Your baby’s cry sounds unusual, its different from any of the regular cries you’re used to hearing. If you have tried all of the above I would check babies temperature and seek advice from your G.P.
The Colic Cry
Babies who tend to cry for more than three hours a day, for three or more days a week, chances are baby is colicky. It is described as an constant excessive cry in an otherwise healthy baby. Your babies belly tends to be enlarged or swollen, they can pass wind as they cry and are sometimes inconsolable at a particular time of the day like the late afternoon or evening. Also seek medical advice, babies formula may need changing.
It’s a tough thing for both you and your baby to go through. Ask for help from friends or relatives. Remember babies can sense frustration and it’s absolutely perfectly normal to put your baby down in a safe place and walk away for a few minutes to get a break.
My latest parenting beach hack is just in time for summer. For some talcum powder is not only fantastic at keeping babies’ bottoms dry and helping to prevent nappy rash – baby talcum powder is my secret weapon at the beach. It’s always in the boot of my car along with some suncream. (more…)
UV-Buddy.com is a small family run business based in the United Kingdom. Husband and wife James and Gemma decided to act on their concerns of prolonged exposure in the sun and the very harmful effects that ultraviolet light can have on your skin. They then decided to produce accessories that would help raise awareness and provide people with guidance to stay safe in the sun.
All of the products featured on UV-Buddy.com are state of the art color changing beads. Each of the beads have different pigments that change color and depending on the pigment added to each bead, colors will vary under UV light. Each bead works 50,000 times before the pigment is lost and will no longer respond to ultraviolet light.
UV-Buddy have a great range of products at very reasonable prices. School bag charms, phone accessories, bracelets, necklaces and more. There is something to suit everyone who would like to be aware of when to protect their skin.
What Are UV Rays?
UVA rays can cause premature aging and wrinkling of your skin. UVA rays can contribute to more serious skin conditions and skin cancer, such as melanoma. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is believed to be also associated with severe UVB sunburns. And finally UVC rays are the most dangerous, but luckily these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and as very rarely reach the earth.
I received two colorful UV-Buddy bracelets over a month ago, one for myself and one Kayla. Kayla’s has a very cute teddy bear on hers and both had a UV-Buddy charm.
We popped our bracelets on and excitingly headed for the back garden when suddenly our bracelets started to glow. Confused as it was a very cloudy day, I though maybe there not working properly. I then read the information leaflet that came along with the bracelet and I was astonished to find out ultraviolet light can still shine through the clouds.
Previous to receiving our bracelets, only if it had been sunny or there has been a good weather prediction, I would lather Kayla up in factor 50 before getting dressed. Like some mammies, if it’s raining, cloudy or windy you wouldn’t expect the UV rays to be strong so I wouldn’t bother.
So then I decided to leave my bracelet on the window ledge at night and as crazy as it sounds some days it glowed and others a little dimmer of light shined from it, proving the ultraviolet light could damage her skin if I didn’t protect it.
We now have a routine before breakfast to check our bracelets before getting dressed so we can decide how we will protect our skin from the harmful UV rays that day. These bracelets should be in every school, creche and home. It’s so important that we teach our children to protect their skin at a very vulnerable age. I would recommend UV-Buddy to EVERYONE!
I received two uv-buddies for reviewing purposes, all opinions as always are my own!
I recently received a 3 month supply of WaterWipes and Sensitive Make-Up Removal wipes to review. I have been using the sensitive facial wipes for 3 weeks now. I’m really impressed, they are pretty awesome!! I do not have time to cleanse, tone and moisturize every morning or night, if i did I’m pretty sure I’d be a beauty blogger. I rarely get a chance to put makeup on too so these wipes came in handy and my skin is genuinely feeling refreshed and clear.
Water wipes are an award winning company, with their products manufactured right here in Ireland by Irish Breeze which is based in Drogheda. Not only are you indulging in the latest beauty product you are also contributing to Irish jobs.
UK allergy approved ‘The Worlds Purest Wet Wipe’ are unique compared to most facial wipes on the market. They are preservative, fragrance, paraben, alcohol, benzoates, phthalates and triclosan free. Sensitive facial wipes are 100% natural, with 99.9% purified water, 0.1% citrus grapefruit seed extract and dead sea minerals.
These wipes are aimed at people with extremely sensitive skin, as we all know most facial wet wipes on the market can sting and dehydrate the skin and are generally not that effective at removing our make-up.
So I have skipped my usual double cleanse routine as I’ve been super impressed with these wipes. I never use facial wipes as I find most wipes on the market sting my eyes, dehydrate my skin and you need about ten wipes to effectively remove your make-up.
Ultra-mild, non-irritating, thicker and stronger than your average face wipe. These soft absorbent wipes leave no oily residue, just a clean and fresh feeling. Suitable for daily use, these natural wipes are free from chemical preservatives and other hard ingredients that you would find in other facial wipes. They left my skin soft to touch, clean and hydrated.
Sensitive make-up removal wipes are available in Dunnes Stores, Tesco’s and McCabes Pharmacy.
All opinion my own
My reflection on how I coped during both of my children’s first few months.
Isn’t it interesting how with every baby we have, we have different ways of raising them? I look back on my first born and I wouldn’t let anyone cuddle her with the fear she was going to crave attention. I bought everything brand new, not a second-hand item in sight. I gave her warm bottles as I was told it was better for her tummy. Woke her religiously every three-to-four hours for the first six weeks. I ran to the doctor with a sniffle. I didn’t do proper research my buggy and ended up buying a new one at 24 weeks old. Kayla never had tummy time, to be honest I didn’t know what tummy time was. She’s so picky with her foods now, as I never experimented with flavours and textures. She won’t eat most vegetables and it’s my own fault!!
During my pregnancy on Frankie so many people offered clothes, blankets, swings, sterilizers etc. This time I wasn’t too proud. I accepted anything and everything bar his cot. I bought Frankie four sets of clothes during my pregnancy and I have only bought him three outfits since he was born. He’s fourteen-weeks-old now. They live in baby grows for the first six-weeks. Friends and family buy you so much, mainly clothes. If I didn’t like them, I exchanged them for something I did like. I always give a credit note for this reason. We don’t all have the same taste. I spent hundreds on Kayla, money which I didn’t have on little dresses that were not comfortable on a new baby.
Anybody who offers any hand-me-down baby items now, I jump at the chance. I though on Kayla, no way. The thoughts of hand-me-downs reminded me of my childhood. Money was tight, most clothes came from family, friends and charity shops. Hems were lowered, trousers cut into shorts. Now I just think gimme everything you got. A wash, an iron and as good as new. Why waste money on something that is perfect?
Cuddles? Hmmm, I was told ‘don’t have that baby in your arms she’ll just get use to it, wait till your on your own’. I don’t know if I didn’t bond with Kayla at first like I did Frankie l, I just fed, changed, put her down. My pregnancy on Kayla was a shock. I was sick one month, pregnant the next, then all of a sudden I was responsible for this little person. It was all so quick and to be quite honest, I didn’t know what I was doing. Force feeding Gripe water and infacol, telling everyone she was colic and had bad reflux, but to be honest looking back, I don’t think I was winding her properly.
If I remember correctly Kayla was on five antibiotics the first year of her life. I ran to the doctor with a sniffle, sneeze or a cough. I’m pretty sure I left the surgery one day thinking ‘how stupid she’s just teething’. Frankie had a cough a couple weeks ago. This time I chose to let his immune system kick in. A baby should not be on antibiotics at six-weeks-old. My determination worked, he was perfectly fine after 2-3 days.
I never want to see a warm bottle ever again. Running though the Square S.C, looking for a microwave or praying the bottle would heat up quicker sitting in a tea-pot of hot water. Dragging my feet down the stairs during night feeds just to warm a bottle up. This time it’s room temperature. Best tip anyone has every gave me. Makes life so much easier and the night feeds quicker.
I’m certainly no chef. Although I make a mean vegetable soup. Kayla eats potatoes and gravy. Gravy, potatoes and cold sausages. Beans, potatoes and gravy, oh and did I mention potatoes? The odd fish fingers, pasta and soup of course. She’s such a fussy eater. She’s allergic to eggs and is lactose intolerant aswell.
I’m currently looking at magazines, books and websites for new adventurous recipes to make for Frankie. Butternut squash, sweet potato, cucumber, hummus and sweetcorn. All things I would never dream of giving to myself never mind a baby. It’s all changed now. I won’t be freezing my mam’s left over stew or casserole. I’m so excited to experiment with all these new foods.
If I remember correctly I bathed Kayla almost every night. In products I knew nothing about just because they advertised them with a picture of a cute baby smiling. She ended up with awful baby eczema and nothing seemed to stop the flare ups. Why do we choose to use creams, lotions and potions on our babies? Warm water is perfectly fine, without parabens, preservatives basically adding crap to our children’s baths. I choose wisely this time. Infacare ultra mild. It’s light, moisturizing and you only need a drop in each bath. A bottle should do six months.
I never accepted help. I thought I have to prove to everyone I’m a good mam. I need to do everything for myself. So stupid of me. I was exhausted. I came home from the hospital with Frankie, sat on the sofa and I didn’t move. Anybody who said if you need anything done, want me to take Kayla for a few hours, overnight, make bottles, hoover your floors etc. I held them to it and took up their offers. I spent the first two weeks looking after myself, bonding with Frankie, enjoying his first weeks.
On Kayla I was up out, window shopping, anything just to get out of the house. Looking for a job when she was only three months old. Now I’m thinking, gosh I’m back to work in less than four months. Six months just isn’t enough time.
All I remember is Kayla crying, her getting sick, the tiredness, exhaustion, applying for jobs. Some family and friends disagree with me on Kayla’s first year. They felt guilty feeding her as she fell asleep whilst drinking bottles, that she was one of the best babies ever. So why don’t I think that? Makes me wonder… Did I have post natal depression? I am one for pretending everything okay when it’s clearly not. Did I know? Did I try mask it? Did I lose some of the most precious first moments of my babies life?
I lived at home with my mam, dad and little brother, sharing a room with Kayla for her first year. My mam is so particular with her home, she’s house proud so I felt I was stepping on toes a lot. My dad was up for work at five or six and with Kayla’s two night feeds, until she was eight or nine months old, I can imagine he couldn’t wait until I moved our to get a good nights sleep. Then I had a hormonal brother preparing for the leaving cert too. It was a lot of pressure to try keep everyone happy.
I couldn’t wait for ‘me time’. I’m pretty sure other people had her more than I did as she got older. She spent lots of time with her godmother, her parents, my cousin, my Aunty, my mam and her very fraternal nana. Basically anybody who answered the phone to me. I just wanted time to be Kellie again, even if just for a few hours. Maybe that’s why I started looking for a job again when she was only 3 months old. I think my pregnancy was such a shock that I wasn’t prepared for motherhood. This all changed after settling in to our new home. I wouldn’t dream of leaving Frankie with anybody right now, maybe I am finally ready to be a mammy.
All I can do know is take it as a life lesson, do everything different. Learn from my mistakes. Me and Kayla are best buds. She’s my little sidekick. Where I go she goes. We both have our moments like everyone. I’ve made up now with what I lost when she was so small and cherish every moment I get with her now.
I hope you get some advice from this blog, its very personal to me. Not many people believed I struggled with Kayla as a new baby. It has taken me four years to actually open up about it. If you have any worries, concerns or feel like you can’t cope, please speak to a family member or close friend. I hate thinking someone out their is hibernating their post natal depression. Speak up, get help and be the person best you can be.
I love this beautiful ‘Irish Jig Gig’ family illustration by Irish artist Carla Daly that we received for Frankie’s room.
Personalized with Frankie’s birth date, time, weight, hospital and family names. The photo really doesn’t do it justice, the colours are so bright and fun. The illustration measures 30 x 40 cm, it’s perfect for framing.
Carla’s really colourful illustrations are unique and perfect for a birth keepsake or Christening gift. All illustrations and gifts are very reasonably priced and are available in loads of different themes with free post and packaging.
Check out www.gifts4baby.ie for more info.
**Disclaimer: I was giving this product for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.
So I have pretty much had the worst luck ever, which is strange considering everyone around me says I’m the luckiest person they know. I’m the one who wins every raffle I enter and the Bingo jackpots, although I’ve yet to win the Lotto. I went and broke my foot four weeks after giving birth to my baby boy, Frankie. So now I have a seven-week-old baby boy, a demanding four-year-old daughter Kayla, and NO LEFT FOOT! And no, it didn’t happen on my first night out since having Frankie (it’s going be almost 12 months before I can wear six-inch heels and hit the pub again since becoming pregnant). In actual fact, I was having a water fight. A mother of two can still have fun!