Friday, 22 August 2014

Fisher-Price Discover Your Way Launch

Last week Sophia and I headed up to the Prima Baby Magazine HQ in London to attend the Fisher-Price Discover Your Way Campaign.

Fisher-Price have launched the Discover Your Way Campaign to celebrate and show all the different ways that children like to play on their own, using their own imaginations and playing at their own pace.

''66% of parents worry that they don't play with their own children - but the experts disagree''!  I know myself as a parent that in the past I have worried that my girls haven't developed as quickly as other children and I can see from having my second how much children develop differently at their own paces, every child is different and have their own ways of learning.

We had a talk from Susie Boone from and Dr. David Whitebread from the University of Cambridge who gave a talk about Child-led Play.

A new survey has revealed parents are worrying too much about playing directly with their children whereas experts advise it is beneficial to allow them to play independently. The survey by leading parenting website MadeForMums in association with Fisher-Price explored the play time habits of over 1,100 parents with children aged 0-3 years. 

Two thirds of parents worry they are not playing enough with their children, with 63% believing the more one-to-one play they have with their child the quicker they will develop new skills. However a leading expert in the field has advised not enough child-led play can actually be detrimental to their development. 

Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge, senior lecturer in psychology and education, developmental cognitive psychologist and early-years specialist, advises that allowing children to play independently is an important part of their development: “The really big concern over the last decade is the relative loss of opportunities for children to engage in child-led play. Children’s lives are much more structured than they have ever been – and there is quite a lot of evidence to suggest this can be detrimental. Parents can certainly be given guidelines about productive ways of playing with their children, but it’s important that play is not structured all the time”

This is something that I can defiantly agree with, Abigail loves to play on her own, she was an only child for 4 years until Sophia came along so has always been able to use her own imagination and role play on her own. I often her her playing with her dolls and other toys, speaking to them and having them play different roles in her made up games!

After the talk we were treated to a lovely lunch for both the adults and children, there was also a big play area for the children to play with all the fab Fisher-Price toys, which Sophia absolutely loved!  It was also great to meet other Bloggers and the Fisher Price Mums who were all really lovely.

I also got to meet the very lovely Billie Faiers who attended the launch, Billie who is known from the TV show TOWIE has a 5 week old Daughter Nelly who is adorable.  I spoke with Billie about Motherhood, with her being a new Mum herself it was nice for her to have a chat and exchange experiences and tell her all about little Sophia!

We had a great time at the launch and Sophia loves her new toy in her good bag (blog post to come on that!)
How cute is this photo!! PHOTO CREDIT FISHER-PRICE
The Fisher-Price Campaign launches on 25th August.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning House - Review

Fisher Price is one of my main favourite brands, and they never fail to keep Sophia entertained.  

We were sent the Laugh & Learn Learning House to review, and I knew as soon as I saw photo that this would give Sophia so much joy & entertainment, especially with it being so big and colourful she took an instant shine to it! 

There are two interactive play modes to the house, Learning & Music.  Both sides of the house have activities to keep Sophia entertained, with sing along songs and A-B-C's which are Abigail's favourites to join in with Sophia!  I know Abigail is 4 years older than Sophia but I think its great that this also appeals to Abigail as its nice for her and Sophia to bond.

To the side of the house is a purple rain spout which Sophia loves dropping the balls through.  There are sort shapes on one side, and n the little letterbox of the door which she tries to do, its great to stimulate her mind, the numbers to the house at the top are also great fun as they spin around.  Having lots of sounds when playing with the house makes it fun for her to learn.  She likes to point at the clock and various other bits to the house and say 'whats that' we then have to tell her what it is she's pointing to so now when I ask her where the clock is, she points to the clock!

She loves coming through the door, she loves to play peeka boo with Abigail through the door!

The Laugh & Learn Learning House is for ages 6+ and over and is available at Argos currently for £59.99 (reduced from £99.99)

*we were sent this in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Breastfeeding Sophia - Our Journey is Coming to an End!

I have to say I am really proud of myself for feeding Sophia for the first and most important times of her little life, I am proud because when I first had her I tried to talk myself out of breastfeeding as much as I could and made excuses trying to convince myself that it wouldn't fill her up and that she would be constantly hungry, I also lacked confidence in myself.  But with lots of support I carried on and fed her for the first 12 months of her little life!

I decided to wean her off of the breast as for one, I felt like I needed to stop myself.  Yes this may sound selfish but it was getting me down, I don't know if anyone else has ever felt like that, but I was starting to feel really low as I felt like I was constantly feeding her, bedtimes used to take what it seemed like forever and she would wake at least 4 times in the night just for the comfort of it.  I started towards the end to feel slightly drained, my evenings would be spent mostly upstairs, I never got to have a little half hour break before bed or never got the chance to settle down and watch a movie or have a bath, just the little things!
I also felt like Sophia might be ready to stop, she has her 3 meals a day, plus snacks, fruit etc and water/juice so I know that she wasn't going hungry at all, this little girl has a great appetite!

I was trying to figure out a way in my head how to wean her, and also read lots of advice online to see what others had done.  I read some really great stories and some real awful ones! To be honest I was expecting it to be really awful and for Sophia to cry all the time but how wrong was I......

I decided to start a few days before her first birthday, I figured I would cut out the morning/daytime feeds all together and also bedtime ones, and replace the morning/night time feeds with cows milk.  So the first day was great, I didn't offer her boobie at all and each time she tried to pull my top, I distracted her with either a snack/water in her cup or one of her toys, she would mainly want it in the daytime as a comfort before her naps in the late morning and afternoon.  Seeing as it all went down so well that day I decided to try bedtime. Now bedtime, I was thinking this would be the hardest one to crack! I poured her milk into one of Abigail's Moshi Monster cups!! Sophia won't take milk from a bottle or even a sippy cup so I thought I would try out one of Abi's and what a success that was, she took the milk whist in her cot before sleep time, I dimmed the lights and put on her Cloud B Sheep which she loves, especially the heartbeat sound, this seems to help a lot at bedtime.  I was waiting for her screams or for her to try and pull at my top but she was calm and quite happy to be taking her milk from her big Sisters cup!  She had a little cry after finishing the milk, I think she started to wander what to do with herself, usually she would be attached to my boob but now she was in the cot on her own, with me still in the room so I started to sing to her, as I lay her down she was calm, and started to fidget into different positions, after half hour of singing and saying night night she was alseep.  I can't quite believe how easy it was that first night, and how she didn't scream for me.  It felt really strange and my boobs were so painful that night, I had to go and express after she had gone to sleep (and did so for about a week afterwards each evening).  That night she slept through until 7am, I was the one waking in the night wandering why she hadn't woken up for me!  I can't remember the last time she had slept through, it felt so strange!

From that day she hasn't had boobie in the daytime or at bedtime, she will only still have it if she wakes in the middle of the night.  This is a time that I am still trying to crack and I think may take some time.  Due to her teething she has been waking at night and just wanting comfort.  She won't take a dummy or bottle so boobie is her only suckling comfort  Once I have cracked this I will update and let you know how I get on.

I feel quite refreshed and am glad that Sophia is happy and was so content about giving it up, I honestly thought it would be hell, especially as relied on it so much but its been great and I am so grateful that she has taken to it so well.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sophia's First Pre Walker Shoes - Start-rite Review

I can't quite believe how quickly the time came around to Sophia getting her first pair of shoes.  When she started crawling just after 10 months old I thought it would be nice for her to have her first pair of pre walkers.  I took her off to our local shoe shop in the high street to get her feet measured as I wanted her to have a nice comfy fit, I think its so important for babies/toddlers to have a comfy fitting shoe and most importantly at the right size that fits their little feet.

For Sophia's first pre walkers I choose her the Start-rite May Pink Girls buckle shoe I adored the lovely pink colour, so lovely and girlie.  I really liked the buckle on the shoe, you know how much babies like to pull off their shoes and socks! No chance of that for Sophia with the buckles fastened!

The shoe has a padded ankle which makes it nice and comfy for Sophia.  The soles are also flexible and soft.

The pre walkers retail at £26 which I think is a great price for a good quality shoes.  I'm so happy that Sophia had a comfortable shoe to wear for her first pair.  

With their first shoes you get to create a lovely video where you can share a photo of them in their shoes and photos of their first memories like getting their first tooth, their first birthdays etc.

You can watch Sophia's special video here.

You can also watch this video on Start-rite's You Tube channel which shows babies who's parents have sent in movie clips of their little ones first moves!

*We were sent the shoes in exchange for an honest review

Monday, 18 August 2014

Hope's Relief Lotion & Soap - Review

Abigail has always suffered from dry patches on her skin, and I have been through lots of creams to keep the dryness under control, I noticed it more on her stomach and legs but nothing seemed to actually work, various creams would keep her skin smooth for a few hours but nothing was helping it clear.

When I was offered the Hopes Relief Cleansing Bar and Moisturising Lotion I honestly wasn't expecting the results that we got with it! I just thought it would be another cream that would work for a few hours and then Abigail would go back to having her dry patches, but I can honestly say that this cream has been amazing. Obviously I wasn't expecting to see results straight away but after a week or so of using the cream and the soap every day after shower and bath times for Abigail and Sophia I noticed that Abigail's dry skin was clearing up. 

I really like the lotion as the texture is quite thin, and absorbs into the skin easily without leaving it feeling greasy.

The cream and soap can also be used for people who are prone to suffering from Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis & Dry skin.  Neither of my girls suffer from Eczema but I would recommend it to anyone who does or who's children suffer from it.

It is Australia's #1 natural skincare range.

Hopes Relief Lotion ingredients are:

Mango Butter
Olive Butter
Shea Butter
Grapeseed Extract
Jojoba Oil
Rosehip Oil
Gotu Kola
Vitamin E
Purified Water

All of which are natural ingredients and have had a great effect on Abigail and Sophia' skin,

*I was sent this product in exchange for an honest review

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Sophia

Happy 1st Birthday to my youngest Daughter Sophia.  I can't quite believe how quickly a whole year has flown by!!

I shall post later and let you all know what we have been up to with her for her special day!!!