This changing mat is a game-changer.
You really really don’t need to go and buy and expensive ‘baby changing bag’.
This mat was recommended to me by a friend before Mr Small was even born, but I had already purchased a nice baby changing holdall that had a mat inside. I didn’t think I needed to spend MORE money on another piece of kit.
Cows milk protein allergy….. CMPA… I had never heard of it until one day when Mr Small was about 5 months old and suddenly I had to become an expert overnight.
Childcare… it’s a minefield! Stay at home? Get a nanny? An au pair? Or choose a nursery?
There are pros and cons of all the options. We have chosen a nursery but Mr Small is yet to start to no validation as yet as to whether we have made the right choice!
So, why did we chose nursery?
Life throws up surprises and twists and turns when you don’t expect it…… due to a variety of reasons – we are staying in the city! Things have worked out remarkably well and I’ll be returning to work after 14 months maternity leave. I’ll be doing 3 days a week plus a bit of keeping in touch when not in the office. With two weeks to go until my first day back I feel very mixed emotions….
This isn’t a post about breastfeeding vs bottle feeding; but for those of you who want your baby to accept a bottle, whether that’s formula or expressed milk.
For what it’s worth I breastfed on demand for the first few weeks, but then I felt that for both my sake and for Mr Small we needed a bit more of a routine and frankly I needed a little bit of a break.
We decided to try and introduce a bottle of expressed milk for the last feed of the day at c. 10.30 pm. I also liked the idea of the potential little bit of freedom that having a baby who would drink out of a bottle would give me if I did need to go out for a couple of hours, and leave Mr Small with someone else.
The Scummy Mummies podcast…where to start?!
I think firstly with a big THANK YOU!
Thank you Ellie and Helen for making me laugh out loud while feeding a newborn, while walking miles with the pram and while doing the mountains of washing that come with having a baby, among many other things… you ladies are hilarious and your podcast has been a life-saver in this first crazy year of motherhood.
A buggy organiser was another thing not on my list of ‘Baby Essentials’!
However once you’re out of the house after those first few crazy days the last thing you want to be fighting with constantly getting things out of the bottom of the pram. It seems silly to carry a big handbag when you are ostensible pushing a trolley around with you everywhere you go!
This Skip Hop Buggy Organiser gets my vote for the following reasons:
Following on from my previous post, this one is more location specific if anyone is heading to Santorini with a baby.
As I mentioned, at first glance it’s not necessarily the most baby friendly island with lots of hills, cobbles and narrow streets, and a distinct lack of changing facilities… However, we were invited to a wedding so there was no question of not going and together with some key bits of kit we 100% made it work – and had a fabulous trip.
This post is about some of the places we went and what worked well with having Mr Small as a Santorini travel companion at 10 months old.
There’s not much news on the getting ‘permanently out of town’ front but we’ve been making the most of my maternity leave (and friends organizing weddings abroad) and have just got back from a fabulous week in Santorini. Taking your baby on holiday can feel like a bit of a mission but it was 100% worth it and a few last minute purchases made life so much easier.