Bonjour Pelvic Floor exercises. C’est La vie Oops Moments!

After I had given birth to Lauren my health visitor and mum stressed how important, it was for me to do my pelvic floor exercises. As a new mum I ignored the advice and was so focused on enjoying motherhood that I forgot to do those crucial exercises. Two years into motherhood and when I laugh or sometimes sneeze I feel a little drip. There’s this stigma around our intimate areas and some things us women face in general which should really stop.

I was so delighted to get an invite to a Lights by Tena event in partnership with Boogie Bounce in London, Haymarket Hotel. We were welcomed by the lovely Myriad PR team, some mini trampolines which the Boogie Bounce team organised, introduced to fellow bloggers and had some refreshments. The hotel was beautiful. From the plush décor, great art and fantastic table settings I was in awe of the room we had.

After a brief meeting we were given a chat about the Tena brand and I learnt some valid information about doing my pelvic floor exercises. We were shown the product and had the chance of testing them. I tested a pad with water, and it completely soaked up the water. This was a clear indicator that Tena works! It absorbs water quickly with no leaks or stains. I trialled these out a few times when doing exercise and they were a great hit!!

The lovely team introduced us to the myPFF app which is the handiest thing ever! It has tutorials on doing your pelvic floor exercises and encourages, you to do them daily with alerts and reminders. I love this app as I forget how important it is to do my pelvic floor exercises, this amazing event highlighted how important it is for all women to do. They have a variety of levels and videos to help support you, as you do your pelvic floor exercises. From beginners to advanced level this app caters to all.

I found out some interesting information about doing my pelvic floor exercises, here are a few key facts. **

  • 9 million people in the UK experience bladder weakness.
  • 62% of women living in the UK experience bladder weakness.
  • Light bladder weakness is more common than Hay fever!! (This shocked me)
  • 69% of new mums experience light bladder weakness.
  • 35% of women still see light bladder weakness as a taboo.

After we had the chance of learning about doing our pelvic floor exercises, we were introduced to the Boogie Bounce team for an intense mini workout. Who knew that the mini trampolines could cause all to sweat like, we’d run a marathon. It was great. Challenging at first to jump up and down, dance to the music and do some squats but it was great! I loved the fact that the instructor was always reassuring us and her assistant, was on hand with the entertainment. I started the work out kitted out in a hoodie not expecting to finish sweating like a pig. The workout was short but packed with different moves to get us into shape. We also stretched out after our mini workouts to prevent any injuries. I had a really great time during the workout, I pushed myself to the limit whilst wearing my Lights by Tena pad just in case of any oops moments. The pad was comfortable, stayed in place and help me felt great whilst working out.

After our sweaty Boogie Bounce workout, we were given a great lunch, it seemed like a reward for all the sweating and breathless moments earlier. Over lunch we all discussed how well the day had gone, and how little we knew about the importance of doing our Pelvic floor exercises. As women we collectively discussed moments, that we initially felt apprehensive sharing but once we had done the exercises and educated ourselves a bit more, we were open to sharing our experiences.

Since attending such an amazing event, I have realised that some advice is good advice; especially when it concerns our intimate areas. I had always put off doing my pelvic floor exercises due to laziness, and generally not knowing how important and easy they are.

Thank you to Myriad PR and the Boogie Bounce ladies for showing us women how important maintaining our pelvic floors are, and abolishing ideas that incontinence can only affect older women.

You can download the app ‘myPFF’ for free on the App store and join me in getting my pelvic floor exercises in!

** These facts and figures were taken from The Lights by Tena presentation. **

With Love,

Laurens’ Mummy

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Lauren’s Learning the Alphabet and Numbers.

Hey guys,

Since I’ve started working again, I rarely have some time to just lazy about and binge on my favourite reality TV shows (unless Lauren sleeps early) or snacks on a packet of Oreos’ like a crazy woman scrolling through Instagram. This was me previously and I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Lauren has settled in well at her child minders’ and comes home practically singing new words every day. This brings a tear to my eye sometimes as the little baby I held what seems like yesterday, is walking, talking and throwing tantrums.

Since Laurens’ speech has developed I use a variety of resources at home, to aid her learning. Some may say she’s too young to understand things like the alphabet and numbers but I feel it’s never too early to introduce these things to a toddler.

With learning numbers, I use Tiny Tots flashcards which have numbers 1-20 with pictures on separate cards. In the past few months I’ve noticed that Lauren recognises numbers and letters by repetition so I tend to repeat the numbers on the flash cards, at least three times for her to remember the amount shown on the card. Each flashcard has separate pictures on cards but I only use cards 1-10 now as I don’t feel my little love is ready for the bigger numbers just yet.

I also use a Little Learning Library by Eric Carle, which contains four mini books about words, numbers, colours and animal sounds. I love how small they are so I usually carry them with me on weekends and when we have a few moments to spare out and about. I love that it includes varied pictures and numbers which is great for helping her learn new words and associate them with numbers. This miniature gem contains numbers 1-10 with amazing illustrations. I use numbers daily with her from counting how many shoes she has, to counting the amount of chicken nuggets she may have on her plate. There’s always room for her to learn new things!

Now Lauren is also learning the alphabet. She starts confidently with ‘A, A, A,A, B,B,C,D,E’ and that’s where she stops and then starts it all over again in the sweetest voice I’ve ever heard. We were gifted a Play Smart Bumper Set for Christmas which contains 200 letters and numbers magnets. This has been a hit at home with Lauren always running to the fridge and screaming ‘A, A’ at the top of her lungs. I spend most of my time at home in the kitchen, and my shadow follows me everywhere. It’s such a good idea to have the fridge magnets as it helps me sing the Alphabet with her (well only the few letters she knows.) The bright colours are fantastic in keeping her attention and her creating imaginary words by herself.

I also use ‘Alphabet Look and Learn’ which is a wooden board containing the Alphabet. Once we lift out each letter it reveals a picture of an everyday object. Which again helps with letter and word association. Lauren loves playing with this set although, she shoves a few letters under the sofa in her excitement. It’s a great way in the evenings to see her development.

In the Eric Carle collection, there is also a ‘Words’ book which contains different words with great pictures for Lolo to learn.

Lolo enjoys when I read the book ‘The Alphabet with Bella’ as Bella is a character that Lauren can identify with. It’s not your typical Alphabet book, as it contains different words for each letter and Lauren enjoys it each time it’s read to her.

I love the speed in which Lauren is learning different things to enhance her speech. She is such a curious toddler and is very keen to learn new things. I try my best not to let distractions get in between our bonding/learning time as I don’t see her all day, and every moment with her counts!

With Love

Lauren’s Mummy.

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Lolo’s Moana Themed birthday bash!

 

 

Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and it’s my first blog post of the year woohoo. As you know Lolo turned the big 2 on New Years’ Day. I’ve always envisioned the type of celebrations I want for my baby, so I always want her to have memories of her birthdays (well at least in pictures.) Lauren has this crazy obsession with Moana, I can’t count how many times we’ve watched it together, and I’ve literally managed to know what scene comes next! When I was her age my mum said I loved The Little Mermaid and knew all the words of the script, and songs, so I’m guessing it’s normal for a toddler to constantly watch the same thing repeatedly.

In Laurens’ case she absolutely loves everything Moana, she sings along to all the words and has me singing “you’re welcome, YOU’RE WELCOME.” It was only right for me to do a Moana themed party. As you can imagine planning a toddler’s party is stressful, from the decorations, food and the invites but the stress was all worth it in the end.

For our Moana party, I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and Google. I searched for Moana party games, décor and invitations which really helped my Hawaiian themed party come alive. I was super stressed initially waiting at the door for Amazon to patiently deliver my party supplies, and made endless lists of things to buy and sweets were my top priority. My mum helped buy finger foods, savoury snacks and helped cook her signature dish, Jollof rice.

Lauren’s outfit was purchased from Amazon, it included the Heart of Tafiti a skirt and cropped top combo with a lovely pink floral pin that matched Moana’s outfit in the film.

I sourced some Hawaiian party supplies, which included Leis, faux palm leaves, tropical faux flowers and tropical umbrellas for cocktails, which were for my snack table. I made cocktails with a variety of sweets and added some tropical umbrellas which were a hit with all the children. I bought Moana party supplies from Amazon such as cups, party bags, table cloth and plates. I also bought some cake toppers from a lovely supplier on Amazon too.

The centre of attraction that day apart from my beautiful Lauren, was the cake. Her cake was custom made by a family friend. The details were exactly how I envisioned it and everyone complimented on how great the cake was. I was extremely happy that my Moana themed party had been achieved.

As you know on children’s parties, you can only dictate on the day what type of mood your child will be in for the party. Lauren refused to smile in her pictures, and preferred to pout at her cake. At one point, she had her fingers in her ears to block out the sound. My Lolo can be really shy at times especially at parties when there’s a lot of people around her. A similar thing happened on her 1st birthday, which upset me because I wanted her to be happy as it was her special day, she slowly warmed up and really appeared to have a good time.

All in all, we had a really good time. I didn’t take as much pictures as I wanted because I had to make sure my guests were okay, and carry Lauren when the attention was too much! I cannot believe my little madam is two years old she’s honestly such a character, from the way she follows me around the house, plays with her kitchen sets and plays Moana or Trolls at every opportunity she gets. (Yes, she knows how to operate the remote control!!)

Looking forward to making more heart-warming memories with my little love bug.

 

With Love,

 

Lauren’s Mummy.

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My Fabulous Lauren!

Hey guys,

 

I hope you all had a really good Christmas? I honestly can’t believe how fast time has flown this year. In a few days, my Lolo will officially be 2 years old. Yes you read right! She’s a toddler no more baby talk, but she’ll always be a baby in my eyes. I literally cannot believe it. I remember rolling on the hospital floor in pain, my contractions were coming thick and fast. The only relief I felt was laying on the cold floor New Years’ Eve trying to make a bargain with God. My beautiful baby was born early hours of New Year’s Day 2016 and every day since then has been a dream.

Fast forward to about 23 months later (I will stop counting her age in months, she’s a big girl now) and I have a chatty toddler who follows me everywhere! In the space of a year Lolo has developed so much, from clinging to my legs at baby groups, to singing the alphabet nonstop, to playing independently to screaming “Mummy” repeatedly at the top of her lungs each day to get my attention!

Becoming a mother has taught me so much about myself, and it’s helped me to embrace my flaws. I’d like to think I’m organised person but I always leave things last minute, and that’s okay! I’ve become one of those mamas who experiences ‘mum guilt’ from time to time wondering if I’m feeding her right? Have I chosen the right method of childcare? Does she sleep on time? The truth is I could go on and on about what so and so does with their babies or children, but as I have mentioned before the comparison game is dangerous. Motherhood is an individual journey, so what works for me may not work for my next-door neighbour, it’s all about finding what works for me!

I’ve made so many memories with Lolo this year and becoming a mother has truly changed my life. My main goal in 2018 is to be the best mother to my daughter, I’ve done a good job so far and I can only get better!

 

Here are a few pictures of Lolo my remarkable toddler!

Happy 2nd Birthday to my lovepot!!

Wishing you all a happy New Year!

Lolo’s Mummy

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Childcare.

Hey guys, it’s been a while! Lolo has become a sassy mini me who constantly follows me everywhere at every given opportunity. Her favourite word is “NO” now, and we watch Sing and Trolls at least three times a week. Yes, I secretly know all the songs in both films and I absolutely love them!!

 

As a family, we have watched our princess grow, hit different milestones from sitting on her own, crawling, walking and dancing to any sort of music she hears and it’s been so good. Nothing prepared us with the issue of childcare and leaving her with somebody else apart from family.

The thought of leaving Lolo with anyone else apart from family scared me. I mean you hear crazy stories and read things online about people who do malicious things to children, but I was reassured by everyone that everything will be okay. Naturally I was anxious and didn’t know whether I wanted her to go to a nursery or find a childminder.

After careful deliberation, I decided to look for a childminder as some of the nursery fees, were ridiculously expensive. I was given a variety of recommendations by other mums of good nurseries and childminders but we carefully screened our own. Firstly, I found a list of Ofsted Registered childminders in my local area, and contacted the ones closest to our home and reasonable in price.

On meeting some childminders, I felt like Simon Cowell auditioning them for the role, of my daughters’ childminder. This was very necessary. I went to their homes, discussed routines, potty training, feeding and times to pick and drop Lolo off. As I visited their homes I observed their interaction with her and how she behaved around them. I met at least four different potential childminders until I found the one!

 

Lolo’s childminder is amazing!! She has this warm, caring and friendly nature which I noticed from the minute I met her. She shows a genuine interest in Lauren’s wellbeing, development and has become a huge part of Laurens’ life. Her last Ofsted inspection was rated highly, she holds a variety of certificates in childcare. Most importantly her passion for children is shown in the way she looks after Lauren.

We initially had a few days where I left Lauren with her for at least an hour to see how she’d cope. I felt this anxious niggling feeling in my stomach, because I was worried about how she’d cope without seeing myself, hubby or a family member. Every time I went back to the childminder Lauren was busy playing, smiling and very chatty and happy. This ultimately sold it for me, I just knew my daughter would always be in safe hands. The childminder sends me pictures daily of what she’s up to with Lauren and her son, she often takes them to baby groups, soft play, reads to them and gives her some yummy food. I’m so happy that I have found Lauren a home away from home during the week, when we work because I feel confident that she’s okay, although I call at least three times a day (or more) to check she’s doing okay.

For Mamas considering the childminding route here are a few tips:

  • Create a list of suitable minders in your area, consider price, times, availability and location.
  • Check that your childminder is registered and their DBS certificate is up to date.
  • When settling in with your little one/s check the environment, the minders interest in your child, and their ability to deal with your requests.
  • Check for other parents’ reviews.
  • Is the minder more interested in the financial side or the actual wellbeing of your child/ren?

We are slowly adjusting to the early mornings, and having our playtime shortened due to work, but seeing Lolo at the end of the day is always heart warming.


I hope this helps some Mama’s out there!

 

With Love,

 

Lolo’s Mummy.

 

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An End to our Weaning Journey.

Hey guys,

I never thought I’d be typing this, before Lauren’s second birthday but we have finally stopped Breastfeeding!! After 20 months and a few days I completely weaned Lolo off breastmilk. This was hard on us both emotionally, and me physically challenging however we overcame the obstacles and she no longer craves a comfort feed.

At 6 months I was convinced I would stop breastfeeding by the time Lauren was one years old, but I found myself delaying the process. I guess I enjoyed that unique bond that we shared, she cries we cuddle and she has milk for comfort. As much as I enjoyed breastfeeding I wanted my body back, I wanted her to gain some sort of independence from me. Lauren also started tugging at my top in public, and putting her hands under my tops, which was annoying especially when sitting in Nando’s with an audience.

Stopping wasn’t easy at all. Everybody has different methods on how to actually wean baby off, such as bottle feeding and gradually cutting down feeds. I just couldn’t seem to grasp that way. I started giving in to Lauren’s demands during the day, which made it harder to stop.

Night One.

So I carefully planned our weekend of weaning with my mum and I was in for a painful surprise. On day one Lauren constantly woke up at night, crying and pulling my top but I was so determined not to give in. I think I got at least three hours sleep as she woke up frequently and rocking her to sleep without breastmilk was a struggle. The night was much harder than during the day, at night there were no distractions such as the phone, Pom-Bears or Petits Filous to make her feel better.

 

Night Two.

The second night was by far the worst experience ever. During the day my breasts had tripled in size with milk, I got some sort of mild fever, headache and my breasts felt super sore. I could literally cry because of the pain. I stopped wearing a bra at this point, and my mum gave me some wrapper ( a piece of cloth) to tie around my breasts. My nipples felt painful and my breasts were extremely lumpy with milk. I took Paracetamol for the pain and headaches every four hours. During the second night I couldn’t sleep on my side because of the pain, so I slept on my back. Lauren of course woke up a lot and wanted to lie on my chest, and tried so hard to lift my top up and start feeding. I wore a thick tight jumper to prevent any mistakes!!! When she woke up at night we gave her water and milk which helped her calm down a lot.

Night Three.

By the third night I had mixed feelings, I felt as if I was being heartless by not breastfeeding her, and it broke my heart to see her cry constantly. My mum always reassured me that she’ll be fine, which was a bonus. The third night was much better. Lauren slept longer, and woke up less often. When she did wake up I gently rocked her to sleep (I’m sure she hates my singing voice) and gave her some milk in her cup.

Since we’ve stopped breastfeeding I have noticed that Lauren’s appetite has changed so much, but in a good way. At breakfast time, she eats a lot more cereal, and enjoys some whole milk which she struggled to drink before. Dinner and Lunchtimes are great she eats everything going, which is amazing compared to before when Lauren was heavily dependent on the breast and didn’t have a massive appetite.

My Essentials that helped me during such a challenging time were:

  • A piece of cloth wrapped around my boobs.
  • Cotton Breast Pads (Reusable) which I purchased from EBay when I first had Lauren. They are super durable, not as flimsy as the ones you stick on. They are washable and great for soaking up large quantities of milk.
  • HPA Lanolin by Lansinoh is for sore nipples and cracked skin. It was a great relief using this a few times during the day for pain relief and the cracked skin.
  • Paracetamol was great for the pain, headaches and fever type symptoms that I had by day 2/3


By the third night although I felt I had been bashed with a brick on my breasts, Lauren had forgotten about the ‘boobie’(that’s the name she calls them) she has adjusted to our new life without them and it feels strange for me. I no longer must wear a maternity bra, or wake up during the night for our usual night feed.

 

I really enjoyed breastfeeding Lolo because of that unbreakable bond that we had created, initially I was sceptical about breastfeeding but once I started I struggled to stop. I’m so proud of her because despite her attachment to breastfeeding and me of course, two weeks later and she has forgotten about her beloved ‘boobie!’

 

With Love,

 

Lauren’s Mummy.

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Fun At The Beach.

Hey guys,

 

Hope you all enjoyed your summer? Our summer has been filled with park days, eating out, sleepless nights, ice creams and some bad weather. In the UK, the weather is unpredictable, and most of the good weather was in June and July.

On the last weekend of the school holidays we decided to take Lauren to the beach for some sand castle building, sticks of rock (some amazing candy in stick shape form) and possibly some fish and chips!

I packed her little backpack which we got from @littlesparrowshop. I packed a change of clothes, another cardigan, towel, wipes, plastic bag, (just in case we had wet clothes) nappies and nappy sacks.

The drive was a bit long and keeping Lauren entertained for an hour and a half was a task. She fussed initially but fell asleep after giving her a mix of Wotsits, and a few bad versions of her favourite nursery rhymes.

Once we arrived at the beach I had a feeling of nostalgia, the smell of fresh doughnuts, fish and chips and sea reminded me of my childhood visits to the beach with family and friends. I was so excited to share Lauren’s first experience at the beach together, and was eager to get to the beach.

Once Lolo sighted the sand she started crying, and locking her tiny legs around my ankles. I was shocked, because at her baby groups she loves playing with sand and throwing it into her hair! She kept saying “dirty” so she assumed the ground was dirty because of the sand. Lauren hates anything being on her hands or feet, because she constantly screams “dirty” it was quite funny watching her trying to run away from sand. So, trying to get her on the sand was pointless. I carried her over to the water, and she didn’t want her feet to touch the water! I guess her little backpack of beach essentials was not needed on this occasion! Lauren loves a bath and it’s a daily battle trying to get her out of the bath, without tears and bubbles everywhere. Our trip to the beach wasn’t how I expected it to turn out at all!!


You can see the fear in her little eyes 😢



There was a theme park next to the beach with a variety of rides, for children and adults. It was heaving with so many children and families enjoying the last bit of sunshine on the weekend, before schools started. I took Lolo on her first theme park ride. It moved slowly and had water at the bottom. Lolo was more interested in the water than enjoying the ride. The ride lasted for about a minute and she started smiling just as the ride was about to finish. Typical.




All in all, we had a really good day at the beach, even though Lauren was scared of the beach and preferred to sit in her buggy for safety (I think she felt I was going to put her on the sand again lol) it will surely be one of the memories we will share and laugh at in the future.

 

With Love

Lauren’s Mummy

x

 

Lauren’s Jungle! | Baby Gund® Review.

Hey Guys,

 

As some of you may know keeping a toddler entertained daily sometimes is a difficult task because of their short attention spans. I was excited when approached by “Baby GUND®” to review their lovely products. My house already looks like a car boot sale with the variety of toys Lauren has, so adding animals to Lolo’s collection was great.

First of all, let me give you some information about GUND®. GUND® was founded in 1898 and it is America’s oldest and most prestigious toy company. They use super-soft materials (which is absolutely true! These are the softest toys I have felt.) Gund was also the first company to produce a licensed soft toy, which is shown by the “CE” mark on all labels.

In our Baby GUND® package we received a variety of plush toys which were called:

  • The Hippo Rattle
  • The Hippo Teddy
  • The Hippo Puppet
  • The Jungle Friends Stacker


I was so excited to see these lovely toys, as I had visited their website and was intrigued how they would look and feel. The GUND® range have extremely soft toys and are great for babies right through toddlers. Although Laurens’ cousin who is aged 7 came over for the weekend and was obsessed with the Hippo Puppet. The BabyGUND® Collection has a selection of toys such as teddies, dollies, keepsake blankets with teddies, and playsets. All toys are uniquely crafted to capture the attention of babies and toddlers with their neutral colours and bespoke fabric.

The Hippo Teddy is super soft and Lauren has started sleeping with him at night. On one occasion, we managed to catch her hugging and kissing her teddy which was so sweet.


Lauren is quite scared of puppets, from socks to animal type puppets she really dislikes them. Initially she was apprehensive when I showed her the Hippo Puppet but once I started talking in a silly voice and she touched the puppet she loved it. It has a soft feathery feel to it and looks like the Hippo Teddy. So, we always keep them together. This also has found its way into my car with Lauren often talking to the Hippo on a long journey.


The Jungle Friends Stacker is Lauren’s favourite toy in our GUND® goodies, which is from The Playful Range. In the stacker, there are a selection of four cute animals, each different in size. There is a Lion, Monkey, Hippo, Elephant and a Giraffe which sits at the top. The Giraffe can also be used as a rattle so Lauren often throws it around the room to hear some noise. She also uses the Hippo Rattle as well when trying to find out where the noise is coming from. She enjoys playing with the stacker a lot and puts the animals on her wrist like a bangle. (I think she watches me too much!) The Stacker has helped me encourage Lauren to count and has helped with her communication skills, because she tries to repeat the animal names after me. Hippo tends to be pronounced as ‘Apple.’




The Rattle Giraffe, pictured above.

Our Verdict.

We loved this GUND® range from the array of colours to the softly carefully designed animals. Lauren enjoys playing in the sitting room which we have renamed ‘The Jungle’ as our GUND® Jungle friends can be found in each corner of the room. One of the best features of the brand is that we can wash the animals on a cold wash, as some of them get quite grubby in the hands of a toddler. These are priced affordably for parents’ and are great for presents for new-borns, especially the rattles and the puppets.

To purchase your Baby GUND® goodies head over to their website which is https://www.gund.co.uk/collections/babygund 

 

 

Follow them on their social media platforms:

Instagram: gund_uk

Twitter: @GUND_UK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKGUND/

Gund are currently holding a giveaway to win one of their amazing toys from the Jungle Friends’ range so head over to their website to enter!

Thank you Gund® for the lovely toys to add to our collection, Lauren has thoroughly enjoyed playing with her animal friends!

 

With Love

Lauren’s Mummy.

x

 

Baby Bargains.

Hey Guys,

Before becoming a mother, my mum always used to rant on about shopping deals and bargains. I never understood why she would rather buy something half the price in Lidl that in Asda. My Mums’ bargain hunting skills is something that I have gained from her, which is honestly so useful; especially since having Lauren I’m always on the hunt for good deals for my family.

Some shops in the UK have Baby Events which offer discounted products such as baby clothes, food and essentials. Tesco’s are currently hosting one of these great events, so I purchased a few bits for my Lolo.

Tesco’s always have good deals on nappies ranging from their own brand and Pampers. I purchased Pampers Premium Active Fit in a size four, which was 2 boxes for £18 or one box for £12. Of course, I opted for two boxes. We absolutely love how easy it is for us to put on and take off these nappy pants. Recently Lolo has started taking them off when I mention “Bath Time.” They are extremely soft, and fit perfectly. Your baby can also wear these up to 12 hours which is a pretty long time, but Lauren has never worn her nappy for that long. They usually have a jumbo pack which contains 72 pairs, but these contained 60 each.


I got some pleated cotton wool for a £1, this is handy when cleaning her nappy especially when she does those massive poos and baby wipes just can’t handle the problem. Johnson’s always have great deals in store and I love using their baby wipes when we are out and about. The Johnson’s Gentle All Over Wipes were originally £1.30 but reduced to 65p. Absolute Bargain!


I also got the Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath. Its original price was £3.00 but was available for half the price. This bath essential works, in helping Lauren sleep at night and smells a bit like Lavender which is very soothing and calming. After a bath, we clean Lolo’s ears with Johnsons Cotton Buds, with a dab of Vaseline on them. The cotton Buds were on offer as well for £1.


I’m trying very hard to limit the number of sugary snacks Lauren eats, because of her teeth and she behaves hyper when she’s had a sip of Fruit Shoot or a piece of chocolate. So, on this shop I avoided the snacks aisle all together. Lauren loves Petits Filous which really eases the teething pain, two packets were available for £2. Lolo has become more independent and loves feeding herself yoghurt whilst making a huge mess.


Whenever there is a baby event I try my best to stock up on bits for a rainy day. This baby event is on until the 30th August, with plenty of different baby brands on offer for all the family; so if you are in the UK head down to Tesco’s for a bargain!

 

With Love,

Lolo’s Mummy.

x

Sharenting.

Hi guys,

In the UK, there was a documentary aired recently about “Sharenting.” For those of you who don’t know Sharenting means ‘parents who share pictures, and videos on Social media of their children.’ This documentary ruffled a few feathers on my Twitter feed this week with a few judgemental tweets here and there, and people like me who dislikes labels and peoples overbearing opinions.

I dislike the term ‘Sharenting’ because it’s just plain silly and super judgemental. I’m a proud parent and if I decide to post pictures or posts about my daughter that doesn’t mean I am no longer in control of her safety, neither should this give the right for other people to judge my parenting skills.

Before having Lauren, I would occasionally tweet, post the odd Instagram picture and Snapchat, I wasn’t addicted to any social platform but I enjoyed reading peoples’ tweets and looking at beautiful pictures online. I mean who doesn’t use social media these days? During my pregnancy, I didn’t post any pictures of my bump as I was more focused on enjoying my pregnancy, getting ready for my baby, I was quite anxious and nervous about what people would say about me being pregnant.

I started my blogging journey the month I had Lauren as it was an outlet for me to document my motherhood journey. My camera roll now is filled with pictures, videos, and selfies of Lauren. Initially I was a bit apprehensive about posting pictures, because people can be judgemental, especially other parents who question your parenting methods. After some time on my blog and Instagram I decided to share some pictures of Lolo because she’s a big part of this new chapter in my life. I carefully choose what pictures to post, how much information I give out and the sorts of ‘friends’ I have online. I’m in control of my social media, and I’m very wary about the things I do post. I don’t post pictures that I will later regret, or Lauren would be upset about.

All my friends and family ask before taking pictures of Lauren, or if they want to post it on Snapchat, and I don’t take pictures of other peoples’ children without their parents consent.

Every parent has a right to post images of their children and not feel bullied, or targeted by other mummies who feel the way they decide to share these images are wrong. I support mums who decide not to post their children, because it’s their choice and their child.

I feel that as mothers we should be supporting one another, not bash each other about our parenting choices. Everything these days comes with risks including picture taking but how we overcome the risks, and ultimately put our children first that’s what makes good parents.

 

*What do you think about Sharenting? Do you share images of your children? *

 

With Love,

 

Laurens’ Mummy.

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