Baby and Toddler Christmas Gift Guide

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Unbelievably Harry just had his first birthday and Christmas is just around corner.. He's recently started to be a little more interested in toys but none of his are very stimulating anymore so I feel bright garish coloured toys are going to be dominating his wishlist this year!  
Heres some first birthday and Christmas ideas for your very own 1 year old..

1.  Sockette Hand Puppet from £12.95 on Amazon - These super brightly coloured hand puppets are absolutly perfect for babies and toddlers! Harry gets so excited by puppets and will imitate their mouths opening - so cute!

2.  My First Gadget Set £20 from ELC - If your little one is anything like mine he or she LOVES remotes, phones and keys.. basically anything important that we don't want them to touch and break!  This gadget set is the perfect thing to help distract them from the real thing - I think the remote looks pretty realistic, don't you!?

3.  Jellycat FuddleWuddle Polar Bear* £17 from Jellycat - Its no secret that I am a huge fan of Jellycat soft toys! The quality of them really makes them stand out for me from the average cuddly bear and the FuddleWuddle Polar Bear is no exception!  Harry was kindly gifted this one from JC themselves and he can often be found giving him a loving cuddle whilst watching his fave telly programmes!

4.  Dance and Shout Mickey £31.99 from Argos - This was a present we actually bought Harry for his first birthday! Yes its very bright and loud and annoying but the boy is head over heels for it!  With the push of a button Mickey bursts into song and dances about like a nut case, and who doesn't love Mickey Mouse?!

5.  Alphabet Fridge Magnets from £4.98 on Amazon - I find these come in really handy when i'm in the kitchen as a distraction for Harry away from the hot oven!  He spends ages taking them on and off the fridge and as he gets older they will help with teaching him his alphabet!  (They are also great for leaving funny messages for your other half on the fridge!) 

6.  Zara Baby Clothing - This one isn't based on one particular item but if you are looking for gorgeous quality and nice boys clothing then head to Zara baby!  Its not just stripes and checks like every other little boys section and is quite reasonably priced

7.  Baby Bjorn Cup £7.90 from PreciousLittleOne - This one is more of a practical present and another one that we have bought for Harry ourselves. The Baby Bjorn cup is the perfect starter cup for toddlers and helps to teach them to make the transition from beakers. Its really tiny but enough to hold a good drink for your little one - Harry adores sipping out of his!

What are you getting your toddler for their Birthday or Christmas??!

Harry is One!!

Friday, 28 November 2014

I never knew unconditional love until I met my son Harry. It's the kind of love that you would put your life on the line for without a second of hesitation. 
Today Harry turns one - probably the biggest milestone we've accomplished so far! It's got me reflecting on this past year which has been a crazy crazy ride of tears, laughter, exhaustion and adventures! I feel I owe you lot a little big thanks for your words, encouragement and most of all friendships along the way.. I couldn't have made it through this year without you!

Right, I'm off to continue spoiling my lad with cuddles, cake and toys galore! Happy 1st Birthday Harry, I wouldn't change you for the world 

Smiley Print Photo Strips

Monday, 24 November 2014

Smiley Print Photo Strips $10
I spent a large portion of my teenage years in those old school 90's photo booths pouting, peace signing and sticking my tongue out to create ridiculous strips of memories with my best friends! So when i received these gorgeous photo strips from Smiley Print* I was overjoyed that photobooth'esque is coming back!!

Smiley Print collated my fave snaps of Harry from my instagram collection (there's quite a few of course #harryspam) into these gorgeous 4x17cm columns which are perfect size for keeping in my purse or popping into little frames.  They could also be used as bookmarks or for scrapbooking!

They offer a whole range of printing options including whether you want your photos in matte or glossy (i adore the matte look), you can adjust and resize using their super simple website and the best bit is the price is ridiculously reasonable...  These photo strips are $10 for 12 strips!!

You can get your hands on these photo strips as well as loads of other photo printing goodies on the Smiley Print website, I've got my eye on their photo sticker books!!

Did you love a photobooth photo when you were younger??

*Thank you Smiley Print for sending us these beautiful prints!

The Babybeau Ellie*

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I wouldn't have used just one handbag in my pre-harry days so I why should I have just the 1 changing bag?! That's my motto anyway..
The most recent addition to my collection is this stunning berry beauty by Babybeau. The Ellie is everything I crave in a changing bag and more, she's spacious, stylish and crammed with all the added goodies you'd expect from such a high end bag

The Ellie is made of luxurious real cows leather, adorned with gold hardware and the berry shade I chose is perfect for my A/W wardrobe!
She can be worn 3 ways - hand held, over the shoulder or across the body using the handy adjustable strap. Until recently I never realised how handy a long adjustable strap was, when your bambino is more active you literally don't have enough hands and slinging this over your shoulder is a lifesaver in a hands-free-crisis!

The classic shopper tote design is a winner for me, it's roomy for both mum and baby and comes with a removable organiser which will be a necessity when I go back to work and hand Harry over to his nanny! This then leaves the bag all for me and my junk *hoorah!* However the bag isn't so big that its bulky and this stops me from filling it with uneccessary items (something i ALWAYS do)

Inside is a leatherette changing mat and a thermo bottle holder, how chic are the stripes!? Also included is a handy little pouch perfect for those loose little bits usually found at the pit of your bag or your car keys - no more awkward fumbles with child-on-hip at the front door! Oh and did I mention it's all water resistant, praise the Lord!

I really do think I'm onto a winner with my Babybeau changing bag, I feel me and Ellie are going to become BFFs in no time!!

If you too would like to match your changing bag to the season then you can get your hands on the Babybeau Ellie from John Lewis, Mamas and Papas or directly from Babybeau.. OH and its also available in black, navy and tan!
What changing bag do you use??

Harry's Autumn/Winter Wardrobe

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Its one of my favourite times of the year, and although I hate the cold I absolutely love dressing for it and dressing Harry is no exception!
I am so impressed with what's available this season for little boys, I feel like the highstreet shops have really started to step up their game and keep up with these quirky boutiques selling baby boy leggings galore!
Here are a few things Harry is I am lusting after picks and some things we have already bought our little one for the chillier days ahead of us..
Knitted Grey Leggings, £5.99 from H&M Kids - Firstly, these are girls leggings! I often find myself wandering through the lady baby section to find little gems like these that Harry can get away with wearing! These are totally unisex and look amazing on our little man, as well as being super warm!
Navy Turteneck, £3.99 from H&M Kids - There's something so French about these turtleneck bodies from H&M! I totally love them and have a couple for Harry's A/W wardrobe, they will look fab alone or with jumpers on top
Striped Waffle Knit Sweater, £8 from Tesco F&F - What an absolute bargain from Tesco! I love this stripey number and think it will look fab teamed with skinnies and a turtleneck!
Striped Basic Long Sleeved Tee, £3.99 from H&M Kids - You can't go wrong with Breton on yourselves or on your baby boy! Some people can't stand stripes as it seems everything for boys is adorned with them, but I cant get enough!!
Scarf, £7.99 from Zara Baby - I picked this up a couple of weeks ago and I'm desperate for the cold weather to kick in now so I can Instagram the hell out of Harry wearing it!! Totally cute, and they had all different colours!
Grey Zip Up Hoodie, £14.99 from Zara Baby - I needed a plain zip up to get Haribo through these nippier days before having to wear a full on coat and this one from Zara was perfect.  Its a lovely light grey with just a little mask applique on it, it goes with abslutly everything and has a hood for any sudden showers!
Grey Fur Lined Coat, £27.99 from Zara Baby - Mr H fell in love with this one and declared we had to have it for our winter toddler! It is admittedly gorgeous and lined with the softest fur I have ever felt! I have no doubt in my mind that H dog will be lovely and warm in this bad boy!
Chelsea Boots, £19.99 from Zara Baby - I feel like it would be really naughty to buy these and possibly a huge waste of money as they look totally unpracticle/uncomfortable for little toddling tootsies BUT they are bloody baby Chelsea boots - what could be cuter?????!
Striped Socks, £3.99 from H&M Kids - I've said it before and i'll say it again.. H&M do the best staying-on-socks hands down, these stripey ones will see us through the season
Grey Pom Pom Trousers, £15.99 from Zara Baby - Another purchase from the girls section but again these are completely unisex and your little man can totally get away with them! Harrys even worn his with the pom pom belt on and didn't look in the slightest bit feminine!
Bobblehat, £7.99 from Zara Baby - Its a bobble hat. For a baby. Cuteness overload
Jeans, £12 from Next - I deteste babies in jeans.  Before I found these from Next! They are so so soft and stretchy and aren't jean material at all! They look mega wicked on him and he can crawl about in them reallyyyyy easily so I am now a baby jean convert!
I would love to see what your little one will be wearing this A/W!

Life Lately

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Shirt - Barbour
I've been a bad blogger lately.. Unfortunately life has taken over and I have had to let it! My child is crawling all over the place and constantly needs entertaining/feeding/cleaning/cuddling etc etc... Being a parent literally takes over your world and when you aren't rolling around on the grass with them or wiping their sticky faces, then you are most likely taking a well deserved bath or catching up on telly! 
I met a girl a couple of weekends ago in Topshop, who excitedly ran up to me to tell me she watched my videos! It was really surreal and I didn't know what to say at all (sorry girl in topshop!!) but it made me realise that I love blogging and how great the blogger community is and how much I have been missing it - SO I'M BACK!!

I have so many new and exciting products and bits and pieces to blog about so I'm going to see aside some time to get right back into it ASAP!!

Also, I've had tons of questions about Harry and his hearing, when will he have his operation etc etc.. so I thought I would do a little vlog on my YouTube channel to answer those questions and maybe give you more of an insight into life with a deaf little one! We are so open about his hearing loss and it would be great to share some of the things we get up to with you - and you may also see why I don't get a lot of time to blog!!

Thanks for always being there and I'll be back real soon.. xx

Stokke Steps High Chair*

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Enjoying a good munch on a spoon!
You may have seen that our Harry is into his food! He absolutely loves meal times and so do we now he's in his big boy seat!  We have moved on from the baby bouncer of our Stokke Steps system and onto the highchair attachment - for me I consider this was a huge and exciting milestone!!

As with all the Stokke products, the Baby Set High Chair is just so visually appealing.. It looks fab in my living room if I do say so myself! I've said it before and I will say it again but its incredibly difficult to find stylish as well as practical baby items, but Stokke have achieved both of those in this high chair. 

You've seen the wooden base in my previous post so I won't go into too much detail again there.. The Baby Set attachment literally slots onto the frame with a simple click and you can use it with or without the tray as it's removed in one quick swipe!
Harry however loves the tray and finds it highly entertaining banging toys on it or smothering it in mushy strawberries and cauliflower cheese (together)!! It clips in ever so easily *just one side note, try not to trap their little fingers if you're putting it on with them already in the high chair as I did the first time #badmummy*

Harry always seems so proud of himself when he's sat in his Stokke Highchair, like he's now the King of the castle! It's most certainly built to grow with them as well, the straps are there for the littl'uns and then you can gradually move the seat backwards as your child expands!

The whole thing is completely wipeable with no annoying books or crannys for food to get stuck in and as I mentioned the tray is removable which is fab as it can go straight to the kitchen to be scrubbed!

The only downside to the highchair is that it doesn't fold up like a lot of the others out there and it's most certainly not transportable. However this isn't really an issue for us and it fits nicely tucked in under our dining room table, it's so good lookin' you wouldn't even notice it was there!

We love you Stokke!!!

What highchair do you use?? 

Harry at 7 Months

Friday, 18 July 2014

Top - Primark, Shorts - Mamas & Papas

Apologies for my absence, its been a super busy few weeks of hospital appointments, social events and holidaying!  I am back and I have plenty of posts in the pipeline for you as well as some vlogs! This post is a little late due to said busy'ness as H is now almost 8 months eeeek!
It's terrifying that in just a few short months our son will be a year old - and hopefully will be able to hear! It still seems like only weeks ago we were sat staring at this little embryo on a screen in front of us!!
As Harry gets older I enjoy him even more but he can also be a lot more difficult now he's stronger and on the move! 

Striped Long Sleeved Vest - Gap, Jeans - Zara, Teddy - The Bear Factory

Weight:  I haven't had Harry weighed in a good few weeks (mummy life is busy whoops) but I know he is definitely putting on a nice amount if weight and hasn't lost his chubby thighs! I'm going with around 19 and a half pounds!

Bib - Tommee Tippee

Daily:  Harry now stays a wake quite a bit longer than before. He stays awake around 2.5 - 3 hours at a time before he needs to nap. Wake up time is generally 7am and I put him down for a nap by 10am, and lately he has been sleeping until half 11 which is lovely for both him and me! He will have his lunch not long after he wakes and then we have a good few hours of playtime, seeing friends or going out for walks. Teatime is usually half 5 followed by some nappy free time and a bit of rough and tumble with daddy in the living room! We try to bath Harry most nights if we are home so that happens about 6.30 and then it's off to bed!

Likes:  My child is a telly addict! Thankfully though we have moved on from Baby TV and we've upgraded to the Disney Channel which I find much more tolerable!! His absolute fave is Doc McStufifns -  Scott and I know all the words to the songs! He's also quite partial to a bit of Mickey Mouse!
Harry absolutely loves being frightened! If you jump out at him he will give you the biggest belly laugh, I think we need to get him a jack-in-a-box if they still exist??!

Dislikes:  So far I have struggled to get Harry to eat meat. Luckily he loves fish but chicken is just not his favourite!
He absolutely hates having his face cleaned! I think this is quite common with little ones and he screams like it's the end of the world as soon as that wet wipe comes near him! (He does however like to eat wet wipes instead)

Bedtime:  Little H is still great at going to sleep at bedtime, I put him down awake and he settles himself within 10 minutes nuzzling right into a stuffed elephant! Since he is much more mobile he has started to sleep on his side instead of just on his tummy and we have even caught him sleeping on his back a few times, which was unheard of a couple of months back!
We still don't often get a whole solid nights sleep with our little rascal, he tends to wake up once or twice in the night for his dummy. We probably don't help ourselves here as we get up and go in to pop it back in his mouth instead of letting him winge it out - he would probably settle himself back to sleep eventually but it's hard when you really just want to go back to sleep as quickly as possible

Eating: We are incredibly lucky as Harry has taken to weaning/food like an absolute dream. He still isn't a huge fan of meat but loves fish, veg, fruit and cheese. He's starting to get a little bored of purees so we are giving finger foods at the same time so he can start getting used to feeding himself. The Boots own brand of baby crisps are a favourite in our house as well as the Ella's Kitchen Puffs and Philadelphia sandwiches!

Top - John Lewis, Shorts - H&M Kids

Clothing: We are very between sizes at the moment and a lot of 3-6 month clothing still fits H, but it really does depend where it's from as he fits into 6-9 months snugly as well! Current fave shops are Next, Gap and H & M Kids.  I am loving dungarees and cute shorts right now on Haribo!

Milestones: Harry can just about crawl!! It's terrifying as I now realise I can't just prop him up in front of the telly and leave him whilst I take a quick shower and he most certainly can't be left to roll about on the bed unaided!
He can chew food really well, we can give him little bits of our dinner and he can eat it without choking or gagging
Harry has almost mastered putting his dummy in his mouth - I literally cannot wait for this to be a regular occurrence!
Somehow he has learnt to shake his head as if he's saying "no"! I'm not sure if he knows what he is doing but he seems to do it when he doesn't want to eat what I'm trying to force down him or when that dreaded wet wipe comes near!!

Shirt - JoJo Maman Bebe

Hearing: You can read all about where we are with Harry's hearing in my precious post but we had our first introductory appointment in Southampton this week so the process to get him the cochlear implant is starting! 

What is your 7 month old up to?!
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