My essentials lists for Baby Number two

Oliver was far from being an easy baby/toddler. He cried non-stop for the first few months and didn´t manage to sleep through properly until he was four years old as by the time I worked out he needed a better routine and suffered from growing pains (and still does) it was too late to do anything but invest in some tough love which was grueling for all of us!

There are so many things I didn´t do or buy with Oliver that I wish I had, and other things I bought or did that I wish I hadn´t.

So, I thought I would show you what has been my essential list this time around after having had one non-sleeping, hyper child, just in case number two is the same!

 

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Maclaren Universal Footmuff • Maclaren • £50

Dooky Hoody Car Seat Hood – Silver Stars • £16.99

Dooky Sunshade – Silver Stars • £16.99

Recaro Privia Group 0+ Baby Car Seat, Graphite • Recaro • £135

Maclaren Techno XLR Stroller, Black/Silver • Maclaren • £350

You can now buy a carrycot that fits perfectly on to the Maclaren. I had such a heavy and expensive pram the first time around which caused hernias on my spine so this time I wanted something light and flexible, having used the Maclaren when Oliver was a toddler and finding it a God send for my back! For car seats, I always buy Recaro as they are one of the safest on the market and have an incline so baby isn´t slouching forward when he falls asleep (saves you stopping the car every five minutes to hold their head up.) The sunshade is a must here in Spain. I tried every umbrella under the sun for my prams and they either broke quickly or didn´t cover baby enough. This sunshade is the perfect remedy to this as recommended by lots of Mummy friends.

Baby sleep essentials

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Sleepyhead Deluxe Cover, Pristine White • £39

Sleepyhead Deluxe Portable Baby Pod, White • £99

Lionheart Original Bear- Amazon

Fisher Price Open Top Swing- Amazon

I got the Sleepyhead Pillow as a Baby Shower gift from the girls. I think my first baby found it a real struggle to be in such a large space like a cot after such a compact womb, and this is a perfect solution. I will also be swaddling him with a Love to dream swaddle which allows baby to lift his arms above his head to sleep. The Lionheart Bear will save all the recordings of white noise I did for Oliver to get him to sleep, and as Oliver was a baby who loved movement, I have got a second hand Fisher Price swing (yes you grab hand me downs with open arms for number 2) to soothe him when he needs it. The first time I bought a static BabyBjorn chair that was meant to rock (without batteries or electricity) with babies movements- fine for feeding and sitting still but nothing else.

Baby Play time

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Mamas & Papas Baby Snug With Playtray • Mamas and Papas • £54.99

Milestone Baby Cards • £12.99

Taf Toys Clip On Pram Book. • £9.99

Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo • Fisher-Price • £89.99

I was constantly bouncing Oliver on my knees, or anywhere I could so this time I´m saving my back the work and got a jumperoo- yes I know they take up a lot of room! I had a bumbo the first time around and I can say I am happier with the Mamas and Papas chair which seems to come more highly recommended. I also would recommend baby floor mats with arches and toys above them for smaller babies. I did buy a pack and play the first time around but Oliver hated it and it really was a waste of money for us. The Milestone cards are a must as you will regret looking back and not having captured those moments.

Bottle Feeding essentials

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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep Replacement Filter • Tommee Tippee • £8.99

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Steriliser Machine, Black • Tommee Tippee • £79.99

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Steriliser Kit • Tommee Tippee • £59.99

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Insulated Bottle Carriers. • £7.95

Dr Brown’s Natural Flow Polypropylene Bottle, Pack of 2, 240ml • Dr Browns • £12.95

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottles 2 x 150ml • £5.99

Mamas & Papas Millie & Boris 3 Pack Large Muslin Squares • Mamas and Papas • £19.99

I breast fed Oliver for seven months and when I moved on to bottle feeding there was nothing similar to the above around and I found myself up and down the stairs making bottles all night and waiting for the bottles to reach the correct temperature. I am a big fan of both Tommee Tippee and Dr Brown bottles as they seriously do help with colic and reflux. I have set up the bottle maker already and agree with customer reviews that the beeping when the bottle is done is loud and annoying, so this is staying in my room rather than in the nursery. It is however very quick and the bottles come out at the right temperature. Word of warning, this doesn´t dosify the milk for you, you have to do that yourself.

These are ofcourse only some of my baby essentials, and I will be updating as I try anything new out to let you all know whether the prodcuts were worth it or not. Right now, these are all products I either used the first time around and loved or that I wished I had bought as they would have made my life a lot easier and believe me, with a baby, that’s half the struggle!

Let me know what you bought the second time around and whether there was anything that made life with two bubbas easier!

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My Hospital bag as a second time Mum

 

I felt a bit lost the first time I went to hospital for the birth of my son. I hadn’t fully discovered Pinterest at that point and the blogs I read were so varied in what you should and shouldn’t take that I just didn’t know what to do.

As a second time Mum and someone who has gone through both a natural birth and a caesarean for other reasons, I feel a lot more clued up this time as to what is and isn’t necessary for both baby and myself.

What I will be taking for my Baby boy

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  1. Baby Swadlle from Swaddle up This swaddle allows baby to sleep with his arms above his head which is how both myself and Oliver sleep.
  2.  Going home outfits – These are outfits for when we take our little man home and undoubtedly will take photos of him and also for when people visit as it’s always nice for baby to be in a nice outfit for all those first family photos
  3. 4 Long sleeve pyjamas from Zara and Next which are first size. Oliver never got to wear this size. He was already 56cm when he was born but as this little one will be arriving earlier and is currently 48cm I will need these.
  4. 3 long sleeve bodies from H&M
  5. 2 first size leggings The hospital here supplies all in one pyjamas for at least two changes a day so technically you don’t have to bring any clothes at all if you don’t want too.
  6. 2 cardigans These are for leaving the hospital, with a spare for spit up.
  7. 5 pairs of baby socks
  8. 1 pair of newborn booties
  9. 1 baby towel A personal preference for bath time
  10. Baby receiving blanket I have a beautiful blanket that doesn’t appear in this photo that was my own blanket as a baby, but Oliver insisted he wanted this one as it is so soft!
  11. 4 short sleeve bodies to go under the pyjamas at night
  12. Baby wipes These are a must! You’ll notice I am not taking nappies, this is because the hospital provides these so I will only take 3 or 4 with me for when we leave the hospital to go home.
  13. Newborn dummy Absolutely not planning on using this unless it is totally necessary as it is so hard to get a baby  to give up a dummy- believe me I have been there
  14. Muslins- Very useful whether breat or bottle feeding
  15. Baby body moisturiser
  16. Tommee Tipee Closer to Nature Newborn Bottle for our journey home
  17. Carton of Formula Milk

Ask your Doctor or Hospital what they will and won’t provide in case you are not sure. For example ask whether they have milk and bottles if you aren’t planning on breastfeeding and whether they have nappies etc although you may still want to take your own.

What I will be taking for Mummy

 

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This has been the biggest difference between what I packed the first time and the second time.

  1. 6 pairs of knickers I am willing to throw away. Whether you are having a natural birth or a caesarean you will be bleeding ALOT afterwards and although the hospital will provide you with pads (use them, they are way better than the ones you buy in the supermarket) you may well need to throw this underwear away afterwards. Don’t take your best underwear
  2. Breast feeding Bra– I am not planning on breast feeding this time but I never say never so I will be taking this anyway. Lots of different choices and brands here at ASOS
  3. Breast feeding pads – Just in case, these are for any leaks.
  4. Nightdress– This is to wear after giving birth as I wanted something that wasn´t a hospital gown to sleep in, but it needs to be a dress as the day after giving birth, the Gynaecologist is constantly checking you down there to look at swelling/bleeding/stitches.
  5. Dressing gown and slippers– Hospitals can be cold so this is for extra warmth and for moving around the hospital.
  6. Stretchy leggings, vest top and jumper– This is an extra outfit for when visitors come and you don´t want to be in a nightdress but need something comfy.
  7. Hospital outfit- As in what I will wear to the hospital and home. You may need two depending on whether your water has broken or not before you leave home. Some people will suggest maternity clothes. I just chose something stretchy for coming home as your stomach won´t go straight back to pre-pregnancy but for some women like myself, you don´t have enough pooch afterwards to warrant full blown maternity trousers.
  8. Post partum Body– Literally what it says, this squidges everything back in to the right place and I will wear this or a belly band after giving birth until I feel my tummy is going back to it´s normal place! I like these types of belts or these.
  9. Things not shown– My kindle and a charger– days can be long in a hospital. Take something to do, whether it´s a book or whatever keeps you entertained. So important so don´t forget.
  10. My phone and charger.
  11. Passport or Identity card- they won´t let you take baby home here until you have shown it.
  12. Portable hair dryer– Just incase they don´t have one.
  13. Makeup bag– you often have a lovely pasty color after giving birth!
  14. Glasses or contact lenses
  15. Snacks- I was seriously hungry after giving birth but didn´t want any of the things they had in the canteen. This time I will be preparing some healthy snacks to take with me.
  16. Water – Ofcourse there is water at a hospital but I drink a lot and that way I´m not constantly calling the nurses.
  17. Baby Car Seat
  18. Toiletry Bag

1. I will be taking dry shampooAussie Miracle – you don´t always feel like washing and drying your hair after labor or can´t after a caesarean.

2. Redken shampoo and conditioner sachets– ask your hairdresser for some sample sachets.

3. Toothbrush and toothpaste for myself, husband and son.

4.Deoderant

5.Makeup remover and cotton pads

6.Razor

7. Travel size Shower gel and stretch mark moisturiser (3 for 2 at Boots)

8. Stretch mark oil – It´s important not to neglect this after giving birth as stretch marks can appear when you lose weight as well as gain it.

9. Birth Plan or any paper work you may need.

10. Insurance Card and purse.

I hope this has been helpful to some of you. Not long to go now Ladies!

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Making Valentine’s Day special: Gifts for kids and Parents and some ideas to spice up your evening

I love celebrating just about any holiday and Valentine’s Day is no different.
I try and make Valentine’s Day something for the whole family,so Oliver makes a craft for his Daddy, we do something Valentine’s orientated as a family and I try to do something special for my Husband.
He isn’t a big romantic so I tend to get him a practical gift from me. Check out these ideas

Practical Valentines Day gifts for men


valentines gifts for men they'll love

From left to right: Whisker comb from Uncommon Goods, Waterproof bluetooth Shower speaker on Amazon  I-phone car mounts available in most online gadget stores and Amazon.

practical valentines gifts for men

Juice pack H2pro, R2D2 phone charger, Ok the glasses one is more for me as I´m constantly them haha, and for the Whisky Man in your life how about these whisky stones?

Ofcourse when it comes to Oliver I try and do something crafty and home-made which his Daddy always appreciates . I also try to make the gift practical, like cute photos of Oliver and Daddy for a frame or some Art work we can put on the walls.

This year we made some Art for our new bedroom hallway

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Kids Valentines craft footprint and handprint.jpgTo do something family orientated I try and organise a family picnic, or usually do something food related- we are foodies in this house.

This year as I can barely walk around, I chose to make these really simple Jam filled Hearts from the Sweetest Occasion which are always a hit.

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I will also be making this for breakfast as it has become a tradition in our house

Cute & Easy Valentines Day Breakfast Sandwich recipe | repinned by www.whenangelscook.com:

When it comes to something special for Nacho and I, we can´t always get a night out (can I see hands raised, exhausted Parents and no babysitter.) So with Nacho not being much of a romantic, I try and do something cute for when he wakes up, like this idea

valentinesday ideas for men

I also think it´s important to try and keep the spark alive in a relationship, so what better excuse than Valentine´s Day?

I am in LOVE with the Lingerie from MKHnue. They have some amazing Bodies, Bras and Pants and there can´t be a husband in the world who wouldn´t appreciate this gift. Plus, you can feel great it in, and lets be honest Mummas, there´s not THAT many days when we feel sexy right? Cue baby spit up.

Sexy Lingerie

Total crush on this brand

So there you have it, whether it´s a family Valentine’s day, (see more ideas here on an earlier post) or a special night for two,(more ideas here on an earlier and my most popular post) make sure that your Valentine´s Day is memorable for everyone this year!

For some Valentine´s outfit ideas check out this post

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