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Arthur is 19 months old and hasn’t slept a full night in all of that time, some people might argue that because he slept from 11.30pm-5am when we were on holiday that it was a full night but I beg to differ. Not only does he not sleep through but he doesn’t have a bedtime. I follow gentle parenting practise so Arthur has never had to self soothe which means he doesn’t go to bed until he is asleep if that makes sense?
I’ve tried all sorts of tips and tricks to get him to sleep through without waking for milk, a cuddle, a dummy or to be tucked back into his blankets and nothing has worked so far.
We have been trying out the Lamaze Night Night Owl* for a couple of weeks now and although it doesn’t help Arthur to sleep all night, I’ve noticed when we sit together and read a book before bed the music and soothing lights do seem to have a calming effect. The owl is soft enough to use as a cuddly toy and this is exactly how Arthur uses it.
I would love to go back to the days when Arthur was a small baby and he went to sleep at 6pm, most nights its between 8-9 before I can get him into bed which doesn’t leave much time to do anything for myself, I’ve noticed that when I dim the lights in the room and play the owl a couple of times it seems to make Arthur quite sleepy and chilled which can only be positive.
The Night Night owl is not just a toy it’s a night light that projects coloured lights and plays a soothing lullaby. The music and lightshow continues for 3 minutes after the last press which is just the right amount of time to hold Arthur’s attention. I had originally thought that he was maybe a little too old for this toy but he has really taken to it and quite often turns it on himself during the day, for younger children the owl can be placed inside the cot as it’s easy for children to activate themselves.
I’ve bought Lamaze products for Arthur since birth and I’ve always been pleased about the high quality materials and bright engaging colours and this product does not disappoint. I only wish we had bought it sooner as it’s such a great item.
You can see exactly how the toy works by watching the video below on my YouTube channel.
The Lamaze Night Night Owl can be purchased from Tomy UK for £19.99
As a parent I like my little angels to look and feel their best inside and out so when I was asked by Asda to check out their Little Angels range and baby clothing I was very intrigued to see what sort of products were on offer.
One of my little angels is a teenager now so she stayed at home while I took the toddling little angel who is actually more like a little devil with me on his first proper shopping trip.
We were met instore by the fabulous Jo who gave us a tour of the Little Angels range and the clothing section, I was amazed at how many Little Angels products there actually were and the prices were so affordable I couldn’t wait to go shopping.
You can click on the video below to see exactly what we bought during our shopping spree.
I really wanted to explore the Little Angels range first so we headed off to the snack alisle, there was a great range of healthy snacks in a variety of flavours.
I bought Arthur a selection of snacks to pop into his rucksack when we were out and about, I was pleased to see that the organic oaty bars contained no added sugar, no artificial colours and no hydrogenated fat and were made with natural ingredients. 5 bars cost £1.50 which works out at 30p a bar which is so reasonable. The bars are stage 3 and suitable for children aged 12 months plus, Arthur had a bar as soon as I had paid for the shopping and it was devoured in seconds. I also purchased some Little Angels flavoured puffs which were on offer 4 for £2 and contained no added salt, the puffs are idea for Arthur to hold himself and they melt in the mouth which he loves. Our final snack purchase was 20g bags of raisins and sultans which were on offer 5 for £1.50, Arthur loves raisins and they are a perfect snacking food for him as they contain no nasties.
Our next stop was to the bottles, plates and cutlery section where I purchased a lovely set of metal knife, fork and spoon for £2.55. Arthur doesn’t really like using plastic cutlery as he is aware that it’s different from what we all use in the house so this set was perfect for him. The handles are a great size for gripping and the fork and knife are blunt meaning there can be no accidents. I noticed that there was a great Little Angels range of plates, snack holders and baby bottles which I wish I’d known about when Arthur was younger.
One of my favourite aisles was the health and beauty aisle, I’m usually very wary about buying brands I’ve never used before for Arthur as his skin is so sensitive and he has eczema which I currently have under control. I was surprised to see that some of the products were suitable for babies with dry or sensitive skin, paediatrician approved and hypoallergenic. I purchased a protective nappy ointment barrier cream which I was so shocked to see was paraben free, I was even more shocked to see the cost was only £1.45. I’ve not had a chance to use this on Arthur yet but I have tested it on my skin which like Arthur’s is sensitive and prone to eczema and I’ve had no problems. I also purchased the sensitive bath and body wash which again is paraben free and only £1.45 and finally the baby soap which was really purchased for myself not Arthur and a bargain at 27p!
I visited the nappy and wipes aisle next, I’m a cloth bum mum but as Arthur has so many wet nappies during the night I can’t find a cloth nappy to suit him so I currently use disposables. I thought this would be a great opportunity to try Asda’s Little Angels range of nappies for myself which I’ll feature in a separate blog post. I purchased 2 packs of nappies each containing 48 nappies and was completely shocked to find out that 2 packs cost a mere £10, that’s actually less than it costs to buy 1 cloth nappy!, I would actually love to see a Little Angels range of cloth nappies in the future as I think it would be a great avenue for the brand to branch out into.
I noticed that Little Angels also do a range of swimming nappies for £3 a pack which I may go back and purchase. I bought a box of sensitive baby wipes which cost £4 for 6 packs, I use baby wipes for all sorts of things around the home not just wiping Arthur’s bottom so this was a bargain purchase and my final purchase from this range was a pack of hand and face wipes which are great for carrying around in your handbag when you have a messy toddler. I was pleased to see that Little Angels have bed mats and pull up pants for toilet training which could be very useful in the future once we start potty training as I’m sure we will have a few accidents along the way.
A number of my friends are currently pregnant so I’m sure the Little Angels mum range will be very useful to them in the next few months, there is a great range of maternity towels, disposable knickers and breast pads including washable ones.
The biggest surprise for me was the Little Angels laundry range, I actually almost missed this and it’s just by chance that I ventured up to the laundry aisle, there is a great range of detergent in liquid, gel, capsule and powder form and also a stain remover. I purchased 3 of the non-bio 20 wash liquids which were a very affordable £2 each and I can’t wait to share the results with you.
After spending longer than Arthur would have liked in the Little Angels section we moved on to the George at Asda section. I’ve never actually purchased anything from Asda before so was shocked at the low prices, I was surprised at the quality of some of the items and thought that the prices could not have been right. My favourite purchase was the two pairs of welly boots for £4, I almost spent £10 last week on 1 pair and I’m so glad I didn’t.
We picked up a 3 piece outfit for £12, a 3 pack of vests for £2.50, 2 long sleeve tops for £5 and an all in one for £5 which I will feature in an outfit post once Arthur has had a chance to wear everything.
I wasn’t sure how Arthur would react to a proper shopping experience, I usually do my shopping online or bit by bit in stores as I know he can get quite grumpy but on this occasion he loved it and he only got grouchy when it was time to put everything on the belt at the checkout.
I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the Little Angel and George products once we have had a chance to try them out, if you have any favourites from the ranges that you think I should check out you can leave me a comment below or tweet me on twitter.
*Disclaimer – I received a gift voucher to spend in Asda, all thoughts remain my own and are honest and impartial*
I don’t usually feature anything food related on this blog as I save my foodie thoughts for Madame Gourmand but as I featured the Heinz baby breakfast range back in December 2013 on this blog I thought It made sense to talk about the range again on this blog.
Arthur used to love breakfast and usually started the day off with a bowl of porridge but for the past 6 months getting Arthur to eat something substantial at breakfast time has proved to be rather difficult. Arthur has recently started eating Bananas again after months of refusing them which is positive and he is quite partial to a croissant but he really has to be in the mood to enjoy one.
We recently received the New Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry Muesli, the New Apricot and Peach Muesli as well as their 6 Cereals Breakfast Biscotti and Very Berry Porridge Breakfast Pots and Arthur dug right in as you can see by the photograph (there is a breakfast pot missing!)
I find both the porridge pots and biscotti a great time saver in the mornings, Arthur thinks the biscotti are a treat so he always has a big smile on his face when he is handed one at breakfast time, he has been know to snap them in half and crumble them so you have to watch him like a hawk when he has one in his hand.
Heinz Six Cereals Breakfast Biscotti are finger biscuits specially made for children, with six baby-grade cereals (Wheat, Oat, Barley, Rice, Corn, Rye) and fortified with vitamins and minerals including iron which supports healthy cognitive development.
The porridge pots contain calcium for strong bones, iron for healthy brain development and are 1 of your baby’s 5 a day. The porridge pots come in the following flavours: Creamy Oat Porridge, Banana and Apple Muesli and Very Berry Porridge, they contain no added sugar, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, they do contain dairy so will not be suitable for some diets.
The muesli in my opinion is delicious, I make it with warmed whole milk and to check the temperature I have tasted the apricot and peach one and it’s really yummy. Arthur does like to try and eat this himself to I tend to make it a little thicker than if I was feeding it to him so it stays on the spoon. The two flavours of museli that we tried are suitable for babies from 10 months and contain 12 key vitamins and minerals including calcium & vitamin D to support healthy bone development. The apricot & peach muesli contains the equivalent of 55g fruit per 100g which gives the equivalent of 3 teaspoons of fruit per serving. The strawberry, raspberry & blueberry muesli contains the equivalent of 46g fruit per 100g which gives the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of fruit per serving.
Heinz breakfast range can’t be faulted in my household, I’d love to see a range of cereals for toddlers too that would double as snacks in the future.
* I received the products mentioned free of charge to review from my own perspective. All words, experiences and opinions are entirely my own*
Using reusable nappies can be quite daunting, there are hundreds of websites selling nappies and accessories and on each website there are hundreds of nappies and accessories to choose from so what do you actually need when starting out?
I was sent a great selection of starter items from The Nappy Gurus and by adding a few extras to it I think I’ve got a pretty decent stash of both Cloth Nappies, Boosters and Cloth Wipes.
In my opinion if you are wanting to use cloth nappies full time like I am doing you are going to need:
1 nappy bin or bag to store dirty nappies
Mesh Bags to put into the nappy bin
20-30 nappies depending on how often you want to wash them (in the space of a week I now have 40 nappies)
15+ Boosters (Arthur is a heavy wetter so some of his nappies are double boosted)
Nappy Liners. I use flushable liners
1 Wet bag for when you’re out and about
Optional extras you may want to buy are reusable wipes, I have 80.
Now that you know what to buy how do you go about choosing what brands/style to try? My advice is either use a nappy library or buy preloved until you know that a brand/style works for you. Some people like popper nappies others prefer hook and loop. Some people like all in one nappies others like pockets and some will only use custom made nappies. Hopefully my posts over the next couple of days will help you to decide which nappies if any you would like to try
So far my favourite brands are TotsBots, Charlie Banana and Grovia for daytime use and Little Lamb for evenings. I’ve only been using cloth nappies exclusively for a week so far so I’m sure my thoughts will change as I try other brands.
I love finding out about new brands who sell and manufacture children’s clothing that is a little bit different to what you can buy on the highstreet, Tatty Tot are a brand that loves children and loves children being children. It’s that sort of ethos that makes me want to work with a brand. As soon as I saw the pictures of the Tatty Tots collection I knew I wanted to work with them, I buy a lot of Arthur’s clothing from European brands that you can’t buy in the UK as I like him to look a bit different to the Next and M&S Babies and Tatty Tot clothes remind me so much of some of the European styles I’ve seen.
The Country Trousers £47.50 (Top Left) are my favourite item out of the whole collection, they come in 3 different material types which are Cotton Mix, Corduroy or Moleskin and 6 different colours. I can picture Arthur wearing these in summer and winter and I’m sure they will be really hardwearing.
If I had a little girl I would be dressing her in the Tea Party Dress £49.50 (Top Right) It reminds me of something Alice in Wonderland might wear.
The Lined All In Ones £44.50 (Bottom Left) are jut gorgeous and I wish Arthur was smaller so he could wear them. If I had another baby I would definitely be purchasing one of each design.
The Reversible Dungarees £47.50 (Bottom Right) are great value for money as you are basically getting two designs for one price. The small hearts/bell flower design is my favourite by far.
Tatty Tot recently launched their When Was The Last Time You Did Something Childish Competition To enter all you have to do is post a picture, story or even a video showing just how childish you can be! Tatty Tot will be selecting the 10 funniest, cutest, most creative or simply the most childish entries on the 20th April. These entries will then be posted in an album on their Facebook page and finalists will be encouraged to get all of their friends and fans to support them in order to win £200 worth of Tatty Tot products.
My Entry would be the picture above! I find having a small child brings out the child in you and the ability to make shameless silly faces on a daily basis.
To take part in the competition you need to tweet @tattytottweets or message them on Facebook with your entry, Don’t Forget to mention in your entry that you saw the competition on Madame G’s Lifestyle. Participants must like the Tatty Tot Facebook page and follow Tatty Tot on Twitter (depending on how you enter the comp) as well as using the hashtag #PlayfulParent in your entry.
The competition will close on April 13th at which point 10 finalists will see their entries live on the Tatty Tot Facebook page. The race is not over yet as each finalist will be encouraged to invite their friends and fans to “like” and “share” their favourite entry. The winner will be the one with the most popular entry on April 20th and will get to choose £200 worth of Tatty Tot products.