MY PARENTING REGRETS | HONEST MOTHERHOOD

In life I think it is important to look forward rather than back. However I think I learn the most from things I have gone through that have been challenging or I wish I had done differently.

I’ve compiled my five parenting regrets, some are trivial and some are more serious. If you feel comfortable sharing, I would love to know if you can relate to any of these.

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DOGS & BABIES | TOP TIPS FOR A HARMONIOUS HOME

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen our two pups pop up regularly in my stories and pictures. I have had quite a few messages and comments over the past few months about the dogs and how they get on with Freddie. Also, what we did to prepare them for Freddie’s arrival and how they have adjusted to Freddie being mobile (and chasing them around…).

I have compiled the top tips I think you need to know for helping your dog adapt to your new baby. Most of these will apply if you buy/adopt a dog post-baby as well.

(Please be aware that I am not a dog trainer and every dog is different. With a rescue dog/puppy it is best to seek advice from the rescue or your vet. You know your dog best so please adapt the tips below to suit your pet!).

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MAMA & BABY FAVOURITES | 3-6 MONTHS
Newborn products, Fourth trimester, 3 months old, baby 3 months, baby favourites, baby must haves, must have baby buys.

All products are linked below.

Matchstick monkey

This is by far Freddie’s favourite teether. It’s small enough for little hands to grasp easily and he loves exploring the different parts with his gums.  You can apply teething gel to the back of the Monkey’s head and this helps to get the gel to those hard to reach areas. It’s also easy to clean and I am now contemplating buying a back up!

Hey Baby (Baby Sensory Videos)

These videos are so great. When Freddie was around three months he really loved watching the red, white and black versions which gave me a few minutes to tidy up or grab a cup of tea. As he got older he enjoyed the more colourful videos more and was totally mesmerised. We actually paid for the download so that we could use it during fussy car journeys without worrying about the wifi.

Chicco Pocket Relaxer

Freddie didn’t get much use out of this bouncer until we had to start weaning early at five months. He was too little for a high chair so this provided the perfect stop gap. It is super portable and folds up really easily.

CBeebies Octonauts

The theme tune to this has been in my head for about the last two months but it’s Freddie’s favourite thing ever. Now obviously I don’t sit him in front of the television for hours on end but this ten minute show allows me to at least shovel some food down or try and make the house look halfway decent. It’s also been a lifesaver for many a car seat meltdown.

JellyBabaBaby Car Shades

This may seem like an incredibly boring favourite but these are life changing! Honestly. No more faffing with the ones that stick to the window and then fall off pretty much constantly. These go over your window like a giant sock and hey presto. No more worrying about that little bit of sunlight creeping through and irritating your little one.

Connecta Baby Carrier

The Connecta Solar Weave is a very, very thin and light carrier designed for hot weather. The fabric blocks 95-99% of the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays and during our very random British heat wave this was the only carrier that was bearable to wear.  View Full Post

BAD DAYS, BABY BLUES & BEING HONEST

Since having Freddie almost six months ago, I have felt like I’ve been on a particularly relentless emotional rollercoaster. Never before have I experienced such extremes; overwhelming happiness and then feelings of hopelessness and the worry, my god the worry.

When the midwife first put Freddie on my chest, I remember tears streaming down my face and being unable to express anything other than ‘Is this my baby? This is my baby?’. I have never ever felt happiness and pride like I did that day. But almost as soon as he arrived the worry set in. Was he comfortable? Was he happy? What did he need? Was he in pain? Could I make him happy? Why was he crying? Why had he slept so long? Did I need to wake him?  View Full Post