What is cord blood banking and should you do it?

What is cord blood banking and should you do it?

The banking of umbilical cords and blood is a hot topic at the moment, yet when I was pregnant just a year ago I had no idea what it was about. I vaguely remember someone, possibly a midwife, asking if I would be doing it, but I received no guidance so I assumed it was along the same lines as taking home your placenta to eat. No thanks! If like me you haven’t heard of cord and blood banking before then this infographic created by Smart Cells will explain the basics of what it is and how it’s done. What […]

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12 things I’ve learnt in 12 months, A First Birthday Post

12 things I learnt in 12 months, A first birthday post

This weekend was Baby’s first birthday, I honestly can’t believe it! It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that she was a tiny squishy baby, and now she’s a larger, squishy, fast moving baby! People always tell you that the time goes so fast, but you never believe them until you find yourself saying the same thing. For me it seems particularly crazy as Baby has gone from not being able to crawl at all, to super crawling in the last week before her birthday and now she’s tentatively trying to pull herself up already! We decided that […]

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Review: Mini Me Gift Box Shop + Giveaway

Review: Mini Me Gift Box Shop

About the Mini Me Gift Box Shop The Mini Me Gift Box Shop is an online retail outlet specialising in gift boxes for newborn babies. Gift boxes range in price from as little as £30 to £70 and each gift box contains a number of items such as muslins, clothes, toys, and skin care, making them the perfect gift for baby showers. For the purpose of this review I have been provided with one baby girl gift box containing: A pair of baby booties; A cotton muslin square; A cotton and bamboo swaddle; 2 bibs; A wooden keepsake; A bar […]

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5 Alternative uses for Dummy Clips + Baby Wings Giveaway

5 Alternative Uses For Dummy Clips

If you had said the words “dummy clip” to me before I had Baby I would have stared at you blankly but now I can’t walk across a room without passing at least three of them! I love dummy clips as they are so handy and not just for preventing Baby’s dummy from disappearing to the same place as all of her left socks. I often find myself using them to clip, tie, and attach things that are way outside of the usual dummy clip remit and although I’ve tried lots of different clips, my favourites are still Baby Wings. […]

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Review: YippieYo Crossbuggy

Review: YippieYo Crossbuggy

About the YippieYo Crossbuggy The YippieYo Crossbuggy is a two seat, two wheel, hand pulled trailer suitable for children up to the approximate age of 6 (40kg total weight) and capable of handling most terrains. The Crossbuggy has an aluminium frame, shock absorbers, large wheels, disc breaks, and is fully collapsible. My Review of the YippieYo Crossbuggy One of the most frustrating things about having a small child is how restricted you are when it comes to getting out and about. Prams are great for paths and shops, but our recent family trip to Dorset put into sharp relief how […]

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My Birth Story

Grumpy Mum's Birth Story

The day I found out I was pregnant was one of the best of my life. We hadn’t been trying long but as I was the ripe old age of 34 I had worried that we might struggle. I must have used 30 tests in the weeks after finding out, just to make sure… Then the morning sickness started and I no longer needed a little strip of paper to convince me I was pregnant. Apart from severe morning sickness, my first trimester passes without distinction and soon it was time for my 12 week scan. I was both nervous […]

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How do children improve your life?

How do children improve your life

A few days ago Grumpy Dad came home from work looking quite confused and asked me how I would explain to someone who neither had nor wanted children, how children improve your life. I opened my mouth to answer and immediately realised that there is no simple way to do this. It’s easy to see why someone with no desire for children would struggle to see how they improve your life. After all, even if you manage to keep some semblance of your old life after having children the likely-hood is that you will have less disposable income, you will […]

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Petition Appeal for Joshua

Appeal to readers to sign a petition changing the birth and death registration act

This is an appeal to all of my readers to please consider signing a petition to amend the Births & Deaths registration act 1953. The petition, which needs 10,000 signatures to be discussed in parliament, was started by Lucy Black after she tragically lost her twins at 21 weeks. At present, a birth is only recorded if it results in a stillbirth (after 24 weeks), neonatal death or live birth. When I first received this petition I thought that sounded reasonable, but then I read Lucy’s heart breaking story. The law as it stands may be reasonable and practical but […]

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The Essential Guide to Changing a Nappy

The Essential Guide to Changing your Newborn Baby's Nappy

I’ve been reviewing lots of nappy changing bits and bobs recently and it’s got me thinking about my experience dealing with nappy changes compared with the instructions I received from books and classes before Baby was born. Needless to say the real deal is much different from the expectation so I decided that I would write a realistic guide to changing your shiny new baby’s slightly less shiny rear end. Disclaimer: This guide is based on changing a girls nappy, if you are changing a boy I suggest the addition of a rain hood or poncho as an extra precaution. […]

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Review: Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment

Bepanthen nappy cream review

About Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment Bepanthen is a nappy cream which can be used at every nappy change to help keep your baby’s skin moisurised and free from nappy rash. It contains no fragrances, preservatives, colours or antiseptics and prides itself on being gentle enough to use on highly sensitive or premature baby skin. Bapanthen comes in tubes of 30g, 50g or 100g. My review of Bapanthen Nappy Care Ointment If you have a baby then then likelihood is that you spend a lot of time worrying about what’s going in, and inevitably, coming out of them. As a result […]

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