It’s true when they are that time goes so much faster when you become a parent. I know for sure I can not believe how quick the last 3 years have gone. 3 Years ago I was pregnant with Jess and it is hard to believe that in less than 3 months she is going to be 3.
I was tagged in the #18summerswishlist post by Yammymommy which is a pledge list for yourself and your children, of things you want to achieve before their 18th birthday. Because you actually only get 18 summers before they turn 18 and if you are unlucky and have a teen who is too cool to hang out with their parents even less. I loved the idea of this tag and maybe if I am actually blogging still when Jess turns 18 we can see if we achieved the things on this list.
- We have not actually managed to make a holiday abroad yet, this is something which we want to change. Travelling abroad is something which I have done a lot when I was a child and something Joe has managed to do in the past few years. Exploring different countries is something I want to be able to do with Jess.
2. Disneyland is somewhere which I would love to be able to take Jess. I was never massively into Disney as a child however, since they purchase Marvel it is a place I would love to visit. I really want to go when Jess is old enough to enjoy it and watch the movie however, I do still want her to be young enough to believe in the magic of the place. I do not think this is going to be a place we visit for several years to be honest.
3. Learn new skills if Jess wants to do something for example like one summer learn to ride a horse. If this is something which she wants to make a hobby I will help her by taking her places which enhance her learning because I want her to learn skills which she loves this could be playing an instrument, cooking or even playing sport.
4.To spend a lot of time to together because summer at the moment is a time when we all get a bit off and it can be used as quality family time.Some of the best memories which we have already created as a family have been as a result of the summer time because this is when we are more likely to be out exploring. This is something I want to continue as the summers go on that is not to say we do not have fun at other times of the the year as well.
5. To make memories and laugh as much as we can. I want the summers of Jess’s childhood to be special which may mean that when we look back when she is older these are the things which she remembers they do not have to cost the earth. They could be cheap days out or even fun in the garden when we do silly things like have water pistol fights.
I tag anyone who wants to do this to share what they want to achieve with there children before their eighteenth summer
What do you want to achieve before your child turns 18 in the summer.
Cradle cap is something which we all think of when having newborns and those who are usually under a year old. However, this is something which Jess still even at two and a half still can struggle with. For those of you who are reading this post who may not be parents and do not know what cradle cap is it is. Cradle cap is a very common condition, which affects the scalp of recently born babies, causing a patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash. Do not worry about it is rare that it is causing the baby any discomfort at all.
Seen as this is something which we have been battling this long I thought I would share with you my tips for dealing with cradle cap. I will admit it was harder when Jess was just born due to the fact she had this an not much hair which made the cradle cap visible to me at least however, you cannot see it as much now unless you are looking for it. This is due to her hair growing however, now must babies are actually born with hair. Anyway that is enough rambling on to the actual tips.
Wash their hair in mild baby shampoo
Cradle cap is not caused because of poor hygiene according to the doctors but one thing which we have found to be super helpful is making sure that we do not over wash Jess’s hair. As when you wash your hair you strip it of the oils. We found that if we wash it 3-4 days apart the oils were not striped as much. Also we did found that more larger chunks was coming out when we rubbed in the shampoo or brushed her slightly damp hair.
Don’t pick at it
I know there is a a high level of temptation to do so however, this can make it very sore for your child. As well as increase the risk of an infection which is something that of course you want to avoid. If your child has it when they are a little bit older you do need to make sure that they do not pick at as well. This is is not something which we have luckily struggled with Jess.
Another tip which we have found is to melt a little amount of coconut oil and then massage this on to the affected area.. We applied this for 15 minutes which allowed it to help break down it meaning that it is going to be able to easier to remove. What we did to remove this in the bath/shower. In the case of Jess this allowed chunks to come out and coconut oil is not expensive and something most parents have to hand anyway.
Avoid spraying close to the child
If you do like to put perfume on your chest and your child likes to lay on this area you might want to avoid doing this. This can be the same for air fresheners which you might want to spray to make the room smell better. This may actually get into the child and be harmful which could cause the cradle cap worse which is something of course we all want to avoid.
Massage their head when it is damp
If you give your baby a massage while there hair is still damp gently using your fingers this can cause chunks of the cradle cap to come away from their hair. Only do this when it is damp as then you are not forcing it to come away instead you are just assisting the cradle cap to come away faster that it normally would. This is something which Jess manages to allow me to do for a couple of moments this is the only time I ever really get to give her a head massage.
Have you struggled with cradle cap if so what are your tips for dealing with it?
Symths is a shop when we think about it as typically a toy shop this is somewhere frequently we can be found browsing looking for Jess. However, how many of you knew that they actually sell a wide range of baby items including prams, car seats and everything else you need when you are having a baby?. This is for sure something which I did not know I am not in the minority here and Symths have listened and have relaunched The Baby Room which is the area which houses all of the baby essentials in store from the 16th March.
This is for sure somewhere which I would visit should I have another child in the future to have a look at the products. Due to the fact that they have a lot of the items out which means you can see their actual size and feel how heavy they are. This is something which is great because when we were looking for a new pram we wanted something lightweight. I was actually very lucky and invited to one of the Symths stores to have a look around relaunched Baby Room.
To celebrate the relaunch they have a new catalogue released especially; there will be a whole load of fantastic deals and offers one which is running is 20% off of car seats and travel systems which runs from the 16th-22nd March not to mention competitions and a fab Twitter party to take part in which takes place on Friday 16th March 1pm #thebabyroom. Where they are giving away £200 in vouchers and a Jolie car seat both amazing prizes to win.
All of the big brands are stocked within The Baby Room such as Graco, Joie, Tommee Tippee and Lamaze to name just a few. All brands who us parents are aware of and know are of high quality. If you are looking for a pushchair there are a large range which you would be able to push around to get a feel for them. They even have a buggy which folds up into a bag and weighs next to nothing which would be great for travelling. As well as 3 in 1 travel systems for under £200 which is a bargain.
If you’re looking to buy a new car seat you should head on down to your local Smyths as they provide free car seat fitting by trained experts all year round. They will even fit them into your car seat they are so knowledgeable about what seat is best for you if it is one with an isofix base, or if your car already has isofix so can use this. They know all the guidlines on the weight you have to be to be in different stage seats. I did not realise that Jess is close to the weight when she can use the seatbelt instead of the 5 piece harness. They also stock car seats that are suitable for children up to the age of 12 so not just baby and infant car seats. I wish I had known about this when we were looking at changing Jess’s car seat as this is something which I spent a lot of time researching. I was not confident I had made the best choice but it would have been nice to have a qualified expert to tell me.
I for sure will be checking out the baby room should we need anything for Jess even though she is two and half now I will be recommending to friends who have children or those who are going to be parents in the future
Did you know Smyths had the baby room?
This post is in collaboration with Symths however, all words are my own as always
As busy parents sometimes we don’t have time to cook nutritionally healthy meals from scratch every single day. We try and make a couple of meals a week this kind however there is times when need to grab something from the cupboard and use that instead. We all know about the sugar and salt levels which are reported in some of these items for adults. I dread to think how bad they would be for a child like Jess. That’s where Little Dish come in they have a range of products which can be put in the cupboard which are suitable for children without half of the nasties in them.
We have seen them in a range of the big supermarkets which is great. As this means that you can just pop them in your trolley in your normal weekly shop which great. I for one like to try and get as many things from the same shop as possible. So these been available like this is a time saver for me.
The three from this range that we have tried are baked beans, korma curry sauce, and a tomato pasta sauce. All very normal and basic food based which you can use for creating a meal quickly.
The first one Jess tried was the curry sauce as family we like our curries however they can be too hot to feed Jess. Or we want to eat later than when she need feeding these little dish curry sauces are amazing because all you need to do is cook the chicken and then stir the sauce in for around 1 minute. I have added rice because this is something which Jess loves to consume even on its own. The sauce was big enough for a medium/large portion of chicken and it was saucy enough for Jess. I did try a little bit off and found that it was tasty without the spices this is something which I am glad of because I did not want Jess to be eating a bland meal. This in total took us about the 15 minutes including cooking the rice which of course is great because Jess sometimes is not the most patient person.
The beans come in a pouch which is big enough size for Jess without there been any waste as if I put them in the fridge I don’t always know when she would finish them. These are can easy go on toast and she can have a small potion of beans on toast sometimes she does like to copy her mummy. Or they can be added as a veg element of her tea when she has something like fish fingers. They take next to no time at all if I remember correctly around 1-2 mins great when you have a grumpy toddler nagging for food.
The final one which Jess has tried is the tomato pasta sauce this is something which is her favourite food anyway so having a good quality pasta sauce means so much to us. This again is one which you have to stir in your pasta when it is cooked which means again it takes about 15 minutes and the sauce does get warm. My brother actually tried some of this when Jess had it and said again it was a little bit bland it was more like tomato puree. It does mean that it does have the flavour for your toddler however, it will not have as much sugar and salt as an adult version would do. This is great for if we are not having pasta but Jess wants it she sometimes even adds cheese to the top as a treat.
The sauces are £1 and baked beans are around £1.25 these can be purchased from the major supermarkets as well as Boots. This is great because you can purchase them easily which is great because you never want to have to think about having to go to additional shops. You can even click and collect them from boots which I have done because I have not seen them in a lot of the shops. I am going to purchase these again in the future because of the fact that they are super easy and when we move into our own house these will be handy because Daddy will still be working away. I would love to try more of these essentials. Jess already loves the ready meals which are usually on offer in Morrisons so they are a brand that we would recommend for sure.
Have you tried any of these little dish items?