Never let anyone kiss your newborn! 

I’ve read of babies dying because someone who is the carrier of herpies, (they don’t even need to have a cold sore,) have kissed babies for which there is no cure and newborns have no immune system to fight it. 

Then a close friends little grandson almost lost his life to the same thing. It’s scary enough reading these articles and then hearing that it’s happen to a friends grandson. Really makes me glad my mom told me never to let anyone kiss our baby girl especially not on the lips. For which I am forever thankful and would far rather be informed and knowledgable than have regrets or have to go through things like this. It’s so sad and heartbreaking for the parents and family to have to see their babies suffer or even worse lose a life. 

You may have read this article or other articles but here’s the link to the full story from the mirror. Please share this so that others can be aware and informed and make their own decisions about things like this. 

Don’t let people kiss your baby By Bounty. 

1st Birthday Photoshoot and Cake Smash

We spent a lovely day yesterday down in Essex with my dear friend and newborn photographer #NewbornphotographybyMichelle. 

The last year has been an amazing one filled with so many precious memories, milestones and learning curves. Life has never felt more fulfilling and full of love and happiness. 

Yesterday we spent the day creating and capturing some faery tale memories to add to the collection of our announcement, maternity, birth, 6 months and pre birthday photoshoot for our little girl. I can honestly say it was so much fun capturing all the different scenes. 

The inner child in me will always be there and even more so now that I have a little girl to get dressed up with to have fun and create special memories together. Special occasions will never be the same. Here’s a sneak peak at our photoshoot. 

Tired of Saying No

I love some of these simple yet effective reminders that pop up at just the right time. 

Our little girl is growing and changing so quickly in such a short space of time that I find myself thinking about the ways in which I can be a positive, gentle parent, yet still have the authority when I need it with out our little girl becoming hesitant of exploring or trying new things in fear of me disapproving. 

To make sure that I use the word No when it really matters. So that when I do use it she knows that I mean business. 

I’ve already created as much safe exploration free space in the house as possible and quite used to using distractions when necessary, as well other alternatives, instead of using the word No! 

An 11 month old mini me semi toddler who’s as dinky and as sassy as our daughter is sure giving me a run for my money. She’s gone from being super chilled, easy going and laid back to an energiser bunny that keeps me on my toes and head strong. 

Who ever would have thought dealing with all this would have me so close to losing my patience some days, where I need to take a step back have a few deep breaths, having a good laugh in my head because it would just be wrong an inappropriate to do it all the time. Especially when she’s having a meltdown or when I need to be taken seriously. Other times you just have to let it out and have a laugh but then she laughs with you and it just makes it all worth it. 

Tired of Saying No

The Willa Walker

We came across this on Facebook and I wish we had found this sooner. My partner made us one for our little girl and it’s amazing. 

It definitely helps with the back ache from which I’ve been suffering for 3 months now helping our little girl learn to walk. 

I will definitely be using this for our second child. They come in various different colours and even have your child’s name engraved on them. Absolutely beautiful. 

The Willa Walker

Check your sunscreen labels! Do they provide the maximum UVA & UVB protection?

Check the labels on the back of your sunscreen to make sure you’re getting what you pay for! 

I was quite alarmed to find that the sunscreen I have been using which a family member recommended isn’t as great as what they thought it was! 

I will most definitely be changing to something much stronger. To protect our little ones skin in the sun. 

Check your label. The UVA is only good! Not 5* excellent. You’re paying silly amounts for something that promises protection that isn’t 5*! 


Put that sunscreen down

How to keep babies and young children cool in very hot weather

I found this article very helpful but 5 days too late! Some of which I had already done to keep our little girl and 2 dogs as well as myself cool in the heatwave we’ve just had in the UK. 

Besides being drained of energy and too hot to play outside for long periods of time in the sun. We made do with our sun tent up in the garden to shade the paddling pool which we all enjoyed playing and cooling off in. 

Ice lollies and anything cold and refreshing as well as lots of sunscreen and sun hats helped to keep cool in the hot weather. 

Keeping blinds closed and open only a quarter of the way to allow any breeze to circulate through and the sun out and a fan going to help circulate and cool breeze. 

Baby in just a nappy to sleep with just a sheet on the mattress. No waterproof covers which seem to make baby sweat. Bamboo sheets are amazing so sleep under if baby is too young to sleep with just a nappy. 

Frozen water bottles in front of the fan to cool the air in the room are all a great help. 

How to keep babies and young children cool in very hot weather

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there. Hope you have a wonderful day. 

This is my first Father’s Day as a family. I can honestly say that I couldn’t have chosen a better man and father to our beautiful little girl. She’s growing up so fast and turning out to be this super sweet affectionate, friendly and funny little girl. For almost 11 months old she seems so intelliengent and determined. She really makes my heart melt. Most of all she loves her daddy and he is one of a kind. 

With out him in my life to help me, support me, think of us, make us laugh. Life would be dull. I know he’ll be everything our little girl needs in life. He brings out the best in me and believes in me. 

I know it’s not Father’s Day everywhere in the world but I have a father in law here, which falls on the same day as South Africa and my dad in Australia. I have the same issue with Mother’s Day. Cracks me up. My parents have stopped saying it’s not the same day here. So now they just accept being wished twice a year. 

I’m grateful to my father who gave me everything I could have ever needed in life.  To him I will always be forever grateful. 

Dry Drowning! Read it! 

Wow! I’ve heard of this before but had forgotten about it. Definitely a MUST read. 

I always feel more confident in my choices and decisions when it comes to educating myself on useful relevant information about babies and children. Reading the relevant and useful things that will build a strong bond between my daughter and I and her health. well being & happiness. 

I’d say read this is you love swimming. 

Dry Drowning!!!

Don’t let me forget their littleness…

Reading this makes me feel grateful to be able to enjoy the first year of our little girls life at home with her and in the same breathe it makes me a little heart sore to know that she’s almost a year old which means I’ll be returning to work and missing out on the days while she is growing up giving me only a short time with her each evening between bathtime, dinner and bedtime. 

Making me wish I was able to be a full time stay at home mom with her like we had growing up. Enjoy them while they are little because they sure do grow quickly. Cherish the days and time you have with them because they won’t be this little forever. 

Already our little girl is becoming more independent with each passing day. Crawling and working on her walking skills. Always holding out her hand for me to help her. Those little arms that wrap around you so tightly holding on to you for as long as she can. The wet open mouthed kisses. The giggles and laughter. The sound of those little feet learning to walk. 

Our little girl is growing up. 

Don’t let me forget their littleness