• Bye bye cradle cap thanks to Childs Farm

    Dexter has been plagued with cradle cap since day one. We had mild success with coconut oil to soothe this when he was a few weeks old but then he became allergic to it and it made his scalp inflammed. I tried washing his hair more frequently, less frequently, using just water, using shampoo and conditioner, using petroleum jelly, olive oil – you name it I tried it. To add insult to injury Freddie even developed a patch too..at three years old!! Both boys had it excessively thick on their scalps and with Dexter his crusty head was massively noticeable. I have been reviewing some Childs Farm products and asked…

  • Beaba babycook plus review

    As we are weaning early due to Dexter’s reflux I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what he was having so I could pinpoint any possible reflux flare up foods, or indeed allergy flare ups. Dexter has CMPA like his brother and I have found lots of foods aimed at weaning have milk added, which is such a pain. We have been super lucky to be able to review the Beaba babycook plus, to make our own baby food. It steams, blends, defrosts and reheats as well as being suitable not just to make baby purees but smoothies and steamed food items for all the family. We will even…

  • Diono Quantum travel system Review

    For the past few weeks we have been putting the Diono Quantum to the test and through its paces with Dexter. I have never thought of myself as pushchair orientated, as long as it pushes, is comfortable and is reasonable in cost then that’s all it needs to be, right? Wrong. Having spent a few weeks in hospital a few things changed in our family dynamic that made having an easy to use, adaptable, robust and comfortable pushchair a matter of importance. My husband sorted the boys while I was poorly, he is 6″3 and so straight away the height adjustable handle came into its own. I am on the…

  • Messy me review & giveaway!

    I can’t say Freddie has an element of tidy to him. He is just so clumsy, guaranteed to make a mess. Even when I preempt it, he beats me to it!! Now add a baby and a holiday in the mix and it’s a sure fire cauldron of messy chaos! Luckily we are working with Messy me designs and they gave us one of their fab aprons and an original messy mat for a full scale test while we were on holiday. You can even win your own Messy Mat with my competition below! The first morning Freddie helped prep breakfast and he was super excited to be wearing his…

  • Dr Browns Options bottles review

    When we had Freddie we were very lucky in the fact that he never suffered with any problems when feeding as a baby. Therefore the bottles we choose to feed Dexter with this time around were the same as we knew they had worked for Freddie. However, Dexter soon had silent reflux flare up at about 3 weeks old. He was medicated and his milk was changed to compliment his dairy allergy but he still struggled. To compensate for the acid burning his throat he would comfort feed and guzzle and gulp his milk, causing terrible trapped wind. It’s a whole other world when you have a baby who is…

  • The scream of Silent Reflux

    Ironic really. The grunts, whines, screams and chokes we have heard form this “silent” affliction have never been on the quiet side. In fact, even when my baby is sleeping I can still hear acid rise up his throat and him gulp it back down most nights. Dexter like his brother has cows milk protein allergy. We got this sorted pretty early after trying a couple of milks and thickeners. This however didn’t alleviate the constant grind of being awake from 2am onwards until breakfast time, of Dexter fighting a losing battle against his body producing acid whilst last propped on my shoulder. I felt guilty every time I fed…

  • Which Hyperemesis tips NOT to offer Princess Kate

    So, the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant for the third time and suffering with her third bout of Hyperemesis Gravardium (HG). Having been there twice with both pregnancies I do completely empathise with her, it’s horrendous. There are still a few nuggets of wisdom that people like to offer which drive me up the wall when it comes to HG. Mostly by people who have never suffered from it! Here are my top five. “Most people get some morning sickness” Nope. No. NOT EVEN. It’s 24 hours a day, every three minutes and it DRAINS YOUR SOUL. This is NOT morning sickness. It’s constant, debilitating vomiting that’s actually very dangerous…

  • Peace of mind with a little Snuza Hero

    We have had a long and tough battle with Dexter suffering from Silent Reflux Before we used the Snuza hero, it had  been more scary than I ever imagined as he Has episodes where he chokes on the thick acid, one time needing an ambulance because he stopped breathing and responding. The paranoia of reflux My husband managed to eventually clear his airway and bring him back but it made me feel very ill for a while and experience a wave of parenting paranoia that I don’t think will leave me. Freddie was a straightforward baby and So this experience turned parenting on its head for Dexter, I have been constantly…

  • Dexter- two month update 

    So now Dexter is (already!!) 11 weeks old I thought it best to get a move on with his two month update and what stick out between weeks 4-8. The the last few weeks have flown by in a crazy haze, most importantly for us the reflux and CMPA are starting to settle after visits to peadeatrician and emergency hospital visits. He is much happy baby now that he doesn't have horrid acid burning his throat all night long and is thriving well. Dexters smile has some on leaps and bounds, I had almost forgot those early corner of mouth creased up efforts that little babies do and those moments…

  • Back to basics with Kokoso coconut oil review

    Dexter was born two weeks early and still had lots of Vernix on him. I was pleased about this as it’s a natural moisturiser and barrier to the outside world for a little longer at least, on newborn skin. I noticed however that the areas where he didn’t have his protective layer were so dry, cracked and flaky, something which wasn’t an issue with Freddie.  I limited his baths, in fact he didn’t have his first bath until he was almost a week old due to his skin being so dry, once he was out of the bath it got even worse and the baby moisturisers I had only offered…


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