Thursday, 17 April 2014

Shnuggle - Bath time!

Isabelle is a lucky little lady isn't she? Not only has she been sleeping like a princess in the Shnuggle Basket - you can read my review here, but she's also been having baths in the Shnuggle Cosy Baby Bath which again, like the basket is a very modern take on a baby product and we absolutely love it! 

So we had a normal baby bath and she just screamed her head off, to be honest with you I probably would too if I was sat in it! It was slippery and I personally wouldnt of felt very safe in it either (even though we were obviously holding on to her). 

This cleverly designed baby bath helps to make bath time fun and much safer. It's made from baby safe foam - yes foam! it keeps the water warmer for longer due to its insulating properties and if little one is warm they are going to enjoy bath time much more, no one likes being cold do they? 

It's ideal for babies up to 6 months and comes in 5 colours which you can see here. They retail for £30 which if you compare to other baby baths is a very reasonable price especially considering baby will love bath time with this bath.
One last thing to tell you about the Shnuggle Cosy Baby Bath and I've saved it until last because its my absolute fav feature of it... 'Bum Bump!' the idea is brilliant and it works, Isabelle loves it and she at 1 month old sits in the bath without me holding onto her (don't get me wrong I am very very close by with my hand sometimes holding hers if she wants to), she really loves laying back without being held, pushing her legs out. So the 'bum bump' is designed to allow your baby to be reclined and at the same time supported. It helps stop your little one slipping under the water meaning your hands are free to enjoy bath time, I personally agree that bath time is a bonding experience and something that you should, if you can, make time to do with your little ones - they aren't little forever are they? I also love that due to the design of this bath and feeling safe with Isabelle inside it, I feel more confident letting Oliver help me bath his baby sister. He loves that and it's great to not have to tell him no, so if you've got a little helper of your own then I think you should invest in one of these clever little baby baths. 

You can have a look at the Shnuggle Cosy Baby Bath on YouTube by clicking here.
Isabelle Rose
So why do we prefer the Shnuggle Cosy Baby Bath? 
  • The design is perfect for little people allowing them to sit up and look around while having a little splash in the water, Isabelle loves being sat up looking around (nosey like her mummy?). 
  • The water actually feels as if it stays warmer for longer and thats great because when she looks happy and is quiet in there, I don't want to have to rush her I'd much prefer to let her relax and enjoy the bath time. 
  • It's a pretty colour and I personally think it looks really nice. 
  • It's not slippery unlike other baths. 
  • Easy to carry
  • The design limits water waste.  
  • Allows older sibling(s) to help.
Mary-Kate, x
*Please note that this Shnuggle bath was sent to us for the purpose of this review but all of the opinions are mine.

Shnuggle Basket - Modern moses basket !

Isabelle Rose has a new bed and we all love it! It's the Shnuggle Basket, a very clever modern moses basket... if you're pregnant and looking for a moses basket stop! because I've found the perfect one for any newborn baby.

You can find out more about Shnuggle here.

So basically we brought Isabelle's moses basket back in October at the baby show, from Babies R Us for £54.99 and although it's gorgeous with little flower vintage print all over... after trying this Shnuggle Basket I've decided it's 100 times better that a normal moses basket and now the Shnuggle is where little miss Isabelle sleeps. 

Traditional meets modern, this basket looks like the traditional moses basket but it's so much better and let me tell you why... 

Firstly it's made from strong and hypoallergenic material thats easy to clean so it's far safer for your baby (not to mention fantastic if you plan to have more babies in the future, you can easily store this away and not have to worry about it being ruined and dirty unable to clean it. I never thought about it with the normal moses baskets but how do you really clean that wicker?).
Normal moses baskets made a noise when babies move about, I'll be completely honest - it doesnt always make the noise but when it does you think 'ohh please don't wake up!' what's great about this Shnuggle basket is it's almost silent so along with 100% pure cotton fabrics, its a warm, comfortable and safe place for your baby to sleep. One of my favourite things about this basket? The hood. Yes the hood. I can't tell you how many times in just 4 weeks I've put the hood on the babies r us moses basket back up or tried to make it tighter so it would stop falling back down. I remember having the same problem with Oliver's normal moses basket too when he was a baby so I guess they all do it. Not this Shnuggle basket though, it's got a clever locking system which means the hood really does stay up! I love that.

The basket is easy to set up and theres even a youtube video to show you how -

Shnuggle basket set up video 

The padding is tight to fit but thats good because then its safer. It can also be washed in the machine at 30 or 40 and dried slowly! 

So heres Isabelle sleeping in her moses basket from Babies R Us (she's 4 weeks old but look how much space she has! Not to mention how the material always needs to be pulled back on and the hood, well I've given up with that! Oh and the handles, always in the way.) 

Now this is Isabelle, on the same day in the Shnuggle basket - see how much bigger it is? It looks cleaner although they're both basically new and it actually padded, the material isnt able to slip off like the normal one. Oh and the handles arent in the way! Definitely better.
One last thing I love about the Shnuggle is the rocking stand, it rocks length way instead of sideway - the other one rocks sideways and she with it rocks side to side as if shes going to fall to the side. Not to mention, she hated that rocking stand but the Shnuggle she loves and it sends her back to sleep, when she moves it gently rocks.

Price compare

Babies R Us moses basket - £54.99 
Babies R Us rocking stand - £29.99 (although I did keep this from when Oliver was a baby)

Shnuggle Basket - £75.00 
Shnuggle Rocking stand - £25.00 

Plus Shnuggle offer free delivery on orders over £75.
Considering how much better the Shnuggle basket is I really think it's worth that little extra. It's available in a range of colours - I went for the Ivory Cream as I think it looks really smart and unisex, great if you want to keep the basket for next time (Dont panic Michael - theres not a next time!! 2 is enough). But they also have other gorgeous colours which you can view here  

I'd like to Thank Shnuggle for creating such a lovely little first bed for babies, really is traditional meets modern! 

Mary-Kate & Isabelle x 

*Please note that this Shnuggle Basket was sent to me for the purpose of reviewing but all of the opinions are my own.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


Breastfeeding is something I struggled with first time around but this time I've coped much better and that's because I was more prepared - thats with information about breastfeeding thanks to 'google', Mummy and Little Me retreat and past experience, material things to make it easier (such as the snoob and gorgeous breastfeeding pillow - review coming soon) and the understanding that although it is natural, it is difficult sometimes and takes time to perfect! It's been over 3 weeks now and I haven't given up, YAY! *pat's own head*

So, although I haven't been asked to tell you about Snoob, I just couldn't resist telling you very quickly! I've always been a bit nervous about breastfeeding while out and muslins are great to cover you while feeding however, what about when you need to move? or it slips by iself (Does happen!!), you find yourself stiff unable to move incase someone see's something so that's whats great about this breastfeeding scarf, it can't move! meaning you're able to relax and concentrate on feeding your baby. And whats more is it's stylish so no one will even know its for breastfeeding and it's perfect for covering baby - I actually started wearing them while still pregnant. I can sort it out around her one handed which is great. I think they're fantastic and hope that my collection will keep growing. I have a grey one and a cream one so far but I've recently fallen in love with their new Orchid colour!

You can view Snoob by clicking here! They retail for £25. 

 Mary-Kate, x


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

back to hospital I went... is my uterus falling out?!

Post contains 'too much info' so beware!!

On Monday 31st March  - 14 days post baby I had another trip to the hospital using the words "is my whole uterus falling out?" 

If you've read my birth story then you will know I had to have an emergency c-section due to a cord prolapse, it all happened so fast so there was no time to be told any of the 'risks' of having a c-section and I never thought for a second that there was a chance of this happening. 

So now for too much information? Well I had woken up at 4am Monday morning which a belly ache, went to the toilet and went back to bed... then when I woke up at 'up time' as Oliver would say and I had a back ache and period type cramps. I had completely stopped bleeding a while before but I had kept a pad on overnight as when I had Oliver I did bleed for 6 weeks so when I went to the toilet and found I was bleeding alot again I was worried something was wrong. I also felt really ill like I was getting the flu?

Later in the day we had visitors and we went for a small walk with them to the playground bit in the park, when we got home they left and Oliver was happily playing when mummy called out to him from the downstairs toilet "Can you get my phone please Oliver?" which he did - little angel (sometimes). He brought it to me and I began to call Michael like a crazy lady. I had said earlier in the day to my mum that I felt weird 'down there', as if something was there, pushing down and now I knew what I thought was actually true - there was something there! But what was it? I said to Michael "I think I'm dying". I was in too much of a state, as something was now here is Too much info.. hanging out of me, so Michael had to call the Maternity Triage at the hospital. Please note: I had their phone number saved in my phone from when I was pregnant but did I call them? Nope, I called Michael.

They said to have dinner and see to baby to come in. I didnt think it was a blood clot and I convinced myself it was something terrible. when we arrived it wasn't busy and a midwife saw us quickly. She took one look down there and went off to get a doctor, the doctor would take 10 minutes - or a.k.a as long as it takes. When she arrived back with a doctor I started to panic, how are they getting this out? ewww and eeek at the same time. Sorry for the too much information!!! So the doctor took one look and confirmed it was membranes left behind and in a nutshell she managed to pull the membranes out with long tong looking things - it hurt. And once the doctor removed it I noticed the midwifes face as she stood at the end of the bed. She looked shocked. Then she caught herself and looked normal again - oopsy. Good way to make me panic? The doctor then said it was phenonimal - it was that big! After wards I got a prescription for antibiotics and was allowed home.

The next day, Tuesday, I started getting calls from a private number before 7:30am and I worried it was something bad - they had sent the thing off, was something wrong? When I finally got to talk to someone - I kept missing their calls and unable to call back due to 'private number', it was a midwife asking me to go in that day for a scan to check my uterus and then to have my bloods taken and see a doctor to make sure all was ok after the scan.

I arrived and had the scan - something is still left behind but theres no 'blood flow' in it, it's not attached its just some membrane - sorry again for too much info! it is 9mm under what they would need to do anything about, its tiny and will come out naturally by itself during a period but as its not 'living' theres no chance of another infection from it. Then I had bloods taken - haven't heard anything so I assume all is ok and I spoke to a doctor who was happy for me to leave.

I won't lie to you, I assumed that because I had a c-section that nothing would be left behind - I assumed they would 'clear' it all out. The doctor told me that it's actually one of the risks explained that its rare, but that there is a chance of products being left behind as they don't like to mess about inside and I guess it all looks pretty much the same anyway? Because mine was an emergency none of the risks were mentioned to me - why couldnt they have told me afterwards? so that I  could look out for risks and didn't think my uterus was falling out or I was going to die.

So that's it. My horrid hospital visit 2 weeks post baby!! Felt like people would of been judging me in the maternity department with a baby - as if I'd be pregnant again after 2 weeks, I'm silly I know.

Mary-Kate, x

Monday, 7 April 2014

Aden + Anais ...giveaway

Jungle Jam Swaddles 2 pack
Isabelle is 3 weeks old today and already we have become big fans of Aden + Anais products, I know our collection is just going to keep growing, I've already got my eye on some other products they do. It's not just swaddles, as Oliver would say "do you know?" They also sell changing mat covers, towels and washcloths, secruity blankets, blankets, cot sheets and toys as well as a few other things.

Actually we started using Aden + Anais products straight away - I packed a swaddle in my hospital bag and it was very handy to cover up when feeding Isabelle, especially as I had a bed next to the door so people were often walking past and going to the sink which was next to me.

Now I love a bargain and some people have said to me 'are they really worth the money?' Well yes actually they are because they're massive (for a muslin) at 120 x 120cm. They're great material for babies delicate skin and because they're so big they can literally be used for loads of different reasons! I love them. With Oliver I had supermarket muslins but I genuinely think by investing in some really good ones you actually save money in the long run. Every new mum should have muslins.

So far we have a gorgeous bamboo changing mat cover, super soft - it's been washed a fair few times already due to little missus weeing all over it! And still it looks/feels brand new.
We also have 6 swaddles, 3 of which are bamboo as well and have quickly become my favourite! super soft and ideal for swaddling, nursing cover, cover when outside over pram, little light blanket - theres so many different things you can use these for! And a burp cloth/bib.

I was delighted when I was sent a pack of 2 gorgeous 'Jungle Jam' swaddles to review and tell you all about - you might recognise these from when Prince George was seen in one, actually thats where I learnt about Aden + Anais and if it's good enough for a Prince, then it must be good!

Aden + Anais swaddles have helped me alot during these early weeks and I know they will continue to.
You can find the 2 pack jungle jam swaddles by clicking here. They retail for  £29.95

Why do I love Aden + Anais?

  • products wash up like new 
  • multi use swaddles
  • great quality materials and design
  • swaddles are large in size  
Isabelle Swaddled
Jungle Jam swaddle as a blanket
What's even better? The lovely people at Aden + Anais sent me a pack to give away on my blog too so now you've got a chance to win some and try them for yourself to see what I mean about Aden + Anais, I have them here ready to send off to whoever wins them so get entering using the rafflecopter. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

waiting to be won!
Competition only for UK.
Good Luck x

Please note these were sent to me for the purpose of this review and giveaway. All of the opinions are my own, I really love this brand and I'd recommend it to everyone.
Binky Linky

Monday, 31 March 2014

Bibee dress - a fantastic idea!

I've known about this fantastic dress for a long time now and I'm really sorry that I haven't got around to telling you about it sooner. I should remember because I wear it literally all of the time, infact when it comes to needing to wash it - I hate not knowing it's in my wardrobe ready to wear but with moving, Oliver's new school and ofcourse Baby Isabelle making her dramatic entrance to the world - make sure you read my birth story, I still can't believe what happened, everything got away with me and I seem to have forgotten about 1000 things.

If you're pregnant or a breastfeeding mum then you should definitely get a Bibee dress for your wardrobe. It is super comfortable and will last you from the start of your pregnancy all the way through to breastfeeding. I wore it when I was heavily pregnant and now that I am breastfeeding I am still wearing it and it's so comfortable, infact in these early days I'm not sure what I would do without comfortable clothing to wear especially after a c-section - it's very important to have loose fitting clothing that doesn't make you feel squashed into something.

It's such a clever design and it's easy to fall in love with it. You can even change the one dress to make it look different by mixing and matching different dress fronts, you can also style this dress differently for example bare legs in the summer or over a pair of skinny jeans or tights in the colder months.

So what is a Bibee dress?
Well Bibee dresses are suitable for pregnancy and breastfeeding. You buy the bits separately - dress, dress front (also known as the Bibees!) and t'shirts to go under the dress (making it even more suitable for any weather) this enables you to create your own unique Bibee if you wish. There's no limit to how many different dress fronts you could have, for example if you had different colour dress-fronts but only one dress - who would know it was the same dress? unless you told them about Bibee dresses that is!

The Bibee dress itself has a low neckline as does the t'shirt making it ideal for breastfeeding - don't worry though you won't be on show for everyone to see because the dress fronts cover up, they have buttons each side of the dress making it easy for you to discreetly breastfeed your baby in public.

It's very handy to have a spare Bibee out with you so if you're pregnant and it just gets messy you can change it or if you're breastfeeding and you leak a little bit of milk onto it you can change into a clean one without having to change your entire outfit.

What I love about the Bibee dress?
I love that during my pregnancy this dress grew with my bump, it looked great with a smaller bump and great with a bigger bump due to the style it's made in. It's a lovely alternative to the tight maternity clothes I had, which don't get me wrong I did love showing off my bump but some days you just want something nice, loose and comfortable that still shows off your bump and this dress done exactly that. I did wear this dress to have photos taken when heavily pregnant but I have only got one of them so far which is at the top of this post - when I've got some more I will post them too.

Post-baby, I love that this dress is still comfortable even when my boobs were really sore due to just getting milk in this dress was still one of my favourite things to wear. My little girl is 2 weeks old today and this dress has been a life saver when breastfeeding her and wanting to be comfortable (out of my nightie!). It helps to hide that mum-tum too!

I absolutely love that by changing the Bibee dress front that you can wear the same dress for different occasions for example, I wore my one for a family photo shoot but I've also worn it around tesco and if you were to buy a more formal Bibee dress front then you could wear it to a wedding or a special occasions without anyone knowing it was the same dress they spotted you in last week at the baby group! ;) Love it.

I've got the dress in egg-plant colourway which is a great alternative to black while still not being too in your face. Usually these dresses are £115 but I've just noticed as I was going to add the link here for you that the Eggplant knee length dress I have is now in the sale for £85 for the dress and the t'shirt, leaving you to buy the colour bibee you want - I've also noticed that some of their bibee's are in the sale too and there is some that would suit this egg plant colour way nicely.

Eggplant Bibee here! £85 in the sale...
Let me tell you the truth.... When I was pregnant I thought £115 wow thats alot but now that I've worn it alot of my pregnancy and had my baby, I'm still wearing it, I can totally understand why it's that price tag. It still looks new after lots of washes and it's so comfortable I don't think I'd cope without it now. Comfort is very important at the moment so my opinion of the price tag has changed completely so make sure you have a look for yourself by clicking here!

After having a c-section I don't know what I'd of worn without loose comfortable clothing like this Bibee dress so I'd like to say a massive thank you to Nicola Norris who is the creative director of Bibee dresses.

Mary-Kate, x
(Please note that this dress was sent to me to review and give feedback on but all of the opinions are my own. I think this dress is fantastic and worth investing in!).

Lansinoh - making breastfeeding easier!

The lovely people at Lansinoh sent me a box full of breastfeeding goodies to make breastfeeding easier and review on my blog. I love them so much I'm also going to review on Visit From The Stork as I think everyone should know about this great brand!

Firstly their breastpads. I absolutely love these, they are ultra thin while still staying dry even if you leak alot of breast milk onto them. I've tried various other brands and these are my favorite as you can barely feel you are wearing them and they arent itchy like some others can be. They are packed single which is great because if you only need to replace one - you arent leaving another open without packaging. They're super easy to open when you're in a rush the packaging just rips quickly and they have 2 sticky bits so they stay securely in place unlike other brands that just have one sticky bit. These are fab and I really recommend them. You can purchase these for £5.49 (pack of 60).

These are great for when your milk comes in and your boobs go super sore due to engorgement, these are 3-in-1 you can put them in the freezer or microwave depending on what you want to use them for and they will make you feel so much more comfortable. They're reusable which is great and help to relieve engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis as well as encourage milk let-down. These retail for £11.99.
 These I haven't actually used yet but I didn't know about them before and I can't wait to use them when the time comes! It says they're pre-sterilised, leak proof and you can safely store breastmilk for upto 6 months. They come in a pack of 50 for £8.99.
I haven't used this but it looks like a very useful little gadget if it was needed. It temporarily draws out the nipple so that baby can easily latch on to feed. You can buy this for £7.99
And last but not least, I have used and found amazing this nipple cream. It really does soothe sore nipples and what I love the most is that it is 100% natural, safe and hypoallergenic - there's no need to remove before breastfeeding! You can purchase this cream for £9.99

Thank you Lansinoh for making breastfeeding easier for me second time around!

Mary-Kate x

please note that these items were sent to me to review, however all of the opinions are my own and I truly love these products, if you're looking for anything similar then try these!