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home and organisation – stuff I’m not amazingly good at but I do try.


29 Apr, 2015

So, your best mate has had a child and you’re thrilled (but perhaps mourning your drinking partner?!), however, what exactly should you buy a baby?! Here’s a small guide of lovely things to buy…

10 things to buy a baby

1. Keep sake or art work – something unique for the nursery like a fab piece of artwork or keep sake, such as a mobile or cushion, is a really nice touch. I like looking to Oh Joy! for inspiration, she has such a great sense of style and her little ones’ rooms are lovely!

10 things to buy a baby when you ain't got one - Look to Oh Joy for keep sake ideas!

Image courtesy of Oh Joy! Blog

2. Blanket – there’s something adorable about baby blankets – the softer the better! And even after the baby grows out it, if it’s nice enough it can continue to be used as a throw to add colour in their bedroom. (more…)

06 Jan, 2014

A little a while ago – well, when I suddenly realised that it was getting cold and Reuben’s silly little blanket wasn’t going to keep him warm, especially when he refused to wear said blanket – I realised we needed a footmuff.

Le Sac Igloo 500 - Footmuff review

You know and I know I’m going to kick this off, right? – so shall we just get rid of it now, before it gets dirty and you have to wash it?

As ever the Mum’s Days Likers on Facebook came up with a host of footmuff recommendations, including one from The Soother Company. The Soother Company are a new order online company that specialise in super cute, personalised soothers (you may remember this festive soother facebook giveaway we ran together before Christmas!) but they also stock a huge array of other baby goodies. I had a look at their footmuff selection and they looked lovely, so I asked if they would like us to review one.

I chatted with Aoife for a little while about which one might suit us and our buggy best and she suggested we try out Le Sac Igloo 500 by 7A.M. Enfant (£78.20 for the small 0-6months or £90.95 for the large). If it’s good enough for Jessica Alba, I guess it’s good enough for us. So, naturally, I bit her hand off. (more…)

17 Jan, 2013

There are a number of reasons to judge me based on what is written here today so I am giving you permission to go ahead and do just that.

Firstly, I didn’t know how to safely cut Reuben’s nails until last week when a pal (with baby a few weeks younger than Reubs) came round to go for a walk and cover all the baby topics we could think of. We, naturally, came onto cutting nails and baby nail clippers, and thus I was educated on how to go about the aforementioned task.

Reuben has a right hand with a penchant for scratching. Put skin near that hand (his own or mine) and he will scratch it. As a result he has to sleep with his hands covered, which means he stays in his PJs until after his morning nap (or later if we aren’t going out. Poor kid) and has to get changed back into them if I put him down for a nap at home later in the day.

My strategy thus far for clipping his nails was to bite them while I was feeding him because he’s a wriggler. Disgusting, I know, and what’s worse was because he still wriggled, I’d inadvertently create horrible jaggedy edges all the better to scratch (and potentially scar) himself with. Because he’s a wriggler using baby nail clippers just didn’t appeal. Until now.

Step 1: Put on Baby Einstein’s DVD (we were given this one: Baby Beethoven – Symphony of Fun [DVD]).

Step 2: Baby goes into trance so grab hand. [Not with one finger or their reflexes will take over and go into the baby vice-like grab, similar to when hair goes anywhere near them]

See?! Completely none the wiser!

Step 3: Commence clipping (nail only, try and avoid the skin) and do your best to collect all the little clips, which is easier said than done because they’re so tiny and ping off.

Nice, neatish nails

We’ve got your bog standard Boots baby nail clippers, which cost £3.05 and do the job perfectly. I have also heard of nail clippers with magnifying glasses or LED lights in them, seems a bit overkill to me, but each to their own and if it suits you, check out this bad boy (…it’s actually cheaper than the boots one as it’s £1.99 but you’d have to add on delivery).

Baby nail clippers with bells and whistles

Takes no time at all and since Reuben was still in his trance-like state (cue further judgement) I dashed around the house and managed to mop the kitchen, living room and bathroom floors, and put out the washing by the time it had finished. Don’t worry, I worry I didn’t leave him for ages, I just did all those jobs badly. But, at least I did them!