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OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack Review & Giveaway

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you probably know that OXO Tot is one of my favourite baby and kids brands. They make really stylish products (I am a design nerd at heart!) but they’re always very cleverly designed, functional and practical too. They have it all!

When I spotted the new OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack on social media earlier this year, I knew that it was a product that would solve an issue for me. I have three children and we go through many drinks bottles and cups and they always take up so much space on our dish drainer. We don’t have a dishwasher in our new house yet so I’m doing all the dishes by had and simply don’t have the space for drying lots of bottles as well as the actual dishes from meals.

My two older girls use steel drinks bottles now and they have a few each for home use and school use that I need to wash most days. My youngest is breastfed and I’ve not started expressing yet so she doesn’t have any bottles but she does have dummies that need to go somewhere when washed too. The solution to drying all these without them taking over the dish rack and getting in the way is the new OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack.

As the name suggests, it’s got a very compact design which is what we need. It’s tall but the footprint is small. The rack can hold cups, bottles and their parts, dummies, weaning spoons and other accessories to let them dry thoroughly without taking up precious countertop space.

The nine pegs are cleverly angled to hold cups and bottles just at the right angle for drying well and at the top there’s an area for drying smaller things like the lids and teats. The bottom tray has ridges to keep things like lids and spoons elevated for quick drying. Both the top tray and the bottom tray are removable so that you can wash them thoroughly.

The height of the drying rack provides lots of drying space but it still fits nicely under cabinets so that you can tuck it out of the way against the wall. When not it use, I simply lay it down on its side in one of our cupboards and it doesn’t take up much space there either.

It’s a great product that I love using — our regular dish rack is now always available for our regular dishes and all the baby, toddler and kids stuff dries neatly on the OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack. It makes me feel much more organised and keeps our kitchen tidier too. It will be very handy when I start using my breast pump and baby bottles as well, I’m sure.

Giveaway Win an OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack

For a chance to win your own OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack, enter through my Rafflecopter below. There will be one winner. Terms & Conditions apply. UK Entrants over the age of 18 years only. The giveaway will end on the 10th of June 2019.

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Sample provided for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I’m joining The Nappy Gurus! TheNappyGurus.com Discount Code (10% OFF!)

We’ve just celebrated Real Nappy Week 2019 (in many cases Real Nappy Fortnight!) which has been amazing. I’m sure you’ve spotted lots of activity on social media and many eco online retailers and cloth nappy manufacturers offering giveaways and special offers to celebrate and spread the word about cloth nappies.

If you’re a regular visitor of this blog, you will probably have seen my reusable nappies blog series (also on Instagram) called Cloth Nappy Monday (#ClothNappyMonday) in which I collect my cloth nappy related blog posts and reusable nappies reviews. My Instagram also features lots of information about cloth nappies and even more so now that I’ve joined The Nappy Gurus as one of their team of cloth nappy advisors.

The Nappy Gurus have a great, growing range of cloth nappies, accessories and other eco living products and I’m proud to be a part of the TNG Team and to hopefully offer you helpful advice, more reviews and demonstrations of different resuable nappies. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email (contact@amumreviews.co.uk), a DM on Instagram or simply comment on Instagram or here on the blog and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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If you’re looking to purchase reusable nappies, I have a discount code to offer to you that gives you 10% off your TheNappyGurus.com order.

Use my code “AMUMREVIEWS” to enjoy the discount (not applicable on already discounted bundles).

I’m working with The Nappy Gurus on a voluntary basis. I have been gifted a demo kit and will sometimes receive new products to demonstrate. The code and link in this post can earn me a small affiliate income if a purchase is made.

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How To Keep Your Baby’s Room Warm and Cosy

Babies have difficulty regulating their internal temperature, which is why it is essential to ensure that your baby’s room is at a comfortable temperature. A chilly room can make a child fussy, while an overheated one can be dangerous. Ideally, the temperature should be between 68- and 72-degrees Fahrenheit (UK recommendations are between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius) to make sure your little one gets a good night’s sleep. What do you need to do to ensure your sweetheart is safe and comfortable while they sleep? Try these simple tricks. Your baby cannot tell you when they are too cold or hot, so it is up to you to keep them cosy but safe.

  • Let the sun shine in

The sensitive skin of an infant has to be protected from the harmful effects of heat from the sun. UV rays will make the skin extra sensitive. Hot weather increases water loos which, in turn, can lead to dehydration. This can leave the skin irritated, red, and dry. You have to keep the little one away from direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, if you practice safe exposure, you have nothing to worry about. This does not mean getting a suntan. Instead, expose your baby to sunlight during the morning. Morning daylight exposure will help your child sleep better at night. It helps adjust the body’s internal clock What is more, letting the sun shine in is a great way to heat the baby’s room naturally. Leave the curtains open and take advantage of natural light and heat. A big bonus is that it does not cost a thing. You might want to trim any trees, bushes or climbing plants that are growing around the windows to make the most of the sunshine.

  • Place the crib far away from draughty windows

If you are feeling draughts when it is cold outside, you might need to re-glaze the windows or consider replacing them. Currents of cool air are not good for babies. The child’s respiratory system is not fully developed and the cold wind can affect the chest and lungs. The baby should not sleep near the window if it’s draughty. Place the crib as far away from the draughty window as possible. According to WebMD, the best place to put the child’s bed is near the door. You can get to your kid’s side right away if they have problems at night or in the case of an emergency.

  • Have the central heating replaced

This is not an extreme measure. The comfort of the baby’s room lies in the most expensive appliance in the home: the boiler. This device provides heat for the central heating system, not to mention that you can use it together with a hot water cylinder and cold-water feed. The boiler keeps you and your children warm in the winter and cool in the hot summer. Corgi HomeHeat, experts in heating, plumbing, electric, and drainage, replacing the old boiler is not a troublesome task and it can be fitted into any room if it is sealed. Of course, you will not have the boiler in the nursery. If you are on a tight budget, look into government schemes that might be available to you. Talk to your energy supplier and see if you are eligible. If the boiler is insured and it is not functioning properly, have it replaced. The warranty usually lasts  years after the appliance has been installed. A smart thermostat might be included in the deal which allows you to control the heating in your home and save money on utility bills.

  • Dress your baby in a cotton onesie

A cotton onesie or sleepsuit is a fantastic option for dressing your little one. Some models have fold over mittens, which is really helpful during colder nights. Cotton is warm yet breathable. A cute animal print will make the piece of clothing even sweeter. It is a good idea to put a vest underneath the onesie when it’s chilly. Online stores are the best places when it comes to shopping for onesies for kids if you’re after more unique designs. Make sure that the bodysuit is made from 100 per cent organic cotton and that it is machine-washable. Infant clothes are made from various fabrics, including but not limited to cotton and polyester blends, fleece, cotton and spandex blends, cashmere, and bamboo. Carefully read the product description before buying.

  • Pre-heat the crib

If you think that it’s very cold, why not try pre-heating the child’s bed. Use a hot-water bottle or a heating pad. The hot-water bottle will ensure warmth, but it is not recommendable to use it to provide heat to specific parts of the body. The heating pad, on the other hand, may irritate the little one’s skin, so choose wisely. Make the baby’s room warm enough so that the infant can get a good night’s rest in lightweight sleepwear. Place the hot water bottle or heat pad in your child’s bed about 30 minutes before putting the child to sleep. Remember tor remove it before you put your child in the bed! Another option is to invest in a sleep sack. The garment can replace loose blankets in the crib which makes sleeping safer. Sleeping sacks are available in different designs, ranging from zippers to secure wraps. The wearable blanket decreases the chances of suffocation and provides a feeling of security. As the baby will get older, they will grow out of the sleep sack and move onto a duvet.

  • Final thoughts

Keeping your baby’s temperature at a normal and safe range is very important. See to it that the nursery is at a comfortable temperature. The child’s room should not be cold but neither should it be hot. Infants can have a hard time sleeping if the temperature is not optimal. Your baby can even get a rash if she gets too hot. Make sure the baby is warm at night but not too warm. If your baby happens to get cold, avoid warming their skin by rubbing it. This will only make the skin sore. It is better to hold the little one close to you until she warms up.

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Pebble Friendly Food Crocheted Baby Rattles from BestYears.co.uk

My nearly three-year-old can be quite moody but she absolutely LOVES toys with happy and smiling faces so when I spotted the Friendly crocheted baby rattle range by Pebble from BestYears.co.uk, I knew they’d be perfect for her. The range includes a bunch of Friendly Food items — some of which you’ll see in this post but there are many more to choose from too — and cacti, rainbows, clouds and more!

We have the set of 4 Friendly Fruits that consist of four crocheted, fair trade and hand made baby rattles — an apple, a pear, a pineapple and an orange. They’re adorable and colourful and made from cotton yarn. They are machine washable (yeay!) and suitable from birth. They make ideal first rattle toys for babies but also brilliant play food toys for toddlers. They are a great size for toddlers and  so adorable!

I believe in a balanced diet and I’m sure my girls agree… so we have a couple of yummy cupcake rattles to go with the above fruit. We have a pink strawberry one and a blue one with a candle on top. They are so cute and my girls love them! Playing with cakes is a popular activity in our house! Other sweet things to choose from are different ice lollies and milkshakes!
Last, but not least, we have a friendly rainbow for my eldest daughter who is obsessed with rainbows! She loves this rattle so much! They’re definitely not just for babies — my eldest is 5 years old and plays with this toy loads.
We love this selection of adorable and well-made, friendly and happy Pebble crocheted baby rattles. They are so colourful and cute! They’re very affordable too at just £6.50 each from Best Years.
The blanket in the background is also from Pebble and Best Years, you can read more about that here.

These toys were sent to us for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini Review – The New Soft Selection

I’ve been using BabyBjörn baby carriers for many years now and I get on really well with the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One. The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini Soft Selection was released early this year, just in time for the arrival of my third baby girl. I really liked the idea of a baby carrier designed specifically for the early days, weeks and months of your baby’s life when a regular baby carrier is just a bit too big. I’ve been using the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini in Pearly Pink 3D Mesh since my littlest girl was about 3 weeks old but it’s suitable from birth.

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini is a small, easy to use and supersoft baby carrier that’s great for newborn babies but that can also be used until around 12 months (min. 3.2 kg, max. 11 kg, inward facing until 5 months of age). Most young babies crave a lot of closeness to their parents and a baby carrier is a great way to let your baby be close to you while also freeing up your hands to be able to get things done.

BABYBJÖRN - How to use the facing-in position for baby on Baby Carrier Mini - YouTube

This baby carrier is designed to be easy to use for frequent short baby wearing sessions which is the typical use with a newborn baby who sleeps for short periods of time, waking up for feeds, nappy changes and cuddles.

The shape and soft fabrics are designed to gently hug your baby’s back, legs and hips and provide good support and encourage the natural position of a newborn baby. The Mini lets you carry your newborn high up on your chest, close to your heart, so that they can hear it beating like they were used to in the womb. (This is also the perfect position as it lets you sniff your newborn’s head whenever you wish!) The baby carrier has also got great head and neck support for a newborn and this can easily be adjusted as your baby grows.

BABYBJÖRN - How to adjust the size on Baby Carrier Mini - YouTube

The size of the whole baby carrier can be adjusted too as you can see in the video above.

One of my favourite aspects of this baby carrier is that it’s so easy to use! It only has a few buckles which makes it really easy and quick to put on. The back straps are separate from the front section which means you can easily take the whole front off to lift out your sleeping newborn without waking him or her up. The shoulder straps are sturdy but slim without any big buckles on the back so you can comfortably wear them when out under your coat or jacket, ready to attach the front when needed.  

Another thing I love is how compact this baby carrier is. It’s barely takes up any space at all which makes it really easy to fit into changing bags or under the pram when it’s not in use. It’s so handy! You can always take it with you as space is never an issue as the carrier is so compact and lightweight.

My baby is 8 weeks old now and can use our BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One too but I still choose the Mini a lot. The Mini is my go to choice when we’re out and about and I’m planning to use our pushchair (we use a Doona at the moment) but I want to option to carry her if needed. The compact Mini can easily be tucked into a bag and reached for when needed.

I also use it a lot at home when I need to settle my baby and hold her close to me but want to/can sit down soon after. As the Mini doesn’t have lots of buckles, it can be used comfortably sat down too. I use it frequently when working on my computer or eating dinner etc.

When she was really tiny, my baby liked to have her arms tucked in like this too.

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini is great for the early months and beyond for the occasions described above. As your baby grows and gets heavier, it will not be supportive enough for carrying your baby for longer periods of time as it doesn’t have a waist belt or very padded shoulder straps but that’s fine because it’s not designed for that. It’s designed for the start of your baby’s life and the lifestyle most new parents have during this time.

When your habits change and you need to be able to carry a heavier baby for longer, the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is a great choice as it’s got the waist belt and padded shoulder straps and more functions. It is ergonomic and will let you carry your child until they’re about 3 years old. Now that my baby is a bit bigger and heavier, I choose the One carrier when I’m planning to walk around for longer carrying her and the Mini as a carrier back up when we’re out with the pushchair or when I plan to sit down soon.

I really like the Mini and though it can’t be used for as long as the other BabyBjörn carriers, I think all the brilliant features make it a great product to buy and use during your baby’s first year. Then you can always pass it onto a friend or family member with a new baby.

Above image from BabyBjorn.co.uk

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier comes in a wide range of colours and three different fabric types. The new Soft Selection comes in two colours — Pearly Pink 3D Mesh (the one that we have) and Dove Blue 3D Jersey. The third fabric option is Cotton. The fabrics have been specifically developed for BabyBjörn carriers and newborn babies. The Mesh and Jersey options are 3D fabrics which consist of three layers — an inner layer, an outer layer and a middle layer, instead of padding which could make the carrier too warm. The layering gives the carrier the stability of padding but ensures a very good air flow to keep you and your baby at a comfortable temperature while you’re babywearing.

The Jersey option is meant to be as soft as a comfy t-shirt. It sounds and looks amazing but I went for the 3D Mesh as it seems the airiest and with a spring baby, I wanted it to be as cool as possible for the warm spring and summer weather. I also like Mesh as it’s really fast-drying after washing. We have the BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss in Mesh too and it’s a great material!

Buy your BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini from the BabyBjörn website or from shops like Amazon.co.uk.

Product provided to me for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Moba Moses Basket Review & Video – The Contemporary Moses Basket

Nearly eight weeks ago, I had our third baby girl which is very exciting and very exhausting too, of course! The baby days are a lot about trying to get your baby to sleep and stay asleep so that you can get some much needed sleep too… and for that you need somewhere safe and comfortable to put your baby.

With two older children, I know that, for our lifestyle, it’s essential to have a sleeping space both upstairs and downstairs. We have a compact cot next to our bed and a Moba Moses Basket that we mainly keep in the living room downstairs but which we can easily move to other rooms when needed. I often move it to the office/playroom so that my baby can sleep next to me in the Moba Moses Basket when I’m working.

I have always quite liked the idea of a Moses basket but never come across one that I like the look and style of until I saw the Moba.

Traditional wicker ones seem unhygienic to me with lots of places that dust and baby vomit could get stuck (Baby No. 3 is a bit sicky but not as bad as our second daughter who had reflux!) and wicker can be quite sharp too so not something I’d choose to put next to my baby. Wicker can also make creaky noises which is not something you’d want near a sleeping baby — we all know how those types of noises often wake a sleeping baby.

The Moba Moses Basket is very different though. It’s a modern take on the traditional Moses basket. It’s stylish and it’s hygienic! It’s made of a bespoke recyclable plastic that is anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic. It’s recyclable and completely safe for babies and it can very easily be thoroughly cleaned.

The basket has holes all around the sides and the base for ventilation and complies with The Lullaby Trust Safer Sleep Guidelines and it can be used for overnight sleeping or daytime naps.

The Moba Moses Basket has sturdy handles that make it really easy to move your sleeping baby around the house when needed and the basket itself is lightweight too which is great. I find it very easy to lift and carry around when needed.

Like most Moses baskets, the Moba is suitable from birth to around 6 months or when your baby reaches the weight of 9kgs, can sit up by itself, roll over or push itself up onto hands or knees. I can see it lasting us for the first 4-6 months as my girls have been early sitters and rollers but it could be used for longer for supervised naps.

The Moba comes with a 100% pure cotton waffle liner and a comfy mattress and you can choose to buy the wooden Rocking Stand for your basket to sit on. This gives the basket a good height that makes it easy for you to put your baby in and lift her our and also keeps your baby safely away from older siblings and/or pets. You can keep the stand static or rocking to suit you and your baby’s need. We really like the rocking function as it helps to settle our new baby quite well. I use the rocking function to help my littlest girl get to sleep and to resettle her if she wakes up.

I’m really happy with the Moba basket as a safe place for my littlest girl to snooze. At night, she’s still not the best at sleeping independently and we co-sleep most of the time to make night feeds easier and because she doesn’t like sleeping in her bedside cot! She’s getting really good at napping in her Moba basket though and often has quite long naps in there while I get on with a bit of work or play with my older girls. She must think it’s really cosy and the rocking definitely helps soothe her.

The quality of the Moba is really great too — it seems really strong and sturdy. We’re not having any more babies now but it would definitely last for several children and the basket itself could also be used for storage afterwards.

The Moba basket set (with mattress and waffle liner) has an RRP of £99.99 and the stand has an RRP of £45 but there’s often special offers on the website and discounts on different colours. Currently, the website has a sale on so now is a great time to buy!

You can see my video review of the Moba Moses Basket for Netmums below:

MOBA Moses Basket review - YouTube

I was sent this item for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Pebble Rainbow Stripes Knitted Baby Blanket from BestYears.co.uk

Best Years is a lovely online shop that specialises in knitted and crocheted toys and accessories. Their range includes lots of fair trade and ethical toys, from baby rattles to dinosaur toys. They also stock organic baby comforters and baby blankets.

We have a gorgeous new blanket fro Best Years, the Pebble Stripe Fair Trade Baby Blanket (£39.99) in the rainbow colours design. It’s a stunning knitted cotton baby blanket, perfect for keeping your baby cosy at home or in the pram. Its size is 85cm x 95cm and it’s nice and thick.

Using 100% cotton is great for many reasons; it washes very well at 40 degrees in your normal washing machine, it doesn’t take too long to dry and, most importantly, it will not make your baby overheat like some materials.

“All our blankets are handmade and fair trade so not only do they make beautiful gifts but they are guaranteed to be ethical too.”

Best Years

We love this bright and bold blanket so much! We love rainbows and stripes in this family so the design is perfect for us. Rainbows make you happy! It’s no wonder why this is Best Years’ most popular blanket! If you prefer more muted colours, it’s also available in blue stripe, pink stripe and pastel stripe. The quality is amazing and I’m sure this blanket will be one that lasts and the one we will use through toddlerhood and then save as a keepsake for our youngest daughter.

Check out BestYears.co.uk for their full selection of brilliant baby and kids’ toys and blankets.

This item was sent to us for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Eco-Friendly Kids’ Tableware – Bamboo, Stainless Steel & Coconut

Kids’ tableware is usually an area where plastic is used but if you, like me, are trying to reduce the amount of plastic in your home and life, there are many great options out there. In this post, I’ve collected some of my favourite eco-friendly kids’ tableware items — plates, bowls, bottles and cutlery options made of bamboo, stainless steel and coconut, not plastic!

  • BoBo&Boo 4 Piece Kids Bamboo Snack Bowl Set

This is one of my favourite brands of kids’ tableware. I have my eyes on these cute snack bowls and will probably buy them soon as they’re a perfect size for our needs. BoBo&Boo make really good quality items and there tableware can easily replace all plastic kids’ tableware. They also make sets of bamboo drinking tumblers, larger kids bowls, bamboo plates for kids and Bamboo 5 Piece Dinner Set. All available from Amazon.co.uk for around £16-£18 per set which is great value.

  • Bamboo Bamboo Baby Suction Bowls and Matching Spoon Set

This is a really cute and chunky bamboo bowl with a matching spoon too. This is ideal for toddlers who are learning to eat on their own as the bowl has a suction ring on the bottom, keeping it firmly on the table! The spoon has a soft silicone tip which makes food easy to scrape from the bowl and is soft on delicate gums too! It’s quite a large spoon though so not suitable for weaning babies. The sets are available in lots of different colours and cost £14.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

  • Baby Toddler Bamboo Monkey Plate with Silicone Suction

This is another great toddler item as this plate also has a silicone suction ring. The monkey face (there are other designs available too) is adorable and makes mealtimes extra fun. The compartments make the plate great for fussier children who like to have their foods separate from each other. This plate costs £14.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

  • Stainless Steel Divided Plate

Another brilliant divided plate is this stainless steel one from Babipur. It’s very affordable at under £8 and stainless steel will last forever! It’s very durable and can handle hot food and will not stain or rust. It’s a great material for a kids’ plate.

  • Viners Teaparty 4 piece Childrens Cutlery Set

Stainless steel is also a great material for children’s cutlery. Cutlery with plastic handles will not last very long, especially not if washed in the dishwasher so it’s best to invest in a stainless steel cutlery set if you’d like something durable and long-lasting. We have kids’ cutlery from Viners and they are amazing! We have a few different sets and the quality is brilliant! They will last us until the kids are ready for full-size cutlery and beyond! They’re not expensive either — this set is just £9.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

  • Klean Kanteen Kid Sippy Bottle

Over the last year or so, we’ve changed all our bottles to stainless steel ones. We have Kid Kanteen Sippy Bottles and One Green Bottle bottles for the kids and they’re both great! The tops can be swapped between the brands too. We use the Kid Kanteen sippy cups tops at home without the valve to make them free-flowing which is better for teeth and the One Green Bottle tops when out and about as they’re spill and leak-proof.

  • Vie Gourmet Coconut Bowls with Spoons

These are beautifully handcrafted from reclaimed Thai coconut shells and are 100% natural unique. They are sustainable, lightweight and durable and the bowls and spoons are cut, cleaned and sanded, and then polished with coconut oil, all the while maintaining the original shape of a real coconut. You can use them for serving hot or cold food or snacks. Since they are a bit porous on the inside, I prefer to use these bowls for dry snacks as I think they’ll last longer like this. A pack of 4 bowls and spoons costs £19.95 from Amazon.co.uk.

  • BoBo and Boo Bamboo Children’s Divided Bamboo Plate

We’ve had these for a while now and use them a lot, especially when the girls have a snacky dinner or lunch with lots of different foods. They love eating off these plates! They’re almost like school dinner trays that I’ve seen on TV. They’re large and fun and very durable. They usually cost £14.95 each but are sometimes on offer for a lot less (like now) on Amazon.co.uk.

This posts contains some review/press samples and also many things that I’ve bought myself.

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The Top 6 Home Improvements To Make Before Your Baby Is Born

Before a baby is born, there is a lot of emphasis on the long list of things to buy to ensure the baby is safe and comfortable when the big day comes. Statistics show that new parents spend around £1300 pounds in preparation for their new arrival, and on the top ten list of purchases are items like a stair gate, video baby monitor and changing unit.

Home improvements, however, tend to mainly be focused on the babies nursery, when in fact, the lead up to the birth is probably the last chance you will get for a while to take care of various aspects of your home that could do with some attention.

Whether you are considering beginning a family or you’re expecting your first child, it really is a great idea to get as many home improvements done as you can before baby comes. At the very least your house will be comfortable and safe for your growing family and anyone with kids will tell you when you have young children doing any kind of major remodelling can be incredibly hard.

Here are six top home improvements to do before your baby is born:

1. Major Safety Issues

Baby-proofing is something you will continually do before your baby comes, and also as your baby grows. However, major safety issues in the home aren’t that simple to sort out after baby is born so should be your key home improvement focus. Any electrical, roofing, plumbing and window improvements need to be completed now. Any stairs or elevated platforms without banisters need to have banisters installed.

Even something like a mould issue can be a huge health problem and is something that needs addressing ASAP. Mould has been linked to all kinds of health issues, including serious respiratory illnesses. It is not something you want around your newborn baby. The NHS has a good starter guide for getting rid of mould and damp, although you might want to consult an expert if the issue is widespread in your home.

2. Temperature Regulation

Babies need to be kept at a regular temperature as they can’t regulate their own temperature. Part of this will involve ensuring they have the right clothing and blankets, but you will also want to have control over the heat of your home. Maybe it is time to get that boiler fixed? Maybe now is a good time to invest in that smart Leka Systems roof for the conservatory? Maybe underfloor heating is something you have a good reason to invest in now? The more control you have over the temperature of your home the better. You can find out more information about babies and regulating their temperature here.

3. Kitchen Practicalities

The kitchen is an important hub of activity when you have a baby. You wash a lot of their things in the kitchen, you prepare their milk and food, you have them sit at the table with you when you eat, and you probably spend time in there because it is easy to have everything you need on the table with you whilst baby sits at chair height next to you. Really good improvements to make to the kitchen are additional safety latches, lots of lighting options, hidden areas for any unhygienic receptacles like the bin, and plenty of space for appliances like milk warmers and sterilisers.

4. Flooring That Is Hard To Clean

You will want all flooring to be repaired, non-slip and easy to clean. If this means replacing any flooring try to think more about practicalities and less about luxury. You will spill things on the floor, your baby will spend time crawling on the floor when he or she grows. Being able to easily mop flooring is extremely handy, and a high pile carpet or expensive high maintenance floor just won’t work well when you’re looking after your family.

5. Outdoor Areas That Are Difficult To Maintain

Outdoor areas that are difficult to maintain now will become a total bugbear once you have a baby. Big lawns might seem great for older children playing football, picnics outside when the weather is nice. But whilst your baby is growing up, a lawn that needs mowing three times a week in summer is not going to be practical.

Neither are big overgrown bushes, trees, weeds between tiles and anything else that needs much attention. Consider hiring a gardener if you want to keep the garden how it is but need help, or get rid of any high maintenance areas in favour of potted plants, decking and patios. You can find useful tips on creating a more manageable garden here.

6. An Impractical Bathroom

You need a safe and clean place to bathe your baby and an impractical bathroom will not cut it. There are lots of happy memories to be made in the bathroom when you have children as bathtime becomes a time for bonding and fun, as well as an important part of the bedtime routine. Get any broken tiles repaired, replace the bathroom suite if it is old and not working as well as it should, get cabinets with locks on and plenty of storage.

You might also want to invest in some recessed lighting and under cabinet lighting as well as main lighting sources to give you plenty of options depending on when the room is being used. For example, you might want to enjoy warm baths as your pregnancy develops and dimmed lighting is very relaxing, recessed floor lighting is ideal for safe bathroom visits without having to turn on the main light in the middle of the night.

I love babies. I love being pregnant and I loved giving birth. – Sadie Frost

Preparing your home for a baby is a lot of fun, and forms part of the beautiful process of being pregnant. However, it is important to look ahead and think about life with a baby and which home renovation projects will be out of bounds. The more you can get done now, the more comfortable, safe and complete your home will be for the whole family in these special years ahead.

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Organix Goodies Mini Space Cheese Bites Review

My kids love snacks and they love cheese — like their mother! — so I was excited when I heard of the new Organix Goodies snacks, Mini Space Cheese Bites.

These new snacks are made from delicious fresh organic cheddar cheese that has just been dried into a crunchy snack. This means they don’t need to be kept chilled and that your little one can enjoy a healthy cheese snack anywhere at any time. It’s a really clever idea and a wonderful solution to enjoying cheese on the go!

My two older girls, aged 5 years and nearly 3 years, both love these new cheesy snacks as a little something to eat when we’re out or as part of my eldest’s packed lunch.  The space theme is fun too — each little cheese bite has a unique size and shape and resembles mini craters from the moon. Of course, they also come with the Organix No Junk Promise so that you can be confident that the snacks you’re giving to your little ones are healthy.

You can find Organix Goodies Mini Space Cheese Bites can be found in the baby and toddler aisle of the supermarket (and Boots!) and cost £2.49 for a pack of 4 portion sized bags. They are suitable from 18 months and beyond.

Samples provided for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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