And… She’s off!

Isla has been thinking about crawling for a few weeks now… mostly going backwards into the corner of the room until she gets stuck! But this morning she finally figured out that her hands actually need to move too!

I was bursting with pride watching her put it all together! But now we are in trouble & need to do some serious speedy baby proofing! 🙂

Have your little ones taken the leap into being mobile? What do you recommend for keeping them safe around the home? Tweet me @Poppy_Carter or join in the conversation on Facebook!

Moving into Isla’s room with GroBag

Ever since Isla was born I have always been very careful to follow the Lullaby Trust’s safe sleep guidance & now that she’s ready to move into her own room it’s more important than ever!

Incase you haven’t read up on the safest way to put your baby to bed, these are the current guidelines…

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

 

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
THINGS TO AVOID:

 

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

 

To avoid accidents remove all pillows, soft bedding, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot.

We swaddled Isla for the first few months as she constantly woke herself up with the startle reflex but now she’s done with swaddles we knew the best choice would be to put her in a GroBag to sleep! They work closely with the lullaby trust and are incredibly safe. Every GroBag comes with a thermometer and a guide to what your baby should be wearing when she sleeps which is useful for all us nervous first time Mum’s! 😉

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Moving Isla into her own room filled me with so much dread, and I really didn’t think it would! It’s hardly like she was moving far, only across the hallway, still I couldn’t help but be incredibly nervous! I even kept her cot in our room for the first few days just incase I chickened out and had to move her back. I even had the baby monitor on next to me so I could keep checking up on her! Luckily, there was nothing to worry about & we all loved it! No more waking every time she rolled over or coughed! I felt like I finally got a proper nights sleep for the first time in months and Isla slept beautifully in her GroBag.

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Just checking out her stylish new sleeping bag! 🙂

The GroCompany very kindly sent Isla this beautiful Kissing Rabbits GroBag to try out and we love it! An exclusive design collaboration, this Grobag features a funky Anorak print inspired by the great outdoors. Seeing as Isla is bunny obsessed I thought it would be the perfect choice for her!

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Isla’s nursery has come together really well & is exactly what I’d hoped it would be! I wanted it to be stylish but still fun for her to play in.

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This limited edition print is from the first Harry Potter film – and was art work in Harry’s nursery in Godrick Hollow! A little bit of my childhood that I’m hoping Isla will love just as much…

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The Cloud Mobile is from The Little White Company

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As you can see Isla is thrilled with her big girl room & her new GroBag! Almost two months have passed & she’s now finally sleeping through the night! (I can’t believe I just said that out loud… She’ll wake up 10 times tonight now I’m sure…!) 😉

We absolutely love the GroCompany and all their brilliant products! We also use their GroEgg Thermometer which is great for feeling confident that your little one is sleeping in the perfect temperature nursery.

Did you have the same worries when you moved your little one into their room? What were your main struggles? Join in the conversation on my Facebook or Tweet me @Poppy_Carter!

Top Maternity picks for a Summer Wedding!

The summer is on it’s way and that means Wedding season!! I loved dressing my bump & so I thought I’d pick my favourites for you from ASOS maternity. I pretty much only dressed in their clothes & love how easy it is to shop their website! Take a peek & let me know which are your favourites…

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Last summer was unbearably hot at times as I was in my third trimester it was all about dressing for comfort! This beautiful floaty dress from ASOS would be ideal for dancing the night away & not over heating! £50 available here.

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I love this sexy floral number from ASOS maternity! Gorgeous for a spring or summer party – but maybe not too much dancing, just wiggling in this one! £65 available here.

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If you are looking for a great dress that you can wear again & again this would be perfect! Simple, pretty and elegant from Maya at ASOS. You could dress it up or down while staying comfortable! £90 available here.

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I was a big fan of sleeves when I was pregnant so if you are like me this floaty number will leave you feeling confident & pretty! £75 available here.

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I always found dressing for black tie events the most difficult so this elegant number would be perfect! Don’t forget to get it taken up if you are short like me & as clumsy as I was by the end of my pregnancy!  £85 available here.

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Another beautiful dress for a more formal Wedding or party! It has a slit in the leg so you’ll be feeling sexy and kept cool at the same time! Just make sure you get a size that fits well or you will be drowned by all this material. £75 available here.

 

Which will you be wearing this Wedding season? Tweet me @Poppy_Carter or head over to my Facebook to join in the conversation!

Five Star Babies – Too Posh to Push?

The BBC have gone behind the scenes at the Portland Hospital – where woman pay £40k+ to give birth in luxury hotel surroundings. The synopsis states…

“The first episode reveals how the Portland Hospital’s army of consultants, midwives, chefs and cleaners serve some of the UK’s most pampered parents. We meet high-society it girl Hui, who isn’t ashamed to admit she is too scared to give birth naturally.

No-nonsense Scottish nurse Pat is adamant she is not star struck but baby struck as she looks after the newborns of celebrities and royalty while they enjoy afternoon tea.

And the Countess of Bradford reveals how her career as a consultant delivering newborns has a disastrous effect on her social life. “

Oh where do I begin? I just feel sad, baffled and confused after watching this programme. And I really didn’t expect to. I thought it would be light entertainment to have on in the background for my half-asleep standard new parent attempt to stay up past 9pm! But no, after watching through my fingers as the new mums declared just hours after giving birth that they must now start to worry whether or not their husbands will be cheating on them if they don’t get back into perfect shape right away… Is this the real world? I thought that was just a line that Hello & The Daily Mail fed you & we all ignored knowing it is COMPLETE NONSENSE! YOU JUST CREATED A HUMAN WITH YOUR BODY!!

Next we see 9 screaming babies in a nursery, as the Mum’s sleep through the night, eat their 3 course restaurant quality food & apply their perfect makeup and yet can’t even pick their own baby up… Why have a baby if you don’t want to be a mother? I’m all for Mothers getting the support they need, but where is Dad? Surely that’s who should be offering support, not flying in for a few hours to film the birth on his gold plated iPhone? The only thing your baby needs in the first few weeks is you. It’s that simple.

The consultants try valiantly to keep repeating their beautifully polished ‘PR friendly’ lines so they don’t get sued but you start to see the real frustrations as the midwives are more honest than their seniors and even recount tales of Mothers’ asking them to pass them a glass on the table next to them… Is this what money does to you? You literally can’t lift a finger. It’s as if they’ve been promised they won’t have to endure any pain or discomfort at all if they just throw all this money at it. Am I going to have to be the one that breaks it to them…? That’s not how it works.

Am I too old fashioned? Am I being naive…? Possibly. But it makes me sad for these babies that will grow up as a fashion accessory for the most part. To me, being a mother is about being completely selfless, whether you end up with stretch marks or an extra 15 lbs those things don’t matter when you get to watch this beautiful baby grow into a wonderful little person! Life is about so much more than you and being a mother is the quickest way to teach you that lesson.

Right at the end of the programme you see one mother who actually wants to deliver her baby naturally and wants to keep her baby by her side through the night. This should be seen as completely standard and yet after 50 minutes of bafflingly casual remarks about how they would ‘just die!’ if they had to look after their baby by themselves this becomes a great moment of relief. Thank goodness!! Someone showing some maternal instinct!!

What did you think of Five Star Babies? Would you consider having your baby privately after watching it? Tweet me @Poppy_Carter or join the conversation over on Facebook!

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7 Months

Happy 7 Months to our tiny lunatic! And I really do mean that now!

Isla is officially on the move. Her crawling style would be closer to some sort of downward dog/spider mess… but she gets there… eventually. She goes backwards when I’m fairly sure she’s meant to be going forward a lot still, so theres room for improvement but I love her unique ‘style’! She spends most of her time using me as a climbing frame to get herself closer anything that looks expensive or dangerous!

Her first tooth came through a few weeks ago and now the one right next to it has just broken through today so she’s well on the way to eating her first steak with Daddy! For now we’ll just have to stick to the apple rice cakes that she’s quickly become obsessed with!

Other favourites this month are the sun hat pictured below so that’s why I chose this outfit – from The Little White Company! I really thought it would be a battle to get her to keep it on but she loves it – so I’m taking that as a tiny win as the summer months are apparently on the way!

This photoshoot was the first time playing in our garden & we managed to have our fun, take all the photos I needed and get packed up JUST as the first drop of rain fell so as much as these photos looks incredibly summery – I think we were graced with our own beautiful mini climate for 30 minutes only! I can’t wait for many more days out in the garden with Isla when it arrives for real! 🙂

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