11 Months

This month has been a whirlwind of amazing changes & experiences for Isla!

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She’s now a confident little walker, and is starting to give running a go! She’s the busiest baby I’ve ever seen & is constantly exploring. It’s been so lovely to see her style of play advance as she’s getting really into her duplo.

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We went to Hitchin Lavender Fields for these photos & it was an amazing experience. Such a beautiful place to visit & pick up a few bags of lavender while you’re at it! I thought I should actually get in a few photos for once!¬†IMG_0284IMG_0302

Isla took her first trip on a ferry, went abroad to France and visited the beach which was just incredible! She couldn’t have loved it more – and refused to hold my hand after she realised I was holding her back from going for a swim! Our determined little lady kept making a break for it to try & go deeper into the water!

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Still the cheekiest madam, and even starting to say a few more words! She now says Hi, Hiya, Egg, Dog, Mum, Dad/Baba, Nanan (for Nanny!), Grrr (for Grumps!), Up, and puts ‘my’ in front of everything!

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Plans are well underway for her first birthday party & birthday photoshoot too! ūüôā I can’t wait to share it with you all!

6 Months

Isla turns 6 months old today & I can’t believe we are here already… Sitting up, rolling over and now giving crawling a really good go! I just want to freeze time & enjoy my tiny baby for a bit longer. She brings so much love & light to everyone she meets –¬†chatting & laughing to anyone who will pay her even the slightest bit of attention. Most nights she does ‘Twinkle Twinkle Stars’ fingers and then applauds herself in her cot before going to¬†sleep… I can’t even. We’ve been exploring art and music a lot this month – she has even ‘painted’ her first masterpieces for her Nanny & Grandma. She¬†loves¬†watching videos of child prodigies playing the cello!

Our photoshoot this month was taken in the kitchen after breakfast this morning! I want to remember her how I saw her every day, just hanging out in her PJ vest, as well as all dressed up for fun.

Happy 6 Months my crazy Beanie Bear!

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Bath Time Essentials

Bath time is fast becoming Isla’s favourite part of the day. We are finally into a great routine & it’s made bedtime easy & enjoyable for everyone. I thought I’d recommend a few of our favourite products for you to try too…

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First up, is Sudocrem’s new Care & Protect. I was kindly sent this to try on Isla after it won Best Nappy Cream of 2015 & we instantly fell in love with it. It’s kept her skin¬†happy & it’s the perfect size for the baby bag!

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment Рdesigned specifically for babies Рthat offers triple protection against nappy rash at every nappy change:

1. Creating a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants.

2.¬†Conditioning the skin¬†–¬†Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5¬†helps to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised.

3. Guarding against infection РAs well as sealing in the good stuff, Sudocrem Care & Protect acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing.

 Because Sudocrem Care & Protect is just for your baby, it is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is also free from artificial colours and preservatives. 

£6.99 for 100g.

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We use Earth Friendly Baby‘s Calming lavender Shampoo & Body wash every night in the bath – all their products are ethical, natural and organic as well as kind to sensitive skin. It smells great and leaves Isla relaxed & ready for bed.

£4.00 for 250ml.

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I love all of Cowshed’s products & this relaxing room spray is no different. A few sprays in her room before story time & we are ready to relax into an easy bedtime. They have so many beautiful products – especially for new mums and mums to be that make great gifts so make sure to check out their full range.

£18 for 100ml.

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Burt’s Bees Original Lotion contains¬†Buttermilk, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil to deeply moisturise baby‚Äôs skin, making it smooth and super soft. Original lotion now provides scientifically-proven moisture for up to 24 hours to keep your baby‚Äôs skin soft. This buttermilk lotion is also free of synthetic fragrances, just like the entire Baby Bee line, for your peace of mind. It’s quick absorbing too which makes getting into PJ’s right after easy… well as easy as it can be when being ‘nakey’ is the best thing ever to happen to a baby!

£10.99 for 170g.

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Some nights if Isla won’t settle we try a calming¬†baby massage. We went to a class to learn how to safely & gently massage & always use Neal’s Yard Baby Massage Oil. It’s suitable form 3 months (they have another unscented one suitable from birth)¬†100% organic, with calming essential oils of rose otto and Roman chamomile, perfect for a wonderfully soothing, bonding massage.

£7.50 for 50ml.

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If you’ve been following the blog or our Instagram, you’ll know how much I love everything Aden + Anais make… Muslins, Clothes & now wash cloths and hooded towels.¬†You can get a hooded towel & wash cloth set which only gets softer the more you wash it & extra 100% Cotton Muslin wash cloths sold separately. We have draws full of them!

Hooded Towel & Wash Cloth set Р£29.95.

Wash Cloth Sets Р£16.95 for 3.

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And that’s it, for now! If we find anything else that we love we’ll be sure to share it with you! (Oh and the Elephant pictured is Eric P. Fuddlewuddle… from JellyCat’s Fuddlewuddle range!)

Do you have any bath time favourites that you swear by? Leave a comment here on my facebook or tweet me @Poppy_Carter

Merry Christmas from us!

Seeing as it’s Isla’s first Christmas we were always going to get a little creative & I couldn’t resist turning my little angel into a little elf… Here are just a few from our MANY photoshoots over the festive season!

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Bucket, tree (and basically everything in my house) from John Lewis… Outfit from BabyGapIsla-adventures

Elf onesie from Tesco
Bow headband from Next

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Outfit & Cardigan from Ralph Lauren Baby
Blanket from Cath Kidston

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And our christmas card..
Stocking from The White Company
Star Lamp from Made.com

All photography by me… And seeing as I’m officially back from Maternity leave in January, feel free to check out my website. ūüôā

www.poppycarterportraits.com

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas with all your family & a wonderful new year! Did you dress your little one up for the festive season? Tweet me with your Christmas photos at @Poppy_Carter or post them to my Facebook!