I’m delighted, and proud, to announce that I am now a Baby Jogger ambassador for 2017!! I always said that I would have loved to have used a Baby Jogger double when our boys were younger, so I was absolutely thrilled when they invited me to become an ambassador for the year as part of their Baby Jogger Squad!

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SO WHO ARE BABY JOGGER?

Baby Jogger have come a long way since their conception over 30 years ago. Created by Phil Baechler, a journalist who simply wanted to be able to keep up with his favourite hobby of running once his baby arrived. He replaced the standard wheels of his baby carriage with bicycle wheels, meaning that he could maintain his dirt track running all whilst spending time with his new son – and the rest, as they say, is history! Baby Jogger has since redefined the stroller category by creating innovative strollers that make everyday life as a busy parent on the go easier. My favourite thing about this inventive and contemporary brand is how it has been designed with families like mine in mind – each stroller adapting as our family grows.

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WHAT DOES BEING A BABY JOGGER AMBASSADOR MEAN?

Over the course of the rest of the year I will be bringing you all the insider info on the brand new products as well as rediscovering their much loved hero strollers. I’ll be sharing the insights of the exciting launches and passing down expert tips of all of the things you need to know. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about the Baby Jogger brand, their exciting new launches and the family values they hold.

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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM ME?

As a busy Mum of 2 young sons and keen traveller I will be showing you honest, authentic and on the go reviews – we all know pram shopping is a minefield, so I want to make sure I’m sharing exactly what I think of their range to help guide you if you are looking to make that very important purchase for your child.

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Thank you so much Baby Jogger, we are honoured to be part of your #babyjoggersquad ambassador team, watch this space for lots of exciting things over the coming months.

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You may have seen the buzz (awful pun, sorry!) already around the launch of the new Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair. We’ve been lucky enough to have been asked to test it out before it had even hit the shops – and we have been seriously impressed! You can watch my video review here..or read on for more in depth thoughts around this latest installment of the Bugaboo Bee family…

Firstly, let me explain our backstory…We have 2 little boys aged 3 and 1. We live in a suburban location and love getting outdoors for walks and adventures. We currently have a bulky double pram which takes up my entire large boot and our eldest son has definitely outgrown the seat. He’s also got to a point where he doesn’t need a constant seat, but often gets tired if we’re out on long walks.

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee⁵

A little about the pram: ” The compact, light Bugaboo Bee⁵ is a smart choice for urban adventurers with a newborn or toddler…The neat one-hand, one-piece fold makes it easy, and takes up less space at home…Your child can enjoy the ride from the comfort of their padded seat that grows with them — reversing, reclining and extending in just a few clicks”

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review

Why we love it:

As our children are older, we are less in need of a full travel system, and more in need of a compact, lightweight stroller style pushchair which I can throw in the back of the car (with one hand!) The main seat is so padded I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the design and materials used, the height is adjustable depending on who is riding in it and the 5 point harness has a memory feature, meaning that you don’t need to readjust it when you make the seat bigger – genius. You can full recline the seat, making it suitable from birth, and even add a car seat or bassinet. It’s even fully customisable! The basket underneath is a really good size (perfect for my shopping trips) Even the wheels are detachable – great for cleaning mud and grit, and also customisable! This really is a new level of lightweight pushchair.

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 review

The absolute game changer about the Bugaboo Bee⁵ for us is the toddler board, with seat!!! It’s absolutely made this pram perfect for us because we can be assured that Henry can have somewhere to sit/stand if his little legs get tired, but without the huge space that an extra full seat takes up. It’s so easy to attach – even he can do it. It takes a little knack to get used to walking to one side, but once you’re walking you really don’t notice the extra effort to walk out of the way of the board.

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

The independent 4 wheel suspension in this new upgraded model is really good and it makes light work of difficult terrain. I love the faux leather handle and the extendable sun canopy which means you can completely cover your little one up in the sun/rain/wind, or when they take a little nap (Those were the days!!)

Features:

  • Five-point harness with height-adjustable shoulder straps.
  • Independent four-wheel suspension

  • Extendable sun canopy

  • One handed steering with excellent suspension
  • Light chassis, easy compact fold

  • Car seat compatible

  • Independent carrycot

  • Extendable seat – great for bigger children

  • Rear and parent facing position

  • Suitable from birth

Thanks for reading our review. Please check out the video review if you would like to see the Bee5 in action. Thank you to Bugaboo for kindly loaning me this pushchair, all views are my own and I really do love it! The Bugaboo Bee⁵ is now available to purchase from all Bugaboo retailers.

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I remember the months and months of trying to get my babies to sleep. Searching for blogs or baby sleep tips; how to get my baby to sleep well, sleep through the night, sleep at all! Then, just when you think you’ve cracked it with your baby, they go through a growth spurt or they start teething!

Top ten Baby Sleep Tips for getting babies to sleep through the night

There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. It’s hell, and at the time you wonder if you will ever survive those sleepless nights. But we do. And our babies find their own way when they are ready. And before you know it they will be teenagers and you’ll be trying to get them to wake up not go to sleep! Ok, so that’s a fair way off for us, but it does already feel like a distant memory; all those evenings where I was desperate to get the boys into some kind of a routine. Desperate to get them to sleep for longer than the dreaded 45 minute sleep cycle during their naps.

Baby Sleep Tips

Our youngest is now 16 months, and I would say it’s only been around the last 5 weeks that he has actually started to sleep through the night. Gasp, I know. But it didn’t actually have to be that long. I think because he was our last we were far more lenient with him. The madness of having a 2 year old demanding my attention throughout the day meant that secretly, although exhausted, I didn’t mind those midnight cuddles. And my husband was so supportive of my working from home that he would share the night time feeds once I had begun combination feeding which really was the greatest help to get through it. And George found his own way **crosses fingers for no regression**

Baby Sleep Tips for getting your baby to sleep through the night

Over time I have found more and more tips which I’ve tried and tested and with the help & advice of Sarah Beeson MBE, Sleep Expert extraordinaire, I wanted to share these baby sleep tips with you in case you are also suffering.

Top 10 Baby Sleep Tips:

1. Try making a Shush sound over and over.

Making gentle, rhythmic shushing sounds will often help babies to relax. It replicates the sound they hear from your heartbeat in the womb – I find this still comforts George at 16 months!

2. Stroke your baby’s forehead nose or head. 

I remember my Mum doing this to me when I was little and I still love it now!! I really love doing it to the boys too as it can be very soothing and help them get off to sleep. Also if you stroke the bridge of your baby’s nose the motion will encourage their eyes to close.

3. Take a deep breath and sway. 

It’s so hard to remain calm if your baby is screaming – but try to relax your body and they will also relax, helping them to calm down. Hold your baby against your chest with their head on your shoulder, rocking side to side & take a deep breath, in and out. Repeating until they are in the same rhythm as you.

5. Darken the room. 

A room with lights down low and the curtains drawn creates a calmer setting to help your baby drift off. It also signifies to them that it is night time – likewise make the room light and bright during awake times.

6. Sleep breeds sleep.

Contrary to what goes for adults, a baby who hasn’t slept the whole day will not sleep better at night – they will be over stimulated, over tired and agitated. Try and get your baby to sleep during the day, and don’t worry if at first they will only sleep on you – I spent far too much time worrying about it “becoming a habit” and far too little enjoying the moment (and the relaxation!).

7. Put white noise on such as a hairdryer. 

All babies are different and this didn’t work with Henry, but second time around I found myself putting a hairdryer on to get George off to sleep – For us the mobile apps didn’t work, only the real deal – I went through 2 of them! Life in the womb is noisy and a quiet nursery is not! I know adults who swear by white noise too.

8. Put something which smells of you in the cot.

I found this really helped and I spend a lot of time with muslins and other items stuffed down my top! Your scent will be comforting to them. I used breastfeeding clothing too which smelt of my milk – just be careful not to use anything long which they could get caught on.

9. Try a rocking chair. 

Snuggling with your little one in a rocking chair is one of the most successful methods of getting them off to sleep. They spent 40+ weeks being rocked around inside of you and it brings them great comfort to have this motion replicated in the outside world. The combination of your warm body and the motion is the perfect to send them off – plus you get to sit down!

10. Use a sleeping bag.

My boys spin around and around in a circle throughout the night and would lose any bedclothes if we used them – causing them to wake up freezing in the night. Once your baby is old enough, using something like a sleeping bag is the answer to this. We especially love the ones which are made from nature’s super-fabric, Merino wool – which is naturally antibacterial, breathable and keeps their temperatures regulated.

 

I really hope you find these baby sleep tips useful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling. Just remember that every baby is different & every parent is different. Don’t listen to that woman at baby group who tells you her child has slept through from 2 weeks. You and your baby will get there when they are ready. Just enjoy the snuggles for now!

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This Baby Sleep Tips article was written by myself in collaboration with Aldi

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Babies are cute, right. They bring their own special form of magical happiness to everyone around them, and they always know how to somehow put a smile on your face or make you laugh. I especially love getting George to giggle by making silly faces or dancing like a crazy woman, he laughs his head off!

Now babies can even help save lives by doing nothing more than wearing Pampers. Because Pampers donates 1 vaccine against maternal and newborn tetanus for every pack of Pampers nappies and wipes sold through the “1 Pack = 1 Vaccine” Pampers-UNICEF campaign. The campaign is now in its 11th year, and during that time, amazing babies around the world have helped Pampers and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 19 countries – with only 19 more to go, we’re halfway towards our goal of global elimination!

Since the Pampers-UNICEF “1 pack=1 vaccine” campaign began, an estimated 500,000** newborn babies have been saved and a vaccine has reached a mother and her baby every second.

Pampers and UNICEF are halfway to reaching global elimination of Maternal and Newborn Tetanus

There are lots of ways that we can all support this important campaign. If you share a photo of your baby with #1photo1vaccine or #PampersUNICEF, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – Pampers will donate the equivalent cost of one vaccine!

This year, celebrity mum and former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh is supporting the Pampers-UNICEF campaign.

Kimberley says: “I feel hugely honoured to be supporting the Pampers-UNICEF campaign in its 11th year. As a mum to Bobby, and expecting my second child later this year, I feel great empathy with other mothers around the world who, just as I do, want nothing more than to deliver a happy, healthy baby. The reason I’m so passionate about this campaign is that mums and dads here in the UK can make a very real difference by doing nothing more than buying the Pampers that they need for their little ones. It’s phenomenal and makes me feel very proud of what we can achieve together.”

Pampers and UNICEF are halfway to reaching global elimination of Maternal and Newborn Tetanus

How else can you help make a difference?

As well as sharing a photo of your amazing baby, there are other ways that we can all help to work together to eliminate maternal and new born tetanus:

  • 1 pack= 1 life-saving vaccine:  For each purchase of a Pampers® pack with the UNICEF logo
  • Donate to UNICEF: By becoming a monthly donor to UNICEF today you can join thousands of other parents who donate every month to improve the lives of these vulnerable children

Join us and together with your wishes, Pampers® and UNICEF can help protect the world’s amazing babies against newborn tetanus.  To find out more, visit http://www.pampers.co.uk/why-pampers/pampers-unicef-partnership

** Based on Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) of WHO and UNICEF (Lancet, October 2014)

 

This post is written in collaboration with Pampers.

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Introducing New Pampers Baby-Dry

Did you know that babies spend around half their time asleep? Those precious hours aren’t just important for their mood, but they also have a positive impact on their development, too! Both my boys have been terrible sleepers, and I always used to panic that this would affect their development as well as the obvious effect on the rest of us! We’ve tried lots of different nappy brands in our time, because with the many extra night feeds we were doing came the extra nappy changes in the night and sometimes they would wake up just because they were soaked – not what you need at 1 and 4am!!

Which is why I am so excited that Pampers are launching a brand new innovation and upgrade to UK parents’ #1 nappy choice: introducing 3 Absorbing Channels! New Pampers Baby-Dry feature a revolutionary nappy design with 3 Absorbing Channels and unique Micro Pearls™ that distribute wetness more evenly and lock it away for up to 12 hours. With less wet bulk in the morning, so your LO can wake up smiling! And, UK parents agree:

New Pampers Baby-Dry has been recommended by 88% of UK parents *

New Pampers Baby-Dry are also been BritMums Bloggers Approved, Mumsnet Rated, Mother & Baby Tried and Tested and 90% of Netmums mums would recommend New Pampers Baby-Dry.

With New Pampers Baby-Dry working as hard as possible, you’re LO can say goodbye to wet bulky nappy and hello to a dry night’s sleep.

Introducing New Pampers Baby-Dry!

To celebrate the launch of New Pampers Baby-Dry, Pampers are working with baby sleep expert Jo Tantum – who is a member of the Pampers Love, Sleep & Play panel and has 25 years’ experience helping hundreds of families to achieve a peaceful night’s sleep! (Could have done with a visit over the past 3 years, Jo!!) Jo has identified 5 sleep typologies that may help you to understand your baby’s sleep habits and needs better – so, is your little one a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat sleeper?

Starfish 

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  • This is when your baby sleeps in the same position, on their back with legs and arms out. They also wake up often and regularly, but they don’t go back to sleep easily after you intervene with a sleep prop – which they need to get to sleep!

Jo’s Tip – A muslin square, knotted in the middle. Tuck it down your top before giving it to baby so it smells of you and comforts them. Also, try and teach your baby to fall asleep on their own gently. Start in the day, at nap times, watching for tired signs, then settle them for a sleep in their room.

Skylark

Introducing New Pampers Baby-Dry!

  • These are the babies that wake up early in the morning, singing and shouting, and refuse to go back to sleep whatever you try!

Jo’s Tip – Wave sounds. This can be a sleep App or sound machine. Keep it on continually while baby is asleep, so when they come into a light sleep phase it soothes them back to sleep. Total blackout is also key – remember that babies can’t tell the time! They don’t know it’s 5am! If your baby wakes up early, try and respond to them as though it’s still night, rather than creating a habit of early waking.

Sloth

Introducing New Pampers Baby-Dry!

  • These little ones love sleep and can sleep anywhere and everywhere – lucky you! But what happens when they wake up? You will know it’s going to be for a growth or developmental spurt or they are teething or not well.

Jo’s Tip – Increase feeding time by 5 minutes, if breast feeding and by 30ml if bottle feeding. If your baby is close to 6 months old, they may need weaning.

Owl 

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  • This is when your baby goes to bed late and then wakes up in the night. They’re wide awake for long periods and can’t get back to sleep!

Jo’s Tip – A Sleep Fest! Allow your baby to sleep for 3 hours during the day to reset their internal clock. Babies need lots of sleep and it’s a myth that if you don’t give them naps, they will be so tired that they’ll sleep through the night.

Meerkat 

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  • They stand up, move around trying to get comfortable all night and they don’t want to sleep. They’re late to bed and early to rise.

Jo’s Tip – Wind Down Time. Try bath-story-feed to establish a calming bedtime routine. Your baby is overtired and so they will thrash around trying to get comfortable just like we do. They will have lots of energy around bedtime and early in the morning, as their bodies and minds are overstimulated.

I’d love to know which one applies to your little one – let me know on social using #PampersBabyDry!

If you’d like to try New Pampers Baby-Dry, you can visit http://www.pampers.co.uk/offers-pages/samples-on-demand  to claim your free sample.

*based on a survey of 790 UK Parents, given the samples in May 2016

This post is sponsored by Pampers. 

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