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Juggling Motherhood and Work!

I am writing this before I've even decided on a title (although I'm sure by now I have one) as I don't even know the direction I want it to go in. There is so much to say on this topic, and it can be viewed as a touchy one sometimes. 
I work part time three days a week, which means I am at home 4 days a week. (although this is going to change soon, but that's a whole other post in itself...) This is a pretty good balance on the outside by anyone's estimations. 
I think all Mums are amazing, in whatever they 'do'. If you are a stay at home Mum then good on you, that by far is not an easy job at all! If you work full time to bring in the money for your family, then you should feel immensely proud. Chances are no matter what you do in your work life you've probably felt like what I'm about to say. 
Lately, at times, and I think this is largely do with other stresses in my life, I've been feeling like I'm feeling the pressure of being all things to…

My Top 5 Baby Products.. The first six months

Since being a mum for almost 6 months now I feel like a lot of what I brought when I was pregnant and since then has been pretty well tried and tested, some were rubbish and some were life savers! These are the top...

1. Chicco next to me crib 

In her next to me crib & poddle pod! Dreamy

At first I thought these were a pretty great idea, I didn't even know they did such things until I was pregnant and since having one I love them even more. I very nearly didn't get it as I thought it wasn't much different to a Moses basket and that is was pure laziness wanting one literally attached to the bed. I'm so glad I went for it in the end, having your baby right there next to you is amazing, and very reassuring. This of course is the main selling point but its also surprisingly big. We have second hand moses basket for the day ( something I really do recommend doing if you get this crib) and the size comparison is crazy! Our little one is almost too big for her moses, I wouldn't feel like she was safe enough now overnight in it, but the next to me crib still has TONS of room for her. She is quite a small baby for her age, and I would be torn if I didn't have the next to me crib as she's too big for the Moses but I still wouldn't want her going in her cot bed in her own room yet. 

When we decide we don't want her next to us completely you can put up the sides and have it as a normal crib in the room which we will probably do soon to set in the transition into the cot. Whilst all this is well and good I am aware they are rather pricey! What made me definetly get one was getting a £50.00 off voucher for and buy now pay in 12 months, what a bargain! In the end my lovely mum got it as a present but I wouldn't have even let her spend the full price on it! If you have the time definetly wait for a voucher or hunt for a good deal somewhere during a baby event or something. 

Also a little side note- it perfectly fits our 'poddle pod' which just creates the most amazing sleeping conditions! 

Pros - 
  • Close to your baby 
  • Larger ( longer use) 
  • Sturdy
  • Fits poddle pod 
Cons - 
  • Expensive 
  • Quite a thin mattress for the money 
  • Harder to find sheets ( I found a website that does the sheets much cheaper than the Chicco brand ones, which seem to have awful reviews and are very expensive, that are much cheaper and organic! But to be honest I normally just put a cot sheet on and fold it underneath!!) 

2. Poddle pod 

Nap time evolution! 

Now we didn't purchase this, it was lent to us by my lovely bro and sister in law to be after my little nephew had grew out of it and I'm so glad they did! To be honest I thought they was a bit of a fad, I mean what's wrong with a Moses basket? And would have never thought of getting one but it really is one of the most innovative and useful products on the baby market today in my opinion. 

Our baby was very fussy, she would fall into an deep sleep on us but the moment we put her down she would wake up with a scream. Even if we just had to pop her down awake to do something she would not have it. When this came into our lives at 6 weeks everything changed. We could put her in it and she would feel like she was in someone's arms. Of course now she realises it isn't someone holding her but she feels safe and secure in it. It's also very easy to lift and move around when she's asleep. She sleeps in it at night which I don't know if that's allowed but i don't see why not! She's lov es it and a happy baby is a happy mum and dad. 

Pros - 
  • Baby girl loves it - they feel safe and secure because they feel like they are being held by a person and it's such a cosy little nest for them. 
  • Can nap anywhere, sofa, bed, floor, you name it you can put it there and they can safely sleep! (Obviously when they get bigger I wouldn't recommend putting it on the table as they can easily escape haha) 
  • Pretty designs - There is a selection of boy, girl and neutral designs for the covers which are all gorgeous! Rosie sleeps in her little dinosaur one from her cousin and I think it's so cute! You can also buy the covers seperatly which is great if you have a girl now and a boy later or vice versa, and also great to pop in the wash! 
Cons - 

  • Can again seem pricey when there is alternative products (Moses baskets) but if your baby is fussy I think it is worth the money! Maybe wait and see the personality of your baby and see if you think it's worth it! Don't forget you could also find some second hand ones to buy online for half the price!
  • It last 0-6 months and then you can buy a 'toddlepod'  

3.) Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine 

Not quite as cute as all the others pictures!!

Yes, yes and more yes. Just buy it! In fact I don't know why I didn't put this at number one. It is a lifesaver. No screaming baby for long with this thing, no waiting and faffing with temps of milk in the middle of the night when you think you baby is going to explode from crying. It's literally the one thing me and my partner would agree we couldn't live without. I'm all about things developing to make the parenting job easier and this does just that! More time to play and cuddle with your little one. 

  • It just makes your life so much easier, within minutes you get the perfect temperature bottle and when your making thousands of bottles trust me you will appreciate that. 
  • Don't think you have to use tommee bottles it works great with any! 
  • It comes in a selection of colours to look ultra cool and matching your kitchen, white, black (mines), red and I think recently I've seen a lovely sky blue! 
  • Once again may seem like an pricey not needed product but they are on offer a lot especially during them baby events, there is also a ton online second hand for about £30! We got ours for about £65.00 new from Amazon. ( I've seen them places for like £110.00, do not spend this much please!!) 
  • Starts at 4oz and ends at 11oz, I find this soo bizzare?! In them early days you can waste a lot if you make 4oz (we used instant milk them first weeks) and why it goes up to 11 when every bottle I've seen ends at 9oz (even the tt bottles) is beyond me! 2-9oz would have made much more sense 
  • You have to buy replacement filters every three months ( about £10 each) and make sure you buy the tommee tippee ones for safety, although this is a small price to pay in my opinion! I think these are sometimes on offer too or you can buy in bulk. 

4.) Angelcare bath support 

1,2 and 3 months!! My baby has grown so much

If you have a bath at home then I really recommend this. Just pop it in your bath and you're good to go! Our first bath with Rosie was in the hospital and when we got home we did use the actual baby bath that someone had lent us because we was a bit wary but looking back I shouldn't have been! With this product you don't have to support their heads it does all the work for you leaving you with both hands free whilst baby happily lays there. Rosie loves bath time and I think this product is the reason why! She is free to kick and splash all whilst being safe. 

Pros -
  • Makes bath time easy and fun! 
  • No need to lift heavy bath baths filled with water 
  • No transition from little bath bath to the big bath for them
Cons -
  • You may not feel comfortable having your little newborn in the big bath but you could always use a washing up bowl for them really tiny first few weeks until you are ready for this! But its perfectly safe for them from birth (Rosie did scream the first few times through bath time as I think baths in general were a bit strange for her, but now she never cries in the bath.
  • It wastes water as you fill up more of your big bath, but you can buy them bath dividers were it only fills up one half of your bath! (But you don't really use that much water anyway! You could always get in when they are finished, that baby bath stuff is lovely!)

5.) Dr.Browns options bottles

Chilling with her bottle! 

Again I really couldn't live without these, if I had to choose two products overall these and the prep machine would probably be it ( easy feeding is everything).
When I was pregnant I brought plenty of the TT bottles, and soon realised Rosie hated them. She had alot of struggles with feeding (a whole different post) and the TT were just to big and fast for her. We tried AlOT of different bottles. Rosie's first bottle was the Dr.Browns premmie bottle and that literally saved us in them first weeks of her being home, and when she was ready to move on it seemed to make sense to buy the level one bottles.

They made such a difference! Her wind was much better than it had been and she didn't constantly spill her milk all down herself! Feeding became much easier. We started with one 5oz bottle to see if we liked it and literally used this ONE bottle for a week or so (seriously washing up and sterilising at each feed is a nightmare) until we got a 4 pack of the 9oz so this would last us.

Pros - 

  • Each baby is different but the teat and flow of these worked wonders with Rosie!
  • The colic vent that helps wind is removable so if they don't need it you can remove! 
Cons - 
  • There is more 'little bits' that make up the bottle that you have to wash and sterilise etc. If your baby doesn't specifically need these vents for wind etc a complete waste of time having these bottles
  • They are expensive! Remember how I said we lived off one bottle? This was why. 
  • They seem pretty bulky to carry around



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