How to deal with nappy rash

Nappy rash affects at least a third of baby’s and can be caused by a number of things (not just poo). Your baby has delicate sensitive skin and things like an ill-fitting nappy can cause your baby’s bottom to become bright read and sore. Other things that can cause nappy rash include:

  • not cleaning your baby’s bottom and genitals properly
  • not changing soiled nappies often enough
  • alcohol-based wipes / products
  • soaps, lotions, detergents or bubble bath
  • food (starting on solid food during weaning)
  • baby not been well (common colds or even use of anti-biotics)
  • teething
  • changes in diet (if you’ve gone from breast to formula)
  • diarrhoea / prolonged exposure to poo and/or wee

It is always recommended to get help from your health visitor, nurse GP or even the pharmacy if your little one has had nappy rash for several days within signs of it going away. If your baby has a fever or raised temperature or if they develop a bright red, moist rash with white or red spots which spread to the folds of the skin.

To help protect your little ones delicate skin there are a number of creams out there that you can use during every nappy change. One of those creams is Metanium and they have provided a free downloadable leaflet on nappy rash.

Preventing and treating nappy rash

  • Try and let the skin breath by leaving the nappy off to allow air flow around the bottom and delicate skin
  • change nappies frequently especially after soiling
  • thoroughly clean baby’s bottom and genitals using plain water and cotton wool or baby wipes that are fragrance and alcohol free
  • You should also make sure the area is dry by patting the area (don’t rub too hard as this can make the skin more inflamed)
  • last but not least try using a nappy cream like Metanium barrier ointment or even Asda little angels nappy cream. If your little one already has nappy rash you might need to consider using Metanium nappy rash cream which contains ingredients to held relieve irritation and redness.

To download a copy of the Metanium-Nappy-Rash.

Katherine xo

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Valentine’s Day sexy underwear

With Valentine’s Day around the corner some of you ladies might be looking for some inspiration to please you significant other? Well look no further, I have had a look through some websites and drawn a cheeky list to guarantee some fun between the sheets this Valentine’s Day.

ESCANTE STRAPPY FRONT WIRELESS BRA & PANTY SET

img_3222-e1517569096242.jpgThis cheeky set is wirefree with the Bralette put on over your head. This is currently available in US sizes but you can convert to UK.

Features:

  • Sexy lace wire-free cami bra and boyshort set
  • High-neck strappy design adds to this sexy look
  • Mirror your natural shape with seamed, unlined cups
  • Customize the fit with adjustable stretch straps
  • No back closure, bra goes on over head
  • 3.5” ultra-low rise boyshort; measurement taken from size M
  • Strappy mesh boyshort with lace detail has cotton gusset
  • Sheer stretch mesh and lace
  • Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane.
  • Colours: black or pink
  • Sizes: S / M / L

Available from Bare Necessities for £6.70 (£8.19 for pink)

RENE ROFE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT BRA SET

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I’m liking this set because of the unique fastening on the back and the sexy pattern to make your derriere look fabulous

Features:

  • ◦ Next to nothing never looked better in this sexy set
  • ◦ Cage-inspired underwire bra with risqué zip-up back
  • ◦ Get the perfect with thanks to fully adjustable stretch straps
  • ◦ Change up your look with convertible criss-cross back straps
  • ◦ Adjustable stretch choker included for enhanced role playing
  • ◦ Matching strappy back bikini with stretch lace hip tabs
  • ◦ 4″ ultra-low rise panty; measured from size S/M
  • ◦ Sleek stretch microfiber with sheer stretch lace accents
  • Body: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex.
  • Mesh: 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex.
  • Sizes: S/M  M/L

Available from Bare Necessities for £8.94

RENE ROFE LACE TIE-UP BRA SET

RENE ROFE LACE TIE-UP BRA SETTie up your girls with this pretty black and pink bra set by Rene Rofe

Features:

  • Sexy embroidered lace bra and ribbon tie sides thong
  • Self-tie halter neckline and back
  • Ultra-sheer stretch lace
  • One size fits: 2-14
  • Style #301187
  • Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex.
  • Sizes: one size

Available from Bare Necessities for £9.69

 

SEVEN ‘TIL MIDNIGHT SATIN BOW CROTCHLESS BRA & PANTY SET

iSEVEN 'TIL MIDNIGHT SATIN BOW CROTCHLESS BRA & PANTY SETGet really down and dirty with this satin bow crotchless panty set available in black or sexy red.

Features:

  • All wrapped up in ribbon and bows bra and panty set
  • Triangle wire-free cups have artfully placed center bows
  • Customize the fit with fully adjustable stretch straps
  • Elastic handcuffs included for enhanced role playing
  • Soft, 3 column, 1 row hook and eye back closure
  • Crotchless G-string has 3″ ultra-low rise and elastic tie-sides
  • Quality stretch microfiber and satin trim
  • One size fits: 2-14
  • Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane.

Available from Bare Necessities for £16.40

RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SET

RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SETFinally sexy underwear for plus size women modelled by plus sized women that actually looks ‘sexy’ and what’s more there is so much more available on the website.

Features:

  • Flirt the night away in this babydoll set with matching G-string
  • Sexy, plunging strappy wire-free darted cups offer subtle support
  • Get the perfect fit with adjustable stretch straps
  • 30” long from shoulders; measured from size 1X/2X
  • Microfiber G-string has 5.5″ low rise with cotton gusset
  • Sheer stretch mesh with lace trim
  • Content
  • Lace: 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex.
  • Colours: black
  • Sizes 1X/2X  3X/4X

Available from Bare Necessities for £20.87

NUDE CARMELOVE BODY

RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SETThis lovely bodysuit is crotchless so you can give your significant other a little peek before the full show.

Sexy nude lingerie body featuring a V-neckline, pretty lace trim, olive green satin ribbon bow interest, open crotch and adjustable straps.

Includes: Teddy only.

This item comes in sizes: S/M (UK 6-10), L/XL (UK 12-14).

Available from Sparkling Strawberry for £20.99

 

ASYMMETRIC ONE SHOULDER CUTOUT TEDDY

RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SETStunning black one shoulder teddy featuring cutouts to the bust and side and scalloped floral lace interest.

Ideal for: Women who perhaps don’t feel as confident to show their stomach fully but still want to look sexy. Then teddies and playwear playsuits will be your best friend.

Includes: Teddy only.

This item comes in sizes: S/M, M/L.

Colour black

Available from Sparkling Strawberry for £26.99

 

 

Have fun shopping ladies and let me know your thoughts.

Katherine xo

Free MAM anti-colic bottle with Amazon

Are you an expectant or new parent looking to add some items to your baby inventory.

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Well if you are an Amazon Prime customer with an Amazon baby wish list you can claim a free MAM Anti-Colic 130ml bottle

How to claim your free bottle:

  1. You need to have an Amazon prime account
  2. You need to create a baby wish list
  3. You need to add at least £5.00 worth of eligible baby products sold by Amazon (not fulfilled by) from your baby wish list to your basket. Products excluded include baby and infant formula, nappies, baby food and books.
  4. You need to add the MAM bottle to your basket and at the final checkout the price will be deducted.

Offer valid until 28th February 2018.

What does Amazon mean by sold by Amazon?

If you click on a product it will tell you the seller. If it says a sellers name other than Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon then it is not eligible for this offer. It must say Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.

Top 5 breast pumps

If you are new to breastfeeding or looking for a recommendation for a new pump keep reading.

1. Lansinoh electric pump

From the makers of the most used nipple cream comes the single or double electric pump. It comes with two flange sizes, two storage bottles. A cost-effective double electric pump

Features

  • 3 pumping modes of expression
  • Adjustable suction speed and intensity
  • Specially designed tubes and motor prevent milk backup
  • LCD screen with timer
  • Pump into bottles—no transferring necessary
  • Battery or mains power operated
  • Available as single or double (double pump can be converted to single by adjusting the tubes.

The light and portable Lansinoh Single Electric Breast Pump has been designed for your comfort, and with six suction levels it will allow you to express easily.

For quick and easy expression, this breast pump is designed to mimic baby’s natural feeding pattern for an efficient pumping experience. The new ComfortFit soft silicone breast cushion makes for a secure seal and comfortable fit, and results in more efficient pumping. There are six adjustable suction levels with easy-to-use control buttons and an LED indicator, as well as two phase technology including a let down phase.

The let down phase includes rapid suction to stimulate and initiate milk flow, while the expression phase has slower, deeper suction to maximise milk flow. A NaturalWave Teat with cap is included allowing you to express, store and feed with ease.

This breast pump is mains or battery operated (requires 6 x AA batteries not included).

Please note: Tubing and tubing connectors do not need to be washed or sterilised due to the diaphragm that prevents them from coming into contact with breast milk. The breast cushion and containers may be cleaned in the upper compartment of your dishwasher or hand washed with dish soap in hot water. For best results, use a baby bottle brush to clean the container and a teat brush to clean the insides of the breast cushions. Rinse with hot water.

Prices:

£86.25 for single John Lewis

£100 for double John Lewis

2. Haakaa 150ml Silicone Breast Pump with Suction Base

This is a manual pump which you can use on one breast whilst feeding off the other. This works by using your natural let down. Perfect for releasing some pressure from engulfed breasts as well. I actually used this when in the bath or shower because it had a vacuum seal on the breast when attached properly. Therefore perfect for a busy mum looking to multi task.

The only downside is you have to purchase a lid and storage bag separately. It’s also not bet stable if you store it in the fridge but it does have a suction bottom which means when you pop it straight down on a table it’s not going to fall over.

Breast pumps don’t have to be loud, complicated, and costly – this eco-friendly breast pump will change the way you breastfeed.

Haakaa’s breast pumps are made using 100% medical grade silicone, free from toxic materials, so they’re kind to mum and baby, as well as the environment.

With an increased volume to 150ml and a suction base for support, the new and improved Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is the easiest and most simple way to express.

Key features:

• Perfect for travelling.

• Soft and comfortable – made from 100% medical-grade silicone.

• Compact – will fit into any handbag or baby bag.

• Dishwasher safe – can also be sterilised and left to sit in boiling water.

• Easy to use, easy to clean.

• Free from BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

• Compatible with all Haakaa wide neck bottles.

• No batteries or assembly required.

Instructions:

1. Sterilise your pump thoroughly – Haakaa  (caps are available online to purchase – caps keep the pump sterile after cleaning)

2. Place the top of the breast pump over your nipple – make sure your nipple is in the neck of the pump and comfortable.

3. Apply suction – you may need to adjust a couple of times. Once the pump is secure and comfortable you can squeeze the base of the pump (not interfering with the top/suction) to create some movement.

4. Gently massage the top of your breast to encourage flow – you can also try placing a warm flannel on top of your breast.

5. Once milk begins to flow, simply leave the pump alone to do its thing.

6. Once the pump becomes full, empty into a glass storage bottle and reposition.

7. When you wish to stop pumping, you can simply suction the breast pump to a nearby flat surface using the suction base, while you continue feeding or re-dress – the pump is 100% secure.

Hazards and Cautions:

Clean your breast pump thoroughly after each use. Our breast pumps can be sterilised with any steam sterilising system or boiling water. Do NOT use any bleach-based agents.

Prices:

£18.99 – boots

3. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump

Voted number one on baby centre

A double electric breast pump with an integrated carrying case

Features

• Two-phase expression for more efficient and thorough pumping

• All parts that touch breast milk are BPA free

• Comes with a removable cooler bag and freezer pack

• Adjustable speed and vacuum knob

• Uses battery power or an AC adaptor

Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump

The Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump includes thoughtful features that provide true mobility, freedom and flexibility for mum’s everyday life. It’s ideal for daily and frequent use with a single or double pumping option. Easy interaction with digital display, memory, timer and backlight gives mum more flexibility.

It features a double pumping and 2-phase expression technology, that mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern, reduces pumping time and gives more freedom to mum. It combines both rapid stimulation and slower expression so pumping is gentle, comfortable, and efficient.

Lightweight and independent from sockets, the Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump allows mum to pump anywhere. Mum can personalise the breast pump and record preferred pumping patterns and select it anytime. Low noise so night time pumping is quiet and quick. BPA Free.

Key Features 

• Double pumping can help to increase and sustain milk supply

• SoftFit™ breastshields for massaging comfort.

• Simultaneous expression

• Small, lightweight and quiet, to make daily expression as comfortable as possible

• Individually adjustable vacuum settings, as well as memory function offers comfort

• Rechargeable battery provides 3 hours pumping time

• One touch let down button

• Timer function available

• Bright LCD easy to read display – can be read even at night without having to turn the lights on

• Stylish shoulder bag including cooler for on-the-go convenience

Prices:

£329.99 – boots or John Lewis

4. Medela Symphony Breastpump

This hospital grade pump is one of the most expensive on the market however it is good at effectively emptying your breasts.

Features:

• 2-phase expression pumping

• Faster let-down and milk flow reduces pumping time

• Mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern

• Accommodates multiple users

• Designed for moms who need to pump several times a day

• Allows for pumping from 1 or both breasts at a time

• Powered from wall outlet, rechargeable batteries, or car lighter

• Adjustable speed and vacuum combinations

• All parts that contact breast milk are BPA-free

• Hands free pumping option sold separately

The research-based Symphony breast pump has been developed specifically to support mums throughout their breastfeeding journey: to initiate, build and maintain an adequate milk supply. Symphony is ideal for long-term and frequent pumping. You can continue using the hospital-grade pump you used in the maternity unit and decide later which personal pump to buy With the Medela pump sets, you can express your breast milk from the comfort of your own home using your Medela Symphony rental breast pump. The pump sets provide you with everything you need as a breastfeeding mum.

Prices:

£2648 – amazon

Can be rented on manufacturers website

5. Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

Economical and compact double breast pump used for expressing breast milk.

Features

• Small and portable design makes it ideal for home, on-the-go, or when going back to work

• 32 settings

• Three assorted flange sizes

• Hygienic, closed-pumping system

Evenflo’s Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is the perfect solution for all moms planning to pump frequently. Whether at home or at work, the Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump delivers all the premium features and benefits mom needs and deserves. This innovative pump’s PerfectlyPure™ design is a closed system that prevents milk back-up in tubing, which helps to keep tubing clean and dry, protecting mom’s breast milk from contamination and making pump cleaning more efficient. Each pumping session can be personalized with the AdvancedControl™ technology, which creates 32 unique setting combinations of speed and suction for optimal control.

To help ensure a successful pumping session, it’s important to have a comfortable, correctly sized flange fit. The Advanced Double Electric Pump includes 3 different flange sizes from our AdvancedFit™ flange system to help ensure the best fit, with additional sizes sold separately. Evenflo’s PerfectPosition™ design includes a shorter nipple tunnel and higher bottle-to-flange angle that allows mom to relax in a slouch-free pumping position. The integrated bottle holders keep mom’s milk safe after pumping, providing an extra “hand” to protect her precious milk from spills. The Deluxe Model also comes with a timeless black shoulder bag, insulated cooler bag with ice packs, and additional Milk Collection Bottles.

Access to expert resources can help ensure a successful breastfeeding experience. Evenflo is excited to include the ultimate breastfeeding education with the purchase of your pump. Developed by our partner, Breastfeeding Expert Shari Criso (IBCLC, CNM, RN), mom receives digital access to two practical and proven programs she can access anywhere! Both Simply Breastfeeding™ and Breast Pumps & Briefcases™ have helped thousands of moms successfully breastfeed and continue breastfeeding while returning to work and are included with purchase.

Prices:

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Remember nothing is more effective at taking your milk than a babies suckling.

Katherine xo

MAM Anti-Colic Self Sterilising bottles

When I first had my little one I attempted breastfeeding but when things didn’t go to plan I moved onto bottle feeding. I started with Tommee Tippee closer to nature but my little boy really didn’t like them and would get terrible wind.

I discovered the MAM bottle range on Amazon after looking for Dr Brown bottles. I thought I would give them a try after seeing such good reviews. When I received my starter kit I was surprised to see so many parts just for one bottle. Most bottles just split into three/four piece the teat, cap and bottle. MAM bottles completely come apart. The unique airflow system means there is a white silicone ring in the bottle of the bottle. Due to this design when you cold water sterilise the bottle (yes I know you can self-sterilise in the microwave but I prefer cold water sterilising with Milton tablets as I can do multiple items in one go and leave them in the formula for 24 hours) you find that you have quite a bit of excess water to shake off when you assemble the bottle. When I first poured water in I was concerned it would come out of the holes in the bottom so I tried with cold water first. Nothing leaked out at the silicone ring prevents fluid leaking out but only air.

After the first use I saw a huge difference when my boy. He no longer gulped air and milk. I also didn’t need to worry about making sure the hole in the teat was in the right place. Also in comparison to the tommee tippee bottles these are really nice to hold. The base and teat holders can be used on any of the anti-colic bottles.

Another great thing I love about these bottles is the patterns on the bottles and that you can get these in green, pink, blue or a cream colour.

Read more below from the manufacturer.

Katherine xo

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MAM Anti-Colic Self Sterilising bottle

The MAM Self-Sterilising anti-colic bottle is the perfect bottle to introduce your little one to the MAM bottle and teat. This bottle is packed with all of the features you would expect from MAM Bottles. They are self- sterilising in three easy steps. The bottle also comes with the MAM Skin soft teat that has an acceptance rate of 94% among babies. Thanks to the clever design the bottle also helps to reduce colic by up to 80%.

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Self Sterilising

The MAM Easy Start anti-colic bottle can be taken apart and then assembled in three easy steps and sterilised in the microwave quickly and easily without a separate steriliser, making it suitable for when you’re on the go. How does the smart self-sterilising function work? Simply heat the bottle in the microwave with 20ml of water and in 3 minutes it’s done. We know that with this self-sterilising function there is no need to pack additional big sterilisers when travelling or taking extra bottles in your change bag when going out for the day. So parents can be ready for anything: visiting relatives, travelling or meeting friends.

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The patented vented base of the MAM anti-colic bottle ensures that babies can drink calmly and relaxed. The ventilation holes in the base regulate pressure balance and airflow and as the bottle ventilates via the bottom, milk flows undisturbed without air bubbles, feeding without interruption. Market research and medical studies suggest that the enhanced vented base reduces colic symptoms in 80 per cent of babies who use it. The result means no more air swallowing, more relaxed drinking and more quiet nights.

94% Teat Acceptance.

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The MAM Silk Teat makes switching between breastfeeding and bottle especially easy. Thanks to its patented silky soft silicone surface. Proven effect: *Market research confirms that 94 per cent of babies accept the MAM silk teat thanks to its silky skin-soft surface.

Scientifically proven teamwork for maximum safety: Only after a consent from their Med-Experts is a MAM ready for baby life.

*Market research 2009-2014, tested with 1,349 babies

Boosting your milk supply

Welcome if you are reading this you too are experiencing a possible low milk supply. This could be for a variety of reasons such as deciding not to continue exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), period of illness for either you or baby which has stopped you exclusively breastfeeding or you want to restart after weaning baby to the bottle and they are not taking to the bottle well.

If you were breastfeeding you probably felt like a dairy cow with your baby connected to your breast every 2-3 hours for up to an hour a time and wondering whether they were actually getting what they need from you. The answer was yes especially if baby was producing 6 or more wet nappies a day and roughly 3/4 lovely yellow coloured poo’s a day. Yes it’s true baby will lose some weight in their first couple of weeks but they will regain this. Remember baby was permanently connected to you from the minute the placenta and umbilical cord formed. There is no need to worry as baby’s can lose up to 10% of their birth weight any more and you midwife / health visitor will work with you to monitor babies progress against the percentile chart.

There are many “options” to increase your milk production but let me remind you none of them are 100% guaranteed. The one I’m commenting on is the one that I have decided to use after I had a period of illness and wasn’t able to breastfeed my baby for over a week.

I must admit I’m not in love with the idea of breastfeeding and wasn’t really wanting to do it until I gave birth. I had this sudden pang of guilt that I needed to give my baby the best and what’s more natural than ready made mother’s milk.

Now I’m going to let you in on a secret that not many share. Exclusive expressing is much more tiring and tying than exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive expressing is when you are purely expressing your milk and giving to your baby. Combination expressing is when you are supplementing either with the breast or bottle and expressing between. I opted for combination between formula and expressing.

One of the methods I tried was to do an hour of expressing split as follows:

  • 15 minutes expressing
  • 5 minute break
  • 10 minutes expressing
  • 10 minutes break
  • 10 minutes expressing
  • 10 minutes break

I did this twice a day for a week and it did help bring back the milk in my left breast which had significantly reduced. I also took the herbal supplement fenugreek which is suppose to help but I found it did nothing other than add another item to my daily to do list.

The best time to do your cluster expressing is after you’ve fed your little one. However, if your not breastfeeding and purely expressing try to do a cluster session in between your regular session. It is recommended to express on the same schedule as a feed on demand baby every 2-3 hours.

If you are having a down spell keep at it it will get better. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

RegarI ds

Katherine xo

Edit: I stopped expressing for a week because Christmas got in the way and I decided to have a couple of bottles of beer. Even though they say the amount of alcohol that passes is minimal I couldn’t face pumping and dumping again. I have slowly returned to expressing and my supply is quite low but considered my boobs still leak when the little one cries is probably s good thing. I’ll keep you posted on whether I regain my supply or not.

The famous beagle – be the ENVE of your pet friends

Our gorgeous Oskar Beagle is now one of 10 winning dogs to help promote the dog food brand ENVE.

The dog food is grain free so brilliant for all dogs. We found this food to be one of the best for Oskar’s bowel movements so decided to enter the competition last year.

One week after the birth of our little boy, the lovely team from ENVE and their photographer Lucy D Photography came to visit. Oskar was as good as gold and sat when asked and even did s couple of jumping shots – had nothing to do with getting treats between shots.

For more information visit their website and grab yourself a trial bag for £7.99 plus postage – which is then redeemable again a full sized bag on your next order. Make sure to create an account so you can claim every 7th bag free.

Regards

Katherine xo

Notes:

1. We were not paid by ENVE to post any reviews. All comments are my own opinion.

2. Photos copyright is Lucy D Photography and ENVE