Skin to skin is a method recommended by midwives around the world and was something I was really keen on trying as soon as Johnny was born. Skin to skin contact wasn’t just important for Johnny and I but also between Johnny and his Daddy. I’m sure you know that when the baby is delivered it’s important to have them immediately placed on your chest, of course if the baby is ok and doesn’t need any extra help. Once I’d had time with Johnny and fed him for the first time, Ryan then had him on his bare chest whilst I had a shower and got cleaned up. Since then Johnny has always settled so much better on us both with no tops on and I 100% believe this was thanks to that first contact.
Pure Love is a great new campaign where Water Wipes want to encourage skin to skin with parents and their babies. Royal Wolverhampton NHS have reported many benefits such as:
It encourages baby to feed and regulates their heartbeat. It also helps regulate temperature and breathing so it’s a great way to keep baby warm straight from the womb.
Helps to develop a strong bond between Mummy and Baby
Encourages the release of hormones associated with breastfeeding and the supply of milk
Allow Mummy to have a rest after labour whilst Daddy and Baby bond
As soon as Johnny was born, he was placed straight on my chest for that important skin to skin. After a while, he started to search for milk and although he probably didn’t get much out at first we were lucky enough to start well with breastfeeding. Again, I really believe the skin to skin helped us with breastfeeding and 6 months later we’re still going strong! I’m planning on writing a breastfeeding journey post soon as I think it could be helpful for others planning to breastfeed.
Johnny and I have loved skin to skin whether it be after his injections to comfort him, just before bed to settle him or after his baths so my clothes don’t get soaked! If you’re due to have a baby soon, I can’t recommend this bonding process enough.
When people tell you that babies grow too quick, they’re not kiddin’! Johnny has got so many clothes he hasn’t worn, yet I find myself having to buy more because he’s growing so quickly! With his 6 month birthday coming up he’s starting to move up to 6-9 months clothes although he’s already in this size for sleep suits as he’s really long. I picked some bits up from Zara, both normal and sale. I’ve also included something from F&F, I love their clothes for everyday and holiday wear.
I bought this grey quilted jacket in a bigger size (9-12) as he doesn’t need it yet but I think he’ll look so cool in it once the colder weather arrives. It will go with everything too and for £11, I couldn’t resist it. Johnny has a tiny waist so he does still fit in some size 3-6 pants but I got these gorgeous striped joggers in 6-9. They feel like great material and he hasn’t got any striped pants like these. Johnny goes through so many sleep suits now he’s teething as they always end up wet through! I always keep him in a sleep suit if we’re just staying in so he’s nice and comfortable. I love this cute animal suit and the cute paw prints on the bottom of the feet.
A lot of Johnnys clothes have animals of some sort on, I’m obsessed. I bought this Animal Kingdom top in the sale but I can’t find it online now, it may still be in store. I also thought this Old West top was cute also from the sale. Johnny has a few t-shirts like this and I can style them with plain joggers or shorts if it’s a little warmer. I thought I’d also include this little romper from F&F at Tesco. I normally do my big shop in Tesco so I always have a little nosy at their clothes if Johnny’s behaving himself. This was only £5 and I love the little Superman on it which says ‘My Daddy’, so cute!
I’m still on the hunt for some more clothes for Johnny so if you see anything cute let me know on Twitter!
Next week we’re finally putting Johnny into his own room and to say I’m dreading it would be an understatement. It’s something we planned to do when we returned from holiday but I’ve always found an excuse, he had a bad cough and then it was too warm. The list is endless. I always knew it had to happen but having him next to me has just always been so easy with breastfeeding. I’ve not had to get out of bed to feed, just roll over and that’s it. However, he’s far too big for his Next to Me now (what a God send that has been!) and it’s not fair on him to make him uncomfortable just for my peace of mind. I’ve bought a few products to try to help the transition be as smooth as possible. I will do an update once we’ve trailed it for a few weeks.
Purflo Breathable Nest
I’ve been trying to save this for when Johnny moved into his nursery but he has had a few naps in it. Although he’s getting a bit big for this one the good news is that Purflo are currently working on a bigger version, hurrah! It stops him rolling over onto his front which always worries me a little but it is breathable anyway so this definitely puts my mind at ease. Johnny has also liked to feel enclosed ever since he was born so I wouldn’t be without this nest now. I can imagine a huge cot can be quite daunting so he feels cuddled in his nest. I’m considering feeding Johnny in the pod and then I can put him straight down in it without disturbing him.The cover also comes off so can easily be washed if Johnny’s sick or we have any other accidents.
To really put my mind at ease, I’ll be watching Johnny ALL of the time. I know after a few weeks I won’t feel as crazy but in the first few days I’m going to be stuck to my camera. Technology is so advanced these days and I’m so glad we invested in a camera. You can buy ones with built-in thermometers, colour pictures and of course sound so it will really make me more relaxed.
Movement Sensor Mat
I’m not sure if this will make me more crazy but we’ve also invested in a sensor mat which will beep if Johnny stops moving. Most of them also have a night-light so it’ll make it easier to check on him without disturbing him. He’s used to sleeping with a dim light as I keep one on in our room so I can see him through the night.
I’m a huge fan of technology and it helps us with Johnny almost every day. Definitely check out Alex Brooker’s smart tech video* for ideas in the household especially the nursery. I need those heated floors now!
Do you have any recommendations for moving baby into their nursery?
If you read my blog you’ll know I’m a huge fan of animals especially safari animals! We were very kindly asked to go to Chester Zoo and try out the new PLAY! space as well as obviously seeing all the animals. As Johnny’s still a bit young to try the PLAY! areas we took our friends and their little girl along to really test it out!
On arrival at Chester Zoo, I couldn’t believe how busy it was on the car parks! The weather wasn’t great but it hadn’t put people off which shows how great it can still be in the rain. There’s plenty of parking space and it didn’t feel too busy once we were in the park. I never realised how big the zoo was, they have every animal imaginable. I hadn’t even heard of some. Of course mine and Johnny’s favourite are the Giraffes!
There’s plenty of places to buy food and we couldn’t resist a cheeky ice cream once the sun finally came out. We went to the Madagascar PLAY! space where Gracie really got to try the area. There’s a sandy beach as well as a river bed where the children can cool down on hot days or just get a bit wet anyway! Gracie told me she really liked the play area, there was lots to do but not much for younger children. Also, if the weathers bad it wouldn’t be useable.
I really enjoyed walking around the Islands at Chester Zoo, it was definitely something different! However my feet were aching from all the walking at this point so we didn’t see as much as we’d hoped. I would have loved to have taken a trip on the boat to really explore. I think it’s a perfect excuse to go back soon once Johnny is a little older.
I’ve been MIA since returning from my holiday in Barcelona but I’m trying to get back on track. I always seem to lose motivation with blogging after a holiday and it takes me a while to get back into the swing of things! We had an amazing first family holiday with Johnny, so much so we’ve already booked another holiday for September to Tenerife! Another first coming up is Ryan’s first Fathers Day! Mr Nutcase kindly offered to send an early gift over for him so I chose a photo of the four of us on a gorgeous mug.
I’m really struggling for ideas for Fathers Day gifts, Ryan is so hard to buy for! I’d like to get him something special as it’s his first one. Mr Nutcase has some great ideas including the personalised mug or even a phone case where I can put some photos of Johnny on. I love personalised gifts so Mr Nutcase is perfect for special, unique gifts. They have so much choice including glasses and even newspaper books, I’d love this rugby one!
It’s really easy to use the site too to create your personalised gift. Simply choose the product you’d like, I chose the latte mug* as it’s a cute shape and different to anything we own. You can then choose your image from Facebook, your computer or Instagram which is always handy. From that, you can add text, colour or even use more than one image if you can’t decide on just the one. I chose an image of all our little family, you may even be able to spot Daphne being used as a scarf for Ryan! The mug is made from ceramic material meaning the photo won’t fade as quick and its also heat resistant and dishwasher safe. I know Ryan will love his Fathers Day mug and I’m on the hunt for some more personalised gifts to make his day extra special.