I’ve only recently discovered the mass benefits of incorporating Coconut Oil into my daily life, I put it on toast, in my coffee, on my hair, on my skin and something I’d never heard of oil pulling an Ayurvedic dental technique. It really is a phenomenal multitasker of a product which has been used for centuries and now I am seeing it’s increasing popularity so it can’t be a bad thing.
Jay’s introduction to Coconut oil comes in the form of Kokoso and we are new converts! This 168g tub priced at £7.99 has replaced his olive oil after bath moisturiser and still gives him super soft baby skin. I’ve been using it to massage his legs which may just have helped him start to walk! The organic oil doesn’t feel greasy and has a light smell perfect for delicate skin. The summer warm months have meant that the oil is runny but this does not detract from it’s great moisturising properties.
I feel I need to mention the lovely lady behind Kokoso, Lauren Taylor a Warwickshire based Mumpreneur who no doubt has worked hard to bring this wonder product to the shelves. I also recently discovered that Kokoso won Silver in the Best Organic Babycare Product at the Loved By Parents Awards 2015. I’m always feel better using a product which has been ethically sourced and happy to learn that this is the case with Kokoso Coconut oil being made at a certified organic farm in Thailand. For anyone seeking a natural and organic solution look no further.
The womb is deafeningly LOUD apparently like city traffic or a lawnmower running all day. Lullabies have long been used for comforting babies and helping them fall asleep. However when it comes to calming Jay even now at 10 months, white noise seems to be far more effective than lullabies and classical music. White noise is a mix of high and low pitched rumbles and whooshes. This imitates the sound that babies hear inside the womb 24/7 of blood whooshing through the placenta. It is a powerful way of turning on the calming reflex.
I was excited to try the Gro-hush Baby Calmer particularly as Jay rarely naps in the day (sigh) and because I’m a fan of the award winning Gro company. I have been using this hand held device now for a couple of months and it has definitely made an impact. I know each baby is different and I wasn’t expecting this calmer to work its magic every time but I can say that it has sent Jay back to sleep super fast on the nights when I’ve had to wake up and resettle him. I’ve also had some success getting him to go down for a nap or two during the day which has given me some time to actually do stuff!
On opening the box the washable soft mitt comes in a travel case and is powered by 3 x AAA batteries which do need to be fitted and you do need a screwdriver to open the panel but even I Mrs non DIY managed complete this step.
Pressing the pad gently against baby’s ear you have the choice of three soothing sounds which only baby can hear!
Rain on a tin roof
The volume is set at a safe level of 75 decibels and this cannot be changed. It automatically switches off after 10 minutes but you can do this manually.
The Gro-hush retails at £34.99 and is suitable from birth, I personally feel it is perhaps better for newborns as Jay is far more active these days and won’t often sit still. This is also a product that may not give you results straight away but worth trying over a period of time. I do like the fact that I don’t have to drain my iPhone battery playing white noise and just to be clear I don’t press the iPhone to Jay’s ear!. I haven’t seen any other product like this on the market and it would make a nice gift for any parent to be. A no fuss portable baby product that I would definitely recommend trying.
I’ve been meaning to film a snippet of it working but haven’t got around to it but why not take a look at the Gro-hush in action here.
The kind team at Sassy Bloom sent a gift box addressed to Jay for me to review and we were asked to do an unboxing video eek!
If you haven’t heard of Sassy Bloom then you’re in for a treat. It is a monthly gift box subscription of the very best handpicked, tried and tested baby products tailored to your babys gender, age and stage of development. Each Sassy Bloom box has a minimum retail value of £40-70. I was totally moved by Hollie and Darren Sassienie’s story. They are the co-founders of Sassy Bloom and the idea was born in 2012 after Hollie received a gift box from her friends on the birth of her baby after suffering a life threatening condition which thankfully she has survived to tell. Hollie wanted to share how happy she felt receiving so many thoughtful gifts and so it began.
Yes it a bit of a gamble not knowing what you’re going to receive each month but Sassy Bloom work with over 300 amazing brands and very often send personalised baby gifts making it an exciting way to shop. If you know anyone that is expecting this would make a lovely pressie from the 3rd Trimester of pregnancy but subscriptions also work for a baby or toddler up to 2 years old.
Jay received the following goodies in the November box:
I’m pretty sure I could open my very own version of Hamleys right here in Surrey with the number of toys the Jay bird has been given so when Bella Kidz sent us a toy to review from their latest range we were excited to see what it could be. Inside the colourful bag we found Larry Lizard by Jellycat a green mottled fabric reptilian with big eyes and a squiggly body.
The first thing Jay did was reach out with his small hands and quickly grab Larry’s flappy feet and gnaw on them! he seems to use Larry as a teether which although Larry isn’t designed specifically for that purpose seems to bring him comfort. Thank you Larry.
The first thing I noticed was Larry’s wide eyes and his velvety skin covered in tiny, shiny, strokeable scales. He is 29cm tall with soft spiky bumps down his back and reassuringly has passed the European Safety Standard for toys making him suitable from birth. Larry is priced at £15 on the Jellycat website and with his arms stretched wide, big feet and tail, he definitely caught Jay’s attention!
I love how Jellycat established in London in 1999 continue to come up with quirky cute designs for soft toys.Larry the Lizard is an exciting new addition to the Jellycat family and we’ve happily welcomed him into our home.
I love a good giggle and who doesn’t? but what fascinates me is how babies laugh at the simplest of things, and whether you’re a parent or not it sure does feel good to see babies having a ball!
Who knew for instance that:
Flicking pages through a book
opening and closing cupboard doors
Peppa pig theme music
scrunching up an empty crisp packet
Self blowing raspberries
playing peekaboo in a makeshift blankie tent
sliding a spoon in between the sofa cushions
saying the word “wrestling”
the green octopus packaging that came with the walker
would make my little man laugh
Take a look at this cherub
This brings me to the questions, can you remember the last time YOU laughed hysterically and what or who caused this? Scrolling through photos of hilariously misspelled names on Starbucks cups worked a treat on me. Have a look on the web for this I guarantee it’ll get your endorphins flowing.