Toddler momma, bride to be, full time worker and busy !

Every mum feels snowed under at some point!

 

So since I last posted me bubble and hubbie to be have been on a dream holiday, bubble has learned some words and me and the man have came to realise she is now a toddler and no longer our teeny baby but she is still brilliant!

Im a full time working mum and it’s tough I juggle work, childcare, drop off and pick ups for bubble, cleaning, cooking and being with the partner. Full stop I’m not going to complain I choose to work full time because I need to in my situation but there still is always a choice.

Today me and the partner and bubbles had a day together to find a wedding location and we found the one! Now for the next 12 months of planning, saving, cutting a few corners, disagreeing, laughing, crying but hopefully if today is anything to go by generally having lots of little family fun!

Yes I’m snowed under but I want to build a snowman!

Partyzilla

bubbles is nearly 1 kind of

In a little less than two months my little bubbles will be 1, it is scary and exciting !
I’ve started organising her party yay and have became a little partyzilla

London Town

It was mine and bubble’s first time in London and we had fun!

We stayed overnight and packed lightly 2 bags for the three of us, impressed at my packing skill’s hopefully they will be as good when we take our 2 week holiday later this year.

We tested out some new products on our stay namely the tommee tippee disposable pre sterilised bottles and the chillipeeps teat!
The disposable bottles are convenient, easy to use and bubbles can drink from them fine. If I was a millionaire I would use these bottles and pre made milk constantly, however I’m not! And these bottles are not cheap. There great for use once in a whole and easy to use on trips and holidays. Overall I would give these a 8/10 and will use them again on holiday later this year.
Chillipeeps teat is a great teat with a screw option to either screw a bottle teat onto a bottles of water ect or screw the teat into a carton of milk. The concept is great! The reality is less so. Bubbles will drink from any teat and is a quick drinker however when screwing this onto a carton the baby must be sucking onto the teat for milk to come through it otherwise baby drinks air and the teat leaks. The first time we used this bubbles got very wet. The second time she got less drenched in milk and seemed to do better. However overall I can only give this teat a 5/10, it does leak, it can’t be sterilised in a steam steriliser and it only comes in green, however it does work great for emergency feeds, it stays sterile in its little container and its a good concept.

We also took some trusty favourites, the quinny zapp xtra and our joy and joe wrap. Sorry but the quinny got sidelined as London didn’t feel like a very pushchair friendly city so the joy and joe took to the capital city.

The wrap performed great, and best of all daddy tested the wrap out too and enjoyed it. And I secretly loved seeing him strut around with our baby and our joy and joe. And he gave a review of 7/10 he liked how light it was once on and the snuggles with bubbles and how easy it made the London Underground with a baby. However he didn’t like the faff with tying the wrap and it was a little hot as it was the hottest day of the year. I would love to try a woven wrap next so we could have the option of a back carry and the OH would like more masculine looking option.

London was fun for all three of us and something we’ll defiantly do again next year! And I’m sure it’ll be a completely different experience with a toddler.

Thanks for reading

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There’s a new toy in our house

I never thought a few years ago I’d get so excited over a toy, but I was so excited for bubbles to see her new toy I’d put up while she was napping!

The fisher price ballcano ! 6-36 months 4 AA battery’s and a very excited baby.

This toy encourages pulling to stand which bubbles loves doing and chasing balls another favourite pastime!

The ballcano has replaced the jumperoo so it certainly takes up less space and bubbles is happy with it, which is the most important factor.

Not technically a review, but if I had to rate the ballcano I would give it 7/10, It would have been nice if it had an air pressure ball popper, and although I purchased this in the sale and have found it to be good value for money I wouldn’t if I had had to pay full price which is £40.

Review time # quinny zapp xtra

We’ve owned the zapp xtra for just over a year now despite our bobba only being 8 month and do you know why ? Because its a cool stroller, it looks cool, it is cool and it has the advantage of being a small folder!

Ok so that’s why we purchased the zapp xtra as one of our first baby buys but how’s it now babys here? Now it’s good! For a newborn it’s okay it may be better now as you can now purchase a newborn insert, this wasn’t available when bubbles was tiny but may have kept her a bit cosier in the large seat. Although an advantage of the zapp xtra is that the seat is nice and wide at the centre to accommodate a toddler.

The advantages of this pushchair !

It looks cool!
It folds relatively small
Rearward facing option (this is great for a newborn and when you want to keep an eye on the baby)
Recline feature, the original zapp didn’t offer this.
Good size hood

Disadvantages
A bit nosy on certain terrains and deffo not an of roader.
Extending hood mechanism a little flimsy mine bend near straight away.
Not perfect for a newborn but there is an insert now for this purpose.
No adjustable handle height

Overall rating 7/10

A lovely looking pushchair and perhaps let down by the lack of adjustable handle hight and the flimsy hood. It would be great if the cosy toes was included as this is a must in the winter. However this is a good pushchair for being lightweight, stylish and small folding!

Review time (door gate)

Review time

I was kindly sent the Simply Pressure XL Safety Barrier made by safety first from safety first to review and this came at a vital time as our little bubble is climbing and crawling every where and everything!

Firstly it looks nice! It’s natural pine and sleek and lovely a lot easier on the eyes than the metal stair/ door gates

Now secondly it’s important to state it’s not a gate it’s a barrier. It’s not a gate as it doesn’t open so the option are climb over (not recommended with a baby) or remove and place back up. This is easy enough however it isn’t as easy as opening a gate so if you want an easy to open option then this probably isn’t your best bet!

And now what let this gate down a little for me was the fit. It is not not universal the way the gate is extended is by moving it to the next screw along by doing this it is unable to find a size to fit my down stairs doors safely. Now this is where I wanted to fit the gate so I suggest anyone looking to buy this gate contact safety first first and check it will fit there door width.

Our overview

Best looking barrier on the market! If it fitted it would be perfect for my family so could be for yours if it fits, however as it doesn’t fit all doorways I can only give it a 4/10

Pictures to follow hopefully