Would you choose a video baby monitor?

tommee tippee video baby monitor review

What’s everyone’s view on video baby monitors? (See what I did there…)

With Eliza we had the tommee tippee sensor pad monitor*. It was a traditional sound monitor with a movement-sensing pad you placed under the baby’s mattress, and it beeped if it didn’t sense movement for a certain amount of time. We used it constantly, and took it everywhere with us. No exaggeration.

I’ve heard people say that motion monitors would make them more paranoid, but it gave me such peace of mind. Although Eliza slept right by us in our room for months, it was really useful for evenings and I’m sure it stopped me waking her up a million times by checking she was still breathing.

We’ve been sent the tommee tippee digital video monitor for the new baby, thanks to the guys at Asda. The next step up from our old monitor, this one includes a digital video monitor. A baby monitor with a video camera; is this be an over anxious step too far?

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Bus rides, babyccinos and blog posts


What are your toddler’s favourite things to do? As well as baking funny cupcakes, making loads of mess with paints and running around for hours, one of Eliza’s most loved activities is go to a ‘cafe’ and get a babyccino. Which really makes me laugh in a ‘kids today, eh?’ way.

She also loves public transport – the ‘train that goes under the ground’ and the tram are firm favourites – and sitting on the top deck of the bus makes her really happy. Especially if there’s a babyccino at the end of it.

We’re trying to cover all of these as part of my master plan of toddler activities before the baby arrives. Admittedly, I’ve really never been a massive over-scheduler when it comes to activities. We have been getting out a lot, but we’ve also been spending lots of days where we just hang out in the house as I think we both need this balance.

And because today will probably be rainy (of course!) here’s some blog posts to read if you’re staying close to home:
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32 weeks pregnant: not just a river in Egypt


Am I in denial about the new baby’s imminent arrival? Very possibly…It’s not that I’m not excited – I really am, every time I see a newborn I’m overwhelmed with the loveliness of thoughts of what’s to come – it’s just that I’m more than happy to wait. And at the moment I’m still at a liminal stage where it seems like a long wait, so that’s fine.

But I’m 32 weeks already (33 weeks at the time of posting). That’s less than two months. The house isn’t finished, I don’t finish work for a while, nothing’s really ready. Should we be panicking?

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How pregnancy makes you like a superhero

Buzz Lightyear

During your first pregnancy, everything is new, exciting and different, isn’t it? Last time I dutifully listed all the unexpected symptoms (all I can say is thank goodness the awful ad with the gravy cow isn’t on any more). But basically, there are hundreds. Twinge in your back, dry nose, can’t sleep? Yep, yep, perfectly normal, let’s blame the baby. Some of them are fine, some are vaguely annoying, some are worse.

But if you think about it in a different way, pregnancy side effects are a lot like magical super powers  I’m not talking about growing a baby giving you the ability to fly, read minds or move things just by thinking about them – although how amazing would that be? – but the more subtle and everyday things. There’s the superhero effort of putting up with it all for all that time, Then there’s the heightened extremes of senses and freaky abilities that have been granted to you just for nine months. 

So forget Superman, Batman, Ironman, Spiderman (why are they all men?) pregnancy powers are where it’s at: Continue reading

Counting sheep, newborn sleep and second babies


“My baby won’t sleep in the Moses basket…help!” I remember saying to the midwife when she visited the house, about 12 hours after our return from hospital.

She gave me a sympathetic but knowing look, before saying “Yes…that’s perfectly normal.

In my just delivered, highly hormonal and not-slept state I was stunned. Did this mean there wasn’t an easy answer that we’d missed?

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The Britax Affinity pram; is it suitable for toddlers?

Pushchair review Britax

Are you thinking about buying a Britax Affinity pushchair? We were sent one to review as part of the Britax Ambassador programme, and have been testing it out for the past few weeks.

I wrote about our first impressions of the Affinity, so here’s the full review. Our initial impressions were good; it seemed really comfortable, and it looks pretty sleek. So how did it fare after rigorous testing with a two-and-a-half year old? Continue reading

31 weeks pregnant: a wedding, a bridesmaid and a baby bump


Can you remember the birth of your siblings? We’ve talked to Eliza about the baby all along, and she’s so excited. She came to the last growth scan and has chatted about nothing else since (especially how they put cream on my tummy and daddy sat on her knee, apparently). She talks to my bump, has a nickname for the baby, and asks again and again to read the baby books. But at two and a half, I don’t know how much she knows about what’s going to happen, or to what extent she’ll really remember.

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A perfect hot weather maternity dress

Isabella Oliver maternity dresses

So it’s hot, and you’re pregnant. What do you wear? Eliza was due in January, so I had a whole different winter wardrobe last time.

But this time, I’m pregnant over the summer, and in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s really, really hot (did I mention the weather?). It’s difficult to find the balance between something that looks good and won’t leave you roasting, isn’t it?

So when Isabella Oliver, makers of stylishly lovely, luxury maternity clothes offered to send me something to review a dress seemed like the obvious hot weather choice. Continue reading