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Ten Things you Don't Need to Buy for Your Newborn

During your pregnancy you are bombarded by products that your friends and the marketeers tell you, you simply must have, this is a quick way to empty your bank account.  Now listen up, you may not believe me, it doesn't have to be that way.  Newborns are tiny and helpless and yes you will need a few bit's and bob's, but you also you won't NEED alot of stuff too.  

I'm sure there are a ton of items other mum's can tell you, you won't need either, but here are mine.

 

1. Bottle Warmer  - If you're using formula to feed your little one, you really don't need this useless piece of equipment.  They are actually really slow at heating up, your kettle will boil quicker.  Having said that if you are following the advise on the formula tin, you really shouldn't be pre- making it anyway, so in fact you will be cooling it down, not heating it up!

2. A Bumbo - I have to admit, I did fall foul to these cleverly marketed seats and had a relative buy us one as a Christmas present.  We only ended up putting S into it a few times as she kept falling over to one side and nearly out of it.  if you need somewhere to park your baby while you nip out of the room, then putting them in their pram or in a bouncer is safer in my opinion.

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Toddler Clothes Holiday Packing Made Easy

Packing clothes for your toddler to take on your summer holiday can be a bit tricky if you don't plan ahead.  There's so much to think about it can be mind boggling. Especially as most chartered airlines do not allow any baggage allowance for a child under two, as essentially you don't need to pay for a seat for them, so we end up packing their clothes, nappies, etc between your adult allowance, hoping not to end up paying for extra baggage.

We've been lucky enough to travel to some lovely destinations with our toddler now 22 months in the last year and a bit, and I've learnt a little about what to take and what not to.

Essentially if you're going to a hot country the clothes you take shouldn't be too bulky.  As I have a little girl, she tends to spend all day in either a 3/4 length sun suits and a hat, as her skin is very sensitive to the sun, but after a few days I will put swimsuit's on her too.  I've always been a bit fan of Next, and much to my partner's horror, I tend to buy out their collections every so often.  And there Summer offering this year will be no exception. 

Even though we have a little one we still go to either the hotel restaurant or somewhere local to eat with her, so dress her in alot of light cotton dresses, or vests with matching shorts that are easily folded down quite economically, and look lovely.

If your todder is walking like mine, I feel it is really important to have something on their delicate feet on the beach.  Even if you are on a sandy beach, they can still have alot of stones, or god forbid broken glass or some other hazzard. They still want to splash around in the water and you don't want to take shoes on and off everytime they are in and out. So I find the the ideal sandals are of the 'jelly' variety.  The little plastic shoes that have been around for decades. Indeed I wore them when I was little too, and that was a very long time ago!  These Peppa Pig ones (my toddler is obssessed with her), also from the illustrius Next are perfect and only £7!

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How to Build Confidence in the Pool | Learn Kids To Swim

With the summer season just around the corner, many of you will be starting to plan your summer holidays away with your family. With six long weeks to keep your children entertained whilst the school doors close for the summer holidays, the perfect way to spend it is to go on a trip with your beloved family. Whether you decide to stay in England at a holiday park or travel abroad for some warm summer sun, you can travel whatever your budget.

 

Image Source - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/7973491/How-to-swim.html

Summer is often associated with swimming as you can go paddling in your local lake, take a dip in the sea or splash around in your hotels outdoor swimming pool. Of course, if you plan on making use swimming facilities either at home or abroad, you must make sure that your children can swim confidently in the water to ensure they can have fun and stay safe during the holidays.

There are plenty of great ways to get your children confident in water. For example, using inflatables such as armbands and rubber rings are an ideal way to allow your children to enjoy the water whilst making sure they are safe from drowning. This way, your children will be able to get confident in the water before removing the inflatables.

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Spring Style – Kids Fashion

When it comes to the warmer weather, many of us will be updating our wardrobes with new spring styles. Less layers and more colour means we can have a little more fun with our fashion, particularly the youngsters. Children’s clothing styles at this time of the year are more than likely going to be cute, adorable, colourful, fun and on trend.

 

The latest collection of kids clothing sees many brand names creating stylish spring pieces. Whether you have a little girl who loves to wear skirts and dresses, or perhaps you have a little boy who enjoys colourful t shirts and baggy jeans? Whatever your kid’s look may be, there is sure to be something suitable for them in the recent spring clothing collections.

 

If you need some style inspiration for your little one, take a look at our outfit ideas for kids here.

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Vintage collective stuffed toys: how to clean and sell them

Vintage collective stuffed toys: how to clean and sell them

 If you have a collection of vintage stuffed toys, then you can sell them off at great prices. At present, several people love to invest in these toys. All you need to do is to advertise in the right medium to get great deals. Read further as how you can sell your vintage stuffed toys:

Create an account in any online auction website. Here, you can get several bidders for your vintage collectible stuffed toys.

Go to a local toys tipperary shop. Here, the shop owner will sell your toy on your behalf. You will have to pay commission to the shopkeeper.

Post advertisement of your vintage stuffed toys in the local newspaper classified section.

In case you want to sell vintage stuffed toys on a regular basis, hiring a store at a mall is a great idea.

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How to store your child’s clothes properly

How to store your child’s clothes properly

Children grow so quickly that often you find the clothes for your little daughter become small for her. However, instead of throwing away the new clothes, you can store them for your younger child. You just need to be careful that you store the clothes properly so that they are not damaged. Here are few guidelines you can follow to preserve you child’s outfits the best way possible.

1. Buy storage boxes for keeping the clothes. Note: heavy plastic boxes are perfect for storing your children’s clothing.

Choose opaque and dark boxes if you are about to keep them in an airy room that receives sunlight. Opaque and dark box will prevent the clothes to fade.

If you plan to store the clothes in basement or attic, choose a transparent box.

2. Wash and dry all the clothes before you store them. If any outfit needs to be dry-cleaned, dry-clean them before storage.

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Keep your Children entertained during the Holidays

With half term and summer holidays cropping up here, there and everywhere, it can be difficult to keep your children entertained. There are many different ways you can keep your kids amused during the holidays when you are short on cash. Whether you purchase a chunky colouring book from the pound shop along with some crayons or give them some crafty bits such as cardboard and let them run wild with their imaginations, there’s always something you can please them with when you have run out of places to take them. One of the most exciting aspects that I remember from being a child is cooking and baking with my mother. We use to make a great range of delicious foods including pies, pizzas and sugary snacks. Of course, being a child I use to love baking cakes, biscuits and trifles.

 

 

Cooking with your child is a great experience for both yourself and your children. Not only will it help to keep them entertained during the long school holidays, it will also enable you to teach them the fundamentals of basic cooking methods. You will also be able to utilise the food you make and use it for future family meals to ensure nothing goes to waste. Purchasing your catering supplies won’t cost the earth either as the majority of ingredients you will probably have in your kitchen already including eggs, flour and milk. Making cupcakes with your children is a fantastic option as they will be able to have fun decorating them with icing and hundreds and thousands. 

 

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Latest Collection of Joules Clothing

This spring / summer season is nearly upon us and many designer labels are offering their latest collections for the coming months. With the warmer weather comes lighter and brighter pieces for us all to add to our wardrobes, particular children’s clothing collections. These are usually full of colour and vibrancy during the summer season.

One designer label that does just that is Joules kids clothing. This high end label is one of the most popular names within the children’s fashion industry. Their latest collections feature some great pieces which would look perfect on your little ones this spring / summer season. If you are searching for some new additions to add to your kid’s wardrobe, browse their current range here for some inspiration. 

This Joules girls dress is perfect for the warmer weather. Wear with a cute denim jacket and some sandals and your little girl will look adorable for the spring and the summer.

 

If your little one is an animal lover, then she will love wearing this polo shirt from the Joules brand. The top features a cute horse and a floral design that will work with any youngster’s wardrobe.

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A helping hand to my fellow parents

A helping hand to my fellow parents

 

A newborn baby is a bundle of joy, a heap of happiness, and for most of us, a stressful, tiring, pooping, crying and milk guzzling machine. However this is why I have brought you my little guide to making life with your new baby boy or girl a bit easier. I will discuss the usage of technology to assist you raising your child or children in 2013. Now first of all you should check out my most recent blog post http://style-review.com/you-blog/entry/5-baby-products-i-couldnt-live-without for most people purchasing these items is just a case of common sense, but it’s not always that simple buying and using these products. It is very important that you find baby products like the Tommy Tippee baby bottle steriliser just to save you time and effort. If you’re a worrier like me, it’s worth purchasing a product like the Angel Care baby monitor, which I have featured in the above mentioned blog.

 

Here are some questions for you budding parents, do you need, and have to purchase a car baby seat? If yes please go to http://style-review.com/reviews/48-product/592-mothercare-spin-pram-review-maxi-cosi-child-seat I actually own one of these and I whole heartedly recommend the product to all who require it. Also you can go here http://style-review.com/reviews/48-product/1092-cowmooflage-toddler-car-seat to check out another car seat. What about a Cot? If you need assistance choosing maybe this link will assist. http://style-review.com/reviews/48-product/1088-sleigh-style-cot-from-tutti-bambini-katie-sleigh

Can you not be bothered with pushing a pram around? Well if not why dont you check out this baby carrier review http://style-review.com/reviews/48-product/1077-baby-carriers-backpacks-travel-systems

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5 baby products I couldnt live without

The top 5 baby products I couldn’t live without

I really wanted to write a quick review on the top 5 baby products that I currently own. Seeing as my son was born just over a week ago, I was hoping to provide some basic advice. Now I must say thanks to some of these products some of my greatest fears have been laid to rest. The bottle steriliser that only requires 90ml of water and 4 minutes in the microwave and the baby monitor that displays the baby’s body temperature, and heart rate. Here are just a few amazing pieces of baby kit that I think all parents should consider investing in.

Ok, so here is one of the most convenient pieces of baby kit that I own. The Tommy Tippee bottles and steriliser is ideal for those who don’t have a great deal of time on their hands. Once all the bottles are clean, you simply pour 90ml of water into the main body, place the lid back on and insert into your microwave for 4 minutes. You should allow an extra minute to allow the steam to escape from the vents which are located in the centre of the lid, before extracting one of the bottles. The inside of the steriliser includes the base and a removable tray which house's four bottle shaped grooves to place the bottles and a further four stantions with grooves for fitting either dummies or the teets. All in all this is a very good product that I rate 10/10. The bottles are durable, and it’s all very easy to clean and to use. I recommend to all.

 

Now this is simply an amazing piece of kit, one of my very good friends bought this as a baby present for me. This is the Angel Care Sound and movement monitor, which also tells you your baby’s heart rate and body temperature. It has the ability to monitor the sound made by your infant and will alarm if it picks up any irregularities. The pad itself should be placed underneath the Childs sheets and mattress on a hard rigid surface. The pad is attached to the nursery unit which the odd looking triangular shaped gadget pictured above. It is here you can set the sensitivity of the pad and the transmission of sound is received. Now, in my bedroom we have the pad and the nursery unit placed at the bottom of the bed and the receiver unit placed at the head. The receiver unit displays temperature, heart rate and volume; this is also where the alarm, should anything go wrong goes off.

There are numerous options and controls that come with owning the Angel care baby monitor. You can control the volumes for both the alarm and the noise receiver. You can control the sensitivity of the pad, that your baby actually lays on and you can set when the alarm actually goes off. For instance, should your bedrooms temperature exceed or fall beneath a certain number, you can set it so that it alarms when this happens. The pad also alarms when no movement is detected, as all babies move constantly all night.

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How To Choose The Right Girls Swimwear

 

Finding the ideal girls swimwear is about picking the most flattering swimwear for one's body shape. However, shopping for swimsuits can be a hassle as there are many things to look at among them color, price, style, material, shape and trend. However, the most important thing is to find the one that highlights your best features and hides what you dislike about your body. The secret in choosing the perfect swimsuit is being aware of some few important things. Remember, the best swimwear is that which will enhance what you have got and draw way attention from the particular areas that you are not proud to show off. Eventually, it is all about what you are most comfortable in.

Get accurate measurements. Before getting set for a swimsuit shopping, you should visit a local tailor or a lingerie shop to get hip and bust measurements. You can take these measurements on your own if you are confident enough. This is particularly essential if you are browsing through a catalog or shopping online.

If you are a girl with a small bust, there are swimwear options that can help you increase your bust size. Although many women honor a big chest, regard yourself lucky, since this feature makes it easier for you to get a swimsuit, since women who have heavier chests must look for adequate support prior to any other feature. You can make your bust appear larger by considering bikini top styles like push-up, triangle and bandeau tops. Extra pudding can offer instant curves. Besides, you can emphasize your curves with details like ruffles, ruching, or even higher necklines. Diagonal stripes, bright colors or prints can visually boost your chest. 

If you want to reduce that tummy, consider buying a one piece swimwear. Color block or a vertical stripes suit can offer the illusion of a slender midsection. If you want to purchase a bikini, go for the high-waisted bikini bottoms. If you are a girl with a flat bottom, choose kids swimwear with floral patterns and ruffles on the bottom piece as this will visually raise your butt.

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Toddler clothes – 5 essential pieces

Kids grow so fast that they usually grow out of their clothes before they wear them out. This is especially true for toddlers who usually need the next size up within 3-6 months. So to save some money you could try to buy clothes that mix and match well and cover the essential pieces necessary for a complete wardrobe. The following is list of five items that work really well together. Before we begin it's important to choose three basic colours that can be worn together. These three can also be added to with the neutrals of black and white. I really like navy, green and tan for my boy, but choose whatever works for you. Going with whatever colours are popular in boys fashion at the moment also makes shopping easier.

Basic t-shirtA basic plain t-shirt is always a good clean look. Finding plain t-shirts can be a challenge, but they are out there. In cooler weather these are great as a layering garment and in summer it looks great on its own. For a slightly dressier look put over the top a short sleeve shirt with an interesting pattern (see below).

Short sleeve shirtsThis is where you cold spend a bit extra on something nice with an interesting pattern, but remember to stick within your three main colours. This will be the hero piece of your child's out fit.

Shorts or pantsAgain stick to some plain pants without too much detail. This makes it easy to match all of the other clothes. Jeans are always a great look in pants, but be careful to choose something with soft fabric because most toddlers do a lot of sleeping in their daytime clothes. Whether you want them to or not, they have a tendency to fall asleep in the car or the pram.

JumpersThis is another item that you could spend a bit extra on and go for something with nice detail. With the pants and t-shirts plain this will always match if you stick with the three basic colours. I found out the hard way that you also don't need to buy too many jumpers because most toddler don't sit still enough to get cold.

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Baby K Product Range by Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass has created quite a brand for her baby and toddlers range of products. You can find them at most outlets like mothercare or john Lewis and online.

Have a sit back and watch what Myleene herself has to say 

We review the baby k changing bag here.

Swinging round Mothercare last week I got a few shots of some summer dresses and swim wear for toddlers, lets share them if I can locate on my hard drive...

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Baby K Product Range by Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass has created quite a brand for her baby and toddlers range of products. You can find them at most outlets like mothercare or john Lewis and online.

Have a sit back and watch what Myleene herself has to say 

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