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The Best Baby Sleeping Bag

| January 5, 2012

If you’re like me, you’ll be extra vigilant at night time to ensure your baby isn’t too hot or too cold. All the do’s and don’ts when it comes to sleeping and adding or taking off additional blankets just leaves me confused and worrying if my baby’s the right temperature.

Luckily, there’s a solution. I’ve discovered the best baby sleeping bags so I can sleep peacefully at night!

I’d always visualised my baby wrapped in blankets when sleeping, but once my baby started to move around in her baby cot I knew it was time to use Baby Sleeping Bags to keep her warm at night and to prevent blankets from covering her head.

Grobag Baby Sleep BagAll I can say is thank goodness for Baby Sleeping Bags! I absolutely love these, I can sleep easy knowing my baby’s warm and the covers won’t go over her head or be kicked off during the night.

I’m a complete and utter convert and use the lighter weight 1.0 tog in summer. My baby has a winter weight sleeping bag (I use 2.5 tog for winter so my baby’s room temperature should still be between 16 – 20 degrees celcius) and a summer weight sleeping bag suitable for spring, summer and autumn.

Read our Grobag Baby Sleep Bag Review.

Healthy Snacks for Insatiable Hunger

| January 3, 2012

I’ve always loved food, ever since I was a baby.

Apparently I devoured so many mashed carrots when I was a young one that my skin colour turned a shade of orange due to the amount of carotene I was ingesting!

The pediatrician had seen it before, my parents could relax knowing it was nothing serious and I would return to my normal shade of skin colour, but they were to stop feeding me such copious amounts of carrots!

I decided I wanted to breastfeed before I had my baby.

I’ve been very lucky with my baby as she took to breastfeeding straight away. What I didn’t know was that breastfeeding would zap so much energy from me and leave me absolutely ravenous for food.

Breastfeeding and nutritious food have been the best things for my post-pregnancy weight loss (and the hours of pram walking we do)!

When you’re breastfeeding your baby it’s so easy to just jump straight for pre-packaged foods to satisfy your rumbling stomach (e.g. crisps, chocolate bars, cakes). You are, after all, sat on your behind for hours as your baby suckles away. You eat these foods and you still feel hungry 5 minutes later. What was the point of that? And you haven’t provided your body with good nutrition, if any nutrition, for you or your breastfeeding baby.

Here are some of the healthy, quick and easy things I eat to provide me with a steady release of energy and to maximise the nutrients I’m putting in to my body:

  • Low-fat cottage cheese on wholegrain bread
  • Carrot sticks with hummus (or cottage cheese)
  • Celery sticks with cottage cheese (or hummus)
  • Scrambled eggs (just melt a little butter in a pan, crack 2 eggs into the pan and stir whilst cooking until fluffy) with wholegrain toast

So what do you need in your shopping bag for the above? The following ingredients can be bought for just over a fiver from your local supermarket, and will provide you with plenty of healthy and varied snacks:

  1. Low-fat cottage cheese
  2. Hummus
  3. Carrots
  4. Celery
  5. Free-range eggs
  6. Wholegrain bread
  7. Butter (you probably already have this in the fridge)!

Is Breastfeeding Best for Babies?

| December 29, 2011

There’s a lot of debate when it comes to feeding and what’s best for your baby.

Exclusive breastfeeding, mixed feeding (breast and formula) or formula feeding?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) published a statement in January 2011 indicating findings show exclusive breastfeeding up to the age of 6 months is best for babies, as it helps to achieve optimal growth, development and health.

This statement on breastfeeding by the WHO is for all babies and not just babies in developing countries.

You can read the WHO’s statement on breastfeeding here.