Your Baby Skin To Skin by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher | Book Review

Your Baby Skin To Skin by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher | Book Review

We were sent a copy of the book by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Bearing in mind that Olivia is almost one, you would probably say that I came in quite late to this book and had already passed by a lot of the stages some of the information was for. Called essential reading for all new mothers by Zita West, this book is a handy resource to get to know your baby from the day they are born until they hit their first baby.

Written by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher, a midwife with over 30 years experience, she says to learn to trust your babies instincts in the first year. The book covers plenty of different topics such as birth, feeding, care, weaning, sleeping, moving and talking and growing up. As Rachel says, a baby’s instincts are not learned so therefore can never be wrong. She helps to understand your baby and why they act or react the way they do, giving you confidence in your parenting.

Your Baby Skin To Skin by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher | Book ReviewAs I mentioned before, I came into this book having passed some of the stages already – but this didn’t stop me reading what Rachel had to say on the matter. She speaks in an informative way without being patronising about pretty much everything a new parent could want to know during those early days. As we progress throughout the year, this tone continues which is comforting – I hate when books talk down to you and Rachel certainly doesn’t do this.

When we hit the sleeping section, I took plenty of notice. Olivia’s sleeping pattern can be a little strange, to say the least. Sometimes she will be up way into the early hours, other times she’s out for the count at 6.30pm until morning apart from one small feed. No matter what we do, bath, milk, bed etc – if she doesn’t want to sleep, she won’t. Rachel Fitz-Desorgher covers absolutely everything you could think of when it comes to this topic and I will certainly be trying some of her tips to see if it helps.

It has also been a revelation to see what insight Rachel has. Olivia has been showing her temper a lot more recently and it is like the author was describing Olivia to a tee, I couldn’t believe it.

All in all, this has been a very interesting read and there are some things that I will definitely implement. Once I have passed the one year mark, I will pass this onto a pregnant friend, ready for them to get to know their baby a little better.

You can buy a copy of Your Baby Skin To Skin here from Amazon {affiliate link}.

Appy Kids Co | Review

We were recently sent some Appy Kids juices to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack loves juices but he is generally quite good at drinking most drinks, including water. However, like most kids, his head is easily turned by certain drinks, some that I am not always too keen on him drinking.

We were recently sent some pouches of juice from the Appy Kids Co – 2 boxes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles multifruit juice, 2 boxes of Dora & Friends mixed berries juice and 2 boxes of Paw Patrol apple juice. They also do Peppa Pig and Roald Dahl juice cartons and even mini fruit snacks but we didn’t receive these.

The pouches are 200ml and Vegetarian Society Vegan Approved. They are tasty low calorie juices with added vitamins packed in convenient pouches for easy drinking on-the-go, featuring your little ones’ favourite characters and are lower in sugar than the usual kids drinks you can buy.

What I love about the Appy Kids Co as a company is the fact that they are ethical. They work with better ingredient providers, using 1/3 of farms led by women. Their farmers have fair contracts and are given a guaranteed price per kg for season, They give free planting materials for farmers to multiply crop and also their packaging is earth friendly. It is predominantly made from a renewable raw material: paper board, which is also produced mainly using renewable energy.

But what did Jack think? First of all he loved how convenient they were – much easier for him to put one or two of these in my handbag or the changing bag than a big bulky bottle of juice. He, of course, loved the characters. He still adores Paw Patrol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and used to be a big fan of Dora so was very excited to receive these.

He loves apple juice and mixed berry juice but this was his first experience of a multifruit juice and he absolutely loved it. In fact, he said the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pouches were his favourite. I think it was the mixture of different flavours that he liked and the fact that he is a big Turtles fan as I mentioned before.

He has already been through a box of each flavour and has started on the other boxes of each. He is a big fan of them and I am too, knowing that they have less sugar and nasties than other juices do that are marketed to kids.

As we’ve found some kids drinks that we don’t mind giving them and that he enjoys, we will definitely be picking up some more. You can buy them in store at Tesco, Spar, Poundworld, B&M and other stores plus online at Ocado and Amazon, ranging from £12 upwards for a box of 40 {affiliate link}.

Have you ever tried Appy Kids Co juices before? What did you and your child think of them?

Degustabox | December 2017

We were sent our monthly Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Just before Christmas, we received our December Degustabox filled with lots of stuff for us to enjoy. A Degustabox usually costs just £12.99 per month, much less than the value of the contents. So what can you expect to receive in your box this month? As a reminder, I get sent all of the items available across the boxes (you have boxes without alcohol and boxes with and sometimes there are special items from a particular brand – different boxes will receive 1 of so many but as a reviewer, I generally receive all of the items from that brand).

Robinsons Fruit Creations- £1.99

We are big fans of Robinsons in our house and this new Fruit Creations contains twice the fruit and has more juicy and fruitier flavours. We received the delicious pear, blackcurrant & cherry flavour – all of us were big fans!

Planters Protein Mix & Energy Mix – £1.29 each

We love nut snacks and at Planters, they only use the most delicious nuts. These went down a treat!

Willies Cacao Black Pearls – £6.59

These are the product of the month and these are pearls of single estate chocolate containing cascades of molten caramel. They have two flavours – Sea Salt Caramel in fruity Chulucanas 70 dark chocolate and Passion Fruit Caramel in Rio Caribe 44 milk chocolate. These are 100% natural. We received the Sea Salt Caramel flavour and these are tasty, very moreish although more than one or two at a time can be too much.

Coldpress Orange Juice – £1.50

These are made using coldpressure HPP (high pressure processing). Steve drank this and found it absolutely delicious.

Mary Berry’s Foods Lemon & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette

This is a versatile zesty vinaigrette. We don’t usually use vinaigrettes so are popping this into our local food bank.

San Miguel 0.0% – £3

This is an alcohol free beer. It has all the flavour, freshness and quality of the alcoholic version. This has been popped into the fridge for when Steve next fancies it.

Sleep Well – £1.75

Jack will be drinking this tonight – it is a vanilla milk drink which combines Jersey milk with honey and valerian. You simply drink it hot or cold thirty minutes before you want to sleep.

Lift Matcha Instant Green Tea

We received this as an extra in the box – and this tea is lovely!

Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes – £1.39

We received similar in a recent box and I mentioned then that we don’t eat these so will be popping these into our local food bank.

Taking The Pea Smoked Ham Flavour – £1.50

These are the UK’s first Great Taste Award winning grab and go range of savoury pea snacks. These have more protein than crisps and less fat than nuts. However we have tried these before and weren’t big fans so are donating these to the foodbank too.

Popchips Galactic Puffs – £1.99

Jack was very excited to see these. They are a light and airy snack in Star Wars shapes. These are full of flavour and the whole family loved them.

Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets – £3

These sour pineapple sweets are gluten free and tasty, full of natural colours and flavours. Everyone loved these!

For £12.99, this box is a total bargain, especially when you consider the product of the month makes up half of the price! All in all, this comes to £27.78 for all the products, how amazing!

Do you ever try food subscription boxes?

Bioderma Kids Skincare | Review

We were sent some Bioderma Kids for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Bioderma is one of those brands I think everyone has heard about now. Bioderma is a big favourite of beauty bloggers the world over and they now have a range for kids too.We were sent the ABCDerm Cleansing Gel (200ml) and the ABCDerm Baby Moisturising Mild Milk Care (200ml) for review.

The cleansing gel is to be used once or twice a day, 7 days a week. It has been developed in accordance with the ABCDerm high-safety and high-tolerance formulation charter and respects all types of skin, thanks to its mild non-stripping cleansing base. You rinse thoroughly with clear water and then dry gently, following up with another product from the ABCDerm range.

The moisturiser is also to be used once or twice a day, 7 days a week. You apply the ABCDerm Hydratant on skin after cleansing with a cleansing product from the ABCDerm range and gently drying. You then need to massage lightly. It can be used on newborns, with the exception of premature infants.

So what did we think of the products?

I am always on the look out for products that will be gentle on Olivia’s skin. Babies skin is so delicate that you really do have to be careful what you use on their body. We have been using the cleansing gel at bathtime and then drying her off before using the moisturiser. I have found that even when she is suffering from a little bit of nappy rash (the perils of teething!), after a bath with the cleanser and some of the moisturiser being used, it calms right down. After all most nappy rash treatments are moisturising, aren’t they?

With the cleansing gel costing £6+ depending on where you buy from and the moisturiser £8+, these prices are a little on the higher end of what I usually pay for kids skincare however you can’t put a price on your babies skin and these truly are gentle and kind.

Have you ever tried any Bioderma products?

Helping My Kids Be Healthier With Haliborange

We were sent some Haliborange multi vitamins for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I’ve mentioned before that it can be a real struggle to get Jack to eat healthily and I do sometimes worry about just how much goodness and vitamins he is getting. When offered the chance to review some Haliborange multivitamins and multivitamins with Omega 3, I said yes because I least I knew I had some control over what his vitamin intake was.

Haliborange’s vitamins have Mr Men and Little Miss designs. They are for ages 3-7 so perfect for Jack’s age group. The Multivitamins were strawberry flavour softies and there were 30 in the jar. In the Omega-3 & Multivitamins, they were 30 orange flavoured softies.

So why may children need multivitamins? The UK Department of Health recommends all children from 6 months to 5 years take supplements in the form of Vitamins A, C & D.

The Haliborange Multivitamin Softies help provide a balanced multivitamin for everyday support. They contain vitamin A that helps support normal vision, Vitamin C that helps support the immune system, Vitamin D that is essential for the normal growth and development of bones in children and Vitamin B12 that contributes to normal red blood cell formation. It is recommended that children over the age of 3 take 1-2 multivitamins daily. Food supplements are intended to supplement the diet and should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.

The Haliborange Omega-3 Softies are not only tasty but are a balanced multivitamin with Omega-3. They are orange in flavour and contains flaxseed oil which is a source of essential Omega-3 (ALA) fatty acids, Vitamin A which helps support normal vision, Vitamin C helps support the immune system and Vitamin B5 which contributes to normal mental performance.

Jack has been taking one of each daily and whilst I cannot obviously see what goodness it is doing inside, it has really given me peace of mind that he is getting his daily dose of vitamins that he may not otherwise get. We’re almost finished so I will definitely have to grab him some more – you can buy them from Boots or Amazon online and they are also available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.

I would definitely recommend the Haliborange range – if only for peace of mind. Jack happily takes his multivitamins and I don’t have to worry about him.

Do you give your child multivitamins?