A pram, a problem, a fix…

So you may have read about our problems with the Mothercare Xpedior pram we bought for our precious baby. It hurt her so obviously we no longer wished to/could use it so we complained to Mothercare. After a bit of chasing back and forth, and three 60 mile round trips to our “local” store we eventually got rid of the pram (which is a pity because it was pretty) and ordered a replacement (to the detriment of our pocket).

It took time but we eventually managed to get a solution to our problem and so we ordered the Cosatto Giggle Pixelate (review to follow) and we have instantly fallen in love with our new wheels and super relieved to not have the Xpedior any more.

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As newbies to parenting and prams we thought we were on to a winner with the Xpedior but now we have the Giggle we realise that the pram was cheap for a reason, and, most importantly, we now own a car seat that does not cut into our dainty baby’s legs.

Credit where credit is due we did get an exchange and, despite being told that deliveries were slow, our pram was ordered on the Sunday and at our home on the Tuesday – and yes I did get giddy with excitement about opening the boxes!

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Now we are trying to price match according to the Mothercare price match but have yet to get through…

One thing I will give huge amounts of credit to is the social media team at Mothercare they solved our probs in next to no time. Thank you.

 

 

Mothercare Xpedior – problems rearing their heads

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The Xpedior car seat caused this welt on 22 week old’s knee (she is only on 9th percentile of weight so only small) after just a 10 minute journey.

Back in February I wrote a review on the Mothercare Xpedior where we liked the pram and gave it a fairly positive review – we like it but have learned that it takes time to really know how much you will like a pram and now I will tell you why! Continue reading

Ten top tips for camping with a baby

Originally posted on Tenting in Scotland:

Camping with a baby may sound like something you would never want to try doing and if you do then it sounds like it should be hard work but it doesn’t have to be.
We have been camping a couple of times now with our baby who is now 19 weeks and have found it to be no more stressful than camping without a baby.
Here are our top 10 things to think about with the baby.

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When to wean?

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There is so much conflicting advice about weaning. Some say you can do it from four months, some say leave it to six months, so when is it really OK to start giving a baby food?

I have been to the library to seek out some advice about weaning and all the books have different advice. One says there is no need until six months and then on the next page talks about how to introduce food at four months? So what is it, four months or six months? I ask because I have a 18 week old and I don’t know when to start with food.

I have read all the information about how introducing food too early can cause allergies, then I read leaving introductions until six months can cause allergies. A number of books state that there is no evidence of allergies forming if weaned earlier and that the warning from WHO is more for developing countries and not the UK.

Then you have advice on how much and how often you should feed your baby. Some say just try food once a day and others say a spoonful two to three times.

I ask because we have always had a great sleeper and were sleeping through the night but now Molly is getting up once, twice, maybe three times at night and having food. Often she drinks the whole bottle. Is this just a growth spurt or is she hungry?

Also Molly chews on her hands. A lot. I assume this is teething as she is drooling too yet some advice for weaning states that chewing on hands can be a sign of baby being ready to move on to solids.

I am also conscious that I want to introduce as many flavours as possible to make sure that Molly is not a fussy eater so leaving weaning until the six month stage worries me.

When did you start to wean your baby? Did you wait until six months? Would you have weaned earlier or later than you did, and if so, why?

Vango Airbeam Genesis 500

Originally posted on Tenting in Scotland:

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When walking into a camping shop to browse tents I did not expect to be blown away by a method of erecting a tent but I was when I was introduced to the Vango Airbeam Genesis 500.

Pitching a tent has always been about poles so imagine how interested we were to hear that one particular tent in the showroom was inflatable!

We had not planned to buy a tent but after hearing it was inflatable (we love gadgets and gizmos so this was very appealing to us) and that it can be erected in 5 minutes we were sold. Okay so 5 minutes is maybe a bit of a push but it isn’t too far off that (maybe 10-15 minutes up and ready to sleep in).

The great thing about this tent is that it can be erected, quickly, with only one person so this saves on arguments. The…

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Camping with a 16 week old

As an adult I am relatively new to camping. I do not remember going camping as a child and when it was suggested that I went camping just two years ago by my now husband I was unsure. How would I find sleeping in tent? Would I be warm enough? Would I be comfy? Would I be scared of all the bugs? Thankfully I agreed to try it out and found I absolutely loved it. Since then I have camped a few times but sadly we didn’t go as much as we might have last year had I not been pregnant.

This year we have thought about going camping a couple of times but were unsure about going due to Molly only being weeks old. Last weekend we bit the bullet and, at 16 weeks old, we ventured out for our first trip as a family and Molly’s first of many weekends in a tent.

I will admit I was nervous but needn’t have been as Molly got on just fine.

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The first day involved quite a bit of travelling. Over four hours from Scotland to the Lake District. This took much longer as we stopped regularly to give Molly some family time out of her car seat and to allow the dogs to stretch their legs. On arrival we got a few looks from those around us – I think they thought all their worst nightmares have arrived at once, two Jack Russells and baby! This made me feel even more nervous as I would have hated to have annoyed everyone with a crying baby all night.

Once we erected the tent we build Molly’s hammock and set off to meet our friends.

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We ended up being out very late that night so when we got back to the site it was past 11 pm and Molly was already asleep in her car seat. We tried to move her to her bed without waking her but without success. Thankfully a bottle of milk later she was fine and tucked up in bed – another source of worry for us – bed clothing!

During the day it was hot but by the time we got to bed it was 12c so we didn’t know how many clothes to put Molly in. We decided on a vest, fleecy sleep suit and gro-bag and this seemed to work as  she slept through the night. As it was a hot day the following day we found that by the morning she was boiling.

The first night was a huge success!

The next day we went for a trip to Blackpool for a walk and to enjoy the sun. We are Scottish and so we haven’t had to dress Molly for such warm weather so again we were unsure how many layers etc.

We had a bit of a disaster with Molly’s milk too. We were using pre-made bottles for ease but unbeknown to us is that pre-made milk smells different to powdered milk! We made a bottle for Molly and it smelt off to us (we were already out and had the one bottle with us) so it was panic stations to get some more milk and another bottle when Molly was screaming for her dinner. An hour later we found a Boots and got more milk (and some romper-suits because I didn’t want Molly to be too hot *cough*). We opened the milk and low-and-behold it had the same smell! An hour of screaming baby when the first lot of milk was fine.

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After that small mishap everything else went smoothly.

That night our friends visited our campsite and so Molly went to bed at her usual time and settled in minutes. No screaming, no keeping everyone up all night. In fact she slept right through again. This time we dressed her in vest and sleepsuit as the tent was 25c. We then added blankets as it got colder to keep her warm and that seemed to do the trick.

Other than keeping Molly cool or warm enough, and the incident with the milk, the weekend went well. As long as we kept to her sleep routines by either going for a drive when she was sleeping or starting a walk as she was dropping off, the trip away thing was easy.

It was just nice to get away as a family and to relax without thinking about housework or gardening. We enjoyed it so much that we are already planning our next weekend away in a couple or weeks time.