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    Whisbear – The Humming Bear Review

    When Bella was a baby one of the only things that ever soothed her was white noise. I remember googling ‘my baby wont sleep’ at 3am one night as a sleep deprived first time Mama when she just would not settle. After I trawled numerous forums online and it seemed that quite a few people seemed to swear by white noise. We thought it was worth a shot so downloaded a white noise app on my phone and sure enough within minutes, she was fast asleep. And then it suddenly clocked that she had always fallen asleep whenever I blow-dried my hair or did the hoovering. From that day we used white noise daily to help Bella to sleep soundly. But it always meant leaving either our phones or the iPad wherever she was sleeping. I lost count of the amount of times I’d get a message or my phone would ring and it would wake her up!

    I always knew we’d probably end up using white noise again with our next baby. There seemed to be a few different bears popping up on the market that played different variations of white noise. So when I found out I was expecting again I put ‘white noise bear’ at the top of my baby wishlist. I researched them all in a bit more detail and the general consensus was that they were good but most of them went off after twenty minutes or so and you had to manually turn it back on should your baby stir.

    Then I was introduced to Whisbear – The Humming Bear which looked and sounded perfect. It plays a calming white noise which is designed to remind babies of the sounds they heard whilst in the womb. Once turned on by squeezing the bears head, the Whisbear will initially switch on the shushing sound for forty minutes before gradually fading away and turning onto standby mode. But the Whisbear is different, as it also features a CRYsensor that detects when your baby cries and automatically re activates the calming white noise sound for a further twenty minutes to help resettle baby. Which is literally genius!

    WHAT WHISBEAR SAY

    ‘Multi-award winning Whisbear® The Humming Bear is an innovative sleep aid created by two Mothers. Based on their own experience, they have designed a product aimed to help newborns with a smooth transition from a prenatal to postnatal life by recreating soothing sounds of the womb. Whisbear® is the first sleep aid  featuring the CRYsensor, an intelligent device that automatically activates calming white noise when your baby starts crying. But Whisbear® is so much more than just a sleep product. It is also a sensory toy, a unique playtime companion that promotes both – fine motor and sensory development skills.’

    We used Whisbear from day one with Hugo. As soon as we returned home from the hospital and put him down in his moses basket at just a few hours old, I turned the Whisbear on and it sent him straight to sleep. For the first probably four months of Hugo’s life, we used his Whisbear every single day. The bear has super handy magnetic feet which meant that it was really easy for it to go everywhere with him. We clipped it onto the car seat to help soothe him in the car, tucked it into the pushchair to send him off to sleep when we were out and on popped it on the side of his moses basket or crib for every nap and every nights sleep at home too.

    The CRYsensor is absolutely amazing and it really does work. There were so many times that the Whisbear would kick in and send Hugo back off to sleep before I had even had chance to get to him. Whenever I was busy and Hugo cried, Bella would run and find the Whisbear and take it to him as even she knew how much he loved it.

    Now Hugo is a bit older, I don’t tend to take it out with us anymore but it still has pride of place on the side of his cot and we still switch it on every night when we put him to bed. It’s been one of my absolute favourite baby products this time around and I can’t sing it’s praises enough.

    The Whisbear retails at £49.99 and is available to buy in three different colourways here.

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    Harriet XO

    *We were very kindly sent our Whisbear in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are of course my own*

     

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  • InBrand Collaborations, Family

    Our Christmas Plans

    Three years ago we moved house in December and I swore that I would never ever do it again. But of course, we’ve just done it, again. So we’re now pretty much pre Christmas house moving PROS, right? Although I really do mean it when I say that we definitely will not be doing it again! Because of all the chaos that comes with moving house, I felt like we have sort of missed out on the build up and the excitement on the run up to Christmas. Which is usually my favourite part. I mean, we left it so late to get our tree that they had even reduced them to half price! It’s meant that I have been absolutely determined to make the most of our Christmas break this year by cramming in lots of festive activities.

    We already went Ice Skating in November. And we enjoyed our annual winter wonderland break to Center Parcs where we visited Father Christmas at the beginning of December. And since breaking up from work we have been shopping together for last minute gifts and for hot chocolates at our favourite garden centre. We spent Christmas day with Josh’s side of the family and boxing day with mine. And we hosted a little brunch for friends today too. I’ve eaten more Turkey in the last few days than I have all year, drunk bucks fizz with breakfast for three days in a row and I have discovered a new found love for mince pies. Isn’t festive food just the best?! Although I am pretty sure my jeans beg to differ!

    Tomorrow we are off for a family day out to the 02 to see Disney on Ice Passport To Adventure. Bella is suuuuper excited as she is totally Disney obsessed. I am sure she is going to absolutely love it. It features some of the characters from our favourites like the Lion King, Peter Pan and Frozen. It is on until the 30th with three showings each day. There are plenty of tickets still available here if you fancy going along too!

    We’re also planning to take a drive around the surrounding villages one evening this week to see all the Christmas lights. We try to do this every year and it’s something we all really enjoy. If we get a dry day between now and the New Year then I am sure we’ll visit one of our local National Trust properties too, wrapped up warm of course and armed with a flask of hot chocolate! I’m not sure I can face the sales this year. Not with two kids in tow anyway, so I’ll stick to browsing online instead!

    We are having a lovely Christmas break, which is much needed after moving house. There are no huge plans in place for New Years Eve this year due to Hugo still being so young. But I’m actually quite looking forward to having a quiet one! Especially as I know the chaos will resume shortly as soon as the house renovations start in the New Year!

    How has your Christmas been? What did you get up to?

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    Harriet XO

    *We have been kindly gifted tickets to Disney On Ice in exchange for a mention in this post, although all words are of course my own*

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  • InBrand Collaborations, Hugo

    Babystyle Hybrid Edge Review {Carrycot Mode}

    When you have a new baby, I always think one of the biggest and most important purchases you will make for them is a pushchair/buggy/pram/stroller/travel system or whatever else you wish to call it! You may remember a few months back, I shared my first impressions of the Hybrid Edge by Babystyle. I was really impressed with it then and after using it for five whole months, I am even more impressed with it now! So I thought I would share with you a bit more about how we’ve been getting on with using it in carrycot mode for Hugo.

    I’ll start by saying that I absolutely LOVE the Hybrid. Aesthetically it matches my taste absolutely perfectly. The Stonewash colour is just so lovely and we have received lots of compliments on it! Not only does the Hybrid look great, it is also extremely user friendly. It pushes well, folds down easily and feels super well made. I said in my first post how I felt that the Hybrid was really good value for money and I stand by that comment, even more so now.

    Hugo is Five months old now and we are currently still using the pushchair in carrycot mode. It is so spacious compared to other carrycots I have seen. Hugo is a pretty big baby, yet he still has plenty of room! He always seems very happy in his carrycot and often drops off to sleep when we are out and about. We have also used the carrycot overnight a couple of times when we have stayed at my in-laws and he slept fantastically in it then too. The carrycot has proper feet on it which makes it perfect for using overnight as it can stand alone. I also find this handy for when I am getting it in and out of the car as it means it wont get the fabrics dirty if I have to pop in on the floor.

    We also regularly use the car seat mode on the pushchair too which is an absolute lifesaver when Hugo falls asleep in the car and I am just nipping into somewhere quickly. I tend to use it like this for Bella’s ballet class as its only half an hour long and it saves me both time and hassle. Sometimes I do find it a bit tricky clipping the car seat into the adaptors, it does seem to require a bit of a knack!

    My only negative comment on the Hybrid would be that sadly the logo has started to rub off on one side of the chassis. Presumably from getting it in and out of the car so often. But I am a little disappointed about it as it instantly makes the Hybrid look a bit old and unloved, which it most certainly is not!

    But apart from that, I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. Below is a few bullet points of the things I particularly like and the couple of things that I dislike.

    Pros

    • Super spacious carrycot
    • Pushes like an absolute dream
    • Collapses down quickly and easily
    • Carrycot can be removed with just on hand
    • The wheels pop off if you need to give them a clean or if you’re pushed for space in the boot
    • Generous basket underneath which is easy to get to
    • Lovely to look at
    • Deals with multi terrain very well
    • Compatible with our Maxi Cosi car seat
    • Easy to use rain cover
    • Nice big sun visor on the hood
    • Adjustable handle
    • Bag clips to stop your bag sliding down the handle
    • Good value for money

    Cons

    • Car seat can be tricky to clip into adaptors
    • Logo has already started to rub off

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    *Babystyle very kindly sent me the Hybrid Pushchair mentioned in this post for a collaboration. All opinions are of course my own*

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  • InBrand Collaborations, Hugo

    Love To Dream Swaddle Up Review

    When Bella was a baby I never did master the art of swaddling. I gave it a go a couple of times but she always managed to bust her way out pretty quickly! It’s one of those things that some parents absolutely swear by and are adamant it helps their baby to settle/sleep well. So of course I was keen to give it another go with our next baby. I made sure we had lots of extra large muslins and breathable blankets ready and waiting for our little boy bundle. Although I never did get around to using them! Instead we used the amazing Swaddle Up from Love To Dream. It is described as a modern twist on traditional swaddling.

    We soon realised that Hugo’s favourite way to sleep was with his arms up above his head. So the Swaddle Up suited him perfectly. We used it every night for the first few weeks and Hugo slept like a dream in it! Back in June when he was born it was also right in the middle of a bloody heat wave. It was SCORCHING. And I was really unsure what to dress my new baby in for bedtime. It was just far too hot for lots of layers and blankets. But I was also worried that he might get chilly as the night went on and the temperature cooled down. In the end we opted to dress him in a short sleeved vest or even just his nappy and then into his Swaddle Up and this seemed to keep him at the perfect temperature!

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    One of my favourite features would have to be the two–way zip. This meant I could change Hugo’s nappy during the night if needed without the need to remove the whole thing and risk disturbing him. It also has an in–built harness hole at the back so if you wanted to use it when baby is in their car seat you can do so also!

    What Love To Dream say ‘The clingy fabric provides the cosy, swaddled feeling that babies love, while the shape maintains baby’s natural and preferred “arms up” sleeping position. The Swaddle UP has the unique “wings” design helping babies to self-sooth, they can safely suck their hands through the fabric of the Swaddle UP and won’t accidentally scratch their face. The fabric is a single layer of breathable natural cotton which aids temperature regulation and control.’

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    This product is genius and I’ve already recommended it to so many friends that are expecting. It was definitely one of my favourite newborn products and I’m so sad that Hugo has now outgrown his. I snapped these photos of him a while back and I can’t believe how small he looks!!

    The Swaddle Up is available in four sizes; small, medium, large and extra large. You have the choice of four different colours too; white, grey, pink or blue. Prices start from £22.99 and it’s available to purchase from Cheeky Rascals here.

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    Are you a fan of swaddling?
    Harriet XO

    *I was very kindly sent the product mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. Although all opinions are of course my own*

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  • InBella, Brand Collaborations, Hugo

    Newborn Favourites

    When it comes to baby products there are so many out there now it’s hard to figure out which items are worth all the hype and which ones really aren’t. Back when I had Bella there were a few bits that I was adamant we needed but in reality they ended up still in their box, gathering dust in the corner of the nursery!

    When I found out I was expecting Hugo there were a few items I was keen to try and most of which have become my absolute newborn saviours! So I thought I would share a few of my favourite things that we’ve been loving second time around.

    First up is Muslins. The one piece of advice I always give to expectant parents is ‘you can never have enough muslins’! These are something I use all day, every day. I never leave the house without a minimum of two in my bag! My absolute favourite ones are these by Summer Infant. They are absolutely HUGE. Which makes them so versatile. They are perfect for swaddling baby and using as a lightweight blanket. My favourite uses are draping over the car seat when it’s raining and as a nursing cover. They are my number one breastfeeding essential! I also adore the unisex design on these ones too.

    A close second would have to be the Sleepyhead. When I was pregnant it seemed that everyone had a sleepyhead for their little ones. And of course I felt like this meant I MUST need one too. And it turns out that I really did. This is a product that is definitely worth all they hype. Hugo sleeps amazingly in his and has done since day one. I’ll be doing a full review on it soon as we love it so much.

    Another sleep related product that I have been really impressed with is this Good Vibes vibrating cot wedge also by Summer Infant. During the first couple of weeks Hugo really suffered with wind and being able to prop him up a little using the wedge was really helpful. The gentle vibrations also helped to settle him off to sleep too. If he is ever fractious during the day then I pop him down in his cot with the wedge on and within seconds he usually will stop crying and often nods straight off!

    Hugo is definitely a bit of a Mama’s boy and he is always happiest when snuggled up close to me. As much as I would love to sit and snuggle him all day long I do have to get on sometimes and I have found babywearing the perfect solution. We have a couple of different baby carriers but I mostly find myself reaching for our Hana Baby wrap. Again, I now never leave home without a carrier just in case he starts fussing when we’re out and about.

    Something I had no experience with whatsoever from last time was cradle cap. Bella never suffered with it so when I noticed Hugo had it, I wasn’t sure what products were best to use to help clear it up. Someone told me to use olive oil but after speaking to my health visitor apparently this is no longer recommended. Instead I discovered Nom Nom’s baby oil which is designed for using for both baby massage and cradle cap. I would massage the oil into Hugo’s scalp after his bath and it has honestly worked wonders. The cradle cap has now pretty much all cleared up!

    Last but not least is Water Wipes. I never used them last time, I stuck to the recommended cotton wool and warm water which I always found such a faff. This time however, we opted to use water wipes instead. We have used them on Hugo from day one and he has never had any sort of nappy rash. They are all natural and super gentle on your babies bottom. They are much more pricey than normal baby wipes so I always make sure to stock up when I see them on offer somewhere!

    There are so many other products I could rave about but these are definitely my top six! I’ll be sharing a few more indepth reviews over the coming weeks of some other things we have been loving too. So keep an eye out for those!

    What are your newborn essentials? 

    Harriet XO


    *This is a collaborative post, although as always, all opinions are my own*

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  • InBrand Collaborations, Family

    Fruit Picking Using The Hana Baby Wrap

    Last weekend we ticked another thing off of our 2017 bucket list by going fruit picking. We headed over to Maynards Farm on Sunday morning along with Josh’s brother and his family in search of some raspberries and plums to pick. As the few days beforehand had been super rainy I knew taking our pushchair would just be a recipe for disaster so I popped Hugo in our Hana Baby wrap instead. Within minutes he was fast asleep and it meant I had my hands free to help Bella with the all important fruit picking!

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    As soon as I found out we were expecting Hugo, a stretchy baby wrap was the first thing on my ‘must haves’ list. I used to babywear with Bella when she was small using a carrier that had lots of various buckles and clips. Not only was it a bit tricky to get on and off but I also never found it particularly supportive or comfortable. Although I did absolutely love carrying her close to me so I knew a wrap was something I definitely wanted to use with my second baby.

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    The Hana Baby Wrap is a stretchy wrap which is made of bamboo, cotton and elastane.  The wrap is suitable to use from birth (unlike a lot of other carriers) and it can be used up to 12.5kg. I find the wrap so much more supportive for both myself and Hugo. He always seems super comfortable and most of the time he nods straight off to sleep! Whenever he seems unsettled, I can almost guarantee putting him in the wrap will help to soothe him.

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    Hugo is already a pretty heavy baby but when I am wearing him in the Hana Baby wrap he honestly feels light as a feather. The wrap distributes his weight evenly over both of my shoulders and my entire back and I never get any sort of back or shoulder aches/discomfort.

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    As the wrap is made from bamboo fabric it is not only super soft but it is also much more breathable than cotton. It’s the perfect wrap for all seasons. The bamboo naturally helps keep you cool in the warm weather but also warm in the colder weather too. Another plus is that bamboo material also has a natural UV filter which means it’ll help keep your baby safe from any harmful UV rays.

    When our wrap first arrived I was slightly nervous that I wouldn’t be able to wrap it correctly and get Hugo in safely and securely. But I needn’t have worried as I can honestly say that now I have mastered it, it’s SO quick and easy to use. I can’t imagine being without our Hana Baby wrap now. We use it most days as it means I can have my hands free to either tend to Bella or just to get on with my usual daily tasks. Hugo absolutely loves being carried in it and I adore being able to have him snuggled up so close.

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    Our wrap is in the colour Slate and retails at a very reasonable £35.99. Available to purchase here.

    Are you a fan of baby wearing?

    Harriet XO


    *Hana Baby very kindly sent me the wrap mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review.
    All opinions are of course my own*

     

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