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  • InBella, Brand Collaborations

    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, 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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  • 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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  • InBrand Collaborations, Hugo

    First Impressions Of The Babystyle Hybrid Edge

    One of the things I love most about being pregnant is all of the preparations that come with a new baby. I just love all of the excitement it brings. Deliberating over what to call them. Spending hours browsing all the adorable baby clothes online and swooning over beautiful nurseries on Pinterest. I get great pleasure from washing, ironing and folding all of the tiny baby clothes, imagining what my new baby will look like. And then of course there is the shopping. Which is in fact both my favourite and my least favourite part of baby preparations.

    I love being organised and it feels very exciting ticking all of the purchases off of a list but it can also be super stressful! There is no denying that baby shopping is just a tad overwhelming. One of the biggest investments you make for your baby is usually a pushchair/pram/travel-system. There is SO much choice out there these days and it really is a total minefield. I’m indecisive enough normally, but when pregnant, I’m almost incapable of coming to a decision (my poor husband!).

    Now I personally like to go for more of a travel system style. Something that ticks all the boxes from the get go. No messing about having to purchase a second stroller when your baby gets to a certain age. I like to have something that will last from the newborn stage right the way through to toddler-hood. This is where the Hybrid by Babystyle comes in. This beauty is an amazing three in one that certainly ticks all those boxes. With just one chassis you can use it as a compact city stroller, in single mode or in tandem. You also have the option to attach your car seat to all of those modes too!

    We have the Hybrid Edge which is the single version. It came with both the carrycot and seat unit for it too. It arrived in just two boxes and my husband reports that it was super easy to put together. Not even convinced he looked at the instructions! There are seven different colour options which means there really is something for everyone. We opted for the Stonewash. Which is sort of a darker grey shade and oh my, it is so beautiful! The handlebar, zips and trim are in a lovely brown leather which not only compliments the grey beautifully but it also adds that touch of luxury to the pram I feel.

    First impressions once it was assembled were that the pram seems to be extremely well made. It feels sturdy and pushes like a dream. One of my other first thoughts were that it is great value for money as you get so much included for the price. Both the carrycot and seat unit seem lovely and spacious – I have no doubt that our baby boy will very comfortable in it. The carrycot and seat unit both lift off the base really easily too which is always helpful. The whole thing is actually super easy to put up and collapse down compared to some others I have used previously.

    We have taken it for a quick walk with Bella in the seat unit which just goes to show how spacious it is as she is now three and a half! Our walk ended up being a bit bumpier than expected but the Hybrid handled this very well! Overall we am super impressed so far and can’t wait to use it properly once our baby boy has arrived. I will be doing a full more detailed review of the Hybrid Edge in both carrycot mode and using the seat unit too once baby is a bit bigger, so do keep your eyes peeled for those!

    Harriet XO

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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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  • InBella, Brand Collaborations

    Our Thoughts On The Summer ErgoPouch Sleepsuit

    Every evening before I go to bed, I poke my head around Bella’s bedroom door to check on her. Nine times out of ten she has wiggled her little body out from under her duvet. And said duvet has then usually been kicked onto the floor. I will then carefully tiptoe into her bedroom to tuck her back in, holding my breath in a desperate attempt not to wake her. Most of the time this is pretty successful. Although of course there are times that I stupidly step on that one bloody creaky floor board and it all goes terribly wrong!

    When ergoPouch got in touch and asked if Bella would like to try out one of their sleep suit bags, I thought that this may just be the answer to our problem. At first I was a little dubious as to whether she would be willing to wear it. But to my surprise she was more than happy to give it a go!


    We used the traditional style sleeping bags with Bella from when she was just a few weeks old, right up until she transitioned into her big girl bed just before she turned two. I always felt reassured that she was warm but most importantly, safe! I was definitely a little sad when it was time to say goodbye to sleeping bags as she always slept so well in them and felt so cosy.

    The ergoPouch sleep suit bags are perfect for both younger babies and toddlers. There are four different sizes; 0-3 months, 3-12 months, 12-24 months and the one we have which is 2-4 years. Bella is 3 and a half and has plenty of space in hers. We have the 1 tog summer version which has little capped sleeves but there is also a long sleeved one that comes in either 2.5 tog or 3.5 tog which would be ideal for the colder months.



    What makes the ergoPouch Sleep Suit bags unique is the fact that you can use the Sleep Suit in the cot as a regular sleeping bag. But then you can convert it into legs using the zippers! I personally think this is a genius idea. It means that you are able to easily transition from cot to pram or car seat if needed.

    But also it’s perfect for walking children too as the bags include grip pads on the feet. There are also stretch inserts in both the top and side panels to allow your baby or toddler to move freely. All of the ErgoPouch sleep suit bags are skin-friendly and eco-friendly – using absolutely no pesticides or chemicals. The breathable fibres help to keep body temperature constant and comfortable too. There are lots of lovely designs to choose from, we have the cherry one! They are all available to purchase from John Lewis here.


    Bella has been using hers for the last fortnight now and we have been thoroughly impressed. It keeps her nice and toasty all night without the need for lots of extra blankets. She loves it so much it’s a struggle to get her out of it when it’s time to get dressed. To be honest, I think i’d quite fancy one myself too if they came in adult sizes! 😉

    Have you ever used any ergoPouch products? I’d love to know what you thought too!

    Harriet XO

     

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

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