Finding presents for a toddler can be an expensive business, there is so much on offer out there and it can be really difficult to stick to a budget when you’re thinking about buying the perfect gifts for that special toddler in your life. Cheap toys for boys can be super hard to find, because I don’t know about you, but it just seems so much easier to buy for girls. Maybe I’m being gender stereotypical but play make up, hair stuff and cute girly clothes don’t seem to cost the earth, yet there doesn’t seem to be an alternative for little boys.
It had been a while since the three of us had managed to get a weekend away together, what with me having the worst pregnancy ever and working every Saturday known to man so I could have a day off in the week with the little man, but last month the time came for us to have our own little adventure away from home.
Although Dexter was bottle fed, I was hell bent on breastfeeding last time, but it just didn’t work out. I really want to breastfeed this new baby and I’m going to try to persevere while trying to be a bit more laid back about it this time. Being prepared for a breastfeeding journey is key, here are the breastfeeding essentials I have stocked up on ready for baby number two’s imminent arrival next month.
Because of Dexter’s poor (and mostly non existent) latch, my nipples were super sore last time and nipple cream helped them heal in between attempted feeds. Lanisoh HPA Lanolin cream comes highly rated so I’ll be using a tube of that again.
My boobs were really leaky last time and every time I thought about Dexter (which was practically every second of every day) the good stuff would start squirting out. I’m going to have plenty of breast pads on hand to save embarrassing boob leaks when we have people round to visit the baby or I decide to venture out into the village.
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Easy access to the boobs is a must and I got this gorgeous Panache Sophie bra from JD Williams to help me on my latest breastfeeding journey. Each cup has a clip so you can pull the cup down for easy boob access. It isn’t underwired which makes it super comfortable and despite the lacy luxurious design, it feels really nice to wear and not at all restrictive or uncomfortable like some sexy bras.
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I found a breast pump invaluable when Dexter was born as I couldn’t get him to latch, so being able to pump and get enough to bottle feed him put my mind at rest that he wasn’t going to starve. Some mums will say pumping should be avoided for the first few weeks while you establish feeding but I’m going to have my Tommee Tippee electric breast pump on hand incase I feel that baby needs a bit extra.
This time I’ll also have a toddler to entertain while trying to breastfeed so getting him set up with some stimulating and engaging toys is going to be a must. Luckily my due date coincides with Christmas so I’ve got him lots of little gifts ready so I can concentrate on getting baby to latch in a comfortable position on the sofa.
Dexter won’t always be with me and the baby though as he will continue to go to childcare during the week. For these moments (and I’m sure they’ll feel like fleeting moments) I am going to reinstate my Netflix subscription so that baby can feed and sleep on me while I binge watch Sabrina, Jane the Virgin, Making a Murderer and Brooklyn 99.
Mother Sucker Suction Cup
I hadn’t heard of suction cups the first time around but then I stumbled up on the Mother Sucker. It is simply a silicone suction cup you attach to your breast while baby is feeding from the other and it will collect and store the milk that usually would just get wasted. I’m really excited to try this product this time and see how much milk I’m actually saving instead of wasting.
Nipple shields can help in those early days of baby is struggling to latch. I didn’t have any on hand last time so this time I’m prepared with some Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shields.
What are your breastfeeding essentials?
For the past nine months, a shadow has been cast over my life and has hung over us all like a bad smell. In April of this year I received papers from the court telling me that UKPC believed I owed them over £700 for parking outside their guidelines in the residential car park where I lived. Will UKPC take you to court? Well, they took me all the way to the court room…this is my story.
We recently purchased our first home and of course we were so excited to put our stamp on it and make it our own. I had no idea this would mean painting a fireplace!
This month my first born turns 2.5 years old and I just cannot believe how quickly the past two and a half years have gone by. I did an update on Dexter’s progress and development every month until he was two and thought now that he is two and a half it would be a great time to do another one. This is Dexter’s 2.5 year old development update.
So when I found out I was pregnant, I did an update each and every single week before they sort of petered off in the second trimester. I haven’t had the easiest of pregnancies and it felt like I was moaning each and every week, which I didn’t want my updates to be about. I’ve also found it harder to get excited this time due to feeling so tired and being so busy working and looking after Dexter.