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Guest mums

I’m very excited that some other mums have expressed an interest in sharing their thoughts, experiences and insights on this blog. I’ll shortly be posting the first of what I hope will be more guest mummy blogs and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do. The first post offers a lot to think about so please do share your feedback.

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Sleeping like a baby

I’m still trying to work out how this expression came to mean sleeping well! While children sleep the sleep of the innocent, they also wake up at unpredictable times and are well known for fighting extreme tiredness at any time of day or night.

So, when your baby does fall asleep it’s good to be able to give them as long as possible without interruption – for all concerned! During the day, it is typical for babies to fall asleep when in the car thanks to the soft engine noise and rocking motion. The challenge of keeping them asleep when you stop at your destination is one that faces every mother.

The first time around, I was set on getting a travel ‘system’. While there were some definite downsides to the system I chose, having a car seat that fitted straight into the buggy was a wonderful thing, allowing baby to have some much needed rest and me some time to get errands done.

I wish I knew then what I know now and had bought a travel system that was lightweight and durable. My new challenge is finding the perfect seat and buggy frame without breaking the bank. The search begins but not until after a good night’s sleep!

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Planning for number two

It’s true that there is no way to plan for everything. In the lead up to having your first child you have an amazing amount of time to think about all the things you might need, where you want to have your baby (home, hospital, birthing centre, etc.) as well as all the excitement of all the changes that you’re experiencing.

Waiting for your second child, you have a much shorter amount of spare time to think about things as you’re busy looking after a child already. The good news is that you have a lot of things that you’ll need from the first time around. The bad news is that there are certain other things that need to be thought about – a key consideration is childcare if you’re not going to be at home for the birth and not all of us have family that are close enough or able to help at short notice.

It’s impossible to prepare for every eventuality – as unless you are having a planned caesarian you don’t know when exactly you’ll be having your child – and that means the date, as well as time of day or night and how long you’ll be away.

Having some options is a good idea, as taking your first child with you into hospital when you’re experiencing labour pains may not be a welcome solution for anyone! Some of the alternatives include:

– Neighbours

– Friends

– Nursery contacts

– Babysitters

Making sure a couple of these groups of people spend some time with your first child so they are familiar with each other as well as ensuring they know their way around your house and your first child’s routine can give you a lot of reassurance.

You can’t plan for everything, but you can have some backup plans in place so you can focus on the new addition to your family.

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Buggies made for two

As my current single travel system pushchair recently gave up the ghost, the question of how best to transport two young children finally had to be addressed.

While the internet is a great place to do some initial research and also look for deals, I didn’t want to get stuck with something that sounded great, met the budget criteria, but was completely useless (yes – I wanted to learn from my initial mistakes!).

Finding somewhere to ask advice and test out the buggies was essential this time around and I was delighted to find two places that were both extremely knowledgeable as well as helpful. I’d highly recommend a visit to both these places should you be in the Surrey area:

Peppermint – smaller shop but extremely knowledgeable and keen to help.

A3 Baby Barn – large range of baby equipment, also very knowledgeable.

The teams at both places were also happy to share the feedback they had received from customers and were not just pushing the most expensive option which was great.

Being able to try both my child and a ‘test baby’ in the buggy, wheel it around and also test it out in the back of the car was amazing!

It also opened my eyes to a number of issues that I hadn’t considered before:

– width of individual seats, not just the whole buggy (most relevant for side-by-side options and important if looking for something for a toddler and a baby)

– ease of folding (being able to collapse the buggy in a couple of moves from one position – remembering you could be dealing with two crying children at the same time!)

I was really impressed by how easy some of the double buggies are to manoeuver – even more so than my current single pushchair which was a relief.

It’s worth taking some time to talk to different outlets and test buggies out in as many settings as possible if you can. Hope the above helps?

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