Baby · Review

Funky Giraffe Bibs Review

About 400 years ago (okay, it was about six months, but you know how time flies when you’re trying to go for a wee without a baby climbing up your leg having fun) , we were asked if we’d like to review Funky Giraffe Bibs, a brand which creates bandanna bibs in super funky prints. I’ve been absolutely rubbish at getting blog posts written lately, but I thought it was about time that I shared our opinions of the bibs we chose.

The real difficulty was narrowing down which bibs we wanted to try from the enormous selection of designs – there are just SO many choices, each more appealing than the next and I genuinely laboured for hours to make my mind up! In the end, we opted for a ‘Little Sister’ design in pink, a lovely yellow bib with a large cherry print and a lively cartoon bird print, as well as a pretty pear motif on a bright blue background. Funky Giraffe Bandana Bibs

The great thing about Funky Giraffe bibs is that behind the vibrant designs is a very soft, fleecy material; BB has really sensitive skin, just like her big sister and even the slightest bit of friction can leave her skin red and irritated, but she’s able to wear the bandana bibs without any bother. They also come with two sets of poppers which mean that the bibs grow with your baby and will last for pretty much the entire time they need a bib.

BB is a terrible dribbler when she’s teething and ordinary bibs just aren’t sufficient to soak up her spit AND keep her skin dry at the same time, but the Funky Giraffe bibs did an admirable job of wicking away the moisture while keeping it well away from her skin, which I guess is the beauty of the double thickness of the bandanas.

Obviously, if you’re anything like me then the real million-dollar question is ‘How do they wash up?’. There’s little more frustrating than buying a gorgeous baby item made from highly patterned material, only for it to go dull and discoloured, or stained, after being washed. Never fear though; the Funky Giraffe bibs actually seem to get better after a few washes because they soften and become even more comfortable for baby. They also seem to repel stains (possibly due to the printed fabric), which means that they wash up brilliantly, even if you use them during messy mealtimes.

There are some excellent deals to be had on the Funky Giraffe site. Bibs actually get cheaper, the greater quantity that you buy and there are special offers available which mean that you can get your hands on a bundle of bibs which work out at just £1.50 each – bargain! Amazingly enough, Funky Giraffe bibs are also available in Australia, so if you’re one of our lovely antipodean readers, head over to the Funky Giraffe Australia site for some beautiful prints and excellent bargains.

Are you a fan of Funky Giraffe bibs? Are you tempted to try them after reading this? Leave me a comment below.

Baby · Family · Health

And Onto Moo-Milk We Go…

Photo Credit: momjunction.com
Photo Credit: momjunction.com

You may have read posts in the past detailing Burrito Baby’s issues with milk and how her doctors came to the conclusion that she had a Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) because of digestive discomfort and behavioral issues. We’ve dutifully fed her on the vile, raw-potato smelling formula milk, made mostly of gluscose syrup, that she was prescribed and tackled the minefield that is dairy-free weaning, but there’s been a spanner in the works. You see, BB isn’t gaining weight.

Length-wise, she’s in between the 75th and 91st percentile, making her quite long for her age, especially as she’s still being corrected for those 4 weeks that she was early by. However, for weight, she’s hovering somewhere around the 25th percentile, which means that she’s very definitely underweight. I mean, you’ve only got to look at her to see that she’s tiny and when you hold her, you can feel her spine sticking out. I’m not used to skinny babies; Sausage was very well covered, always in the 91st percentile for length and weight and the worry with her was that she was too big, so this is all a new thing for us.

We were all so terribly ill over Christmas and when BB’s 12 month check with the Health Visitor came around just one day after her birthday, we were shocked to learn that she’d actually lost weight in the period since her last weigh-in during December. We put it down to her having been so poorly and off of her food, but a couple of weeks later when I took her to clinic to be weighed, she’d barely gained a few ounces. I took her along to see our GP, who didn’t seem overly worried about her, but when I mention the fact that she urinated frequently, gets very cross at times and eats like a horse, despite gaining no weight, it was decided that a few tests were in order.

After a couple of disastrous attempts to catch her wee in one of those bags that you stick on under their nappy, the GP ordered bloods to be taken instead, to test mainly for diabetes, an over active thyroid or anaemia. The test isn’t until 8th April and the waiting is horrid, but in the meantime, our GP advised us to tentatively try BB on some full-on dairy produce to see if her tummy was still intolerant to it all.

The first thing we attempted was cereal with milk – BB is absolutely crazy about crunchy nut cornflakes and up until this point, I’d had to give them to her dry, making me feel not entirely unlike Ebeneezer Scrooge but knowing that it was for her own good. Watching her wolf down a whole bowl, milk and all, was both beautiful and terrifying; seeing her enjoy milk so much after being deprived for all these months brought a tear to my eye, but I also spent the next few hours searching her face for any signs of tummy ache or other pain. Fortunately, the milk seemed to have no effect on her, so next gold-top milk and a chocolate cookie, then cheese on toast the following lunchtime – good grief, this girl LOVES cheese!

Over the last week, she’s had full fat milk, cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, butter and milkshake and not once has so shown any adverse effects. She’s been happier in herself and sleeping really well (she’s always slept well at night, but has never been much of a napper; this week she’s been napped twice a day for a total of about 3 hours!), and although we’re not having her weighed until tomorrow, Husband and I are convinced she’s gained – our little Skinny Minnie looks plumper in the face already!

It’s quite a bittersweet time for Husband and I, with worrying about the potential for her having a life-changing condition such as diabetes, as well as the transition to dairy. Was she really CMPA all this time or could she have been having dairy all along, and avoided the horrible replacement milk? Could the lack of dairy be the cause of her weight issues? I guess we’ll probably never know, but we’re both staying positive and hoping that the numbers on the scales will make us happy tomorrow. Watch this space for an update!

Karcher Super Bloggers · Review

Karcher Steam Stick Review #KarcherSuperBloggers

Here at Mum’s the Word, we’re delighted to have been asked to be Karcher Super Bloggers, part of a team of people who are being sent Karcher goodies over the next 12 months to review and test. We’re massive fans of Karcher in our house and have great faith in the brand, so the opportunity to test things out and get hands-on is a real treat!

Anyway, for my first attempt at using the Karcher Steam Stick I thought I’d give vlogging a go and I must make a couple of excuses before we start – we’re still not properly unpacked and I still cannot find my make-up bag, so the slight rough-around-the-edges look is thanks to the lack of mascara and foundation! Also, dismantling a steam cleaner with one hand whilst still trying to record with the other is tricky. I promise that, in my next video, I’ll wear some make-up and perhaps employ a trusty camera man!

So, without further ado, here’s the Karcher Steam Stick giving my new laminate flooring a once-over:

Monday Parenting Pin It Party

Monday’s Parenting Pin It Party #97

So, in a monumental case of crossed wires and confusion on my part, my first ever week of hosting Monday’s Parenting Pin It Party managed to go by completely unnoticed by me, and I’m posting today instead of yesterday. Shhh…I’m a newbie so you have to let me off! Last week’s linky, hosted by Carolin at Mummy Alarm, had some amazing posts added and I really struggled to choose just two that I loved.

The first one to catch my eye was this recipe for banana and peanut butter flapjacks by Mummy Mishaps. Anything banana and peanut flavour goes down a treat in our house and Husband is famous for making a banana and peanut butter milkshake, so this one had to be chosen.

My next fave was this post by Rainy Day Mum about empowering our daughters and teaching them key life skills. I’ve always been the sort of person to do things for myself, choosing to test my own skills rather than deferring to someone else and we try to teach our girls to be equally as resourceful, so this post really made my heart sing.

If you want to join in and share your favourite posts, check out the linky rules and grab the badge below before linking up your must-reads from last week or longer ago.

So, here’s the badge code if you want to link up and add it to your posts:

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Family · Fashion and Style

Summer Shoes for the Whole Family

It has to be said, I’m definitely a flip-flops kinda girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pair of winter boots, but I’m never happier than when I realise that the weather is warm enough for me to get my sandals on! I’ve been taking a look at the Reef website, planning a few purchases for the whole family for the upcoming warmer weather and I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you:

For Sausage

 

I absolutely love these flamingo print flip flops for my biggest girl. She’s totally bonkers about animals and anything nature related, so the print on these would be absolutely perfect, and when paired with the sparkle on the straps, they’d be the ideal pretty yet practical sandal for her. They’d coordinate with almost everything in her wardrobe too, which is a real bonus, especially when kids grow out of things so quickly and buying multiples of everything can be expensive.

For Husband

I was pleasantly surprised to see mens stuff on the Reef site, too. Husband is like me and likes to get his toes out on particularly hot days so I reckon these mens leather sandals would be great for him. The fact that they feature full arch support and a hardwearing sole make them perfect for Husband, and the simple, stylish look is something I know he’d go for.

For Me

I have to say, I struggled to find something for myself…not because there’s a lack of things that I like but because there’s SO much stuff that I wanted! The turquoise flip flops look great for a summers’ day or a stroll on the beach, while the leather flip flops look like the perfect shoe to take on a summer holiday – great for both day and evening wear, allowing you to save plenty of space for duty-free make up in your case! The slightly more closed-in show is probably more befitting of a British summer, when the weather can change at the drop of a hat and would also be perfect with office work-wear.

Sadly, Burrito Baby is still too small for Reef shoes, but as soon as she’s big enough we’ll be treating her, too!

What would you choose for yourself and your family? Leave me a comment below.