January 2018 | The Northern Irish Mum

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Kari me Stretchy wrap - newborn essentials

There are millions of  newborn essential lists scattered online, in books and in every baby & parenting magazine your likely to read. Some your definitely going to need like nappies & wipes but others, like a top & tail bowl, expensive bottle prep machine or travel dummy steriliser are more of an individual preference than an essential. Everyone has their own little list of things they just couldn't do without in the newborn days and since we are well and truly over the newborn stage with baby boy turning the big ONE this weekend, I've decided to do a series of posts about my essentials that aided us to sail thankfully pretty smoothly through the newborn stage!

Stretchy wraps!
I was introduced to stretchy wraps (a stretch fabric wrap to carry newborns- 4 months approx) 5 years ago when our gorgeous girl was born, by a very knowledgeable friend who was carrying her newborn youngest. I'll admit, on first glance I thought no way, there is not a chance I am wrapping meters of stretchy fabric around me and my baby! However after trying it once I was a convert! I had my hands back! Baby was snuggly, beside mummy just as she wanted and I could get on with daily life, with her close at all times. Win win! I bought a kari-me black stretchy wrap and its the same wrap I kept and used again with baby boy when he arrived last February. 

Since then I've introduced a number of friends to babywearing because it' just so bluming handy! But if you don't have that "babywearing" friend and are interested,  a local babywearing sling group or library is a good place to start, as the members are so knowledgeable they will be able to demonstrate carriers, help you get a good fit for you and baby, show you how to use them safely and many groups hire out carriers. Which is a fantastic option before committing to purchase one! The sling library Northern Ireland runs meets locally here as well as a few other groups. But if your not on the wee emerald isle have a little google search and see if there are any sling libraries in your local area. 
 There are also amazing bloggers and vloggers like Wrap you in love  who have great tutorials , showing you step by step how to carry your little ones in a variety of carriers, so worth a little look if your interested. 
There are lots of brands of stretchy wraps out there, some great, some less so (i'd avoid ebay cheapy type wraps as these tend to be not as stretchy material and poorer quality) again its about personal preference. Personally I love the kari-me having tried out a number of others I found this has worn well over the years, been used by three kids so far, my two and a friends,  and washes easily (pop in normal wash and I just popped into tumbler), pretty hassle free! . 

Using a stretchy wrap made everything so much easier in the newborn days, I was able to hold our big girl's hand out for walks still whilst carrying baby boy. Likewise at home having him in the wrap meant I had my hands free for her, to help her with her puzzles or play with that toy. It just seemed to make my transition from a mum of one to a mum of two so much easier. I also found it so easy to get out with the family for walks to the beach and places like silent valley that just are not that easy to navigate with a pram. Side note, having babies upright can aid issues like colic and reflux which thankfully we didn't have, but it's something worth mentioning as it can really help if your having these issues! I can just not recommend it highly enough, just give it a go!


Sunday, 14 January 2018

New year, same old me?

New year source
The new year is a weird one for me. I've never really been bitten by the new year party/ resolutions hype. Which is kind of odd for me, because I love a theme! I adore decorating for different seasons and celebrations. Even if it's just a little nod to valentines in the form of a bouquet or an Easter garland or autumnal wreath, I love adding a little themed decor to our home. But New years, I could take it or leave it. And because new years isn't a big deal to me, I don't tend to join in the new year new me resolutions either. However this year I've written myself a little list of goals, not resolutions as such, but things i'd like to do or achieve/ I am striving for in the coming months. So I thought i'd share a few of them.

Number one and this is a biggey for me, Contentment! Contentment in all aspects of life, but mainly with our house. Contentment with our unfinished still half painted, no skirting boards home. I find myself falling down the instagram rabbit hole and looking longingly at, beautiful finished, magazine-isk, country dwelling, floral, neat homes. Then looking round at our little half finished "hobbit hole" as I call it and feeling down in the dumps. I'm going to really try to this year to just be more content with my little home. Yes we have still 50% of the rooms to redecorate, the bathroom looks like something from another era and we have a severe lack of storage anywhere in the house, but we are very blessed I know to own our own home. So i'm going to try super hard this year to not become worked up about what we have not got done and appreciate what we have! Though it would be amazing if we finally got the bluming skirting boards on!

Books, I'm a book worm who doesn't read hardly at all anymore! But I've a lovely little pile stacked beside my bed that i'm wading my way through, granted slowly, but surely!

Body. Ohh touchy subject for me. I feel like this is a never ending battle, inside my own head! Post baby body round two. This year i'm not going to beat myself up that i'm not a size 10, heck I haven't seen that size on my clothes labels since before babs was born! I am however going to reintroduce exercise into my daily life and make some healthy changes.
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Blog. I have such a desire to blog, but coupled with crippling anxiety about putting out content and being judged in any critical or negative way for it. My hubby recently remarked about how I used to blog all the time, on my previous blog I blogged for 3 years non stop. I never really worried about what people thought of my space online back then, but now, now I'm a bundle of nerves. I'm hoping to get over this and just feel free to spill my thoughts and feelings on here as easily as I once did.

Finally business. I have had two little business ideas floating around in my head & heart for well over two years now. Neither have went any further than that, but this year I would love to put down the foundations for these and have the courage to try them out!

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