Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew

You know the worst thing about having a baby? It's not the poo explosions - even on the days when they seem continuous. It's not the tantrums (although ask me again in a year's time and I might've changed my mind on that one). It's not even the sleep deprivation, because that ends at some point. Sure all those things are less than ideal, but the very worst thing about having a baby (at least in this household) is TEETHING.

Teething is the devil. Sometimes it quite literally turns my normally cute, cheeky, happy little girl into the devil. It turns her cute little gums into bright red raging mountains reminiscent of volcanoes that are about to erupt. It makes her decorate the floor, couch, bed and all her clothes with drool. It turns her into a ravenous, biting piranha who happily makes a meal out of my knees, shoulders, fingers and sometimes even my face. It makes her curl up in the foetal position covered in tears. Sometimes mummy even ends up curled up in the foetal position crying at the end of the day as well. Yep, teething is a bitch not nice.

The worst part about teething is seeing her in so much pain. Unfortunately bub teethes for a really long time before her teeth actually cut through. She started teething at 3 months and her first tooth didn't break through until she was 7 months old. They kept coming up and down under her gums for months. The poor thing had to put up with the pain and discomfort for so long. I thought it'd get better once she got her first few teeth, but it didn't. She got her first two teeth together at 7 months then didn't get another one until 12 months. Her bottom right side tooth came through, but her bottom left seems to be MIA. This last month shes had her 2 top teeth come through and now she has her top side teeth about to cut. So at the moment after 11 months of almost continuous teething shes still only got 5 teeth. Poor thing has been miserable for a while now so anything I can find to help relieve her discomfort is a most welcome addition to our household.

My latest tool in the battle against teething is the Neckerchew from Cheeky Chompers. The Neckerchew is a revolutionary bib developed in the UK which combines a dribble bib with a silicone teether in one. Its the perfect product for a teething baby or toddler. The soft bib soaks up all the incessant drool and the teether soothes her sore gums and is always close at hand for her to grab when needed.



The Neckerchew has a bandanna shape and is made from triple layered cotton which ensures that all the drool is caught and bub stays dry. She gave it a good work out as her two top teeth were breaking through and despite the huge amount of drool the back of the bib was still perfectly dry as were her clothes underneath. The jersey cotton is super soft and comfortable around her neck too so she doesn't mind wearing the bib for hours at a time. I only take them off at meal times because I don't want them to get covered in food like spaghetti (they're too pretty).




The bibs come in a number of different designs (see above) and they're fully reversible so its like having two bibs in one. They close either way with press studs and there's two different studs on each bib so they will last up until two years of age. She can still technically get away with using the smaller size, but doesn't like things too close to her neck so we use the larger size. Even though it hangs slightly below her neck it still catches all the drool thanks to the bandanna shape. We have the baby baby and cool pink bibs which interchange with almost all of her outfits so they're great value for money and super fashionable.



{Still looks cute even when she's busted being naughty}

Of course the best part about the Neckerchew is the awesome triangle shaped teether on the end of the bib. The teether has a special dimpled design incorporating raised circles and ridges to further help sooth sore gums. Its sewn onto the bib so theres no chance of it being dropped (or thrown) onto the floor and there's no need to turn the house upside down looking for it when you need it. Bub simply puts it in her mouth and chomps away as she pleases. It's phthalates free so is perfectly safe for babies to chew on and can be easily washed in the washing machine when needed. Bub certainly loves chomping away on hers. When her two top teeth were breaking through recently it was constantly in her mouth.





The Neckerchew is the perfect product for teething babies. The bibs are stylish, durable, practical, great value for money and they wash well in the machine. We've been using ours for a couple of weeks now and I can't fault them. I would highly recommend them to other mum's as not only do they help soothe bub, but they also help save our sanity too. Neckerchew bibs are available in Australia via Cheeky Chompers and at various boutiques.

Do you have a little teething monster at your place?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was sent two Neckerchew bibs to trial. All opinions in this review are based on our experience with the product. I did not receive payment for this review.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Growing up isn't all that bad

For the last few weeks I've been feeling really reflective. It started just before bub turned one and it continued for a little while after. There's nothing like a milestone to make you reminisce about the past. Yes I know a year isn't really all that long, and it kinda sounds wrong referring to such a short period of time as the past. But in reality that single year makes up her entire life to date and that's massive. It's quite amazing just how much a baby changes in their first year and how amazingly fast it seems to fly by. I really don't understand how pregnancy seems to drag on forever, yet once the baby comes time goes by at light speed.



I've been missing my little baby for a few weeks now. I don't think I was really ready for her to morph into a toddler quite so fast. Her first few months of life I was willing her to grow up and reach milestone's, but come eleven months I was begging her to slow down. Ironically it coincided with when she started to walk. Since then I've been in this weird half sad, half clucky mood wanting my baby back. I'm guessing its natures way of making sure we go back for more...?

I started considering having another baby purely to get those baby moments back again. But then I reminded myself of the sleep deprivation days and quickly got over that idea! I still entertain it sometimes in my dreams, but for now I'm happy to live vicariously through my friends who have younger babies. 

To be honest I was starting to get quite down about not having a baby anymore. For a while I thought it might be some kind of slight resurgence of my pnd. But then I realised all my friend's have all gone through the same phase around their baby's first birthdays. It seems missing the "little baby" is just a normal phase all us poor mums go through. I imagine it'll just get worse with each child, especially the last. I think it's just hit me a bit harder because I honestly don't know if I'll be able to have any more children so she could very well be my first and last baby.

I'm happy to report though that I'm finally out of my little funk. She's still developing rapidly, but instead of mourning for the little baby I had before, I'm focusing on all the things I have to look forward to. Each day shes doing new things and saying (or attempting to say) more words. Each passing week there are more and more activities we can do together as she gains new skills.




I'm quickly discovering toddlers are just as amazing as babies. Sure there are tantrums, and shes already a master at those, but there are also really good moments too. Like the cuddles and kisses each morning. The huge stories she tells... rah rah rah mum mum bub bub ha ha ha ah mum mum. Playing with the ball at the park. Watching her interact with the cats. Exploring new textures with water play and building sand trenches at the beach. Being a toddler is still new and exciting and most of all fun. Best of all shes getting better at communicating what she wants and including me in her playtime because she wants to, not because she needs me to help her.

I used to think only the baby stage would be magical (excluding the sleep deprivation and poo parts) and that the older stages would mainly be full of tantrums and frustration. I'm now learning that every single stage of childhood is magical, for both her and me. I love my little big girl so much and no matter how big she gets she'll still be my baby girl.


Toni x

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 38 - EXPLORING

This week bub and I got to spend an awesome morning at the beach with some of my friends. It really is the nicest way to start the day outside playing in the fresh air with the sound of the ocean in the background. We went down to the sand and she immediately started digging a trench underneath her. Not so good for her new dress, but she had heaps of fun. She seems to have developed a slight fear of the water though when its moving so we just stayed on the sand this time, we'll tackle the water another day when its warmed up a little more.



38 | EXPLORING
~ Bub had fun exploring in the sand at the beach ~


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mummy Must Have | BabyButton Mama Organiser (plus giveaway)

Now that bub is older and doesn't require a gazillion nappy changes in a day its become possible for me to actually leave the house on occasions without having to lug an entire nappy bag. As much as I do love my nappy bag, sometimes its nice to leave the house without it and feel more like me and less like mummy. Of course leaving the house without a baby in tow pretty much never happens so I still need to take some supplies with me. That's where the awesome Mama Organiser from BabyButton comes in.



The Mama Organiser is the perfect solution for those who don't want to carry a huge nappy bag around. Its big enough to fit all the daily essentials, but still compact and stylish. It's small enough to have in the bottom of your pram or store in the car for emergencies. Its also a great option for when the grandparents are looking after your little ones.

It has two large internal pockets, a phone pocket and two card slots. Both of the internal pockets and the phone pocket have press studs to keep everything enclosed. The organiser also does up with a big button on the outside and there's a loop that can be used to secure it to a pram. Or, you could fold the loop inside and put your car keys on it. Each of the card slots can hold up to 4 cards so there's ample room to store ID, credit cards, loyalty cards etc. The bigger pockets are great for storing nappies (disposable or cloth), wipes, nappy bags, spare clothes, togs, bibs etc. The only problem I have is that the press stud on the phone pocket won't close when my Samsung is in it. The phone fits into the pocket fine, but the stud will only clip closed if I remove my phone case. T has an iphone 5 and his fits into the pocket and clips closed fine.




I use my Mama Organiser mainly for small trips down to the shops so I usually pack:

  • 2 disposable nappies (it could fit 3, but we never need 3)
  • A small pack of baby wipes
  • Nappy bags 
  • An emergency bib (because its the one thing I always need and forget to pack even when I have my entire nappy bag!)
  • ID and credit cards (whatever's needed depending where I'm going)
  • My phone


{my little helper was trying to style the shot for me}

The image below gives you further ideas of what can be packed in the Mama Organiser. As you can see the card slots can be used to pack travel shampoo or medicine which is great for when you get to hand over your kids to grandma. The phone pocket can also be used to store food pouches.

{Image: BabyButton}

Even when the Mama Organiser is fully packed it still closes properly and doesn't look too full.



The Mama Organiser is available in five different fabric designs - owls, black and white damask, midnight black, green medallion and circle of beauty. Naturally I chose the owl design, because well it's owls. The outer layer is made of nylon and the internal storage is cotton. Which is great because it means that it can be easily machine washed if it gets dirty. I haven't washed mine yet, but inevitably with a toddler in tow there are going to be times when grubby fingers may get to it so that's a huge plus.


The Mama Organiser is the latest product offering from BabyButton, an online business created by fellow mum Janell. Her business first started when she designed her own breastfeeding cover after she couldn't find one on the market to suit her needs. Eventually demand for her breastfeeding cover grew by word of mouth and BabyButton was born. The business has since grown to stock a range of other products including bibs, burp clothes, nappy wallets, taggie blankets and more.



MAMA ORGANISER GIVEAWAY {CLOSED}

BabyButton are so excited about their new Mama Organiser's launching that they've kindly given me 3 to give away to some lucky Finding Myself Young readers. The lucky winners can each choose a Mama Organiser in the design of their choice from the image below. For your chance to win simply follow the rafflecopter prompts below.

For those of you who want to get your hands on a Mama Organiser and don't want to wait, I also have a special discount code for you. To get a Mama Organiser at the discounted price of $19.95 simply use the code FMYMO when purchasing at www.babybutton.com.au.




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Toni x


Disclosure - I was gifted a Mama Organiser to trial as part of the product launch. All opinions expressed in this review are my own based on my experience with the product. I was not paid for this review.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

We're spinning around with Playgro

It's time to introduce you guys to yet another awesome Playgro toy. I have to say I was super excited when I opened our latest box of goodies and saw the Spinning Popping Pal. I've been considering getting one for bub for a while. I have to admit I want to play with it just as much as her, because essentially I'm just a big kid at heart. When I was younger I had one of those fake mower toys that made the popping sounds as you pushed it and I've had a soft spot for popping toys ever since. I'm doing everything I can to pass this affinity onto bub.



It turns out I didn't actually have to do anything to encourage her to play with it. As soon as I opened the box her eyes lit up and she pulled it out to investigate. She didn't even wait for me to take it out of the packaging before she went ahead and started playing with it. I was actually quite impressed that she knew how to work it straight away. She doesn't have many toys that require pushing so I thought for sure I'd need to show her how to use it a few times before she'd get it, but apparently she's even smarter than I thought.



The Spinning Popping Pal is such a timeless classic toy. There are no bells and whistles - no crazy tunes or flashy lights, just good old fashioned fun. It's so simple and easy to use. All that's needed is a simple push down on the handle and the balls rotate and pop around providing hours of entertainment for bub. She loves watching all the balls spin around in different directions. Sometimes she doesn't even wait for it to stop spinning before she starts pushing it again.



Apart from the spinning around, the bright colours and different patterns on the balls and centre of the toy also capture her attention. Its amazing how something so simple can fascinate a baby for so long. Mind you having said that I love playing with it too so maybe its not that surprising. The popping sound and the fact that the balls actually pop up and down is the best part though. There's just something so special about popping toys. It's entirely possible I like this toy almost as much as bub (although nobody looks at her weird when she's playing with it).









I also have no fear that the toy will break and the balls will get out. The outer plastic case is built tough, seriously tough, because ours has been dropped on the tiles or accidentally knocked off the table more times than I can count and it's no worse for wear. Thankfully, because toddlers will be toddlers after all.

If you're looking for an affordable, entertaining and educational toy for your baby or toddler then the Playgro Spinning Popping Pal is definitely a great option. It encourages babies to develop their fine and gross motor skills whilst having heaps of fun. It also doesn't need batteries so won't stop working (some parents may see that as a negative, but I see it as a big plus). It's guided for 6 months plus and I think this is appropriate and it will continue to entertain them for many months to come. Bub is now almost 14 months and shes still really entertained by it and I don't see that changing any time soon. And given I still enjoy playing with it at nearly 30 I'd say its a worthwhile investment. If you'd like to get your own Spinning Popping Pal you can find them at Toys R Us for $19.95.


Toni x

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 37 - SHARING

Anyone with a toddler knows that sharing is not their forte, so this prompt may have been a bit ambitious. Of course when I came up with the prompts she was still quite good with sharing. Now she's moved on to the inevitable "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine too" stage. So she pretty much wants to play with whatever toy the other kids are playing with, whether she actually wants it or not. We did have a nice, rare, moment of sharing at mothers group this week though. She was being super cute and pushing Angus along on his car, but of course by the time I ran to grab my phone so I could take a photo she'd stopped doing that. They did continue to play together quite amicably with the car though so I was able to get a sharing photo for this week.





37 | SHARING
~ A rare moment of toddler sharing ~



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Monday, September 15, 2014

The baby daze

In the weeks leading up to bub's birth I knew I'd be sleep deprived once she arrived. Every second person I spoke to was reminding me, just incase I forgot. I thought I was prepared for it. In fact by the end of my pregnancy I was willing her to come early because I was so over spending my days lazing around the house and having afternoon naps. Ha, what I would give to be able to have those weeks back now.

To be honest I don't think you can ever be prepared for the sleepless nights a newborn brings. At least not the first time around. Perhaps I'll be a little more equipped next time because I know what to expect, but I'm sure it'll still knock me for six. 

Those first few days in hospital are seriously a blur. Two words - cluster feeding. Sure it's great for bringing your milk in, but its so not great if you want to get any sleep. I don't even remember T being there during the day time because I was so sleep deprived from the nights. I know I fell asleep while feeding her twice. The first time I woke because a midwife was taking her off me to put her back in the crib and the second time I woke because I remembered I was feeding her and freaked out. I'm pretty sure the second time was only a micro sleep, but when I woke I was so confused as to whether I was really awake or whether I was dreaming. I remember sitting there for a good five minutes trying to work out what was going on. 

By the third day I broke down in a fit of tears asking T if the birth had really happened and she was really my baby. I was so out of it from not sleeping that I wasn't sure if I'd made the whole thing up. A few hours later the dr came by to do my discharge paperwork and I told him about my breakdown (thinking I was going crazy) and he said it was perfectly normal especially given my unexpected birth. In fact he said he'd be more worried if I hadn't had a good cry. I can't tell you how reassuring that conversation was.

When I got home it was easier at first because I had T's help during the day so I could have small naps here and there. It was up to me at night time, but surprisingly enough I was managing to get by on only a few hours of broken sleep quite well. Until T went back to work.

Cue major breakdown.

He works 12 hour shifts so I had to look after her all day and then all night by myself. All on about 2-3 hours of broken sleep. Needless to say that didn't work very well.

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I was so tired I was a walking zombie half the time. Pretty quickly I became quite emotional. I'd burst into tears numerous times throughout the day and often in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't get her to go back to sleep after a feed. I became resentful of T because he was still getting a minimum of eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, if not more. I started getting seriously depressed and anxious. I honestly believe my sleep deprivation played a part in me developing postnatal depression. At the time I just thought everything was my fault and that I wasn't coping.

Love to Dream recently conducted national research* into the relationship between sleep and new mums. I have to say the results sound very familiar to me and I'm somewhat glad I'm not the only one who's gone through this experience. 53.6% of new mums said lack of sleep had a negative impact on their lives. Sleep deprivation can seriously affect your everyday life and not just in the sense that you need a lot more caffeine to survive the day. The research uncovered a number of negative impacts including:

  • 63% of mums become overly emotional {like I did}
  • 58% feel grumpy or angry
  • 36% say it impacts their relationship with their partner/husband 
  • 33% suffer ill health {like I did}
  • 30% feel unable to cope {like I did}
  • 27% feel depressed {like I did}

The good news is that the baby daze as I call it does pass. Of course I didn't believe it would when I was smack bang in the middle of it all. But with a lot of patience and a number of different tactics we got through it. Now I have a baby who sleeps up to eleven hours a night and rarely wakes unless shes teething or sick. Oh happy days. I actually sleep long enough to have dreams now (pretty weird ones, but its still better than none).

If you're in the middle of the baby daze right now I have a solution for you. Love to Dream have put together a giveaway to help. Their products have helped us along our sleeping journey and I can't recommend them enough.


LOVE TO DREAM GIVEAWAY

To help you, and your little one, get a better night’s sleep Love to Dream have given me one of their new Love To Swaddle UP Lite 50/50's to giveaway. This design is part of their new Lite range of swaddles for summer, which are up to 300% lighter than traditional muslin wraps. The fabric used in the Lite range is highly breathable making it perfect for warmer months and also suitable for babies with eczema or sensitive skin. The Swaddle UP 50/50 is the no cry solution to help transition babies from being swaddled to having their arms out. The new Swaddle UP Lite 50/50 comes in a colour palette of chartreuse, aqua, grenadine and grey making it perfect for a little girl or boy. For your chance to win simply follow the rafflecopter prompts below.


WINNER - KAREN GRACE



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Toni x


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 36 - WITH DAD

Yep this prompt was totally inspired by Father's Day last Sunday. Unfortunately T had to work night shift on Sunday so he only got to spend about an hour with bub before he left for work. We didn't do anything overly exciting, but he did get to play with her outside for a bit so I managed to snap a pic of them together. Yes it totally looks like he's trying to eat her face if you look closely, but he was actually in the process of kissing her I just managed to make it look all creepy with my awesome photography skills!


36 | WITH DAD
~ Bub playing with dad ~


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Toni x


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Our new wheels (plus Safety 1st wanderer pram giveaway)


Our new wheels

To be completely honest, I've never actually gone shopping for a pram. I did spend years lusting after a Bugaboo though. While I was battling infertility I noticed pretty much every baby that came through work and a good percentage of them were in Bugaboo's. Being exposed to them so often it automatically became my dream pram without ever actually researching any other prams. Of course I never thought I'd get one being that they're so expensive. I fully intended on shopping around for a pram once I got pregnant. It turned out though that when the time came my grandma offered to buy me a pram. I told her I wanted a Bugaboo (as a joke) and to my complete surprise she agreed to buy me one. Yea I nearly fainted. It was probably a blessing though because I had no idea where to start with any other prams. I had no idea what features I wanted, or needed, I just knew that I didn't want a 3 wheel pram. 

In June I was invited to attend a bloggers breakfast hosted by Dorel as part of the Pregnancy Baby and Children's Expo. I was super excited to be able to attend this year as I couldn't go last year because I was 36 weeks pregnant, suffering really badly from PSD and couldn't walk properly. Dorel manufacture a wide range of children's products, you probably have some of their products in your home without knowing. Their key brands include Mothers Choice, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi and Quinny. After breakfast we got to see all of the latest Dorel products in action. It really opened my eyes to all the other great products available that I'd never considered before. When the opportunity came up to review products I jumped at the chance (because who doesn't want to try before they buy right?).

I initially wanted to review the Stellar pram, but it won't be available for a few months so I was offered the Wanderer. I hesitated at first, due to my dislike of 3 wheel prams, but then decided to give it a go. Over the past few weeks bub and I have been putting it through its paces and here's what I think.




My aversion to 3 wheel prams came from a media report outlining the risks of them when they first came out a few years ago. It was long before I thought about having kids, but for some reason it stuck with me. Because of that I automatically discounted 3 wheel prams completely, without ever researching them. Now that I've actually used one I don't know what I was worried about. There are so many things I love about this pram and I haven't had any safety concerns at all.

For some reason this pram makes me feel like I should be jogging around a lake somewhere. It just looks so sporty and actually motivates me to exercise, believe it or not. I've dubbed it my walking pram because since I got it I've gone walking so much more. Which is great for #operationlosebabyweight (which should've started a long time ago). I now walk down to the local shops all the time instead of popping in on my way home from somewhere. Its about a forty minute round trip up and down a hill and the pram handles beautifully. It moves like it has power steering and the suspension means it makes short work of both the (poorly) paved footpaths and dirt sections of our walk. I love that there's only one foot brake, it makes it so much easier than having one on each wheel. There's also a huge amount of storage space so I can load it up for the walk home.

Safety 1st Wanderer pram storage space

Underneath there is a huge storage basket. I have to specially order bubs formula from the chemist down the road and it comes in 10 tins at a time and they all fit perfectly in the open basket section. I've never been able to walk and get her formula before as I can't fit all the tins in my other pram. Best bit is there's still the zipped storage basket free to hold anything I pick up from the bakery or fruit shop as well. I still take my nappy bag with me (more out of habit), but all the contents could easily fit into the zipped section. There's another zipped pocket on the back of the sun canopy too which I put my phone and keys in for easy access.


Safety 1st Wanderer pram reversible seat

Another feature that I really like is the reversible seat. For some reason I thought all 3 wheel prams only had front facing seats, because that's all I'd ever seen. I was so happy when I saw that I could rear face her in the Wanderer. To be honest before I tried this pram I'd never forward faced her. I loved being able to see her the whole time (yes I know separation anxiety much). I bit the bullet and turned her around and she loves it. Obviously looking at the cars, plants and houses as we walk is a lot more interesting than looking at boring old mum. The good thing for me though is that this pram has a sneaky way I can spy keep an eye on her while she's front facing.


Safety 1st Wanderer 3 wheel pram extendible sun canopy

Hello hidden viewing window. The sun canopy on this pram is awesome to begin with, but it also extends down even further by unzipping the viewing window. Its great for the walk home because the sun is always directly in her face by then. In addition to allowing me to see her, it also allows for good ventilation while the canopy is down so low so she doesn't get hot. The pram also comes with a rain cover included although we haven't had to use it yet.



I love that the pram comes with a front bumper bar. It gives me extra peace of mind knowing that there's a bar there should I accidentally not clip the straps in properly. It also gives me a place to hang a wrap over her if its a bit chilly (without blocking her view). Pram toys can also be attached easily to entertain her when we're out for long periods of time. If you don't like having a bar across the front its easy to remove by unclipping it at the side. 



I'm seriously amazed by how easily the Wanderer folds down. Literally all I have to do is recline the seat and then pull the two red discs on the side and voilĂ  the pram collapses on itself. The front wheel can be removed if needed to get the pram into a car boot, but I don't need to remove it. The pram also has an added safety latch on the side that automatically clicks into place when its folded down. I can fit the pram in my hatchback quite easily with a fair bit of boot room around it. It's just shy of being able to lay flat because of the thickness of the wheels, but lays flat in our sedan. My other pram folds into two separate pieces and takes up a lot more room in the boot so the fact that this one is quicker and easier to put away and leaves more boot space is a real winner.

There are so many other features I love about this pram including the adjustable handle and the fact that it comes with a seat liner and foot muff included instead of having to buy them as accessories. You can read more about the features here. There are only two things I'm missing with this pram that I wish I had and that's a cup holder (for me) and an attachable tray (for feeding while out). The cup holder is just me being precious because I've got one on the other pram and I've grown quite accustomed to drinking hot chocolate while I'm exercising at the shops. I've seen the attachable food trays on friends prams and they look like an ingenious idea.

For the price ($499) and the numerous list of features this pram has I'd say its more than value for money. If I had to go shopping for a pram right now I'd definitely buy it as opposed to other brands (even my beloved Bugaboo). It isn't missing many features that my original pram has and there's a massive $980 difference in the price. See what I mean, definite value for money! If you're currently on the market for a pram or are looking to upgrade you should definitely go to the shops and have a sticky at the Wanderer. You can find your closest stockists here. If you desperately want one already, or know someone who does, then you should enter my giveaway below.

UPDATE: The Wanderer was originally $499 and has since been reduced to a RRP of $399.

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WIN A SAFETY 1ST WANDERER FOR YOURSELF


The team at Dorel have kindly given me a Wanderer pram to give away to one super lucky Finding Myself Young reader. All you have to do to be in the running to win is follow the rafflecopter prompts below. Its that simple!

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Competition commences 12:00am September 8th 2014 and ends 12:00am September 22nd 2014. Entry is open to Australian residents only, excluding ACT. One reader will win a Safety 1st Wanderer stroller valued at $499. Prize colour will be determined by stock availability after the competition has ended. Prize is not transferable. Prize will be delivered by Safety 1st Australia, Finding Myself Young takes no responsibility for prize delivery. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Winner will have 48hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook.

Good luck everyone!


Toni x


Disclosure - I was gifted a Wanderer by Dorel after attending the PBC Expo bloggers breakfast. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post and all opinions expressed are based on my experience with the pram.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

When everything goes wrong


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As parents all we ever want is the best for our kids. I always knew her life wouldn't be perfect, no-one's is. I just didn't want her to have to go through the things I did. I want her life to be better than mine, easier. Isn't that the way its supposed to be?

Before she was born I was super paranoid that she would have eye problems. My dad wore glasses, her dad wears glasses and I was born with a turned eye, had surgery and still wore glasses until 17. I knew the odds were against me, but I was hopeful that she'd be spared.

I was over the moon when she was born and her eyes were straight. They were perfect. She was perfect.

I've been hyper sensitive when it comes to her eyes since birth. I notice the tiniest turn in her eye. It happened here and there every now and again, but never anything consistent and never anything to worry about. In fact other people probably wouldn't even have noticed. Until about two months ago.

It started happening again. More frequently. It became obvious and not just to me. Others started noticing. I had a gut feeling that it was turning like mine when I was younger. I kept trying to brush it off like my family was, but deep down I knew. I didn't want it to be real, but it was and it is.

Today she was seen by a specialist and they confirmed it's the same condition I had.

First step is glasses and then possibly surgery in a few months. The thought of having to put my baby to sleep for an operation is beyond scary to me, so I'm pretending it wont happen for now.

My heart is breaking. It's breaking knowing that not only does she have to deal with her allergies, she now has to deal with this too. It's breaking because I know what its like to live that life. I know how cruel kids can be to others who are different. It's breaking because I feel partially responsible.

I know on the one hand I'm over-reacting (an anxiety disorder tends to make you do that) and glasses aren't that bad. There are much worse things that could happen to her and I know I should be grateful that its nothing worse. But on the other-hand, shes my baby. Shes my poor helpless little girl and there's something wrong with her and I can't fix it, no matter how much I want to, and I really really want to be able to fix it.

I just have to let it all play out how its going to. Which is really hard for a control freak, and really hard for a mum. I have to trust the doctors and the technology and hope it will work. I know there have been many advances in technology since I was younger and that's comforting, but there's still that part of me that wishes I was a fairy godmother and could click my fingers and make it all go away.

Toni x


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 35 - ON THE FLOOR

I honestly thought that this week's photo would end up being a photo of a bunch of random toys that are usually always scattered over the floor, but then something really cute happened. So cute I couldn't just share one pic, so this week you get a bonus one.



35 | On the floor
~ Bub lying with Max on the floor ~

and the side view...



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Toni x


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