My teething baby: 5 tips.

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How will I know my baby is teething?

1. Babies can be “teething” for a quite a while before there is any sign of a tooth (anything up to three months!) Signs of teething can be chewing their fists and excessive dribbling. Some people attribute things such as loose stools and a fever to teething, but there is not medical research to support this.

For us, we had some discomfort for 2 or so months;we could see the tooth under the gum for some time (a white bud) then a black hole appeared in the gum. A few days later, there the tooth was, and its been slowly rising up ever since!

When will my baby get teeth?

2. As with everything in baby land – it varies, so don’t worry if your little one isn’t following Dr Google’s guidelines. But the majority of babies get their first teeth, the lower central incisors, around 6-10 months and the upper ones around 8-12 months.

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I’ve always referred to this chart for guidance. Click the picture to be taken to the original source.

How can I help my teething baby?

3. There are a range of teething gels, liquids and powders available over the counter at your local pharmacy. We prefer to use liquid Anbesol as it soaks straight into the gum. We found the gel slid around a bit and haven’t tried the powders yet, as we really do swear by anbesol. Most teething remedies contain a local anaesthetic and antiseptic to ease pain and prevent infection.

However, if you prefer something a little more completely natural, then some people swear by amber anklets or bracelets. I believe Amber Pumpkin is a popular site to purchase these for a reasonable price.

Our favourite teething toys.

4. Mummy’s hand….Daddy’s hand…. anybody’s hand she could get in her mouth….!

Ok, on a more serious note… we are fans of Sophie the giraffe (teething ring) Sophie’s are hugely popular and worth their price tag! We went for the teething rings so that A could hold it herself from a younger age. It has different textures for your little one to enjoy. The Nuby wacky teether –  a really cheap, bright and attractive option, also easy for your little one to hold; the bristly green section was a godsend for her first teeth! And finally the twist and turn rattle, featured in ‘Our Top 5 Toys’ last week.


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Do I need to brush my baby’s teeth? 

5. Once your baby has a tooth (or teeth!) then they need brushing! Help your baby brush their teeth twice a day with a children’s fluoride toothpaste. For babies (under three) a smear of toothpaste is all you need. Babies are unable to spit the toothpaste out, so any more than this then they will swallow too much fluoride – this will cause their adult teeth to be brown and patchy! You don’t need to take them to the dentist until they are around 2-3 years old, but it is always good to take them with you to your appointments so they can get used to the environment and learn that there is nothing to be afraid of!

How have you helped your little one with teething? Any magic tips?

F x

Music for Children and Babies – “Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together”

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*Image taken from WalterMartinMusic Etsy Shop

We’ve all heard the classics….

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands….

Row row row your boat….

Five little ducks went swimming one day….

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Lets be honest. These are 99.99% for baby’s enjoyment and we are more than tired of singing them over and over! It’s definitely time for something different. For the sake of your sanity.

Though not specifically a children’s’ album Walter Martin’s ‘We’re all young together’ is playful, mischievous and full of fun (read a full description here). It’s now a firm favourite of ours (we even had our first dance at our wedding to ‘Sing to me’!).

Give it a listen on Spotify and let us know what you think!

What’s your favourite music to share with your little one?

F x

5 Things I took for granted before I had a baby.

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I wouldn’t change being a mum for the world. It is hands down the best thing i have ever done. I would, however, take the time to go back and tell my younger self to stop, take time, and appreciate the following

1. Bathing more than once a week. Don’t get me wrong, I do bathe every day. But a lukewarm bath with a squiggly rugrat on your lap just doesn’t cut it sometimes. I greatly look forward to a Sunday afternoon where I can take my book to a bath that is so hot it hurts, and just sit there in adult bubblebath. Uninterrupted. This I do not take for granted. Because I know that soon enough, the afore mentioned squiggly rugrat will be pestering me to get out and come play with her!

*note to self: must move to a house that has a lockable bathroom door.

2. My pelvic floor. Before Alice i could quite happily sneeze, do star jumps, go on a trampoline; do all sorts of things without the risk of a bit of wee coming out. Nowadays I just have to cross my legs and hope for the best! If any of you ladies are currently pregnant, then – for your own good – do your pelvic floors! You’ll regret not doing it more.

3. A clean house. Now, I have never been the most tidy person in the world. But what I now deem as an ‘acceptable’ standard of living has changed dramatically in the last five months. My house occasionally resembles that of a student. Or a squatter. My dining room has now been renamed the laundrette (I occasionally find time to fold the washing, but rarely get time to put it away!) And you are lucky if you can navigate your way across my very small living room without having to step over toys, nappy bags, knitting and cold cups of coffee. But who cares, we see the carpet and the dining room table once in a while when we have visitors.

4. Staying up late ‘just because’. This was all well and good before Alice, but now I could stay up, but we all know that tomorrow will be the day that Alice decides that 5am is the time she wants to get up and play. Sleep

5. Popping Out. Not going away for a holiday, not going out for the day, not even meeting a friend for a coffee. But popping out.Getting up and leaving the house at a moments notice to get something you needed, or simply ‘just because’. Now we have to change her nappy, sterilise bottles and boil water, prepare formula, pack change bag, dress little one, put little one in pram, head towards the door. Reverse back into the house, that noise didn’t sound to friendly. Check nappy. Change nappy. Change clothes, this one went up her back. Put back in pram. Baby cries. Check your watch, its time for a feed. Feed baby, burp baby, baby throws up, change baby….you can see why I can never just ‘pop out’ any more, right?

What do you miss from your carefree days?

F x
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Our Favourite Books

I don’t think a child is ever too young to be read to. your little one might not understand what you are saying, or the story; but they will enjoy listening to the sound of your voice and looking at the pictures whilst being close to you. There is nothing better than holding a real book, and although i own an eReader I plan on helping Alice to continue to grow her collection of books!

I try to read to A every day, but at her age not all books keep her interested. She likes (who am i kidding) i like books that are written in rhyme. It feels more enjoyable for me to read and A likes to listen to different rhythms and pitches I read with.

Here are a few of our favourites.

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“The Gruffalo” – Julia Donaldson

This book has become hugely popular in the past few years and we can definitely see why! A lovely little story that reads like a song. And the great thing is there are many more books in the series for when you get hooked! We have this in a “board book” and A finds it fun to help turn the pages.

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“Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae”

This was bought for A by her surrogate Aunty (who incidentally has great taste in books!) Another book written in rhyme; a favourite to read most days!

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“Catch That Rat – Caryl Hart” 

You’re probably starting to notice the reoccurring theme now… we love books that rhyme!

Books can be really expensive, most seem to start around the £6.99 mark and that can soon start to mount up! Keep an eye out on Amazon; they often have popular children’s books for half price or less (with free delivery for orders over £10). Or if you prefer to shop in a ‘real’ shop then try your local Foyles bookshop. I could spend hours in that shop!

What books do you and your little one like to read?

F x

Alice’s 5 Month update!

Okay, so this is more of an introduction than an update… but Alice has just turned five months old and i can’t believe how fast she is growing up!

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Clifton suspension bridge after a 22km walk to raise money for a poorly little baby from our birth group.

Alice is currently:

  • 17lb 13oz and has moved up to the 91st centile (everyone loves a chubby baby though, right?)
  • Blowing awesome raspberries. Yes her face, and indeed my face is now permanently covered in spit. But its just so darn cute!
  • Cutting her first tooth! This is BIG news! this morning her first tooth has just emerged above her gum line and she is coping really well. We are using Anbesol liquid and some Nurofen liquid for children to ease the pain for her.
  • Sitting by herself. Well, just and only for a little while (until something catches her interest and she moves her head and falls over!)
  • Sleeping through! Now i appreciate i am very lucky to have a little one that sleeps through, but I’m super proud of her for keeping up the good work despite her teething!
  • Loving her feet! She loves to spend time led on her back grabbing hold of her feet and aiming them for her mouth!
  • Drinking mammoth amounts of milk (9oz every 3 hours!) and yet still not really interested in food. When the time is right we are going to give baby led weaning a try.
  • Had her first go on a swing and loved it! We are really lucky to have lots to do around where we live and have a park just minutes from our house that I am sure we will be visiting more often come the summer!

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It’s so hard not to compare your little one to other babies the same age, but the truth is all babies develop at different speeds and they all get there in the end. Try not to worry!

I hope your little ones are doing just great!

F x

Hello to my own little corner of the internet!

It seems the whole world and his wife are blogging nowadays, so I thought i would join in the hype and claim my own little corner of the internet!

Im Felicity, a newly wed mummy to a 5 month old little girl living in Bristol in the United Kingdom!

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                                             On our wedding day!                                  Our little girl Alice!

In this space I will be sharing our journey with you, any tips and tricks we find along the way, and hopefully soon our journey to becoming a family of four!

I’d love to get to know you guys, some come and say hi!

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