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25th April 2015

The 7 baby buys I’ve used every day for the last 3 years

I recently posted about the things I bought for my babies that were a complete and utter waste of money. Remember? Well today, I’ve decided to do the opposite, listing the things that were worth every penny (or dirham, if you are reading this in Dubai).

These are the things that I’ve used every single day for the last three years. And whilst they may not be the most useful (cots, pushchairs, and highchairs spring to mind), they are the things that stand the test of time as babies turn into toddlers.

We all mother in different ways, of course – and I’m not saying that everyone needs these items. What I am saying, however, is that you certainly won’t be throwing your money down the drain if you follow suit.

So here goes:

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1 – Changing Table. When I was pregnant, a few people told me not to bother with a changing table. ‘You just need a mat and you can change a baby anywhere’, they said. I chose to ignore them – and thank goodness I did, as that thing has had a baby on it at least four times a day for the last three years (and for a long time, two of them). Firstly, poo stinks and I don’t want that anywhere near my sofa, or my bed, or my carpet. And secondly, it’s a very useful storage device for all the paraphilia that comes with nappy-aged children (nappies, wipes, swim nappies, sudocream, nappy bags, and the list goes on). So if you have the space, get one. Mine is a cheap one from IKEA and it does the job perfectly.

2 – Nappy Bag. My pregnant self wanted a big leather designer bag to cart around my baby stuff. I announced my intentions to a few mummy friends and they couldn’t conceal their unified hilarity. They were right. Pooey clothes, leaky milk bottles, and squashed raisins are not friends of leather designer bags. I have used various bags over the years, but always had one close to my side when out with the kids – and believe me, waterproof linings are your best bet. My current bag is from PacaPod.

3 – Sleeping Bags. I am a big fan of sleeping bags for babies and toddlers. In fact, both my boys still sleep in them now at 1 and 3. Not only do they keep little ones warm, but they do it safely – and as an added bonus, they make it harder for energetic toddlers to escape their cot (most of the time, anyway). I have got mine in the past from JoJo Maman Bebe (UK) and Just Kidding (UAE).

4 – Hooded Towels. I bought my hooded towels on a bit of a whim when pregnant as I thought the animal faces were cute, completely unaware about how useful they would become. Of course you don’t need hooded towels – any old towel will do, but children like to feel warm and cosy after their bath and I’ve found these make life easier, especially when bathing two children on my own – scoop child out bath, hook towel over head, and transport. I have recently upgraded to Cuddle Dry towel for both the boys from Baby Souk (see my last ‘Currently Loving’ post) and can highly recommend them.

5 – Jelly Cat Comforters. My oldest child’s Jelly Cat comforter (a blue bunny) was bought on impulse when I saw it shopping when pregnant. I took it to the hospital with me when I gave birth – and the two of them have been inseparable ever since. Some people aren’t bothered about comforters, but I have found them to be a very useful tool for both boys (Wilfred has a monkey) as they are always happy in their cot when clutching them. They are also a big help when travelling, instantly calming them when in an unfamiliar place. Use your judgement when it comes to comforters – I would never let a very new baby cuddle one, but they are breathable and can be used at night / naps when they are older.  Buy Jelly Cat here.

6 – Dr Brown Bottles. There was a brief period when the oldest child stopped drinking out of bottles and the smallest one was still in utero, but otherwise these bottles have been a permanent resident of my kitchen surface, sink, and draining board for the last three years.  If you plan to bottle feed – or swap to bottles at some point – I really recommend them. They help to keep air bubbles out to prevent wind and they are pretty robust too – in fact, mine still look good-as-new three years later. You can buy them at Mumzworld (UAE) and Boots.com (UK)

7 – Bath Thermometer. So when I posted about things that were a real waste of money, a few people mentioned bath thermometers. But we use ours every single night! In fact, I love it so much that I take it back to the UK with me for trips. Ours is in the shape of a duck and it lives in the bath, swimming around while the taps are running – and with one quick glance, I know I can dunk the boys straight in. It makes life quicker and easier, at very little expense. And I’m all for that! You can buy it from Truly Madly Baby (UK) here. If you are in the UAE, we got ours from Baby Shop three years ago, so it may still be available there.

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22nd April 2015

Currently Loving… April

Oh dear, I always like to post my ‘Currently Loving’ posts at the beginning of the month, but life (and a trip back to the UK) got in the way of blogging for a few weeks. Better late than never, though, so here are the things we’ve been loving in the Mum of Boys house recently! I will try harder next month *slaps own wrists*

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For everyone (UK and Dubai)

1 – Sago Mini Apps

Wilfred was doing some serious grumbling on our trip back to the UK thanks to the appearance of a random molar tooth (way too soon molar, way too soon). His godmother Katie was giving cuddles to try and calm him, but nothing was working – so she whipped out her phone and revealed an app called Sound Box by Sago Mini. He stopped crying instantly – and within seconds, his brother and friend Raffy joined them, all totally transfixed. I took the hint and downloaded a Sago Mini bundle for our flight back to Dubai yesterday – and believe me, these were well worth the download! I got a package of 4 games called ‘Sago Mini Starter Pack’.

Buy: Sago Mini Starter Pack

2 – Cuddle Dry Towels

I am now an ambassador for the kids store BabySouk.com, which means I will be trying out things every month – and the first item I have reviewed is Cuddle Dry towels. Stanley was sent a bunny towel, complete with floppy ears, and Wilfred was sent the pony, with hair and tail! Aside from the fact they look adorably cute (the towels are like costumes for bathtime!), they are really practical too. They are big enough to keep both the boys very warm after their bath, implausibly soft (even after a wash), and make it really easy to lift babies from bath, hook towels over their head, and carry out the bathroom (without soaking yourself in the process). So top marks for my first Baby Souk item; I am very confident that you will love Cuddle Dry as much as I do!

Buy: BabySouk.com (UAE) and Boots.com (UK)

3 – COLAB

Back in the mid 2000’s, I got a bit obsessed with dry shampoos – but when I died my hair dark, the streaks of white powder put me off. I didn’t pick up another can until last week, when I spotted COLAB in Superdrug; a new brand of dry shampoo brand co-founded by the blogger A Model Recommends, which promises to be invisible in hair. It’s true – there really are no streaks. And as a busy mum that sometimes just doesn’t have time to wash and blow-dry my hair in the morning, it’s great to have the product on hand. It’s available in the UK at Superdrug (only £2.29 a can!) and will be coming to the UAE very soon!

Buy: Superdrug (UK), stockist to be announced soon in UAE.

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4 – Godstone Farm

We have spent a lot of time at Godstone Farm in Surrey over the past year, as it is the perfect middle-way meeting point with my friend Katie. The farm was in the news a few years ago for a hygiene / health scare, but they shut down, made some major improvements, and are back better than ever. I really do love this farm for a day out – there are animals (everything from cows, to chickens, to bunnies, to goats), tractor rides, a dinosaur trail, an indoor soft play, an outdoor car track, a huge sand pit with slides and diggers to push round (great for very little ones), a petting zoo, a café, and lots of lawn / picnic tables to enjoy lunch on. Stanley and Raffy love the place and I always leave looking forward to going back, which has to be a good thing. One to bookmark for summer holidays if you live in the area…

Details: http://godstonefarm.co.uk

5 – Les Enfants

In the midst of organising Stanley’s party last week, I had a dream one night that I hosted the most amazing Frozen-themed party. When people arrived, it started snowing on cue – and then they entered a huge chalet that the events company had constructed in the garden and discovered a roaring fire with marshmallows on sticks to roast. It was a good dream and I woke up wishing I had the funds to hire a party planner to pull it off. Sadly I don’t – but if I did, I’d go straight to Les Enfants, who have worked with royalty and a host of celebrities, including the Beckhams and Elle McPherson. Their parties really are the stuff of dreams – and if you are reading this after winning the lottery, you should get in touch immediately. But if you’re a pauper like me, you can get the look of their amazing events with their sister sites www.littlepartyshop.co.uk and www.littlepartyhire.co.uk

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6 – Essentially Juices

Back in March, I went a bit bonkers and decided I was going to a juice cleanse. I failed miserably, but one thing I did discover was how amazing the juices from Esssentially.ae are. I am now hopelessly addicted and can highly recommend ordering online. And yes I know you can make our own (and I do, thanks to my Nutribullet), but there’s something about these juices that makes me feel amazing. Give them a go if you want a health boost – after flushing my system with these juices over the course of three days, I felt so much more energetic and healthy. They taste delicious too.

Order: www.essentially.ae

7 – Atisuto

I’m a bit obsessed with Japanese food, so when I was invited to dine at Atisuto at Galleria Mall (Al Wasl Road, just round the corner from City Walk) with my friend Priya, I jumped at the chance. The food was to-die-for. We filled our plates with tempura, sushi, and an amazing array of veggie dishes – and after eating more than I thought was possible, we left knowing we’d discovered a new dining favourite. Since our evening, I have been told about how family friendly the restaurant is too, with a great kids menu, highchairs, and a fun rubber fish that teaches little ones how to use chopsticks. And to keep them entertained, skilled waiters will teach them the art of origami! I will definitely be heading back soon!

Website: www.atisuto.ae