Friday, June 29, 2012

Loving our Cuski!

As a Mum of 3, one thing I have discovered is that without a doubt children (whether you want them to or not), attach themselves to some sort of object for comfort.  Which, believe me (I can tell you from experience), can be a ginormous huge great big problem if your child attaches to an inconvenient or irreplaceable object.

A comforter (whatever it may be) is your child's anchor to life.  It is their security and it makes them feel safe.  It helps put them to sleep and it comforts them when they are upset.  They love the look, the feel, and the smell of it.  So whether your child has a sensory, tactile, or any other personality, they will love their particular comforter for a particular reason.

Now, quite often, what will happen is that this attachment can form to an object without us, as parents, realising it.  So that may be a soft toy, a muslin wrap, or even something like a sleeve on his pajama's or the cot bar.  You can imagine if your child needed an item like this, how it could cause problems if you are out of your normal routine.  In my own experience, one of my sons strongly attached himself to a muslin I made myself with a hand stitched applique and crochet edging.  It has been a real problem to replace it when worn out, as well as the inconvenience of muslin being a not very durable material.

So this is where you can make things easy for yourself by introducing a comforter to your child from a very young age that you know is safe, easy to replace, and easy to wash.  My 3 month old daughter (pictured below) already is bonding to a Pinkee Cuski.  It is introduced into her bedtime routine, which began with me initially wearing the Cuski against my skin to absorb my smell to comfort her to sleep.  Now that she is not sleeping swaddled, one corner of the Cuski is held in her hand as she drops to sleep.  Once asleep, it is easy for her to find again in the night by herself.  It may seem quite daunting intentionally introducing a comforter into your child's routine, but as you can see it is actually quite simple.

The operative word on this subject to me is SAFE.  So many toys your child may attach to are just not safe.  Whether the stuffing inside, the fur on the outside, or some other factor, your child's safety is your number one priority.  By giving them a specifically designed comforter, you know it is the right size and made from a breathable fabric and safe materials.

The other benefit I have noticed at the moment is that I have not had to give my daughter a dummy.  Which I was not against (hence the collection of dummies ready in the cupboard if needed!).... so, we have also noticed this as a real side benefit of using an effective comforter.  For these reasons I promote both the Cuski and the Save Our Sleep Comforters... wonderful products designed with much love and thought by Mums, and safety tested to Australian Standards.

Can you tell this is a subject I am passionate about!!   

Some other posts you might enjoy:
Oh Baby
My baby wish list

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Poles Apart

In the last couple of days I have been amazed at how very generous and wonderful some business people can be... and I have been amazed at how.... well, totally the opposite others can be.  I have been knocked off my feet with the beautiful souls some ladies have, and quite surprised about others who I thought were.... well, different than what I thought.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have been so lovely to me beyond anything I could ever expect!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Winter has arrived

It's starting to get quite chilly where we live... and having a new baby I am so conscious of the cold wind when we go out in it.  So I thought I had better get sewing and make up some little beanies - and here is the finished product :-)

Please forgive me.... I know I am probably boring you with all the piccies of my baby girl, but I just can't help myself!! ;-)

Some other posts you might enjoy:
Oh Baby
My baby wish list

Monday, June 11, 2012

Book Review: Usborne 1001 Things To Spot Series

If you ever read my blog at all, you will know I have 2 sons, currently aged 5 and 6.  A while ago, I purchased a book entitled "1001 Bugs to Spot" for them.

Well, I have to say, I have never seen my children spend so long studying and enjoying a book in your life!  I have subsequently, over a period of time, purchased many books in the series from The Book Depository (which has free shipping worldwide, no matter the size of your order!).  They love the books so much they are even enjoying the "Fairyland" book hehe.

There is a huge number of titles in the series, each one as good as the last.  The 2 images below show just 2 of the books (I just ordered the Monster book, can't wait for it to arrive).

How the books work is that on each page there is a large picture, along with a specific number of 'things' to find in that picture.  So even if your child can't read yet, they can still use these books without your help.  I just love these books, because they really get their minds thinking, while being fun at the same time. 

So, I really can't recommend these books highly enough for either boys or girls, of any age. Plus they are so affordable at around $12 each with free shipping if you get them from The Book Depository. 

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

Disclaimer: This is a book review conducted by myself simply because we love the series! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Baby Update: They grow way too fast!

Well we are at the 11 week mark and I'm wishing I could slow down time.  The newborn stage is well and truly over and we are getting lots of awake time during the day, lots of smiles, a few chuckles, and she is starting to reach for things.  Teething, weaning, and rolling over here we come!  If you are like me, and had forgotten just how fast they grow, check this out... 

From this:

To this:

In just 11 weeks.  It's not fair!!  But I am adoring every second with her, and we have developed a nice daily routine around work and the boys school.  She is sleeping well at night and that makes a big difference to my sanity as well.

In other news, this week I have been guest posting over at the Swish Lily Blog on Comparing Age Gaps Between having Babies and we have some great stocktake specials on over in the store.

I have also been revisiting the past - the fabulous features we received over at Hip Little One and Babyology a couple of years ago and at Easter time!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Yum, Roast Chicken for Dinner

Well its the beginning of winter and what better dinner to have to celebrate than with a delicious roast chicken!  Having recently had a baby, I do have to admit that yummy dinners like roasts are few and far between at the moment, but Lenard's has come to the rescue for busy Mums like me and introduced a new 'Family Fresh Roast', which is a large chicken in a foil tray all ready to pop into the oven.  We had ours last night and were most impressed.   

The girl that served us at the Lenards' store I bought ours from wasn't sure what to do with this product, she had to ask the manager how to package it to take home.  We also tipped it over in the car, which meant some of the raw chicken juices ran into the bag (so be sure to keep yours upright while transporting it home).  If you scroll to the bottom of the post you will see a short clip you can watch which shows just how easy this roast is to prepare and cook.  Be sure to put it in the oven early enough too, you need 2 hours to cook these little beauties.

The raw chicken, basted and ready to put into the oven.

All cooked, ready to serve up with vegies and ciabatta.


Look at all the left-over chicken!  All off the carcass and shredded up ready for lunch the next day.  I love getting 2 meals for the price of one :-)

Disclaimer: I was sent a Lenard's voucher for a Fresh Family Roast to review for this post.  No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.