Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guest Post: Introducing a new little brother or sister

Introducing a new little brother or sister

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time, although Mum and Dad are super busy getting everything ready for the big day. But how do you handle the little one in the house who might be a wee bit anxious about the new baby coming?

How do you introduce baby to their older brother or sister?

Here are some of my Mum’s little secrets:

Discuss the pregnancy in terms that kids can understand
Don’t overload them with detail. Answer questions simply and clearly, always keeping in mind your child’s age. The idea of the third trimester might go above their heads.

Activities to help them get involved include reading age-appropriate books about childbirth and thinking of potential baby names together.

Stick to your regular routine
It makes for a smoother transition. Any major changes like switching rooms around, or teaching your child how to “go potty” should happen well before the date of the birth.

Let your child know what the plan is on the day of the birth, so they know what to expect. Maybe even let them visit you in the hospital as soon as possible to share in the new baby excitement.

Include your kids in caring for the new baby
Your older kids won’t feel left out if they’re being involved in the new routine and they’ll be interact with their new sibling in a positive way. Depending on their age, these helpful activities can include pushing the pram, talking to the baby or helping burp their new little brother or sister.

And remember to spend some time one-on-one with your older children - such as those precious moments when baby is sleeping. This time helps reduce the kind of residual jealousy they may be feeling. Encourage them to tell you exactly how they feel and to reassure them that the new baby is a positive addition to the clan.

It may take time, but it’ll be a real joy to see your little family getting to know and love one another.

Author bio: Hannah Story is a young writer from Sydney. She plans to become the Mia Freedman of her generation. 

This guest post is sponsored by Karimums.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Winners!

A big thank you to everyone who entered this month's giveaways.  We certainly had a lot of entries!  If you missed out this time, keep your eye out for a couple more great giveaways coming up in the next month or so. 

So, were you a winner this time?  The lucky ladies were as follows:

Onesie Bummsie Bodysuit Extender Packs:
Helena M
Amelia B

Fisher Price Tracking Lights Musical Gym:
Kellie S

A big congrats to you all, hope you enjoy your prizes!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Review & GIVEAWAY: Tracking Lights Musical Gym

My 3 1/2 month old baby has been getting a tad bored.  You know that stage they reach, where they want to grab things and play, but they just don't have the control and strength and then they end up getting cranky and frustrated.

But for the past few days we have had one very happy little baby.  And the reason is our beautiful shiny new Fisher-Price Tracking Lights Musical Gym.  Little Miss P loves the thing.  And I do too, what fun it is to watch her under laughing and talking and grabbing at the toys.


Once you take the pieces out of the box, the Musical Gym does require some assembly.  Do not do what I did.  In my excitement, I gathered up all the plastic bags the individual pieces came in and chucked them in the bin.... along with the screws required to put it all together.  Resulting in a big family manhunt for the missing screws, yes eventually found buried in the rubbish bin!  Anyway, the crisis was then averted and we could get to putting it all together.


One great thing about this toy is that is came with the required batteries.  I'm sure every single parent in the world would agree there is nothing worse than getting a new toy home and it doesn't include the batteries.


The Tracking Lights Musical Gym has a nice padded mat for bub to lay on.  The 3 toys are all very different and so easy for babies to grab, hit and play with.


It's heaps of fun watching them figure out how to make the lights and music work on their own!!  And I know it will be brilliant as she gets older too, with all the features on the stand and mat.


And here is a short video clip of little Miss enjoying the Musical Gym :)


Now for the exciting part - Mattel has kindly offered a Fisher-Price Tracking Lights Musical Gym for a Your Cheeky Monkey Blog reader!!

For your chance to win this amazing Tracking Lights Musical Gym, all you need to do is scroll down to the entry form below, fill in your details and tell me what feature of the Musical Gym you think your baby would love.  Also be sure to read the Giveaway T&C at the bottom of this post.

It would be great if you could pop over and like our facebook page too :)





Giveaway Terms and Conditions (please read):
~ Australian Entries only
~ One entry per person
~ One winner will be picked from correct entries lodged via entry form.  Chance plays no part, winners judged and selected on answer provide. The judges decision is final.
~ Prize includes shipping cost.  Prize will be sent to winner directly from Mattel. Your Cheeky Monkey takes no responsibility for delay, loss or damage of prize.
~ By entering this giveaway your email address will be automatically added to the Your Cheeky Monkey mailing list.  Your email will never be shared or used in any other way.  If in future you wish to unsubscribe from our newsletter, you can easily do this via the unsubscribe button on one of our newsletters
~ Winners will be notified on our facebook page and by email.  Prize will be re-drawn if winner does not respond within 7 days.
~ This giveaway closes in 1 weeks time on Friday 20th July 2012 at 11.59pm (EST)

"This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mattel. All opinions are my own."

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Onesie Bummsie Bodysuit Extenders

Time for a giveaway!  I have 2 packs of the fabulous Onesie Bummsie Bodysuit Extenders to give away!  Pack 1 consists of one long + one medium extender in a funky print.  Pack 2 consists of one short + one medium in green.  Mums and expecting Mums, this is one giveaway you can't miss!


Haven't heard of these little gems?  Onesie Bummsie's are panels you use to lengthen your baby's bodysuit at the crotch press studs. They can be used for 2 reasons - for a bulkier night time nappy or just with a cloth nappy in general, also use them to extend the life of a bodysuit especially when at that awkward "in between" size.  The picture above is of my little girl, we use them to get more use out of her bodysuits, you can clearly see that the bodysuit she has on would be way too tight to wear if it wasn't for the extender.


For your chance to win one of these packs (pictured above), all you need to do is scroll down to the entry form below, fill in your details and tell me why you would love to use a Onesie Bummsie Bodysuit Extender.  Also be sure to read the Giveaway T&C at the bottom of this post.

It would be great if you could pop over and like our facebook page too :)






Giveaway Terms and Conditions (please read):
~ Australian Entries only
~ One entry per person
~ Two winners will be picked from correct entries lodged via entry form.  Chance plays no part, winners judged and selected on answer provided
~ Prize includes shipping cost
~ It is a condition of this giveaway that your email address will be automatically added to the Your Cheeky Monkey newsletter list.  If in future you wish to unsubscribe from our newsletter, you can easily do this via the unsubscribe button on one of our newsletters
~ Winners will be notified on our facebook page and by email.  Prize will be re-drawn if winner does not respond within 3 days.
~ This giveaway closes in 1 weeks time on Wednesday 18th July 2012 at 11.59pm (EST)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Newborn Essentials

It has been so much fun having a baby again, I can't even begin to say how much more I have enjoyed it than I ever expected.  You probably think that is a bit of a strange comment considering it is my third baby, but what I expected in my mind in regards to juggling 3 kids, and how it is in reality are 2 different things.  I can't even tell you the reasons... I guess just because she is a content easy-going little person who is not much trouble at all!

So now after my "10 Things to do" series of posts (see end of this post for links) I of course have to follow on with a list of my newborn essentials.  Some things are things I have used and loved for all 3 children, and some are new discoveries that I wish were around when I had the boys.  So, here we are, my top products for a newborn baby.

Jazsling Baby Sling - Sometimes its just easier to pop bub in a sling when out and about if you don't need the pram.  I have been using a divine organic Jazslings Baby Sling and we love it!  So easy to use, and comfy for both of us.


Cuddledry Towel - Can I admit to you that when I had the boys I really dreaded bathing them on my own?  It seemed such a juggle and a hassle rather than something relaxing and enjoyable.  Well, I can't rave enough about how easy my Cuddledry Towel makes bathtime.  It has a halter strap that goes around your neck so you don't have to worry about holding the towel, then its just so easy to lift bub up out of the water straight onto your chest in the towel.  I love this invention!


Strawberry Jam Floor Cushion - Anyone that has had a baby knows that no matter how much you adore holding them, there comes times when you just have to put them down to get things done.  A nifty product I have been using since bub was born is my Strawberry Jam Floor Cushion.  I just carry it around the house to where I need to be, and my little darling is quite content to lie and look around at the world or have a little nap.  The arrangement of the cushions just seems to cradle her body perfectly (and I know she won't be able to roll off it easily and hurt herself).



Bubbalog Baby Journal - Any Mum knows what a blur the first few weeks are after baby is born.  Sleep deprivation plays havoc on your memory.  So the Bubbalog to me is an absolute life-saver!  It's basically a journal for the first 6 weeks where you keep track of feeds, sleep, appointments, and anything else you need to.  It's Australian too so all the info is relevant for us Aussie Mums rather than so many other books which are from the US or UK.


Bugaboo Bee Pram - When the boys were babies we had a Bugaboo Chameleon, which was sadly sold many years before baby #3.  This time around, I knew I couldn't even look at another brand of pram but we had to take into consideration me having a small car at the present time.  The solution?  The Bugaboo Bee.  I can't even tell you how much I love this pram.  It is so easy to use, it is super cute, it has been able to be used for a newborn, it is easy to fold up and down, and its easy to push and negotiate around things.  The pic below is the boys and I at the park, with little miss enjoying being very comfy and cosy in her Bee.  At the moment I am resisting the urge to buy the Missoni Accessory Package... I love love love it and am trying to find an excuse for my husband why we NEED it!


Burp Cloths - What can I say, babies spew up a lot.  Generally all down your back and on your shoulder.  So we all need something a bit funkier to use than old cloth nappies don't we?  My solution is my handmade burp cloths in super cute fabrics.  That's me there with baby girl fast asleep on my shoulder.  I have to say, with all 2 babies I used these things to death... they are just so handy to have on hand for all sorts of uses, not just as a burp cloth.



Copious numbers of bunny rugs, swaddles and wraps - I get a bit obsessed with these when I have a baby.  I use them for so many things - as a swaddle, as light blankets, in the car and pram, as a privacy cover, and the list goes on.  I really think these are the most well used things you can have on hand for a baby.  My favorites this time have been are my Natural Kids Bamboo Swaddle (super soft, extra large size and super stretchy), my Aden + Anais Organic Muslin (extra large size and beautiful light organic muslin), and a hemp wrap with silk edging from Natural Transition


Baby Billie Goat Bath Powder - When I bath my bubs I like to put a little something in the water (as babies don't get dirty but its still nice to bath them), but I hate using those chemical cocktails that are generally on the market.  I felt there had to be a compromise, and I found it in the form of Billie Goat Bath Soak.  I love this little gem of a product I stock it at YCM, its just heaven on your babies skin and leaves them smelling divine.



Well that wraps up my newborn essentials.  Keep an eye out soon for my top picks for older babies!



Some other posts you may enjoy reading:
My Baby Wish List
10 Things to do in the First Trimester
10 Things to do in the Second Trimester
10 Things to do in the Third Trimester
Your Cheeky Monkey Review at Hip Little One
What products do you really need for your newborn baby?