Mother & Baby Awards 2012/13

Mother & Baby is undoubtedly the most influential and trusted brand with a heritage that spans over 56 years. Mums frequently say that they look for the Mother & Baby Gold rosette when buying for baby. This is because they know that every product has been tested and voted by mums for mums as the best for their little ones.

This is the 19th year of the Mother & Baby Awards and this year around 500 mums put a total of 520 separate products, across 34 reader-tested categories, through their paces. Those women deserve to be heartily thanked and congratulated

A staggering 5000 pristine samples were carefully wrapped and posted off for our mummy testers to try out. Of course, this meant the all-important babies had their say too. Chewing them, dribbling on them and even bashing them against the food …all in the serious business of finding out which of these products deserved to be claimed the best.

All the 254 products shortlisted came through the most vigorous of tests and have impressed the harsher critics –  mums (and dads for that matter).

Unfortunately, there can only be one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze winner is each category but any of the shortlisted products could equally have been winners!

Here’s the shortlist with the winners.


BABY WIPE

Aldi: Mamia Baby Wipes (Fragranced) – GOLD

Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature: Natural Unscented Baby Wipes – SILVER

Tesco Baby Ultra Soft Wipes (Fragrance Free) – BRONZE

CLEARLY HERBAL Natural Wipes

Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature: Natural Herbal Baby Wipes

JOHNSON’S® Baby: Extra Sensitive Wipes

ASDA: Little Angels fragranced cotton soft baby wipes

Little Ones at Sainsbury’s: Hand and Face Wipes

Aldi: Mamia Baby Wipes Sensitive

Pampers®: Sensitive Wipes

Tesco: Baby Newborn Wipes

 

BEST DISPOSABLE NAPPY OR NAPPY BRAND

ASDA: Little Angels: New Arrival  – GOLD

Kiddicare: Just4Bums -SILVER

Pampers®: Active Fit with DryMax™ and 3-Way Fit -BRONZE

Aldi: Mamia New Born Range

Aldi: Mamia Ultra Dry Range

ASDA: Little Angels Action Fit

ASDA: Little Angels Comfort Dry

Pampers®: Baby-Dry

 

BEST BABY CARRIER / SLING OR BACK CARRIER

BabyBjörn: Baby Carrier Miracle – GOLD

Close: Caboo + organic – SILVER

Stokke: MyCarrier – BRONZE

ERGObaby: Original Carrier

LittleLife: Voyager S2 child carrier

MaByLand: Trek Snuggle Carrier

 

BEST BABY FOOD RANGE/PRODUCT

HiPP Organic Mini Pots Range – GOLD

Cow & Gate: 100% fruit pouches – SILVER

Plum Baby: Stage 1 Pouches – BRONZE

ASDA: Little Angels Organic Baby Food

Boots: Baby Organic

Disney Annabel Karmel: Savoury Rice Snacks

Ella’s Kitchen: Ella’s Kitchen dairy range

Heinz Baby: Heinz Fruit Smoothie

HiPP Organic: Organic pouches

Plum Baby: Stage 2 Pouches

Truly Scrummy Organic Range (Stage 1,2,3)


BEST BABY MONITOR

Motorola: MBP36 – GOLD

BT: Baby Monitor & Pacifier – SILVER

Summer Infant: BabyTouch Digital Video Monitor – BRONZE

BT: Baby Monitor 250

Philips AVENT: Super Sensitive Eco DECT Baby Monitor

Tommee Tippee® Closer to Nature®: Video Monitor with Sensor Pad

TOMY: Digital Video Plus TDV450 Monitor

 

BEST BABY TOY -UNDER 12 MONTHS

Chicco: Magic Stars Cot Mobile – GOLD

Taf Toys: Clip-On Pram Book – SILVER

MOTHERCARE Little Circus Walk around -BRONZE

Babies ‘R’ Us: Garden Friends Sydney the Spider

Bondie Bird Limited: The Bondie Bird Playwrap

Dandelion: Corn Teething Keys

Fisher-Price: Discover n’ Grow Kick & Play Piano Gym

Munchkin: Inflatable Safety Duck Bath

VTech Baby: Yellow Peek-a-Boo Book

 

BEST BABY TOY 12 -24 MONTHS

Kiddicare: Buzzing Brains Stack n Sort Cups – GOLD

VTech Baby: Toot-Toot Drivers Garage – SILVER

Mega Bloks: Mega Bloks® Big Block Wagon – BRONZE

Chicco: Quattro 4 in 1 Sit ‘n’ Ride

LeapFrog: Animal Adventure Learning Table

Little Tikes: 3-in-1 Trike with Discover Sounds® Dashboard

Mega Bloks: Mega Bloks® Lil Vehicles Dylan Dump Truck

 

BEST BATHTIME PRODUCT

Brother Max: Ray Digital Bath & Room Thermometer – GOLD

Babyway Karibu: Foldable Bath – SILVER

Babies R Us: Sea Turtle bath – BRONZE

Babyway: Podium Toilet Trainer

Brush-Baby Ltd: Chewable Toothbrush

Clevamama: ClevaBath Extra Long BathMat

Cuddledry: baby apron bath towel

Kiddicare: Essentials Bath Seat

Munchkin: Inflatable Safety Duck Bath

 

BEST BOUNCY CHAIR/ROCKER OR SEAT

Fisher-Price: Soothe & Go Bouncy Seat – GOLD

Fisher-Price: Woodsy Friends Bouncer – SILVER

Chicco: Polly Swing – BRONZE

Babies ‘R’ Us: Winnie the Pooh Cradling Bouncer

BabyBjörn: Babysitter Balance

Cushi Tush: Baby Seat

Kiddicare: Essentials Baby Bouncer

Nuna: The Nuna LEAF™

Stokke®: Bounce ‘n’ Sleep bouncer

 

BEST CAR SEAT – GROUP 2, 3 & GROUP 1, 2, 3

RECARO: Monza Nova Seatfix – GOLD

Graco: Nautilus – SILVER

Maxi-Cosi: RodiFix – BRONZE

Apramo: Hestia Car Seat- Group 1,2,3

Diono: Monterey2 Expandable Booster Seat

 Kiddicare: Baby Weavers Opus SP Car Seat

Kiddy: Guardian Pro 2

Renolux: Step 123

 

BEST CAR SEAT – GROUP 1

Britax: TRIFIX – GOLD

Maxi-Cosi: Pearl and FamilyFix Base – SILVER

Graco: Coast – BRONZE

MyChild: Astrofix

 

BEST CAR SEAT (NEWBORN) – GROUP 0 & 0+

Britax: BABY-SAFE plus SHR II – GOLD

Maxi-Cosi: Pebble with FamilyFix Base – SILVER

Graco: Logico S HP – BRONZE

Concord: AIR

BeSafe: iZi GO

JANE: Matrix Light 2 Car Seat & Matrix Platform

 

BEST FEEDING PRODUCT FOR WEANING

Munchkin: 3 Pk Suction Bowls – GOLD

Tommee Tippee® Explora®: First Weaning Spoons x2 – SILVER

Philips AVENT: Combined Steamer and Blender – BRONZE

Annabel Karmel by NUK: Food Cube Tray

BEABA: BABYCOOK Solo

MAM UK LTD: MAM Dipper Set

Mothercare: Essential weaning range

NUBY Natural Touch: First Cup

OXO Tot: Training Plate

Vital Baby®: Weaning Set

 

BEST BABY SKINCARE RANGE/PRODUCT

Boo Boo Baby – GOLD

Earth Friendly Baby (natural and organic range) – Earth Friendly Baby by Lansinoh – SILVER

JOHNSON’S® Baby: JOHNSON’S® Baby Nappy Cream – BRONZE

ASDA: Little Angels Range

by Maclaren: Beginning

Disney Corine de Farme: The Disney and Corine de Farme babycare range

Green Baby: Organic Skincare

Halos N Horns: baby skincare range

Organic Babies: Organic Babies Range

Weleda Baby: Calendula Range

 

BEST HIGHCHAIR

Graco: Contempo – GOLD

Stokke®: Tripp Trapp® – SILVER

Kiddicare: Baby Weavers Wean Me Highchair – BRONZE

BabyBjörn: High Chair

bloom: fresco chrome

Cosatto: Trof Highchair

Geuther: Swing Highchair

MOTHERCARE: HIGH T HIGHCHAIR

 

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BUGGY/STROLLER

Maclaren: Quest – GOLD

Mothercare: Mino Stroller – SILVER

Obaby: Atlas V2 Stroller – BRONZE

Kiddicare: Jet Pushchair

Kiddu  Cruz 5-Position Lie Back Buggy

RED CASTLE: Connect® stroller

 

BEST MATERNITY SKINCARE PRODUCT

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula: Tummy Butter – GOLD

Mothercare: It’s Your Body – SILVER

Weleda: Stretch Mark Massage Oil – BRONZE

Bio-Oil

Shea Mooti: Mama’s Everything Body Balm

Tesco: Tesco Blossom Stretch Cream

 

BEST NEWBORN SLEEP AID – 0-3 MONTHS

Tiny Love: Soothe ‘n Groove Mobile – GOLD

Fisher-Price: Discover n’ Grow Nursery Rhymes Projection Soother – SILVER

SleepCurve® from TOMY: SleepCurve® moses basket mattress – BRONZE

Fisher-Price: Soothe & Glow Seahorse

Love To Dream: Love To Swaddle Up

Prince Lionheart: back to sleep slumber bear plus

Summer Infant: Summer Infant Slumber Buddy

The Gro Company : Gro-swaddle

 

BEST NURSERY PRODUCT (INC BASKETS, CRIBS & COTS)

KUB: Dreema – GOLD

Saplings: Kitty Cot Bed – SILVER

Baroo: My Little Stars Moses Basket – BRONZE

Baby Joule: Magical Moses Basket

Kiddicare: Kiddicouture Hampton Cotbed

KUB: Folia and ECO Stand

Mothercare: Puzzle Cot Bed

Mothercare: Treasured moses basket and stand

Stokke®: Sleepi package

 

BEST NURSERY PRODUCT

The Gro Company : Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag – GOLD

Merino Kids: GoGo Bag – SILVER

Sock Ons – BRONZE

AeroSleep: 3D Baby Protect

Babies ‘R’ Us: Olive, Henri & Friends Nursery Collection

Brother Max: Bear Carry & Hang Nightlight

Naturalmat: Latex Mat Mattress Standard Cot Bed Size

Stokke®: Bounce ‘n’ Sleep

The Dream Bag: Baby Sleeping Bag

The Nursery Paint Company: Nursery Paint

 

BEST PRODUCT FOR BOTTLE FEEDING

NUK: Winnie the Pooh First Choice Learner Bottle – GOLD

MAM UK LTD: MAM Anti Colic Starter Set – SILVER

Philips AVENT: Natural bottle – BRONZE

AQUAINT: Cleansing Water for Infant Hands, Skin & Much More

Hippychick: Chillipeeps Adaptable Teat

Munchkin: Deluxe Bottle Brush

NUBY Natural Touch: Feeding bottle with Easy Latch Teat

NUK: First Choice Learner Bottle 

Tommee Tippee® Closer to Nature®: 2 x 150ml bottles

 

BEST PRODUCT FOR BREASTFEEDING

Lansinoh Laboratories: Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin – GOLD

Lansinoh Laboratories: Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads – SILVER

MAM UK LTD: MAM Manual Breast Pump – BRONZE

Ameda: Lactaline Double Electric Breastpump

ARDO: Calypso

breastvest: breastvest

Emma – Jane: 361 Maternity / Nursing Bra

Philips AVENT: Comfort Breast Pump (Manual)

The Essential Parent Company: The Essential Baby Care Guide DVD 1 Feeding

Theraline: The Original Maternity & Nursing Pillow

Theraline: Wynnie

 

BEST PUSHCHAIR

Baby Jogger: City Mini GT – GOLD

Maclaren: Techno XT – SILVER

Mamas & Papas Urbo – BRONZE

Graco: Swift-Fold

Mothercare: Movix Pram and Pushchair

Mutsy: EVO

Obaby: ZeZu Pramette

Out’n’About: Nipper 360 single

Quinny: Moodd

Stokke®: Xplory®

 

BEST REUSABLE NAPPY

TotsBots: Bamboozle Stretch – GOLD

BumGenius: Freetime Nappy – SILVER

Baba+Boo: Reusable Pocket Nappy – BRONZE

Bambino Mio: miosolo

Charlie Banana: One size reusable cloth diaper

Close: Pop-in new generation + bamboo

Close: Pop-in new generation + minkee

Splash About: Baby Snug

 

 BEST SAFETY PRODUCT

Lindam: Sure Shut Axis Safety Gate – GOLD

LittleLife: Runabout Toddler Daysack – SILVER

Tommee Tippee® Closer to Nature®: Digital Ear Thermometer – BRONZE

AQUAINT: Cleansing Water for Infant Hands, Skin & Much More

Diono: Easy View

Gripfast: Door Stop Snail

Lindam: Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate

Splash About: Float Jacket

The Gro Company : Grobag

The Gro Company : New Gro-egg

 

BEST TODDLER TOY – 24 MONTHS +

LEGO DUPLO: Creative Cakes – GOLD

Tidy Books: The Tidy Books Box – SILVER

Little Tikes: First Slide – BRONZE

babyboomboom: junior bang-bag

Hippychick: HappyHopperz

LeapFrog: Touch Magic Learning Bus

Little Tikes: Pillow Racers

Micro Scooters Ltd.: Mini Micro 3in1 Scooter

Ozbozz: Junior Helmet

Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress

 

BEST TRAVEL PRODUCT

Mia Tui: Minnie Amelie – GOLD

JJ Cole: Blanket Grey/Red – SILVER

Momymoo Maia Change Bag – BRONZE

Cheeky Rascals: My Carry Potty

Cuski Baby Ltd: The Great Swandoodle

Fisher-Price: Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for iPhone

Momymoo Maia ‘On-The-Go’ Changing Mat

Phil&Teds : Lobster

Quack Quack Moo: Dribble Bubbs Hooded Blanket

 

BEST TRAVEL PRODUCT (UNDER £20)

SIGG: SIGG Bottle – GOLD

Galt Toys: Drivetime Monkey – SILVER

Charlie Banana: 2-in-1 Swim Diaper & Training Pants – BRONZE

AQUAINT: Cleansing Water for Infant Hands, Skin & Much More

Brica: UV Alert Shade (£13)

Clippasafe: Secure Belt-Travel Pillow, 1-3yrs and 3-8 yrs

Coverdry: SnuggleBlanki

Milton: Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

Outlook: auto-shade

Trunki: PaddlePak

 

BEST TRAVEL SLEEP PRODUCT OR TRAVEL COT

The Gro Company :  Grobag Travel Baby Sleeping Bag – GOLD

Lights Out Blinds: Portable Pop Up Black Out Blinds – SILVER

SleepCurve® from TOMY: SleepCurve® moses basket mattress – BRONZE

BabyBjörn: Travel Cot Light

Graco: Contour Electra

Kiddicare: Kip Travel Cot

Nuna: The Nuna SENA™

The Dream Bag: Travel Sleeping Bag

 

 

BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM

UPPAbaby: VISTA – GOLD

Mothercare: Movix Pram and Pushchair (with Maxi Cosi Cabriofix) – SILVER

Red Kite Baby: Push Me Switch – BRONZE

BabyStyle: Oyster

Graco: Evo

JANE: MUUM MATRIX TRAVEL SYSTEM

Obaby: Chase 3 Wheel 2 in 1 Pramette Travel System

 

BEST TWIN/TANDEM

Britax: B-DUAL – GOLD

Cosatto: You2 Twin Stroller – SILVER

JANE: TwOne – BRONZE

Bugaboo: Bugaboo Donkey

Mountain Buggy: Duet

Phil&Teds: Promenade

 

BEST INNOVATION

BEABA: BABYCOOK Duo

Britax: TRIFIX

Galt Toys: Playnest® Car

iBabyGuard Infant Snooze

Kiddicare: Funky Friends 123 Swaddler

Kit for Kids Baby: Ventiflow Dual Core Mattress

MAM UK LTD: MAM Perfect 6+M Soother – WINNER 

Mamas & Papas: Baby Snug

Quack Quack Moo: Dribble Bubbs Bed Protector

Safe Dreams: Safebreathe™ Hoppy and Patch

Sock Ons Limited: Sock Ons

Stokke: MyCarrier

Summer Infant: Summer Infant Superseat

The Essential Parent Company: The Essential Baby Care Guide

The Little Green Sheep: Twist Natural Mattress

VTech Baby: Alfie Lullaby Comforter

WaterBaby: Pregnancy Care Drink

 

READER VOTED AWARDS

BEST NURSERY RETAILER     – Mothercare

BEST ONLINE RETAILER         – Kiddicare

SUPERMARKET OF THE YEAR   –  Tesco

BEST HEALTH PRODUCT         – Calpol

Is summer here or is this just a rehearsal?

 

 

Sometimes you have to pinch yourself: is it really only April?

The weather has been so brilliant for the past few weeks and I’ve been peeling off the layers. I started going out without a coat, gradually my extra layers have got thinner and lighter. Before long I was down to just shirt sleeves and today, the sun felt so warm in the garden that I gave into it completely. I was down to my shorts and vest top all afternoon while I worked in the garden.

I hadn’t really planned to spend so long in the sun, and it’s early April, so I thinking about sun-protection is not yet on my radar… but after 3 hours I can feel the slight burn on my cheeks and shoulders.

My ‘little ones’ are now ‘bigger ones’. They’d rather work on their pallid complexions all day, as play stations and computers hold a greater hold on them nowadays than the great outdoors. However, when they were little, the first sign of any sun and they shed clothes faster than leaves come off trees in autumn gales and run around the garden butt naked.

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My Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

It only seem’ right, before I introduce The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, to introduce my very own two fabulous bakin’ boys.

Here they are with their two perfect chocolate cakes. Different recipes and no parental interference help whatsoever.

I couldn’t judge one to be better than the other. Deliciously chocolatety; just how I like them. Makin’ me think what fabulously proud Mama I am!

Oh, an’ their cakes were damn fine too!

In contrast, to this home bake-off, we happened to have been sent three boxes of The Fabulous Bakin’Boys new Fruit ‘n Oat Slices to trial. £1.00 introductory price, RRP £1.49 per pack of 5, they come in three flavours: Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Apple. Recently launched in ASDA and Sainsbury’s, and appearin’ in Tesco from 16th February.

The claim is that they are ‘the first bakery snack to contain 1 portion of fruit and an almost guilt-free pleasure that the whole family can enjoy.’

So what did we think of these  ‘delicious fibre-packed snack bars consist of two layers, with a fruity base crammed with succulent sultanas, apples and apricots, topped with oats and sprinkled with strawberry, blackberry or apple pieces’? Continue reading

Hovis Wholemeal Challenge – Part 1

Just before Christmas I took part in the Hovis Wholemeal Challenge.

Hovis launched their Wholemeal Campaign in a bid to change consumer perception of Hovis Wholemeal from diet hindrance to diet help this January. The aim is challenge misconceptions around carbohydrates, which are often seen as the enemy for many dieters. The premise is that Hovis Wholemeal is rich in fibre and it keeps you fuller for longer and therefore help stop unhealthy snacking.

As part of the campaign, Hovis enlisted 50 (mostly female, I think) bloggers were to swap their usual breakfast for two slices of Hovis Wholemeal, trialling a range of healthy, quick and tasty recipes which are no more than 300 calories.

I agreed to give it a go because I’m actually a bit of a glutton and have never been known to refuse the offer of any kind of food.

But, I wish I’d known a little a bit more about what the challenge would entail beforehand so that I could have got my head round the task properly and put myself in genuine ‘guinea-pig’ mode.

I’d assumed I’d be trying lots of different Hovis products and I was really looking forward to seeing what tasty offering they have. Continue reading

The Mother & Baby Award Winners 2010 announced.

The Mother & Baby Award Winners 2010

The winners were announced at a gala ceremony on Thursday 18th November at the Hilton Park Lane. Hosted by Jason Manford and Deputy Editor, Kathryn Blundell.

Again this year we asked over 1000 mums to put every entry in the reader-tested categories through their paces.

As Kathryn said,

“Over 3000 products were carefully parcelled and then sent nationwide to be sicked on, bashed, chucked and chewed. It really means that shortlisted products impressed the women that matter –mums. Mums, who gave the nation an extra 790,000 babies last year all of whom need to be cleaned, transported, fed, entertained, and put to bed…

Mother & Baby continues to set the standard for parenting press and is undoubtably the most influential and trusted brand, with a heritage that spans over 60 years. These fantastic awards are a vital part of Mother & Baby’s heritage – we’re so pleased to be able to reward excellence within the industry, supporting mums to support you through these accolades. Everyone shortlisted should feel so proud – these mums are a tough crowd. And don’t get me started on the toddlers…” Continue reading

Mother & Baby Awards 2010: the Shortlist is announced.

With a total of 188 brands, 538 products and 3216 product samples sent out, collating the results for the Mother and Baby Awards 2010, has been time consuming-to say the least. Each and every award category has been decided entirely by our volunteer tester mums and they have certainly been busy all this summer, putting products through their paces. Now our all important reviewers and ambassadors for parents everywhere, have produced the much awaited for shortlist of their favourites.

In response to the overwhelming level and quality of entries this year, we decided to split some of the larger categories to make more award categories. We have gone from 24 tested categories 2 years ago, to 30 last year and now to 33. You’ll see these extra additional awards as marked as *NEW* if you think that they look unfamiliar.

Plus one, judged by a panel at Mother & Baby for ‘Best New Innovation’. A product which we think is new, brilliant, a refreshing change and will make a difference to the lives of parents today.

Congratulations to every single brand that has impressed our mummy testers and is in the running for an award.

The winners will be announced on the night at a Gala Awards ceremony on Thursday 18th November at the Hilton Park Lane. Continue reading

M&B Awards Blog: A few Testing Gems

Just ahead of the 2010 Mother & Baby Awards Shortlist announcement, there have been few products mentioned by testers as having been absolute gems. It will be interesting to find out if they also turn out to be winners…

What products you’ve tried or bought that have most surprised you?

“One of the products I’ve been testing is the 37° sleeping sack, Natalie O’Dwyer said. “This is a most amazing product! When it arrived it was packaged up beautifully, and had been sent with a matching vest. My son is a very poor sleeper, and we have struggled to find anything he can sleep in as he is either too hot too cold, or tangles himself up in covers. Not with this product however! It is incredibly soft, even after washing it, and I love the gender-neutral colour and patterns. It’s a perfect fit, and the poppers are nice and strong on the shoulders. It’s really thick without being too hot for the baby, I don’t worry about him being cold in the night now.


The first night he went to bed in it, we had our bath and massage, and dressed him in the vest and sleep sac. He had a feed from me for about 10mins and started to drift off. It’s usually at this point we have the trouble as the minute we put him down in the cot and try to put his covers over him he wakes up screaming! Because he was already under his covers being in the sleep sac, he didn’t even wake when I put him down. To my amazement I didn’t hear from him until 7am the next day! Usually he wakes up 3-4 times a night! He sleeps in it every night now, and I will be buying another so I can wash one and wear one.” Continue reading

M&B Blog: Baby Carriers and their fans…

Personally, I’ve loved baby carriers with my own babies and used them in preference over a pushchair as much as I could. I believe, as little babies, they liked the close proximity of mum and seemed more content to sleep than if I tried putting them into a pushchair. Then, when they were bigger, I used a back carrier as much as possible. They undoubtedly loved the high vantage point to see where we were going. Meeting adults face-to-face with broad grins and giggles. I swear my little boys were little flirts particularly with women. As a family, we could continue to take long, healthy walks on any terrain whatsoever and to put them back down at ‘car-exhaust’ level in a stroller seemed disingenuous as an introduction to the healthy lifestyle I wanted for them.

Baby carriers have moved on a long way and particularly slings have become much more popular. I campaigned long and hard with Mother & Baby to include back carriers in the testing process. I had a good 8 years of use with mine with all my children. So, for mums like me who really enjoyed using them, it was a really good investment. Whereas a front carrier I found only really comfortable to use while they were really tiny for the first 6 months. Continue reading

Mother & Baby Testing: Breastfeeding Products and Reusable Nappy reviews (by Kirstie Newton)

Plug-In Baby

Daughter arrived two weeks early, and was a little on the small side, we spent five days on the Transitional Care Ward. Our goal was to establish successful breastfeeding; then and only then, would we be allowed home.

It was hard work. For two days, Daughter was sleepy, and had to be fed hand-expressed collostrum by syringe. This, in turn, led to two days of laziness and temper tantrums when dinner didn’t flow on tap. She would suck her hands and smack her lips, but seemed unable to link this to my burgeoning milk supply. The midwives described her as a “little madam,” while I nicknamed her “Mary, Mary, quite contrary”.

The electric breast pump became my best friend, its suction rhythms falling some way short of sparkling conversation, especially at 3am. As Daughter feasted on bottles of Mummy’s Gold Top, she must have congratulated herself on finding the simplest meal ticket going. Read the entire post here.

Musing on Reusing

Before having my own baby, the last time I changed a nappy was on a two-year-old. It was, to a degree, fun. Little Arthur wasn’t remotely fazed; it could even be entertaining, when I blew raspberries on his tummy.

Fast forward 20 years to new motherhood. No one ever told me that removing a newborn’s nappy was akin to murder. Daughter screams the house down, and kicks harder than the England football team. Them, to wreak her revenge, she waits until the nappy is off before peeing a perfect arc across the bathroom carpet, soaking anything in its trajectory (tip – wriggle at the same time to ensure maximum coverage).

Nappies have changed a lot since our parents were nippers. If anything, they have come full circle. My gran claims with fondness that “nothing looks nicer than a line of snowy white terries drying in the sunshine”. Contrast this view with that of my teenage cousin, raised on disposables: “Gross! Some things are not meant to be reused, and that includes nappies.” Read the entire post here

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Mother & Baby Testing: A little bit about testing pushchairs this summer (by Anna Champion)

Last year I was very privileged to have been a Mother & Baby tester for disposable nappies and wipes, very handy may I add, not having to buy those items for about 8 weeks was fabulous, and saved me a small fortune. So when Jessica sent out the email this year to apply I thought I had to give it another shot, I enjoyed myself so much last year I couldn’t resist, so off went my email in a vain hope I might be lucky. The day I got the confirmation mail back I nearly wet myself with excitement; I get to test PUSHCHAIRS eeeeeeeek, a dream come true. Continue reading