Cot to cotbed…when’s the right time?

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Little Mr has been sleeping through the night consistently for over a month now. I am obviously delighted as we have worked so so hard to get to this point. It’s been a bit of a battle getting him to sleep through but we seem to have cracked it and it is so beneficial for all of us. For the record, he slept through from 10 weeks old with the occasional blip up until I went back to work following maternity leave when Little Mr was 10 months old. Since then, it’s been a bumpy few months but we are so pleased with where we’re at now.

Little Mr usually wakes up in the week anytime between 6:45am – 8am. When we’re at work, I hate waking him up so early. He always looks so peaceful and cosy but it’s not often he wakes up without a smile. If he wakes up before us, he’ll usually entertain himself by reading a book or two that we leave in his cot. He’ll often make up the story whilst looking at the pictures and cuddling his toys. He has always slept in a Grobag (The Gro Company sleeping bag)  He’s always been warm in them and they stay put despite the amount of wriggling that he does during the night.

I’m in completely unchartered territory here and I have no idea when the right time is to take the side off his cot to turn it into a cotbed. Surely it’d be easier for us to leave the sides on his cot until he’s at school, right?


Obviously my primary concern, if we take the side of his cot off we run the risk that he will be unsettled at night? I really don’t want to trade my full nights sleep any time soon (is that selfish?)

He’ll be able to get up and roam around his room, empty his chest of drawers, play with his toys, trash the wardrobe! I’m really hoping he wouldn’t but he’s an inquisitive little monkey so it’s inevitable really.


next steps

If I’m honest, I don’t really know when the best time will be to take the side off. A few of my friends with little ones the same age, have made the move to take the side off or move them to a toddler bed and they’ve been okay. They’re sleeping in a cotbed with a quilt and pillow. Should I wait a while? I’m not sure this side of Christmas is the right time to do it.

I’m going to buy a toddler bed guard in preparation so that when I feel like the time is right to take the side off, I’m ready.

I’d love some advice if you’ve gone through this dilemma. Do I just need to face it and accept that he’s growing up? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Being a working Mama after maternity leave..

It’s been nearly one whole year since my maternity leave came to an end and I had to go back to work. I went back on reduced hours which to start with was quite weird. All my working life (apart from when I was a university student) I’ve worked full time so to work four days a week was both quite nice and strange. I’ve felt like I was bunking off work for a while but then saw the reduction in salary on payday and yes, it felt quite real.

If I’m honest it took me quite a while to adjust to going back to work. I missed Little Mr terribly (and still do) but as he’s grown over the last year he’s adjusted to spending the day with alternate sets of Grandparents. Once he went to bed, I would sit outside his door and just watch him sleep. To be close to him and just hear him breathe. It was hugely comforting to me.

My confidence in work suffered, most probably due to the fact that I felt a little lost. Life in the office had moved on, although my colleagues hadn’t changed, I think if I’m honest, I had and my perspective on life wasn’t what it was like pre-baby. There was once upon a time when I never dared dream that I would be a Mama. My health problems always contributed to what could have been considered, a rather bleak prospect in Motherhood and although that sounds rather dramatic, if you had asked me four years ago if I could envisage me being a Mama now, I would have laughed in your face. I never took for granted that I could be a Mama although I wished and prayed for it on a very regular basis. I thank my lucky stars every day for the opportunity to be Little Mr’s Mama and although I have to work to make a contribution to our household bills, I’m not sure if given the decision right about  now, whether I would be there out of choice (for the record, this is no reflection on my current job, I just wouldn’t work full stop!)

I really want to be a Mama that takes her little boy to school. I guess I want to follow in the footsteps of my own Mom who used to take both my Sister and I to school and then walk us home afterwards. I really hope in the future that I’ll be able to do that. You work to live right, not live to work?

Looking ahead

Financially, I think I’ll always have to work. I don’t think at any time in the future I will be able to be a Stay at Home Mama. I would love to be all domesticated and have an immaculate home, home cooked food on the table (although on SW all our food has been homecooked) I suppose in an ideal world,  I would love to work from home in some capacity. As well as my professional qualifications in Human Resources, I also have a management degree and an had a huge interest in project management and events. I’m always keeping an eye on recruitment websites, City Calling, for example, who recruit for construction management jobs along with others sectors, shows that there is work out there for people who want and can work flexibly.

Remember when you were at school and the Careers Advisor asked you what job you wanted when you were older, did you end up in that job? I don’t think I even knew what HR was back then. I wanted to be a Signalman in the Navy of all things but was never fit enough (or have the confidence in myself to get fit!) Interestingly, my hubby always wanted to be a Teacher and look at him now, Head of a thriving, successful department in a huge Secondary school.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Did having children change your mind? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Trying too hard? a SW update..

After last weeks weigh in, I set myself a little challenge. I wanted to lose 2.5lb this week to get my 2 stone weightloss in the bag. It didn’t happen. I lost 0.5lb. Now, I know what you’re all going to say as I’ve said it myself before to people who ‘only’ lose the same amount but I was disappointed. I had a good week, I didn’t go over my syns, I was eating the right foods and making the right choices. I do tend to over-analyse my week and all I can think of is that I didn’t have enough fluids resulting in feeling a bit sluggish was I trying too hard? I had stopped writing down what foods I was eating as well so have made myself a little food diary and I’m now filling that in as I go to keep an eye on what I’m eating.

My lovely friend Sarah, who has lost a fantastic amount of weight herself, told me to have a look at some photographs to see if I can see the differences in myself so far. I’m usually behind the camera (or delete the really bad ones!) but have found a snap of me looking a bit blurry eyed on holiday in July and I took a shiny new photograph this week to see what the differences were.

11 weeks on SW facial

What do you think? Be nice!

A fresh new week

I have 2lb to lose now until I get my 2 stone award and I want it bad! It’s mad really as I have a lot more weight to go, if I’m realistic I need to lose at least another 100lb. It’s not going to happen overnight but it can happen. So what am I doing differently this week?

- drinking LOTS of water

- using 10 syns per day

- varying my breakfasts throughout the week (overnight oats, weetabix or fruit, yoghurt and all bran)

- stop sneaking a bite or two of Little Mr’s waffles / pizza / wotsits and breadsticks!

I know I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself as I can see slight changes in my physical appearance already but I’m doing this for me and I think if I don’t put pressure on myself then who else will? My family and hubby are far too nice to say anything and at the end of the day, if I want another baby in the future, I’m the ONE who will need to do the hard graft and get to a sensible weight so the magic can happen!

How do you pick yourself up after a disappointing week? Do you look for changes too?

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What is your pregnancy denim style?

maternity blossom

When I first fell pregnant with Little Mr, I was excited that the months following his conception would be all about the bump. Dressing a growing bump is a huge thing for a newly pregnant Mum-to-be and I was no exception. I was excited about wearing clothes that would flatter my style as well as showing off my bump but I was realistic; I just love my jeans. They’re a classic wardrobe essential and I would probably wear a pair of jeans more than any other item of clothing and so I knew that I had to find a pair of comfy maternity jeans to see me through my pregnancy.

The choice of maternity denim on the market is brilliant. There’s something to suit every shape, style and budget. Whether  you prefer your jeans skinny, boot cut, wide legged or straight, there really is no need to worry that you’re going to have to succumb to leggings or dresses to dress the bump throughout your pregnancy.

To cover the bump or not?

Once you’ve found your perfect style, there’s another important decision to make. Do you buy jeans with a band for over your bump or below? Personally, I loved to wear my jeans with the band covering my bump. It helped support my expanding tummy and the jeans made me feel comfortable and gave me confidence. The choice of bump coverage is completely personal and that’s why it’s fantastic to see that there’s a choice available for Mums-to-be.

There’s a fantastic range of jeans (available from Blossom Mother and Child) that offer different options depending on how you want to wear your band. I love the range and have selected three different styles to showcase what is available. I love how you can dress jeans up and down to match your day and I’m sure they’ll be an essential maternity piece in every Mum-to-be’s wardrobe.

What’s your pregnancy denim style?

As well as being a dedicated maternity clothing boutique, Blossom Mother and Child have a fantastic community online with a wealth of insights into pregnancy such as ‘What to pack in your hospital bag?’ and ‘How to swaddle for a good nights sleep’, go check them out!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Blossom Mother and Child

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Review: Trunki PaddlePak


We were delighted to be selected as Chief Testers for Trunki recently and over the last four weeks, we have been reviewing the Ribbit the Frog PaddlePak.

The PaddlePak is a brilliant invention. It’s a water resistant backpack which would be absolutely ideal for a trip to the beach. Little Mr took his PaddlePak to the local pool and he looked absolutely adorable walking along with it on his back.

The Trunki PaddlePak is made from really lightweight material so it’s not too heavy for little ones to carry once it’s filled (up to 7.5 litres capacity). Not only is the material water resistant but is also very durable which helps to wetness out or prevent leaks.


Little Mr models the Trunki PaddlePak (moody face and wild hair – models own!)

I love the features of the PaddlePak. Ribbit the Frog is one of several eye catching designs perfect for toddlers aged 2 years plus. Little Mr loves wearing it and I’m pleased that it has adjustable shoulder straps, a hanging loop (for wet changing room floors) and a padded mesh back. Little Mr loves the pocket and likes to keep his pennies in there when we’re out and about.

The safety features of the Trunki PaddlePak are brilliant. There’s the break-away safety buckle and the reflective trim which is great for keeping children seen at dusk or dawn when visibility is affected.


Little Mr has loved wearing the PaddlePak and I do think he loves very cute wearing it. It’s certainly eye catching and stands out from the crowd. We have used it for swimming of late and will be taking it to the beach next year when the weather warms up.


The Ribbit the Frog PaddlePak is priced at £19.99 and is available from Trunki online. A brilliant bag perfect for a splashing good time.

Disclaimer: We were sent the PaddlePak for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.

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