My daughter turned one on Thursday. I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone and a little bit of me wishes she would slow down! We’ve been having lots of ‘firsts’ lately. First shoes (5th November) was followed by first tooth (17th November). She been crawling and standing for a while but it now pretty good at speed crawling as soon as she hears the baby gate open. I’ve also caught her looking longingly up the stairs a couple of times.
She can say a couple of words, such as cat and daddy but has a great pointy finger when I don’t understand what she means. Her wardrobe has also improved. Remember I said I bought her a bright onesie because I was fed up of people assuming she was a boy? More outfits quickly followed including my favourite – city shorts and tights!
Unfortunately meal times seems to be going backwards at the moment. She’s refusing to eat much at all and meal times are becoming a regular battle between us. I realised she’d moved on from baby food and wanted to feed herself more. We’ve been working our way through everything I can think of but she seems quite fussy apart from Ready Brek and fruit pouches. Thankfully she still drinks a lot of milk and I’m hoping this phase won’t last for ever.
We also moved her up to the next stage of car seat. We’ve had a couple of long journeys and spent time in the car whilst house hunting and she’s been miserable. I think I would be too if I was facing the opposite way to everyone else! We did a lot of research into car seats, including Bambino Direct car seats, but finally went for a forward facing chair which can swivel 90 degrees. This really helps my back when I’m putting her in and out of the car and she loves her new view!
I was delighted to be asked to try some products by Organic Monkey who make nappy balm, scalp oil for cradle cap, belly oil and massage oil.
We tried their Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub oil and Rock the Cradle cradle cap oil. My 10 month old has been teething for months but, just like her older brother, her teeth are v e r y s l o w at making an appearance. In fact they are being so slow that it’s putting my husband off having a third baby, gggrrr.
Anyway, I’m happy to try any teething products as I hate seeing her suffer. She’s been constantly dribbling, chewing on muslins and being a bit grotty for a while months.
Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub oil
This little bottle of organic cheek rub for teething contains organic arnica, lavender, spearmint and roman chamomile essential oils to help calming and relieve symptoms of teething. I’ve been using at the first signs of unhappiness by just rubbing a couple of drops on both her cheeks. The oil seems to calm her down and lasts a couple of hours. It smells delicious and is easy to apply and small enough to carry around in my handbag.
Rock the Cradle cradle cap oil
My 10 month old still has cradle cap! I thought this disappeared quickly but it hasn’t with her. It’s not the gross thick stuff that tiny babies have but more dry skin which doesn’t look very nice and makes her itch her head. The organic cradle cap oil contains a gentle blend of organic oils to relieve dryness and irritation with added geranium essential oil to help restore the skins natural balance. This oil has worked really well in reducing her dry skin. I’ve been putting it on her head a couple of hours before her bath. It washes out well and has left her hair and skin beautifully soft and smelling lovely.
Organic Monkey is a brand new range of organic, Fairtrade skincare, created specifically for babies delicate and sensitive skin.
I must admit that I have terrible teeth so I’m determined that the children will look after theirs right from the start.The toddler has been brushing his teeth for months and Little Sis will follow suit, just as soon as she gets some blooming teeth!
Aquafresh recently conducted research with 1,500 mums of children aged 2-12 that revealed that more than one million under-fives in the UK have at least two fillings, as mums struggle to get kids to brush their teeth. Other findings from the research include:
13 per cent of mums have children who have at least one filling by the time they start school (aged 3)
Almost one in four (24 per cent) mums say their children only brush their teeth once a day and one in fifty say they don’t brush at all
The research showed that almost half (47 per cent) of kids under 12 have been told they have dental decay, one of the most preventable diseases in the UK
Over half of mothers (53 per cent) admit to finding getting their kids to brush their teeth stressful – potentially leading to arguments in over 2.5 million families
One in fifty mums even admitted that their kids never brush their teeth.
Sometimes it is a struggle to get the toddler to brush his teeth. We’ve tried lots of different kinds of toothbrushes and toothpastes until he’s found ones he’s happy with. Our local dentist sees children from the age of 2 and I can’t wait to make him an appointment so he doesn’t end up being scared of the dentist like I am!
Aquafresh have helpfully produced a short video with lots of handy tips to make brush time more enjoyable:
For more information take a look at the Aquafresh website where you can sign up to The Club for fun tips on how to get kids brushing, or for a free sample of Aquafresh Fresh & Minty.
I'm Jenny. I've been blogging here since 2005 - that's three house moves, a wedding and two children (aged 1 and 3). I'm constantly muddling through motherhood with a needle in one hand and a paintbrush in the other!